Just when men thought their wardrobe couldn’t be trendy along comes a hot little boutique shop like Uniform. Located in the South End, this popular men’s store for contemporary clothing, skincare and accessories offers those fashion forward men a sense of style. If you are looking for a new suit, head over here where the staff will size you up and fit you in the most exquisite suit you’ve ever seen. They also carry fun T-shirts, deconstructed blazers, roll sleeve button downs, slim fit chinos, and even reversible shorts.You’ll transition from work to play in no time and look fabulous in the process. Check out the website at uniformboston.com.
Owen’s thoughtful compilation of men’s and women’s wear in rich jewel tones, dark neutrals, and complex, highly textured knit, leather, and fur, make it a worthwhile addition the high-end boutiques in the meatpacking district. Phillip Salem, Owen’s enthusiastic, 25-old-owner, handpicks every piece―his lofty goal is to ensure that each pick is both statement-making and timeless.
Floral design is not just an art, it’s an experience.
Under the instruction of Ovando’s designers, participants will get to take an inside peek into the incredible world of floral design. Each of our single-session classes will discuss varying themes and design principles, as well as some of the modern design philosophies which define Ovando’s signature style.
Ovando is not just classes, it has a beautiful array of flowers and floral arrangements and fragrances for any occasion, for home to corporate events.
Sandra de Ovando has become an influential force in New York’s design milieu. Sandra discovered exotic flowers, plants and fruits that she began incorporating into her designs – there the signature style was born that today defines Ovando’s dynamic compositions and custom installations.
In 2003, Sandra opened Ovando’s West Village luxury boutique. The space was accredited for its distinctive décor and brilliantly crafted window installations, and Sandra’s dramatic compositions, recognized for their love of color and natural sophistication, became the favorite of New York’s elite, including celebrities, high-end restaurants, fashion houses and luxury hotels.
Today, after sizable expansion, including the opening of a 2,500 square foot production studio, a second boutique on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and the launch of a dedicated event production wing, Ovando has blossomed into one of New York’s most sought after design & event production firms. Under Sandra’s direction and impeccable eye, the company has won international acclaim for its work with prestigious clients to the likes of Hermes, The US Open Tennis Association, Donna Karan, Four Seasons, Saks Fifth Avenue, and The MOMA, to name only a few. From stunning floral installations, custom props & moody lighting, and the full-scale construction of breathtaking displays and environments, Ovando is a dazzling celebration of form, function, and flowers. Vist ovandony.com for more information. Visit the Madison Ave Location at 19 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065
or the West Village Location at 337 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10014
Emerging luxury womenswear label Atelier Azza strives for timeless yet modern opulence with its signature Swarovski laden hand-embellishments and voluminous cuts.
Launched by designer Azeeza Khan in 2012, Azza swiftly established a recognizable aesthetic with distinct motif hand embroideries on vivid pure silk fabrics.
The Azza Ready-to-Wear and Couture showroom is located in the heart of Chicago’s luxury shopping mile at 520 N. Michigan Avenue. The nearly 1,000 square foot boutique is located on Level 3, adjacent to the women’s department of Nordstrom Michigan Avenue.
This retail effort brings mainstream access to Azza’s statement garments that have garnered a cult following amongst Chicago’s fashion set and continues to attract attention globally. Click here for more information.
Hello, and welcome to the world of LuLu’s, a beautiful and elegant vintage boutique located in Chicago. LuLu’s world is one of sophistication, whimsy and glamor. We specialize in extraordinary jewelry, couture gowns and party dresses, glamorous furs, and an amazing selection of vintage bridal gowns! So let me offer you a glass of champagne while you enter into the beautiful world of being a girl…
LuLu’s is located at 3862 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60613. Click here for more information.
We’re obsessed with the Lower East Side and for the last year have taken pleasure in dressing her friends, neighbors, and strangers from New York and cities and countries abroad.
Every line carried in the boutique is hand chosen for its high quality, unique design, and perfect attention to detail. If we wouldn’t wear it we are not going to sell it. Consistently influenced by this neighborhood, each piece reflects its cutting edge sensibility – comfort clothing for the wild child who’s just a little rough around the edges.
The boutique itself maintains an emphasis on making passionate hard work fun. This ethos is reflected through every facet of Blake Scotland: The hot, clever staff, boyfriends smoking on the bench out front, creative excuses to host events – albeit increasingly fashion focused. There’s no I in team. We aren’t shy about pooling our resources. We boast a family of friends who turn ideas and dreams into reality.
Vogue, Elle, Daily Variety and Lucky Magazines have all hailed C Madeleine’s in North Miami as the hidden gem that all fashionistas must find, trouble is it’s quite discreet, tucked quietly into a small spot along Biscayne Boulevard and NE 137 St. that’s almost not visible, even though there is a sign.
Fashionistas will go crazy for the vintage and couture clothing, bags, accessories, shoes and jewelry that range from the 1900s to even present day. At C Madeleine’s they take pride in offering customers quality, custom made items that make add a unique element to any wardrobe. The items sold here are either one-of-a-kind or one of only a few manufactured.
With a selection like this, it’s no surprise the place is a celebrity haunt, attracting the throngs of them that descend on Miami for jetsetting to events and weekend getaways.
C Madeleine’s is located at 13702 Biscayne Boulevard, 305-945-7770, www.cmadeleines.com
The upscale shopping in Uptown’s West Village offers a blend of boutiques and national brand stores to the tune of Ann Taylor and Banana Republic. In an afternoon of store-hopping, shoppers can come home with anything from artisan handmade accessories or a pair of cowboy boots to business attire and a bottle of wine. The West Village also has a variety of eateries to refuel after a day of hard shopping, as well as a few watering holes and the Magnolia Theater if an indie film strikes your fancy after all that shopping. A few excellent shops to stop into are Carito Caro, Cowboy Cool, Pitaya, and Club Monaco opens for Fall 2011.
Mockingbird Station is a great place to shop when you’re looking for a few of those “mall” favorites but don’t want to deal with the hassle of the mall. Pick up your necessities at Bath and Body Works, Ann Taylor, The Gap or Victoria’s Secret and then find that something extra special at one of their boutiques, such as Movida or Francesca’s collections. Mockingbird Station is home to several little restaurants to get a quick bite or post-shop cocktail, as well as the Angelika Film Center, great for checking out the latest indie flicks. It’s also conveniently located just north of downtown, right on the DART Rail stop.
Every vintage-clothing connoisseur goes through the same weary task of rifling through racks at vintage stores in hopes of finding that one little upscale gem that’s been overlooked. This treasure hunt can be frustrating and (pun intended) wearing. Look no further, my friends. Puttin’ on the Ritz in Snider Plaza specializes in vintage collections up to a hundred years old including 20th century wedding dresses and even some classic designer labels from collections of decades passed. This is no second hand store of hand-me-downs, Puttin’ on the Ritz brings you vintage shopping at its finest. While the vintage designer clothing can cost into the thousands, you can still find some good buys in the $20 and up range to give your wardrobe a nod to those fashion trends that keep resurfacing through the test of time.
There’s something about carrying around that handbag with the LV insignia all over it. The matching keychain, wallet, luggage and other accessories make for an even bigger fashion statement.
The Louis Vuitton name still carries that element of panache and so the company likes to keep it that way. Their stores can only be found in the most exclusive of stores around Miami. Aventura Mall in the northern part of Miami, The Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Dadeland Mall in the south end of Miami . The latest announcement is that LV will open a free-standing store in the hip Design District so that’s another one to look forward to. No worries either, these are not typical malls because of course LV would only be sold in very high-end shops which these are.
To find these exclusive spots where LV is sold visit www.louisvuitton.com and check the store locator section of the website.
The Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables is a classy, upscale, chic and elegant shopping venue (this is no mall) and that’s why classic and iconic fashion designer Carolina Herrera chose the venue for her store.
Evoking the Mediterranean feel that makes the Gables unique, Merrick Park is open-air and features lushly landscaped tropical gardens and fountains throughout and is truly a shopping destination. Having the legendary Herrera choose this as the home for one of her stores is the perfect fit.
The store features both men’s and women’s fashions in what could only be described as the fashion designer’s instantly recognizable clean line and timeless look. Fashionistas who need a jolt of that in their closet will certainly find it here. Her signature CH fragrance for women is also available here.
The Village of Merrick Park is located at 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables 305-448-3333 www.villageofmerrickpark.com
Second Time Around is a lot less expensive than most of the consignment stores around DC, but conveniently located in Georgetown. This store is filled to the brim with vintage treasures – jewelry, shoes, purses, dresses, and a lot more all carefully categorized for your convenience.
Carrying a wide selection of not only high-end designers, but also brands like BCBG or Forever21. Dig a little harder and you can definitely find the true gem that you are looking for.
You can consign easily at STA. Just make an appointment to review your items, then leave the rest to the boutique, and get ready to redeem your earnings after 90 days!
Shh… Any items that don’t sell can be reclaimed within the grace period or the boutique will donate them to the charity for you. Visit secondtimearound.net for more information.
The merchandise here, hand-picked by owner Isabel Aguiar (hence the name ISA Boutique) is all Miami chic. The store is bright with the usual funky decor that’s so popular in small unique spots like this. A zebra-print rug, strategically placed clothing and accessories that’s aesthetically pleasing and an overall airy atmosphere that gives customers plenty of room to browse.
And browse they will, what with the awesome swimwear that’s pretty much useable year-round, colorful and custom-made jewelry and the kind of light, feminine clothes by local designer RaMona La Rue who is based in the Design District along with other well known fashions. Aguiar makes sure to provide beauty products too with her own line of products — Body by Isa.
ISA Boutique is located at 3400 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 786-558-8027 www.isa-boutique.com
Already a mecca for great boutiques that fashionistas flock to, South Beach now gets two more, the Alchemist Shop with two locations on Lincoln Road.
One is a typical stand alone boutique the other is uniquely situated inside a parking garage. Of course, because it’s on South Beach it’s not just any parking garage, this is an industrial monstrosity at the tip of Lincoln Road. Now moviegoers can make a stop at this funky shop and sift through some truly unique fashions.
They’re known to carry high-end items by designers Undercover, Rick Owens and Libertine and of course, items get softer for Spring and as the seasons change so do the fashions in the Alchemist Shop. Jewelry, accessories and even some furniture are available as well.
Both stores share a unique clean, modern look and the view from the garage location is stellar thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. People watching onto Lincoln Road never looked so good.
Be By Baby fits right into the West Lakeview/Roscoe Village neighborhood, offering trendy clothing options for the smallest of humans. Socially aware parents, too, have a variety of parenting supplies in this high-end boutique, from baby carriers to cloth diapers. Some products are organic, and many are ecologically responsible.
In addition to selling a variety of popular branded clothing and toy items, Be By Baby also offers classes that reflects the owners’ philosophies of attachment parenting. Classes range from exercise-based, including baby & me Pilates, to new parent lessons about breastfeeding.
Be By Baby is conveniently located near the Paulina el stop.
After Akira opened in 2002, the trendy clothing/shoe/accessories store exploded across Chicagoland, now boasting 14 stores with plans for more.
While some Akira stores focus only on clothing, others focus only on shoes. Even then, shoppers will encounter different styles depending on the store; for one, the downtown location is more urban and offers sneakers, while the North Avenue shop doesn’t. Akira knows its market, no matter where it sets up shop.
It also knows trendy and mostly affordable fashion, which isn’t any more obvious than at the fashion shows Akira sponsors and organizes to showcase its more than 200 designer brands. Find out when these shows are happening on Akira’s Facebook page.
In a non-descript building along Biscayne Boulevard in Miami’s MiMo District or Upper East Side is the Julian Chang boutique/showroom. A native Peruvian who studied at Miami International University of Art & Design, the designer was a force to be reckoned with while still attending school.
His couture pieces quickly became the favorite of Miami’s elite crowd who turned to Chang for original designs during the height of party season which is pretty much year-round in Miami. He certainly does not pigeonhole himself to one style, cranking out eveningwear, contemporary women’s and ready-to-wear collections. He’s received honors from Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue en Espanol and MIFW.
Julian Chang is located at 6665 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL
Release your inner girlie-girl at this sweet-as-candy boutique in Highlands Square. Hardly bigger than a shoebox, the crayon-bright space is lined with framed photos of seductresses from the golden era of the silver screen, beneath whose scarlet smiles racks burst and shelves spill with all kinds of finds at generally reasonable prices: belts, hats, shades, bags, scarves, and costume baubles complement a smaller selection of apparel. And the easygoing staff strikes the perfect balance between helpfulness and the hands-off approach, so you can browse at your leisure.
Seems like the Miami Design District is on everyone’s radar with many high-end boutiques to furniture/accessory stores opening in the area, many of which attract celebrities, designers and fashionistas.
Now lovers of bag and shoe designer Christian Louboutin rejoice with the opening of a boutique in the heart of the area. The clickety clack of women wearing the signature shoes with the rich, red colored soles will be heard far and wide. The boutique itself is a fascinating structure with lovely, fuzzy plants and flowers growing from the top facade.
Inside, everything including flats, pumps, evening shoes, wedges, platforms and boots are available as well as a collection of day and evening bags. For day the bags are slightly larger while clutches make up a majority of the evening bag choices. And he actually does make sneakers for both men and women too.
Christian Louboutin Miami is located at 155 NE 40 Street, Miami, FL
Located at the border of Wicker Park and the Ukranian Village, Penelope’s is a hip boutique that celebs love to peruse when they’re in town. It’s low profile but full of sweet finds for both sexes.
Around since 2002 — which for this ‘hood and the average life span of a trendy boutique, means it’s practically a dynasty; the brands they love that you’re sure to find here include:
- Our Legacy
- Gitman Vintage
- Shades of Grey
They don’t stock up on enormous amounts of size runs which means little risk of seeing your look mirrored back to you on Michigan Avenue – collections change frequently so shop often!
They’re stars on E the Entertainment Channel with two reality shows, the focus of one being the sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian’s boutique DASH Miami located on South Beach’s gritty and happening Washington Avenue.
It’s a non-descript storefront that’s easily missed with a simple DASH sign but step inside and their style, which is a blend of fun and funky, comes right through. The K sisters love to showcase their favorite fashions in the stores from simple to simply embellished t’s, cool dresses, tanks and plenty of accessories of course. They’ve also got swimwear, a line they recently debuted at Miami Fashion Week.
DASH Miami is located at 815 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Celebrating four decades in the same Coconut Grove location, The Maya Hatcha is an institution in the area and it’s thanks to their unique clothing items, jewelry and other accessories.
This is the place to shop for cool, comfortable clothing and shoes, all made from natural materials, there’s lots of cool cotton and gauze in this place. Their “Kurta” an Indian shirt made of 100% cotton or silk is a great seller and comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Their flowing dresses can be dressed up for an evening out but also make a great beach or poolside cover up. Colorful accessories like handbags, hats and their exotic jewelry are the perfect complement to a new outfit.
They’ve also get both delicate and bold printed bedspreads and tapestries to add a touch of Maya to the home.
The Maya Hatcha is located at 3058 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL
Goodbye to Plain Jane. Sayonara, Farewell, Au revoir! Now say hello to Sara Jane.
It was the fall of 2002 when Sara Jane opened a store bearing her own name in hopes of providing a true boutique experience amongst the slew of chains just blocks nearby on the Magnificent Mile. Nestled in perhaps Chicago’s most charming neighborhood, Old Town, Sara Jane has made her humble splash on the scene. Although a regular in Lucky Magazine and Chicago Magazine, ask your average Chicagoan and they probably have never heard of the place.
But local fashionistas and Old Towners know to turn to Sara Jane for unique finds on adorable dresses, cocktail wear, jeans and accessories. The quick turnover allows for more variety and the small space often times conjures up new friendships and gab sessions (lucky thing there are plenty of pubs and bistros nearby!) A visit when “Sara Jane” herself (a.k.a. Sara Plocker) is there will only prove this neighborhood-gal-pal feel all the more.
Though Milk Boutique on 3rd Street is jammed in the middle of other high end and fashionable boutiques, Milk opened their doors in 2005 with hopes to create a fashionable and artistic space for shoppers looking to fill their homes and closets with unique and expensive finds.
The founders of Milk opened the fairly large store and filled racks and tables with European designers and apparel for women as well as baby and men’s clothing. Not only are the clothing and accessories to die for, but the store is cleverly decorated with pieces such as vintage suitcases and milk cartons.
Not only is Milk a favorite for fashionistas, celebrities such as Whitney Port and Amy Smart have been spotted wearing items from the boutique.
Though the store on 3rd should absolutely be visited, the website alone is an amazing online shopping find. The site features online and in store sales as well as a blog spotlighting different months and trends for those looking for a particular piece of clothing or look.
Even though the name is simple, their clothing, shoes and accessories are anything but.
There’s no better place to feel like a rock star than Whiskey Blue. Of course the weekends are maddening but the weekdays aren’t too shabby either. Wednesday typically attracts the business crowd but there’s nothing boring about making dollars.
As a hotel guest, it’s easy to access the rooftop party from within the hotel but it might be worth entering it from the street just to ride up in elevator with the couch and cross the bridge to excitement.
The bar is a stylish slither so it’s only natural to meet people. Small bites like the yummy tuna spring rolls and lamb sausage pizza from Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Market downstairs are available until 10pm. Move past the bar and the space opens up slightly. Wood-paneled walls and yacht-club inspired furnishings create a warm and intimate vibe and then, the DJ is barely noticeable all the way in the back. There’s also seating parallel to the bar, hence the slithering gap.
Now if a city view and fresh air is a must, take the right just past the bar, through a glass door and behold a clear view of the city. To really soak in the al fresco vibe, though, go to the other side and stay awhile. Cabanas divided by a mini-garden of sorts, well shrubbery and other trappings of nature, work for all seasons thanks to heat lamps.
Drinks are seasonal and pretty standard for most bars in the Gerber Group stable. The Bubblicious, made with bubblegum vodka, is super fun. Mojitos come in multiple flavors, including strawberry, blueberry, mangomint and ginger. And, there’s lots of whiskey too.
It’s a nonstop party at Whiskey Blue. No wonder the beautiful people can’t leave it alone.
It’s hard to believe the once infamous nightclub Limelight-that was once an Episcopal church turned into a scandalous late night party house- is now a chichi mall. There’s a doorman in a marble lobby of the new Limelight Marketplace, a chandelier on every ceiling, and exquisite – read, expensive – designer pajamas available from Olatz that you can wear in bed, while you eat artisan chocolate from Mariebelle Cacao Bar & Cafe.
On the first floor, formerly the main dance floor, there are Havianas and Hunter boots in every color imaginable, on the balconies there are flower arrangements from Barbara Scott (that might break the bank if you’re not careful), and rows of dainty handmade jewels from Tina Tang. And in the once co-ed bathroom that posted naked pictures of porn stars, you will find classy Brocade home furnishings fit for a modern princess.
In short, the Limelight Marketplace has it all for the ultimate upscale New York, however ironic, shopping experience. But lost on this irony the Limelight Marketplace is not. Many of the boutique stalls are set up around little bars that serve wares instead of alcohol: at Alexander West you can order a custom (bespoke!) men’s dress shirt and at Petrossian you can order ten different types off caviar – if that’s what you’re into. There are mannequins dressed as club kids on the main floor and there are antique bobbles from Old Hollywood on display in front of an enormous stained glass tryptic on the balcony. Shopping at the Limelight Marketplace is truly a unique experience – especially if you have experienced it in its former gritty glory.
Hotel Erwin, the boutique hotel situated in Venice, is the perfect place to stay when you want to get a little sun and beach front location without all the hustle and bustle of the Venice Beach boardwalk.
This hotel is extremely chic and brings a whole new element to the beach. With great views of the boardwalk and Abbot Kinney, guests rave about the location and amenities. A great amenity is the restaurant Hash, featuring a mouth watering breakfast and lunch with favorites such as Cap’n’s French Toast and Venice Benedict. Another plus is the rooftop bar, High Lounge, where guests and patrons can get ocean front views during the evening.
Mixed in with the henna tattoo parlors and cotton candy stands, there is an amazing hotel just waiting to be visited. The next time you are at Venice Beach, you should definitely deal with Erwin.
A stone’s throw from downtown Dallas is an eclectic neighborhood that will make you feel as if you have stepped into a new wonderland. The Bishop Arts District is a town square of sorts that combines art galleries, boutiques, fine dining and casual bistros, as well as special events like wine walks and gathering for cyclists.
Set up with free parking, tree-lined sidewalks and a myriad of windows to shop from, Bishop Arts draws the young, the old, and the fabulously funky. Enjoy drinks at the quaint bar inside Eno’s Pizza, a famous Frito Pie at Tillman’s Roadhouse, and a hard-to-find soda pop from your childhood at the Soda Gallery. Unique t-shirts and trendy styles abound at Epiphany, all natural pet foods for your furry friend are sold at the Green Pet, and when your favorite first edition is in need, take it to The Book Doctor; they specialize in repairing books.
With this incredible mix of things to do and see, it’s no wonder that Bishop Arts is one of the fastest growing gems in Dallas. Take an afternoon or evening to explore and experience, and you just might find that you have a new favorite hang out.
San Francisco is inundated with salon and spa storefronts- some pricey, some alternative and some for the gentleman traveler. Yet who wants another mediocre massage when there’s In-Symmetry? Hidden on the south side of Potrero Hill, this high quality day spa has a “members only” atmosphere and an “everyone’s welcome” price- just like Trader Joe’s.
In-Symmetry Spa is as proud of its history of service for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, K.D. Lang, Ashton Kutcher, Pink, and Natalie Merchant as it is its deep-tissue massage services for the masses of locals who frequent here every week. No matter who you are, this laid-back spa will treat you with the indulgence and respect you deserve after your long week at work.
Aside from a Zen Hot Stone Massage that will make your body melt on the table, and a healing Sports Massage, In-Symmetry provides specialized Pre-Natal massages that pamper mama-to-be and Facials that will tone and tighten your face without the surgery. But be prepared, every service here will leave you floating on air with your head in the clouds, so planning your payment ahead of time might be wise.
There’s a saying that if you want something done right you have to do it yourself. Voila- Studio Bini was born! Frustrated with the lack of cute kids clothes, new mom Linde Schlumbom began stitching and sewing unique, sophisticated children’s clothes in her basement. After partnering with artist Sandy Brudos, Studio Bini went from a basement boutique brand to a main street boutique showcasing their own clothes and the work of local designers like themselves.
No hokey teddy bears or big-eyed bunnies will be found here- this kiddy boutique is not only for kids to have unique, sophisticated clothes, shoes, and accessories, but for adults to have a fun experience buying them. With adorable designs like the “Marilyn” dress for the girls and a WWII styled bomber jacket for the boys, you may (secretly) wish they came in adult sizes too!
Studio Bini also offers private label clothing, toys, books and infant equipment. Sizes are from newborn to 4T.
When faced with the challenge of buying a gift for the person who has everything, there is one shop that has become the go-to for exactly this type of crisis. Fête-ish features unique and anything-but-typical merchandise that will guarantee a successful find. Decorative accessories, furniture, art and handmade works from local artisans gives you an array of choices at every price point.
Since everyone loves a pleasant smelling abode, check out the home fragrances like Trapp Private Gardens, Tyler, Voluspa and La-Tee-Da. If you’re searching for uncommon wedding gifts and trinkets, don’t worry- Fête-ish carries products from celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss’s wedding collection.
And holidays? You won’t want to miss the vast collection of Christmas trees, fabulous ornaments, and creative gift ideas that will light up even the most sour Scrooge. So, when struggling to find that perfect gift, take the short drive to Fête-ish and pick up something fresh, fun and festive that will cure what ails you.
As Yves Saint Laurent once reflected, “fashion fades; style is eternal.” At the chic Georgetown boutique, Cusp, both fashion and style are ever present with a perfect selection from edgy, yet sophisticated designers such as Elizabeth and James, Alice & Olivia, Diane von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs. Created as a younger, edgier boutique by infamous fashion giant, Neiman Marcus, style mavens can rest assured that Cusp will definitely have what’s in vogue.
Fashionistas will drool over flirty Milly dresses, sky-high Loeffler Randall stilettos, and a variety of the best accessories and beauty products available. Treat yourself to a day of shopping in quaint Georgetown and heat things up later with a hot new addition to your travel wardrobe – one trip to this trendy shop and you’ll be on the cusp on what’s hot in no time!
Hotel Indigo first unleashed its unique magic at this Midtown Atlanta location in 2004 and the charm has definitely caught on. Different from most hotels, Hotel Indigo is all about creating an urban oasis, whether it’s with fresh greenery in the guest rooms, the hotel’s perfect 1.618 ratio design as found in nature, or changing up the hotel’s look, feel, sound, and taste for every season.
Brightly colored throughout in soft blues and greens, there’s nothing drab here. There are many comfortable spaces perfect for lounging, because the goal really is to evoke a lazy Sunday at home on the patio, and Wi-Fi just makes it better.
Guest rooms are stacked with shabby chic charm; they are also cheery and brightly covered. No space is wasted so rooms are purposely compact. Spa touches haven’t been abandoned though- the bathroom might be tiny, but the pressure in the shower isn’t.
Venturing outside is easy thanks to its convenient Midtown location just across from the Fox Theatre and its close proximity to quite a few nice restaurants. Those who cherish the simple things in life without giving up convenience will easily fall for the Hotel Indigo’s considerable charm.
In the heart of the Design District is the splashy Art Deco meets Space Age boutique, Marni. The Italian fashion label has a cult following that love the Marni philosophy: designed pieces that intermingle effortlessly with any of the other collections so fashionistas can hold onto favorite items for more than one season.
The Miami store is designed specifically for the crowd it serves: chic, modern and with Art Deco touches. The signature fashions feature tribal influences as well as geometric patterns, long and flowy skirts, short and loose dresses, and chunky belts. Marni also has an enviable collection of oversized glasses, jewelry, handbags, and sandals to platform heels.
The Inn on Castro may be Edwardian charm on the outside, but it’s all modern design inside – reiterating what it means to not judge a book by its cover. This guest home has 8 bedrooms (and yes, 8 private bathrooms!) that give you a comfortable mix of modern eclectic décor with old-fashioned service. Each room is decorated with original artwork and adorned every morning with fresh exotic flowers. Enjoy a locally famous homemade breakfast in the morning, and brandy in the warm Italian style living room for your evening, complements of your host. There are also three self-catering apartments available off site for those who want to fully be a part of the Castro community.
Located in the heart of the lively Castro District, at Castro and Market intersections, you are immediately immersed in everything this vibrant part of town has to offer: boutique shopping, modern bars, local and friendly restaurants, and four types of public transportation to help you with your sightseeing. In this part of town, you will never be bored and nothing will ever be out of reach.
Need a little lift in the wardrobe department? Find the perfect fix at Wink, a little piece of fashion heaven on popular M Street in Georgetown. The chic boutique has a feminine vibe with a bit of edge, featuring a variety of designers including DVF, Trina Turk, Black Halo and Ella Moss.
A small shop with a big selection, Wink offers everything from trendy blazers with studded cuffs to upscale cocktail dresses, perfect for that next Washingtonian affair. The boutique is definitely a go-to for DC fashionistas, as well as out-of-town celebs (Amy Adams stopped in while filming in the District).
On your way there, be sure not to blink! Wink is located beneath the street level shops, so it’s easy to miss. The trendy window display marks the spot, so go pick-up your next perfect piece and don’t be surprised if you get a few more winks! Visit shopwinkdc.com for more information.
Small independent shops are not the exception in San Francisco, they’re the rule. And if you think any one of them couldn’t possibly stand out from all the rest then you haven’t been to Therapy’s clothing and furniture boutique in the Mission District. Great things do indeed come in small packages, as this little one-stop shop is stocked with style from the floorboards to the ceilings, literally.
Besides the consistently friendly service and laid-back atmosphere, you’ll also find Ben Sherman and Penguin brands for men, Sam Edleman and Free People for women, original artwork from San Francisco favorite Aaron Kraten, and a dozen varieties of mod lamps and chic wall decals for every room. Bring it all together with colorful hand-made local accessories, Betsey Johnson purses, or a clutch by Hobo International, and you literally have it all at your fingertips.
At Therapy, your purchase is always socially responsible. The store is stocked with items that have been purchased through fair-trade, it has donated over $6800 in 2009 to local classrooms, and promotes TOMS “One For One” Movement through the selling of TOMS shoes, and supports local artists by featuring their work. Now that is truly ‘shopping therapy’!
In a city where boutique hotels are emerging like roses from the rubble, it takes much more than a comfy bed for a boutique hotel to stand out. At the Glenn Hotel in downtown Atlanta, they are doing just that with spacious accommodations, complimentary wireless internet access, and the city’s first rooftop bar complete with unlimited views of the Atlanta skyline.
Apart from providing luxurious guest accommodations, the Glenn Hotel is trying to limit their carbon footprint by reducing overall energy usage. The location alone is walking distance from major city landmarks, which makes for great gas savings. The hotel itself is a historic landmark that was going to be demolished until investors chose to turn the eyesore into an eye-catcher.
After a night of Hawks magic at Phillips arena, a tour of the CNN center or even a day at Centennial Park, take a few steps over to the Glenn Hotel for dinner at 30 Tables- the hotel’s “Ode to Atlanta” with delectable southern treats.
Try one of the many packages available, including the Get Luckie package in which your reservation includes a lottery ticket.
Recently, many have been acquainted with Kandi Burress from Bravo’s TV hit Real Housewives of Atlanta or as a Grammy winning singer and songwriter. Now, add fashion store retailer to her repertoire. As co-owner of Tags ATL, a women’s and men’s boutique located in the cozy West Village Vinings area of Atlanta, Burress has the opportunity to express herself fiercely and fashionably.
Since opening in October, Tags Atl has already made a name as the fashionista’s one-stop shop for the hottest deals and carries some of the area’s most trendy designs, including some of her RHOA co-star’s lines. On any day of the week patrons may bump into celebrity giants including Clean House host Niecy Nash, rapper Yung Joc and many other entertainers that reside in the Atlanta area.
Insider Tip: An online store is on the way for shoppers that aren’t in the city often, but for those who are, it’s the perfect posh spot. Click here for more information.
Imagine spending the night in a prison cell – that’s exactly what guests will do at The Liberty Hotel. This now uber-chic boutique is the former Charles Street Jail, famed for housing The Boston Strangler and Malcolm X.
Gone is the barbed wire that once surrounded the property yet some of the original architecture remains, including wrought iron and exposed brick walls. The massive rotunda opens up to a three-story atrium that once served as the prison’s catwalk. There is a tile mosaic here that also highlights some of the property’s historic jailbirds.
Don’t miss a drink at the aptly named bar, Clink, where you can view a 19th century prison cell. Scampo, the hotel’s upscale Italian restaurant, features dishes from Chef Lydia Shire of Biba and Excelsior fame. There is even a lively club, Alibi, for those late-night partiers.
Located in Beacon Hill overlooking The Charles River, the hot hotel now offers modern amenities, including flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and complimentary local car service. Mick Jagger, Annette Bening and Bruce Willis have all enjoyed a stay at this former prison. The Liberty Hotel now offers all law-abiding citizens a taste of the other side of the law.
Movida Boutique is where Dallas ladies go for boutique items at affordable prices. Located just underneath the Angelika Film Center, this trendy yet eclectic boutique has great deals and pairings to those in need of some eye-candy or some serious shopping.
Whether you’re a true shopper and like to dig or prefer the full-service route, the girls here are laid back and ready to help when and where you need. You can find everything from jewelry to purses to shoes for nights out or a sassy work number that has yet to go mainstream.
Let the fashionable staff help put together your next ensemble. Movida is spacious and tends to be less crowded than other boutiques at Mockingbird Station.
Location. Location. Location. If you are looking for the best place to stay in the heart of Boston then look no further than The Lenox Hotel. Situated in Back Bay at the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets, the gorgeous hotel is within walking distance of Newbury Street’s upscale boutiques, Symphony Hall (home to the Boston Pops) and the Museum of Fine Arts. Come here in April for a front row spectator’s seat to the Boston Marathon, which can be viewed from the hotel’s sleek rooftop.
The Lenox Hotel is modeled after smaller, boutique European hotels offering three restaurants, rooms with four-poster beds, wood-burning fireplaces, and marble bathrooms along with a complimentary Lexus SUV hybrid car service to take you around town. If you can’t bear the thought of leaving your furry friend behind, request a stay in one of the pet friendly rooms. On the other hand, don’t worry if you are allergic to pets – the hotel is the first of its kind to devote an entire floor (heaven on eleven) to PURE allergy friendly guest rooms.
Now you know why John Travolta, Katie Couric, Michelle Pfieffer and Steve Martin have all stayed here.
Nicknamed “The Grande Dame of Broad Street,” this historically-rich building has kept the same charm since her opening in 1904. Famous guests, including every U.S. President since Roosevelt (!), have stayed in the hotel segment of the building.
Besides the hotel, the Bellevue holds dozens of luxury shops (Nicole Miller, Tiffany & Co.), a food court with cuisine ranging from sushi to gyros, and a top-notch health club.
XIX (Nineteen) is one of the finest restaurants at the Bellevue and often has jam-packed happy hours after work. The restaurant is on the 19th floor, hence the name, and has some of the best views of Philadelphia.
Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland is in the main lobby as you enter off of Broad Street; the champagne truffles are bursts of decadent goodness. The shop is adorable and their chocolates are packaged beautifully, making great gifts for your return to home or the office.
The boutique, nestled in the artsy Miami Design District, is a perfect fit for the area where fashionistas come searching for clothes and accessories that stand out from the department store masses. The funky clutch bags are ideal for a night out on the town in the District. Paired with Vera’s boots worn with designer bootcut or flare jeans, flats and skinnies, or platforms and a dress, the clutches are a must. And if the significant other comes along on the shopping trip there’s a comfy seating area and plenty of reading material to keep them entertained. Or heck, they can take off and find something to nibble on or drink in that part of town.
Awash in a tropical feel befitting Miami, Trina Turk’s latest venture, a boutique at Bal Harbour Shops, is a shopping splurge. Her designs have been spotted on celebs galore including Eva Longoria-Parker, Natalie Portman, Gwen Stefani, and Kate Moss to name but a few. So chances are, a celeb-spotting is possible at the high-end store.
The store’s white exterior, aqua lettering, bright white interior, and luscious green draped fabric perfectly complement the array of spring-like fashions that include swimwear (hey, it’s Miami where hitting the beach is a year-round occurrence), dresses, tops, and pants. Oversized jewel-encrusted bracelets – Trina Turk is set to launch her own jewelry line soon – scarves and handbags are the perfect accessories to her line, while her throw pillows and area rugs can add brightness to any room in the house.
Ever wonder what your favorite Hollywood types fill their closets and homes with? Look no further than this 8,000 square foot store for the answers. Housing a mix of fashion, accessories, and homeware, it has attracted a celebrity clientele that ranges from Laura Bush to local Angie Harmon.
Boasting a huge collection for both men and women, the range goes from Fragments jewelry designer Mallary Marks to chic menswear from Tom Ford to funky designer Commes des Garcons to elegant Givenchy to Murano glass specialists Venini to (gasp!) menswear’s Michael Bastian.
If taking in all this fabulous fashion gets too much for one day, refresh and relax at the chic lunchspot T-Room. Forty Five Ten puts a new meaning on the expression of having everything- and eating your cake, too!
This New York City boutique hotel is conveniently located in the neighborhood of SoHo. This trendy Manhattan neighborhood is filled with chic art galleries, night club hotspots, world-famous restaurants, shopping and more. Spend an afternoon strolling the local neighborhoods and attractions such as Nolita, Chinatown, Little Italy, Canal Street and New York University (NYU). You can admire the art galleries and upscale boutiques within SoHo, or enjoy the East Village’s excellent cafes and restaurants. The Lower East Side, once a first stop for poor immigrants and crammed with crowded tenements, small shops and warehouses, is now home to chic restaurants and boutiques, and some of the city’s coolest night clubs, bars and music venues. Just a short subway ride, you will enjoy easy access to Wall Street, Battery Park City, South Street Seaport, Chelsea, the West Village, Tribeca and the Broadway Theatre District.
Celebrated as one of the most popular boutique hotels in New York City, the Casablanca Hotel is a hidden gem, located just steps away from vibrant Times Square, in Midtown Manhattan. One of the most charming boutique hotels in New York City, the Casablanca Hotel Times Square was inspired by the romance of the movie, “Casablanca.” This New York hotel is an oasis of luminous Moroccan glamour and hospitality, only outshined by its talented and eager to please staff. The Casablanca Hotel Times Square is an intimate European-style family-owned boutique hotel in New York City’s most popular location, midtown Manhattan where guests can escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in front of a fireplace at Rick’s Café, the Casablanca Hotel’s warm and welcoming upstairs club room.