At the height of the dot-com boom, I used to work for an online communications agency based in Notting Hill. It was a fantastic neighborhood – still is! – and I used to look forward to my walks to and from the Tube station, passing some fantastic shops, restaurants and pubs along the way.
One of my favorite spots was Space NK. I bought my first NARS lipstick there. It was a place way beyond my budget, but an oasis. I haven’t been back into a Space NK for 10 years. This weekend, we took a trip to the Marin Country Mart, a super-chic outdoor shopping area in the same vein as the Malibu Country Mart.
And what in my wondering eyes did appear but a Space NK, stateside!
The minute I walked in, I was met with this fresh smell of candles and clean laundry – it was literally the same smell of the Space NK in London. It was magical. Everything was still beyond my budget, but very fun to browse. Even more magical was the presence of Space NK founder Nicky Kinnaird (Ms. NK herself), in store giving makeovers.
When I left the shop, I felt at least 10 years younger.