Offbeat Shopping: Zeus Boutique at The Harbor

    Now is about the time of year I get what I'll call the "early summer doldrums." I’ve hit up almost all of my usual boutique haunts recently, and I’ve tired of picked-over sale racks at the mall. Yet, with two outdoor weddings approaching, shop I must. Sound familiar? Maybe you’re facing a similarly packed social calendar, or perhaps you’re lucky enough to have a vacation ahead. Wardrobes must be planned, though trends for the season have come and are rapidly fading into the background. Much like the nautical term I’ve borrowed for my current conundrum ("doldrums"), there's little-to-no wind in my sails and I’m feeling stuck. What's the easiest way to shake off these blues? Get the heck out of Dodge and find a new spot to shop! Thus, I headed out to Rockwall to visit Zeus this week, a hip boutique located in The Harbor, an outdoor shopping center on the shore of Lake Ray Hubbard.     At the moment, I would describe Zeus' inventory as “beach vacation trendy”.  It's always hard to strike a balance between fashion forward and practical for travel, but Zeus has an excellent selection of pieces that fit both categories. To wit, the store boasts a large selection of items that pack very well, such as wrinkle-resistant jersey tops in lots of fun patterns. Maxi dresses, those perennial vacation staples, were also out in full force, including an awesome fuchsia number by YA Los Angeles ($51). What’s more, lots of shorts, from comfy to tailored, were available for as low as $39 in a nice array of colors and designs.     In the trend category, neons and shades of yellow were both in play at Zeus. An Umgee dress ($42) blended a bright sunflower with a heather gray background. Tons of colorful tank tops, perfect for any occasion, would take you from beach combing to a tropical evening out. The store also carries denim by Lucky, Hudson, Seven, True Religion, and Citizens of Humanity, in full-length as well as shorts styles. Shop girl Heather helped me navigate this wide selection. She's a blast to talk to, so definitely keep an eye out for her. Finally, when you go, know that The Harbor features many other stores, restaurants, and spas. You can easily make the most of your trip without having to venture too far off the beaten path. With gorgeous views providing a much-needed change of scenery, I recommend this little road trip highly. Wrap your visit with a margarita on the lakefront patio at Gloria's and kiss those doldrums goodbye.     (Zeus photos, credit DFW Style Daily; The Harbor image, credit

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