Top Shops: NYC and STL Shopping Guide

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment
Today I am collaborating with Olivia Bleeker from A Drop in the Ocean to share some of our favorite shopping spots in both New York City and Saint Louis, MO. Both of us are from STL so we enjoy visiting local stores for unique pieces that keep our wardrobes fresh. Check out Olivia’s picks for the best boutiques in St. Louis on her blog today. 
If you’re planning a trip to NYC, it’s important to know which shops to head to since there are so many to choose from. I’ve shared my top five favorite spots for retail therapy in our nation’s fashion capital based on my time living there and recent visits since. Let me know what you think and if there are any places you would add to the list!

I frequented Pinkyotto when I lived in NYC. They have trendy, yet edgy apparel and accessories. One of my favorite dresses, a brown tunic dress with a smoky shimmery neckline, was purchased here. When I tried it on I felt like a punk Cinderella. I pretty much wanted to buy everything in the store. You’ll find a range of items here from super feminine to bold and dark. There’s something for everyone. Dresses are usually around $200 and up. And you’ll want to mix and match with their accessories. I picked up an incredibly versatile stretch belt with a golden shell buckle that goes with so many outfits! Locations in the East Village, Soho, and two in Williamsburg. EAST VILLAGE: 307 E 9th St; SOHO: 49 Prince St; WILLIAMSBURG: 204 Bedford Av.; WILLIAMSBURG: 218 Bedford Ave Visit for more details.

I visited Otte for the first time on my last visit while strolling through Nolita. The minimalist, yet bright shop invited me in. Find cutting edge designers like 3.1 Philip Lim, Claire Vivier, Lionette, Nicholas, Band of Outsiders, and more. The styling in-store is top notch. You pretty much want to swipe everything. Plus their jewelry collection is badass. That bracelet pictured on the right has been worn by Rihanna. There are five locations in the city. THIRD AVE: 1232 Third Ave; WEST VILLAGE: 121 Greenwich Ave; MADISON AVE: 1281 Madison Ave; TRIBECA: 37 N Moore St; NOLITA: 281 Mott St Visit for more details.

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Bird has a magical space in Williamsburg where they sell well crafted apparel and accessories for men and women that fit right in with the Brooklyn vibe. Start on one side of the street and end up on the other in this free flowing space. You’ll find top brands like A.P.C., Alexander Wang, and Isabel Marant. Many of their dresses follow the cozy chic style – perfect for work or play. At the Williamsburg location, they also display photography and art exhibits. There are three locations in Brooklyn. COBBLE HILL: 220 Smith St; PARK SLOPE: 316 Fifth Ave; WILLIAMSBURG: 203 Grand St Visit for more details.

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Wonder how the French always look so chic? Get the look at Comptoir des Cotonniers. It is known for dressing mother-daughters, not the way you dreaded when you were young, but the fashionable way the French are able to pull it off. Get simple, understated, yet polished pieces. Although the clothes are designed in France, they are made all over the world including China, India, and Portugal. That doesn’t stop the droves of devotees from coming in and stocking up on staples – like striped shirts, mais bien sur! There are 8 locations in NYC. WEST VILLAGE: 271 Greenwich Ave; MADISON AVE: 1058 Madison Ave; WEST VILLAGE: 155 Spring St and more. Visit for more details.

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My friend Khaleah introduced me to this shop near St. Mark’s place. While their apparel is full of simple silhouettes in quality fabrics, it’s the jewelry that catches my eye. I have a few pieces from there and they are among the most unique ones I own. The prices for the jewelry are great too! They may even bargain with you on occasion. Plus, Pinkyotto is just across the street! There are three locations in the city and one in Brooklyn. EAST VILLAGE: 312 E 9th St; WILLIAMSBURG: 54 N 6th St; LEXINGTON: 1038 Lexington Ave; BOERUM HILL: 358 Atlantic Ave (Brooklyn) Visit for more detail.

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