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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Maternity Style Guide: The Basics

These days, we pregnant women are lucky that loose tops and leggings are always trending and wardrobe staples. However, there comes a time during pregnancy when we must submit to wearing maternity clothes! Since this is my third pregnancy, I have tried and tested just about all of it! I’m extremely picky when it comes to fit, silhouette, comfort, and especially price. Maternity clothes are very expensive, and it kills me to spend a fortune on something that I’ll only be wearing for a few months. Thankfully, retailers such as ASOS and Topshop have created maternity lines that are on-trend and wallet friendly. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite basic pieces that are essential in any pregnant woman’s wardrobe:

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1. ASOS Skinny Jeans 2. ASOS Leggings 3. Alexander McQueen Skull Scarf 4. TopShop Fisherman Sweater 5. Topshop Wide Stripe Top 6. Old Navy Jersey Tank 7. Gap Pure Body Short-Sleeve T

These key pieces are my absolute favorite right now! They’re great for lounging around the house and can easily be dressed up by simply adding a fun scarf and ankle boots.

Fourth of July Fashion

Tim is scheduled to work on the 4th of July this year… one of the downsides of being a Fireman is that they always have to work on holidays. The kids and I don’t have any big plans, and might just end up driving up to the firehouse for BBQ and fireworks (hint, hint). Even though our fourth will be a quiet one, I can’t help but notice all of the amazing Americana inspired fashions available. Long gone are the days of boring flag tees… Here are a few of my favorite items that really stood out; I especially love the idea of a simple scarf with a distressed flag print.

1. Tarnish Scarf 2. Free People Bag 3. Evocateur Cuff 4. Wildfox Sweater 5. DSquared2 Bikini 6. Topshop Hot Pants 7. Betsey Johnson Earrings 8. Truly Madly Deeply Muscle Tee 9. Delia’s Shorts 10. DSquared2 Halter Top