The pink carpet was literally rolled out as the Chic Boutique Tour hit Atlanta’s premiere boutiques for a day of fun and shopping, shopping, shopping!!!
The Chic Boutique Tour is by far THE most unique shopping experience I have ever had!
Just envision this scenario; you (and your fellow explorers) board a tour bus (vessel) as if you were “Jacquelyn” Cousteau (stay with me here), in search of fabulous finds all around the city (or in this case the Galapagos Islands). All the while you’d be uncovering rare and exotic species (boutiques) of which you’d be more than eager to share these new found discoveries.
So, not only were we exposed to wonderful boutiques that we may not have known about otherwise, but we did so in a comfy, relaxing and fun atmosphere while being chauffeured around in celebrity-esque fashion. Eat your heart out Hollywood!
Add a few cocktails, some yummy treats, prizes, a few giveaways, and you would never look at shopping the same way again…and/or you may never want to go home (speaking in first person by the way). ;-P
Now that you get the picture….let’s move on.
From the moment we set foot in each boutique, we were treated like A-list celebrities at a post-Grammy’s party. We were all given the quintessential VIP treatment as they truly pulled out all the stops to show each of us a fabulous time…Oh, and we also received 20% off our purchases for the day…Hmmm…This excursion just turned into a “Deals on Wheels”, OR, since there were fab ladies on board it could be dubbed “Heels on Wheels”. 😀
Ok, let me give you the details….
The tour began at Coposhi Boutique in the heart of Buckhead. You remember Coposhi right?…That swanky, happenin boutique that is redefining the word “cool”. Check out the Coposhi write-up (here) to see why they ARE “The New Cool”!
So, upon entering this happenin spot; guests were greeted by a pink carpet runway which begged for a sashaying, and there were plenty fab ladies present to accommodate!
Hpnotiq was there to introduce their Harmonie drink which is the latest addition to their Girls Night Out line. This new flavor was so refreshing, and it also has a very girly appeal to it with its violet color and a blend of floral and natural fruit infused flavoring.
VitaminWater was also in attendance to promote their Glow flavor. Two words…D-lish! I remember the Glow flavor from the VitaminWater Inspired Fashion Show where local fashion designer Dwayne Woodard presented his fab interpretation of the Glow flavor in this one of a kind piece.
So, after a few cocktails, sweet treats and mingling, it was time to board the glam bus and do some shopping!
On the bus we enjoyed more cocktails while watching the movie “Jumping the Broom”. While we were in route to our next destination, Rosalynn Wilson, Founder and CEO of Chic Boutique Tour, emceed with giveaways and prizes. When it was time for a giveaway, Rosalynn would shout out “Guess what time it is?” And the ladies would respond with “Giveaway Time!!!” We had so much fun!
So, once we reached our first destination PZI Jeans, located on Hugh Howell, Rd in Tucker, GA we were pumped and ready to shop.
PZI Jeans carries styles for voluptuously curvy Diva’s (like myself of course). Three words…Fine-All-Lee! It’s great to find a store with trendy styled jeans… that I can actually wear.
Now don’t get me wrong…I love my grandmother dearly, but I shouldn’t be forced to wear her style of denim (high waisted “grandma” jeans) because there are no clothiers out there that cater to women with curves. Well fret no more. PZI Jeans are not styled for generations past. And, they are available in sizes 4-18 and comfortably designed for short, regular, long AND extra long legs; and women who have a little more junk in their trunk. ;-P Check them out. I promise you will never look at denim the same way again.
So after my brief love affair with PZI Jeans, we boarded the glam bus and headed to our next destination, Estella Boutique and Closet located in historic downtown Roswell on Canton Street.
I had the pleasure of visiting Estella’s several months back, when they hosted a swanky toast-n-taste soirée called “Girls Night Out”. Dubbed “Hollywood on Canton Street”, Estella’s quaint boutique boasts about the exclusivity of their pieces since many of the items were actually used in music videos and photo shoots, as revealed by Estella’s owner and celebrity stylist Tameka Raymond.
With its hardwood-wrapped walls and floors, and its tranquil yet cozy ambiance, Estella’s provided the perfect backdrop for a relaxing experience…(insert shade palm and ocean breeze).
Last stop on the tour was Polished & Primped nail bar and boutique located inside the Plaza Midtown building near downtown Atlanta. What a neat concept; fabulous shopping and a full service nail bar…in the same place!
Founders Dawn Riel, Kim Wilkins & Selam Welde have created the quintessential “girls paradise” with a boutique so lavish that it will have you speed dialing your interior decorator with ideas of recreating their ambiance.
With their uber-chic and glamorous setting, entering Polished & Primped felt like I had just walked into my dream boudoir. The décor is sooo exquisite. They’ve gone out of their way to create a very romantic aura with dimly lit back-lighting that displays their garments and accessories in a “come-hither” manner that begs for a closer look.
Polished & Primped carries familiar brands such as Blaque Label, LnA, Ryu, Valerie Tolosa, Voom by Joy Han, Va Va, James and Joy, Ark and Co., Mawi, Lee Angel, Erica Pena, Hanky Panky, and Cosabella to name a few; alongside unique one of a kind pieces.
The nail bar carries my fav brand of OPI nail colors that I absolutely love!!! If you think you’ve seen a fab nail bar, think again! Polished & Primped is not like any other, and from the moment you enter this boutique you will be blown away!
Now, back on the “Diva Express”, while headed back to Coposhi, we were treated to the most decadent peach cobbler this side of Grandma’s treasured recipe. Chef Shombe’s Catering provided this wonderful delicacy that absolutely melted in my mouth! Their slogan is “A taste you won’t forget!”… Well, after my first bite and for a brief moment I I couldn’t remember where I was. 😀 As you can imagine there wasn’t much chatter amongst the ladies during this time, but, you could faintly hear the melody of cherubs serenading us with each bite. 😀
So, after the heavens smiled upon us, we were ready for another giveaway…Hit it Rosalynn!!! 😀
As we returned to Coposhi, we were treated to a wonderful candy bar, and a special treat made with Hpnotiq Harmonie called Cocktail Cupcakes. You heard me correctly…These bite sized beauties are inspired by cocktail drinks…and they’re made with real alcohol! Brittany Wyatt, the owner and creator of this fabulous treat, explained the concept behind her creation and all the wonderful flavors they offer. Happy hour wrapped in sweetness! I’ll toast to that!!! ;-P
I had a wonderful time with all the fab ladies on the tour. I would like to thank Rosalynn Wilson of Chic Boutique Tour (better known as the Giveaway Goddess 😛 ), and Jackie O of 4Sight Media (who handled the PR duties), for putting together such a wonderful and fun event!!! I had a blast, and look forward to the next tour on November 12, 2011!!!
It was great to mingle and network with so many fabulous women, and shop like there was no tomorrow! And with a portion of the proceeds going to the Lupus Foundation of America, it was definitely worth it!
Photos courtesy of Robin Walker Marshall.
Videography courtesy of Ish Holmes.