Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Collen and Clare, Southwold

Recently hailed by the Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine as one of 'the top 50 boutiques in Britain' Collen and Clare has become one of the UK's best destinations for fabulous finds.

Started 6 years ago by childhood friends Vanessa Collen and Clare Adkins C&C has grown to boast a collection of some of the best designer names in the world of fashion. Catering for men, women and children the beautiful 17th Century boutique is in the heart of the picturesque Suffolk coastal town of Southwold. Whether you are looking for Hunter wellies to walk the dog or the latest Anya Hindmarch bag of the season there is always something new in store to tempt you. They even have their own label of wardrobe staples they believe you shouldn't be without - cashmere wraps, gorgeous ballet pumps and handmade Italian shirts.

Brands include:
Ann Louise Roswald, Duchamp, Hunter, Isharya, Johnny loves Rosie, Linea Pelle, Made in heaven, Monica Vinader, Miller Harris, Odd Molly, Original Penguin, Penelope Chilvers, Paul & Joe, Ren, Rings Eclectic, Rupert Sanderson, Toy Watches, Ugg

Collen and Clare
25 Market Place
Tel: 01502 724823

Vintage Vogue, January 1995

EDITOR: Alexandra Shulman

On her fourth Vogue cover, Kate Moss wears nothing but Max Factor International Orchid Mist and make-up by Linda Cantello.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Nola Boutique, Brighton

Nola is a great little boutique in Brighton, in fact it's just round the corner from another great little boutique which we all know and love "Lavender room." The shop has been in Brighton since 2004 and is a great addition to the already cool and funky North Laine district of Brighton.

New labels for next season will feature See by Chloe, M Missoni and Emu footwear

Other Collections include:
by malene birger, m missoni, Paul & Joe sister, Rutzou, see by chloe, sonia by sonia rykiel, Tara Jarmon, Laura Lee Jewellery, Alex Monroe Jewellery, Antik Batik, Dolce Vita, inwear, Luella, Ortigia, EMU, Nana Ki, American Vintage

24 Church Street
Brighton BN1 1RB
Tel: 01273 726555

Check out the Nola fashion blog!

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Bohemia Boutique, Edinburgh

Welcome to Bohemia Boutique - officially the best boutique in Edinburgh! Bohemia first opened it’s doors in 2006, then swiftly followed by their second boutique in 2008! Jenny & Deb the owners take great pride in sourcing the most sort after and beautiful brands known to man, including the cult classic Odd Molly, other brands include: American Vintage, Crumpet Cashmere, Vila, Culture Denmark, Totme Praia, Ichi and many many more.

Bohemia don’t just sell womens clothing they also sell Footwear, Jewellery,Childrenswear and homeware. The great thing about these guy’s is that the website is always up to date, so if you can’t make it to Edinburgh in the near future you can always shop online at their virtual boutique where you can buy Odd Molly & Crumpet at Sale prices!

17 Roseneath Street
Tel: 0131 478 9609

Monday, 15 December 2008

Anna Boutique, UK

Anna is probably the most well known of all the boutiques we have covered so far in our short history, Anna started her first boutique "Anna" in Burnham Market, Norfolk in 1994, with her Primrose hill store (our favourite!) soon to follow afterwards, since then she has created 4 more divine emporiums for you to visit in such places as: Kings Road, Bury St Edmunds, Saffron Waldrun and her new store in Harpendon (opening soon).

All of the Anna stores have a light and airey feel to them, with a relaxed and informal shopping atmosphere, a shop where you can relax and browse without feeling you have to buy everytime. A private shopping service is also available for that special occasion or customers that would just like some great advice on what and how to wear the many fantastic collections on offer at Anna

Collections at Anna include:
0039 Italy, 120% Lino, Afternoon of an Epic, American vintage, Ann Louise Roswald, Anna Cashmere, Anna kaftans, Antik Batik, Bandana, BASH, Betty Jackson, Betty Jackson TWO, Bloch shoes, Bruuns Bazaar, By Malene Birger, Citizens Jeans, Common Thread, Dandy, Day, Eberiey, Essential, Et Vous, European Culture, Farhi, Ghulum Sakina, Goat, Handwritten, Hartford, HTC, J&M Davidson, James, James jeans, Jenny Dyer, Joes Jeans, Joseph, Joyce Ridings, Julianna, Karen Cole, Kristensen Du Nord, L.P collection, Language, L'Autre Chose, Lee Trois Enfants, Legacy, Lola Rose, LP Collection, Majestic, Margaret Howell, Marte Frisness, MaxMara, Michelle Jonas, Milly, Natalie Coates, Nicole farhi, Odd Molly, Olsen, Orit, Orla Kiely, Paige Denim, Penelope Chilvers, Precieuse, Promise, Queene & Belle, Quinton and Chadwick, Ralph Lauren, Rogan, Rutzou, Rutzou Main, Saltwater, Sarah Arnett, Schumacher, Single, T Bags, Tania, Theory, Tibi, Traits, Twin set, Twinset, Useful Chic, Vandenvos, Velvet, Wickle, Wilbur and Gussie

Primrose Hill, London
126 regents park road
primrose hill
nw1 8xl

Kings Road, London
590 kings road
sw6 2dx

Bury St Edmunds
7 guildhall street
bury st edmunds
ip33 1pr

Burnham Market
market place
burnham market
pe31 8he

Saffron Waldren
19 high street
saffron walden
cb10 1al

8 Station road
40% SALE - Starts Today!

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Dali Boutique, County Down

Dali Boutique is situated in the centre of Newry, right next to the Buttercrane shopping centre, the boutique offers a great collection selection! with brands including: Avoca Anthology, Desigual, FeeG, Fever, Great Plains, LTB Jeans, Nancy Mac, Noli, Sandwich, Savage Culture, St Martin, Sweaterhouse & Veneo en la piel, plus some lovely jewellery and accessory collections.

The shop was first created in 2004 by Cathy Smyth and fine tuned by famous Irish designer Paul Costelloe, over the years Cathy has built up a fantastic client base. shopping at Dali is a great experience as you always receive a warm welcome.

Dali Boutique
26, Bridge St
County Down
BT35 8AE
Tel: 028 3026 7113

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Leap Boutique SALE - Only 2 days to go!

Leap Christmas Sale!

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

Click here to join the 'Leap Sale' Newsletter

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

The event is 3 miles from Totnes town centre
To view a map click here
For directions please call 01803 868 446

See you there!

Love Leap

What is it about Boden that we love so much?

We love the Boden brand at Beautiful Boutiques. Not only do they offer superb, comfortable designs at affordable prices, but they are also an ethical trader. We all know how good it feels good to get a beautiful piece of clothing and know that you are not the only one to benefit, and with Boden's excellent attitude toward all matters ethical and eco, that is what you get every time you buy one of their hand crafted outfits.

To quote their company ethic, Boden believe in working to satisfactory standards when it comes to 'employment rights, working conditions and wages'. With their clear investment in those that create your clothes, you can shop with a clear conscience, so everyone's happy. In fact, all of the wonderful hard work that goes on behind the scenes at Boden to help their workers means you can enjoy your purchase to the full, knowing that you have contributed to helping to promote the Ethical Trading Initiative.

If you're hot on helping those in need, watch out on the Boden site for their new range of Hot Products. Buying any of these garments contributes toward the Rainbow Trust the charity that Boden work in partnership with. Aiming to raise money to support families with children with terminal or life threatening illnesses, your money can also help to provide much needed help from Family Support workers. Not only that but you'll have a gorgeous outfit to boot; what could be better?

Boden UK

Friday, 5 December 2008

Rouge Boutique, Cardiff

Rouge boutique stands out of the crowd in Cardiff as there is nothing else quite like it! Set in the desirable Morgan Arcade it caters for the more discerning customer, a woman that wants to be that little bit different. The store was opened by Parisian Frederique and her daughter Sophie some years ago and specialises in labels and collections that can't be found anywhere else in Wales. As well as some fantastic fashion collections, including some of our personal favourites including Avoca Anthology, American Vintage and Coco ribbon, they also sell beautiful dress and costume jewellery which sit alongside some fabulous french soap and luxurious silk accessories.

Brands they sell at Rouge include:
Avoca Renaissance, Lysgaard, Bande Originale, American Vintage, Des Petits Hauts, Lin'n Laundry, Calla Lily, The Muddy Dog Company, Birdy Num Num, La Compagnie De Provence, Coco Ribbon, Nannapas, Otis Jaxon, Goose Island, The Rubber Cow Company, Park Lane, Mint, Ollie and Nic, Miss L Fire, Lyla Black

26 Morgan Arcade
CF10 1AF
Tel: 029 2023 2201

Carrie this off right and he may carry you off... Summer Sale is now on - save up to 50%

It's fair to say that most of us do not have the figure of SJP, but if you're looking to add a touch of glamour to your festive outfit that's just for you and your Mr Big, why not try the fantastic Lake and Stars 'We're on a Break' romper as featured in the Sex and the City movie?

This piece is ideal for the sort of woman who is naturally sexy and wants to remind her man of it this Christmas without having to wear too much lace. This romper suit is sexy in its own right as the silk strips move with your body to reveal and hide all at once. The figure hugging cotton will keep you warm and comfy while out while the silk will caress you and make you smile as much as it will him! Teasing is after all a huge part of the post party fun, and with a chic outfit like these under your belt, you're bound to get a party of your own started once you arrive home. Summer Sale is now on - save up to 50%

If you love this romper, but fancy a little more colour, check out the Genius Romper from Lake and Stars, which is a similar design but features 71% silk for extra comfort and a splash of yellow into the bargain. Both of these rompers are available in UK sizes 6,8 and 10 so if you're looking to treat the lady in your life or even yourself, there's every reason to find this gorgeous lingerie in your Christmas stocking. Summer Sale is now on - save up to 50%

Step into Christmas with Carvela from Kurt Geiger

Having introduced muted colours as the attention grabbing tactic for this year's parties, why not go the whole hog and accessorise to the max using the gorgeous Carvela as your platform? The Andy Grey Courts Platform shoe is the ideal addition to any party outfit as it features a 110cm heel which means you can stand head and shoulders above all those little black dresses and show some personality!

The Carvela Winter range also features a luscious three quarter length boot with short heel. The Wayne* design is a handy fall back when you're looking leaning toward a smart-casual look or want to keep out the cold. Also available in Tan, this style is sophisticated without being too dressy and so will see you through the Winter months no matter what you're doing.

*I can't believe they have called a boot wayne!

Of course, some of you lovely ladies may be looking for a dressy pair of boots to work the room with and Carvela haven't let us down in this respect either. The Wanton knee high boot is one of the most appropriately named products we have come across in a long time as it is so very saucy! Perfect for wear with skirts and dresses alike, this boot has slim heels for an elegant look and will certainly leave an impression on any man (in what way you choose to take advantage of this attribute is up to you...)

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Iris Boutique, Queens Park & Battersea

This little boutique has only been around a couple of years but has managed to bag it's self a load of great press, including features in Grazia, Time out and Easy Living to name but a few.

The store was started by two mums Annie Pollet & Sarah Claassen after having noticed a need for such a boutique in the area, Annie already had some great fashion experience working at such places as Calvin Klein and Nicole Farhi while Sarah had the business experience.

The two boutiques sell many collections, a selection are listed below:
Antik Batik, APC, By Malene Birger, Isabel Marant, J Brand, Patrizia, Pepe, Vanessa Bruno, Bash, Bi La Li, Cacharel, Dandy, Day Birger et Michelsen, Edun, Goat, Humanoid, Isabel Marant, James Jeans, Lee, Little Joe (by Gail Ellott), Odd Molly, Rutzou, Tania Cashmere, Tocca, True Religion, Velvet

Iris - Queens Park

73 Salusbury Road
London, NW6 6NJ
Tel No: 0207 3721777

Iris - Battersea
97 Northcote Rd
London SW11 6PL
Tel No: 0207 924 1836

The Lilac Room

We would love to tell you something about this attractive looking boutique in the middle of Hastings by the sea, but unfortunatley the website isn't to helpful, so sort it out guy's and we can tell the world how great you are!

Clothing brands include: Great Plains, Noa Noa, Fever, Su Sula, Calla Lily

The Lilac Room
George Street
East Sussex
TN34 7EL

The Shepherd's Purse

Sited in the Old town part of Whitby is 'The Sheperd's Purse' this store is not just a fabulous clothing boutique, it is also a whole food store, gift shop, and B&B, but not only that, they also offer a fantastic range of complimentary therapies on site too! This successful shop has been around since 1973 and is a well known destination in Whitby.

Clothing brands you will find are the likes of Noa Noa, Nougat, Avoca, Pink Soda, Shalimar Shoes and many more...

If anybody has been to the store we would love to hear some reviews, so drop us a line!

95 Church Street
North Yorkshire
Y022 4BH

How to dress up even when you dress down

We all love clothes that are versatile enough to be worn casually as well as in formal situations, right? Adaptability especially in cold weather is always a bonus, and for those of us who really feel the cold, the option to wear layers which are both flattering and striking are the best choices around. There are at this time of year many acres of print dedicated to Little Black Dresses and party dresses in general, so we thought we'd focus our attention somewhere else to help you make the most of your outfit. After all you're unlikely to wear just a LBD on its own, considering the weather!

This week we'd like to show you the fab Long Evening Cardigan from Boden. This wonderful cashmere blend has a flattering semi fitted style and is available in opal melange, violet and black. With decorative buttons to finish this classic look, you wouldn't look out of place at a work do or at home with the in laws sporting this fine piece of knitwear over most outfits.
Whether you choose trousers, a skirt or a dress for that all important social gathering this season, having the right knitwear can not only improve the look, but keep you happy and toasty.

Of course, you might not be the only one looking to add to that all important outfit this season which is why the diligent team at Beautiful Boutiques have been delving into gorgeous knitwear for girls too. Of the many that we have looked at none has made us all say 'ah' as much as the Cable Swing Cardigan. Available for ages 3-4 up to ages 13-14, this cutesy piece comes in rose, grey (to match mummy?) and a wonderful duck egg choice.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Beautiful Boutique: Flint, Lewes

In the heart of Lewes sits "Flint" and "Flint at Home", one a contemporary Lifestyle and Home wares store, the other a fabulous clothing boutique.

Flint at Home
This lifestyle boutique is sited in a beautiful 15th century building in the centre of Lewes, as well as stocking most of the gorgeous home wares you would expect to find inside this sumptuous boutique you will also find:
Miller Harris fragrance, Story cosmetics, incense & candles, Baileys, Khadi and Co, Ren - Natural skin care, Lamps & lampshades from France, Vintage linen sheets, French ceramics, Hand blown glassware, Reed baskets, Turkish Pots, Mohair blankets & hand woven wool blankets from Asia & Africa, Abraham and Thakore - Silk throws & beaded cushions, CDs, Fresh flowers & plants, Les Fil d'Indienne - Cushions & Throws, A fantastic selection of books, Geodesis candles, Votivo candles, Durance skincare products for men, Eco-cleaning products for your home from Maison Belle, Vintage items for your house and garden, Vintage linens

Flint Boutique
Flint houses an impressive range of clothing, some of the brands include:
Madeleine Press, Bruuns Bazaar, By Malene Birger, Velvet, Ochre Cashmere, The Barn, Blank, Sula, Paige Premium Denim, Red Cat, Khadi and Co, Bensimon, Flint own label, Graham and Spencer, Stella Forrest, Bodas nightwear, Cocowai, Ruth Cross, Citizens of Humanity, Graumann, Abraham and Thakore, Nocturne, Noli, Pablo by Gerard Darel, Hartford, Natural Wave Linen, Delforte Denim, Stewart & Brown Organic Cotton, Handwritten.
The styling of this boutique is very contemporary, featuring a Farrow & Ball colour scheme twinned with antique decorations that you can also buy.

If you get a chance to visit Lewes you will also find a selection of other clothes shops, the two shops we would recommend are "Bone" and "Lounge" both of these stores cater for a slightly younger customer but are worth popping in for a browse.

70 High Street
East Sussex, BN7 1XG

49 High Street
East Sussex, BN7 2DD

Tel: 01273 474166

Monday, 1 December 2008

Vintage Vogue, January 1997

EDITOR: Alexandra Shulman

Patsy Kensit (in Gucci), having recently fallen for Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher (but not yet married to him), is photographed snogging him throughout an interview by her old friend Mariella Frostrup, while a 22-year-old Kate Moss gives her take on true style: "Clothes go in and out of fashion, but that's not real style," she says. "Style has to be classic." Matthew Williamson makes his first foray onto the pages of Vogue at the age of 25, meanwhile: "It's all going as planned," he says, "but just a little faster than I expected."