virginia highlands

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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

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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.

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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…

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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.

product review: dr. brandt cc glow

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product: dr. brandt cc glow with signature ruby crystal (light to medium) $39
uses: apply this lightweight color correcting cream to brighten, hydrate, & even out skin tone.
verdict: i prefer to use multi-tasking products. the less i have to buy & apply, the better. this product is supposed to have everything i need. it promises to prime, provide light coverage, supply vitamin c, anti-age, & illuminate. i had purchased this because i received a sample from sephora & i was impressed with how my skin glowed. well, the sample was a fluke. the product comes out of the tube very watery & shaking before application doesn’t solve the matter. also, i found myself using a lot of product to get that ‘light coverage’. no matter how much product i used though, i was still not glowing. another fault with this product is that it only comes in two shades: light to medium, & ‘natural’ (the natural looks pretty orange to me). there is no option for any women of color. shame on them! 2 out of 5 stars

a unique boutique in minneapolis

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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…

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

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

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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…)

product review: diorshow iconic waterproof mascara

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product:diorshow iconic waterproof mascara $29
uses: diorshow iconic aims to curl & separate every lash for a “fanned out” look
verdict: i didn’t like this mascara at first–but then i realized i just needed a couple more coats. now i am completely obsessed. the ingenious wand separates & coats each individual lash so with each coat my eyelashes become more & more luscious. the curling effect is pretty spectacular as well. my only complaint is that i need at least 3 or 4 coats to get the look this mascara promises. i believe this will be my new go to dior mascara. 5 out of 5

product review: garnier 5 sec blur skin renew instant smoother

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product: garnier 5 sec blur skin renew instant smoother $16
uses: apply to face before makeup to instantly blur imperfections such as wrinkles & pores.
verdict: i liked the thick texture of this product & the fact that it had no scent whatsoever. unfortunately, it did not perform as promised. although i noticed a slight reduction in my fine lines, the before & after was so minimal that i don’t believe i’ll be investing in this product again. 2 out of 5