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Put down the wool 

And back away slowly.

Fall can be a pain in the butt in Arkansas. The calendar’s telling you it’s time to put away all things strappy and dust off the tall boots, but we can hardly be expected to take seriously those seasonal fashion deadlines — surely created by some malnourished magazine editor somewhere deep in the tundra — when the mercury’s still dancing around 100 in the last week of September. You want my khaki linen drawstring pants? Pry ’em off my sweltering dead hips. But there’s no arguing that it can feel a little ridiculous to go shopping for Halloween candy in a light-pink halter, no matter how fast those little M&Ms will melt on the way home. So imagine my joy on a recent visit to the loose-and-boxy side of Beyond Cotton (the only side I venture into unless I’m overdue for a downward self-esteem adjustment) when I came across its fairly extensive selection of linen clothes in most definitely un-summery colors. Dark-olive pinstripe skirt, jacket and pants here, a gorgeous deep teal Johnny-collar shirt there, a little mustard and grape and charcoal thrown in for good measure. You won’t have to put this stuff away until it’s time to pull out the cardboard turkeys. Bonus feature: generous sizing. Hand me some of them smalls, would you? On to this week’s tidbits: • If you’re reading this on Thursday, Oct. 6, it’s time for the monthly late shopping hours in Hillcrest and the Heights. Drop by Box Turtle at the lower end of the Hillcrest stretch of Kavanaugh — they throw live music and refreshments into their First Thursday mix. • Nu, the aggressively hip-n-trendy restaurant at the mouth of the River Market neighborhood, is kicking off a new fall feature, “Fashion Fridays,” this week. More than half a dozen boutiques will be participating at some point, and Scarlet gets things started with a fashion show Friday, Oct. 7, that doubles as the store’s first birthday party. Runway lights go up at 8 p.m. • Check out the collage-like creations of local designer Missy Lipps and the silkscreen prints of artist Katherine Strause at a “studio show and sale” from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2711 W. Sixth St. In a press release, Lipps described her clothes as “empowering, in that seams show, stitches vary and colors clash. The fashion is in the flaws.” (Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.) (Just kidding.) As for Strause’s prints, I’m waaaaaaaaaaaaaay outside my area of expertise there, but they sound cool — they’re based on discarded portrait photographs — and, of course, you can buy them. Best part: Everything at the sale will be priced between $25 and $100. • Missed Duck Duck Goose, or didn’t find what you wanted there? Another children’s consignment sale, Rhea Lana’s, is happening Oct. 13-15 at the former Brandon House furniture store at 12th and University. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 13-14, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 15, everything’s half price. Check the web site, www.rhealana.com, for all the info on becoming a consignor. •Winterberry Home should be open in its new location (the former Et Cetera building on Kavanaugh near Cantrell) by Oct. 15. shoppingchick@arktimes.com
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