Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Shop the Season: Mushmina & Soapology

There are two vendors I can't resist visiting every time I'm in the park and they're both new additions to The Holiday Shops this year.

Mushmina is a boutique created by two sisters, Heather and Katie O'Neill, that grew roots during their Peace Corps experiences in Morocco. Working with nine different regional artisan groups, the sisters create unique and exotic handbags, clutches, jewelry, and clothing items.

The business helps create jobs for men and women in rural areas of Morocco and showcases their culture and talents to US customers. My favorite items include the etched brass and silver bracelets, signature Mushmina Hobo bags, and delicately hand-embroidered tunic-like tees:

I had the pleasure of chatting with Heather (pictured above) who resides in Morocco, but is calling NYC home for the duration of the Bryant Park market.

If you can pry yourself away from the gorgeous goods at Mushmina, head north past the fountain and you'll hit Soapology. The shop is a haven for heavenly scents. I already own three of their soy wax candles (yes, three, don't judge), which I love because when the wax melts it does double duty as a body oil.

I also have one of their oil diffusers, which keeps my apartment smelling lovely, but I can't wait to try a Room Perfume.

Can we start a tradition of giving New Year's gifts? Because I'd love to receive one of their body scrub gifts sets that come with a dainty gold spoon for scooping, a nice chunk of hand cut soap, Waterlily and Jasmine Buttercream lotion, and a vintage inspired cast iron soap dish.

Oh, and maybe another candle.

Booth C05 on the Fountain Terrace (map)

Booth D09 on the Fountain Terrace (map)

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park 
Open through January 2, 2011
Official hours*
Monday – Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

*Look for special extended hours during the holidays.

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