I’m a big fan of shopping local. Luckily for all of y’all who aren’t in Houston, the boutique I’m spotlighting on L. Avenue today is also sold online. Win, win, right?! I remember the first time I stepped into Laboratoria. This boutique reminded me Colette, one of my favorite places to shop in Paris. I was greeted by owner, Tatiana Massey, a 5’10” Russian beauty. “I’ll have what she’s having,” is what I was thinking. Tatiana is effortlessly chic and to no surprise her boutique’s curated collection reflects her own impeccable style. Tatiana has an insanely good eye for fashion and I love the fact that the labels she carries aren’t going to be at every department store in town. What you’ll find at Laboratoria are pieces that are hand selected by Massey herself, with influences from Russia, Paris, and London and New York. I’ve twirled in front of Laboratoria’s oversized antique mirror for special occasion pieces, and just recently found the Emila Wickstead Easter-spring luncheon-summer wedding dress, which I’m featuring today.
It’s not all statement, special occasion dresses at Laboratoria. Tatiana carries some of my favorite casual ready-to-wear lines, as well. For summer I’m eyeing Sea and MSGM for more casual pieces. Every closet needs a go-to white dress and this gem by MSGM is at the top of my wish list. Sea’s newest collection is denim done right; this embroidered dress and these lace up denim shorts for starters.
shop my favorites from Laboratoria here
p.s. If you’re in Houston, you must add Laboratoria to your boutique list (it’s in River Oaks close to Kirby and Westheimer) + 20% off if you mention L. Avenue.
photography by Traci Ling