Sunday, 24 October 2010

NYC: There Will Be Shops

I know this is a little late but, finally, let me present to you my New York purchases. At the time I felt like I'd gone a little crazy with the spending but, now I look at the photos, I wish I'd bought more! Warning: This post may get LONG.

I am a sucker for pretty packaging. An absolute sucker. Give me a fancy little bag with some brightly coloured tissue paper peeping out of the top and I don't really care what's inside! Thankfully the contents of these two little treasure troves were even prettier than the exterior. First up... my dream purse! Found in the Betsey Johnson store in Soho. I saw this a couple of days into our trip, talked myself out of buying it and then, predictably, went back on our last afternoon and bought it. But leather, ruffles, hearts, studs and leopard print all in one purse was too good to pass up!

Next? My Sephora purchases. I went a little crazy initially and grabbed armfuls of lotions and potions but came to my senses and eventually settled on a fairly modest selection. Kind of. I'd been coveting the glitter nail varnish for ages after seeing it on various blogs and I'd had the Smashbox mascara recommended to me. Also, the Stila lip glazes were an absolute bargain. So basically everything I bought was completely essential, right?

I've already blogged about one of my Madewell purchases, but what I didn't mention in that post was that I bought two t-shirts, not just the bat one! Naughty Helen. I know there's been quite a lot of criticism of some of the Alexa Chung collection, due to the pricy nature of the t-shirts, in particular. They weren't cheap, I'll give you that but, with the exchange rate, they cost barely more than the price of a top from Topshop. The quality is lovely and the material is so so soft that I could basically live in them. Oh, and the reason I bought the skull top? Because of the phrase on it. It's one of mine and my friends' most overused phrases and I couldn't not buy it.

Finally, a few bits and pieces I picked up along the way...

1) Mirror and ring from the Marc Jacobs special items store on Bleecker. My one shopping disappointment of the trip. Most of the stuff just seemed.... a bit rubbish!
2) Nail varnish and my bling ring from Forever 21
3) Cheap Fashion's Night Out t-shirt and Blair Waldorf-esque earmuffs from Century 21. Cannot wait to wear these bad boys!
4) BEST. PURCHASE. EVER. Piggy Steamer! Bought at the MOMA Design Store
5) Gabby Sidibe on the cover of Elle. Legendary. Bought for hangover Sunday in Central Park
6) Mug and milk glass from Anthropologie. I can't stop buying house things!

I also bought an incredible Reese's ice cream bowl and some more OPI. I honestly don't understand how I didn't have excess baggage on the way home!


Ayden said...

wow, you did some AWESOME shopping! :) haha loves it! my friend got me a betsey johnson necklace when she was in nyc, I never knew there was a store?! When I went to sephora in paris, I was all set for buying loads of stuff and I walked out with one thing! :( haha talk about being annoyed with myself xx

Emily Rose said...

The purse is gorgeous! And I really like the Alexa t-shirts too, they'd go with everything. Hmm wonder if they will be on ebay?


The Robyn Diaries said...

SO many lovely things are extremely green with envy right now! I want to go back to new york so badly and looks like you got lots of gorgeous things :)
I love Sephora and would totally hoard, so jealous of your alexa for madewell purchases talk about good timing!

R x

Kb said...

I wish I'd bought more beauty products in NYC, seriously we're being ripped off for Mac, OPI and the like. Love the purse and the Madewell purchases, wish they sold it here.

MariƱa " La Marquesa" said...

UAU!!!!!!!! I love the marc Jacobs mirror!!!!and sephora has too many good things :D But I still prefer benefit!

Amy said...

I love: the bat tee, the H mug and that gorgeous dark green nail varnish! Wish I could see the Madewell stuff in the flesh - I really love some of the AC collab.


heartshapedbruise. said...

Wow you got some great stuff :)

Love that Betsey Johnson purse - can definitely see why you had to go back & get it, you would've been gutted if you hadn't!

Helen said...

ahh amazing, shopping is part of the reason I want to go back to NYC. Sephora omg.

Sarah said...

You are giving me serious wunderlust, Helen! In a very specific going-to-america-and-buying-lots kind of way. I love everything, that purse is stunning and I actually do like the Alexa t-shirts!!

American makeup is so cheap, it's amazing. OPI over there is less in dollars than it is in pounds, like $7 compared to £10!!

To summarise: JELUZ.

likeaskeletonkey said...

I cannot believe how little shopping I did in NYC, I am so utterly jealous! I think I was almost overwhelmed by choice and a lack of knowledge really where to head. So most of my buys were from Zara, which I could have probably got here?! Oh dear Helen, I'm an idiot! I also spent all of my money on expensive cocktails instead!

I LOVE the Madewell stuff, the two teeshirts are dreamy. Do they ship to the UK or is it US only?

Bee xx

Nicole said...

lovely haul, so many goodies :)
love the stila gloss set

Jen said...

Purse perfection! I love the mini padlock and the leopard print. x

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i just got a sephora by opi polish extremely similar to that one, I LOVE IT. & i have the stila lip set, but I have the one that was 8 for $25...COMPLETELY ESSENTIAL

t said...

Sweet haul!

Louder Than Silence said...

Oh I love the Madwell tees, especially the skull one - good choice! I have that MJ mirror too but it recently snapped in half, booo :(

Sally x

Louder Than Silence

Helen said...

Ayden - The Betsey store is like all my dreams realised in one place! I had to drag myself out before I spent $$$ on some sparkly shoes! x

Emily - I bet they will! Keep your eye out!

Robyn - Sephora was totally overwhelming! I wanted everything. Seriously!

kb - I know, right?! OPI is so so cheap in Duane Reade and over here it's sold as a luxury brand! So unfair.

Marina - Ah, I love Benefit too! But it's expensive :/

Amy - The Alexa stuff is really lovely. I nearly lost my mind over the polkadot tea dress but just couldn't justify the $185 price tag!

Heartshapedbruise - I really would have been. I made a deal with myself that if I saw something I loved I'd get it. Because I can't deal with remorse over missed purchases!

Helen - I would go back in a heartbeat. Although I need a bit of time to save up!

Sarah - We are being royally ripped off for OPI. It makes me SAD. Get thee to NYC, sharpish! x

Bee - I think they ship worldwide but I'm not entirely sure. Customs charges bring the woe anyway :( I bought nothing at all in New York last year so this year I made it my mission! I spent a huge amount on expensive cocktails too though. OOPS. x

Nicole - I've half used two of them already! They're so good.

Jen - It is seriously my dream purse. Only problem is that I don't want to use it too much for fear it'll get damaged! x

Darling - Oh my! That's a bargain! Mine was $22 for 4!!

Louder than silence - A lot of the ones in store were broken. I fear mine will head that way shortly! :/

Prad Savania said...

Wow, some super stuff there! Uber chic! x

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