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20Dec/113

birchbox.

  • who: birchbox
  • what: luxe beauty samples. $10 per month membership *you can cancel anytime* OR $110 per year
  • when:  NOW
  • why: why not? awesome samples delivered to your door PLUS the perk of trying products you may not have purchased otherwise *sounds like a winner to me!*

 

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17Oct/110

bishop boutique.

on one of my many random walks around old town, i stumbled upon a cute boutique. the interior was bright and the store had a few shoes, none of which i had laid my eyes on in other boutiques. i chatted with the store owner, kelly, and was advised she had just opened that day. a few weeks later kelly, sent me an email about a ribbon cutting ceremony and i responded to the email requesting an interview.

upon my arrival a bit of excitement flowed through my veins as the store i had visited a couple of weeks ago was now decorated: walls lined with shoes *literally hanging from the molding*, jewelry and accessories. the boutique reminds you of every woman’s dream closet: dark hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers, bright white shelving, printed chairs and accessories hanging from antlers.

there are many places one can open a boutique: u street, bethesda row and georgetown, just to name a few, so i asked kelly why she chose old town over other areas and she advised that she could feel the difference within each area, but felt most welcome in old town, specifically king street. she also advised that while there are other places to shop, customer service is what sets bishop apart from other boutiques.

most times none of us think to wonder why a store or boutique has opted for a certain moniker, yet some take the time to actually to determine such a thing. bishop boutique: the name bishop seemed to flow with the design of old town, which is sort of like a chess board *per kelly, that's definitely NOT something i would have thought about*. the actual logo of bishop is kelly's dad's initials and the cute bow was taken from her wedding shoes.

the overall concept of bishop is to add the final touches to a fabulous ensemble: shoes, bags and accessories.  the mission was to avoid competing with larger department stores ,  yet give women *and men who are shopping for women* something to look forward to by selling more up and coming designers, such as lola cruz, loeffler randall, all black, pura lopez, bibi lou and schutz, to name a few. the sizes in shoes range from 5-11, and to much surprise bishop tends to sell out of larger sizes faster, with prices ranging between $55-475. though bishop will probably not restock shoes once a design has sold completely there’s a slight chance that a special order can be made.

the thing i love the absolutely most about bishop is walking in and having someone greet me, minus the feeling of being hounded. i noticed throughout the interview, kelly stopped to greet every single person who walked through those doors,  as if she was excited to see a friend she hadn’t seen in a while. it’s a bit refreshing to know that great customer service, though hard to find, still exists. i love going into a store and seeing anything from shoes to small accessories that i have yet to see some place else. bishop is cute and quite welcoming. i'll definitely go back!!!

bishop boutique is open monday–saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. *e-commerce coming soon!

take a peek inside bishop boutique

happy shopping!

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28Sep/112

stumbled upon. marc by marc jacobs.

leaving work early can be both a gift and curse. my boss decided everyone had worked hard all week so we could sneak out. i was excited of course as it was a friday, which meant an early start on weekend shenanigans that tend to take place. *side note: passing the mall and other shops are part of my day to day commute*

friday was no different except, this time i decided to get off the train a stop before my destination to check out ipad covers at nordstrom rack *random i know*, i'm not sure if that was a good or bad idea. initially i walked in, took a look around and instead of finding an ipad cover, i spotted an ocean sapphire marc by marc jacobs turnlock bag. i picked it up, check the price tag and almost fainted: $79.97. were my big brown eyes deceiving me? i walked around the store in great debate wondering if i should purchase a bag that i was not in the market for, yet it was almost free *regular price tag $438*. i placed this gem of a bag on hold, walked out of the store and reasoned with myself that there was no way i could leave an almost free bag behind. i purchased the bag and made a mad dash out the door.

 

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