Re-Tales: confessions of a shopaholic

Benelux Beckons: Skins Cosmetics

  • Skins Cosmetics
  • a cross between Sephora and Kiehl’s
  • the creme de la creme in skincare, cosmetics and fragrance
  • skins.nl
  • Runstraat 9, Amsterdam
  • 31 (0)-20-626-30-01
  • prepare to dish out top dollar
  • Click here for a store map!

Beauty junkies rejoice! This sleek ‘n chic apothecary has an unreal assortment of indie fragrance including the in-demand Frederic Malle line from France that’s stored in a temperature-controlled refrigerator. Other must-haves to hoard in your cosmetics cabinet: Lip Fusion lip plumper, Dr. Sebagh skincare, luxurious lotions (Aveda to Aesop), pretty potions (Roses & Diamonds face oil wipes out wrinkles!) and top treatments like hair cuts and facials that will make your worries float away. 

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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Fashion Junkie Out Of Rehab!

For Immediate Release

Fashion Junkie Out Of Rehab!
The ultimate style source for serial shoppers relaunches!

New York, NY — May 7, 2007 — Is your life one BIG fashion emergency? Are you stumped on where to find the most sought-after styles, suffering from withdrawal or simply clothes-minded? Then you need a dose of FashionJunkie.com — a fashion and beauty email newsletter, daily blog and personal shopping service clueing you in on what to buy and where to buy it… before it’s passé.

Fashion Junkie’s mission is simple: to make the world a better-dressed place, one person at a time. Based in New York City, Fashion Junkie constantly combs the streets in search of the swankiest stores, coolest clothing lines and cult cosmetics to keep you in-the-know. She’s a serial shopper with a sixth sense for all things fashionable, instantly detecting the hippest designer hideaways, best vintage frocks and cheap ‘n chic places that won’t drain your bank account. A saving grace for the fashion challenged and those too busy to shop, Fashion Junkie keeps track of the latest trends and is always on call to give you tips and tricks for tackling the toughest clothing calamities. 

Fashion Junkie is the brainchild of Dara Fleischer, a seasoned shopping editor and television correspondent who honed her skills as Fashion and Beauty Editor at LOULOU (Canada’s premier shopping magazine) and Merchandising Editor at InStyle. Recognizing fashionistas’ insatiable appetite for of-the-moment fashion and beauty buzz, Dara spawned Fashion Junkie as an online soapbox for sharing her views and news on all things stylish.

Get your fix by signing up for Fashion Junkie’s free email newsletter filled with of-the-moment fashion and beauty obsessions and special perks, from sample sale listings to exclusive discounts from the hottest boutiques, delivered straight to your inbox every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Plannning an international getaway? Follow FJ’s globe-trekking adventures – an insider’s guide highlighting the top trends and shopping shrines from Hong Kong to Holland.

For those who need a little extra handholding, Fashion Junkie also offers tailor-made group and private NYC shopping safaris, a fun-filled experience for tourists and locals alike. Expect undivided attention and expert advice while exploring the City’s off-the-beaten-path boutiques, sample sales and sweet retreats. Fashion Junkie will rummage through racks, suggest outfits that work for your body and budget and will even give her honest opinion when asked, “Does this make my ass look fat?”

To learn more about FashionJunkie.com, send an email to contact@FashionJunkie.com

WARNING!
Fashion Junkie tips may be habit forming. Possible side effects include: shopping bulimia (i.e., excessive buying and returning), cluttered closets and escalating credit card debt.

 

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Benelux Beckons: Dutchies

Dutchies proprietor Linda Creemers never dreamt of ditching a cushy law career to launch her own handbag line. Devoid of a business or fashion design background, she started handcrafting colorful suede satchels for friends and family simply as a hobby. Soon after, the word spread about her coveted creations, prompting Creemers to quit her corporate gig and set up shop in the trendy Nine Streets hood. Fast-forward one year later: Dutchies (slang for Dutch) is now the destination spot for her limited-edition leather bags, belts and wallets.

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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Benelux Beckons: Episode

Mannequins swathed in stretchy cigarette pants, billowy off-the-shoulder tops, pointy-toed snakeskin pumps and thumping disco beats set the scene for this über-stylish store. The go-to spot for slightly used and re-constructed clothes from the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, expect to load up on cheap ‘n chic collectibles like suede fringed jackets, crochet tops, fur coats (Chanel and Lanvin) and sexy lace dresses. Seal the deal with an over-sized shoulder bag, a chunky beaded necklace and Jackie O-style shades. 

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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Benelux Beckons: Laura Dols

For nearly three decades, this temple of cool has carried the crème-de-la-crème in vintage clothing (1950’s ballroom dresses), accessories (sequined bra anyone?) and recently, a knockout collection of nuptial gowns. Other eye-popping numbers to load up on: fabulous party frocks (the basement is filled with bright burlesque dresses à la Dita Von Teese), glitzy cocktail clutches and swanky shoes. Visit their sister store across the street for a mix of casual clothes (wool ponchos, fur coats to T’s), cowboy boots, sunglasses, leopard swimming caps, hand-embroidered linens (tablecloths turned into lace pillow cases and cozy duvets) and kidswear.

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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