Athena Magazine

Fashion, lifestyle, passions

Jimmy Choo at H&M! June 22, 2009

jimmychooAdding to the list of guest-designers for H&M, Jimmy Choo will bring its irresistible charm and to die for shoes and handbags to selected stores.  The collection will be available November 14 in about  200 stores around the globe. Read more on


Glam Girl Hair Clips June 15, 2009

retroglamourgirlJust discovered on these adorable pin-up girl hair clips at, created by a glam girl model (shown modeling her clips here). The clips are big and floral and absolutely adorable. Plus, you can find other glam girl products for your pin-up personna. See it here.


Fashion warriors: Funksauce Vintage and Retro June 7, 2009

I’m from St. Louis and I may never have left if Funksauce Vintage and Retro had been around. While St. Louis may not be the easiest place for fashionistas to thrive, it is the bomb when it comes to untapped vintage sources. Fortunately you don’t have to live there to buy from Funksauce. And they also have a new Funksauce blog. Read on to learn more about these brave, adorable lads carrying out a tough fashion mission just west of the Mississippi: is the endeavor of two brothers, David and Chris, whose fashion sense has been living right around the 70’s for the last several years. We grew up in a small town in southern-central Missouri, population 722, a place where fashion as a whole is generally not a huge concern. But we love being different, we love some of the styles from previous decades, and with today’s environmental issues, we’re excited about the fact that we have the opportunity to recycle clothing! We can’t help but try to spread our appreciation for vintage and retro clothing to others. We choose clothing that catches our interest, so you should be able to get a sense of our tastes as you get to know us better. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your experiences with us even better. is a one-stop, virtual shop for all your vintage and retro clothing needs. Every article of clothing offered for sale on our website was personally selected, measured, photographed, and cried on by either Chris or David Thomson…you couldn’t possibly want for more! But there IS more! In addition to the peace of mind you will have knowing that the clothes you are viewing on the site were hand-picked by the Midwest’s finest fashion gurus, we also offer free shipping on all orders within the United States, all the time!

We would greatly appreciate it if you’d peruse our website, offer suggestions/feedback on what you see (clothing and/or website design), place an order if anything strikes your fancy, or even just submit your email address at the bottom of the homepage to receive emails. Also, we would be extremely grateful if you could help us spread the word by forwarding our website and facebook page to your friends, family and acquaintances. What else could you do to help us get the word out? We thought you’d never ask. Here are a few ideas:

· Bring up at the water cooler with co-workers
· Buy a t-shirt on our website and make that your “casual Friday” wear—every Friday
· If you see someone wearing a cool outfit, tell them that their clothes are “totally funksauce”
· Stand on street corners and hand out flyers and tootsie rolls after work and on weekends
· Have the funksauce logo painted on the side of your car or tattooed on your shoulder or neck.

Your support in this business venture will be a key ingredient to our success … so let’s work together to put the FUNK back into fashion! Fine fashions of decades past are simply one click away:

*Please visit our website and sign up to become a member!

Sincerely yours,

Chris Thomson & David Thomson


Contact Info

St. Louis, MO ~ Funkytown

Sweet floral frocks for a pittance May 25, 2009

A twist on the floral fad: a $30 Tracy Feith barkcloth skirt on

A twist on the floral fad: a $30 Tracy Feith barkcloth skirt on

Just when was that last time that floral prints were all the rage? As I recall, it was 1982, when all I craved were Liberty of London dresses. So I’ve jumped right on board with the floral thing and likely gone a bit overboard. But I realize that just like the graphic prints of last summer are on the wane, so these blooms of this summer will fade in their freshness. I’ve made a point of searching out economical flowered frocks. (Click on pics for buying info.)

This '50s frock is only $24 at

This '50s frock is only $24 at


In case you were wondering: Balmain on sale May 22, 2009

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balmainIn case you were wondering where to pick up your Balmain duds and accessories, here’s the site: Just don’t expect to find any budget buys. The coat at left goes for over $11K, but you can pick it up for just under $8K. That’s a pretty penny for the it coat of the season. Find more Balmain here.


Almost Dressed May 20, 2009

pPOLO2-5664466_lifestyle_v330I’m a sucker for a shopping blog. Just tell me what to wear, and I’ll follow you anywhere. It’s an affliction that strikes me at the onset of spring and fall Lately, I have a new favorite place to gather endless shopping advice: Almost Dressed. They do it all: high fashion, low fashion, and all the eclectic stuff in between. And then you click a button to buy it! Along with Almost Dressed, you’ll find Almost Heeled, Almost Packed, Almost Pretty, and Almost Abode.


The most practical bejeweled sandals May 16, 2009

Best all around sandal, for just $50.

Best all around sandal, for just $50.

I was up at Bergdorf’s on Fifth Avenue drooling over the $2000 Oscar de la Renta dresses. (Apparently, no one told these customers about the recession.) Of course, since I’m getting my haute couture certificate, I was surreptitiously turning garments inside out to inspect the techniques. It’s my favorite kind of covert shopping and the sort that fills you up with sumptuousness without spending anything at all.

Next I dawdled my way down to the second floor shoe store, where I found something truly obscene: $500 sandals! Now there are many items I can envision spending $500 on, but little nothing wisps of barely there designer sandals that look like they couldn’t survive one outing to a Hamptons farmer’s market are not it. Much better is this new pair of faux jeweled Birkenstock-knockoffs that I found at Aerosoles, perfect for hoofing it around town. For some reason, I can’t wear the real Birkenstocks; they kill my feet. Nor, in spite of spirited efforts, are Birkenstocks as girly as I like. But these bronze beauties with big rhinestone-studded circles are perfect and the $50 on sale pricetag is easy on the wallet. Best of all, they have arch support, always desirable. Pretty, practical and durable: what more could you want from a sandal? With a little draped Grecian-style mini dress, they are downright sexy. Take that, you Christian Louboutin flip-flops. Get your summerstock sandal here.


Love these fabrics! May 15, 2009

2Chez Ami and Chez Belle is a kid’s clothing company that appears to cater to pampered southern children. Everyone looks so squeaky clean, well-fed, and well-off, like “Where’s the pool party?” It’s the sort of childhood I aspired to, but couldn’t quite pull off with my hip, feminist, Ms.-magazine-reading, ’70s mom. The clothes are darling, but even better are the fabrics. Yes, they offer fabrics for those southern sewing moms to whip cute sun dresses and swimming trunks. (I don’t have kids, but I could use a party-frock apron or a throw pillow or one of those bows!) And best of all, they’re having a sale. Check out Chez etc. here.



THE WIFE: The Chanel Ballet Flats Saga (cont.) May 14, 2009

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taryntitleWhat working girl doesn’t occasionally wish that she could lapse into the fantasy life of just being a WIFE? You know, run the house; decorate; manage the menus and nannies; plan the entertaining; do charity work; stock the closet and so forth. Since almost all of us gals, single or no, are working these days, this is definitely a fantasy.

chanel2At the risk of being terribly politically incorrect, I want to point you to a new blog: THE WIFE, where you get all sorts of practical advice on how to be a classic and elegant housewife. And of course, my favorite post is on the Chanel ballet flat and its indispensability in every housewife’s closet.  So like the supposed impossibility of marrying after 40 and winning the lottery, we may never be WIVES, but preparation is key. Because, hey, you never know. Study being a WIFE here.


My Spring-Fling Budget Wardrobe May 13, 2009

Spring always gets me itching to get a new wardrobe, and I gotta get me some of the pretty, feminine looks so big this year. But my wallet is mighty thin, being neck-deep in home renovations. Here are a few budget-minded items that work as an outfit or can mix into my last year’s wardrobe.Pair this girly blouse with yellow voile skirt below.

Pair this $19 girly blouse from Forever 21 with yellow voile skirt.

Floral prints are all the rage this season, and this $19 blouse from Sears is a top alternative.

Floral prints are all the rage this season, and this $19 blouse from Sears is a top alternative.

Yellow is right on this spring and this $50 Victoria's Secret skirt hits the spot.

Yellow is right on this spring and this $50 Victoria's Secret skirt hits the spot.

I take the subway, so comfort is a must. These Born Crete shoes, $100, add a touch of tough and I know I'll wear them all summer long. (Virtually sold out on Born site, but available on other shoe sites.)

I take the subway, so comfort is a must. These Born Crete shoes, $100, add a touch of tough and I know I'll wear them all summer long. (Virtually sold out on Born site, but available on other shoe sites.)

This little cropped sweater, just $12 from Newport News, completes the ensemble and wards of spring chill.

This little cropped platinum sweater, just $12 from Newport News, completes the ensemble and wards off spring chill.