Part of my job at Making Memories is to always be on the lookout for the hottest trends. I am lucky to be able to travel all over the world in search of them. I wanted to share some of my favorites from San Francisco, New York and Utah (where I’m from).
Let’s begin with San Francisco. I have been here several times because let’s face it; it’s a great place to shop. I do have a few places that I return to each time I visit because they really inspire me.
Bell'occhio - This is me in front of Bell’occhio. When you enter this store it’s like you are walking into another world, your very own piece of France. It’s one of the smallest shops you will find, but it’s filled with everything lovely. It’s one of those places that stimulate all of your senses. Visually you love it, but you also love the great scent and sounds of the stores. Everything in this store is very vintage and eclectic. On one wall you will see rows and rows of breathtaking French ribbon and on the next wall you will see a bopping head figurine of Marie Antoinette. It’s all totally random.
Flax – Art & Design - Flax is just a really cool supply store that is absolutely enormous. When you visit, you can walk into several rooms filled with different types of ribbon, paper, etc. I am talking drawers and drawers of papers from all over the world. And let’s talk about supplies. This is every artist dream come true. I am a collector through and through, so this stores is a dream come true for me.
Timeless Treasures - In every nook and cranny of this store, you will find something fabulous. They have antiques mixed with newer vintage signs and letters. This store is a typography heaven. The owner of this store makes you feel totally at home, which I was grateful for because we spend hours there. The best part about this store is every time I go it’s like I am entering the store for the first time because they are always updating and changing.
Now let’s jump on over to the east coast – New York.
Tinsel Trading - Wow. As far as NYC goes, this is one of my favorite spots to go in and look. If you love ribbon and embellishments, this store is for you. They have boxes and boxes of flowers and buttons and everything you can imagine. When you go to visit, don’t be surprised if you see some famous faces. I ran into Isaac Mizrahi and Martha Stewart’s assistant while I was in. Visually this store is a delight.
Now on to my hometown.
Dear Lizzie - If I’m stuck at home and need inspiration (and I need inspiration) I can go right up the street to a beautiful shop called Dear Lizzie. This store mixes home décor, clothing, amazing jewelry, antiques, etc. I have to admit, I go at least 3 times a week to browse. This store was the inspiration for MM’s new Noteworthy Collection.
Take a look at my blog in the future for more photos and information about my favorite spots to shop. It doesn’t matter if you live in small-town Highland Utah like me or New York City, inspiration can be found everywhere. Take a closer look at the stores that may just be down the street from you. You never know what inspiration you may find.