covent garden
On Friday I found myself in Covent Garden with thirty minutes of free time between a meeting and a lunch date (poor me, right?). Thankfully, I love playing tourist. Creatively, I find it very cathartic to visit the places I take for granted (whether it be Laduree in London or freaking International House of Pancakes in Indianapolis) with my camera in tow.

Covent Garden is most frequently associated with the former fruit and vegetable market in the central square of the ‘Garden’ but is also one of the most popular tourist hotspots of my beloved home town. With a crowd-producing pin point on the Royal Opera House in the corner of the square, the district is actually divided by the main thoroughfare of Long Acre and – potentially my favourite overall area of London – Seven Dials and Neal’s Yard.

In the grand scheme of things I believe that you can have an incredible time almost anywhere if you secure a secret spot and people watch. Covent Garden is no exception. Though there are 13 theatres in the Covent Garden locale, the street performers and the tourists they attract are entertainment all of their own. While the courtyard space is dedicated strictly to classical music, the outer street performers typically perform one 30-minute show each hour and, on rare occasions, draw a lot of future Dynamos and David Blaines to the area.

From the London Transport Museum to Drury Lane to the high-low mix of markets and boutiques, Covent Garden is absolutely enchanting.

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Google Fashion Boutiques
Google is getting sartorial. From what I can tell from the limited press information, it sounds like Big Guys Online are taking a page out of ShopStyle and Polyvore’s book. The site will allow users to “create and share their own personalized shop by selecting style preferences and the looks, brands and items they love” (Polyvore), while linking out to a pre-existing e-tailer like Saks, ShopBop, or Yoox for purchase (ShopStyle).

Additionally, Google has tapped no shortage of bold-faced fashion names to create their own boutiques, including Sarah Jessica Parker (who is already on board), Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Erin Fetherston, and Katie Holmes. The site at present has been dubbed Boutiques.com.

Betsey Johnson Temporary TattoosChanel and Louis Vuitton started the trend among designers. Now next in line to create her own line of temporary tattoos is Betsey Johnson. Debuting at the end of September at department stores, Betsey Johnson boutiques, and online, the removable tats resemble Johnson’s blinged out jewelry line, with lots of rhinestones, skulls, thorns, and charms that Paris Hilton would squee over.

“Put them on with water and they look like jewelry,” said Johnson. “Tattoo you! Tattoo me! Tattoo all my jewela-ry!” (I want to see Kanye remix this). The tattoos come in brightly decorated packs of 5 sheets, containing 96 different tattoos, with a retail price of $25. View Post

Jean Paul Gaultier for La PerlaThe long-awaited Jean Paul Gaultier for La Perla lingerie is set to hit the stores in November with the price range of $618 to $1,236. It will be available in La Perla and Jean Paul Gaultier boutiques and select department stores. Yum. Close ups below. View Post

Cynthia Rowley ToolsCynthia Rowley is taking a stab at home improvement. The New York-based designer just rolled out a line of hardware-store staples like hammers, pliers, and flashlights that will be sold in her various boutiques. They are incredibly cute, incredibly Rowley, but I have to say I don’t know many fashionistas that have picked up a hammer in their entire life. It’ll be interesting to see how successful this becomes. View Post