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.

product review: dr. brandt cc glow

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

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…)

product review: diorshow iconic waterproof mascara

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

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