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Local Jaunt: Catbird

June 20, 2012

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Local Jaunt (I’ve been busy!), but I’m excited to share one my favorite stores in Brooklyn with you today.

In perhaps one of the tiniest shops on Bedford Avenue sits Catbird, a jewelry lover and trinkets and treasures obsessor’s mecca featuring everything from the delicate stackable gold rings I wear everyday to baubles for the home like the chalkboard globe pictured below. Though the place is impossibly small and often crowded, I can’t help but go in on a weekly basis to scope out all the new goodies they have in store as well as lust after the ones I still haven’t pulled the trigger on buying. Living two blocks away from my own personal mecca doesn’t help either. But good news for those of you who do not live in Brooklyn or any of the four other boroughs: Catbird has an online shop with just about everything they have stocked in the store! I’m partial to the threadbare rings, but my finger’s heart is currently set on this moon ring.

Now go spend your Wednesday shopping at Catbird!

CATBIRD
219 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
www.catbirdnyc.com
// photos by me + via pinterest

Local Jaunt : Flying A

January 27, 2012

I know you guys were expecting a “Week in Review” for today, but let’s mix things up shall we?

Ok. Here we go!

The first store on my Mastercard Priceless New York shopping tour list is Flying A, where affordable casual chic jeans, jackets, and jumpers hangout with 1960s boho dresses and romper boots. I admittedly had never heard of this store before but now have it wedged into my hefty list of must-stop Soho shops. I must have tried on over eight pairs of their colorful denim this past weekend and am still cursing myself for not buying a pair of Pour la Victoire chestnut brown boots. Another item on my “curse myself for not buying” list are some ridiculously cute necklaces with teeny tiny animal charms (and when I say teeny tiny I mean it – a little piggy’s tail was less than a centimeter long!). As much as I try to convince myself that my style is sophistication at it’s finest, I have a serious weakness for cute animal accessories. Luckily, now that Flying A is on my radar I’ll have plenty of other opportunities to buy the aforementioned boots and necklaces and all those other pieces I deem as “necessities.”

»· Local Jaunt : Brooklyn Flea (Fort Greene) ·«

August 25, 2011

A few weekends ago my friend Erin and I rode our bikes to Fort Greene to eat some treats and wander around the Brooklyn Flea. Some of you may recall me writing about the indoor portion Brooklyn Flea a little over a year ago (see here), but the Brooklyn Flea I’m referring to in this post is outdoors (as a flea market should be) and only open between April and November.

There are few things I love more than a good flea market. Aside from my love of rummaging through other people’s “junk,” (my brother’s and I actually used to go dumpster diving…), I also draw a lot of my inspiration from just walking around and seeing what other people are selling. For example, I’d been in the market for a new way to organize my make-up and perfumes but was stumped as to how I wanted to go about it. Then I saw this mirrored tray at the Flea and boom!, suddenly I had a new way to display my products!

What I love about Brooklyn Flea is that the food is equally as important as the shopping vendors. Lobster rolls, watermelon juice, brisket, and tacos are just a few of the delicious goodies surrounding the flea market premises and I only wish I had the time and room to to try it all. Erin and I had plans to eat lunch at a nearby restaurant so I only got some watermelon juice and sliced mango, but it’s a rare occasion that I pass up a lobster roll…or a taco…or a Porchetta sandwich.

Although I went to the Flea just a few weeks ago, I’m hoping that, weather permitting, I’ll have a chance to go back sometime this weekend. If not for a vintage watch, then at least for the amazing lobster rolls…yum!

{ Undecided if this is reaaaaally creepy or kind of awesome… }

BROOKLYN FLEA (Fort Greene)
176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Claremont & Vanderbilt Ave.)
Saturday & Sunday – 10AM – 5PM
www.brooklynflea.com

»· Local Jaunt : Pixie Market ·«

August 9, 2011

Living around the corner from Pixie Market is possibly the best and worst thing about my apartment. While it’s filled with some of the most innovative and interesting pieces I’ve seen, a walk to the gym can be easily put off by a new pair of shoes staring at me from the window or a quick coffee run can easily turn into a much larger expense than a two dollar cappuccino. But boy oh boy do I love a good jaunt in Pixie Market. Its racks are filled with colorful clothing in all kinds of interesting shapes and silhouettes and the shoes and accessories are unique and total statement pieces. Seriously, if you’re looking for totally one-of-a-kind pieces to add to your wardrobe, look no further than this little Lower East Side boutique!

Now, I understand how frustrating it can be to hear about an amazing store in NYC if you don’t live here. But good news for all you non New York folk! Pixie Market has an awesome online shop (here) with perhaps even more pieces than there are in the store. So go get your shop on!!

PIXIE MARKET
100 Stanton St.
New York, NY 10002
212-253-0953
www.pixiemarket.com

»· Local Jaunt : Suite Orchard ·«

July 27, 2011

Another hidden gem in my Lower East Side oasis is the adorably decorated boutique, Suite Orchard. Although its walls are cute and girly with their pink, white and grey stripes, the merchandise is far from dainty. Filled with some of the most covetable designers like Alexander Wang, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Lover (one of my personal favorites!), and Twenty Seven Names, this little corner shop stocks its racks with modern, experimental pieces for the fashionably daring and curious. While colorful clothing is kept to a minimum, the neutral palettes of blacks, whites and greys make for an interesting assortment of statement pieces that are simultaneously versatile and everyday appropriate.

SUITE ORCHARD
145A Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
212-533-4115
www.suiteorchard.com