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Considering we're nearing shopaholic territory, it’s only fitting that — during the most dangerous time of year for us addicts — we put together a list of boutiques for every single thing you could want to give (and, okay, receive this season). Naturally, with the glut of choice retail destinations in Chicago, this was no easy task: Along with faves like Ikram and Eskell, there were also a few necessary newcomers to add to the mix (hello, gorgeous new Burberry store!).
The last piece of the puzzle? Variety, dear readers. From candlesticks to cologne and dresses to dungarees, this comprehensive cheat sheet is pretty much the definition of "everything." To make it even easier for you ('tis the season, after all!), we've categorized our picks by 'hood. Here's the catch: You have to
cut up the credit card cut yourself off at some point.
We love buying products online, but it comes with one caveat: You can't test drive them. So, in order to figure out whether a lipstick or shampoo is worth its salt, you scour the web trying to find the one that's right for you. And, while there are a bevy of places to get information, the most reliable source for honest read
For whatever reason, we feel the need to justify our designer purchases with phrases like, "It only cost me [fill in the blank]," or "But, there was an amazing sale." Or, our favorite, the "I just had to have it" spiel. Though, oftentimes this is more for our own peace of mind than for those we're giving excuses to.