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Transition from Drab to Fab with Uniform

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.

Check out heritage brand Etienne Aigner’s new flagship store in Soho

Etienne Aigner is a heritage brand that’s been respected for its value, quality, and devotion to classic fashion for decades. The brand just opened up a 3,500-square-foot flagship store in Soho, located at 65 Greene Street.

Luxury shopping from home décor to shoes at Bergdorf Goodman

Come visit Bergdorf Goodman, the number one location for luxury shopping, with supermodel Petra Nemcova, as she takes us on a tour on some of Bergdorf’s most luxurious items. Catch Petra’s new home décor line “Be The Light” on the 7th floor and Petra’s own personal favorites from Bergdorf’s most fashionable 2nd floor shoe salon.

Tell Your Secrets to the Jeans Whisperer


Former online-only discount denim dealer, Jan Forman, has relocated to a bigger and better space in historic Leesburg due to growing demands! Cigarette jeans, bell bottoms, skinny jeans, and sleek boot cuts are only a few styles out of her wide selection.

While browsing through the impressive collection, don’t forget to ask for the Jeans Whisperer’s advice. Jan will listen to your preferences, fit challenges, and needs carefully to find you the jean of your dreams that looks and fits the best.

Trust her and chat about your shape, she’ll (softly) suggest the best brand and cut for your booty. Visit thejeanswhisperer.com for more information.


One of the first European watch shops to sell Rolexes, this German emporium now carries timepieces from more than 20 upscale brands. For every sporty number from Swiss company TAG Heuer, there’s a recherché model from Teutonic firm A. Lange & Söhne to please all types of watch lovers. If you’d rather splurge on jewelry than chronographs, you can ogle exquisite woven gold bangles and diamond rings.

Fine and Dandy

The store’s expansive selection of bowties, ascots, and spats. The shop is decorated with a combination of product and vintage paraphenalia, like the ‘Dress well and succeed’ poster (photo below). Much of the merchandise is the same as is on the website. But it is always nice to see something before purchasing it. However, there are additions to the sites repertoire, like some of the hats.


In mid-2008, Ashley Turen innocently applied paint to a vintage leather jacket in a hot summer’s day fit of wardrobe revamping. Friends and family began to request more and more of her hand-painted designs, and soon the Tisch graduate opened her eponymous downtown boutique. Turen can also customize pieces. Equipped with a large book displaying all sorts of possible embellishments, she guides clients through a collaborative process to create one-of-a-kind garments.

FUN AHOY! Kid’s imaginations run wild at Building Blocks Toy Store!

Building Blocks has been providing specialty toys to Chicagoland for over a decade and although they may be a small shop, they have big ideas to help you find the perfect gift for any child. They pride themselves in offering a variety of toys that encourage childhood development mentally, physically and socially.
They also hope to provide an alternative to the plastic, batteries, and video games by carrying classic wooden toys, board games and puzzles. There are arts and crafts for your child’s self expression as well as toys to allow them to explore their imagination.

Comfort Me

Comfort Me is a boutique in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago that was founded in 2011 by a mother and her two daughters. The idea for the concept of Comfort Me emerged a number of years ago from Melanie Thomas – the mother of the trio – a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose job and passion is to promote comfort, connection and health. She dreamed of a one-stop shop that could provide wonderful items of comfort for the mind and body. After several years her dream became a reality and, with the help of her daughters Alyssa and Bethany, Comfort Me boutique was born.

Store B Vintage

Store B Vintage in Wicker Park contains some of the most sought after and luxurious vintage attire and accessories found anywhere in the city of Chicago. Since 2002, this trendy, upscale boutique has been satisfying customers with its eclectic mix of wearable fine quality vintage women’s and men’s clothing from the 1930s thru the 1970s.

Located at 1472 North Milwaukee Avenue, owner David Ginople, successful entrepreneur and owner of Findables, also in Wicker Park, originally brought together more than 2,000 articles of clothing and accessories from the estate of a prominent socialite when the store first opened. Since then, he has expanded the vintage clothing in this one-of-a-kind boutique to also feature vintage handbags, millinery, shoes, costume jewelry and decorative home accessories.

It’s all about the Dough

Dough, a Neapolitan-style pizzeria out of San Antonio has opened up shop in North Dallas with gourmet ingredients and an 800+ degree brick oven. Dough hand makes their own mozzarella fresh daily or give the option of buffalo mozzarella imported from Italy, all topped off with a topping list to make any foodie salivate. A few favorite pies include the Fontina (oak roasted mushrooms and caramelized onion topped with Fontina cheese), the Pork Love (red sauch, Fior di Latte, salami, sausage, pancetta & speck) or the Margherita “STG” (traditional margherita topped with Mozzarella di Bufala and Parmesan Reggiano). Ingredients aside, it’s the hand-tossed pizza dough that turns into a puffy, flat bread-like crust that brings Dough’s pizza to the next level.

Maison Martin Margiela: Celebs shop here in Miami

One of the newest upscale, funky boutiques to grace the streets of Miami’s Design District is Maison Martin Margiela, a spot that attracts celebs like Paris Hilton, Kanye West, Jay Z and Lady Gaga. The place is a natural fit for entertainers because it’s filled with uniquely made items that keep them looking fresh and original.

R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe’s got a line of accessories at the boutique and they’ve got a black leather vest made of shoe parts (a favorite of Lady Gaga’s) and an entire line of platform shoes to match these hip fashions. And just like the store is filled with rockin’ fashions, the building itself is eye candy, sporting an industrial look that stands out from the others.

Maison Martin Margiela is located at 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, #101, Miami, FL

Anna Sui: the colorful world of Fashion

Names by Times Magazine Top 5 Fashion Icons of the decade, Anna Sui creates timeless designs. Putting on one of her flowery, colorful dresses will not only flatter your silhouette, but put you in a good mood also. Everything is vivid, brightly colored, and made of easy to wear fabrics. In addition to clothing she also sells cosmetics, fragrances, and accessories in about 50 countries around the world.  In NYC you can purchase her designs in various high-end department stores, but I highly recommend you to visit her boutique in Soho on 113 Greene St, which is in fact her original store.  The design of the store is funky, painted in black and purple (Anna Sui’s signature colors), and they will also allow you to put items on hold.  Even if Anna Sui is not necessarily your style, you should still check the store out – it will be a nice visual experience.

Christian Louboutin – because your feet are worth it!

It is said that every woman needs a little black dress. True! However, I would like to add: every woman needs a pair of Louboutin…or more. Christian Loubutin – the God of all shoes and spoiled legs, no longer needs my modest introduction. This is simply an anthem for the high-heels which can make even my legs look fabulous. Being recognized as the high-end shoe designer who brought stilettos back into fashion, Christian Loubutin is probably one of those brands which will never die. Therefore, despite their outrageous price, every pair of Louboutins can be seen as a smart investment. In New York City, there are two stores – one on Madison, and a very chic one at 59 Horatio, in the West Village. At both locations you will find a friendly staff, and a variety of perfect stilettos.

Start the summer in style with Cynthia Rowley

If you are strolling around the West Village one of these hot days, don’t hesitate to stop by one of my favorite stores in New York City: Cynthia Rowley, for a refreshing shopping experience.  This charming store is located in the West Village, on Bleecker and Perry.  What I found impressing when visiting Cynthia Rowley for the first time is that they are manufacturing some of their clothing in a unit just above the store.  Cynthia’s dresses (what she mostly focuses on) are vibrantly colored, summery, fun, and made out of easy, comfortable fabrics.  You can also find a wide selection of hip, colorful accessories.  In a couple of words: everything you need to start this summer in style.

Expressing Yourself at Expressions


Hidden in the heart of Foggy Bottom, but with two large storefronts inside the Shops at 2000 Penn, Expressions has been dressing women from all walks of life for over two decades. With a wide variety and stock of accessories and clothing, you can find both an elegant Tahari suit for work and a sexy lace top for the night out all in one stop. With a French and an Italian in-house jewelry designer, pieces here are sparkly, classy, and sassy. A boutique that champions both uniqueness and affordability is truly hard to find, but at `Expressions, you can definitely find it all to express your true colors. Visit expressionsdc.net for more information.

Hermes: Scarve Yourself French

Perhaps the arrival of an Hermes store in Chicago means the Windy City has really made it in the fashion world. The French phenom brand is the brains behind the all-elusive Birkin bag which has a waiting list of up to two years in some cases and of course a whole slew of amazing scarves that will make anyone look instantaneously French.

Its location couldn’t be more than ideal, across the street from a supersized Barney’s and Prada, Hermes brings the level of chic to this carrefour to a level only this line could. Alas visit the store of the line rumored to have Oprah banging down its doors during off hours for an emergency purchase (the Paris location) and scarve yourself fabulous.

Get your Couture for Cheap at Second Time Around

If you lust aftPicture 11er Oscar de la Renta, but can only really afford Old Navy, then Second Time Around may be your favorite find of 2010. Second Time Around is a consignment shop near Rittenhouse Square that only sells designer merchandise (Dolce, Betsey, Versace, and the like) that is up to snuff with the shop’s high standards. The clothing must be no more than two years old, and in pristine condition, so with standards like that you are bound to find a steal at 30-70% off original prices.

This boutique gives- and receives. If you’re looking to ditch some duds for extra closet space and some weekend martini money, stop into the shop with three or more items and see if your garb is up Second’s alley.

Insider Tip: If you become a member, there’s an added bonus of getting first dibs with the online wishlist!

Santa Monica Museum of Art: A Museum With A Twist

An untapped treasure, SMMoA, also known as the SanPicture 8ta Monica Museum of Art, is one of those must-see places for the art extraordinaire or those who love to browse. On the walls of this unique and beautiful place, you will find the work of local, national, and international artists who take massive risks in their art and interpretation. The relatively new museum, started in the mid 1980’s, features highly unique exhibits and showings in contemporary art for those looking to be inspired by the original and innovative.

Unlike average gift shops, the website offers some of the most interesting take home gifts, from salt and pepper shakers to revamped sweaters and tees. In a town full of new and exciting things, SMMoA is the perfect destination for any L.A. explorer.

Awash in Miami Flair Trina Turk Opens in Bal Harbour

Awash in a tropical feel befitting Miami, Trina Turk’s latest ventuPicture 9re, 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.

Rita Hazan: Color Knows No Better

RitaHazanWhen Oprah features you- twice- and Jessica Simpson cheats on the colorist she made famous to be in your hands, you must be someone of high quality. You must be colorist Rita Hazan.

By her humble personality and youthful appearance, one would never know they were in the hands of a beauty master. So our correspondent was shocked to see that when Rita Hazan starts to foil it’s as if a kung-fu ninja has emerged. Rita uses a special folding technique, almost like the FlipFold, that allows the time-consuming process to go remarkably fast with each foil being of the same size.

While this may seem like an accomplishment in itself, it’s the mixture she uses in the back that is true genius. Rita takes time to listen to her clients and hear what they cannot express themselves, ending with results that near perfection. And the color lasts nearly forever in hair terms; the only reason to touch one’s hair after emerging from the salon is to touch up the roots, but never the color.

To add to the experience, make sure to get the special protein hair treatment that leaves even the most butchered of blondes absolutely shiny.

So, sure, stylists get all the credit for the “perfect” cut, but anyone who dyes their hair knows that finding the “perfect” color is nearly impossible. From personal experience, we know Rita Hazan makes the impossible perfectly possible.

Embassy Suites Chicago – North Shore/Deerfield

Picture 18Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at this suite-hotel right near Northbrook Shopping Center and just 15 miles from O’Hare International where comfort reigns supreme. Take a dip in the pool, kick back in the spacious suites equipped with two televisions, or visit Gino’s East, the on-site pizza parlor renowned for its delicious deep dish slices that will keep you coming back.

W Chicago – City Center

The city is all around you at this hotel in the Chicago Loop near the Sears Tower and theaPicture 64ter district. Get some shut-eye on the hotel’s plush beds each equipped with pillow top mattresses and 350-thread-count sheets. For those who want to relax to the max, loosen up with a deep-tissue massage brought to you by the in-room spa service. Don’t you just love to lounge?

Fred Leighton

Fred Leighton has draped countless red-carpet stars in diamonds, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who was married in them). Explore this Madison Avenue boutique and find antique cushion-cut diamonds and estate brooches. Leighton also designs delicate diamond and platinum engagement rings for brides-to-be.