Monthly Archives: February 2021

Houston native opens clothing store after near-decade of running popular online boutique, Lilly’s Kloset

HOUSTON – A luxury clothing boutique made a big, pink splashdown in Houston.

After nearly a decade of selling clothing online, owner Kemetria Lilly opened her first storefront, Lilly’s Kloset, at 9000 Hempstead Road. She said she had no idea what to expect.

“We are in a pandemic, and I just didn’t know if we did enough marketing to get the people out. So I’m really excited and impressed about it,” Lilly said.

Dozens of customers lined up outside of Lilly’s Kloset Saturday afternoon for a chance to enter the whimsical shopping experience. The grand opening was held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the team limited the number of customers allowed inside, required masks and provided hand sanitizer amid COVID-19.

Despite the global pandemic, Lilly said the expansion felt right because of the overwhelming support from local customers.

“So many of our customers live in Houston,” said

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How to Spot Fakes When Shopping for Vintage Clothing

Illustration for article titled How to Spot Fakes When Shopping for Vintage Clothing and Accessories

Photo: Lolostock (Shutterstock)

Anyone who has spent time shopping for vintage clothing and accessories knows that it can be very hit-or-miss. Of course, you need to go into the whole thing with the understanding that these clothes are old (or at least they should be), which means they’ve likely been worn, and may not be the most perfect, spotless, completely-intact garments.

But are they actually authentic? Well, that depends on a lot of things, including what you consider “authentic” in this context—like whether it’s actually old or a new vintage-style item trying to pass.

And then there’s the matter of fakes. While this probably wouldn’t be an issue with a Basic Editions T-shirt circa the mid-1990s, it is something that happens when you’re dealing with bigger-name luxury brands and designers. So, how do you know if a piece of vintage apparel is the real

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FTSE 100 improves on oil sector stength; Dow hits record high after Georgia runoffs

  • FTSE 100 gains 229 points
  • Sterling is under pressure
  • US markets rebound sharply after sputtering open

5.05pm: FTSE 100 sitting pretty relative to Eurozone counterparts

The FTSE 100 closed 229 points higher, 3.5%, at 6,842 on Wednesday driven by strength in the oil sector. The FTSE 250 improved 255 points, 1.2%, to 20,973. 

“The FTSE 100 continues to outperform its eurozone equivalents as the rally in oil stocks has boosted the UK index,” CMC Markets UK analyst David Madden wrote Wednesday. “The mood in Europe is positive across the board but the strong contribution of and BP to the FTSE 100 in terms of index points has given it a big advantage over the other markets.”

 Anglo American, Glencore and Rio Tinto. , Standard Chartered and Barclays all made gains, Madden noted.

In the US, markets roared to life after a slow start. The Dow gained 472

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Winter is the perfect time to order seeds and plan your spring garden

Another great crisis is upon us, and in March, the coronavirus pandemic induced a tsunami of demand for vegetable seeds. It was something the seed catalogues could not see coming, though they worked hard to get seeds to consumers, even if the selection of varieties was limited. At the time, Renee Shepherd of Renee’s Garden told me she was dealing with about six times the normal volume of orders while also trying to figure out how to keep her employees safe.

It was fortuitous that the pandemic occurred at the threshold of spring and the growing season, you might think. But in a normal year, March is at the tail end of seed-buying season. Typically, home gardeners are knocking on seed companies’ doors now, having spent the holidays salivating over seed catalogues, a surprising number of which are still printed and mailed.

Another aspect of preparing for spring and beyond

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