Showing posts with label shoptalk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shoptalk. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shoptalk: Swimwear For All Shapes and Sizes at Malia Mills

1. Pucker Up Pinup for A/B/C cups

I've been on the hunt for amazing swimwear lately, and while I feel like the offering this year is much more broad than I've noticed in the past, I've posted the few finds that really excited me and have been passing on the rest. So I was really, really stoked when one of my BFFs directed me towards Malia Mills on Mulberry Street. The line has been around since 1993, but it was a welcome, new discovery for both of us!

The Mulberry Street store carries a line of RTW from various designers such as Inhabit, but the swimwear is what really hooked me. There is an amazing array of different prints, cuts, and fabrics. It's a bit pricy, but everything is made in NYC and if you take proper care of the swimsuit, it's bound to last a few seasons. Unlike some fashion fashion lines, these cuts and prints are classic and will be in season whenever you want to wear it! 

The best part is that their swimwear fits according to bra sizes, rather than RTW sizing, so you'll get a more accurate fit. If you're in the area, definitely stop by and check out their offering. There are tons of adorable accessories too, like hats, gorgeous beach cover-ups, and some incredible beach bags that I was toterly lusting after... haha, get it? Toterly? Here are some of the swim pieces that really caught my eye:

2. Girl Next Door long-line bikini top

3. Lots of Love triangle top & Love Knot bottoms

4. Dionne one piece (left) for C/D cups, 5. Damsel Maillot (right) for A through DD cups!

(left) The Damsel maillot is made with a Liberty fabric imported from the UK! The material feels incredible. 
(right) Amazing back zip. There's a good amount of fabric on the inside so the zipper won't come into contact with your skin.

(left) Detail on the Damsel Maillot — detatchable halter strap.
(right) Detail on the Damsel Maillot — side smocking

Top off your retro one-piece with this adorbs floral swim cap. It's all rubber so you can really wear it in the water!

1. Pucker Up Pinup in baroque blue, $360.
2. Girl Next Door Bikini Top in saddle, $160 (available in-store).
3. Lots of Love Triangle Top in voyage print, $160. Love Knot Bottoms in voyage print, $160.
4. Dionne One-Piece in woven picnic, $415.
5. Damsel Maillot in burlesque (available in-store). Others colors available online.

199 Mulberry Street
between Kenmare & Spring
New York, NY 10012

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Shoptalk: Forty Winks, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA

One of my best girlfriends & I went to Boston last weekend to visit one of our dearest girlfriends who is currently in law school and we hadn't seen since the summer. After a brief tour of Harvard's campus and some shopping/window shopping in Harvard Square, we were just about to leave the area when my eagle-eyed bf spotted a little lingerie shop on the second floor of a building called "Forty Winks". I saw Maison Close in the window and we quickly ran up the steps to see what the boutique was like.
Rachel (l) & Meredith (r) of Forty Winks

Luckily for me, both of the owners, Rachel & Meredith, were there and I got to talk to them a bit and hear how they got started. Both are former Mint Julep ladies (a Boston-based boutique with a location in NYC as well), and after years of hearing clients ask for intimates, they saw an opportunity for a Cambridge-based lingerie shop.
In April 2010, they opened Forty Winks on JFK Street! Rachel said they're still learning what their clients are looking for, and have been stocking a good mix of higher-end items and more affordable pieces, but the sexier pieces are definitely a favorite. She mentioned that the Eberjey Bettina Romper I featured last week flew out of the store! They carry some of my brands like Mimi Holliday, Huit, Dimity.SO, La Fee Verte, Only Hearts, and plenty of the standards like Elle Macpherson, Chantelle, Hanky Panky, and NuBra... and more!
In a single word: adorable. It was warm, impeccably clean, organized yet fun, and comfortable. I could tell that it was a labor of love by Rachel & Meredith, and I felt that they were trying to create a gorgeous environment for women to feel pretty and confident about buying themselves beautiful lingerie. If you're in the area, definitely swing by and pick up something lovely for yourself!
Check out the photo album on Facebook for more photos of Forty Winks!

Forty Winks
56 JF Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 [map]
Twitter: @FortyWinksHS

Monday-Saturday: 10am-7pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm