Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Midnight Shopping at Studio Couture and Chrome Boutiques!

Hello Boutique Freaks!! I bet your wondering why the picture above looks so dark. Well let me tell you why! One night, my partner and crime and I were just out and about having fun. We'd just left Bottle Bar and were just riding the infamous Peachtree Street strip here in Atlanta. We were coming up on Frank Ski's and decided to stop in, but as we parked we got a little distracted :-) We noticed what look like two boutiques open for business so we HAD TO STOP IN! We were welcomed at the door by a BEAUTIFUL gentleman named Tyson. He was very warm and welcoming and did I say beautiful? LOL!
 The feel of this store was almost museum like. The black and white portraits displayed on the wall, the shelving, even the furniture throughout made everything look as if it were on display. But unlike museums you were welcomed to touch or try everything here.

I also like the way the merchandise was hanging on wooden bars that were hanging from the ceiling. I also loved the way their shoes, bags, and sunglasses were displayed on cube shelving fixtures on the wall. The boutique was extremely appealing, sexy even. My favorite piece here was a lime green and grey banded dress. LOVED IT!!! After my friend and I looked around we had a great conversation with Tyson who turned out to be owner of the boutique. He also told us that the boutique across the street was associated with them as well. So my friend and I were led to go over. Chrome boutique seemed to be the Men's version of Studio Couture. I was totally impressed with the store when I first walked in. There was a eccentric printed black and white runway on the floor.

The clothes in the men's store were haute as well! My friend and I even tried on a couple things. And of course the feel of the boutique was just as sexy as the women's boutique.  

So, if you are a woman or man who "live and love the extraordinary" visit Chrome and Studio Couture boutiques. They located in the strip directly behind Frank Ski's restaurant in Buckhead of Atlanta. They sit on Bennett Street Atlanta, GA 30309. The stores are open Monday - Thursday 12 - 7pm, Friday and Saturday 12 - 12am and Closed on Sundays. If you come in on a Friday or Saturday you may be able to take part in the live DJ and drinks they have. Needless to say my friend and I never quite made it to Frank Ski's that night. Happy shopping!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Shop 857

Well this was my last stop in good old Lincoln Park in Chicago, Shop 857. I was referred here by Monique Scott, owner of Eclectic Chic Boutique (look at my last post!). Three words to describe Shop 857 Lofty, Simple, and Panache! When I walked in, I immediately noticed how clean and organized it was. There was a certain precision to the flow of the boutique. I love this because sometimes you can go in boutiques and even though your in a small space, it somehow can still seem overwhelming. But not here, even though the environment seemed pristine it still managed to be an extremely inviting place to shop.

There were a lot of stand out pieces, two of my favorites were the black and white printed shorts and the gold knit or mesh sweater on the table, here's a closer look!
And look at the ways she merchandises her accessories!! They adorn this neat chalkboard, which also adorns a certain mega reality star's autograph! 
I did get the chance to meet the owner and she didn't disappoint. Her name is Kelli Jones and she was extremely nice! I don't exactly know how my sister and I get wrapped up in life conversations with strangers but we often do and the great thing about Kelli is that she didn't mind sharing at all! She offered my sister great advice on her ever pending dilemma on where she wants to live post graduation. So for some great retail therapy (LITERALLY) visit Shop 857 at 847 W. Armitage Ave Chicago, IL 60614, just off N. Halsted. Great clothes, great atmosphere, great service! Like Shop 857 and Boutique Freak on facebook!!