The Dress from Muse Boutique in Merchant’s Walk that Made My Husband Say “Where are you going?!?!”

As a work at home mom, my fashion choices lately have been horrible. Unless I have a meeting to attend, jogging suits, leggings and yoga pants are my go tos. I don’t mind if they get dirty and the elastic band waistlines are very forgiving. But this month I had the chance to shop at Muse Boutique in Merchant’s Walk with a group of fellow Atlanta mom bloggers. The dress I bought there made my husband say, “Where are you going dressed like that?” He liked it. A lot.

The Dress from Muse Boutique that made my husband say "Where are you going?! DiscoverMW ~

At first, the thought of shopping at a boutique was a bit intimidating. Depending on the day, I can wear a size 12 to a 16 and I wasn’t sure the boutiques would carry my size. So I decided to buy a new dress and called around to the Merchant’s Walk boutiques, explained my concerns to the clerks who answered the phones. I decided to stop at Muse Boutique when I had about 40 minutes to shop at the East Cobb shopping center.

Muse Boutique’s owner, Sascha, was very attentive and helped me pick out three possible dresses. Take a look at the photo I shared on Instagram:

A lot of my followers on Instagram said they liked the black dress best. But since I have a similar one in my closet, I decided that the best fit for me was a multi-color dress by designer Veronica M.

Fashion Finds

Muse Boutique in Merchant's Walk ~ MommyTalkShow.comFour other Atlanta mom bloggers had a similar shopping experience at Merchant’s Walk checking out the boutiques: The Baby ShopaholicRedhead Baby MamaUncoordinated Mommy and In the Kitchen with KP. We all wore our new outfits to brunch. Each of us found something that fit our style and you can tell from the smiles on our faces that we felt special!

Comment below: Have you shopped at Merchant’s Walk boutiques and stores? What do you think are the advantages of shopping locally vs. chain stores or  online?

Sunday Brunch at Seed

Seed Restaurant ~ Shrimp and Grits

We each wore our outfits purchased from Merchants Walk when we met for Sunday Brunch at Seed restaurant (@eatatseed). Brunch was amazing. I ordered shrimp and grits.

I switched up the way it’s prepared, just a bit. On the menu, it comes with a poached egg. But since they’re not my favorite, I ordered it with a scrambled egg with cheese.

I loved it and will definitely order it again. The portion size was great for brunch too. It filled me up.

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Disclosure: I received a Merchant’s Walk gift card to shop and share my honest opinion.

About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. Love the dress glad you picked the color one I have to much black going on so I am purposely not trying to buy any more of it. You ladies look lovely one day when I get back to a size 12 I will venture into a dress not before lol

  2. I haven’t been to Merchant’s Walk in ages. Glad to see that it’s still thriving. I think I’ll go and visit!

  3. All of you look fantastic! And Joyce, I love the black dress, but I also love the one you chose! Glad y’all had fun!

  4. OOOh that dress is HAWT!! I love it. I’ve been to Seed once with the family and we really enjoyed the food, it”s time to go back

  5. I love those dresses. Food looked YUMMY plus it’s almost lunch time here too!! I entered! $50 GC come forth! Shopping with family can be fun!! *sometimes!

  6. No I have never shopped in MerchantsWalk however I’d love to.
    The benefits of shoppping local boutiques verse chains is that you find unique pieces that are less likely to be on mulitple others

  7. I’ve never shopped there before. But I like the fact that you are going to find something that isn’t going to be worn by every other person you see walking around.

  8. I’ve never shopped there before. Thanks for telling us about it!

  9. Gorgeous ladies! Love your dress! I need to visit Merchants Walk when I visit the A. 🙂

    • You would love it.
      I love that NOT a lot of people will have my dress because it’s designer and exclusive.
      Plus, when I go into larger retailers I’m more drawn to things for my son instead of myself.
      Going into a boutique forced me to treat myself to something I deserved.

  10. How cute are we? SO CUTE! Thanks for the link love! 🙂 And your hubby is right – one hot mama!

  11. I have not shopped at Merchant’s Walk before but I can speak to buying locally it is great to support those small business men and women who are sharing their talents and abilities and making a go in these tough economic times. Pretty inspiring!!

  12. Haven’t shopped at Merchant’s Walk before – would love to try.

  13. I have not been there before!! I love the style, though!

    I like shopping at locally owned stores more than corporate/chains because you get to know the owner personally, and I would rather give my money to a smaller company working hard to be successful and to a local!! Thank you!

  14. I never shopped there but love smaller stores for the unique items

  15. I’ve never shopped there before. You look great!

  16. Shopping locally typically means you are supporting someone who owns the business locally as well. Most local boutiques are owned by someone who lives right there in the community!

  17. It looks like Muse is curvygirl-friendly, so I’ll have to take a trip over. I love small boutiques but I hate being disappointed when I can’t find the fabulous that fits.