If you're like me, you're obsessed with independent boutiques. Ordering a gift for someone is an absolute treat because it means I get to searching, usually online, for something from one of my favorite stores.
The thing is, a lot of these online boutiques exist live and in person, I've just never had the chance to visit. I have a dream of going on a boutique road trip one day where I'll casually (somehow) drive across the globe; energetically popping into all of my dream stores, befriending the owners, stocking up on fancy L:a Bruket candles, and Instagramming as I go.
In the meantime, I'll be dreaming behind a laptop if you need me. Here's my boutique bucket list for that one-day trip:
GIRL & GRAAF - A super sweet Sydney-based store that epitomizes all-things Aussie (in my mind, at least). Girl & Graaf is clean, bright, airy, warm and friendly, and stocks brands like Sugar Paper and Uashmama. P.S. - A few months ago, I profiled Girl & Graaf for KEEP.com!
THE APARTMENT: The Apartment appears to be a fully stocked New York City apartment, complete with clothing, accessories, furniture, dishware, and more. The catch? It's really more or less a showroom for the online version of the retailer called The Line. The Apartment allows you to see the items in person and imagine them in your (less fabulous) home, and also to meet the designers and learn about their inspiration. Color me SO jealous.
POKETO: This is my online go-to shop for all things fun, gifty, and colorful. The shop opened it's brick and mortar outpost in Downtown LA's Arts District and was born out of the idea of "art for your everyday" - taking it off the gallery walls and into your everyday life. It's also run by an adorable husband and wife team who I'd like to hang out with.
THE BROKEN ARM: Of course a concept shop in Paris came up with the coolest store name of all time. Of course it also doubles as a cafe, is located in the Marais, and features designers like Kenzo and Carven. I HAVE to get to this store one day, even if I will be sweaty, awkward, and afraid of looking lame the entire time I'm there.
Coming up soon, part II of my boutique bucket list. Stay tuned, gang!