Editor’s Notes: Designer Launch, Store Openings, and Martinis & Manicures

April 4 2012, 4:15 PM

New contemporary women’s line Wai Ming (“Gift of Light” in Chinese) is launching at Alicia the Boutique this month. Designed by Emily Brady Koplar, an alum of both Vivienne Tam and Ralph Lauren, the collection’s feminine looks (pictured) are crafted with luxurious fabrics from Italy, Japan, and China, and are designed to be functional for the modern woman’s lifestyle (as in, garments that transition from day to night and East to West Coast). The line starts at $88. 3035 E. Third Ave., 303-399-4597, aliciatheboutique.com

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Larimer Square welcomes its newest addition this month with the opening of Blue Ruby Boutique. Although owner Julie Watson is keeping the original Historic Downtown Littleton location, the Larimer store means urbanites can stay within city limits while shopping for women’s—and now men’s, with the addition of Amsterdam-based line Scotch & Soda—contemporary duds. 1420 Larimer St., bluerubydesignboutique.com

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Also, visit former Larimer Square boutique Mariel now that it’s moved to Cherry Creek North. Even though I checked out the boutique when owner Denise Snyder and her crew were still moving in, the spacious new digs include a dedicated bridal area, a tall glass wall for eveningwear, and a petite shoe salon. 3000 E. Third Ave., #8, 303-623-1151

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Martinis and manicures go amazingly well together, as long as we’re not the ones doing the actual mani part. Which is why the pros at Tootsies are teaming up with Beauty Bar Denver to offer gals (and guys) a paw pruning and a cocktail for just $10. Celebrate happy hour in style between now and April 13, and get a two-for-one deal (yes, two martinis and two manicures for $10). Budget-minded fashionistas couldn't ask for more! 608 E. 13th Ave., 720-542-8024