Sunday, February 14, 2016

Spring into two local boutiques

Looking for some Spring accessories, clothes and gifts? I decided to hit-up Rittenhouse Square for some pretty pieces at Tselaine and Aoki Boutique.

Spring into two local boutiques


What's one way to spend a rainy day in the city?

Head over to Rittenhouse Square and peruse Tselaine and Aoki. The two boutiques are currently transitioning into spring with new merchandise and sales on winter items, so now is the best time to stop by these local shops.

Tselaine, the perfect gift and accessories shop, focuses on local and independent designers. The store is now carrying glazed, ceramic jewelry handcrafted by Dandy. By Boe jewelry is another simple and chic jewelry line, known for its "threader" style earrings handcrafted in gold, sterling silver and mixed mediums from around the world. I am a big fan of the store's selection of Big Buddha bags, Melie Bianco totes and clutches, and Echo Design's line of chic laptop and iPad covers.

While plunging through the vast quantity of merchandise, I picked up one of my favorite scents from TOKYOMILK by Margot Elena. I plan to return for the trés chic gemstone necklaces and bracelets by La Vie Parisienne.  Tselaine also carries cute and quirky greeting cards, wallets, scarves, and other random gifts. The owner's selection of home decor also includes adorable Easter egg bath soaps for the upcoming holiday.

Located around the corner is contemporary womenswear shop, Aoki Boutique, on 115 S. 22nd Street.

Owner Alina Alter stocks her turquoise-colored shop with labels like Friends + Lovers, Funktional and Fraiche by J.  With recent shipments from Ellelauri, these new arrivals are on point with spring trends: Floral frocks, "fabric" blocking dresses, tribal, geometric tops, and blazers from Lazy Twins.  Aoki carries sweet scented candles from Archipelago, stationary and accessories by Papaya, and various books by Nora Ephron and Karen Weekes. The shop also stocks beautiful scarves by LEIGH and LUCA, hand-made on Mongolian looms, hang throughout the store in edgy pops of pinks, blues and oranges.  

Stop into Aoki this week and enter you name for the chance to win a $50 store credit. The winner will be announced on the shop's Facebook page on March 31.

Store details:

Tselaine, 1727 Walnut Street, 215-301-4752, Hours: 11am-7pm, Sunday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.; Featured brands include Big Buddha, Grandmother's Buttons, Melie Bianco, Echo Designs, By Boe, Nirvanna, La Vie Parisienne by Catherine Popesco, Bellisima, Lucky Feather, Bird Queen Designs, Taina Hartman, Branch Jewelry, Lucky Feather charms, Alynn Cufflinks, House of Harlow, and Harshita Scarves.

Aoki Boutique, 115 S. 22nd Street, 215-568-2040, Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Featured brands include PinkyOtto, Yumikim, Leigh and Luca Scarves, Royal Apothic Cosmetics, Archipelago Candles, Papaya, Urban Expressions Handbags, Big Buddha, and Sweet Evie.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Consider us the authority on all things related to fashion, beauty, retail and design in Philadelphia.

Renee DeSantis
Elle Levi Daily News
Gab Bonghi Staff Writer
Elizabeth Wellington Fashion Columnist
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter