ALT SUMMIT NYC :: Guide to Shopping

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Welcome to the second installation of my Alt Summit NYC guide. Today we are highlighting the top shopping destinations the city has to offer. Now, as with the food thing, finding the key shopping locations can be overwhelming to the max here in the city. So, I have narrowed down the search for you with a list I believe encompasses something for everyone, and all in convenient locations. If you'll be in the city for Alt Summit, this list will guide you! 

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1) FISH'S EDDY

Are you a lover of vintage, retro, eclectic and affordable kitchen pieces? Yea... me too. This is my go-to place for anything associated with my kitchen - decoration, plates, tea cups, cheese boards, etc. I'm serious, it's the most adorable place. We love it so much, I made a specific wedding registry for us there and anytime I'm in the neighborhood, I'll swing in just to see what they have in stock. Bonus :: they have a super sale section in the back where you can get antique plates for $1. Mix and match to your hearts content for unique place settings without breaking the bank. 

2) CHELSEA MARKET

Not only is it a city landmark, with it's gorgeous industrial interiors, but Chelsea Market is the destination spot for foodies, shoppers and gourmet lovers of anything and everything. Grab a coffee at Ninth Street Espresso and roam through the shops and wine stores. Then grab a refreshing shaved ice pop from People's Pops. Check out the wine selection at Chelsea Wine Vault (if you're lucky they will have sample out!) and then find your wines cheese mate at Lucy Whey's. Come with a bit of an empty stomach as you'll stock up fast on fresh fruit and ice cream samples! 

3) BROADWAY (between W.Houston + Canal)

Don't get stuck in Times Square or Herald Square even trying to shove in and out of overcrowded stores and sidewalks. This strip on Broadway is yes, also crowded, but you'll hit everything in fell swoop of the street. Also, at least you're in Soho surrounded by great restaurants, coffee shops and pretty buildings! You can literally hit Zara, Bloomingdale's, F21, H&M, Aldo, Prada, Mango, Sephora, Banana Republic, Uniqlo, Aritzia, Club Monaco, Madewell, All Saints and Topshop. Plus, you can meander off onto the side streets to the smaller boutique stores.  

4) M&J TRIM

Are you a DIY blogger? If so, you can't be in NYC and miss a trip to M&J Trim. They are THE store for all your DIY supplies. From chain to fabric to studs and tools..... you'll have to set aside time to wander through the store and be inspired! 

5) ABC HOME

This building is a six-floor fortress of furnishings, fabrics, interior decor, paintings, knick-knacks, vintage finds and modern accessories . ABC Home has traveled the world finding the best in home decor so you don't have too. Basically, this is where I go to spend 2 hours lusting after everything I wish I could fit in my loft apartment! Really, it's a dream..... hide your credit cards. Bonus :: when you've shopped yourself hungry, swing down to the famed ABC Kitchen on the 1st floor for a delicious bite to eat. 

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6) HOUSING WORKS

If you're an all-star thrifter like myself, then this is the place for you. With locations all over the city and one in Brooklyn, my top choice is the Chelsea store. As with any thrift store, some days are hit and miss. Once I found a Marc Jacobs skirt for $15 and a pair of barely worn Frye boots for $20..... then other days I walk out empty handed having missed all the gems. Bonus :: their proceeds do towards ending the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS. 

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Buffalo Exchange - Also a great thrift/consignment shop. The best one is on 26th Street. 

Beacon's Closet - Another top thrift choice. 

Oak - High-end men's and women's designer clothing. 

Catbird - My favorite shop for dainty and adorable jewelry and accessories. 

A.P.C - The shop to dress like a Parisian. 

Brookfarm General Store - It's like if Kinfolk Magazine made a store. 

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Memory Lane :: Smilebooth Takeover

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So I had a moment yesterday where I found myself back on the Smilebooth website clicking through the pages and pages of photos from Alt Summit. I was just in the reminiscent mood, ya know?! I get it.... its been a month.... but we all go through our withdrawals in different ways.... don't judge.

After realizing I never actually posted any proof of our epic Smilebooth takeover (we literally took nearly 30 of these I think), it was time to share these gems with the world. I'll make up any reason to take a trip down memory lane.

Those fellow gorgeous giggling gals above are :: Colleen from Inspired to Share, Megan from The Fresh Exchange, Jessica from Dahlia Lynn, Amanda from Simple Street, Anna from Tulipe Louise and Katie. Be sure to check out their blogs and work. (And yes, that would be Katie's and my husbands doing a photobomb.... thank you boys!)

Can't wait until next year ladies!

Full Speed Ahead :: Alt Summit

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Day 1 of Alt Summit is over and it went by so fast! Day 2 is in full speed. Looking forward to doing a full recap when I'm back home. These days are best used getting to spend quality time with all these fellow creative bloggers and designers. I've loved getting to meet everyone so far.... it truly feels like I'm at summer camp again.... but just with really well dressed people, lots of wine and a fancy hotel. 

Stay with me as I won't have full posts over the next few days while I'm at the conference. There's so much to share with y'all and I hope you nerd out over all this great advice as much as I have been. Today is full of more roundtables, key note speakers and mini parties. Photos coming soon!