a must see in atlanta…

kudzu antique market in decatur is a destination you don’t want to miss if you visit atlanta…
the selection of home goods, clothing, accessories, & everything in between is always unique & in perfect condition. the merchandise is set up in little vignettes throughout the warehouse, which is a really enjoyable way to peruse the array of interesting items.
for some reason i found the room filled with salt & pepper shakers to be oddly inspirational—i must’ve spent a good half hour exploring all the many kinds of shakers one could have…

virginia highlands

winter wren is a young, boho-esque boutique in the ritzy area of virginia highlands. they carry well-known brands such as free people, badgely mischka, & michael kors the denim collection especially caught my attention with great labels such as 7 for all Mankind, & most of the jewelry is selected from local atlanta designers.

310 rosemont has the same owner, winter hodges, as winter wren, but this boutique is much more upscale & exclusive (they were actually serving champagne when i walked in!) some of their labels include marc jacobs, elizabeth & james, vince, haute hippie, shoes by stuart weitzman, alice & olivia & frye, & jeans by hudson & true religion. i like that they had menswear as well. southern tide, gitman bros, southern proper, ralph lauren & peter millar shoes made a very nice collection for a dapper young gentleman.

this store has everything. period.

fave atlanta thrifts: little 5 points

little 5 points is my favorite neighborhood in atlanta. its colorful character never disappoints–& you won’t leave without seeing at least a dozen skull tattoos, shouting vagabonds, and rock n’ roll restaurants.
rag-o-rama is your typical buy, sell, trade thrift store, but the buyers working this place really know how to pick some good digs. i am never disappointed with the variety and condition of the clothing & accessories here

junkman’s daughter is more than a thrift store–in fact, the used clothing only takes up a small corner in the back. junkman’s daughter is referred to as an ‘alternative superstore’: people come here to spend hours perusing all the crazy gifts, vibrant new clothing (nothing comes without neon or holograms), and quirky items the store has to sell.

the clothing warehouse is my favorite thrift store in atlanta. it has everything a thrift store needs: good selection, reasonable prices, no odd smells, well-organized (color coordinated a plus), & friendly, eccentric sales folk. the bonus of this particular store is that its located right next to little five points pizza: one of the best slices in the south…

even though wish isn’t a thrift store, its a must-stop in little 5 points. this boutique has really hip digs from joy rich, en noir, zanerobe, play by come de garçons, & they also carry herschel bags & really unique sneakers from well-known brands such as nike & puma.

a unique boutique in minneapolis

patina has to be one of the best local shops in minnesota. this sightly store was founded in 1993 & now has 6 locations throughout the twin cities…

walking into a patina is like entering a creative, charismatic cavern of wonder & enchantment. one could spend hours enjoying the delightful displays & marvelous merchandising.

they sell accessories, home goods, beauty products, & more—the majority of which are created by local artists & designers.

i know i can always count on patina to find a truly original gift (& i usually end up with something exceptional for myself as well…)

my fave boutiques in madrid

nac, located in the cosmopolitan & stylish chueca neighborhood of madrid. high-end labels, impeccable merchandising…& free coffee (if you intend on purchasing, of course).

i loved the lower level of this boutique–it reminded me of an ancient taverna.

it was very hard to walk away from these shoes.

la intrusa showroom in tribunal has incredibly unique blouses, girly dresses, & fabulous handmade jewelry from local artists in madrid. i wanted anything & everything. located right next to the tribunal metro stop, this was my favorite boutique in all madrid. the whole experience was refreshing & highly influential.

que tal, checua?

pez. one of my faves. it reminds me of penelope’s in chicago, but with a certain sophistication that only europe can emanate…

each piece is unique & very well made. labels include vanesa lorenzo & masscob. downstairs they sell home goods so beautiful & rustic that you may feel compelled to move to a spanish farmhouse owned by wealthy, wine-making artists…i know i did.

this foxy boutique had glitz, glam, french designers, & killer sales. labels included eyedoll, ella luna, supertrash, & ambre babzoe

when i walked into do design, i didn’t want to leave. the boutique is so aesthetically pleasing that you may want to move in…

chueca also had a nice handful of vernal, feminine boutiques at a lower price point–this particular one smelled like a vanilla cupcake!

need a pick-me-up while perusing the posh places chueca has to offer? stop by mama framboise, arguably the best pasteleria in all of spain…

husband & i shared a chocolate eclair & caramel cake–& washed each blissful bite down with their heavenly espresso

shopping! madrid!

the corner is located in a really chill area of the hip & scholarly huertas neighborhood & has equally chill digs.

the only shop worth noting on fuencarral–a touristy shopping street that has given birth to a popular shopping area: el mercado de fuencarral. la calle de fuencarral–located between the happenin’ tribunal neighborhood & the gran via, the busiest street in madrid,–is replete with chain stores (zara, springfield, top shop) & discount shops.
this shop may be the best place in madrid to get that original gift for the person whom you always struggle to find something for–plus you’ll have a lot of fun poking around. located on calle manuela malasana–the main drag of the young, hip, & party-hoppin’ tribunal/malasana neighborhood.

in madrid on a sunday? you better hit up el rastro! madrid’s largest flea market is located in la latina, the bohemian & stylish neighborhood.

beware! it can get really crowded, but the people-watching, rare finds, & free entertainment from talented street musicians makes all the elbowing & toe-stepping entirely worth it.