Where To Shop When You're In Israel

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A sure way to press the refresh button on life...to get un-stuck, or un-blocked, is to get away and see things from a different point of view. The grass is not really greener on the the other side, but it certainly appears to be when viewed from afar. Actually, the grass is greener where you water it. And when you finally understand that, you can better see the green-ness in whatever lawn you are currently standing in.

If you've been following me on social media, you know that last week I was in Israel visiting my inspiring mom, who is bravely fighting an illness, and to spend time with my family.

And what I feared may have been an uncomfortable trip, ended up being one of my most clarifying.

 I personally had been feeling 'blocked', stuck on a few withering and broken blades of grass in my life. But getting away, watching my mother's courage and positivity, and the way people in Israel live with less materialism and more adversity, yet have these huge happy attitudes, allowed me to really appreciate the green lawn of my own life.

And as a fun distraction, I also embraced the opportunity to meet up with, and get inspired by some of my favorite Israeli Instagram friends in fashion, and shop their vividly curated collections, which was definitely a creative recharge for me.

What I love about Israeli fashion, and the people behind it, is that the fashion and style limits that we  impose on ourselves here in the USA are non-existent in the middle east, and creativity bursts free with an abundance of vibrant love, energy, and color.

I guess when you live in a such a complex and diverse country that is the paradox of our precious and holy past melding with our cutting edge future, a country that buzzes with the adrenaline of its continuous miraculous survival, then every minute of life is precious and to be celebrated and rejoiced over, with great color, art, food, and of course, fashion.
Lunch at Cafe Rimon, Mamilla Mall

Israelis know that only positive energy and joy are the antidote to fear, war, and terrorism. There's no time to waste on negativity. It's good vibes all around.

And so, to spread those good vibes, I'd like to introduce you to some of my top Israeli fashion friends. Next time you're in Israel, stop into these fun boutiques to feel some of that incredible energy, and tell them I say hi!

1. Flatter Boutique

Flatter is a one stop shop that has something for everyone. It's located in the Wolfson buildings, right in the heart of Rechavya in Jerusalem. When you walk into the boutique you are faced with a huge variety of styles and color. Whether you're looking for the perfect dress, basic pencils skirts and tops, or funky and unique pieces, you will find lots of pieces that suit your style.

This fun top is just one example of of Flatter's unique pieces.

This versatile dress from Flatter can be tied in many different ways.

 Flatter Boutique (02-940-0520) Diskin 9A, level 2, Jerusalem

2. Daniella Faye Ein Sof

When you enter this cozy boutique at the corner of Hillel St. and King George, you immediately feel the warmth from Daniella and her husband Dave, who custom make everything in the shop with love. You're embraced by not only loads of colorfully patterned hair accessories, dresses, and skirts, but also a family-like Israeli welcome. You may see Dave hand sewing the vibrant head wraps and beanies, while Daniella treats you like you're her best friend.

After just a few minutes with Daniella, she was already inviting me for Shabbos!  I felt like we were fast friends, and the bonus was I left with some really great pieces...plus that homey feeling that epitomizes that welcoming Israeli spirit.

Daniella Faye (052-386-4633Hillel 1, Jerusalem. (Ships worldwide)

3. Tashtari

After I left Daniella Faye, and was walking along King George Street, one store in particular stopped me in my tracks. The window was full of eye candy...amazing accessories and skirts in artful colors and patterns. And when I saw the sign that said 'wearable art',  I knew I had to explore all that was within.

I immediately fell in love with the Tashtari accessories and especially, the skirts. This amazing kaleidoscope skirt is just one design among many in their beautiful collection. Tashtari is also an official AdornA hat outlet.

Tashtari (02-625-3282) 25 King George, Israel. (Ships worldwide)

4. Mazal Hazut

Today's power suit is the dress that you can just throw on and look fabulous in, only way more comfortable and easy. Mazal Hazut makes these super slenderizing dresses in pretty solids and lovable patterns. And what sets these dresses apart from the others is that the fabric feels a bit more luxurious, the cut a bit more flattering, and the a-line design looks amazing in everyone.

Contact Mazal Hazut at 050-772-4848 (Ships worldwide.)

5. Hadyo Haute Couture

I first came upon Hadyo Haute Couture on Instagram about 6 months ago, and when I was spotted Hadyo's really unique styles, like this gem studded plastic skirt, I was really excited that someone was out there doing these out-of-the-box concepts in fashion. After all, fashion is supposed to be fun.

Since then, I've been in touch with Hadyo's designer, Hadass, and when I mentioned I was coming to Israel, we decided we must meet up. Over a lovely breakfast in the Mamilla Hotel we shared our stories, and I was extremely inspired by this young, cutting edge designer who is also studying to be a doctor. Although Hadyo's designs have been veering towards more classic and sellable styles, her pieces still have incredibly creative details and fun embellishments.

Hadyo Haute Couture 05-566-77279

I hope you enjoyed this review of some of my favorite Israeli fashion, and may we all keep counting our blessings every day, and seeing the green-ness in our own lawns.

Until next time,



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