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Boston Shopping Districts

July 20th, 2011 | Shopping Guide

While breezing through small shops, I also got to visit some of Boston’s well-know shopping thoroughfares. Here’s a list of Boston’s major shopping districts:

Charles Street in Beacon Hill, with nary a chain store in sight, is also a very pleasant place to shop and stroll. Dotted with antique stores and women’s boutiques like Moxie and Crush, brick-lined Charles Street feels like old Boston.

Newbury Street and Boylston Street, which run through trendy Back Bay, are each eight blocks of shopping bliss with small boutiques like The Closet nestled in among top designers like Chanel, Valentino, Armani and Hermes. An eclectic mix of shops and beautiful setting make these streets ideal for window shopping as well


Copley Place is a high-end shopping mall with some impressive anchor stores. Chain stores like J. Crew and The Gap rub elbows with Neiman Marcus, Barney’s, Gucci, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton. Across the skywalk from Copley Place is the Prudential Center, which houses more chain stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Ann Taylor.

Downtown Crossing is a discount shopper’s paradise. The racks at H&M, TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Macy’s and nearby DSW Shoes can keep you occupied for hours.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, in the middle of downtown, has old standards like Crate & Barrel and Banana Republic but the pushcarts, food stalls, jugglers and historic setting make it much more interesting that your average outdoor mall.

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Boston Shopping Guide: What Not to Miss and What to Skip

July 18th, 2011 | Shopping Guide

Earlier this summer I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Boston. I saw Paul Revere’s house, Old North Church (one if by land, two if by sea), and the site of the Boston Massacre. Having majored in history with an emphasis on Revolutionary America, I was enthralled.

But if the unbelievable history and beautiful setting are not enough to woo you to visit, I can tell you that Boston has some pretty great shopping as well. I only had two full days to roam around, so I didn’t get to see it all but I did cover a large amount of ground in a short amount of time. Here’s the skinny which stores in Beantown you shouldn’t miss and which stores you can skip.


Shake the Tree 67 Salem Street, North End

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Shake the Tree is the kind of shop I love. They carry clothes, purses, jewelry, gifts and home decor and there is so much cool stuff that it’s hard to leave empty handed. Shake the Tree is a neighborhood place and while I was looking around, 3 or 4 different ladies came in that the owner knew by name. After the chain store overload of Faneuil Hall, it was a nice change. Shake the Tree carries clothing by Ella Moss, Splendid, Plenty, Costa Blanca and Velvet and handbags and wallets from Latico, Hobo, Linea Pelle, Tano and more. If you’re in the North End, be sure to stop by.

Moxie 51 Charles Street, Beacon Hill

Moxie is all about accessories, and great ones at that. This sophisticated but comfortable boutique carries shoes, purses, jewelry, and scarves from designers like Tory Burch, Diane Von Furstenburg, Jack Rogers, Cynthia Vincent, Delman, Michael Kors and Loeffler Randall. The ladies who work there are pleasant and helpful and you can find some great items on sale. Located in beautiful Beacon Hill, Moxie is a great place to go if you’re looking for the perfect accent for any outfit.


London Shopping: Harrod’s, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Liberty

October 21st, 2010 | Shopping Guide

In addition to visiting some smaller purse purveyors, we also stopped by some of the major department stores that London is known for: Harrod’s, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Liberty.

Something everyone told me before our trip and that proved to be true is that London is a REALLY expensive city, which in addition to the exchange rate, does not make London a smart place to buy. So, despite visiting some of the greatest shopping areas and stores in the world, I didn’t buy much. No point in spending double what you would spend for something in the US only to say you bought it in London. I don’t care so much if my Mulberry comes from Harrod’s or from online, especially if there is a several hundred dollar difference in price.

London shoppingHarrod’s

This famous store was a big disappointment. It is so large, so gaudy and has become a spectacle as much as a London institution. Granted, the food hall was unbelievable but the rest of the store was hard to navigate (I ended up on the Egyptian escalator 3 times while looking for a specific room) and is full of overpriced souvenirs and luxury items priced for people who don’t care about prices. I’ve now seen it and doubt that I’ll go back to Harrod’s again. The good thing about our trip to Harrod’s was that we discovered Yo! Sushi across the street.


London Shopping: Radley London Handbags

October 18th, 2010 | Shopping Guide

Radley was by far the handbag store I was most excited to visit in London. We visited a small store in Mayfair and also went to the flagship store on the Kings Road in Chelsea.

Radley London King's Road store

Radley Rossiter Bag

Truth be told, Radley handbags are just as beautiful in person as they are on the website and I had lots of fun looking at all the beautiful designs and colors. I wore the Rossitter Bag on my arm for about 20 minutes while walking around the store but in the end, I decided if I really wanted it later, I could order it online. No need to spend $300+ on a spur the moment purchase just to say I bought it in London.

Radley also has beautiful shoes, which in addition to their fall handbag line, are all 20% off right now. You can visit to see the selection.

London Shopping: Cath Kidston

October 15th, 2010 | Shopping Guide

If you love cute, retro florals, Cath Kidston is the place for you. My husband could only stand this store for a minute because of all the pink and flowers. Think a dainty, feminine explosion.

Cath Kidston London storeCath Kidston oilcloth bags

Cath Kidston is a popular brand in the UK and from what I’ve heard is also very popular in Japan. She’s sort of the Vera Bradley of the UK, who makes purses, aprons, clothing and lots of other unnecessary but irresistible items. If I weren’t saving up a bit right now for a nicer bag, I would’ve come away with one of her quilted clutches or signature oil cloth bags. This would be a great place to pick up a gift for a mom, daughter, niece, or friend  because her products seem to transcend the generations. While walking around London, I saw everyone from 10 year old girls to 70 year old women carrying Cath Kidston bags.

There are Cath Kidston stores all over London but we visited one on the Kings Road in Chelsea and one on Marylebone High Street.

London Shopping: Ollie & Nic

October 13th, 2010 | Shopping Guide

Visiting the Ollie & Nic store in London was a pleasure, not only because they have nice bags at good prices, but also because it’s located in St. Christopher’s Place, a serene shopping haven located a stone’s throw from the chaos of Oxford Street.

Ollie & Nic is a newer brand, started in 2002, but they seem to have found their way rather well. They have handbags, jewelry and other accessories. My favorite gift idea is a small leather wallet that can double as a clutch. They had it in several colors and I picked one up for my friend Emily and one for myself.

Ollie & Nic Clip-on PurseOllie & Nic handbags

Ollie & Nic is having a pretty stupendous sale right now, both in store and on their website, with prices up to 60% off.

Purse Pixie in London

October 1st, 2010 | Shopping Guide

Right now dearest husband and I are on a trip in London and we are having a marvelous time. In addition to the gazillion historic and artistic things to see, I have made a point of visiting several purse stores that we don’t have in the states and look forward to sharing some of these visits with you.

So far, here is what I have learned in London:
What we call a purse, they call a handbag.
What we call a wallet, they call a purse.
What we call an eggplant, they call an aubergine.

Also, as much as I try to dress like I fit in, I do not. Here is the London uniform: On bottom you must wear leggings as pants. For shoes you must wear boots or flats. On top you must wear an assortment of layers that seem to not match and must include a scarf.

More to come from the UK!
London handbag shopping

Shopping in Savannah

March 22nd, 2010 | Shopping Guide

I spent this past weekend in Savannah, Georgia, with my long-time friend and shopping buddy, Emily. We walked the historic district, had a drink on River Street and of course, we scoured the Southern city for great shops. We spent most of our time in historic downtown and found four Savannah shops that we really liked.

Paris Market & Brocante 36 W. Broughton StreetParis Market is a well-known Savannah shop and with good reason. The upstairs is an airy corner space filled with antique glass bottles, interesting books, vintage dishes and tons of other things that are just fun to look at. The downstairs is a mixture of furniture, antique camera equipment, and more out of the ordinary decor. Paris Market carries Matt by Matt and Nat bags and had a good selection. There also a small cafe inside Paris Market where you can get a coffee and a cookie.