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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  1. March 27, 2012 / 1:17 pm

    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. March 27, 2012 / 2:12 pm

    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.

    • March 28, 2012 / 1:10 am

      Thankyouthankyouthankyou, dear BellaQ. A big hug from the whole Karina Dresses team in NYC.

      xoxo Karina

  3. March 27, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    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!

    • March 28, 2012 / 1:12 am

      …and when you find a replacement, please share with Pseu. In the interim, there’s always our lovely web store 🙂

      xoxo Karina

  4. March 27, 2012 / 5:11 pm

    Always good to support your local shops. And I can see why you’re such a big fan of Karina dresses, they’re lovely – not sure that you can get them in the UK though (?)

    • March 28, 2012 / 1:14 am

      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 ( Or you can just visit our lovely web store.

      xoxo Karina

  5. Pam @ over50feeling40
    March 27, 2012 / 11:43 am

    I am so excited to have someone pick up the baton!!! I will start looking for a boutique in San Antonio today! Great job of reporting…and I love Karina Dresses!

    • March 28, 2012 / 1:08 am

      Youre the best Pam-thanks! BTW, we would love to find stores in Austin also, in case you have any leads/contacts there.

      xoxo Karina

  6. Pam @ over50feeling40
    March 27, 2012 / 11:55 am

    OK…I am back. I just highlighted this at the bottom of my post today! Tell Karina to contact Victoria Santoscoy with the boutique EVOLVE. Great boutique and thriving location!

  7. Debbie
    March 27, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    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!

    • March 28, 2012 / 12:38 pm

      Hi Debbie- do you have any favorite boutiques you care to share?

      xoxo Karina

  8. mette
    March 27, 2012 / 5:16 pm

    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.

  9. mette
    March 27, 2012 / 5:17 pm

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  10. March 28, 2012 / 7:38 am

    There are some great ideas and displays in that store – how lovely! Isn’t it nice to be able to support small local businesses? x

  11. Frugal Scholar
    March 28, 2012 / 1:20 am

    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.

  12. tammy Silverstyle
    March 28, 2012 / 3:05 am

    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

  13. Terri
    March 28, 2012 / 3:25 am

    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.

    • March 28, 2012 / 12:36 pm

      Hi Terri- you can enter right here by posting a comment w/ the store info.requested. Or you can email us at

      Look forward to hearing about your local stores,

      xoxo Karina

  14. Katja
    March 28, 2012 / 3:12 pm

    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).

    • April 1, 2012 / 2:08 pm

      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

    • April 1, 2012 / 2:12 pm

      thanks ellie! we have your store suggestion info. good luck in the contest + dont forget the Une Femme discount code!

      xoxo karina

  15. March 29, 2012 / 2:47 am

    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

  16. Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell
    April 6, 2012 / 8:13 pm

    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

  17. April 7, 2012 / 11:25 pm

    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.”

  18. MJ Moore
    April 8, 2012 / 12:07 am

    I’d love to see Karina Dresses at Mason’s in Arkansas! The website is:

    Fingers crossed!


  19. Anonymous
    April 9, 2012 / 7:21 pm

    I would love to see Karina Dresses in Atlanta, Georgia. The website is

    deneicebausley [at] gmail [dot] com

  20. Anonymous
    June 6, 2012 / 7:40 pm

    beautiful shop!

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