Happy New Year!! I know I’m a bit late to the game….. better late than never tho?

So I am home, freezing my ass off and terrified to drive on the winter roads. Like absolutely terrified. I have the worst luck with other cars or objects crashing into me. What is up with that? Maybe another topic for another time, but I have been the VICTIM of car accidents like 5 times.

So last week I published a post all bout the amazing food I had in Medellin. But other than eating, coffee, going to fancy movie theatres… what did I do in the City of Eternal Spring? Well, I shopped. A LOT. When I first came to Medellin and saw the little boutiques lined up in Provenza my first thought was “MADE IN CHINA”….. I’m such an ignorant little twat. I couldn’t have been more wrong!

Colombians are damn talented, they are savvy, and they can put out some gorgeous items for most tastes. Needless to say, my suitcase was packed full. Shopping in Medellin is fun and super affordable!

If you are headed to Medellin these are the boutiques you GOTTA check out.

Ocho 43 – I fell in love with Ocho 43 as soon as I walked in. It felt like a cool boutique that should be on Melrose. It was bright and beautiful, with staff who through the language barrier, really wanted me to walk out with something I loved. I loved this store so much I went back 3x. Like a psycho. I think they started to get worried. Who is this white girl, why is she looking at the same stuff she looked at yesterday?

Ocho 43 carries different Colombian designers. You are sure to find something here. I fell in love with the swim wear and lingerie options. There’s also jewellery, home goods, paper goods, shoes, chocolate! THE LIST GOES ON. Seriously if you want to bring back a sweet something straight from Colombia. GO HERE.

Melate –  Yum Yum! Ethically sourced Colombian chocolate. You gotta try it to believe it. Luckily it’s sold in many boutiques (Ocho 43) but they also have a shop of their own near Parque Lleras. You can sit back with a truffle and hot chocolate and people watch.Mio Coral – Medellin has a ton of swim wear brands. I mean the women have gorgeous bodies and aren’t afraid to show them, so why not! I had a really hard time deciding where to get a suit because the options were endless. Then I found Mio Coral and I set my heart on a gorgeous burgundy fringe one piece with a low back. SEX.

Mio Coral can be found at Ocho 43 or at their boutique in Bogata.

Makua – Tucked away in a little house-like building on Provenza you will find Makua. Quite possibly the most beautiful jewellery I’ve seen. The designer Paulina is a local who has created a brand that is not only stunning but focuses on sustainable fashion. Inside the showroom, you will see Lucy an indigenous woman who works hard at creating these gorgeous pieces. Employing local women from the surrounding tribes makes Makua even more special and as a buyer, you are contributing to the supporting local business. Makua, Paulina, and Lucy stole my heart. The handmade pieces are super affordable and most sit around $50. You can also find Makua around South America, North America, and a few places in Europe. Needless to say, Makua is going places. check them out

Needless to say, Makua is going places. check them out online!

Home Poetry  – I came across the cutesy Home Poetry line over Instagram. Specialising in handmade ceramic designs these are the perfect mix of cute and chic. Home Poetry aims to “bring warmth to spaces, creating unique experiences with objects that tell stories”. I especially looooove the ring towers. Genius. Check them out on Instagram for delivered across Medellin or their storefront/workshop in Barrio Manila. Casa del Arabol Colectivo is a design collective of 8 local Medellin designers. So cool and definitely worth checking out.

Home Poetry Colombia

Parchita – Bags and shoes. Bags and shoes. Two things I never feel bad about shopping for. Parchita makes the funkiest bags that are super unique and sure to turn heads. The brand is 100% Colombian and passionate about creating bags that are unique, comfortable, and well made. Take a look online or find them in many boutiques throughout Medellin.

Pura – A perfectly curated Instagram feed just does it for me. That’s how I found Pura. The clothes are gorgeous and all made/designed in Medellin. Simple but interesting these pieces are truly unique and a great buy.The light and loose fitting clothes really saved me in Medellin heat, but what I loved most was that I still looked chic. No tank top and jean shorts here. 😉 “Pura is where style meets basic”.

Well wasn’t that fun? To celebrate I am doing a chic-y Paisa style giveaway. A few local brands and designers collaborated with me and we are bringing a truly Chic Colombian Style Giveaway! We got coffee, we got chocolate, a cute plant holder, a Pura scarf, and more ++

Open internationally! To enter just make sure to follow The Tongue In Chic and follow Home Poetry. Co on Instagram * I will be checking like a psycho! Then comment on my latest Instagram photo with what city you wish you could be shopping in and tag a friend! THAT’S IT!! I like to keep life simple.

Good luck! Winner announced/contacted via Instagram on January 7th!