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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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. 


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.  


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! 


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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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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Spring Trend :: Structured Maxi Skirt


Continuing with the spring-theme this week, I bring you a loud pastel striped skirt! This quirky piece was found at my favorite thrift store - Housing Works. I have a feeling it was a homemade piece and was probably used for a play or Broadway show of sorts given the stitching and its tag-less-ness. Finding pieces that were made for a show are sometimes my favorite.... they are guaranteed original, usually really fun fabrics and always a wee-bit over the top..... case in point, this skirt. 

Tip : a key thing to do with something as bold as this skirt is to pair it with a quieter piece. I took inspiration from Jil Sander's looks of last year and paired this skirt with a basic white tee. 


Skirt :: Housing Works (similar

Shirt :: American Apparel 

Shoes :: Cole Haan 

Necklaces :: Vintage (similar), F21 

Bag :: c/oJust Fab

Bracelets :: Vintage (similar), c/oMiracle Icons, DIY chain bracelet

Fur :: H&M (similar