Style/Shopping

American Made & Brooklyn Swag: M&U Co. (now with a discount code!)

Valet Tray, $88 © Hunter Craighill

In light of America’s birthday, let’s talk about some goods made in the good U.S. of A., M&U Co. The gear is thoughtful but streamlined — no fuss or frills with a touch of Scandinavian aesthetics. So, I’m in love. Click through for an exclusive discount code for Greenpointers readers (huzzah!), a snazzy interview with the founder Nathan Gryszowka, and more products to swoon over. Continue reading

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Sometimes It’s Hard to be a Woman // Heather Marie Scholl on Fashion, Feminism & Domestic Violence

© Heather Marie Scholl

“A woman is not a potted plant
her roots bound
to the confines
of her house…”

“A Woman Is Not A Potted Plant” by Alice Walker

We all have stories. What does it mean to be a woman? Sometimes it’s beautiful, engaging, and wondrous. Sometimes it’s violent, traumatic, and oppressive. Hobby Lobby wants to rule out birth control. A young woman was stabbed for eschewing a prom date because she already had a boyfriend. #yestoallwomen surges through social media after a tragedy where women — and men, too — were brutally murdered because of oppressive thoughts brought down on women. Heather Marie Scholl conjures a poignant and powerful commentary on what it means to be a woman by sharing stories.

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Greenpoint Summer Fashion Roundup

Summer is officially here and after that hella winter, we best greet this long-awaited season in style. Welcome back, sun, sweat, and subway tunnels that smell and feel like the depths of Hell!

Kidding! More like, welcome back bike rides and outdoor brunch and tan lines!

With the abundance of shopping Greenpoint provides, it won’t be hard to coordinate the perfect outfit for that afternoon spent in Transmitter Park, your friend’s rooftop BBQ next weekend, or for your morning commute walking across the Pulaski while cursing the G train in a few weeks. Here are a few outfit options and some summer essentials courtesy of our awesome neighborhood to make the warm months even sweeter:

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Let Suite Pieces Teach You To Transform Your Furniture + Paint Deal

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Transform old furniture into something fresh!
Transforming furniture is one of the things we love to do the most at Suite Pieces (located at 162 Huron Street)! We’re going to share with you how fun and easy it is to change the look of something you already own without the hassle of sanding and priming. We’ll be using one of our favorite product lines that we offer in the shop, Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. By the time you do all that prep-work with traditional latex paint, you’re ready to call it quits and leave yet another unfinished project sitting around your apartment taking up precious, expensive square footage. When you use Chalk Paint® for your painting projects, you get instant gratification that keeps you going till it’s back in place ready for a photo op! Continue reading

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Abridged Greenpointer’s Father’s Day Gift Guide

Need some father’s day gift inspiration? There’s plenty of cool stuff to give right here in your own backyard!  Here’s a short list of ideas (which is admittedly in no way comprehensive, as there are so many more awesome small businesses here in north Brooklyn, so feel free to add to the list of ideas in the comments section).

1. Tacos, La Norteña / Vamos Al Tequila  2. Fine craft beers, Brouwerij Lane  3. Engraved biz card case, In God We Trust  4. Nice new comb, Chopin Chemists  5. Vintage VHS, The Thing  6. Slice of pizza, Vinnie’s / Franklin Pizza  7. Fine colognes, Old Hollywood  8. Coveralls, Pop’s Popular Clothing  9. Succulants (a.k.a. plants that require minimal care), Homecoming (formerly known as Spina)  10. Donut, Peter Pan  11. Delicious cheeses and Keta candy, Eastern District  12. Sweet shades, Alter  13. A funny old tshirt, People of 2Morrow  14. Fancy and rare spirits, Duke’s Liquor Box  15. Beach tote, M. Carter  16. Pour over coffee maker, Budin  17. A nice rosé, Dandelion Wine  18. Polish chocolates, Slodycze Wedel  19. A whole, fresh fish, Pura Vida Stand at McCarren Park Greenmarket  20. Stool for sitting and pondering, Bklyn Curated  21. Basketball, BQ Sports  22. Cool kicks, Wolves Within  23. Vintage vinyl, Permanent Records / Academy Records / Co-op 87 / Records Grouch  24. Portable bike pump and other biking accessories, Silk Road Cycles / B’s Bikes / Greenpoint Bikes  25. Bobbers and other fishing accessories, Dream Fishing Tackle  26. Polish sausages, smoked meats, and pickles, Nassau Meat Market / Mazur Meak Market (and so many more!)  27. A good book, like this one about the Pogues, Word. 

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

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Works MFG Pop-Up at Wythe Hotel

Works MFG © Bex Finch

With all of this Spring cleaning on the horizon, what better time to spruce up your pad with new furnishings? The latest Wythe Hotel Pop-Up, Works MFG, has some goodies in store. The cool, contemporary shop opened on 5/19 and will run through 6/22.
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Mad Deals For Your Mom // Greenpoint Mother’s Day Guide

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Mother's Day is this Sunday!

She put up with you your entire life (not to mention MADE you alive) so you clearly owe her more than a phone call and a mass produced greeting card.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, but don’t worry, you still have plenty of time. We’ve put together this Greenpoint Mother’s Day Guide so you can keep the shopping local and still shower her with awesomeness. We are making this REALLY easy so don’t phone it in this year. Your welcome. Happy Mother’s Day! Continue reading

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Wovenplay: Putting Magic Back in Kidswear

Jada Suit © Wovenplay

When I was a kid, I loved to dress up. Crystal crowns, fairy wings, crazy patterned tights, necklaces borrowed from my mother’s drawers, headbands doubled as stylish teleportation devices, silk scarves became dresses for parties in a magical forest, I mean, my parent’s backyard. Wovenplay (190 West Street) recaptures that spirit childhood’s magical sense of imagination.

With an ethereal quality, the shop is cheeky, smart, and fun. I got the scoop on the new digs from owner, Katherine Edmonds. And if you like the kids line, there’s some women’s tees and swimwear coming soon!
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Personal Shopper Rachel Levin Dishes Out Style Tips

© Chellise Michael Photography

Rachel Levin knows style. Williamsburg resident and personal shopper, her mission is to help people look good and feel good. Style is synonymous with identity and expression, I wanted to know how a female entrepreneur looks at these elements with clothes and accessories. In other words, what words of wisdom can an ambitious lady offer another?

I got the scoop on shopping for yourself (and others), how to develop your style, and what pieces everyone should have in his/her closet.
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Nolita Boutique Otte Opens Bedford Ave Pop-Up

If you’re looking to empty your wallet on all things luxurious and modern, Otte just unveiled a pop-up shop on 193 Bedford Ave. The store features exclusively priced merchandise for the resort and pre-spring seasons from an array of designers at 20-50% off, including the in-house Otte NY label. In addition to awesome sales, Otte Pop also sells terrariums for a unique and beautiful addition. The pop-up shop will run through August.

Otte Pop Hours: Monday-Saturday, Noon — 8 pm; Sunday, Noon — 7 pm.

 

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