Last weekend I did a bit of giving as well as some retail therapy all in one easy swoop. How? Well I checked out the first Blink Boutique pop up store which was held at the Dermalogica Concept store in Wembley Square.
Blink Boutique is a new concept brought to life by three ambitious young ladies who had a dream of creating a showcase platform for local designers. The idea is that this pop up store will take place once a month on the first Fri & Sat and at each event they will feature a selection of SA fashion & jewellery designers.
This first pop up featured 11 designers, namely: Beautiful Maverick, Bittersweet, Coco Lifstyle, Coppelia, Good Clothing, Label Collections, R.C. House, Marique Yssel, Silk Orchid, Spilt Milk, Sun Sugar and Sway. Items were priced between R100.00 and R850.00 which is very reasonable in general, but for fashionistas on a budget they even provide a Blink Treat rail with extra special deals to ensure you can still leave there with a little something. An added bonus is that ladies could also take a break from the shopping to get a free Dermalogica face mapping or DIY facial. How’s that for multi-tasking.
BUT… my first order of business was to drop off my teddy bear donation in support of their “Blink-more” give-a-little project. Every month they aim to support a different charity and this month they decided to collect teddy bears for the Grootte Schuur Hospital Children’s Ward. Everyone knows that teddy bears keep kids safe from all things scary. So this was definitely something I knew I needed to support.
My second order of business was to avoid these bad boys:
Then it was time to get my shop on… My OCD heart loved the fact that they went through the effort of colour-coding the rails. Isn’t good organisation just such a turn on?
I think the grey skies outside had me yearning for something light & bright cause I got stuck at the whites & creams rail. In the end I walked out with this oversized silk blouse from Silk Orchid for only R320:
That’s pretty good going I think. The next Blink Boutique will be taking place on the 3rd & 4th of Aug. So you can start saving now and check it out for yourself. I like the fact that it acts as a bit of a one-stop-shop and allows you to discover designers you normally might have missed if you’re prone to mall shopping. Plus it’s always good to support our local talent.
How’s that for some solid reasons to indulge in a bit of shopping hey!