Category - Shop

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POP PHX- A Collaborative Retail Space on Roosevelt Row
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Tour of Houston’s Emerson Rose Montrose Boutique
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Tutorial: Styling a Large Cowl Neck Sweater

POP PHX- A Collaborative Retail Space on Roosevelt Row

I first met Ashley Bourget when she was doing pop-ups at Renaissance Square in downtown Phoenix. I thought it was a great way of showcasing and introducing a broader audience to shopping local. Fast forward to the First Friday of the year- January 5, 2018, when she announced the opening of her brick n’ mortar in The Blocks of Roosevelt Row space. Each month, she showcases several local small businesses, with hopes of giving the brands an opportunity to further grow their business. This is her story…

LAFS: Tell me a little about yourself…

AB: I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but wasn’t sure how to get my start or what I wanted to do. My career background is tied to business, commercial real estate, and retail development. I’ve always admired dreamers who were willing to take a risk and create their own brand. I was an avid shopper of locally sourced retail products and wanted to continue to support them on a grander scale. Finally, I had the courage to launch my own business. I started out buying and selling mid century furniture. After lugging one too many dressers into my house and sitting in an office all day, I started brainstorming other ways to become self-employed. One day it all came together and I had the idea for POP PHX.

LAFS: Before the brick n’ mortar, what was your initial concept of POP PHX?

AB: Last summer I had an idea to bring retail to downtown Phoenix. There are too many vacant storefronts and too little retail (specifically locally sourced retailers and products). A friend of mine is the property manager at Renaissance Square and I presented my pop up concept to him. He provided a large glass window display in the building for me to create and develop the POP PHX concept. Kat and Kui with Rubymint General were my first pop up hosts. They came in and created a stunning window display to showcase their merchandise. On Fridays, they would open up a mini shop in the building to sell their merchandise during the lunch hour. It was a great community experience. During this experience, I realized there was a need for micro retailers to have a space to sell their merchandise without the risk of leasing their own space. And that’s when I decided to find a permanent home for POP PHX.

LAFS: What brands have you featured so far?

AB: I have been fortunate to have nearly three-dozen local vendors participate in POP PHX in the four months I have been open. Such great brands have been featured: Rubymint General, Day One., The Modern Cactus, Visionary Nomad, Designer Treasure Hunt, Luz Del Desierto, Junkie Threads, Ilsa Fragrances, and many more.

LAFS: What makes POP PHX unique and stand-out?

AB: POP PHX is the only permanent venue in Phoenix that hosts pop up shops on an ongoing basis. The mission of the shop is to have a place where micro retailers can sell their products, promote their brand, grow, and ultimately fulfill the dreams they have for their brand. I hope POP PHX is a launching point for them.

LAFS: What can we expect from POP PHX in the coming months?

AB: I am working on some fun future events and plans, but they are still under wraps. I will be partnering with retail and restaurant neighbors along Roosevelt Row to create events that benefit our entire community. This summer I will be launching additional pop up opportunities around the city like we did last summer. With the slow down of summer months, it’s vital to find new ways to sell merchandise and to do it indoors.

Also find POP PHX on Facebook, Online, and on Instagram!

It’s located at:

513 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

POP PHX, Phoenix, pop up shop, shopping

POP PHX, Phoenix, pop up shop, shopping

POP PHX, Phoenix, pop up shop, shopping

POP PHX, Phoenix, pop up shop, shopping

POP PHX, Phoenix, pop up shop, shopping

POP PHX, Phoenix, pop up shop, shopping

POP PHX, Phoenix, pop up shop, shopping

 

 

 

Tour of Houston’s Emerson Rose Montrose Boutique

I recently stopped in the newly opened Montrose location of Emerson Rose– a quaint woman’s fashion and lifestyle boutique. They also have a sister location in The Heights. I actually first heard about that shop through one of my Phoenix blogger pals, who had posted a photo of one of the shop’s marquee sandwich boards, which had the cheekiest message- “I know guac is extra, but so am I.” That sparked my curiosity to check it out. It is one of the cutest little shops I’ve seen here in Houston. They offer not only clothing (such as Texas and Houston “local love” tees, ‘Plant Mom,’ and ‘Girls Supporting Girls’ graphic tees, etc.), but also home decor, lifestyle items (such as pretty much anything from Ban.do), accessories, and shoes. The dressing rooms and lounge area are also worth mentioning, as they are warm, cozy, and give off a bohemian vibe. The neon pink “I want it all” sign that’s anchored to the cactus print wall behind the cash wrap is also pretty noteworthy.

If you’re in the Montrose area, definitely stop by! If you are huge IG fan, you’ll love their cheeky marquee. Don’t forget to look down for the “Hey Good Lookin'” that’s painted on the concrete at the entrance. They also have a wall that’s painted on the side of the building that’s a favorite spot to photograph outfits and such.

Be sure to also follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

Location:

1637 Westheimer Rd., Houston

(832)538- 3703

Hours: CLOSED MONDAY, 10-7pm Tues-Sat, 12-6 Sun

~Continue scrolling for a virtual tour of the shop!

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

Emerson Rose Montrose, small boutique, Houston, Montrose

 

Tutorial: Styling a Large Cowl Neck Sweater

I recently bought several pieces from the online thrift shop- ThredUP. One of these pieces was a cowl neck sweater with fringe from Michael Kors. Now, usually I mainly wear and gravitate towards vintage clothing, but when I saw this sweater, I thought I’d give it a try, because…fringe…

It’s actually a pretty great staple piece for chilly days, or in my case, when it dips below 70. The day when I decided to wear it, I found myself playing around with the cowl neck, and actually realized that there are so many ways to style it! I personally like the cold-shoulder, off-shoulder, and the hooded styles. The hooded style was something I just thought up at the last minute. I was like, ‘Hmmmm, maybe I can wear this as a hood, since the cowl was pretty long…and it actually worked! The fringe that hides my face is just fierce, like a lioness…haha! Who knew there’d be so many ways to style this simple sweater!

I’m also offering you, my fabulous readers, a promo code for 50% off everything on your first order, and up to $50. Please use the code LAFASHIONSNOB. Happy Thrifting!

Now, I challenge YOU to be creative in styling your cowl neck top or sweater!  When you’re done, feel free to tag me on your social media. I’m @LAFashionsnob. Have fun!

How do you like to style your cowl neck sweater? Or have you shopped at ThredUP? If so, what did you get? Tell me in the comments.

 

 

styling a cowl neck sweater, style tutorial

  • styling a cowl neck sweater, style tutorial
  • styling a cowl neck sweater, style tutorial

styling a cowl neck sweater, style tutorial

styling a cowl neck sweater, style tutorial

styling a cowl neck sweater, style tutorial

styling a cowl neck sweater, style tutorial

styling a cowl neck sweater, style tutorial

styling a cowl neck sweater, style tutorial

 

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