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    Boutique gives new meaning to retro

    Boutique gives new meaning to retro

    It doesn’t take long to see why Cele Peterson has been able to remain in business for as long as she has.

    Nestled inside Crossroads Fiesta shopping center on East Grant and North Swan roads, Peterson sits in her women’s boutique at her designated spot, a desk in the corner of the store, and exudes a spirit of charisma and fun. She has kept these attributes as the basis of her philosophy for running the business that shares her name for the past 75 years.

    “”I care about the way women look,”” Peterson said. “”We do the best we can to make women look the best that they are.””

    In black slacks and a fuchsia top with matching rouge, Peterson looks every bit as glamorous and polished as the clothes she carries.

    Although much of the merchandise in her store is priced outside most any college student’s budget, the high-end fashion boutique carries beautiful looks that can inspire one to duplicate with more affordable pieces.

    Evening dresses range from simple and chic – for instance, a black short-sleeve Badgley Mischka dress hangs up behind the counter – to ultra-gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pieces – like the halter evening gown the mannequin in the back wears, a black top with rhinestones and a purple taffeta bottom.

    “”I’ve always had a saying that fashion is a way of life,”” Peterson says. “”It’s amazing that you really are what you wear. Your mood and attitude can change just by what you put on.””

    “”Much of the eveningwear that is carried in Cele’s boutique is by designer Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon, including this red silk chiffon dress.

    The piece is perfect for any cocktail party, but the black velvet ribbon that wraps around the waist adds a holiday-wear aesthetic.

    A high neck keeps things covered up and conservative yet the pleats in the skirt of the dress maintain its youthfulness and fun.

    Black opaque tights would add some funk to the look and ankle boots would take it even further.

    This , or a similar style, would be a great dress to own, as the lady in red always steals the show.

    The charms that are available for purchase to create your own bracelet can also be dependent on your present demeanor.

    “”There’s a charm for every occasion,”” said Cele’s daughter Quinta Peterson, who runs the store.

    The charm bracelets are by Pandora, a jewelry line that originated in Europe, and have been sold in the United States since 2002.

    The process of putting together your custom bracelet starts with picking a chain of either sterling silver or 14-karat gold. From there, anything from a flower to a festive pumpkin can be added, starting at $16.50 a charm.

    In need of a gift? These bracelets are a charming idea.

    There’s just something about taffeta, and this Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon dress is no exception.

    Everything from the dark grape hue to the deep v-neck cut line evokes glamour with a capital “”G.””

    Though not likely not something the weekly allowance will cover – the dress is being sold for $610 – it’s definitely an item that would go the distance.

    In order not to take anything away from the dress, jewelry should be kept minimal. This circular, beaded necklace in silver and black adds just the right amount of sparkle. Silver bangles would also be a nice touch.

    As for shoes, black strappy heels would be your best bet.

    There is a fun ’70s retro kick to this camel and black print, scoop-neck dress with three-quarter length sleeves.

    The $350 piece includes a black belt that will give almost anyone a great shape in the dress by American designer David Meister.

    The necklace shown here by Simon Sebbag is a great, chunky accessory that adds to the ensemble.

    With black knee-high boots and a teased coif, a chic disco queen you will be.

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