Saturday, March 14, 2015

& Other Stories

When what seems like long ago, I saw a sign in Soho, and became *excited*
The long awaited & Other Stories was finally arriving state side. 
Soon my instagram feed was flooded with fellow New Yorkers who rejoiced in it's opening, and off I went.

Located in Soho, where the uber trendy, fashionistas, and models dwell, lies the new store.

H&M's newly launched brand already made it's mark in Europe, but it's finally time for us to have a peek at what the brand holds.

Tonight, I made my first rounds of the store and below are my general thoughts based on first impression.

 Aesthetically the store is well balanced for the eyes.
The store was actually far larger than I imagined which was a pleasant surprise.
More to see while I par ooze.

Here are my general thoughts based on first impression:

1. The store and the clothes are quite posh looking. If Club Monaco and J Crew came together, the baby would be & Other Stories. A little posh, a little casual, with some bold colors thrown into a sea of neutrals.

2. They have quite an accessories and shoes selection.
The purses and other small leather goods come in the classic materials and shades such as black and camel, but in the corner of my eye I noticed neon orange and red bags. Slight pops of color in unconventional materials.

3. The store does not have classic H&M prices. 
The prices are like Club Monaco and J Crew. Most blouses I saw were $75-$100 
All the shoes I checked were over $100

4. There is a Sales section, and all I saw was 50% off stickers so that was a plus, and where I scored a small souvenir for the night. 
Additional plus with the fact that the section was not completely disheveled which is a huge turn off - *ZARA...*

5. The jewelry pieces are just ok.
Nothing seemed very heavy or made from any great materials. It all seemed dainty and charming but light feeling and quite cheap.

6. They have a very over priced body care section.

Overall thoughts.
It's okay...
 The materials of the clothes seem nice enough, though prone to wrinkling for those quite nice and simple blouses. The style seems simple, nothing incredibly out there but does involve color and splashes of quirkiness. They also have some interesting material pieces using scuba and neoprene.
I appreciate the large variety of shoes, bags, accessories, and body products created so I am able to wander around the store without being bored, but it does not seem like a place where I would actually leave with a shopping bag full of goodies.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

On My Brain - March 2015

I always feel like my brain is busy.
Outside the normal life of working, working out, and general being, my brain wanders all day.
Here are the things I've thought about non stop and am currently been obsessed with- sharing time!

Le Pain de Quotidien- HOT. CROSS. BUNS.
The other day I walked into LPQ and saw hot crossed buns. 
I've never seen them in person and bought a few. At first bite an addiction was born.
Soft, not too sweet, filled with raisins, and unfortunately seasonal for Easter.
If you would like a treat to have with your morning coffee or a bite when shopping, get these buns!

Clarins Skin Care: Clarins and La Roche Posay are the two skin care brands I am devoted to. The French have taken over my bathroom because with all their products I only see positive results. This photo is not even my whole Clarins collection. My love runs deep, and my wallet opens wide.

Backstreet Freestyle: I try to work out regularly and constantly need new music to help motivate me through the sessions. This song is explicit and to me it's funny what he is saying. The chorus gets me every time and I sing everyday on the bus "Damn I'm amazing" the only line of the song slow enough for me to be in tune with.

Going Out: Winter was brutal but I think it's finally freaking over.
All winter going out took a hiatus because of snow storms, terrible ice, and bitter cold.
We warmed up recently eating delicious Szechuan food and it felt great to go out again.

Irene Kim: I follow so many people on Instagram ( #addicted) but each week I have feeds I go back to over and over again. Irene is a Korean model with ever changing rainbow hair. She boosts a young and free spirit and I love all her instagram videos and personality. A full feed of fashion week, but her's was one of the few I actually paid attention to.

Spring Sneakers: Nothing like new gym gear to get you to go work out. I've decided this spring and summer I want to fill my closet with sneakers of crazy colors. Gym gear is one of the few places you can feel more comfortable buying and wearing items in out there colors, because people know, gym folk like to wear some crazy ****. Makes the workout more fun ;)

Clique by Kanye West: Another workout song. Again explicit so if it's not your thing you can pass, but on repeat for me.

Sonya Esman: The second Instagram feed I can't stop refreshing. A globe trotting model ( I'm sensing a theme...) who posts regular Youtube videos. She has English videos but I enjoy Sony's videos enough to subscribe to her Russian channel. I have NO CLUE what she is saying but she posts there more often where I can get a peek on her worldly adventures.

Hope you enjoyed this mini peek into my brain!
Do feel free to share your current obsessions.
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