Shopping in Boston, MA
Naturally, your guy is jonesing for a double-wide microsuede recliner with his-and-hers cup holders. But if you're after a look that's a tad more chic, and a tad less "airport lounge," get thee to Hudson! This small South End space is stuffed with hip designer and vintage (or vintage-look) home furnishings and accessories. From soy candles to sofas, everything here is amazingly well-edited, whether your style is crisply nautical, preppy-chic, or full-on girly. Not sure if it'll work? They'll hook you up with lots of take-home samples. They're a bit on the pricy side but, happily, their sales are awesome. Follow them on Twitter to get the scoop.
Follow the gnomes up the stairs to the most magical shop in the city, where you'll discover an enchanted world of dragons, mermaids, unicorns, and other fantastical creatures, all sprinkled with fairy dust. This tiny place is a sweet escape, and even the most curmudgeonly soul won't leave without a little something--perhaps a moonstone pendant, a yoga-themed garden gnome named Mordecai Namaste, or "the world's softest magical unicorn." We love the t-shirts that read "Chillin' with my gnomies"! At the very least, you'll leave with a packet of fairy dust. And if you need a souvenir of Boston for small fry, this is definitely the place.
Surprise: Newbury Street, Boston's answer to NYC's Fifth Avenue, isn't all big-name boutiques. Tucked away below street level, this high-end consignment shop offers gently-used designer duds at a discount, for men and women. With names like D&G and Ermenegildo Zegna, this skinny shop appeals to the luxury-lusting treasure-hunter in all of us. On a recent visit, gold Jimmy Choo shoes twinkled on the shelf, while cashmere sweaters in every hue beckoned from a hanging rack. “Everything’s fifty percent off today,” announced a guy who was ringing up customers. We quickly snapped up a Coach tote bag—nearly new—for $49. Score!
This little jewel box of a store has that boho-chic Anthropologie vibe, except that it's stocked wth things that everyone else doesn't have. In one quick swoop, you can scoop up a Splendid tee, Vosges chocolate, and a jar of Momma's Belly Butter (the perfect gift for a preggo friend) made by local Plum Island Soap Co. The shop carries an eclectic mix of jewelry, handbags, clothing, body products, and accessory items, but what really sets this North End boutique apart are their monthly parties, where you can meet a local artist or designer and browse or buy while noshing a mini-cupcake or sipping a cocktail. A recent jewelry-and-chocolate party--a match made in heaven--was a total smash.
Can clothes be practical and exciting? Absolutely, if they're created by Daniela Corte. Crowned "Best Boston fashion designer" by Boston Magazine, Corte is a major player in the local style scene. Her clothes and accessories--including maternity clothes--have a timeless elegance, making the wearer look fab and flirty, but not flashy. (Well, unless you count her gold sequined bikini, as seen in the recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue! Plenty of flash and va-va-voom there.) Corte's line of swimsuits alone make it worth stopping by her Newbury Street studio. Get a sneak peek at everything new on her website.