London is the perfect shopping city. Mostly thanks to Oxford Street. All the great shops are located in this huge street, where ladies walk around caring the new collections in 4-5 shoppingbags.
When you think London shopping, you say Topshop. Don't need to futher explain. But after visiting the Rover Island HQ and pressroom, River Island is a big part of London shopping. And so I did at both shops! A teddy sweater, hairy coat and leather-look trousers. Very happy with them.
The big question for us fashionistas when going to a fashion city like New York is: "Where do I have to go shop?". The fashion mainstreet of the world obviously is Fifth Avenue, so that's a must-go. Unfortunately we do not all have money to shop at Bergdorf, Fendi, Vuitton or Tiffany. So how to (designer) shop in New York?
There are lots of pop-up sample sale shops that you will run into. Like I did with the Helmut Lang sample sale. My boyfriend and I where just browsing around Chelsea Market to kill time before heading to the airport, when I saw a sign saying 'Helmut Lang Sample Sale'. For real?! I randomly ran into the sample sale, didn't even know it was there. I love those kind of things! By the way, Chelsea Market also is a must-go, it's an urban indoor market filled with cute shops that sell books, interiour items, souvenirs etc.
An other advice: figure out where you can find great vintage shops like INA Vintage and Buffalo Exchange and take an afternoon to visit them. INA Vintage is filled with dreamy designer items, that can be quite expensive still. So take your time to look around for unique finds. Especially when you visit Buffalo Exchange, because this store is a lot bigger and not everything is as fashionable as you'd wish. But that's how vintage stores work: check out every inch of the store to find an item that makes you so happy you could cry.
Discount Department Stores
I discovered I'm not good at vintage shopping, I don't have enough patience and I don't know where to look. It's too much! I discovered though, that I do like department store Century 21 instead of many people that went before me. It's like a Primark filled with designer items (from DKNY to Wang and Michael Kors to Viktor & Rolf) on sale. Big sale, 70%. You can imagine, it's insane! So stay calm, take your time and you'll find your musthave, like I did!
Me and my boyfriend created a website/blog about New York (weheartnewyork.nl), so I'm, supposed to know everything about New York. I've been there two times, but New York is too big to discover in two weeks.
I have a few favorite shops I must visit like Ina Vintage, all shops in Chelsea Market and many more which names I can't remember. Yet there's so much more to discover. Lucy for example posted an instagram video about Buffalo Exchange. Can't wait to visit that vintage shop!
So do you have any shopping tips for me? Where do I absolutely have to go?
Ps. follow my New York (shopping) adventures on instagram.
When you're going on a trip to the fashion capitol of the world, you don't only have to think about what items you're gonna take with you, you have to think about what items you're gonna buy to take with you ;-) I'm still looking for a few things, but I'll look for them in New York. For now I bought a red coat and striped trousers. Love em!
When I used to read about or see something from Liu-Jo, I always saw the Liu-Jo commercial in my head, with the perfect model wearing the perfect jeans. But when I checked out the Liu-Jo webshop (which was just recently launched!), I was suprised by all the great items. Not just the perfect jeans, but amazing bags, tops, coats, the works!
I ordered a few items and I must say, they fit perfectly and look good. Real Italian quality, me likey. I especially love my baby blue cross body bag that you've seen in my outfit post earlier. Way too cute!