Sunday, 30 November 2008

The Cove Boutique, Dartmouth, Devon

The Cove in Dartmouth has a lovely light and airy feel to it, the shop is spacious with white walls and wooden floors. as well as selling clothing, lifestyle goods and jewellery the Cove also offers a range of treatments in their upstairs salon, treatments include a selection of massages, tanning, waxing and everything else you need to guarantee a great pampering session.

Brands include:
Palace London, Bee Jewellery and Caro London

The Cove
Hauley Road
Devon TQ6 9AA
01803 833 623

Eni Boutique, South Molton, Devon

Eni is a beautiful boutique and lifestyle shop based in South Molton, Devon. The doors open to reveal floaty, flirty and feminine dresses, skirts, coats and knitwear.

Handmade italian shoes in tempting shades. Colourful scarves, hats, berets, velvets purses and accessories. Browse the french tableware, spotty linens and hand embroidered throws. Delicious bath products including the world famous scents of cote bastide, along with an array of beautiful jewellery and gifts.

They have also added a stunning and unique range of furniture, all of which is exclusive to Eni. Beautiful things that are not only irresistible but also affordable.

3A King Street
South Molton
EX36 3BL
01769 574441

Boutique Brand: Odd Molly

Alongside the likes of Noa Noa & Avoca, Odd Molly has, in just a few short years become a much sort after label, this cult swedish clothing brand has a make and mend folk art feel which has developed a huge following in the UK.

Click here to view images of Odd Molly's latest Spring/Summer 2009 collection shown at Copenhagen fashion week

Odd Molly are soon to announce the introdion of their new skincare range, The products will be a natural extension of Odd Molly’s current selection of clothing, which combines femininity and sensuality with the feeling of a “relaxing Sunday morning.”

The inspiration for the skincare line comes from Odd Molly’s clothing collections, which are based in large part on pure, natural materials. Cotton and silk that feel fantastic against the skin are important ingredients in the line. The products will be accentuated by unique ingredients from every corner of the world, such as shea butter from the savannas of Africa or cactus juice extract from Mexico. An alluring, sensual skincare line that delights the body and soul.

Time out - London's 50 best boutiques

Click here to see Time Out's take on what the 5o best boutiques in London are and what they have to offer, were not completely convinced that they have got it right, but most of our favourites are in the list, what do you think? are they missing any beautiful boutiques!?

Pump up your personal party style

Having looked at how to keep your fashion statements chic and understated this season without looking like a wallflower, we turn to the most important aspect of any outfit. The shoes. Without doubt the Kurt Gieger Aster pump is the perfect partner to either of the Boden knitted dresses featured this week, with the jewelled tulip cut just getting the edge over the classic cut due to the detailing found on both.

With button detailing and a tactile suede texture, you can be sure the mixture of rich fabrics found on the Aster and in the Boden knitted dress range were made to be worn together. In fact, in our opinion, you would have to search for a long time to find such an ideal match. If the feel of the fabrics alone are not enough to convince you, the Aster is available in both black and purple, to compliment either the tulip or the classic style.

While it's true that there's is a lot of emphasis put on shoes to dazzle at this time of year, as with dresses, but there's a lot to be said for simple and practical choices that reflect the party and your role within it. After all there's little to be gained from turning up to the office party looking like you're expecting an Oscar. Taking the time to consider a smart and chic alternative will demonstrate your professional approach to work.

Of course if the party moves on afterwards, you can always have your gladrags on hold for later. Whatever becomes of the evening, you'll be glad of these comfortable and feminine flats which will definitely get you around on a plush carpet or a polished dance floor.

Tatty Divine Boutique, Shoreditch, London

Tatty Devine is famous for unique and quirky accessories, which elevate jewellery to art status. The pair behind it all, Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, have no formal training as jewellers. They met studying Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art in 1996, and had planned to become artists until Harriet found some bags of leather samples on the way home from the pub one night. The duo made some leather cuffs to sell at Portobello and Spitalfields markets, and Tatty Devine was born! Vogue magazine soon caught on, as did Browns Focus and Harvey Nichols, and the girls launched their first official collection at London Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2001. A headquarters was essential to the operation, and so the Brick Lane space opened in 2001, which has developed into a showroom, workshop, offices and shop.

In 2003 Rosie and Harriet began showing at Paris Fashion Week and the jewellery quickly went international!

The next move was opening a second shop in London's stylish Soho in February 2004. Both Tatty Devine shops have a huge selection of Tatty Devine products, from past and current collections, and lots of goodies made by other like-minded designers. If you visit either shop you'll also find one-offs and limited edition accessories not available anywhere else.

In 2006, Tatty Devine showed for the first time at New York Fashion Week. Tatty Devine's jewellery and accessories can now be found in over 100 stockists worldwide.

This year, the company has moved into a new studio and refurbished the Brick Lane shop with a spectacular custom-made floor!

Tatty Devine have forged partnerships with everyone from avant-garde Berlin girl group Chicks on Speed to catwalk conquerors Basso and Brooke and Jenny Packham, and shoe specialists Poste Mistress.

Two seasonal collections are launched each year, and the Best Of... collection gathers together all the popular pieces that hardcore Tatty Devine fans would faint without!

check out the tatty devine website for the latest seasonal collection, the Best Of... collection, and our popular name necklaces.

Check out what the press say!

Tatty Devine is one on the more eclectic shops we have covered on Beautiful Boutiques, we love its originality and creativeness and are constantly amazed by what they come up with!

Let us know what you think!

Ps. Forgot to say if you can't make it to funky Shoreditch these guy's have also got a Tatty Divine concession in Topshop, Oxford Street!

Soho Shop
57b Brewer Street
Tel/fax 020 7434 2257
Open Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12noon-5pm

236 Brick Lane
E2 7LH
Tel/fax 020 7739 9191
Open daily 11am-6pm

The Perfect Christmas Party Dress!

This week our featured dress is -as you would expect- a party dress, but this classy number is so chic that no sleek office party or formal family get together is too good for it. The Boden range of knitted dresses are both effortlessly stylish and comfortable, making these dresses the right choice no matter how formal the occasion. The softness of their choice of fabrics and the extra warmth that this textile offers means that you'll feel relaxed no matter where you are.

Pulling off the season's most wanted style with ease and then simply adding its own extra festive pizazz, the Boden knitted tulip dress can show up those who have dressed up and demonstrate how keeping it simple -even in the festive period- always looks fantastic.

As an alternative to the classic little black dress, the muted charcoal and mid brown options available for this style allow for a little more expression and personality to come through so that you can still make a statement. Getting a look like this right is dependant on the right accessories of course, but with a Boden knitted tulip dress, you won't have to add too much outside of a fab pair of shoes, a bracelet, and a gorgeous pair of earrings.

If the tulip cut doesn't do your shape justice however, why not take a look at Boden's Chic knitted dress? This design features a fully lined skirt for extra weight and with its centre band emphasising your empire line, this dress will help to create your perfect silhouette. Available in magenta, marine melange and black you can choose to make a bold statement or stick to slimming black either way, you will always look confident and stylish, no matter what the occasion.

Dress 1: The search is over for the christmas party dress which is both incredibly chic and ridiculously comfortable. Semi fitted with gentle tulip shape skirt, ¾ length sleeves, Hand applied embellishment, Beautifully soft and drapey yarn with a subtle sheen, 85% wool 15% nylon, Hand wash only.

Dress 2: Quite simply a sexy knitted dress. A brand new shape equipped with a fully lined skirt. Semi fitted with a flattering low v-neck, Full length sleeves with bell shaped functional cuffs, Pretty gathers at shoulder, Silky knitted skirt lining, Knitted stripe trims at yoke and cuffs, Beautifully soft yarn with a subtle sheen, Body 100% extra fine merino wool, Lining 100% viscose, Hand wash or dry clean.

Carrying off your party look with a little Panache

It's true that you can spend hours agonising over which outfit to wear to every soiree in your calender this month, but unless you've got the right support you could be wearing the best party dress in the place and still look a shambles. Choosing the right underwear to enhance whatever you're wearing is as much an artform as putting a shabby chic outfit together and getting the balance between shabby and chic exactly right.

This week our featured dress is cut in the tulip style. Sometimes perceived as a difficult style to pull off, the tulip cut can leave room for manoeuvre when it comes to a few extra mince pies and even for a small bump, or it can hang to emphasis the lack of tummy underneath. The unusual cut and style of this dress means that you can use your natural womanly wiles to detract attention away from your tummy. With the right underwear you can achieve this without looking like you've made any effort.

Of course to get the right emphasis in the right place, you're going to need a bit of underwire and structure. With this in mind, why not invest in a beautiful lingerie piece to underpin your classy party look with a piece like the Venus underwired thong back body? This gorgeous support also makes for an ideal gift so why not let your man know in advance of the party what could make his evening last well into the night...

If you like the delicate trims on this piece but are not sold on the shape you'll be pleased to know that Panache has also created a Venus basque in the same style. This stunning piece will give you the shape you want and allow for a more creative approach to what panties you combine with your basic structure.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Foundation Boutique, Cheltenham & Stow-On-The-Wold

Foundation is an individual boutique selling interesting, beautiful clothing and exclusive lifestyle products. Owners James & Gemma Wiseman (former designers for amongst others, Mulberry, and Nokia), started Foundation Boutique over 6 years ago, to offer a striking, 'hand-picked' selection of interesting clothing, homewares, accessories and jewellery by smaller, up-and-coming designers, with the emphasis on fashion and style, and above all wearability. They are constantly 'out and about', looking for unusual clothing and gifts

Foundation opened in Stow-on-The-Wold some 6 years ago. The second store was opened in Cheltenham's bohemian Montpellier area 18 months later. They have been featured in several magazine articles, including Vogue, 'The Cool Cotswolds', Living Etc., Homes & Gardens, Cotswold Life, The Oracle and many more, as well as the pilot episode of a BBC series on Shopping, and A in 2008, Channel 4's hot tip for where to shop for the Cheltenham Gold Cup!

Brands include: Farhi, Essentiel, Audley, Natural Magic, The Jackson Twins, James Jeans Turnover, Rützou, Odd Molly, Libélula, Ann Louise Roswald, Saltwater, Anderson & Lauth, Joes Jean, Marilyn Moore, John Smedley, J & M Davidson, By Malene Birger, Miller Harris, Nicola Starks, Lola Rose, Paige Denim, Betty Jackson, American Vintage, Velvet, Ann Louise Roswald.

A visit to either of the Foundation stores can turn into a great day out, the smaller version of Foundation can be found in Stow-on-the-Wold, a sweet little town in the cotswolds which is also home to the lovely Law and Company Boutique which we mentioned last week, after an afternoon shopping why not go for a drink in The Royalist Hotel, England's oldest Inn!

If you have the energy (or money!) left check out Foundations larger shop in Cheltenham's Montpelier district, another lovely area to spend an afternoon browsing, other places of note to visit in Cheltenham are The Retreat Restaurant and Decorative Textiles a faboulous home interiors shop.

22 Montpellier Walk
Gloucestershire GL50 1SD
Tel: (01242) 232777

Leap Boutique Sale - Only 2 weeks to go!

Leap Christmas Sale Extravaganza!

1 Day only Fashion Event
Friday 12th December, 7am - 9pm
Ashprington Village Hall

Brands include:
Avoca, Odd Molly, Nougat, Bellaju, Fever, Fransa, Palace London, Calla Lily, Caro London, Kaffe, Syrup, Cream, Marmalade Cashmere, Emma Howard Cashmere, Bee Jewellery, Aganzi, Irem Deniz and many more……

We will be selling next seasons collections at Half Price before they even reach the shops!!! Many items are one off samples, so come and join us for a glass of bubbly and some fantastic bargains.

We are providing a free crèche to entertain your children
while you relax and shop from 9am to 1pm

Free Parking / Free Bubbly / Free Creche from 9 - 1
Credit/Debit Card Facilities / All Fashion at Sale prices

Open 7am – 9pm
Ashprington Village Hall
Tel: 01803 868 446

The event is 3 miles from Totnes town centre
For directions please call 01803 868 446

See you there!

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Boutique Brands: Cath Kidson

Cath Kidston Ltd.

We Love Cath Kidson!

Cath Kidston Ltd. was founded in 1992 when Cath Kidston opened her first shop in Notting Hill. She started off selling old junk furniture and vintage fabrics, which sowed the seeds in creating her distinctive fabrics and product designs. The business has grown steadily since with an established fashion range.

There are now nine shops in the UK, seven of which are based in London. Successful openings in New York and Los Angeles have led to wider global interest – with a new store just opened in Tokyo.

The company has built up a cult following of very loyal customers. The products appeal to all ages – teenage girls love the bookbags and oilcloth accessories, their mums are fans of the clothing range and grandparents buy into the nostalgic qualities of fabrics and home furnishings.

Cath continues to be an integral part of the company; she is both designer and creative director.

Mee Boutique - Exclusive 2 Day Pre Christmas Sale!

Mee Boutique in Bath are offering a fabulous 20% off Clothing and selected items on Friday 28th - Saturday 29th November . Please print this off and take along when purchasing. Have fun girls!

Mee Boutique
9A Bartlett Street

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday: 10am –5.30pm
Sunday: 11.30am – 4.30pm

Directions: Walk to the top of Milsom Street, turn right and cross over at the pedestrian crossing (George Street). Bartlett Street is the cobbled street directly ahead of you. You will find Mee up on the right-hand side.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

White Boutique, Narberth

Sally White returned to Pembrokeshire, where she grew up, in 2001 to set up the White boutique. Previously Sally worked in London as a fashion buyer for Oasis and before that River Island.

Her dream was always to open a fabulous boutique where she could share her passion for clothes, accessories, jewellery and shoes... Sally loves fashion - her favourite programme of all time is Sex and the City!

White Boutique pulls together collections that combine different labels to create a unique look that is wearable, stylish, beautiful and timeless.

Whether you are looking for something to keep you warm and cosy on those long Autumn walks or you need a glamorous outfit for a party or special occasion, the boutique has something for you.

They have exciting ranges from Fenn Wright Manson, Nougat and Avoca. New to White is Pink Soda's beautiful occasionwear and gorgeous knitwear from James Jeans. Now just in are the fabulous scarves, hats and gloves by Johnstons.

Other Fashion Collections featured are:

Avoca Anthology, Billy Bag, Des Petits Hauts, Fenn Wright Manson, James Jeans, Les Néréides Jewellery, Nougat London, Ollie & Nic, Palace London, Pink Soda Boutique, Saltwater, Sticky Fingers, Unisa and many more...

White Boutique is well worth a visit

White Boutique
3 High Street
SA67 7AR

(White is Located at the top of Narberth High Street opposite the entrance to the public car park.)

Telephone: 01834 860664

Opening times:
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 5:00
Sat 10:00 - 5:30


Vintage Vogue, May 2003

Issue: May 2003

Kate Moss, on the cover in the style of David Bowie's Aladdin Sane, pays tribute to the rock star inside by dressing up in some of his original costumes. Meanwhile "there is a touch of Sixties excess about the season's larger-than-life jewellery," says Calgary Avansino, and Judith Watt discovers how film director Luchino Visconti's intense vision inspired a generation of fashion designers, including Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana. Jane Birkin also returns to the pages of Vogue, still regarded as the singer, style icon, sex symbol and muse that she was in the Sixties.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Boutique Brands: Uttam & Yumi

Uttam London was founded over 10 years ago by Uttam Nepal, who in 1994 was selling knitwear from his home country of Nepal, in London's popular Camden Market. The fashion for hand-made ethnic clothing and bags made his collection increasingly popular towards the end of the 1990s and the brand enjoyed considerable growth.

Uttam clothing acquired a reputation for its vibrant colours, hand-stitched embroidery, and creative embellishments using beads, sequins and jewels, and became widely recognised for its eye-catching womenswear, childrenswear, and accessories with local, national, and international customers. The continuing growth and success of the brand led to the development of the Uttam Direct website, and the launch of the stylish new Yumi brand.

Inspired by the East, our designs embrace the traditions and beauty of Nepal, India, and Japan. We only sell clothes by Uttam and Yumi, whose styles are created by a design team renowned for using techniques such as patchwork, tie-dye, applique, hand-stitched beading and embroidery, and printed knitwear, chiffons, and silks. The ranges are developed with close contact with the factories - often involving several sample stages until the design is perfected. The Uttam and Yumi brands are both 'fast fashion' labels, which mean they provide the most up-to-date styles, colours, and fabrics.

Famous devotess include: Fearne Cotton, Myleene Klass & Sienna Miller

Fearne - rainbow heart dress - £49.95
Myleene - Spot Wrap Dress - £59.95
Sienna - Victoria Crotchet Tunis - £49.95

People Boutique, Kingsheath, Birmingham

Set in a side street of Kingsheath, Birmingham, The People boutique is a fantastic little find, sandwiched inbetween a cafe and a florist the People Boutique stands out with its own unique identity.

The shop was opened by Jo, Alison and Christian in June 2000 and has since then flourished to become one of the main independent destination shops in Birmingham. The boutique offers a range of Fashion, Jewellery, Homewares and their own beautifully simple Jersey Collection ‘people’ which specialises in easy to wear elegant dresses for women of all ages, our favourite being the ‘Emily’ Tea Dress. Other clothing ranges include Palace London and Fever.

The People Shop, Lovely Clothes For Lovely People!

50 Poplar Road
Kings Heath
B14 7AG
Tel: 0121 444 3444