talking shop: 5 questions with mary firestone…

…Talking Shop is a new addition to the blog featuring mini interviews with boutique owners, buyers, designers, friends – all people who are tastemakers and will share the inside scoop on where they like to shop!

Entrepreneurial journalist, Mary Firestone, has all the answers when is comes to living the fabulous life! Creating and writing the lifestyle blog, Firestone Sisters (with Lucy who we featured last week!), Mary knows all the answers to where we should be eating, drinking, vacationing, and more. Together, Mary and Lucy have contributed to many magazines including Travel+Leisure, The Huffington Post, and my personal favorite, the coveted Louis Vuitton City Guide.  This week, we get the inside scoop on where Mary is shopping…


the beautiful mary firestone


Tell us your favorite boutique in Los Angeles…

mary: Vivier+Bentley in Silverlake is an amazing combination of handbags and jewelry. I was just in and bought a ton of bracelets to stack for Spring! I also love American Rag and Post 26 in Brentwood. They have the perfect assortment of designers I love.




american rag on la brea


post 26 in the brentwood country mart


Outside of Los Angeles, what is your favorite city to shop and what boutique do you frequent?

mary: London is one of my favorite cities to shop! I frequent a few boutiques in Notting Hill - The Jacksons has great shoes along with amazing dresses and jewelry. Emma Hope is another favorite for footwear. And then I also love Maje for great feminine pieces that make a statement.


the jacksons - owned by twin sisters


emma hope in notting hill


a maje look from the s/s12


For amazing vintage pieces, what are your go to shops?

mary: My favorites are Decades in West Hollywood and Curate Couture in Brentwood. I have found amazing pieces at both!


decades in west hollywood


vintage at curate couture


After a long day of shopping, where do you like to grab a bite?

mary: Well, it depends where I am! If I’m in New York, I love Joseph Leonard in the West Village. In LA, I love Little Dom’s in Silverake and either the Chateau Marmont or Comme Ca (after Decades!) in West Hollywood. I am also a huge fan of Villetta in Brentwood – sooo good!


joseph leonard on waverly


grab a bite at little dom's


cocktailing on the patio at the chateau


villetta...southern italian cousine


You have traveled around the world to so many amazing places – tell us your favorite destination and hotel…

mary: Hotel Raya on Panarea (which is a small island off the Sicilian coast)! The owner has an amazing boutique with chic batik cover ups, dresses, and amazing straw Panama hats!




the boutique at hotel raya


For in the know travel details, amazing getaways, delicious spots for dinner and so much more, follow Mary and Lucy, on their exciting adventures at!


xx…btq girl

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