Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Shop Small, Love Big

Pickett Fences 
When you support a small, locally owned business, you’re not only helping families and the economy in your community, but also helping your community itself retain a unique and distinctive local flavor. Bloggers like Pam at over50feeling40 have been showcasing local boutiques, and encouraging us to visit and support these businesses.  And now une femme is picking up the baton.
Having become a fan (and brand ambassador) of Karina Dresses, I decided to go check out one of the stores in the Los Angeles area that carries this brand. (See if there’s a store in your area, here.)  Pickett Fences is located in the charming Larchmont neighborhood of Los Angeles, and the store suits its locale beautifully. It’s been so long since I’ve actually set foot in a boutique (there is a dearth of clothing/accessory boutiques in my own neighborhood) and I was soon reminded of what I’d been missing. I’d forgotten how much FUN it can be to shop in a space where so much attention has been paid to displays and detail, where merchandise is so beautifully arranged and where one can find a little bit of everything. I tried to think of how I’d describe this store, and the word that comes to mind is “Emporium.” 

They have a wonderful selection of Spring Karina Dresses (and skirts!!!).

Check out that zig-zag print, right on trend!

Pretty prints, all in a row.
But there was so much more to look at; I spent quite a bit of time exploring!
Cute pajamas
Cat and dog toys
A *gorgeous* section of children’s books!!
More fun clothing and bags
Gifts for the home
A placemat for Fido
Coolest lunchbox ever.
Yes, those are leopard and snakeskin print rain boots!
Old-fashioned wringer washing machine full of flip-flops!
iPad cases and you KNOW that Vogue coin purse came home with me!
Eye-pleasing displays everywhere you look.

It was such a pleasant and relaxing experience to explore Pickett Fences, truly Retail Therapy at its best.

So here’s where we segue to the Giveaway…in keeping with the theme of “Shop Small, Love Big” the lovely folks at Karina Dresses have offered to give away one of their dresses a lucky reader of une femme!  Do you have a favorite local boutique that might be a good fit for Karina Dresses?  Here’s all you need to do to enter to win:

  • Go to the Karina Dresses Facebook page, and “Like” if you haven’t already done so.
  • Post a comment to their FB wall with the name, city and website or telephone number a local boutique where you’d like to be able to shop for Karina dresses.
  • If you don’t have a Facebook account or are unable to leave a comment there, please do post here in comments on this post.
C’est tout! Entries close at 11:59p PT on Tuesday, April 10. Winner will be selected at random, and I’ll announce on (lucky!) Friday, April 13.  Bonne chance!
We femmes d’un certain age are a growing demographic with considerable economic clout. Many companies and businesses are waking up to this fact, and beginning to target us. By encouraging local businesses to carry items and brands that we love and will buy, we help ourselves and we help them to continue to flourish and thrive. 
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32 thoughts on “Shop Small, Love Big

  1. Duchesse

    This is the kind of cleverly-merhandised boutique where you go in “for 5 min.” and walk out an hour and a half later with many bags. I’ve found a few here and am no on my campaign to get local designers to cut some longer skirts (than the Montréal standard, which seems to be 20 inches max) and bigger sizes (that is, above a 10.)

  2. Bella Q

    Great shout out to love big and shop small. As a ardent fan of Karina Dresses and the local boutique, this is a brilliant idea to match make the too. Going to put my thinking cap on and see if I can think of anyone/body. xo.

  3. materfamilias

    My favourite local boutique just closed after ten years of supplying my wardrobe regularly. But I guess I have a responsibility to the community to find a new favourite and start shopping! ;-) Yours looks like a gem; lucky you!

  4. Debbie

    I’m going to have to look for one of these kinds of stores in our town. I made a trip to a national chain store recently to add a few spring items to my wardrobe and ended up walking out 20 minutes later. The store managers apparently found no issue in putting big white buckets to catch drips from the ac vents over head in the aisles, to turn a blind eye to trash on the floors, to ignore NO TOILET SEAT ON THE TOILET, and to think dinged and scarred dressing room doors (that sometimes locked) would be OK. Back to the small personal boutiques for me!

    1. karina dresses

      Thank you for the compliment! Nope- no stores in the UK yet. If you have any ideas about specific stores, we’d love to chat (karinadressesmktg@gmail.com). Or you can just visit our lovely web store.

      xoxo Karina

  5. mette

    I favor a few small shops and do nearly all my shopping from them. I also prefer to buy other stuff from shops in Helsinki.
    I like to imaginary- shop online ( an sometimes even do ), but I hate waiting for the day or two, and then all the returning and waiting for the money to be returned back to my account.
    Small shops usually don´t accept returns, but if you are a trustworthy customer, you might be lucky, and receive special treating!
    Small shops need customers.

  6. Frugal Scholar

    New Orleans has many, many small boutiques. in fact, Magazine Street has a definite European vibe in that regard.

    Sadly, many of the small shops in my town have gone out of business. The survivors know their customers–very well.

  7. tammy Silverstyle

    Your blog is lovely and I enjoy reading it in the mornings with my cup of coffee. I don’t usually comment on the bigger blogs. But you are so sweet to stop by and that makes a huge difference.
    Sooooo, baby cakes. Why don’t you try to stop by for my trending link up. It’s laid back and you can show one of your vacation outfits that sing brights!!!!!!!!!!!
    If you don’t want to that’s ok too. I’ve enjoyed starting to get to know you. Have a good week

  8. Terri

    I’ve not visited many boutiques in my area, although there are three on my town square (in a town of 7500!). This store has creative displays (flip-flops in the wringer washer) and eclectic merchandise. Would love to enter the giveaway, but my Facebook account has been deactivated.

  9. Katja

    I tend to be afraid of boutiques. Despite the fact that I am an adult, dress fairly well and have enough money to shop there, I feel like I don’t belong. I have this feeling that I’m not really their customer. It doesn’t help that I’ve hardly ever been greeted or spoken to by staff whenever I do venture into a boutique. Might have something to do with the wheelchair (which also brings up the unfortunate fact that many cute small stores are not accessible).

    1. karina dresses

      hi katja- important points, and i thank you for sharing them. all the more reason for you to shop online at the karina dresses web store. and dont forget the fabulous Une Femme discount code!

      xoxo karina

  10. Karen

    Take me to Picket Fences, Please! I see the Karina dress I want; the zigzag one. I don’t have too much in the way of curves, but I still like the ease of a good knit dress!

    Your blog is my “happy place.” K

  11. Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell

    There are a couple of boutiques in Wichita that would be great for Karina dresses. (I’d sure love to win a dress!)
    8107 E 21st St N,
    Wichita, KS 67206
    2000 N Rock Rd # 130
    Wichita, KS 67206
    (316) 636-9020

  12. elyse

    I’d like to see these dresses at:
    Assemble for Women, 503 Ela Rd, Lake Zurich, IL. Tel: 847-438-6789
    The owner carries a lot of interesting smaller independent labels. Her market includes many hip women “d’un certain age.”


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