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/// GIFT GUIDE FASHIONISTA


This person asks life’s hard questions: Does that come in a bigger size or with matching earrings? Her vanity plate reads “chanelNo5” and every day is another stab at the little black dress-up. Who gives a frock about hair, heels and haughty attire? The fashionista does. BY MI S S Y B LAC K


DO There’s a reason they’re


called “skinny jeans.” To remain trim, the Whoville


5K on Dec. 18 is the fashionista’s workout of choice. The 9 a.m. walk and “fun run” in Riverside Park encourages snow shoeing, dogs, kids on sleds and (here’s what seals the deal) participants may dress up like a


“Whoville character or something fun and colorful,” says Race Director Doug Bostian. Expect contests for the best Grinch costume, hot chocolate and chocolate fountains.


The Whoville 5K Riverside Park whoville5k.com


DRINK


Following every trend with bloodhound intensity, the fashion-forward are all over UV


Cake. This cake-flavored vodka can be mixed with Ginger Ale, cola or root beer. “I sell it in little shots. It’s good to drink straight,” says Brian Snell, manager of Drake Party Center. “It’s very sweet with a slight yellow vanilla cake taste.” For New Year’s Eve, put on that party dress and have another slice, er, sip of cake to celebrate in style.


Drake Party Center 4717 West kl Ave., Kalamazoo drakespartycenter.com, (269) 372-5879


LISTEN


The fashionista is always look- ing for the opportunity to pose. Her mood changes quickly and


her clothing choices follow. With one listen to Sax Kitten, featuring saxophonist John Gist and singer, speaker and performance poet Allie Merrick, there’s plenty of room for interpretation.


“The music has great texture. It molds itself to fit your mood,” says “kitten” Merrick. Listen to the album Playback on itunes and buy it because,


“The sax really is a perfect compliment to the hu- man voice,” or more importantly, because it’s the musical equivalent to “a Jessica Rabbit-looking dress, something backless — maybe even Flapper girl like with more vintage tones.” Meow!


Sax Kitten thesaxkitten.com


EAT


The fashionista may stumble into Mia & Grace thinking it is an upscale clothing boutique


— it’s not. But she’ll stay for the artwork: both on the walls and on her plate. Fancy food is what she’s after. A house-made hot dog with rosemary mustard ($10) is washed down with sips of lemon thyme soda ($2), followed up with a treat of candied bacon ice cream ($3). To-do list: Look extravagant while eating a chichi meal. Done!


Mia & Grace


1133 3rd Street, Muskegon miaandgrace.com, (231) 725-9500


WATCH


A man in uniform is a fashioni- sta’s weakness. Four dudes sporting old-school Crayola-


colored Adidas tracksuits are the perfect eye candy among lead singer Whitney’s forever-long play list of totally tubular ‘80s tunes. The band? Starfarm. The mission? To musically travel back to the time of pegged pants and mullets at Billy’s on Dec. 23 and Grand Woods Lounge on Dec. 2. Fashionable folk will love the band’s nostalgic look and sound from a time when fashion was at its loudest. Think about requesting Madonna’s


“Material Girl” or Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.” to keep in theme.


Starfarm starfarmband.com


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SCHEDULE | DINING | SIGHTS | SOUNDS SCENE


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