Category Archives: Shopping

A little Asian sunshine under the London rain…

This is not your regular beauty-related post…but wanted to share with you some of what I like to consider are touches of sunshine or touches of bright colors that I have scattered around my living room in an attempt to overcome London winter greys…

Beautiful pillowcase from India

(continue reading this post in the Travelogue page here)

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Fly Fly London!

This is not about an airline…

This is actually about shoes, well boots to be precise.

Fly London is a portuguese brand of shoes. They have one of  the most comfort comfortable shoes/boots out there for a very reasonable price. They normally have good (which means high for me, being a shorty as I am) but very wearable platforms and the leather is very soft and of really good quality.

I bought these booties recently on sale (71£ instead of about 100£ or so) which is not a bargain but these shoes are really worth this price (I see so many shoes out there that are not even good quality leather).

Yarg Lace Up Boot Leather in Black

These are so comfortable that once you’ve tried them  on you seriously don’t want to take them off!

I bought them online through Javari which have an impeccable service: free one day delivery and 365-day return policy. Hard to beat! Bought mine on a Thursday evening after 7pm and got them the next day.

They also have a store in Covent Garden in London if you want to see how they look like. I guess in Portugal and Spain they are quite popular and maybe not so much here in the UK but always foe promoting brands from the peninsula …

I’ve been wearing them almost non-stop ever since. Very happy with my purchase. Definitely.

Do you guys own any Fly London shoes/boots?


All Saints customer service…is pretty bad

Sales at All Saints

Let me rant today a little bit about the customer service in this country (the UK).

I have to tell you, having lived in the US for 6 years were CUSTOMER IS KING NO MATTER WHAT, experiencing what customer service is like in the UK was a shock. Major shock. Or maybe I’ve just been having bad experiences all along. There also some exceptions of course…for some reason I cannot remember any now…

I mean, I don’t expect too much really from a sales assistant apart from the fact that I don’t really like to be ignored plainly by them when I need something and I don’t want to be bothered by them all the time if I don’t want to.

GOOD sales assistants know that and there are ways to do that in a well-mannered fashion. No need to be rude…

This specific rant goes to All Saints, and specifically the store in Regents St. I’m not even going to be bothered telling you about them and inserting the links because I don’t think they deserve it.

I was there last weekend, Saturday evening for a sale mini shopping spree. After Benetton (where I was surprised about their return/exchange policy: basically there are no returns and only exchanges and only within 14 days…I mean…not great compared to other High Street stores)

Anyway, back to All Saints. I like *some* of their clothes, the asymmetry works for me on some things but not everything. In general I think it’s pretty overpriced (almost everything regular price is about 100£, t-shirts for 40-50£) and I don’t normally want to spend that much on a single item unless I feel the quality calls for it.

SO…I hit the sale racks and was happy to see there were plenty of things at 40-50-60% off. I went to a rack with items clearly labelled (but not all of them, here comes the problem).

I specially liked their asymmetric waistcoats and went for one in marbled brown and another one in black that were originally 70 and 95£ I think but were 50 and 60% off.

Waistcoat in Brown

Waistcoat n2 in Black

Back of Waistcoat n2

One of the items didn’t have the reduction on the tag but there was an identical one in the same rack that had it so I just assumed it was misslabelled, seeing nothing different between them. This happens ALL the time at Gap for example and you sometimes get a nice surprise at the till/cashier when you find out you need to pay even less than you thought!

First, I think the brown one that was originally 70£ and was 50% off only had a “handwritten 70£ label. I asked when I was going to pay if it was really 50% off. The assistant didn’t know so she scanned it and the full price showed up and I told her about the same exact other one  in the rack (but size 6 so was not going to get that one anyway!)….

Then she asked ME to go to the rack, find the item and take it to her. I was glad and lucky to find it. She didn’t like the fact that she had to enter a few codes in and because she didn’t know how to do it had to ask the manager to do it for her. Not ONCE the manager or the assistant apologized for the waste of MY time from the fact that the item was misslabelled…Great (To be honest they made me feel like I was trying to rip them off…hate it).

On to the second one. This gets worse…

I kept the label of the black one:

On Sale or Not On Sale? that is the question...

This was CLEARLY had the reduction on the label AND the 60%off tag that you can see in the first picture.

Again when the assistant scanned it the reduction didn’t show up.

Again she needed to call her manager to enter some code to modify it.

Again noone apologized for the mistake and basically completely ignored me. Even the manager complained that there were two items misslabelled and that this shouldn’t happen…without looking at me once.

SO SO RUDE!!!

To be honest it was only because I really liked both things and had tried them AND liked how they fit me that I put up with that…

The store was almost empty even if it was Saturday and there were plenty of clothes on sale…maybe there’s a reason why.

RETAILERS: IF YOU WANT CUSTOMERS TO LEAVE THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY IN YOUR SHOP PLEASE TREAT THEM PROPERLY!


Am I 15, again!?

You know I like Paperchase…

About 1-2 years ago I bought a collection of stickers to use on my travel notebook. I realized the other day that this hadn’t been opened yet…

Next thing I know I’m talking to my sister about customizing my dad’s and mum’s computers (we bought them one netbook each recently! Good daughters!) so that they know which one is which…

I ended up using some of the stickers on my blue-polish-stained-netbook

London-NYC

How cute are these?

I lived in NYC before coming to London and I love (almost) al things New York.

I realized this will be of noo interest to anyone but I just sharing how “teenagy” (sorry for making up words!) I’m behaving lately…blame it on the hormones…

Hope eveyone has a wonderful weekend!


My new Orla Kiely bag

I like this designer A LOT. Her designs are retr0, simple and  colorful. You can go to her website here. I’m sure you have seen her bags with the multi-stem design pretty much everywhere if you live in the UK.

Bags

Mugs

even on a bus!

Every season she comes up with new versions of this design and new designs that have nothing to do with the stem print. (I’ve blogged about my Orla Kiely make up bag before)

The bags in matt laminated fabric normally retail at around £130. They were at 50% off on sale so I decided to get one this year.

This is the one I got:

My new Orla bag

and this is the description from the website:

“Alpine Forest Midi Sling Bag

£128.00 £64.00

Matt laminated midi sling bag with coordinating large stem print cotton lining. Inside details include zip and mobile pockets and key chain. Magnet closure. Adjustable strap that allows the bag to worn as a shoulder bag or across the body.

Outer: 100% Cotton with PU coating
Trims: 100% Leather/100% Cotton
Lining: 100% Cotton”

As you can see this one is not particularly colourful but I like the pattern nonetheless.

I like the fact that all the bags have a key chain because I have a tendency to lose my keys.

See the nice ribbon key chain?

However, I don’t use the one that comes in the bag because I have my own one that I transfer from bag to bag (the fact that the keys are attached to the bag makes me less prone to forget them on the kitchen table…)

I’ve just checked the website and there are still bags on sale you you can still grab one of these for half the usual price (which I think s quite high eventhough the final quality of the bag is quite good)

I couldn’t help but check the SS11 bags and I love the new print!

Do you owe any Orla Kiely bag? Did you buy any in the sales?


New Bangles!

I have been in some sort of a craftsy mood lately…

I bought some jade rosaries this summer in Burma but I needed to restring them. After searching on eBay for some stretch thread (basically I want them to double as necklaces and bangles) I stumbled upon the seller/store diamonte-designs.

I was very excited to find exactly was I was looking for and more! They also sell nice bead, including some Swarovski beads in the shape of little butterflies.

This is what I got to restring the rosaries:

Jade necklaces and strech thread

–  Clear Elastic Stretch Wire 0.8mm Thread D31 (£0.99)

And the beads I bought:

-100 x 6mm Black Glass Imitation Gemstone Dyed Beads D52 (£0.99)

4 x 8mm Jonquil Swarovski 5754 Butterfly Beads Bead (£1.50)

Shipping was cheap (£1.25) and it was promptly delivered.

This is what I did with the new beads:

 

My new glass bead bangles

Elastic Bangles

 

I really like them so much that I ordered more beads and more butterflies in crystal clear, green and violet.

I haven’t done any this week but I will be posting pictures of the bangles as soon as I make them!

How do you like my new bangles?

 


NYC Shopping:earrings

I just realized I still haven’t shown you some of the things that I bought in NYC while I was there in September.

I have to admit a have a real thing for earrings and I tend to buy a pair every time I travel. They always remind me of the places I’ve been to. Specially every time I go to NYC I buy some because I LOVE the shops there!

So here are some earrings that I bought in different places:

 

Earrings galore!

 

Banana Republic

I really like this store and I’m very happy that BR has now landed in the UK  (although as usual there are not as many sales over here but hey, who’s complaining?)

 

BR earrings

I still haven’t worn this but I like the indian style they have. It’s funny because normally I don’t go for golden earrings and all the ones that I’m showing here ARE golden. Who knew I was a golden girl?

Kenneth Cole Reaction

 

Kenneth Cole earrings

These were a total bargain (8$!). I bought them on the Woodbury Commons outlet (outside of Manhattan, when I also went to Target and spent a little fortune on make up and other things…)

Actually, I think I might wear these tomorrow  to go to the movies with some friends…

And last but not least…

 

Just a stand on the street (5th Ave, mind you)

 

a bit 70's, aren't they?

 

I’ve worn these a lot already! I quite like them!

I also bought some hair clips in Anthropologie, yet another beautiful store that is also over here (there’s one in Regent’s St)  but for some reason I never go to this store in London…

 

Anthropologie's hair clips

 

I’ve been clipping a strand of hair to one side and normally use cheap ones from H&M. I thought these look cute and good for work but also forgoing out as well.

That’s it for the moment! Have a lovely rest of the weekend!