Recently I was invited to be a guest blogger for an amazing local charity fashion show called Style Omaha, Help All (SOHA). This event is only in its second year and the owner, Theresa Farrage (@OMAprgirl) has dedicated countless hours to creating this unique charity which will feature 120 looks from Omaha’s area boutiques. Omaha residents can enjoy a fashion show and pop-up shop for just $10 and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Abide Network.
I’ve only committed to two posts because I am already a busy woman. But because I am passionate about fashion and giving back to the community, I had to make time for this awesome cause! I chose to review two chic boutiques: one vintage and one trendy. The first feature is of a vintage boutique with a little cottage appeal in the Gifford Park neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska. Don’t you want to read about this awesome place? Take a look at my post below featuring Maud Boutique. The second review showcases the california trendy appeal of BeYourself Boutique in Midtown Omaha, Nebraska. Once you visit these two shops, you will have to return for seconds because they really give you an intimate shopping experience – one that will be hard to repeat at a more commercialized department store.
I hope you enjoyed the virtual visit and maybe I will run into you at the check out counter!
Located at 521 North 33rd Street, Omaha, Neb.
Hours of Operation: (Winter Hours) Tues-Wed- 11:00 – 5:00; Thurs – Sat- 11:00 – 6:00; Sun- 12:30 – 5:00; Closed on Mondays
The Scoop on Maud Boutique…
Nestled in a California-style apartment building in Gifford Park, this boutique pays homage to vintage fashion from the doorstep entrance to the finishing touches of the window displays. Maud Boutique is a true hidden gem among Omaha’s fashion boutiques, channeling vintage clothing and antique accessories from the late 1800’s and early to mid 20th century. If you’ve never had the chance to try on a high-waist skirt or floral patterned silhouette dress, your curiosity can be satisfied when you visit Maud Boutique.
The owner, Lynn Mills, is dedicated to setting the mood for a genuine shopping experience for both the true vintage lovers and curious style seekers alike. The shop’s interior decor adds to the experience with jewelry displays on antique makeup tables and purses propped up on Victorian-style footstools. It’s almost like you get to experience what Lynn experienced when she stumbled upon her Grandmother Maud’s fashionable finds.
“I was inspired by the vintage clothes and accessories my grandmother wore,” Lynn said. “Playing in her closet was so fascinating for me.”
Since childhood, Lynn developed a genuine love and interest in vintage clothing; Maud Boutique is an extension of this life long passion. Besides her stylish grandmother, fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn and Audrey Tautou also inspired Lynn with their playfulness and classic vintage appeal. Personally, Lynn describes her style as a mix between classic and eclectic. What she loves most about this fashion era is the subtle expression of femininity, which showed up in the soft colors and form fitting dresses of the 1940’s and 1950’s.
So what’s so unique about this place?
What’s unique about this shop – aside from its intriguing decor – is that the owner focuses on supporting both local designers (including Omaha’s own Leah Casper of Casper Couture) and private label brands (So Charlotte, Lola Bea Jewelry, and Fella – to name a few). This way a customer is guaranteed an exclusive item when they shop at Maud Boutique. Some other awesome perks include the chance to shop for environmentally conscious clothing, tailoring, and one-on-one customer service. Whether it’s a handmade leather purse or a sexy vintage perfume bottle, a customer can definitely find something that fits her personal style at Maud Boutique!
“When you visit Maud, I want you to see your dream of the perfect outfit come to life,” Lynn said. “It’s seeing a woman’s face light up that makes me happy because she knows she has something unique when she leaves.”
Fashion advice from Lynn:
“Being comfortable in your skin is half the battle. It’s important not to be a slave to the trend. You don’t want to lose your sense of style trying to keep up with fashion trends especially if your not comfortable of it doesn’t fit your body type.”