Shopping on a budget can be hard in New York City with the plethora of designer shops tempting you to spend, but Buffalo Exchange—with five locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens—can help you save.

I love jewelry and have gotten several pieces from a wide range of sources—from  designer boutiques to independent artisans and everything in between.

This past week, I took a trip to the Upper East Side to Alexandre de Paris, the hair accessory store of famed French hairdresser Louis Alexandre Raimon. The store, which recently moved from Madison to Lexington Avenue, is the perfect place to find the finishing touches for any hairdo.

You can find a toy store anywhere, but there’s nowhere like New York’s FAO Schwarz. The flagship store is more than 150 years old and children and adults alike still line up around the block for a chance to shop inside. FAO is known for its selection of high-quality toys and life-size stuffed animals.

Last night, I took a trip to the Upper West Side to visit Palais des Thés, an intimate teashop teeming with 100 aromatic teas—from black and green varieties to oolongs and white teas. Once I entered the space, which is accented with mint green and pale blue hues, as well as large photographs of tea plantations and several canisters and boxes of tea displayed throughout, I was offered a cup of refreshing iced tea.


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