I can still remember the first time that I shopped at Topshop on Oxford Street in London – I was just twelve years old. The five story location was overwhelming and mesmerizing. There was nothing like it in the States, especially back in Boston where I grew up, and I couldn’t wait to share the beautiful fashions that I had found with my friends. From then on, every trip to London included an afternoon at Topshop where we would get lost in the endless racks of cutting edge fashions.
Topshop eventually started shipping to the states, so I would occasionally purchase things online. I remember being so envious of New Yorkers when they got their first store in Times Square a few years ago. When I heard of the LA store opening, I was thrilled and couldn’t believe that it would only be a short drive away (without traffic). So this past weekend I finally made it up to the Grove to check it out! I have to say, it’s definitely NOT Oxford Circus, or anything close to it, but it still did the trick. I was concerned that the store would be packed and picked over, but that wasn’t the case. The racks were well stocked and there was no elbowing our way through crowds. I spent some time sifting through different sections and came across their special edition dresses that run from $200-$300+, which seemed a little high considering the quality. I wasn’t blown away by the accessory section, and I have a hard time paying $90+ for faux leather shoes. I was really hoping to find some Maternity pieces to bring home, but the small section left little to choose from, so I’ll be sticking with online shopping.
Overall, I was slightly disappointed with my first experience at the LA store, but it’s hard when comparing to the flagship store in London. Fast fashion has really changed the industry and made trend items accessible to the masses without paying huge retail prices. It will be interesting to see how Topshop grows in the states while competing with the likes of Forever21, H&M, and Zara – all of which offer on-trend styles at lower prices than Topshop. Here’s hoping that the Summer/Fall seasons will bring new and exciting fashions to Los Angeles.
My collection of denim is slim to none these days. Ever since having kids, I haven’t enjoyed squeezing myself into constricting jeans; so I typically stick with leggings (thank god they have stayed around for so long). That was the case until I was introduced to Reuse Jeans at an event a couple of weeks back. I was immediately drawn to the bright colors, and after being encouraged to try them on I fell in love. The fit is amazing, and I just love the soft hand of the fabric.
I had an opportunity to chat with one of their reps, and I learned that Reuse Jeans are eco-friendly and made of 80% recycled denim! I have a background in denim design and had no idea how much waste production creates in addition to the impact it’s had on our environment. At Reuse they take pre-consumer waste as it’s raw material and run it through a shredding machine, which is then be spun into yarn. Not only can you sport fun colored skinnies with an excellent fit, but you can also reduce your carbon footprint while doing so!
Reuse Jeans, OC Melrose Top, Pour La Victoire Shoes, Forever21 Head Scarf, House of Harlow Sunglasses, J.Crew Necklace, Stella & Dot Necklace and Bracelets
I was secretly hoping this day would never come, but Adella is getting very particular about what she wears. It needs to be a dress, but not any dress, a “twirly” one. Getting her in anything that doesn’t flow with a little spin has been challenging. We have been rotating between a few different dresses every week and it’s getting exhausting. However, this past week while dressing her for school, I managed to get her into a pair of shorts… and she discovered the pockets! Ah the magic of pockets! There were no arguments once those magic pockets were found.
One the many things I love about Southern California is that when it comes to fashion: anything goes! Although we live in suburbia, there is still so much diversity and we have our very own fashion industry thriving in Orange County. People are accepting and support all forms of creativity, and I feel fortunate and happy to raise our kids in such a place. I decided to keep my look fairly simple for the happy hour event last week, but I sported a fun clutch for a pop of color