I love to hit boutiques when I travel. Well, I love to go to boutiques wherever I am. I spend most days in my own boutique and then I like to visit others when I have a chance. I guess you could say I’m obsessed. I also appreciate the curation that happens in a boutique because I know how much merchandise there is to search through before finding the real gems. Today I’m going to tell you about a couple boutiques that I loved this summer when I was visiting my daughter in Lincoln, Nebraska.
I visited Select Style, a store I hadn’t ever been to. Wow, the inside was beautiful. It was the type of store I love, clean, contemporary, minimally furnished with nice light. I looked at every item on every rack and ended up with a fitting room full. I decided to not look at price tags and to focus on what I liked instinctually. Thank goodness my son was patient (it helped that he brought a book). The owner and her mom were both working. I just can’t believe I hadn’t stopped in sooner to check it out. I liked that the store carried labels I hadn’t heard of. I had heard of some, such as Vince, Joie and Equipment. But I was thrilled to see some I wasn’t familiar with such as Lilla P. I tried on a lot of clothes, came out of the fitting room each time and the ladies gave me lots of feedback. I felt like they were genuine and not just trying to make a sale. Oh, and the fitting rooms were beautiful too, by the way. I ended up having to labor over which pieces to say no to and still ended up spending more than I’ve ever spent in a store on just myself. But I felt good that I was supporting a local business owner and a girl that has a passion just like mine. She had only had her store for two years! I bought a beautiful black dress by Lilla P, a great red top that I’ll wear once a week, a pair of the most amazing pants by a Danish designer that I definitely didn’t need but fell in love with, and a nice slip that I’ve never heard of the brand of and may have to carry in my own store.
Next I headed to a fave local shoe boutique that I’ve been visiting for several years, Pattino. I know the owner and she’s worked hard to make the store successful. I got lucky because she was working the day I stopped in. I love being able to converse with the person doing the buying and it doesn’t hurt that she has similar taste and wears the same size. I found a killer pair of sandals that were unique, comfortable and edgy and Italian. I wanted to buy several pairs plus some jewelry but I was worried about my son telling my husband and I had to be able to fit it all in my suitcase. Pattino has always carried unique, high quality brands and I know I will always find something I’ll want.
We hit a couple other boutiques while we were in town but they just didn’t compare to the quality and experience in the store. If you’re ever in Lincoln, Nebraska, make sure you stop into the College View Shopping District. You won’t be disappointed.
The great thing about the outfit in this picture is that the top is from my boutique, so I’m representing three boutiques in one outfit and that makes me so happy!