This past weekend James and I ventured out to the nearby town of Ridgewood, NJ. After making the 15-minute trip to get frozen yogurt last week (we have these cravings often), we realized that this cute little town had so much more in store. The little town is full of boutiques, a few big-name stores and small businesses as well. There is a restaurant for every type of food you could think of and the streets and scenery are just so pretty. I predict we’ll be spending many more weekends there.
We started off by walking up each and every street to admire the stores and go into ones we found interesting. This of course meant I went into every clothing and jewelry store, but what more would you expect?
One of the most prevalent types of stores we saw were consignment stores. We’re not talking the “this place smells like old books” type of store. These stores are full of designer brands at affordable prices- we’re talking Kate Spade, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana and more. My favorite was Savvy Chic Consignment, which is an upscale consignment boutique that specializes in designer and boutique labels. I fell in love with a Juicy Couture trench coat, but sadly the sleeves were a couple inches too short for my liking. BUT I did end up going home with a pretty fuchsia Banana Republic blouse that would be perfect for a night out.
In addition to the consignment stores, there are plenty of cute women’s boutiques that offer fun and fashionable clothing. I had great luck at Gypsy Warrior, a trendy store that features boho-chic jewelry, lots of leather and edge tops. Sure, it’s not exactly work-appropriate, but the clothes are perfect for nights out, music festivals and more. I ended up snagging this leopard dress (which I plan on wearing as a tunic/blouse) and a few bracelets (ranging in price from $10 to $16 each). And I used up an old Gap gift card on this shrunken boyfriend printed shirt with cute hearts all over.
Now onto the jewelry. For higher-end pieces, I suggest trying out Paris Jewelers (which is part of Medz Gifts). They carry lots of pretty jewelry and gorgeous china and figurines for bridal registries. For the best selection of jewelry I have EVER seen, Hot Jewelry Box is where it’s at. Doesn’t the name just make you want to go in? Just look at the photo above. They have every type of ring, bracelet, watch, necklace or hair accessory you could ever think of in every color of the rainbow. They had a great variety of gold and silver items, as well as high-end pieces and more affordable ones, too. I ended up buying a delicate turquoise beaded bracelet and a pair of silver hoops. I was a little overwhelmed by the entire store on my first trip, so a follow-up needs to happen ASAP!
Finally, we stumbled across one of those places where you paint your own ceramic objects. I realize that these are for 8-year-olds, but I’ve actually never been to one and have always wanted to. So we had a few hours to kill before dinner and ended up sitting down and painting some cute coasters for our new apartment at Color Me Mine. They’ll be ready for pick up next week- let’s hope they come out well! I ended up making a lemon and cat coaster, while James opted for 2 of his favorite teams, the Jets and Knicks.
Finally, we ended the day with dinner at a tiny Italian restaurant called Pasta e Pollo. The fried calamari appetizer was light and breaded perfectly, while my chicken francese had the perfect amount of lemon flavor. The portions were HUGE- I’m talking two pieces of chicken the size of my head. We’ll definitely be going back soon.
What fun things did you do this weekend?