I should start out by saying that I am NOT a hat person at all. It’s fair to say that I strongly dislike hats (unless I’m the victim of a tragic haircut). But while I was browsing the Charming Charlie store, this leopard hat caught my eye. I noticed it before I even put jewelry in my shopping tote, but I left it there because I’m a hat hater.
Guess what? Maggie wouldn’t let me leave the store without it, so the hat ending up coming home with me anyway. Cheers to trying new things.
There you have it. My hat moment.
Photos by Stephanie.
Some of you may be familiar with Charming Charlie, but I was introduced to the brand last week. I browsed the website a bit before my trip to the store and thought “Cute!" but when I stepped foot into their Edgewater, NJ location, my thoughts were more like "OH MY GOODNESS, WHY HAVEN’T I HEARD OF THIS PLACE BEFORE, THIS IS TRULY JEWELRY HEAVEN AND I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE!”.
I perused the store with the team from JWALK and picked out goodies to take home. Everything in the store is organized by color, which makes shopping super simple. I usually gravitate towards gold, but because of the setup I made an effort to visit the other more colorful parts of the store.
I’ve been wearing all my picks nonstop (outfit posts to come). If you’ve been to Charming Charlie, let’s gush in the comments. If you haven’t and you live in NYC, we can collectively beg them to open up a store here :)
No need to reiterate that New York Fashion Week is here, you guys know it ;) I’m really into comfort these days, so I wore this to trot around downtown after the Costello Tagliapietra show with Chris. Dress, boots, and a jacket for the crisp fall breeze. Follow me on Insta (@whatashleywears) for my Fashion Week musings if you don’t care to see blurry runway shots!
Charming Charlie jewelry
Photos by Chris
Confession: I rarely shop on vacation because I’m usually too busy loafing around, sightseeing, eating, and drinking. On my trip to New Orleans a few weeks ago, I asked Mickey for recommendations on places to see/go and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hop on a street car and stroll down Magazine Street in the Garden District. Magazine Street is filled with cute little boutiques that begged me to take everything in the store home with me, restaurants, and bars. Sounds like heaven, right?
Two of my favorite boutiques on the stretch were Naaz (3105 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA) and Rise (3650 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA). Both boutiques were curated to perfection and both featured a nice mix of standout pieces and basics. I took my time shopping and picked out items from both (some jewelry, some clothing, and a candle) and would definitely go back next time I’m in NOLA.
Jewelry hanging in the window at Rise
Earrings displayed in a vintage picture frame at Rise
Statement necklaces at Naaz
Votivo Candles at Naaz. Seriously the best smelling candles, I burn mine daily.
Display window at Rise
Reagan Charleston jewelry
More jewelry at Rise
Bow ties by a local designer, sold at Rise
Have you been to NOLA? Where did you shop?