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A Shopping Gem At The Wythe

DSC_0042Following a delicious lunch last week at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg we stumbled on a truly special new store.   Located in the airy ground floor lobby of the Wythe Hotel is a retail outpost, currently curated by Brooklyn-based designer Caron Callahan (whose career includes stints at Steven Alan, Barney’s and Derek Lam).  As you would expect from Brooklyn’s hottest neighborhood, this isn’t just another “hotel store” but rather a best of Brooklyn and surrounding locales, brought together under the discerning of eye of Callahan’s exceptional good taste.

We instantly spotted some of our favorite things such as Ulla Johnson’s gorgeous footwear and Marlow Goods’ rich leather bags as well as a terrific selection of artisan jewelry by designers such as Winifred Grace and Suzannah Wainhouse.  The line of natural and organic beauty products in the store’s apothecary section is exceptional, selected by natural skin care guru Jessa Blades, who’s on hand much of the time to share her incredible depth of knowledge. There’s also a terrific selection of carefully selected clothing, including some new specifically made pieces by Caron Callahan herself as well as books, magazines, cute knitted hats and gift ideas galore.  This is a rotating retail concept so expect lots of original retail offerings at the hotel in the future. With Callahan’s store only open until December, it just means you’ll have to think of lots of excuses to go to the Wythe and shop over the next few months.

Caron Callahan. Wythe Hotel. 80 Wythe Avenue. Williamsburg. Brooklyn. NY. 11249. Tel: 718 747 4493. 
Open Daily 10am – 8pm

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Photo Credits: Hazel Kiesewetter / Whatwelikenyc

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Going Dotty

karenwalkerdotsIt seems like a million years ago that we watched the Karen Walker Spring/Summer 2013 collections and their gorgeous polka dots glide brightly down the runway.

We were so excited to see that pieces from that DSC_0135brilliant collection are finally hitting stores.  We passed by Brooklyn Fox this week (one of our favorite New York boutiques) and were thrilled to see some of the best pieces from the new Karen Walker collection in store.

The dresses were super wearable and came in fantastic happy prints like cornflower blue polka dots and 60s space travel graphics.

The piece we fell for, was the short-sleeved polka-dot angora sweater.  It looked fantastic with anything we tried it with and there is just something about those blue polka dots, that make you feel so happy.

Brooklyn Fox. 135 N. 5th Street. Williamsburg, New York. Tel: 718 599 1555

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Prepare To Be Charmed

DSC_0068From the moment you walk in to Brooklyn Charm you feel like a kid in a candy store.  Every square foot of this unique Williamsburg jewelry store is filled with amazing materials to create your own marvellous jewelry creations.

Here’s how it works.  You select your materials (which could take hours as there are so many amazing choices), there are charms, chains, cords, feathers, crystals, sparkles, wooden ones, brightly colored plastic charms, the choices are endless. You then take your pieces up front to the counter and one of the talented staff will craft your pieces in to whatever your heart desires.

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The creations are totally original, as they can attach your stones or charms to pretty much anything you can imagine.  For example, you could choose a giant piece of quartz and ask for it to be attached to a bracelet, or a rare stone on to a ring.  There’s nothing you can imagine that the staff can’t make happen, they’ll even help you with your selections.

Many of the pieces available in the store are rare, difficult to find gemstones as well as a nice collection of really interesting vintage materials.   The prices are great and the staff super cool and friendly.  The staff also create beautiful pieces that you can buy ready-made.  If getting over to Williamsburg isn’t on the cards, Brooklyn Charm will be in the Artists &Fleas section of Chelsea Market in June for several months.

Brooklyn Charm. 145 Bedford Street. Williamsburg. Brooklyn. New York. 11211. Tel: 347 689 2492
Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market. 15th & 10th Avenue. New York. 10001. 
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A Total Brooklyn Fox

P1000648Brooklyn Fox in Williamsburg is one of our favorite boutiques.  Not just because they stock a really well curated selection of up to the minute fashion by the likes of Mara Hoffman and Karen Walker but they always seem to find amazing new brands we didn’t know about.Thumbnail-untitledskybluethreefold

On a recent visit we were delighted to discover wallets and bags by New Zealand designer Paris House.   Their purses are adorned with such witticism’s as “Are You From Hollywood” (so perfect for Oscar week) and other hilarious statements.  The gorgeous colors and lovely buttery soft leather, coupled with the hilarious slogans, had us in stitches.

We spent ages looking at the fabulous accessories they carry, like unique statement necklaces, fur bracelets as well as lots of lovely clothes for spring.

Brooklyn Fox. 200 Bedford Avenue. Williamsburg. New York. Tel: 718 388 7010

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Time for Some Beautiful Dreamers

IMG_7061This week we’re zoning in on the best and brightest places to check out in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS is one of the most delicious shops we’ve ever found and totally worth hopping the L train to Brooklyn to check it out.

Owned by two succesful fashion stylists, April Hughes and Marina Burini the store sells their beautiful finds from trekking the world on fashion shoots.  The store feels very bohemian and global.

We literally spent hours in there looking over everything as they sell such an eclectic selection of goods. Be warned, if you’re not careful you might miss something amazing.   We fell in love with the glass and bead bracelets that they make themselves, we plan on buying a bunch of them to stack for a cool summer look.  We were super excited to discover that they sell the cult papaya lip balm Lukas’ Pawpaw ointment, which if you’re from Australia or New Zealand you use religiously.

There is a unisex perfume they have which might be the most dreamy scent we’ve ever found.  It’s called Shigenobu Twilight and is made by a Brooklyn perfumer. The architect designed bottle is made of raw cedar wood. The cedar wood scent along with unusual top notes of yuzu fruit, shiso leaf and black pepper as well as hinoki and violet leaf makes it one of those extraordinary smells that people would constantly ask you what you’re wearing.

Gorgeous hand-made blankets, one of a kind jewelery, divine smelling soy candles made by local Brooklyn artisans, a unique selection of stunning pottery, clothes from around the world, a black clutch bag with a tiny face for a clasp were just a few of the items we fell head over heels for.  We were also wildly impressed with the interesting selection of books they sold.

Unlike so many stores in New York where the staff are a little too cool for school, the people working here are so friendly and chatty, it just makes you want to hang around in the store longer.  Beautiful Dreamers is the perfect place to buy a gift for a hard to shop for friend or family member or that perfect little something you didn’t realize you needed.  There’s literally something here for everyone here.

Beautiful Dreamers. 326 Wythe Avenue. Ground Floor. NY 11249

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Wonderful Williamsburg

Williamsburg is full of cool boutiques and cafes but we’ve always wondered where exactly are they and how do you get there?  We met up with friends this weekend who gave us the insider’s low down.

First we jumped the L Train and got off at Bedford Avenue.

Across the road from the subway station we made our first stop at Shoe Market, a super cute shoe store.  We fell in love with a pair of $75 tiger print sandals and some rocking neutral colored heals for just a few more bucks.

Next we strolled down the road to A&G Merch and admired the unique, well priced, funky as heck items for the home.

A couple of doors down we spent ages poking around The Future Perfect for more hip Brooklyn home design elements.

Needing energy for more shopping we walked across to Blue Bottle coffee on Berry Street and threw back a divine coffee and felt like we were in some hip fantasy of what we want every day to be like.

Fueled up and ready for more, we wandered over to an exquisite little store called Art Library on N 3rd.  It felt like stepping back in to time.  The papers, pens and writer’s requisites were irresistible.

A few doors up we were helpless to resist walking in to Mast Chocolate.  We tried the out of this world chocolate samples but the chocolate chip cookies had us hooked. We decided the cookies were the best we’d ever tasted in our lives, seriously.

With slightly tighter clothes from  too many cookies we made our last stop a few doors down at About Glamour, a vintage store curated by  Japanese staff.  The clothes here are all designer, carefully curated for this season and really well priced.  We spotted a pale green Louis Vuitton shirt for $65 that was so this season, it had to be purchased.

All this shopping and eating and we’d only walked around one large block. That was about as much shopping as we could take in one day so we jumped the train back to Manhattan for dinner. We would have eaten in Williamsburg but our arms were way too full of shopping.

Here’s the list of where we’d been.

Shoe Market, 160 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, 11211
A&G Merch, 111 North 6th Street  New York, NY 11211
The Future Perfect, 115 North 6th Street, NY 11211
Blue Bottle Coffee, 160 Berry Street  New York, NY 11211
Art Library, 103 N. 3rd Street, NY 11211
Mast Bros Chocolate, 105 North 3rd Street , NY 11249
About Glamour, 107A North 3rd Street, NY 11249