We're always in the mood to shop, whether we want to spruce up the living room or revamp our shoe collection — or even if we have no reason at all. From high fashion in Highland Park Village to vintage couture in Carrollton, here are 10 places to shop in February.
With spring right around the corner, we're looking for clean lines in cool fabrics and shades. Akris, a recent luxurious addition to Highland Park Village, meets our needs for architecturally inspired yet feminine pieces. Think relaxed tanks, fitted blazers, tailored trousers, and dresses ranging from shifts and shirt dresses to gowns with plunging necklines.
The Park Cities furniture consignment shop moved from its Lovers Lane locale to Inwood Road, in the space formerly owned by Duo — All Things Culinary. Owner Cheryl Lawrence keeps a finely curated collection of upholstered pieces, seating, accent tables, art and accessories, staged in vignettes so you can imagine them in your own home.
Fair & Square Imports
After working with nonprofits, owners Kate and Andrew Johnson decided to open a store to spread awareness about ethical work practices and help pull families out of poverty. Everything in this downtown McKinney shop is handmade by fair trade workers in developing countries, from beaded jewelry and gifts to home decor and wall art. Mark your calendars for March 14-17, the store's fair trade oriental rug event.
This quaint shop in the heart of the Bishop Arts District sells a mix of furnishings, home decor, art and trinkets. Neighborhood recently debuted local greeting-card collection Read Between the Lines, so while you stock up on greeting cards, get distracted by the bold wall art, including faux taxidermied animals.
The Office of Angela Scott
Angela Scott opened a boutique in Victory Park last year to showcase her exquisite handmade leather shoes. The local designer recently launched a Texas-inspired line for spring, with bold colors and Western hand-stitched details. Our favorite? The Mr. James loafer lace-ups in black leather with red details.
Pinto Ranch recently added the exclusive Rios of Mercedes boot line to its already extensive selection. Because it's always boot season in Texas, we're heading straight to NorthPark Center for a new pair of square-toed kicks. The hardest part will be deciding between basic leather or exotic skin.
The eclectic jewelry store at NorthPark Center recently debuted the latest collection from Virgin Saints and Angels, inspired by ABC's Once Upon a Time. Designer Cheryl Finnegan, known for her gothic designs drawn from religious and Mexican motifs, created a new line of jewelry based off characters from show, ranging from crystal earrings to gold cuffs.
Mieux & Mieux
At first blush, you'd never know Mieux & Mieux (formerly Thrift Kitten) is a consignment shop. The new Uptown boutique buys and sells gently used contemporary clothing out of an adorable house on Boll Street. After browsing through the racks of pieces by Zara, Ralph Lauren and Elie Tahari, refuel with a cupcake.
After an exquisite facelift last fall, Tootsies welcomes a number of designers to its elegant two-story store. New lines include Alberto Makali, Nicole Bakti, MGSM, Smythe, Marchesa Notte, Barbara Bui, Gemma Kahng, Bella Luxx and Clover Canyon. Visit the beloved boutique at Preston Center Plaza to see the chic additions.
This Carrollton boutique is a must-shop for the vintage couture lover. You'll find everything from Edwardian-style dresses to 1940s suits by designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Gucci. Those with plans to attend the upcoming Mad Hatter's Tea Party can take their pick from the selection of vintage hats. You can also shop Vintage Martini at the Forth Worth Show of Antiques and Art.