Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Big Trip

Aside from my niece's wedding in Denmark, and some time spent with friends, culture and sightseeing, I plan to do some shopping while we're away.

I know London well so no planning required there. Copenhagen and Paris are going to be an unplanned kind of 'if I see a boutique I like the look of, I'll pop in'. The exceptions are Cartier and Sezane in Paris which are must-sees. Paul and I each have a day of sightseeing planned together in San Francisco then a day on our own. All of the stores I want to visit are high street stores as I seldom fit any independent or designer brands. Luckily, we're staying in Union Square so only a short walk from the likes of J. Crew, Madewell, Zara and Bloomingdales. Some J. Crew looks I'm liking:

And here is the list of items I'm going to look out for:

Skinny distressed blue jeans
A leather jacket
Red suede point-toe heels
Good quality plain white tees
Tan cross-body bag
Casual slouchy white shirt
Black pants
Summer dress

I don't mind if I buy nothing but I'll be happy to bring home at least a couple of treasures.

We fly out 3 July!

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Modern Boho

I'm digging this look from Country Road AW16. It's so far from my normal style but goddammit, I like it.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Planning for the Big Trip

In mid-July, our niece Sarah marries Peer in Denmark. Paul and I are travelling to the UK, then to Denmark, then on to Paris then finally, San Francisco. I intend to do a little shopping here and there, of course...

I have only just started to get some free time to plan what I would like to look for, and prioritise the stores I visit. I'm going to just wing it in Paris and Copenhagen. If I see a shop that looks interesting, I'll investigate.

In London, I have my old favourites but also add to that COS and & Other Stories which didn't exist when I was last there in 2006.

In San Francisco, I have an entire day set aside for some shopping and just 'me time' in a foreign city (my first time in the States!). I'm going to stick to high street brands because most designer doesn't fit me. We're staying in Union Square so we'll be very central.

My first stop will be J. Crew for basics like t-shirts and shorts and maybe a pair of shoes. Second, Madewell (a sister brand of J. Crew). More affordable and a lot less preppy. Next, Zara because I have yet to experience a U.S. Zara! If time allows, I'll stop into any boutiques that catch my eye, and probably Macy's which is a huge department store.

Soon, I'll post a list of items I'll be looking for!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Shopbop Friends & Family Sale: The Purchases

I promised myself that if Shopbop had a F&F sale before Paul and I go on our big trip in July, I would reduce my spending money saved and buy some treasures. 25% off is not to be sniffed at when you're eyeing up a $430 scarf!

This time I bought three things, all of which I already own, from brands I know and trust.

My White + Warren heather grey cashmere scarf/wrap has paid for itself since I took the plunge and bought it in 2015. So this time I bought the black one with a plan to wear it at my niece's wedding in Denmark in July (more about that in another post!). If you've never tried cashmere and need a very warm garment, it leaves merino in the shade:

More cashmere, and the same idea. I adore my grey Equipment crew-neck jumper so much, I decided to buy it in black:

And finally, my new sandshoe obsession, Bensimons:

All arrived safe and sound and I love each item. Another example of quality vs quantity in action. Now, if it would just get cooler so I can wear all that cashmere!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

New Work Bag

Treating myself to a good-quality work bag was something I planned to do later this year, when Paul an I are on a four-week trip through Europe and the U.S. But when the Area 51 website offered a 15% discount on first online purchases just for signing up to their weekly email newsletter, I decided to bite the bullet and buy this beauty:

I have had my beady eye on this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag for some time. It's the exact shape I want, it has short handles (I have long arms) and the leather is soft. It's a modern design with just the right amount of hardware. The only thing I had to think hard about it its size. It's quite large. After a week of 'alone time' with the bag, and making sure it was going to work out, I finally cut the tags off tonight and it makes its debut at work tomorrow.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

In Praise of Elasticated Trousers

No longer the sole domain of the elderly, trousers with an elasticised waistband are actually a stylish and comfortable option. I have lived in my Saba trousers that I purchased in Melbourne last year. They are work trousers, in a beautiful crepe fabric with a tapered leg and sit just on my ankle bone. They're also machine-washable!

Today I used up some store credit at Country Road and picked up a similar pair. They're called 'technical leggings' on the website but they're definitely pants:

Technical Legging


The blouse was returned. Too short in the body, and I have a really short torso! What up, Country Road?