Let's Go Shopping!

Around this time of year, I get an itch to go shopping, says obvious person.

But between going home to Atlanta for the holidays, going to Amsterdam for New Year's, and, you know, choosing to be a fashion journalist rather than a high-paying career path, those pennies gotta' be watched, #KnowWhatI'mSayin.

But that doesn't mean that I stop wanting to shop. In fact, it's pretty much the opposite. Here's a teeny peek at my winter wishlist

And don't forget to check out Daily Outfit, which is exactly what it sounds like. You won't believe  what this girl can do with a $1 sweater or a $2 turtleneck. (Actually you might - because I'm not doing any tricks, I'm just wearing clothes.)

Weekend Buys

This weekend was uh, ya know, not too shabby.

Friday spent sippin' wine at the Natural History Museum.

Saturday doing what we'll call "chic and cheap" shopping in Dalston. 

Sunday spent at Hampstead Heath + eating ice cream + starting on The Sopranos. 

 

Here are some of my finds from the weekend:

 

This animal skirt from Traid in Dalston + this Frida bag

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These slip-on sandals purchased for £4 ($6) at the Ridley Road Market because they remind me of Prada

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This button-up white t-shirt from & Other Stories

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This scarf, also from Traid, that reminds me so much of Pedro Almodóvar and especially: 

All topped off with some green apple + carrot juice from Babble Jar in Stoke Newington. Yep, the weekend was not too shabby.

Spring Wishlist

I'm really, seriously dying to go shopping. Right now. But something (bank account balance) is telling me to wait until the end of the week. 

So in the meantime I'm spending my days obsessively online shopping, building up an impressive Pinterest wishlist board, and himming and hawwing over these beauts.

Not that it's out of the ordinary for me, but there's something about graphic tees and crew neck sweaters that feels perfect right now. I'm also dying for pointy-toe flats, Loeffler Randall (now and forever), and I just cannot get enough of these Kendall Conrad stacking rings - I wish I was wearing about 12, right now.

& other stories

It's no secret that I've been homesick for New York since moving to London last summer. London has lots of amazing things to offer (um, history, tons of green space, better holiday time, pubs galore, etc.) but I've certainly had moments when my heart yearns for NYC.

This week I've been mighty glad to find myself in London rather than New York, thanks to H&M's new higher-priced label, & other stories. Considering there's only a handful of stores open in the world and one of them is in London, my lunch hour this week (I said hour - another London perk) has been dominated by & other stories window shopping-heaven. 

It took me all week to decide how I felt about the brand, and today I've come to a pretty decisive conclusion: I love it.

& other stories kinda' feels like a hybrid between Topshop and Cos: Swedish design meets killer color combos combined with a well-designed house line mixed in with a few outside brands - Clare Vivier, Nike, Lorick, and beauty brands galore.

So right. London? Not so bad. Thanks to my new love affair with & other stories, my I <3 London lists keeps growing longer and longer.

P.S. - Want to see more awesome things from & other stories? Aside from obviously checking out their site, you can also check out my Pinterest wishlist, which has tons of stuff I really want and shouldn't let myself buy.

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait

So it's a new year, and we're all getting back into the groove of things. A healthy way to ease that pain (and nearly any pain, for that matter) is via retail therapy.

Over the past seven months since I made my move from New York to London, I've come across a wealth/shit ton of new stores—some in London, some in New York, and some who strictly operate online.

To help you satisfy that resolution of shopping more, I'll be sharing some of these new shops over the next few weeks. All of these stores are totally unrelated aside from the fact that they're all independent and they're all awesome, so there will be a nice variety to help keep you from away from the ledge during the Worst Months of the Year.

Without further ado, I give you our first awesome Store You Should Know About, and that's London's own Labour and Wait.

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait


Labour and Wait is the kind of store that makes you feel clean, but that kind of clean that you'll never really be and can only aspire to. (Similar to the feeling you get when you shop at Whole Foods.)

Whether I'm in their East London store or just browsing their online shop, I'm always overcome with the urge to throw out everything I own and focus only on classic, salt-of-the-earth design.

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait


Labour and Wait originally opened in East London in 2000. The store was created with timeless, functional design in mind, which was a response to the cheapened, mass-produced products that were beginning to saturate the market. It only took the rest of us about 15 years to catch up to this idea but boy, I'm sure glad we did—I got one of those snazzy little mugs from my husband for Christmas and man, it's good:

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait


Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait


Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait


Labour and Wait has two brick and mortar locations in London—one in Shoreditch as well as one in Dover Street Market. And should you find yourself in Japan, check out BShop—you'll be able to find Labour and Wait at 13 of their locations.

Thanks to Poppy Talk for taking a great picture of the swoon-worthy brush collection, and Dwell for their ballin' shelf photo.