Everyone knows that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But what about a great purse or a brand new lip color? Here are five places where every woman can feel and look her best for the holidays and beyond. By Carly Petrone.
Yumi Kim is the perfect boutique for the girl looking for a fun printed dress, top, or holiday romper. Stop by the flagship store in the LES and check out the colorfully beaded clutches, candles, and accessories while perusing their fun patterned frocks. Their new pajama collection features silk kimonos and robes that are as pretty as they are cozy. Warning: you might walk out with an entirely new winter wardrobe.
Okay, Pucker may not technically be a retail store but it’s certainly a gal’s dream come true. Get dolled up before that holiday or New Year’s Eve party with the help of a professional makeup artist and walk out the door ready to be noticed. For as little as $35 you can get your eyes made up or splurge on a $60 treatment which includes a full makeup application (excluding lashes and brow shaping). If you’re in a hurry, sign up for the Pucker Quickie – a simple application for the face, brows, and lashes. VIPs can get the Pucker VIP Treatment for $135 (includes lip products), a personal housecall, or even a makeup lesson. The best part? 2% of all Pucker sales goes to charity so make sure to stop by this SoHo hot spot and get a new look for 2015.
Are you that girl who can’t wait to rearrange a room? If you’re a natural interior designer or you’re obsessed with decor, ABC Carpet & Home is a must see. From lanterns and carpets to modern furniture and bath accessories, this place carries beautiful, handcrafted items from around the world. You can even take a break from shopping at the ABC Cocina, featuring a seasonal menu by Michelin star Chef Jean-George Vongerichten. Make sure to check out the basement level, where sale items and clearance prices can be found. The warehouse feel of the store allows the shopper to wonder freely from the department to department without being hassled by the sales staff. You’ll definitely walk away with the urge to redo your apartment!
What woman doesn’t love finding a new signature scent to wear? Stop by Fragrance Shop New York and create your own customizable perfume! With over 300 scents to choose from, you’ll definitely find something floral, spicy, or sweet smelling just for you. The store will even make sure to keep your concoction on file in case you need a refill. For less than $100, it’s the perfect holiday gift for yourself (okay, and others).
Find your next favorite piece of jewelry at Catbird in Brooklyn. This adorable Bedford shop has signature pieces like stacking and first knuckle rings as well as innovative finds like the Coquette Ear Hugger in both gold and silver. Buy a locket, a pair of alphabet earrings, or a basic rose gold band and you’ve got yourself a perfect accessory for any outfit. If you’re looking for something other than jewelry, this tiny store also carries fun items like candles, stationery, and beauty products. It’s the perfect one-stop shop!