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Splash Designs Boutique Review

Boutique Hopping: Splash Designs Boutique

With all the fashion-forward clothing shops popping up in town, I will be bringing you bi-weekly installments of a sampling of the best boutiques Scottsdale has to offer. This week, we stopped by Splash Designs Boutique.

First Impressions

Splash Designs was a win for me from the get-go. I have to admit that I’ve been to one of its other locations and already knew I have a soft spot for its clothes, but I tried to approach this one with a fresh canvas. I was not disappointed. Speaking of fresh, that’s exactly the vibe I get from Splash’s store. It’s airy, it’s appealing, and I could immediately see the styles were not “cookie-cutter” as they often are in other stores. And, for extra brownie points, the staff members at Splash were very friendly and seemed genuinely interested in helping me if I needed it. A+ start.

Clothing Analysis

There is something wonderfully infectious about the sweet, breezy feel of the clothes that are sold at Splash Designs. It’s almost as if the boutique isn’t trying too hard ― they just know what they like and what looks good, and that’s what they aim to pass on to customers.

Splash has a wide range of wardrobe essentials, but most of its clothes can be standalone pieces as well. For instance, you will find some inexpensive camis interspersed throughout, but they’re usually there to accompany a lacy cardigan or sheer blouse. Splash offers a great variety of clothes ― everything from multi-colored skinny jeans to flowery dresses to business-approved tops ― and jewelry, accessories and shoes to boot. The only downside to the selection is that it’s limited and changes frequently. Don’t leave without getting that to-die-for skirt you love ― it probably will have been snatched up and replaced by something entirely different by the time you come back.

Now let’s chat prices. Another reason I’m a fan of Splash is because I feel like it’s one boutique that got it right in this area. The boutique carries some designer clothes mixed in throughout the store, but a lot of its clothes are selected more for their style rather than their brand-based label. I, for one, love that. Everything I laid my hands on was less than $100, and the vast majority of items I found were even under $50. I appreciate the fair pricing and even moreso the fact that the clothes don’t feel cheaply made. Will they last you five years’ worth of wear and tear? I’m guessing not. But will they fall to shreds after your first few washes like some inexpensive clothes do? I dare say no. The quality is very solid.

Tidbits and Takeaways

I wouldn’t steer you wrong, so trust me when I say, I vote yes on Splash. I don’t think its style is for everyone, but if you give the boutique a go once, you will quickly know whether or not its carefree fashion sense jives with your own. If it does, you’re in for a treat. Head on over for things like fun skirts, vibrant tops and chunky jewelry.

From the Rack

Striped Pleated Skirt ($44)

Comfy Knit Sweater ($50)

Cap Sleeve Top ($27)

arrowsThis pleated skirt is both playful and sophisticated, and is one of those perfect day-to-night wardrobe pieces. Wear it to work and then add some heels and smoky makeup, and voila! You’re ready to hit the town.arrowsEven though it’s still sweltering outside in our lovely state, I don’t think it’s ever too soon to start gathering fall and winter essentials. This knit sweater hangs off the shoulders and is a sassy approach to cooler temps. I’m obsessed.arrowsThe cap-sleeve top here is one of Splash’s more basic tops, but it has some flair and shows a peek into its whimsical side, which I really like. Finally, here’s a picture from its look book with some impending fall styles that embody Splash’s charm. Enjoy!
The location I referenced:
Splash Designs Boutique in Scottsdale Fashion Square:
7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Level 2: 2PC
(480) 946-0349
wearsplash.com

Check out Splash Designs’ Look Book.

Boutique Hopping: Heidi Boutique

Boutique Hopping: Heidi Boutique

With all the fashion-forward clothing shops popping up in town, I will be bringing you bi-weekly installments of a sampling of the best boutiques Scottsdale has to offer. This week, we stopped by Heidi Boutique.

First Impressions

Heidi Boutique is situated in a very plush area of Scottsdale, and the store itself is positioned in a cute shopping plaza. When I entered, I noticed right away that it was well laid out. On tables in the middle were jeans and casual tops, and encircling the store were hanging rods with clothes hung up, making it look like a dreamy giant closet. It was easy to see what was where and seemed like a good use of the small amount of space the store has. The girl working was friendly, but not intrusive — a solid combo, in my opinion. And, although all this is great, we need to get down to the nitty gritty of what really matters — the clothes.

Clothing Analysis

Heidi Boutique has a great mix of clothing options and cuts. All of its jeans were constructed of a very soft material, and the dresses and tops varied in style and fabric. I noticed a lot of styles were reminiscent of the ’70s, which was a nice switch from the contemporary sameness that’s often carried at boutiques. The brands ranged from Juicy Couture and Ella Moss to more unique picks from fashion houses like Rubber Ducky Productions, Splendid, Fabulous and Broke, Trina Turk, and Textile. The jeans at Heidi were also top-of-the-line with a few select offerings of the best styles from Hudson, 7 for All Mankind, and others.

The prices here were steeper than I like to shell out, but Heidi Boutique does seem to have frequent sales and discounted items for those of us who don’t prefer to exchange $200 for every piece of fabric we purchase. Their sale items were well marked and seemed to offer fair prices. There was a nice range of dresses, skirts, rompers, blouses, jeans, shorts and pants, and for a small store, I was impressed by the variety. As for what I’d actually purchase there? Maybe a nicely constructed dress that I know I would wear a lot, or a good pair of jeans. I’d also always check out what they have on sale because some of their discounted pieces looked like very flattering fashion finds. The rest is too pricey for my less-than-champagne budget, and isn’t standout enough to be worth the splurge.

Tidbits and Takeaways

As is usually my opinion, save your cash on the basic wardrobe staples. Heidi offers some accessories, shoes and clutches, but I don’t recommend heading there for those items because they’re not worth their price tags. The simple shirts and shorts can be found elsewhere, but if you’re looking for a high-quality dress or some killer jeans, Heidi might be your new favorite place. Unique is the name of its game — especially if you’re into retro vibes — so I recommend giving them a try.

Sample Outfits

Juicy Couture English Snaffle Dress, Photo: juicycouture.comJuicy Couture English Snaffle Dress, Photo: bloomingdales.com

Juicy Couture English Snaffle Dress

This rather iconic Juicy English Snaffle dress came in at $198, but it is the real deal and definitely chic, so it may be worth the cash.

Ella Moss Skylar Dress, Photo: lyst.com

Ella Moss Skylar

An example of a great sale item at Heidi was this Ella Moss Skylar dress in Sangria — typically $185 and marked down to $111.

Hudson Signature jeans on Vanessa Minnillo, Photo: denimblog.com

Hudson Signature Jeans

I also happen to adore Hudson Signature jeans, which were aplenty at Heidi, and can frequently be seen on celebs with serious style like Vanessa Minnillo.

The location I referenced:
Heidi Boutique
20553 N. Hayden Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 663-7777
heidiboutique.com

 

Lindsay Lou Boutique

Boutique Hopping: Lindsay Lou

With all the fashion-forward clothing shops popping up in town, I will be bringing you bi-weekly installments of a sampling of the best boutiques Scottsdale has to offer. This week, we stopped by Lindsay Lou Boutique.

First Impressions of Lindsay Lou

My first thought when I drove up to the Lindsay Lou boutique was that it might just be a fairly hidden gem in a Scottsdale shopping plaza. The store is tucked away a little bit, and you definitely need to know where you’re going in order to stumble upon it.

As I walked up, I noticed the mannequins in the window right away and was impressed. They were adorably dressed in a mix of funky, trendy clothes with a dash of western fashion thrown into each outfit, and I was eager to see what Lindsay Lou had to offer inside.

Needless to say, the store lived up to my initial expectations. Cute, southwestern décor (along with some seemingly misplaced, yet endearing, Buddha decorations) filled the display areas, and the clothes were set out artistically. As much as the clothes are the driving force behind any shopping excursion, though, it’s often the ambiance that dictates what kind of experience you’ll have. I usually dislike having sales associates follow me around the store, but I do have to sadly admit that the lack of a warm greeting at Lindsay Lou and no offer of help from the girls behind the counter made me feel less than welcome, contributing to an oddly somber atmosphere. So I continued on to what I do best — survey the clothing situation.

Clothing Analysis

Overall, the clothes here were stylish and unique, and I appreciated the vast selection of designer apparel. If you have an affinity at all for brands like Free People (which I adore), J Brand, Rich and Skinny, or Rebecca Minkoff, you will be in clothing bliss. There are also lesser widely known, quality pieces strewn in the blend from designers like Chan Luu, casual tops by Daftbird, and cool print items from Tucker — all of which add to the variety and cool factor of the place.

You can find a host of casual dresses in a considerable array of fabrics (from silk to cotton to chiffon to heavier knits), as well as dozens of jean shorts, colored pants and ultra laidback tees. The materials and styles of clothes here were very unrestrained and diverse.

As for pricing, let me say this: While I am definitely not shy to toss several bucks toward top-notch outfits I know I’ll wear repeatedly, I will unabashedly confess I was genuinely shocked when I flipped over the price tags on these pieces. I get that designer clothes cost more (sometimes rightfully so, and sometimes simply to bear a certain name on the tag no one will ever see), but would I pay a couple hundred dollars for a pretty, but standard-looking gauze dress? Not a chance. To me, most items here were overpriced. To be fair, they did have a 40 percent off section, but then again, most of the reduced items were still not worth the numbers on their price tags — in my humble opinion, of course.

Tidbits and Takeaways

If you are a first-class label junkie (hey, most of us are from time to time!), Lindsay Lou is worth checking out. I recommend it for the high-quality, brand-name pieces that you willingly intend to put hard-earned dough toward. The dresses are by far the most worthwhile items to be purchased here, and a few of the shorts and pants could be worth the splurge, too. I, personally, would steer clear of the casual tees (you can find cuter for way cheaper); and, make sure you’re completely in love with what you find before breaking the bank for it.

Sample Outfits

I really liked the several displays Lindsay Lou had of dresses paired with cowboy boots. Not everyone can pull off that risky look but, if you can, I encourage you to get after it! The unfortunate thing is that it appeared the cowboy boots weren’t for sale, but one dress I loved (by Free People, naturally) was coupled with the most charming, short brown cowboy boots, and the combo worked for me, even sans jewelry. The juxtaposition of the black and brown colors created a subtle sophistication that needed nothing more. I also found this little pair of shorts by Siwy to be so irresistibly western and off the beaten path.

Free People’s Pleated
Vegan Leather dress ($198)

Siwy Alia Cut Off
Shorts ($163)

Here are also a couple samples of other cute dresses the store has in great supply.

Jen’s Pirate Booty Deco
Senorita in blush ($154)

Eternal Sunshine Creations
Wildflower Tank Mini Dress in ivory ($242)

The location I referenced:
Lindsay Lou Boutique
6107 N. Scottsdale Rd., C-14
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 443-2522
lindsaylou.com