The Woefully Incomplete Guide: Brookline-Boston, Massachusetts

July 23, 2013 in Fashion, Social Responsibility, Style, Sustainability, Travel by alliemcc

  • The Woefully Incomplete Guide: Brookline-Boston, Massachusetts

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Warning: Do NOT stay at the Holiday Inn on Beacon Street. Trust me on this.



Spare Change News

If you see anyone on any street corner selling this newspaper, get out your crispiest dollah bill and buy it, even if you already have 3 of them. Read it (i.e. one of them) from cover to cover to learn some amazing things about our fine country, then find the nearest curbside recycling bin (there are lots, this isn't Georgia) and recycle it. Better yet, subscribe.

Mint Julep
Recommended by the Not For Tourists guide book (my go-to for travel guides). Small up-scale boutique with lots of great jewelry and dresses– plenty of color and pattern here, if you like preppy, on-trend stuff. Brands like Nanette Lepore, Tracy Reese, a little Free People.

I bought: An upcycled PVC pipe bangle by The Base Project.

Brookline Booksmith
Heaven on Harvard Street. Glorious independent bookstore with amazing selection, huge kids section, beautiful gift items, and a basement with used books and event space. Only 1 shelf of fashion books, sadly.

I bought: One used and one new art & design theory book; 2 artisan-printed fairy tale book-zines; a canvas Baggu backpack; and a postcard for my niece. It took a lot of restraint.

Fire Opal
Art-to-wear dark neutral apparel, plus fine jewelry and gifts – beautiful pottery and tableware. There were some interesting dresses. A lot of the clothes looked to have been designed by people who own the Pattern Magic books. Feels like the 90s.

I bought: nothing. Too rich for my blood.


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Encore Exchange

This consignment store made my week. Located in the Coolidge Corner Arcade, a beautiful time capsule of a space with an eclectic mix of businesses. Lots of 80s and 90s fare, plenty of vintage jems. TONS of jewelry, fine and costume. Also furs. Prices are a little too high, but keep an eye out for the Red Dot Sale for 50% off select items. Also the walls are pink.

I bought: A chain belt with girlie charms (hearts, stars, etc.) and a floral print mini duffel bag for styling photo shoots. A white, oversized, long-sleeved blouse, vintage 80s-90s, by TravelSmith. A pair of leopard print silk pants with an elastic waist, vintage 80s-ish. Because I can.

Ten Thousand Villages

The national retail chain, the flagship of social enterprise and ethical trade. Lots of beaded jewelry in almost every color. Scarves galore. Beautiful home decor and gift items. 

I bought: Nothing. Feels like they've had the same product line since forever. Nothing really caught my eye.



Yasu for Korean BBQ.

Elephant Walk for French-Cambodian fusion.

Do NOT eat at Yagamama Japanese fusion at Faneuil Hall (downtown). The place was a hot mess, shitshow service, and the food was nothing special. In fact, there's no reason for you to go to Faneuil Hall except to see the buskers and follow the Freedom Trail. Or buy a plush lobster doll.