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January 2015


Home Sweet Home

Though Savvy might admit to having some, ah, socialist impulses, she wouldn’t go so far as to open up her home to all and sundry. Michael Ryan Wright and Seth Barkman would. Their new five-story home goods shop in Fells Point is called MiY, which stands for “mine is yours”—and they don’t carry anything they wouldn’t live with themselves. Many products are hand-crafted, such as mattresses by Kingsdown. Who knew mattresses could be so beautiful? Performance-based Bedgear pillows will help you rest soundly—and avoid getting hot in the sack (at least while you’re sleeping). Furniture by Gus has a mid-century “Mad Men” vibe, while paintings by Watson look like the work of a sexy Banksy. Savvy swooned over the masculine-scented candles by Mitchell Black and stunning array of Detroit wallpapers. 1605 Eastern Ave., 410-881-0187, miy-home.com


Fabric of our lives

Sure,  we all buy organic bananas at Whole Foods. Now, organic fibers are all the rage. The Swedish/ American duo behind Hanna Andersson has formed a veritable dynasty by capitalizing on that desire. In addition to the children’s clothing for which the chain is well known, you’ll find a new women’s line plus home décor at the new store at the Mall in Columbia. Comfort is the name of the game here but with a touch of style, as in the Anna Colorblock Dress, the Metro Midi Skirt with a velvet stretch waist or the supremely feminine Sleeveless Lace Blouse. And the bright colors of the Scandinavian rugs just make Sav happy. 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, 443-917-7023, hannaandersson.com



Modern Bride

When Savvy thinks bridal boutiques, her mind’s eye is overwhelmed by a blizzard of white and frou-frou. But Garnish Boutique owner Mia Antalics says the big trends this year are peplums, long sleeves and color. No wonder bridal entourages and gals just looking for formal dresses are flocking to the newly expanded showroom with lovely touches by interior designer Stephanie Gamble. Antalics is especially excited about two labels she’s recently snagged: Catherine Deane and Leanne Marshall—describing their gowns as “slightly more bohemian, lighter, more effortless.” 1515 LaBelle Ave., 410-321-1406, garnishboutique.com

American Girl

Harbor East just keeps hopping. The latest shop on the block is national women’s retailer Madewell, J. Crew’s sophisticated little sister inspired by an American denim label founded in 1937, which manages to combine hip and artsy with classic. Shearling is Madewell’s newest trend, done in jackets, vests, even handbags. The clothes skew a little young for Sav, except for that yummy black leather biker jacket or better yet, the satin bomber jacket. For $528 and $188, respectively, she could give the young’uns a run for their money! 811 Aliceanna St., madewell.com

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