The fabulous London/Austria/Germany trip is over and I am back with a glut of purchases and a full credit card. The best shopping by far was in London. I bought so many things, I had to send a package home to myself to avoid over-filling my suitcase.
Here is a selection of my new goodies:
First up, a long awaited mission to TopShop. I got a soft and comfy houndstooth pattern blazer for work.
And a gorgeous girly-cut trench coat. I got mine in navy, not camel.
£55.00 for the blazer
£80.00 for the trench
I know I already have a lot of them, and this wasn’t cheap, but it’s so 50’s adorable! I’d already picked this out as my souvenir before we’d even set foot in the Victoria & Albert museum.
Even before I’d left the country, I’d bought some lipstick at Sydney airport. I also did a M.A.C. mission near Carnaby Street. There is no M.A.C. counter anywhere in Canberra. Crazy, I know. The lipstick shade I bought is ‘Ruby Woo’. This is the shade favoured by Dita Von Teese and the gorgeous Elsa Billgren.
$35.00 for the lipstick
£15.00 for blush in ‘Peach’ (also Elsa’s favourite shade)
£25.00 for Mineralize skinfinish natural powder
I went to Zara twice, once in London, and once in Munich. The Munich one was fascinating. The queue at the registers was nearly as long as the shop itself. It looked like the German women were desperate for some interesting fashion. The style I noticed there was very neutral and jeans based, but far less conformist than in Switzerland. No-one in Germany looked disparagingly at my shoes
In London I got an adorable sailor coat:
And a flippy black skirt:
In Munich I got an awesome tweed 50s look skirt:
www.zara.com (Currently not shipping to Aus, unfortunately.)
£59.99 for the sailor coat
£39.99 for the black skirt
€49.95 for the tweed skirt (First time I’ve used the Euro symbol on the blog!)
I got sick in London and we had to cancel our trip to Amsterdam :(. However, I had medication with me and the day after I started taking it, I was feeling unusually good. So I decided to take a trip to the Spitalfields Markets. It was antiques day, which was crazy and full of old, old junk.
But there was also a small section of people selling handmade goods, and I fell in love with this hat. It is by far my most favourite purchase from the trip. Oh man, was it a bugger to transport though! I had to wear it on the plane to Innsbruck because I couldn’t fit it in my luggage. It was a stylish look: hat, t-shirt and hiking boots, but even the border security guard who laughed at me couldn’t dampen my hat joy.
MARKS & SPENCER
This dress is far prettier in person than it is in this poorly styled shot. It needs to be altered at the sleeve, but given that the vast majority of my dresses go to the tailor’s to be fitted anyway, it’s no big deal.
I never really got French Connection. I knew it was a High Street store, but I never felt that its rather bland offerings had HS prices. But in the UK, they do, and suddenly their neutral basics make sense.
I got this top in navy stripe, since I was already on a nautical bent with the sailor coat and another striped top from a hole-in-the-wall store.
The thing I liked best about shopping in Germany was all the traditional clothes. My understanding is that it’s a seasonal thing, leading up to Oktoberfest. Everything from department stores to designer boutiques had a range of traditional costumes. I loved it! The current interpretation of the national costume is very cute and flattering. I would so wear it all the time if I was German.
I couldn’t quite justify buying a whole dress, but I did buy an apron and a petticoat. The lady at the store looked at me like I was nuts. I suppose it’s the equivalent of a Westerner buying a Kimono in Japan. You’d just be thinking, “When will they ever have an occasion to wear this?”. However, shop lady, you don’t know me and I promise that the apron and petticoat will easily work into my everyday wardrobe. So there.
www.cande.com (Only shipping to Germany)
€29.00 for the apron
€29.00 for the petticoat
Both rather overpriced I thought, but, hey, how often do you get an opportunity to buy things like that?