Deal Alert: Sample Sale in Fort Point

This Saturday afternoon, March 20th 12pm to 4pm at a Fort Point venue called THE LOFT (319 A St., 3rd floor),  Boston boutique owners are gathering to unload items at excellent prices.

Boutiques include some of Boston’s best: Stil, Habit, Portobello Road, Velvet Fly, Flock, and French Dressing. Other vendors, such as Bryce Sin Care (organic and paraben-free), ICU-In Paris (gorgeous, on-trend jewelry) and Fabricadabra (a-mazing ikat pillows – I have three) will also be offering up their wares.

The only catch? It’ll cost you: $15 in advance, $20 at door. But ticket price includes 2 specialty cocktails and a gift bag. Click here to buy tix.

Shopping Trip: Portobello Road

No, I didn’t pop off to London. I wish. But I did make it to Chestnut Hill and finally (finally!) checked out the Portobello Road boutique. It’s owned by two local women with wanderlust and exquisite taste, Marina Kalb and Kristina Lyons. It’s their private version of Anthropologie. It works.

They hit the trends nicely – Union Jack, succulents, gnarled wood bench, and other on-point picks all made a showing. They even have fresh flowers in inventive arrangements. In addition to home goods (LOVE the John Robshaw bedding), there’s fine art, clothing, jewelry, paper goods, and goodies for kids.

Portobello Road, 47 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617.264.2020