Savvy Shopper: July/August 2015



Eco Chic: Upcycler Extraordinaire

Michelle Barnes dreads tossing anything into a landfill. So she opened ReUP Home in Mount Vernon. That cool 1950s Raleigh bike with the wire panniers on the back? It’s now a glass-topped table. You could pair it with the hippie-reminiscent swivel chair reupholstered in faded denim or the vintage wrought-iron chairs with purply-blue cushions. Savvy has her eye on the devilishly clever, Mad Men-esque pair of old luggage pieces repurposed into medicine cabinets, complete with mirrors and shelves. With items ranging from $2 to $2,800 in this little shop of wonders, how could she ever go wrong? 519 N. Charles St., 410-528-1054,

Waxing Poetic

Ah, the siren song of summer is in full throat! But hey, what about the rest of your body? Let Rebecca Ostroski take care of it at HotWax, her new mini-spa in Hampden offering skincare, spray tanning and, of course, hair removal. Try the 20-minute “On the Go” Facial (with Dermalogica products) for $45. Her quick-as-a-breeze Brazilian is $55. Don’t get lost: it’s inside NV Salon Collective at 861 W. 36th St., 443-794-6729,


Thong Song

Let’s face it, sometimes your feet just can’t take it anymore. The heels, the wedges, the peep-toes, the straps. Sometimes all you want to do is pop on something easy and airy and give your poor hooves a rest. But why should you have to sacrifice style? At Flip Flop Shops, they believe you don’t. Never has Savvy seen such a multifarious collection of casual footwear! From popular basics like Havaianas, Reef and Roxy, to more structured sandals by Birkenstock and Teva, to water-friendly flops by Speedo (called Exsqueeze Me), this shop will have you flipping for joy—even in the middle of Arundel Mills. 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, 410-379-5700,

Harbor Flower

Like many a Mexicophile, Savvy has often been dazzled by Talavera pottery, pierced tin mirrors, hand-carved wooden paintings and the gleaming silver of Taxco. Finding them all used to take her to Blanca Flor in Annapolis. But now she can just scoot to the new Harbor East location. Owner Donna De Garcia has been importing handcrafted goods from Mexico for years. In addition to classic Spratling necklaces and bold cuffs, she also carries the work of American designers such as Zina, Baroni and Janice Girardi, along with aluminum housewares (no polishing required!) and colorful paintings by Juan Carlos Breceda. Don’t miss the exclusive line of talismanic jewelry by Pyrrha, beloved by Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and Taylor Swift.
612 S. Exeter St., 410-469-9118,

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