TOC is finally ready for summer! We LOVE this mesh overlay dress by Nic+Zoe. We paired it with our favorite Liverpool jean jacket to keep you warm on those cooler summer nights (which seems like every night lately!) Finally, pair the outfit with these simple and comfortable Mephisto sandals and finish off the look with a tubular silk scarf from Harshita.
Stop in and see the TOC crew for more summer wardrobe quick tips!
We hope you had a fabulous holiday weekend. Summer is finally upon us and that means that it is time for some summer vacations! TOC has your travel essentials covered. Comfort is key while traveling but so is style. We think this is a great outfit.
Our first tip about traveling comfortably is to make sure you bring a cozy scarf. Chan Luu’s cashmere silk scarf is perfect for the temperature controlled cabin (also known as the freezing cold airplane) or a makeshift pillow for a quick cat nap. We also recommend layering so if you get warm, you can just take off a layer. We love these cropped palazzo pants by Comfy, together with a Comfy tunic and a light sweater by Repeat. You’ll look great and feel like you are in your pajamas! Another travel tip is to wear your jewelry instead of worrying about packing it. Choose something versatile and comfortable, such as this convertible necklace by Evocutour. It can be worn long or doubled up to make it shorter.
We also suggest a cute pair of comfortable shoes. It makes going through TSA a little less of a hassle. Check out these adorable slip-ons by Corso Como.
Finally, a large tote is a must for a carry-on. I also suggest using a small crossbody to stash your most important items like your passport, ID, and cell phone. Pick one small enough to fit right inside your carry-on tote. Trust me, it makes airport navigating a breeze!
We hope that you travel safe and have a great time on your adventures this summer!
Have you been participating in this year’s downtown walk around? Downtown Mainstreet, Inc. (DMI) has been hosting this event for the past few years to encourage foot traffic downtown. How does it work? You can pick up a special card from participating businesses, that means us! Each business has a unique stamp and you will have until June 5th to collect them all. Our stamp is a cute little bird.
We have really enjoyed this event because it gives everyone the opportunity to get to know the wonderful businesses we have downtown. Community members are always shocked at the number of businesses they’ve never set foot in. We would love it if you would come down, get your first stamp with us, and explore the fabulous downtown La Crosse. We sent Elizabeth to represent TOC and get as many stamps as they could during a typical lunch break… check it out:
The Downtown Walk Around is such a great way to see stores that you would not normally go into. The goal during the lunch hour was try to get to as many businesses we could and still have time to grab a bite to eat. We ended up with stamps from 10 local businesses and bought some new goodies to try, too.
Remember that this is only going on until the first week of June, but getting around downtown in an afternoon is totally doable and you never know what kind of great finds you will discover!
The downtown area is full of fun shops that include chocolates, oils, homemade popcorn, homemade soaps, clothing, and bulk organic body products. There are so many more that we couldn’t have time to go to, but we definitely recommend taking time to take the stamp card and let it guide you around the beautiful downtown area.
The brunch reservation has been made and the corsage has been ordered, but you still need a gift! Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and you are looking for a gift as special as your mom. TOC has just the thing. Don’t procrastinate too long and stop in to see our lovely collection of gifts. Or send your mom in first to fill out a personalized wish list! Here are a few things that will probably be on it:
The TOC team is so excited about this new line of lotions, perfumes and bubble baths. Library of Flowers is handcrafted in small batches and bottled in Colorado. My favorite is the true vanilla, it has hints of bergamot, dark vanilla and amber. The gift sets make a great Mother’s Day treat for your mom, they include soap, body scrub, shower gel, handcreme and lip nectar. Pick a scent she’ll love and get something for yourself, too!
You can never go wrong with jewelry, especially when it is this beautiful. Not only can you give her one of these gorgeous lockets from Monica Rich Kosann, but we can customize it with your pictures. Kosann’s designs are timeless and elegant, yet contemporary and wearable. When your mom opens the locket and sees personal and meaningful pictures inside, there will most likely be tears… the happy kind!
These pillow cases are SO soft! We carried them at Christmas time and they were such a hit, we had to bring in new styles. The nightgowns are new from Faceplant Dreams and they are just as amazing as the pillow cases. Your mom will have such sweet dreams sleeping in one of these “mom” nightgowns and resting her head on a pillow case with a saying just for her. Don’t forget about your four legged friends, either! I am sure they want to get their mommy something special, too.
Finally, nothing says “I love you, mom,” like a gift from PANDORA. Their Mother’s Day collection is absolutely gorgeous. She already has a bracelet? PANDORA’s new collection of shimmering rose jewelry features graphic sterling silver silhouettes of over sized and miniature roses in .925 statement rings, a necklace, and stud earrings. I love their two Mother’s Day gift options, too, which make shopping for mom a breeze! This is PANDORA’s best Mother’s Day yet!
I can’t wait to go home and spend some time with my mom for Mother’s Day. I won’t say what I got her, because she might be reading this, but I know she would love any one of these gifts! I love you, mom!
Until next time, stay sassy and classy!
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With the annual Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival tomorrow, Elizabeth and I have had beer, wine and… you guessed it, cheese on our minds all week. What better place than Wisconsin to celebrate a trio of my favorite things! To quench our thirst and satisfy our appetites we headed to the perfect place last night after work, The Wine Guyz, for some local cheeses and my favorite wine.
Although I won’t be able to make it to the fest this year, I hope many of you already have your tickets! It is such a great way to support local breweries, wineries and creameries. There will be over 45 local vendors serving up delicious beer, wine and cheese. YUM. After tasting a few things, I am sure you are going to want to bring some goodies home to share with your family and friends (or not). TOC has the perfect serveware and drinkware to present all your new favorite indulgences. I kind of have an obsession with really nice cheese boards and great stemware. It somehow makes the wine and cheese taste that much better! Check out some of our favorites:
These J.K. Adams cutting boards are so fun! They are all beautifully handcrafted and made to last. J.K. Adams believes in their products as “kitchen heirlooms” that should be cherished and passed down. You really cannot go wrong with any of these great pieces.
Did you know Nora Flemming customizable serveware also makes cutting boards?! They are so beautiful. I love the stand alone pieces with the Nora Flemming mini attachments, and the cutting board insert for the round serving platter is so versatile. If you aren’t familiar with Nora Flemming, these serving pieces all have interchangeable “minis.” Each mini has a different theme, so you can customize your serveware for any occasion. Seriously, how did I not think of that first?… genius.
Now that you have a way to present the cheese, you’ll need a way to cut the cheese! :) hehe…. Anyway, these colorful knife sets by Claude Dozorme are a great way to finish off that perfect cheese board. They come in an assortment of colors and include three different styles. Don’t be fooled by their fun appearance, these are some seriously nice knives. They stay sharp and last forever.
Now for the perfect accompaniment to your cheese board, wine! I love all the wine accessories made by Simon Pearce. They are simple, elegant, timeless and durable. The wine coaster is great for presenting any bottle of wine and keeping your table and counter drip-free. The Cavendish red wine glass and Madison decanter are also show stoppers for sure! Simon Pearce glass is just so beautifully crafted, you can literally feel the quality. And talk about heirlooms… these pieces are meant to be handed down.
I hope I didn’t make you too hungry, but seriously, go get some beer, wine and cheese, and support local business. It’s fun and delicious! And on another note, don’t forget we are still hosting the Lisette trunk show and have tons of new merchandise to share with you. Stop in this weekend and say hello :)
Guess who just got back from a long weekend in Chicago? This girl :) I spent the last five days dining, drinking, sight-seeing and most importantly, shopping! My biggest take-away from this mini vaca was this: You don’t have to go to the big city to shop like you’re in the big city. I was blown away at the number of designers I saw that we carry right here at TOC. Everywhere we went women were dressed in Eileen Fisher, Comfy, NIC + ZOE, and AGL shoes. Usually after a trip like this, I would be bringing home bags and bags of goodies from all the wonderful shopping spots. Not this time. I honestly did not buy one single thing! Why would I when I can get the same looks, or better right at home? Here are some of my fav designers I saw in Chicago that we carry at TOC:
Eileen Fisher has been a staple here at TOC for many years. We love the simplistic designs and chic aesthetics the line always has to offer. The newest pieces to add to your summer wardrobe include this jewel bateau-neck dress, linen crepe short sleeve cardigan, organic cotton flared skirt and bateau-neck shell. Perfect for layering, and dressing up or down.
I wasn’t even looking for Melissa Joy Manning Jewelry, but I turned around at Nordstrom and I noticed a beautiful display of gorgeous jewelry. Turns out it was Melissa Joy Manning! We began carrying this line about a year ago and it is one of my favorites. Manning creates artistic and delicate pieces using sterling silver, 14k gold, druzys, semi-precious stones, and oxidized silver. Her designs are organic, yet sophisticated. We love her two toned cuff bracelets and unique use of stones. If you haven’t yet, you definitely need to check it out next time you’re in!
You’ve heard me gush over AGL shoes before, and I’m going to do it, again. These shoes are seriously hard to beat on quality, design, comfort and versatility. Every pair is handmade in Italy and the materials, colors, leathers and hardware are all made to our specifications. Even though I saw a large display of AGL shoes at Nordstrom in Chicago, not a single pair was exactly identical to one of ours. How cool is that?! Shopping AGL shoes at TOC means that you will have a one-of-a-kind design unique to our store.
We are so excited to be carrying Mephisto shoes. They are a must-have for summer. You have not experienced comfort until you’ve walked a mile in a Mephisto. These shoes are handmade by master shoe makers in Portugal and France and have been around for over 50 years. These shoes are meant to be worn, walked in and loved… a lot. Come in and try them on, you will be hooked!
Speaking of comfort… I am SO glad I wore my favorite Lisette pants on the 5 hour drive to Chicago. Not only did I see tons of Lisette- style pants while I was in Chicago, but I also saw them at many of the great boutiques downtown. This weekend TOC is hosting a Lisette trunk show. This is so exciting because you don’t have to drive the big city to shop the entire collection from Lisette, we are going to have it available for you to try right here in our store starting this Thursday! We would love for you to make an appointment or just stop in. Just for trying on a pair of Lisette pants, you will be entered for a chance to win a credit of $125 toward Lisette merchandise! Call us at (608) 784-2640, we hope to see you there.
The ladies at TOC have been busy all week getting ready for Downtown Mainstreet’s Spring Fling event this Friday. This annual event is always a blast and it kicks off the spring shopping season. Over 50 downtown businesses participate in the festivities, and we wouldn’t miss this great opportunity to host another open house.
Sounds fun, right?! Here are the details… We will be extending our hours until 8:00 pm this Friday, April 10. The fun will begin at 4:00 pm, however we will be open at our normal time, 10:00 am. Come enjoy refreshments and snacks while you peruse the hottest spring styles including new Eileen Fisher, Nic + Zoe, AGL shoes, fabulous housewares and many many more! And if that isn’t enough of an incentive, you will also get the chance to draw for a discount of up to 25% off your entire purchase! Some exclusions do apply, however, you can use the discount toward our Touch of Clearance merchandise. The discount cannot be combined with any other offers.
With all this Spring Fling excitement, now is the perfect time to introduce our newest TOC team member, Elizabeth McMullen! Elizabeth is our new Marketing Specialist andwe are so thrilled at the talent, personality and energy she is bringing to TOC. She will be here all weekend to help kick off our spring season. She cannot wait to meet all of our fabulous customers. You are going to love her!
Easter is right around the corner… are you ready to be the hostess with the mostest? TOC has all of your last minute decorations, serveware, and Easter must-haves. Don’t have anything to wear? We can help with that, too!
Check out our latest collection of housewares. MATCH is a line of luxurious hand crafted pewter heirlooms made in northern Italy. Each piece is carefully designed in family-owned workshops by classically trained artisans. MATCH offers the broadest collection of Italian pewter in the world. It. Is. Beautiful!!! Any of these pieces would be perfect for your afternoon Easter brunch, and you’ll be sure to enjoy them for many years to come. Then they will be passed on, as they are meant to be heirlooms. We are super excited to be carrying such fantastic and elegant pieces.
Nothing says “Happy Easter” quite like Mariposa and Coton Colors! You are going to love these whimsical spring pieces. Brighten up your Easter table with this adorable chevron serving tray by Coton Colors. And who wouldn’t love that cute little Easter egg tray by Mariposa? So festive :) Stop in this week to see the whole collection.
If you haven’t been in to check out all the great spring trends, you are seriously missing out. We can’t get enough of our favorite silk blouses by Equipment. This toadstool print is our latest obsession! We also love some of our new brands like Ecru and Cambio. This coral button-up by Ecru is totally perfect over a printed blouse, and is complimented by this simple (and so comfortable) khaki pant by Cambio. No outfit would be complete without a fabulous pair of shoes, and these Johnston and Murphy suede wedges are so neutral, they work with any spring outfit.
I’m hoping the Easter Bunny gets the memo that I am expecting this Honora ring in my Easter basket this year! We are thrilled to be carrying this new line of pearl jewelry. Honora is the largest importer of fine freshwater pearls in the country, and we are totally obsessed with their jewelry. This stunner has matching earrings, too. We also have necklaces, bracelets and other great pieces in rose gold, yellow gold and sterling silver. It has been flying out the door since we got it in, so make sure you come check it out soon.
This week is going to be beautiful, it is the perfect time to take a stroll downtown and come pay us a visit! We hope to see you all before Easter.
It is that time of year again, my favorite light-weight, soft and cozy spring cashmere from 360 and Alashan has arrived! The colors are delicious and they feel even more amazing than I remember. Seriously, these cashmeres are a breath of fresh air… And I don’t want to jinx anything, but this winter has been more on the mild side which makes these the perfect wear-now and wear-later sweaters. Check out a few of my favorites:
I love life and I love this sweater!! So sweet, and perfect for Valentine’s Day. This is what I like to call the “business in the front, party in the back” cashmere. You think it is just a pretty, soft and luscious cashmere, but there is a surprise message in the back! Who doesn’t want to spread that kind of love all day?! Adorable :)
This is a team fav for sure. This Jade sweater by 360 is so cute! This is the perfect way to start lightening up your wardrobe without going into full-on bright spring color. Some of us just aren’t quite ready for that yet! Although, I definitely will be soon…
How beautiful is this contrast trim poncho by Alashan Cashmere?! You have to feel this to believe it. Absolutely plush. It feels as luxurious as it looks! This is the perfect way to look fresh and still stay warm.
There are so many more styles and colors! You are definitely going to want to stop in soon and let us help you freshen up your wardrobe. Spring will be here before we know it… at least we all hope :) Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing more new spring merchandise in the next few weeks and I have a very exciting announcement later this week!
Have you carved your pumpkins, decorated the yard, or planned your costumes yet?? Halloween will be here before we know it! TOC has a few tricks planned for the festivities… and some treats, too! Every year, Downtown Main Street, Inc, hosts a day of tricks, treats, and costumes. This year we invite you to join in on the Halloween fun Saturday, October 25th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. We’ve recently noticed a band of gypsies traveling through La Crosse and we’ve invited them to join us for the day! They will be telling fortunes, reading palms and a few other mysterious tricks ;) You won’t want to miss it!
We also have tons of fabulous and fun Halloween decor to spice up your home before the trick-or-treaters show up at your door. Your little ones can stock up on the treats, while you stock up on the tricks! We will be open our regular hours, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We hope you can make it! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!