Friday, August 26, 2011

Loving... pretty shops

Yellow Brick Road

Have you ever daydreamed about having a cute little tea shop, or a gorgeous boutique selling pretty clothes, jewellery and gifts? I definitely have and it is a bittersweet feeling to find out someone else has already done it, but I love discovering them! I am always grateful for a little treat or some window-shopping (linking up with Paisley Jade's 'Things I'm Loving').

The Tea Lady (pic by Kute Kiwi)

I had been meaning to visit The Tea Lady ever since I heard about it - Birkenhead isn't far away and the website is super-cute... I don't drink real tea but love fruit teas and there were lots to choose from. My sister and I took my mum and my auntie, and after playing musical tables (there are only about 5 tables, thank you so much familiar-looking-lovely-lady who swapped tables twice to accommodate others!) we had tea and a big fluffy scone each. The vintage decorating includes polka dots, florals and retro toys, the perfect girly outing (thanks to Kim @ Kute Kiwi for the photo, her tea party-friendly blog is here).

I found Yellow Brick Road online a few months ago and couldn't figure out where in Parnell it was... it is worth the effort to find (and not that tricky really, just past the gelato shop) and so, so pretty. I haven't actually bought anything yet but am very tempted by these pads and a lot of the jewellery. The clothes are lovely too (see more on their blog).

Little Craft Store

Are there any other pretty shops (in Auckland or anywhere else) that you would recommend? Next on my list is The Little Craft Store, although I don't think I will be able to restrain myself from spending there...

Note: Not a sponsored post, just things I like    :)


  1. Oooh, I love the spotty stool and chair in the first photos - looks like a wonderful store! And all those treats at The Tea Lady...yum!

  2. I want to travel across the ditch just to visit those stores! We have nothing like there her.

    We have one handmade collaboration store here though. But they are just set up like a market with folding tables etc. They could do so much more business is the fitted the store out properly.

  3. Oh I totally LOVE shops like this!!! Might need to go for a visit next time I'm in Auckland!!

  4. OOOhhhh I have another one! Floozie in Silverdale, Auckland! It's a divine mix of home decor, children's products, vintage women's fact...I will write a wee post about it now!


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