Topshop LA

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.

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Summer Swim Cover-ups

There are a few wardrobe essentials that are among my most favorite things to wear. These items are my most cherished and splurge worthy… they include: jackets, shoes, and cover-ups! We spend a good amount of time in swimsuits – by “we” I mean our entire family. It’s sort of an inside joke that we have very few photos of our family fully clothed. I suppose that’s what happens when you live in a warm climate and spend a lot of time at the beach or pool.

My love for beachwear began a few years ago when I was pregnant with Adella. She is a summer baby, born in August, so I spent most of of my time seeking relief from the heat at the beach. I loved the freedom of wearing swimsuits and gauzy cover-ups to cover my baby bump, and so my collection grew. I am always asked where I find my beloved cover-ups… some are simply from Nordstrom; others are a little more indulgent. A few things they all have in common is that they are vibrant, flowing, and unique. Here are a few of my current favorites – some can be found in my closet, and others are on the “lust list”!

From top left: Anya Hindmarch, Topshop, H&M, Matthew Williamson Escape, Mara Hoffman, Antik Batik, Steve Madden, Brazen, La Perla, Topshop

Off to the Desert!

This year we will be spending Mother’s Day weekend with friends at a time share in Palm Desert! It’s always so nice to get away with other families that have young children; the kids entertain one another, and the big kids get to relax a bit and enjoy watching the little ones play. We love going to the desert, and our plan doesn’t include much more than lounging poolside, barbecuing, and simply having fun with our kids. I’m trying not to sound cheesy, but sometimes the hustle and bustle of everyday life causes us to forget how quickly our kids are growing, so we look forward to time away as an opportunity to re-connect.

The other moms and I have plans for a quiet brunch at another resort on Sunday. Well, it will probably start out quiet, then get louder as the day progresses sans kids! We might even sneak in some vintage shopping while we’re at it. When it came to planning for the weekend escape, there were a few necessities that couldn’t be ignored: sun hats, bright cover-ups, and a couple of new swimsuits for the season…

Mikoh Bottoms, Robin Piccone Top, Body Glove Bikini, Collection Eighteen Hat, H&M Fedora, Steve Madden Cover-up, Brazen Cover-up

If you’re still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift, check out my post on The Spa at Island Hotel. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mamas out there, enjoy your day!! Cheers!!