It’s no secret how I feel about this bra. Once you’ve acquired the basics of neutral and black, it’s time to start playing with color, and the color of this Fall is purple. Pop into Christina’s to pre-order this baby, and remember that it runs small (expect to go up one numerical size). If the price tag seems high ($112), consider that this bra is a 3 in 1, adjusting to both racerback and halter styles.
Back by popular demand, I’ve assembled a list of, what I consider to be, Boulder’s best: the first local places I go for home and closet.
Common Threads– For the fashion savvy bargain shopper, this store is a gold mine. The benefit of shopping consignment is not merely the prices; it’s also the diversity of merchandise. Now sporting a fabulous new redesign, this store is better than ever.
Chelsea– Over 10 years running, Chelsea is known for their unrivaled customer service. They are also the spot for all things feminine, easy & breezy. Within the last year, Jessica has expanded her buy to include more moderately priced merchandise so there’s something for everyone.
MAX– Special is the name of the game at MAX. While higher price points can be intimidating to some shoppers, their pieces are forever. Take advantage of the end of the season Sidewalk Sale where prices are reduced up to 60%.
3rd & Vine– New to the Boulder retail scene, this gem has a little bit of everything. From high end upholstery to antique furniture, dog accoutrement to table and barware, patio pieces to bathroom linens, the shop is packed with one-of-a-kinds. Connie (the owner) is an interior designer, dog lover, and one of the loveliest people in the business.
High Street Shoppes– Curators of cool Kim Clary & Natalie Guggenheim turned their estate sale rummagings and eye for design into Boulder’s hottest pop-up market. Join their email list to learn which weekends they are ‘open’ and read more about them here.
Factory Made– Self-described as ‘a collaborative creative lab, design incubator and retail platform’, this store brings the cool in a very big way. In addition to an impressive and ever changing selection of mid-century furniture, they are a showcase for some of Boulder’s best talent, including e bella pillows and Carol Ann Wachter clothing.
Anyone who has ever read a design magazine is familiar with the ubiquitous cowhide rug, and everyone who has shopped for one knows the steep prices they command. For a high quality cowhide, you can expect to spend between $400 and $700… Until now.
Brad Lynch, guy style guru and aesthetic warrior, introduced me to Denver’s best kept secret: Tandy Leather Factory. There’s so much I could say about this store: the location (strip mall and seedy), the walls of cowboy accoutrement (buckles and button studs), but most important is the quality (high) and the price (low) of the hides, low to the tune of $179.99.
You can read more of what I have to say about cowhides here.
No one is a bigger proponent of consignment than I. It’s where I start with each client, every budget, all ages and body types. As both a consigner and a shopper of our fabulous Common Threads and (when I’m back in NYC), INA, I’ve given and received from consignment, and I rarely ever feel that terrible tug at the gut of regret, when months or even years pass and I realize I’ve given away something I shouldn’t, something I want back.
This is happening to me now. As I detailed back in May, the Fendi Baguette is having its 15th anniversary and being memoralized in print. While I’m happy to have one holdout from my early 20s, I’m missing the ones that got away. Specifically, I consigned to INA two Fendi baguettes: a somewhat unremarkable purple paillette and a showstopper of sea green iridescent tags that even men would compliment. At the time, I found it too specialized. Now I am kicking myself because special is forever.
At the time, they were on the downward trajectory typical of ‘It’ bags: market saturated, knock-offs everywhere, almost over. Additionally, I was of the mindset that no one needs 3 of anything. Now I know better: a collector does. I collect the Balenciaga Giant City bag with textured hardware in bright colors. I collect Carla Morrison custom jewelry. And now I’ll have to go about the costly process of re-collecting the Fendi baguette, with the important lesson learned: special never goes out of style.
In honor of the Season of the bra strap, I am resurrecting this post. This bra is a favorite among my friends, clients, basically anyone who lays eyes on it. It’s also highly versatile, converting to both racerback and halter styles and available in a handful of colors, including (my favorite) hot pink.
This bra (introduced to me by my girls at Chelsea) forever solves the problem of ‘what to do about my bra straps showing’. With the Marie Jo Daisy Bra, you want them to show. Available in three styles and eight colors, at Christina’s in Boulder and Sol in Denver.