Men- you can ignore this post (unless you are awesome and buy gifts for the lady in your life). Ladies, get your credit cards ready. There are two new clothing boutiques that both opened in downtown Kirkland in the past 2 weeks. Let's just say this has been an expensive week of being a Kirkland blogger. But a girl has got to do her research and I promise I was thinking of you the whole time.
Here's the lineup:
Essentials on Park Lane owner, Kara Brodman, is a mother of twins (aaaaah, special place in my heart) that are finally old enough for her to open this business she's been dreaming about for years. She comes from a family of retailers and has a wide variety of clothing and jewelry/accessories for everyone. Kara said she envisioned her store being someplace that she could shop with her 17 year old daughter and they would both be able to find things they loved and could afford. You'll find Paige jeans, James Perse, Joie, Michael Stars and more brands where function meets fashion. I got a soft summertime sweater, some earrings and some black pants I'm pretty excited about. Good thing it's my birthday this week ;-). A soft heathered tee shirt might be $22 or you could score a new sweater or jumpsuit in the $100 range. Belts, tanks, and jewelry are plentiful and Kara is super helpful. Nice big dressing rooms accompany the friendly service. They even have a rewards program- the more you shop the more you save. If you're a fan of Via Lago, you will enjoy Essentials too. So don't let the current war zone of Park Lane trip you up, it's worth the effort.
Twisted Couture opened less than a week ago but already has people buzzing about it. It's like the telephone game among Kirkland shoppers of well-priced trendy apparel. One person goes in and then sends five of her friends the next day. This is a second location to the Leavenworth store for owner Alissa Autenreith, who loves Kirkland and pulled this new venture off quickly, so new items from her favorite lines are arriving every day. There are lots of different styles for every taste- I bought a little dress ($59), and some Kut from the Kloth jeans- boyfriend on top/skinny cuff on bottom ($80), and an Alo sweatshirt - always a fun sporty go-to brand. This store is in the same realm of styles and prices you would find at Purpose Boutique. Alissa went out of her way to chat and get to know each customer that came in. And another thing I loved--- is that she was recommending people also stop by Essentials on Park Lane. Local biz supporting local biz. I heart that.
Stop reading. Go shopping.. ~j