Hanger Alley founder Nichole Daley relishes her role as a female fashion Robin Hood, liberating the latest women’s apparel from Los Angeles and New York and bringing it to new homes in closets and wardrobes throughout Baltimore. Her sartorial savvy has been highlighted in bmore and Style magazine, which praises Hanger Alley’s affordable, versatile selection. Most pieces pair flowing, bohemian silhouettes with feminine flourishes such as bows, ruffles, and epaulettes made of live bluebirds. The shop also stocks clutches and delicate jewelry, as well as bath and body essentials.
Color pops inside of La Exotique Beauty & Fashion. It’s seen not only in the jewel-toned cocktail dresses that hang from racks, but also in the lipsticks, blushes, and eye shadows that line the beauty counter. These beauty products do more than present a colorful palette, however. They’re hypoallergenic and made from natural fruit extracts, which are gentler on the skin. Earth’s bounty also goes into La Exotique’s line of skincare products—including botanical facial cleansers, mango hydrating cream, and mineral mud masks.
Makeup and lingerie may seem like an odd pairing, but they get cheek-to-cheek at Aboni Cosmetics. Babydoll-style chemises and red polka-dotted bustiers appear alongside comfy pajamas emblazoned with kiss marks. To go along with these sassy looks, makeup artists enhance features with glittery eye shadows and flawless-finish mineral foundations.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
The staff at Flawless Serenity are merely enhancers of natural beauty. They wax off unwanted hair from brows and upper lips and clear out clogged pores during facials. Clean canvases pop with professional makeup applications for daytime, weddings, and proms. And refreshed visages are completed with lash- and brow-tinting services. To make sure clients feel confident, Flawless Serenity also provides an FAQ page with helpful answers to questions such as "What products do you use?" and "What makes clouds stay up?"