With the start of a new year comes the inevitable list of resolutions we all make in good faith but often end up abandoning even before the first signs of spring. Getting to the gym, waking up earlier and eating healthy just aren’t that fun and keeping up with them can be a drag (not that I’m saying don’t try! By all means, try to do those things!).
Shopping resolutions though— those are the kind of goals I can wholeheartedly get behind (and be sure to accomplish in record time). I’ve put together a list of five Richmond shopping resolutions we can share throughout the year. Happy 2016!
Thrift at Rumors Boutique
This authentic vintage Levi’s denim jacket is only $19 — a classic staple to have on hand year-round
Buying second-hand is good for your wallet, the environment and your personal style. Not only are you recycling but you’re also adding one-of-a-kind pieces to your wardrobe at a song. Rumors is one of those jam-packed shops you can spend an afternoon in, sifting through the racks for that perfectly worn-in flannel button-up or vintage embroidered blouse you never knew you needed. The super cool shop girls at the counter are warm, friendly and helpful, so don’t be afraid to ask for an opinion! 723 W. Broad St., rumorsownsyou.tumblr.com
Gift at Frillseekers
A cheeky birthday gift perfect for your beauty-product loving BFF
I know we’ve only just gotten through the holiday gifting season but resolving to remember and acknowledge the birthdays, anniversaries and graduations of your loved ones with a small token is a worthy habit to get into. Frillseekers is stocked full with an eclectic mix of candles, jewelry, home decor, clothes and bags. They've got trays full of sweet silver charms at $1 a pop and doormats that are thoughtful and fun, greeting guests with “hello gorgeous.” OK, maybe you can just pick up a couple things for yourself while you’re browsing. 5807 Patterson Ave., shopfrillseekers.com
Experiment at Traveling Chic Boutique
Lace and feathers — this party dress is definitely a step out of the LBD comfort zone while still staying classic and polished.
If you left 2015 feeling a little disenchanted with your closet, use the new year to experiment with new style. The sister duo behind the Carytown location stock their shop with affordable, contemporary brands like House of Harlow, Collective Concepts, Ark and Co., BB Dakota, Rails, and Cosabella, making it easy to outfit yourself with on-trend pieces that’ll definitely inject new life to your looks. 3143 W. Cary St., travelingchicboutique.com
Adorn at Lola Pepper
And if you’re not quite ready for a complete style overhaul in the new year, visit Lola Pepper in the Fan to stock up on some statement-making accessories. There are squash blossom necklaces laid out next to cocktail rings and Southwestern printed leather boots on the shelves with quartz crowns. Go crazy stacking stone in-laid cuffs on your wrists or top off your winter ensembles with a pom-pom knit beanie. The atmosphere in-store is airy, rustic and charming so you’ll definitely want to stay awhile. 207 N. Davis Ave., lolapepper.com
Expand at Aquarian Bookshop
There’s something rejuvenating about stocking up on positive energy-inducing things at the start of the new year. Getting the good vibes going with a psychic reading, some sage and incense never hurt, right? But if crystals, Tarot cards and incense aren’t your thing, check out the Aquarian Bookshop’s selection of candles, perfume, bath salts and essential oils for a bit of at-home pampering. The bookshop also offers a whole range of classes, from yoga classes to guided meditations to posture-correcting workshops. You get to shop and better your body in the same breath! 3519 Ellwood Ave., aquarianbookshop.com