Shopping with Shoptiques

August 4, 2016 45 Comments

In the globalized digital space we live in, almost every aspect of our life has been made easier by having stuff, literally, at our fingertips. Yes, a click away is how most things find their way into our life. A house? A car? Music? Sports? Movies? From the sublime to the mundane, browsing has become a way of life. The world of fashion has also evolved similarly and we now have access to the best and latest of designs from all over the world to access.

But one of the hitches I’ve seen is that most centralized large forms of shopping belong to the big chains – the Nordstroms, Express, Zaras, the Forever 21s of the world. I love their clothes and designs but doesn’t it often happen that you rock up to a party, and the latest design is also the one your bestie is in?! I love the chance for a twinnie pic, but at times we all crave for the moments when our dress is making a statement in singularity. That’s why I love boutique pieces, but it takes like a million scrolls and swipes to find the boutique with the piece you like. And that’s where the godsend I’m reviewing in this post comes into play: Shoptiques, a centralized platform of collections from over 5000 (*gulp*) boutiques!

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I was really surprised when I first came across this website, because on one hand it looked like an absolute treasure trove, yet had a very minimal social media presence. The skeptic in me did wonder, but I went through and placed a few orders and now I just can’t stop gushing about the many many good things about it.

The collections including clothing, shoes, accessories and cover the whole gamut of affordable everyday wear to expensive luxury pieces for special occasions.

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I bought a couple of separates at my first go. I personally enjoy styling separates more than a one-piece dress, since it just lends itself to more creative thinking. The top here is a chic racerback from a boutique in New York, GADO-GADO (that name took a while to get off my mind ..haha). The top talks a lot with its open back and geometrical cuts in a lovely shade of blue. It pairs well with shorts, denim, skirts..and I imagine everything in between. The super cute skirt is from R+D, Las Vegas. I have always been a sucker for gorgeous prints as regular readers of the blog would know by now. The Aztec print on the skirt is adorable and I imagine this would also do great in winter with tights and boots.

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The next outfit here screams soft and romantic vibes. The blue crop top is from Lydia’s Beryl, a boutique in Texas. The print on this top is beyond gorgeous. The top can be paired with a denim and makes for an edgy outfit as well. I paired it with a mini black skirt from Dor L’Dor, Manhattan. The mini skirt is layered with black tulle till the ankles. Really, a pretty sweet-spotish kinda length.  A sort of a mini and maxi skirt in one piece, if you think about it.  .

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There are other aspects of the websites that I want to touch upon. First off, and this is a pet peeve of mine that these guys have resolved beautifully: The amazing search bar! The search on Shoptiques gives you a picture drop-down search which makes life so much easier. Say you type ‘pencil dress’, by the end of your sentence you have a snippet of 6 beautiful dresses looking right back at you, before you even go on to the next page. And their data mining is so strong that even the smallest of keywords is caught. Being an engineer myself, I understand the challenges with search algorithms and data mining, and its such a pleasure to see a shopping website use picture based search to such good effect. Hey, if any demographic needs pictorial search, its us!!

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I also love the very fact that they offer a digital space and solution to so many boutiques who probably otherwise would not be able to get their designs out to such a vast audience. The boutiques don’t have to go through the rounds of setting up their own solution, and can focus on what they do best: bringing the best designs and a smile to folks like us!

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Please do comment here, I’d love to know your views on this post and how you liked the Shoptiques website.

Links to the outfits:
Outfit 1: Racer back top
iconOutfit 1: Mirror mirror skirt [On 50% sale now]
Outfit 1: Sugar plum lace up sandal (My all time favorite!!!)

Outfit 2: Blue top [On major sale now for 11$]
Outfit 2: Black tulle skirt
Outfit 2: Black leather sandal [On sale!!!]
Tory burch clutch[Closest Available on website]

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45 Comments

  1. Reply

    Richa

    August 4, 2016

    Lovely writeup Anju….and very well written too…the pieces are fab and i would love to check out the boutiques you mentioned.

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    Anju

    August 4, 2016

    Thanks Rich 🙂 Yes, they are definitely worth checking out
    xoxo
    Anju

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    Sharon Wu

    August 4, 2016

    You are the cutest! Love how you styled these pieces! xoxo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com

    • Reply

      Anju

      August 4, 2016

      Thanks Sharon.
      Much love,
      Anju

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    Aldora

    August 4, 2016

    Gorgeous outfits! I love the second outfit the most – I’m so gonna shop with Shoptiques too 🙂

    • Reply

      Anju

      August 4, 2016

      Thanks so much Aldora 🙂

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    Christina Braccia

    August 4, 2016

    I’ve never heard of Shoptiques but I am so so so glad I found this. I love the idea of being able to shop a collection of boutiques. They always have the best stuff.

    xo Christina
    http://www.christinabeex3.com/

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      Anju

      August 4, 2016

      Thanks Christina. I am so glad you liked it. I had the same feeling when I stumbled upon this
      xoxo
      Anju

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    yuka

    August 5, 2016

    I adore that printed skirt!

    http://www.prettyinleather.net

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      Anju

      August 5, 2016

      Thanks Yuka. I agree print is gorgeous 🙂
      xo
      Anju

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    Whitney Kline

    August 6, 2016

    Love your combine, so amazing!
    http://www.angelemall.co.nz

    • Reply

      Anju

      August 6, 2016

      Thanks Whitney

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    Julie

    August 6, 2016

    Love both the outfits, good find

    • Reply

      Anju

      August 6, 2016

      Thanks Julie

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    Nanya

    August 6, 2016

    Beautiful outfits and like how you write. Keep up the good work
    Nanya

    • Reply

      Anju

      August 6, 2016

      Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  10. Reply

    Katharine

    August 7, 2016

    Hi Anju,

    this is the first time I see your blog thank to IG. I am really glad you do this blog this way. It is interesting to read the articles and look on such beautiful pics.

    In this post I have to point accent the interesting idea of Shoptiques. 🙂
    And of course you are welcome also on my blog 🙂
    See y soon

    • Reply

      Anju

      August 8, 2016

      Thanks Katharine. I am so glad you liked the blog. Yes, shoptiques is a cool website. Love the vibe of your blog
      xoxo
      Anju

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    Adesivos de Unhas

    August 8, 2016

    Beautiful pics. You look lovely dear 😉
    – Bianca Unha

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      Anju

      August 8, 2016

      Thanks Bianca for commenting. I am so glad you liked it
      xoxo
      Anju

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    Andreea Birsan

    August 8, 2016

    In love with the second look from head to toe! x

    Have a nice week,
    Andreea
    http://couturezilla.com/

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      Anju

      August 8, 2016

      Thanks you so much Andrea. I love the printed skirt too
      xoxo
      Anju

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    molly

    August 8, 2016

    Loving that black tule skirt! So so pretty.

    Xx
    Molly
    http://www.trendychickadee.com

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      Anju

      August 8, 2016

      Thanks so much Molly. That skirt is gorgeous and it can be dressed down as well
      xo
      Anju

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    Veena

    August 8, 2016

    Loved both the outfits Anju. The prints in these outfits are amazing. You styled them so well.

    Xoxo,
    Veena
    http://www.knowingmystyle.com/fashion/jump-the-suit-up

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      Anju

      August 8, 2016

      Thanks a lot Veena. Loved your latest post 🙂
      xoxo
      Anju

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    Aurelie | Surface85

    August 8, 2016

    You look so cute! Those prints are very nice on you! Thanks for sharing.
    xx
    Aurelie | http://www.surface85.com

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      Anju

      August 8, 2016

      Thanks Aurelie. You have such a cool name :)Thanks for stopping by and commenting

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    rosie

    August 8, 2016

    what gorgeous outfits! loved all the pieces.

    Life is just Rosie

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      Anju

      August 8, 2016

      Thank you Rosie. I am so glad you liked it 🙂

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    Pratima

    August 8, 2016

    Love both outfits ideas Anju…You have styled them perfectly…Keep Rocking Girls <3 🙂 I had the prenotion that boutiques are always expensive but from the links your mentioned here, it seems these are pretty affordable for the quality they offer.

    Thanks,
    Pratima

    http://beautynfashionnova.com

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      Anju

      August 8, 2016

      Thanks Pratima 🙂 I know, I used to think so too, until I came across these really cool boutiques.
      xoxo
      Anju

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    renovate rumah

    August 8, 2016

    You look stunning!
    The dress looks elegant.

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      Anju

      August 8, 2016

      Thank you 🙂
      xoxo
      Anju

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    Monika

    August 9, 2016

    I have never heard of shoptiques but it sure sounds godsend! What they are doing sounds amazing and the eye to detail as mentioned by you is pretty commendable 🙂

    I love both the outfits but the first one is definitely my fav 🙂 That top is stunning and you are carrying off both of them so gorgeously! Have a great week Anju <3

    xoxo
    Monika | http://www.palateforstyle.com

    • Reply

      Anju

      August 10, 2016

      Thanks Monika.

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    vidya

    August 13, 2016

    Amazing dress-up. Loved it.
    http://tipsoye.com/

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      Anju

      August 14, 2016

      Thanks so much Vidya. Love your blog
      xoxo
      Anju

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    Divya

    August 19, 2016

    Awesome post Anju!! You are right about fashion retail these days. I always want to stand out with my style.
    It is so much pleasure to read your blog, your writing just takes directly into your train of thoughts. Keep doing more!!!

    https://dstylebook.com/2016/08/18/white-shorts/

    • Reply

      Anju

      August 19, 2016

      Thanks Divya for stopping by. I am so glad you liked it
      xoxo
      Anju

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    Tanvi Mutneja

    August 30, 2016

    This is awesome! I am in a constant search of pieces which have a unique design and uncommon characteristics and this looks perfect! Will definitely check out 🙂

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      Anju

      August 31, 2016

      Thanks doll
      xoxo
      Anju

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    April 10, 2017

    both outfits match you, thanks for this colourful combination!

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    Leigh Mousel

    April 21, 2017

    That stinks. wanted it to be more broad and detailed. Ubersuggest girl .

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    georgieMancell.jimdo.com

    May 19, 2017

    Good article! We are linking to this great post on our site.

    Keep up the good writing.

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