The ultimate Style Guru, Carrie Bradshaw, couldn’t have been more on point when she said, “I like my money where I can see it, hanging in my closet.” There are few things more satisfying to me than spending a Friday afternoon strolling through Five Points stopping at each boutique to find what new treasures lie inside.
While I will admit I am the girl who spends a lot of her class time online shopping and can be found at the mall a little bit more than a normal human being should, I can’t stress how much I love shopping local. Maybe spending over five years working for my aunt at her jewelry boutique embedded this mindset in me. She sells some of the coolest lines such as Waxing Poetic and Sorrelli, that you won’t find in a mall store. Some of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe come from small boutiques around Pittsburgh such as the vintage gem Highway Robbery, my aunt’s store Trunk Shows Boutique or Coco 66 in Bridgeville. Around Columbia, Petal is my go to choice.
This Fashionista purchased her adorable coral colored swing dress from a little boutique in Charleston, SC. The simplicity in the front makes the bow in the back even more dramatic. Her feminine vibe is given a southern twist with a pair of cowboy-inspired boots.
My advice to you this week: shop local! If you are someone who dares to be different, you can find countless unique options at locally owned and operated stores. No one likes going to a party and showing up in the same thing as the girl next to you. Shopping local helps boost your community’s economy as well as helps you in your quest to become the girl that’s constantly asked, “Where’d you get that?”