Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Helianthus as "Boutique of the Week" !!!


Location - 552 La Guardia Place (between W. 3rd & Bleecker) and 196 Spring Street (and Sullivan)

Steps from Washington Square Park, this youthful boutique carries easy-to-wear pieces that bring out anyone's inner girliness. With a range of brands and trends matching anyone's look of the day, it's fun to shop their whimsical, airy collection and chat with their friendly and knowledgeable staff.

The best part of Helianthus, meaning "sun" and "flower" in Greek, is the fun and quirky accessories. Everything from hats, belts, hair accessories, sunglasses, and jewelry can be found in fun colors and contemporary styles ($15-$75). Check out the playful jewelry along the entrance wall and in the coffee table display case. Pieces such as a rocking-chair pendant necklace ($28) to rhinestone pink snoopy earrings ($23) as well as bangles, rings and headbands can be found. Leather cross-body bags in jewel-tones are also displayed for $100-$250.

The womenswear ranges from $30-$250 include flirty, brightly colored dresses and tops that have edgy embellished details, such as a black ruched zipper-trim tank for $104. Asian and Western trends meet with the collections from Kloset, Liza Chen, Wish, Twinkle, Pepper & Pistol, Wren, and Graham & Spencer. There's a large sale selection in the back, and make sure to use the student discount if attending NYU.

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