Sick of corporate Christmas? Try shopping local. Hair Balls presents a 12-part series highlighting ideas for holiday gifts made and sold in Texas.
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Speaking of vintage, lower Westheimer is a haven for clothing resale shops, which can be fun if you have all Saturday but not so fun if you don't like to dig. Our favorite shop is Leopard Lounge, despite it's awful reviews on Yelp, because it's hand-curated selection of vintage clothes takes all the work out of finding something unique to wear. Prices aren't too high, considering they've done all the digging for you, and the styles are somewhere between Retropolis and Buffalo Exchange.
Project Runway winner Chloe Dao brought legitimacy to Houston as a fashionable city. The dresses in her Rice Village shop are so cute. Check out the back of this Mod number, and the striking blue of this simple dress. Though some of her hand-crafted clothes can be expensive, falling into the $300-$400 range, she also sells a handful of charming t-shirts at much lower prices.