I kind of wanted a change of pace… Also, a lot of fashion blogs I read are hosted there. Update your subscriptions!
That’s about $150 for a sweater that’s not even cashmere or cashmere blend…
This has to be some kind of mistake on Hollister’s UK website since their down jackets are priced at that price. Anyway, the Abercrombie Co. family of stores always deserve a little moment of snark right? Even if it begs the question of why I was browsing their site, as if I might find something cute and logo-less there… Which rarely, rarely happens.
I shouldn’t knock Hollister too hard though, as they make my favorite skinny jeans. They’re skinny but not too skinny, and I’ve just worn a hole on the derriere of mine. I’m missing it already, and might even brave the hordes of tweeny-boppers, the darkness, and the pounding music to replace it when I go home.
I went shopping at the Oxford Circus H&M yesterday. Of course, since the remnants of the recently released Comme des Garcons for H&M collection were there, I looked at those too. Most of the jackets and bottoms were completely sold out, so all I got was an eyeful of the solid color and then the polka-dotted button downs. All of the very cool, though not my style, deconstructed pieces were gone, understandably enough. It was a little bit of a pity since I would have loved to try on some of them. (Photos of the full collection found on Nitrolicious.)
I ended up grabbing one of the button downs since I doubted I was ever going to get a chance to try such a richly colored polka-dot button down ever again. I wonder if the sort of interviewers I might encounter – Wellesley professors and career center types for our Asia program or law school types – would be impressed if I turned up in one. Somehow, I doubt it, especially if I were to pair it with a ruffled skirt quite like that. Both H&M, both not bought, sadly. I was surprised to see that both pieces – the skirt is just plain old H&M – could actually be quite cute together, if a bit much and not within my usual style.
More H&M shopping fun coming up! Namely, a Leanne from Project Runway-ish skirt and a coat that I bought and now have to make a final decision on…
A slightly costume-y look I can only really put together in daydreams since I fear such shoes and clutches are not very versatile. I’ve seen that lace bolero at H&M a few times, and find it quite tempting. This is despite the fact that I don’t really have much use for it since it’d look a little wonky on anything other than a dress? And I don’t wear dresses that much.
These are just some links that I wanted to share, both fashion-related and not.
1. The Glorious Kenyan Adventures of Mzungu Fleits is a travel and study abroad blog from one of my high school classmates. We didn’t know each other very well and are no longer in touch, but she was publicizing it on her Facebook and I just got a little bit hooked. She doesn’t update very often, but her writing is top-notch. At times it’s humorous and at others it’s heartfelt. I don’t know that many people studying abroad that far off the beaten path – the UK or formal CIEE or other study abroad programs – so I can’t even imagine what it feels like to go to Kenya and muddle through an internship and just living somewhere that new.
2. I really liked Ricebunny’s Target shopping post. Though I’m all for budget fashion, I often forget to look to Target since I had really lousy luck with fit when it came to the Richard Chai Go International stuff and the Target’s own Go International line that came right after. One of my favorite going out tops (which has ripped slightly and lost some of its trim in the last two years though I haven’t yet been able to bear parting from it) is from Target.
Lately, I’ve been most intrigued by the most basic clothes. I spend most of my shopping time trying on basics like solid or lightly pin-striped button-downs and long, solid-color cardigans. I’m also still on the lookout for the perfect T-shirt. For some reason, the basic T-shirt has always been one of the hardest things for me to find since so many of them fit awkwardly on my frame. High neck crew-neck T shirts, especially if they’re very close fitting, are always a bad idea for me.
My current favorite T shirt is this one by BDG from Urban Outfitters, pictured at the left. It’s a bit loose, but skims the body pretty closely, which creates a very flattering fit and the V neck isn’t overly low. I’ve heard good things. I’ve heard good things about American Apparel T shirts as well, though I’ll have to try on both the unisex deep V neck (pictured at the right) as well as the regular V neck for women before figuring out if I have a new favorite T shirt.
It’s odd that I’ve been so into building up my collection of basic items since I usually like to dress fairly girly. Still, I like the effortlessly casual look that comes from pairing a basic T with skinny or straight leg jeans and a cardigan, if it’s cold. I also like the idea of wearing a basic white shirt with a high-waisted skirt, in keeping with the sort of color-blocked dress look that’s all over Forever 21 et al. When it’s with a slightly loose fitting T instead, it feels a little more casual and a little less like one is going clubbing, I guess. This Forever 21 example, however, is also a bit more on the wear in the daytime side, and I quite like it.
Though I managed to do a little bit of academic work today while sipping on yet another Gingerbread Latte, I spent most of my afternoon ogling planners for the year 2009. Due to severe sophomore slump for the first part of the year, I’m admittedly more than a little ready to put 2008 behind me, though my summer ended up being low-key but productive and study abroad here in London has been eye-opening. The only sad part of rushing through the last two months of 2008 would be leaving London, but I think I’m finding that one semester away from the land of Wellesley is enough. I’ll miss my wonderful, lively, and diverse group of flat-mates, but I’m also re-energized and fully prepared to take the year 2009 by storm. Anyway, I’m the type of person who needs to write out and plan everything, hence my fondness for planners. I ended up splurging a bit on a day-by-day planner even though I wasn’t able to effectively use one in the past. I’m hoping it’ll inspire me to be intense enough to fill most of its pages.
I ended up buying a very plainly designed one though there were many classy and colorful ones available at the local bookstore. The Paperchase line from borders offers a lot of cover options, and both their weekly planners and day ones are quite nice. I really liked this weekly planner with a sort of Asian-inspired embroidered butterfly print.
Ultimately, though I went with the slightly hefty Moleskine day planner. My attachment to the cult of Moleskine grows every time I need to buy a notebook. Admittedly, it was a bit pricey – I paid 15.50 GBP which is a bit more than the Paperchase equivalents were going for – but it sure feels as if you get what you pay for when you write in any Moleskine. Since the planner starts with January 1, 2009, I won’t be using it much yet, but I’ve been happily filling in next year’s vacation days, reading period start and end times, and so on so forth. All of this is so that I can procrastinate just a little bit more.
But hey, I deserve it. It’s reading week, which still kind of counts as a vacation.