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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My Favorite Boutique and New Goodies

Shame on me for having this blog for nearly a year and a half and never sharing with you my favorite boutique!  I first found this woman's playground while in NYC with my best guy friend Joey over 15 years ago.  The store is filled with three glorious levels of makeup, skin care products, fragrances, unique accessories, jewelry, sunglasses, bags, scarves, travel bags, and clothing.  They even carry pet accessories.  Ladies, I present you: Henri Bendel.


Every time I go to NY, I make it a point to stop in, even if it's just to look around.  The last time I was there with my hubby, he had to work, so I got to spend an obscene amount of time browsing around, getting a makeup application (they sell Mally cosmetics, which I love) and trying not to droll over everything in sight. 

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Unfortunately, there is no Henri Bendel in Houston, however, they opened one in Dallas' Northpark Mall a couple years ago, so naturally we had to go there when we went to Dallas last weekend- I had never been. The Dallas store is much smaller than the flagship 5th Avenue store, but fun nonetheless.  

I came home with these goodies:


A clutch purse in the signature Henri Bendel brown and white stripe.  It's purple on the inside.


A giant coffee mug and two bracelets (the striped bangle bracelets were purchased at a previous trip to the NY store).  They have every color and lots of prints to choose from too.  I love my new white one and it's smaller than the striped bracelets so it fits my wrist better.

The black leather and gold studded bracelet is awesome too and comes with a HB gold and silver charm.



And I chose this classic round keychain, but they have lots of other styles too.


I have a few of their cosmetic bags too, so they deserve a mention:)

I loved this store and the memories of visiting NY so much (it's the first place Jimmy and I traveled to) that we even named our first babies "Henry" and "Bendel".  Okay, I named them and my husband went along with it.  (Sadly, our dogs are no longer with us in case you're wondering why I've never mentioned them before, but in their honor, I just couldn't leave them out of this post:) 


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Do y'all have a special store you like to visit?  Please share!


23 comments:

  1. I've never heard of Henri Bendel before! Looks amazing though!! Especially those bracelets! :)

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  2. I sure do want to visit Hendi Bendel now! Am I mistaken, or did they have Henri Bendel candles at Bath & Body Works a while back?

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  3. Wow what a cool store! I want to go (: Great stuff, M! Precious pups, too.

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  4. I live in the Dallas area and am glad to know that we have one! Can't wait to do some window shopping... for Christmas! Thanks for sharing your goodies, they're all beautiful, especially the clutch purse!

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  5. What great things you got! I love that store ... and you gotta love a store where the bag is almost a work of art in itself :)

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  6. Ummm.....this looks fun! I've never heard of this little piece of heaven. May have to stop in during my next NY trip in March. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  7. One of my best girlfriends and I visit NYC for a day every year in December. We always walk by Henry Bendel, but never go in...usually b/c we are wearing "comfy tourist-in-December clothes" and I don't feel dressed enough to go in and browse without them thinking we are homeless or something.

    Maybe this year, we'll go in and just risk security tossing us out the back. ;) I love the clutch!!

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  8. Bendels is hands down my favorite NYC store!! Its now been a few years since I've been back, sigh....maybe it's time to plan a trip to the city!

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  9. Oh my gosh, your dogs are so cute! And I love that you named them after that! Haha. :)

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  10. Love your new purchases!! Especially the bracelets - they are gorgeous. And you just made me really excited!!! I have to check out Henry Bendel when I go to New York City in December! My hubby will be at a conference so I'll have some time on my own to go shopping and do my thing. This will definitely be on the list to do. I've never been to NYC so any other suggestions would be great!

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  11. ohhh...i've heard of this place. i thought it was just an urban legend...

    http://www.etsystalkers.com/

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  12. I have never heard of this store. Its sound fun though. I love the bracelets! They will go with so much and dress up any outfit. Thanks for sharing even though unfortunately I don't live anywhere near one.

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  13. Aaawww sweet little dogs! Must be a very cool shop to name your dogs after them. Very sweet honor mention!

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  14. Great purchases -- also one of my favourite stores (I lived in NYC for 4 years). That keychain is especially fabulous -- I want one!!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  15. I was at North Park a couple weeks ago and saw HB. It is quite small. I really like the key chain you got. It's just about the size I've been looking for and doesn't have extra pieces hanging on it to hit my leg and annoy me when I drive. I'll have to check it out.

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  16. Those bracelets and mug are so cute!

    I'm a thrift store girl myself, but one of my favorite retails stores has to be The Container Store. Yeah, I'm THAT girl! New York & Company is great for pants, which are one of the few things I get retail.

    Haley @thedistractedblogger

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  17. Nothing better than a little retail therapy!

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  18. I love your blog! :) I became a new follower! Erin

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  19. im hoping to go by HB when im in nyc at end of this month...! :))))
    LOVE That clutch!
    www.madebygirl.com
    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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  20. Love that store! I always find awesome things in HB. Love your bracelets and that clutch too, great finds!

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  21. I was in NorthPark about an hour and a half ago and next time I'll look for this store....I am not much of a shopper...maybe this will convert me!

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  22. Adore Henri Bendel, used to love stopping by the one on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, before it closed. I still have a box of theirs I store ornaments in, love seeing it each holiday! Janell

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  23. I have to say that I do love Henri Bendel myself. If it wasn't for my amazing mother, I would have never known to stop in there. She introduced me to it, and we make a point to stop each visit!

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