Shopping at your Local Boutiques

Trendy local boutique

Shopping at your Local Boutiques

Even though I professed the love of online shopping just earlier this week, I’m also a huge fan of the local boutiques for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons is the fact that you are supporting the small businesses in your community. As a former owner of a small business with my dental practice in the past, I realize and appreciate how important local businesses are to our neighborhoods!

So with that introduction, I’d like to you meet Jen & Nancy, the owners of Trendz Boutique in Littleton, Colorado.

Local Boutique at Trendz


There’s a funny story about this particular store. My mom (the 70+ model) actually found it first, and told me about it. She said it was not for women her age, but that I might like it! In retrospect, I realize, that many of us get an impression like this when we visit certain stores. But maybe instead of leaving right away, you should look around. Because I bet there are many items that still would work for any of us no matter our age, sex or size!! In fact, my mom probably goes to this boutique more than I do now, because she’s found some fabulous pieces there!

That was over 5 years ago. And all 3 of us have featured many products from this boutique on the blog. You can check out both Nancy’s & my winter coat, mom’s purse and this purple top among many others!

And there’s a video at the bottom of this post, describing our fabulous outfits we wore this evening!! If you don’t mind Rob’s thumb half way through the video…ha ha…you’ll love it!!


I have to brag on the customer service at Trendz. I realize this may not be the case with all of the local boutiques that you visit; however, both Nancy & Jen make your visit to Trendz so memorable and fun! This too, is a definite advantage over online shopping. Especially if you visit often, it can become a “Cheers” like atmosphere!!

I know when I first started visiting local boutiques, I had the impression that they would be expensive. And it’s true that some of them are. However, there are many that I’ve been in, where most items are under $100. Trendz Boutique is one of these stores! Most, if not all of their items are under $100. There is even a sale rack for the thrift minded women!!

Mod Loops

Local boutiques helping entrepeneurs

This is Vicki, the founder of Mod Loops! She loved the lace extender camisoles that Trendz always sells, but also realized that there are times you want the lace at a different length. So she came up with her own product called Mod Loops!! They are basically a loop of stretchable lace that you can wear at your waist, hip, or even the cleavage area!!

Mod Loopz at Trendz & other local boutiques

The Women

We were blessed to be joined by friends, and new faces galore! The new faces we will now be able to call friends. This is the best part about local shops!!

Local Boutiques in Littleton

Local Boutiques, Trendz

Trendz Summer Style at local boutiques



Trendz in Littleton for local boutiques love

local boutiques summer styling

20 Outfits in 20 Minutes

And the gallery below shows many of the Spruce up your Summer Style Show, that Nancy & Jen put together!! It was timed to make sure it didn’t go over the 20 minutes and it was a fabulous time!!

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Littleton, Colorado

Local Boutique

So if you were not able to make our Spruce up your Summer Style Evening and live around Denver, I hope you’ll stop in and check out Trendz Boutique. And make sure to tell them that Jodie, Nancy & Charlotte from Jodie’s Touch of Style said hi!!



What’s your thoughts about boutiques? Do you have a favorite that I need to go visit??

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  • This inspires me to visit more of my local boutiques. It is fun to find things not everyone has and they tend to have a warmer atmosphere. Each of you look great, but I am so Loving Charlotte’s relaxed and modern look. Fabulous video, too!

    Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday, Jodie!

    Jennie – A Pocketful of Polka Dots

    • Thanks Jenni!!
      I really do love the local boutiques—when the people are nice. I’ve certainly been in some that you are made to feel inferior—isn’t that silly??

  • Fantastic video! Lovely to see the three of you talk through your outfits. I do a lot of my shopping online but I do love going to boutiques because you find unusual pieces and it’s nice to get to know the owners.

    Emma xxx

    • Thanks Emma!! There are definitely more unique pieces at some boutiques—and it’s fun to have a personal relationship with the people in our community!!

  • Helen

    I love finding smaller shops with their own labels. It’s far more rewarding than mass produced clothes! #ABloggingGoodTime

  • Oh my, that lady standing next to you in the white with the kimino … LOVE! I need that in my life for my holiday next week. #teamlovinlife

    • That’s one of the owners of the store, Leanne, and isn’t her outfit great?? I bought a long duster that night too—they are so versatile!!

  • What a fun day! Online shopping is convenient but I try to shop local businesses as much as I can. Loved your video and seeing you three in action!

    Doused In Pink

    • Thanks Jill!!
      I admit that I like any kind of shopping, but local is better for our community!!

  • Christina Amore

    This is great! Supporting local business is so important. I live in a small town that is centered around a village full of local merchants. Their survival is vital to all our well being!

    • It’s true Christina–it really affects us all!!

  • Mummabstylish Mummabstylish

    Lovely video, so nice to see you and your mums in ‘real’ life. xx

    • Thanks Jacqui!! It’s funny how our voices add so much!! I bet you have the best English accent ever??

  • I agree with this. While I do like to shop online for convenience, it is also important to support local boutiques!

    Jessica |

    • I think there can be a great balance, Jessica!!

  • How fun! I do my best to support local boutiques, but it’s frustrating when I can’t fit most of the straight size clothing. So when plus size boutiques open, I go out of my way to support their business and spread the word. When there are so few of them, it’s important to support those that do exist. And I think that’s true for all small town businesses. They’re what give a place its local flavor and culture. I love that you shared Trendz Boutique on your blog to give them even more exposure and share a bit of your local scene!


    • You are exactly right Liz!! And I understand how hard it is for a small business to have every size of clothing…so it’s nice to have varieties around!! Like the one you showcased today on your blog!! How perfect!!

  • Thanks for giving us a peek into your locals…I’m with you on supporting local business. #TeamLovinLife

    • I’m so glad to hear that you support them also, Jo!!

  • Awww what a fun day! Love that boutique and that grapefruit purse is just the cutest!

    • It really was—but then again with shopping, friends and a little wine—what’s not to love??
      Thanks Ruth!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Such a fun day with a great bunch of fashionable women. Love the Mod Loops and fact that they can be worn anywhere including the bust.

    • Thanks Tracey!! Funny you say that about the Mod Loops, because I’m wearing one of them today. It’s a top that tends to gape open, but it’s way too hot for a cami—so I’m trying it out!! And I love it—why didn’t I think of that??

  • Amy D. Christensen

    What fun and what a cute little shop! That is something I need to do more of, check out local boutiques! Like you said it is a way to support local business and have fun shopping new places. Thanks for sharing, Jodie! – Amy

    • I think knowing that they aren’t all way too expensive is helpful!! And it never costs anything to just look!! that you’re blogging, it could be good to make these connections (that’s what I’m telling myself–ha ha)

  • The dutch are really good at little stylish boutiques. I really enjoyed exploring them when I first moved here. I must do it more. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

    • That’s nice to hear that they are still around in other countries!! It really makes shopping so enjoyable when people are nice and helpful!!

  • Looks like you ladies had so much fun! I love the lace extender, what a great idea!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • We had a blast, Brooke!! The lace extender is such a great idea–in fact, I’m wearing one today IRL under a shirt so I didn’t have to wear a full cami!!

  • Jodie, you certainly did a nice job of highlighting this business. Sounds very nice! I do more shopping on-line because of convenience, but small businnes is important to support.

    thanks for linking
    jess xx

    • It’s such a nice shop, and the people make it so wonderful!! But I hear you about the online shopping. I love both!!

  • I also do a lot of online shopping, but local boutiques with unique items are truly a treasure! Plus, I also love supporting small, local businesses.

    Trendz sounds like a wonderful place!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • It really is the people that make them so special, I think, Andrea!!
      I feel like I enjoy shopping both ways—depends on what I need/want!!

  • I love shopping at local boutiques and supporting our local businesses. It looks like you had a ball visiting the shops in your area 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • It makes you feel so good to think it’s helping our community, right, Lyndall??

  • Michelle Leslie

    It looks like so much fun. I love that watermelon handbag, such a great idea.

    • Isn’t that bag so fun, Michelle?? I think my mom was having trouble deciding between the watermelon one or the lemon one!! LOL

  • Christina Makri

    It is so nice to shop with friends… I call this “shopping therapy” 🙂

    • I love that term Christina!! It is therapy, exactly!!

  • writeofthemiddle

    Your video was such fun to watch Jodie! It’s so nice to see you all speak and move and come to life! lol You all look gorgeous! Love all the outfits but particularly fond of yours. Also love those necklaces! Tassles are really big over here – love the medallion aspect of them too! I am fond of online shopping too but do love local boutiques. I love to support local businesses but also you always can manage to find something really special at local boutiques! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • You sound like me, Min—all shopping is fun and exciting whether it be online or local!!
      It’s funny because when I talk to the owners of this boutique, their big push is the people more than the products!! They love making new friends. And isn’t that refreshing??

  • Jill Clark

    This looked like a fun activity. Beautiful outfits that really fit your personalities. I love the inspiration I get from your blog. I have been having so much fun this summer wearing my cute graphic t shirts that I haven’t worn forever because they felt so casual. Some fun bottoms and cute accessories and I feel dressed up!! I have a new question for you have you done a series on polo shirts or “golf” shirts as my mom used to call them. At the school where I teach we can wear polos Fridays with jeans or our school tees. I have collected a few polos over the years but find them an uninspiring clothing item but I’m sure there are ways to spice them up. Any thoughts?

    • Thanks so much Jill—and I’m so glad that your graphic shirts are getting more love lately!!
      And I haven’t done a polo shirt post yet!! I will add it to the queue—but for some reason, the queue is really long right now. So don’t be surprised if it’s the middle of fall before you see it!!
      Thanks so much for the ideas!! It’s absolutely so fun to hear what other women want to style!!

      • Jill Clark

        Sounds great
        I’m not surprised that you are busy with suggestions. I think we have figured out that you are our go to gal for inspiration! Thanks for working overtime for us!

  • I’m plus-sized so it’s a bit harder to shop locally as not a lot of places have larger stuff in my style. I live in a town popular with retirees and my 40-something fashion is a bit different to most, but having said that, there are a couple of stores which have plus size clothes. I do try to buy locally when possible however! #teamlovinlife

    • It is hard when we aren’t the “average” size that the shops carry!! I know none of the local shops I visit carry petites, so I have to either be creative or alter most things!! Either that or I just check out the jewelry and accessories! Luckily they always fit!!
      Thanks Deb!!

  • I am all over this the next time I’m in Littleton! Excellent post Jodie and what lovely ladies with happy, smiling faces! Just Fabulous.

    • Make sure you call me before you go, Melissa!! I’ll come with you and it’ll be a blast!!!

  • How fun! Love your photos, ladies! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • It’s so great you were able to cultivate a relationship with the owners of the store and now have a place to shop where everybody knows your name! I feel like so many of my favorite local shops don’t make it, or are just way too expensive.

    • It is sad when shops don’t succeed, Lydia!! I think that most in my area are somewhat reasonable in their prices only because they wouldn’t do well otherwise!! But I’ve been in many where I don’t love the service or prices!! But, it’s no different than the chain stores, too, I guess!!

  • I love shopping local boutiques when I can, I have some lovely pieces and the people are always so kind. You all look like you had so much fun, and I loved your outfit overviews as well.


    • Thanks Mary!! It can be so fun when the people are fun!!

  • Lesley Watson

    What a fun evening! You’re right I do feel intimidated with boutiques and often pass them by. HOWEVER Nancy & Jen are just the best. They seem like old friends and were wonderful to visit with. I will travel to shop at their place again. They have accessories that I’ve never seen anywhere else and I’ve already worn both of the necklaces I got that night. I have to talk to Ron about my picture however. I look like I’m ready to fall off that stool . Laughing at myself. It was fun to visit with him too. Thanks for another fun event.

    • I don’t think I really started shopping in boutiques until about 8 years ago when we were travelling more! It was then that I realized they could be so fun and unique! And there are some that the women really looked down on us as we shopped! But, like we always say, people are people, right??
      As for the photo—I was so sad this was the only one we had with you in it!! Why didn’t we think to take some at the end (I think my photographer was quite tired by them..ha ha)! And your shoes—we should’ve gotten some photos of those magnificent shoes, Lesley!! But next time!!!
      You are such a dear for trekking all the way out there!! We need to meet up on your side of town next time!! Seriously….

  • What a fun post! I agree with Amy below. Looks like you all are having so much fun. I love supporting local boutiques. You always get to know the coolest women.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • We did have a great time, and the people really make such a difference.
      Who hasn’t been in the stores, when they don’t even say hi?? This boutique is definitely not like that!!

  • You gals look like you’re having so much fun! I only shop at local boutiques when traveling, I like the unique pieces I find. I really love the outfits you and your mother have on. The jeans and jacket your mom are wearing look fabulous on her!

    • I think that’s the best practice, Amy!! The local stores need our support, and there are different items to purchase!!
      My mom will be so pleased that you liked her outfit–I made sure to forward this comment to her–so thanks tons!!
      FYI–I don’t know if anyone else has this issue, but it takes forever to load your site on my computer –it must be something on my end, because I just checked it on my phone, and it was fine! I’ll have to ask my husband what causes that??

      • Hmm, that’s odd. I wonder if it is your computer, no one else has ever mentioned it being a problem before. I know I’ve stopped visiting other people’s websites because my computer wasn’t compatible with their website. I don’t know why that happens. I could try switching the template, but I like it so much, I’d hate to do that. It takes seconds to load on my computer. No problems whatsoever.

        • I wonder if it’s my spyware?? Because there were no issues when I tried it on my phone!! I’ll just have to remember to always check your site on my phone!! 🙂

  • Jodie, I love this post so much! What an amazing boutique. And you all look so lovely! I have a few local boutiques here in Watertown on my list of “posts to write for #SpreadTheKindness link ups”. Now I need to get cracking and start visiting and photographing these shops!


    • That’s such a great idea, Shelbee!! Because they all need some great love and support!!

  • I love shopping at boutiques and some vintage shops. You never know what wonder you could pick up 🙂 I hope your having a great week ladies x

  • Mahi Chaurasia

    happy 4th you all.

  • The slide show was awesome. You all look so great … Charlotte was looking especially chic and ageless. Unique boutiques are wonderful and Trendz will be on my list as a place to visit if I’m ever in your area. Thank you for sharing this fabulous find.


    • Thanks Rena!! I was so psyched when the owners picked out these culottes for my mom—I think they are perfect for her!!
      And when you come visit, we’ll not only have to go to Trendz, but also some great consignment places!!

  • Oh I love you three even more now😘😘😘😘such a lovely video! And I noticed that yellow bag immediatly! Fabulous!

    • Thanks so much Nancy!! It’s always fun to hear people’s voices after you’ve been reading their words!!

  • What a fun video for the Fourth of July! I almost missed your husband’s thumb — it looked like a transition spot to bring in the Boutique owner. You, Nancy and Charlotte seem more at ease with every subsequent video, great job.

    • Thanks Jean!!
      I only pointed out Rob’s thumb because he felt silly about it!! One of these days, I’ll figure out how to edit it out??

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Great shop! We have two local boutiques called Jules and Boho and they are fabulous! Happy Fourth of July to you all! Enjoy spectacular day!

    • Isn’t it so fun to visit these shops, Andrea?? I wish there were more in our immediate area!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    This looks like a nice little shop with a great selection aimed at Boulder County.

    • It’s such a great local place, Nicole!!

  • Helen Greenwell

    Talk about a fun shopping experience! I love seeing you all enjoy yourselves so much. I’m obsessed with your mom’s watermelon bag. How adorable!!!

    • Isn’t that bag just perfect, Helen??
      And who doesn’t love shopping with friends?? Thanks!! XOXO

  • Kris Ronchetti

    What a great video! Love the unique looks of each of your ladies. The boutique has some really nice clothes/accessories . My sister lives in Denver and will tell her about this gem. This gem of boutiques are the best place to shop. Thank you so much Jodie for this video!!

    • Thanks Kris!!
      I bet your sister would love this shop—I really think they do such a great job of having fun items for anyone!!

  • I love all your casual looks. We have so many great hidden boutiques near me too and they are some of my favorites. Always love shopping local too!

  • I love this! What a great place! I came across a fabulous artisan skirt maker in my area this past Christmas and I think I kept her in business for the season! They’re like pieces of art for your body! I love to see local places like this supported, especially as we sadly see so many having to close their doors!

    • That’s exactly how I think of it too—we are helping keeping them in business (not that I’m feeding my shopping addiction–ha ha)!!
      But truly—it would be so sad to not have any of these local stores, so we just need to spread the word!!

  • Rebecca Saffer

    What a fun boutique. If only I lived closer!! I used to love shopping at the unique boutiques that were such a big part of the NYC shopping scene in the late 60’s & 70’s. Unfortunately, most of them are gone and shopping is now chain stores or department stores. The individuality and interest has been replaced with mass produced sameness which I think is a result of extremely high rents here.
    I loved the video and you three are terrific models for the boutique!

    • I totally know what you mean about losing the local stores, Rebecca!! That was one of the reasons we loved visiting NYC—the family owned restaurants!! But even that has dwindled somewhat we noticed the last time we were there!
      You’ll just have to come out west one of these days!! Then we’ll go shopping!!!
      Thanks Rebecca!!

  • What a great boutique! Loved the video of you ladies. Really love the versatility of your outfit Jodie!
    http://style for less

    • Thanks Darlene!! The owners really have this place decorated so perfectly!! And they serve wine—what’s not to love??

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    I love when I find a cute little boutique! I end up shopping at my local Chico outlet which just has the best customer service and that hometown feel. Happy Independence Day!

    • Happy 4th to you too, Terri!! And you make a good point…sometimes even the chain stores can have the best customer service!! We always say that the people make all of the difference!! Because then it becomes your own little boutique!!
      Chicos has been such a huge supporter of our Fierce 50 group—for our LA weekend, they donated some great items—you’ll see them soon!!

  • Laura

    I’d love to become more familiar with some of the local boutiques in my area. There are so many fun pieces to be found at places like this and they are so unique which makes it even better!

    • I think the part about finding unique finds, make them even more rewarding!!
      You should see if there is a small boutique in your area, and have an event there, Laura!! I can’t tell you how much fun this was for all of us, and hopefully it’ll help out the boutique too!!
      ps…are you back in town??? I can’t wait to hear about your trip!!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Describing Trendz Boutique as a little like the “Cheers” of shopping seems so appropriate! It looks like the owners did an entertaining and informative presentation of the clothing and accessories they have to offer. It looks like they may also have items created by Denver area artisans and designers?
    You three look really cute in your outfits. I love your skirt Jodie. The roll top waist band reminds me of some Yoga pant styling but seems even more fun and smart in a skirt. I bet it would be extra comfortable at any event offering tempting foods as well! The light weight cardigan tied at your teeny waist is really attractive.
    The colors in Nancy’s outfit are really attractive and her skirt is also a winner! It appears to have the pattern mixing built right in!
    I hope Charlotte purchased that watermelon wedge purse! Her outfit is terrific and I see that she’s becoming more comfy with pattern mixing as well. That floaty, striped top is so cute and I LOVE her agate(?) necklace!

    • Of course, describing it like “Cheers” is really aging me, huh, Jude?? LOL!! But it really is how it feels!! We actually visit many boutiques, and there are a couple that we’ve gotten to know the people and feel at home there! Of course there are those that aren’t that way, too….
      I actually wore this skirt on the plane to LA for the weekend, and it’s one of those that travels so well!! It’s the spandex, I think. I have a feeling I’m addicted to spandex and yet I was just reading in the WSJ that all cotton jeans are making a comeback. Well, we’ll see about that!!
      My mom did bring home that purse—she thought it was the cutest thing ever!! And I love that you noticed the print mixing. It’s because Jen & Nancy (the owners) suggested it!! But she is getting more used to the idea!!

  • This post really makes me wish I lived closer to Denver! What a great business! Loved your slideshow and video. You’re a natural on camera, Jodie!


    • The owners of Trendz really do a great job of trying to be part of the community!! That’s their whole focus and it really shows!! The funny thing, is most of their customers have become friends!! It’s so fabulous!!
      Thanks LIndsey!!

  • Vicki’s Mod Loops are so clever! The same concept as my “skirts” I fashioned out of tight tees, but much nicer!
    I can’t believe (still) that you did all this the night before flying out to LA. How did you manage to look so relaxed? xxox

    • Ahhh…you’re right Anne!! The mod loops are the same idea!! I’ve been in this store many times, but never took the effort to check them out—but they are so cool (I bought 2!!) Of course you could probably make them, but Nancy said she’d also ship them to people!!
      Did I look relaxed?? It was probably the wine we were drinking…ha ha!! Besides we were already packed and pretty much ready to go to LA!!

  • Janice Harper Jones

    Enjoyed the post very much! As i will be traveling to Denver next week to see y niece and her family, I may have to stop in and check Tretnz out, if tie permits!

    • Thanks Janice!! You should totally stop by the store!! If you do find the time, we could even meet up—I only live 5 minutes away !! Feel free to text/call me 303-419-3375!

  • Wonderful post Jodie! Love the video! You all look beautiful and describe the outfits in detail. I am a big supporter of local businesses and as you know, my daughter owns an eco boutique in Seattle. I hope you have a chance to visit someday. It’s feels good to shop ethically and know we are voting with our dollars. If I’m ever in Denver I’d love to stop by in this lovely shop, and I’ll tell them “Jodie sent me!”


    • I was so bummed we didn’t make it to Drizzle & Shine when we were there in February. But we’ll be back out in October—for a blogger meetup!! Maybe you’d like to join us and introduce us to the store, Carmen??

      • Oh how I wish I could join you for the blogger meetup in October, but we are going to NYC in August. I can’t take time off work in October. 🙁 Jean will be happy to meet you all. XOXO

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Jodie this post is great. I is important for litte local business to shop there.
    I love your mums bag 😉

    • Isn’t that purse just fabulous, Tina?? It does remind me of a couple that you have!!!!
      Thanks !!

      • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

        oh yes Jodie :))
        Happy 4th for you

  • donnanance

    Wow, that looks like so much fun! It’s great to support local businesses when possible. Thanks for sharing your event…xoxo

    • It was fun Donna!! I loved that Jen & Nancy took the time to show us different outfits with their pieces in their store!! As much as I love shopping and putting together outfits, I think it’s invaluable to have another pair of eyes & brain for a whole different perspective!!

  • Great post Jodie! I have a little boutique here where I live called Mountain Monkey Business. It has beautiful clothes and accessories and is my favorite shop in town. Happy 4th!

    • Thanks Cheryl!! It was so cool how one of the women that is a regular at Trendz actually knew Nancy (the 60+ model) through some other friends!! Talk about a small world!! That’s the fun thing about local stores, I think!
      And what a great name of the boutique in your area—I’d go there just for the name!!

  • Cathy Lawdanski

    Great video! Love Nancy’s whole outfit, especially that necklace. And your mom in her denim culottes! And her slides. And her whole outfit. Super cute. Yes – local boutiques are nice sometimes. I feel like I am in a rut. I call this the summer of Talbots & bad hair ( I am growing it out for a new style, so right now it’s a mess)! Great post!

    • Thanks Cathy!!
      I just want to point out that my mom’s slides are actually mine! When we were trying the items on the day before, I had been wearing them, and thought they went perfect with her outfit!! It’s nice to be able to share clothes at times!!
      I know that feeling of being in a rut—it really takes thought to try other items and styles!! I know having a friend to help is always a plus!!
      We totally need to get together and hang out!! I’d help you with your shopping, and you could help me with my blogging!!

  • Lovely post and I really enjoyed your video. Looks like you had a great time at the event.

    Gemma x

    • Thanks Gemma!! It’s always fun to hang around other women and shop, right??