June 2nd, 2010

Muse: A Fashion Xanadu

In 5 Words: Boho, Chic, Enviable, Fresh, Inspiration

As a seasoned shopper, I like to pride myself on the fact that I can take a passing glance at any store front, or even take a quick peek in the door, and within three seconds determine if it is worth my coming inside. With Muse, however, I merely had to park six feet from the door to know that I should definitely come in and I should definitely leave my credit cards in the glove compartment of my car. With its signature lamp-shade-head mannequins donning the latest fashion trends in the front windows, Muse is a store begging to be walked into for browsing AND buying. It’s the kind of store in which a gal could do A LOT of damage.


It’s been nearly four years since co-owners Margaret Morris and Lindsay Mousoudakis opened their stylish boutique in River Oaks and as I walk in with my six-week-old fashionista-in-training in tow, I begin to salivate at the rich colors and variety present in every square foot of the boutique. I might even go as far as to say it is sensory overload, but in a good way. Everything is so tempting in fact that I almost don’t know where to start shopping – I mean browsing – first.

Should I start at a wall cleverly displaying a collection of multi-hued ruffled vests in a way reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s color-block? Or should I eyeball a tiered round table near the front door that parades Boho style summer kurtas in every shade and pattern imaginable? If neither suits me, shoes, jewelry, handbags and playful trinkets to complement every outfit are strewn about the store in inviting arrangements as well.


I’m still barely taking it all in and already feeling a bit like Veruca Salt in the Wonka Factory; the only thought running through my mind at this point is, “I want it daddy! I want it!” Good thing I left my wallet in the car. I finally make my way over to the counter where I introduce myself to Morris. Though elegantly understated, she is as in vogue and up-to-the-minute as her tasteful boutique and as she speaks I begin to wonder if she is wearing-slash-advertising the store’s merchandise.

Morris is one half of the mother-daughter team that dreamed up Muse and she is quick to tell you that her daughter Lindsay is the actual mastermind behind the store. “I always wanted to open a tea room and one day Lindsay asked if I wanted to open a boutique together instead and we just went for it. She did all the work and got everything together.”


Indeed, Mousoudakis, who started out in public relations before moving to Los Angeles and helping open the Tory Burch boutique in Beverly Hills, has definitely done her homework and pulled together an enviable assortment of designers that even Neiman’s and Saks don’t carry. “We are the sole carrier of the Calypso brand in the entire city of Houston,” says Mousoudakis. “I just love that brand so much. It’s so different. Any age can wear it and when you do you look dressed but feel comfortable.” “Even women my age can wear it,” echoes Morris, to which I have to roll my eyes and laugh because despite knowing she has a daughter my age, Morris has the ageless beauty of Lynda Carter and even eerily resembles the icon.

The vibrant boutique offers a blend of fragrance, clothing, accessories and even splashes of home accents by designers including the Dori Collection, Roberta Freymann, Avenue Montaigne, Fifteen Twenty, 49 Square Miles, Calypso, Jarbo, Linea Pelle Handbags, Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, Hila and much, much more. And with luxe brands like those ranging anywhere from $25 to $600 plus, what type of woman shops at Muse I wonder? Mousoudakis, who counts Roberta Freymann among her favorite designers, tells us the store typically caters to women between the ages of 30 and 45. “Our customers are fresh, modern, funky, colorful, youthful women; lots of young hip moms too,” she says.


With such an eclectic array of styles and colors, the question begging to be answered is who are Mousoudakis’ and Morris’ muses? “I’m very inspired by my customers. They are always so stylish, darling, fun and they let me play; they give me ideas,” says Mousoudakis who describes her personal style as that of “funky, classic, not quite bohemian but eclectic. I like to mix it up.”

Mix it up she does indeed. The newlywed is wearing black shorts, a tee and a loose silk tank over it – the kind of effortlessly chic outfit that would take the average women several outfit changes to pull together. Seeing her style, I get the sensation that she is actually the one that inspires most of her customers. “We just want people to be able to come in here and know that it’s comfortable. It’s like your best friend’s closet; come in, try on and hang out,” she says.



Where –2411 W Alabama, Houston, TX 77098 (View Map)
What – A Tasteful Boutique with a Feel for the Funky
Wear – You’ll Have a Whole New Wardrobe by the Time You’re Done
How Much – How Well Can You Keep the Plastic in Your Purse?
When – Mon-Tues-Fri 10AM-6PM; Wed-Thu 10AM-7PM; Sat 11AM-6PM

— Emily Kelley


Anette — Saturday, June 26, 2010 10:37 am

great boutique. fresh & fun.

cheap oakley five squared sunglasses — Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:25 am

Saturday and sunday be dressed in: The five bottom 5 inch college is true for the actual traditional, relaxed take a look when hanging out with their associates on the weekends. This lady frames boots and bluejeans using traditional stable colour w neck t shirts as a result of Citified Outfitters. “They are offered in every bright and chic hues, and so merely one thing simple and relaxing, and possibly I most certainly will throw on a jacket.”.

oakley juliet fake — Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:51 am

Any FT192TA may be for intense level of competition on the graduating high school and also higher education quality. It always contains a five year top-quality warrantee. A superb aspect within this product can it be might be realigned to handle force as a result of One hundred seventy to help 230 lbs. Along with do not supply that when these people were upright these false claims probably would not manifest. In a straight line folks have divorced. In a straight line folks have sex away, and also upright folks experience poverty.

oakley gascan tron — Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7:19 am

Jared Harrell pleaded bad Friday on the The year just gone abduction not to mention killing of seven year-old Georgia woman Somer Thompson. After pleading bad, Harrell seemed to be sentenced to our life in prison. Somer evaporated whilst trekking residence at school, not to mention the woman’s shape was discovered 48 hours later on inside a Georgia landfill with regards to 50 stretches north connected with the woman’s Orange Car park, Fla.

Add Your Comment