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Welcome to Drunk Shopping, our feature celebrating the time-honored tradition of getting totally wasted while the sun's still shining before buying a bunch of debatably useful stuff that the sober you would be too timid or too restrained to take home. Each Friday we'll cobble together a new itinerary starting you off with a boozy Saturday or Sunday brunch before meandering through a few neighboring retailers and happy hours notable for seasonal specials, limited time availability, fantastic deals, recent openings, or new shipments.
This Sunday is the Super Bowl. That means most of us will be couching and drinking and cheering on the Steelers or the Packers or the commercials or the arrival of more queso. And all that means most of the places New Yorkers usually mob on Sundays will be at least a little less mobbed—which is great news for those of you who plan on boycotting the big game. Here now: A very girlie itinerary for Super Bowl-skipping city girls (feel free to play "I'm the Carrie" throughout) gone Drunk Shopping.
Start your West Village (where else?) day at Tea & Sympathy for afternoon tea service—assorted finger sandwiches and sweets, scones with clotted cream and jam, a pot of tea. There's no booze on the menu, but that's the point: We're attempting to be something like ladies. Worry not—we'll more than make up for it later (or beforehand if you're so inclined—who's stopping you?)
From Tea & Sympathy you have several options. You're in the West Village after all—the Marc Jacobs mall awaits. So does Cynthia Rowley and Ralph Lauren and Coach and Mulberry and a laundry list of independent boutiques, brand flagships, cosmetics and accessories shops and home decor and antiques emporiums. Go crazy, it's your day! Just be sure to not miss any of our top picks—we are the experts.
First, new shops for new clothes! You're living under a rock if you're unaware of Pierre Hardy's new leather-floored flagship on Jane Street. Go there—he's a shoe god! Next, Michael Kors has a brand new boutique on Bleecker and you might need something fur-lined, or at least cashmere-fashioned. Third—and slightly more wallet-friendly—a new Zadig & Voltaire, also on Bleecker. If you're unfamiliar with the brand they've dubbed themselves as "affordable luxury." Translation: It looks a lot like Zara, probably feels a little nicer to the touch, and is significantly more expensive.
Next: Cosmetics! M.A.C. Cosmetics just opened a brand new location—also on Bleecker. There is no finer time for some new slut-red lipstick; Valentine's Day is just around the corner. From there trek over to Sixth Avenue and hit C.O Bigelow—America's original apothecary. The spot is full of stuff you already love or didn't know you needed—but proprietor Ian Ginsberg made things even easier with a list of five must-haves for rough mid-winter weeks.
Omigod, shoes! Just in case Pierre Hardy wasn't enough: Nida Boutique awaits on Hudson. Peep recent Melissa collaborations and Vivienne Westwood goodies—chicken soup for the Carrie's soul.
Finally, let's drink. The idea of Sweet Revenge, on Carmine Street, must have been at least partially inspired by our collective semi-Sex and the City-inspired cupcake mania. It's a wine bar. A wine bar that offers exotic cupcake pairings. Seriously. Skip glasses, go with bottles, and if you want a second cupcake we say go for it—your football watching peers will likely consume 2000 calories in cheese alone by the time you take your first sip. Reward yourself for being less gross.
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments!
· Pierre Hardy's First Stateside Boutique Has Leather Floors [Racked NY]
· West Village Resident Michael Kors Opens His Bleecker Street Store [Racked NY]
· Zadig & Voltaire Oui Oui Ouis On Bleecker Street [Racked NY]
· Bleecker Puts Its Face On with New M.A.C. Cosmetics Store [Racked NY]
· Best Face Forward: Surviving NYFW With C.O. Bigelow [Racked NY]
· An Instant Melissa Fix Hits Hudson Street's Nida Boutique [Racked NY]
· Drunk Shopping archives [Racked NY]