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Don't get it twisted — we've always been big fans of Beckley boutique — the curation is both quirky and classic, and you'll never spot something hanging from its racks that doesn't emanate "upscale." But, now that proprietress Melissa Akkaway's secured some less-isolated real estate (we're not exactly shopping with Jeff Lewis at the PDC or balling at Balenciaga just yet), the store has morphed from an every-now-and-then flyby to our retail rendition of Cheers!
To consecrate the new West Third Street digs, a party of epic proportions was in order, and the shop gals pulled out all the stops with eyebrow touch-ups and bold-lip applications by Kristie Streicher Beauty Bar, HIPPxRGB "Nude Nail Consultations" by Jenna Hipp, and mini-manis by celebrity nail stylist Stephanie Stone. While guests shopped (20% of proceeds were donated to American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief), sipped, and primped, you better believe we were there to capture all the action. Click through for our account of the opening-night festivities, and plan a trip there this weekend — Saturday-outing outfit inspiration included!
Beckley Boutique, 8128 West Third Street (near Crescent Heights Boulevard); 310-652-3500.
Photographed by Shawna Sellmeyer
Our noses are redder than a Louboutin sole, and we haven't felt our toes since October. Yep, it’s cold here in NYC. But, in Wisconsin, for example (where this editor's mother lives), it's even worse. (Meanwhile, his brother in L.A. thinks his 65-degree day is nippy.)
Winter weather may be complicated, but our read
Try as it might, a temperature drop does not always get in the way of those who love a short hem. Yes, we're opposed to frostbitten legs, but we’ve become really good at layering warm tights and tossing on high boots to help fight the chill. Because, nobody should have to give up skirts just because it's winter. read