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Cleveland, Ohio


Room Service
This store in the Gordon Square Arts District of the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood has a little bit of everything – it’s like an extremely well-curated miniature general store with a  whimsical, modern aesthetic. In addition to a variety of unusual homegoods and stationary, I keep an eye out for photographs and prints by local artists and the beautiful pieces of vintage furniture that show up from time to time.

6505 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102
phone: 216.281.4221
fax: 216.281.4228
email: info@roomservicecleveland.com

Room Service
Room Service

Loganberry Books
It’s best to give yourself at least an hour when you visit Loganberry. Room after room is lined floor to ceiling with beautifully organized used books. Comfortable, squashy chairs and sofas beckon from the corners.

   You can browse through everything from gilt-backed first editions from the 1800s to small-press rarities to vintage magazines in plastic sleeves. The children’s section is especially wonderful – it’s an amazing resource for anyone interested in illustration or design.

The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and they can help you find just about anything. In addition to all the books, the store houses a bindery and a small gallery, and hosts readings and concerts on a regular basis.

13015 Larchmere Boulevard, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120  
phone: 216.795.9800


Murray Hill Schoolhouse
The Murray Hill Schoolhouse, located in Little Italy, has a small but wonderful collection of shops:
* Juma Gallery: This spot specializes in hand-crafted pieces by North American artisans.
* Sobella Paper Boutique: In addition to a generous selection of lovely cards, I like their sheets of specialty wrapping papers.
* Anne Van H.: This boutique is curated by local designer Anne Van Hauwaert, and in addition to her own creations features beautiful and unusual accessories, like printed featherweight cashmere scarves edged with pom-poms and shoes by Faryl Robin.
* Industrie: One of my favorites. It’s two wee spaces with an ever-changing mix of casual, luxurious things – everything from Frye boots to Conroy + Wilcox jewelry mixed in with Hudson Bay blankets and double-faced cashmere coats to woven rag rugs and custom floral arrangements and small waxed bags of Swedish Fish.

Murray Hill Schoolhouse
2026 Murray Hill Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106


Western Hemisphere – LA Artsy Shopping Center

Space 15 Twenty

While I am usually not a fan of the recycled-chic architecture that has become so popular for trendy commercial structures, Space 15 Twenty manages to create an environment that gives even cement walls and bare pipes character.
Urban Outfitters, which played the main role in the artistic formation of this Space, provides the on-trend goods that we have all come to expect, while creating boutique-style unique displays, separating it from the rest of the chain.
This half-block center is also home to urban shoe store, Alife, which displays a huge porcelain urinal, filled with custom sneakers, Hennessey & Ingalls art and architecture bookstore, and an art gallery, displaying local artists.
During the week there are live bands and other events in the courtyard.
If you are on trendiness overload, walk a few blocks in any direction and you will be satisfied: Amoeba Records, The Beauty Bar, and music venues The Box and The Palladium are nearby.

What Comes Around Goes Around
An offshoot from its New York based central store, What Comes Around Goes Around provides Space 15 Twenty with the eclectic, one-of-a-kind feel that mass-produced Urban may lack. Aged and distressed wooden floors, weathered leather suitcases, and antique light fixtures give the store a luxuriously rich feel, and provide the perfect backdrop for the vintage and vintage-inspired clothing. Expect to pay much more than at your local Buffalo Exchange, but when you buy a pair of buttery-leather boots that you MUST wear out of the store, it’s worth it.

What Goes around Comes Around

What Goes around Comes Around

Ignore the moody chicks with over-sized sunglasses who haven’t eaten in a few days and head over to the Snackbar for a satisfying lunch. With everything on the menu under $14 you will feel better about the leather boots you just bought. There’s a great selection of warm, toasty pressed sandwiches, and other “snack foods” made into meals. Best of all, when waiting to get your eat on, you can nibble on a cinnamon glazed popcorn while people watching- and trust me, there is some good people watching.

1520 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028




There are lots of special little shops spread over Stockholm, but at
Södermalm you’ll find them amass.




Afroart on Hornsgatan.
Hornsgatan isn’t the prettiest street in Stockholm, but it’s well
worth a walk as it’s got a nice mix of shops, one of them being Afro Art with beautiful and special crafts from all over the world. Here you’ll also find the best applied arts galleries in Stockholm – my favourite being Konsthantverkarna, located just around the corner at Södermalms torg.


Afro Art

Afro Art

Grandpa, shop on Södermannagatan in Sofo.
Stroll around Sofo – don’t miss the great selection of clothes at Sara Clausin on Bondegatan.


Café String in on Bondegatan, Sofo.

Cafe String

Cafe String

Iris Hantverk
For modern swedish craft, visit Iris Hantverk on Kungsgatan
and Svensk Slöjd on Nybrogatan. More traditional crafts can be found in Svensk Hemslöjd on Sveavägen.


Iris Hantverk

Iris Hantverk

Svensk Hemslöjd
Outside town

Svensk Hemslojd

Svensk Hemslojd

Manos design and crafts shop on Överjärva Gård, Solna.
I couldn’t do a Stockholm guide without mentioning my contribution to
the city – my shop manos is situated a 20 minutes train and walk away from the city centre. The shop offers a handpicked selection of things I love – much of it is handmade, recycled and very special. manos is located in the green house adjacent to my workshop at Överjärva
which in itself is a lovely place to visit with a café, farm
animals and several other shops.

Manos Interior

Manos Interior



Overnight Bags

With some airlines charging to check baggage, and the pure pain of
dealing with baggage claim in general, I am a huge fan of packing
light! I own one suitcase that has not left New York with me since I
moved, because I am a true believer in a big huge overnight bag and
maybe a big purse or backpack to carry on with me. Even if I got on
week-long trips, I can fit all my crap in them. I find that most of
the time bringing extra stuff NEVER gets used, and it ends up being
more of a hassle in the end.

So I bring you some of my favorite overnight bags I’ve rounded up.
I’ve also had some cheap options from good old Target, but can’t seem
to find any of them online. There’s also everyone’s favorite, Orla
Kiely, but that’s a bit more money and you’ve all seen those, I’m

Asos Three Zip Leather Holdall

Dwell Studio Charlotte Weekender

Filson Tin Cloth Small Duffle

Vintage Grey Leather Overnight Bag

Matt and Nat Vegan Bag

Steven Alan Port Tote


New York City



Fact and Fancy


Fact and Fancy is a gallery-cum-handmade boutique owned and curated by Etsians Danielle Maveal and Christine Domanic. With a mission to provide customers with accessible art and craft, Fact and Fancy is packed to the gills with beautiful ceramics, original art, accessories and housewares from artists such as Cakehouse, KnitKnit,  and Lush Bella. Though the space is mostly white and sparse to show off their fabulous wares, the handpainted, techno-color faux bois floor is a work of art in itself!

75B Hoyt St

Brooklyn, NY 11201

(347) 962-2979

A, C, G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn St.

2, 3 to Hoyt St.

F, G to Bergen St.

Unique housewares, accessories and original art abound at Brooklyn boutique Fact and Fancy.

Unique housewares, accessories and original art abound at Brooklyn boutique Fact and Fancy.


The Dressing Room

Where can you find super-cool clothing and accessories from emerging designers, a vintage clothing store and a cocktail lounge under one roof? Heaven? No, Lower East Side boutique, the Dressing Room!

The Dressing Room is a unique cooperative experience for their customers.The boutique offers a place for emerging fashion and accessories designers to create and showcase their collections, In addition to retail space, they also have use of the work studio on the lower level.

The goal of the Dressing Room is beyond commerce: the space is an opportunity for artists, designers and neighborhood locals to hang out and exchange ideas and inspiration. Check out their website for info on parties, movie screenings, shopping nights and more!

75a Orchard Street 

New York, NY. 10002


F, J, M, Z to Delancey-Essex St

B, D to Grand St.


Come for the fashion and stay for the cocktails at The Dressing Room!

Come for the fashion and stay for the cocktails at The Dressing Room!


Western Hemisphere – La Jolla, California

If you want to revamp your current style or just get new ideas on how to pair current items in your wardrobe, the LF store is the place to go. With tops, pants, leg warmers, scarves, tights, belts and more shoved into every square inch of the store, it is up to the shopper to spot the best items. The set up of the store has a carelessly fabulous spirit, reminiscent of style makers like Nicole Richie.
While the price tags can make your eyes bulge, having you run to the nearest H&M, the one-of-a-kind dresses, blouses, and shoes from European up-and-coming designers will have you longing for a bigger closet.
The whimsical elephant print rain booties, plethora of ruffled plaid blouses, and perfectly haphazard ensembles on the mannequins are worth the trip to LF stores. If you aren’t in driving range to the La Jolla or Laguna Beach shops, hop on the internet and check out the LF website where you can load up on outfit ideas.



Western Hemisphere – Haight St, San Francisco continued…

Behind the Post Office

Behind the Post Office

Behind the Post Office

Everyone who shops at Behind the Post Office will agree: shopping at this store makes you feel special. If so many people know about it and love it, how is it possible to feel special? It’s the stores calming yet magnetic atmosphere, when stepping out of the chaos of Haight St, the smiles of the sales girls who would rather know how your day was than take your money, and the small yet fantastic inventory of clothing lines. Without fail, I always leave the store with a new item, feeling like I couldn’t possibly bear to see someone else wearing the blouse/pants/jacket that I must have.
1510 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 861-2507

Hawaii: Must Pack


There are some obvious choices to pack when going to Hawaii for vacation, but here are a few that just can’t be missed.




Bathing suit


Good walking shoes

Slipper Options:

J Crew Patent Knotted Capri Sandals



Missoni: Cadence Bathing Suit


Salt Swimwer: Sienna One Piece



With Hearts in my Eyes: Denim High Waisted Shorts


Surface to Air: Belt Short


Johnson: Silk Shorts


Good Walking Shoes:

Built by Wendy: Dressage Boots


See by Chloe: Patent Woven Sandals




Catherine’s Closet | 2733 E. Mānoa Road, Suite 204, Honolulu HI, 96822 |


You never know what you’ll uncover at Catherine’s Closet, and that’s exactly why I love this authentic vintage boutique so much – I come out with something I never knew I needed and absolutely adore!

Her hat collection is particularly drool worthy. My all time favorite purchase from Catherine was a vintage derby by New York Hat Co. Who knew you’d find such amazingness in Hawai‘i?

Cottage by the Sea | Ward Warehouse 1015 Ala Moana Blvd. #4, Honolulu, HI, 96814 |

This quaint boutique has a great selection of silver jewelry made by smaller designers that work closely with their own creations.  They also carry cotton jersey pieces, perfect for our warm weather, from brands like Velvet and Ella Moss, along with doggie accessories, colorful tote bags, and cook books.

This is my most recent piece of jewelry, a Christmas present, from their boutique.

Kapi‘olani Community College Farmer’s Market | Kapi‘olani Community College 4303 Diamond Head Road Honolulu HI 96816 | Saturdays 7:30-11:00am |

This once a week farmer’s market is my favorite place to buy produce from and the best way to spend a Saturday morning.  You can start off with a cup of fresh Kona coffee, conveniently located at the entrance, and then walk through the rows of over 50 vendors.

After supporting our local farmers, the next best thing about this farmer’s market is the variety of snacks and meals – fresh strawberry mochi, kālua pork nachos, paniolo popcorn, and my two personal favorites: smoked salmon fried rice from ‘Ohana Seafood and smoked taro limu poke from Taro Delights.  Yum, or as we say in Hawai‘i – ‘ono!

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