I’m a true believer in the notion that you can find the most wonderful things in the most unlikely of places. If you know me, then you’ve come to know my love of boutique shopping and how unique finds in unique places are great for helping develop your own style your own way. But, a few years ago, I started noticing the older I got, the harder that dressing the older version of myself was.
I recently put up a post on Instagram about how my daughter and I are oftentimes mistaken for sisters. While I gladly take the attention as a compliment (#BRAGBREAK – my daughter is a genuine beauty both inside and outside), I don’t want to dress like her. She is in her early 20s and me … well, not so much.
That’s not a knock against any of the national retail chains where she likes to get her clothes. I still get the occasional fix at H&M, Old Navy and Zara. But let’s be honest, their target audience isn’t the 40+ year old woman. And, that’s okay because there are awesome alternatives out there if you’re willing to look around a bit.
Not too long ago, I found a great little shop very near where I live. Remember I mentioned the “unlikely” place? Well, as it turns out, my hairstylist relocated into a shared space with Inspired Dezigns All Occasion Boutique.
I can just about guess what you’re thinking: A hair salon and a clothing boutique in the same space?” Absolutely! It’s not the first boutique/hair salon combo I’ve seen either. Trust me when I say they are two very distinct spaces and Inspired Dezigns is a cornucopia of unique clothing, shoes, jewelry, beauty products (yup, you read that right) and other accessories.
I had a visceral reaction when I walked in and saw this dress the first time. Normally, I don’t buy clothes with such a specific (and memorable) print. But literally, I could FEEL that this was the right purchase for me. I know that sounds odd, but there are certain pieces that “speak” to me. Everything about this dres — from the cut of the sleeves, the color combination and the unique print — made me fall in love with it instantly.
Inspired Dezigns is small, but it’s mighty. There’s so much to see and experience. And, who doesn’t love a two-for-one deal? I can get my hair done and shop too — all in one go!
If you live in or near the Riverview area, or you’ll be visiting sometime soon, this is a great boutique to check out. You can find them at: 6425 US Highway 301, Riverview, FL 33578. They’re also online at www.inspireddezignsllc.com.