I am back and as expected I came in love with the city and with the suitcase full! The trip was perfect, no problem, a wonderful time with temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees, and it only rained when we were going to the airport.
I’ve been exhausted; I had not walked so much in my life! But it is a city that invites to stroll, since every corner has charm: the small parks that appear in any street, the candy stores (like Magnolia Bakery and its colorful cupcakes), the Broadway theaters, the dream houses of the Upper West Side, the shops and cafes of Greenwich Village, shopping in Soho and a million places I’ve brought in more than 700 photos that my personal photographer has done. I hang one of the most beautiful of the famous New York skyline from below the Brooklyn Bridge. Of film
But back to the subject of shopping, the thing started regular. I guess the first days with so much walking the last thing I wanted was to go shopping. But from Tuesday I was encouraging little by little and in the end the thing has not been bad. Here’s a summary:
Century 21: I only bought a shirt from Moschino, with a very original design and for 50 dollars. The search of millions of clothes is not good, I have no patience. I also saw some dress of Alberta Ferreti and Missoni that were not bad, but they were not a bargain either.
Woodbury Common (buses from Port Authority): I was a little discouraged after the experience with the previous outlet, but it has nothing to do. In general the shops are tidy and you have interesting things at a good price:
At Armani Exchange I bought a pair of jeans, (feel luxurious) and the flower skirt of the ad (there was one and my size).
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In BCBG Max Azria they had discounts of up to 70% and I used to buy two dresses for weddings, baptisms and communions at a price of laughter. One long blue night Greek cut, lowered from 600 dollars to 100 and one short black oriental style, lowered from 200 dollars to 50.
In American Appareal I found the skirt that took a few months ago Alexa Chung, for just over 20 dollars. Basic t-shirts of all shapes and colors, multi-position dresses and sports underwear for a Fame look.
In J. Crew I used to buy basic shirts, the cotton is great, and some with drawings. In addition, I found a lovely headdress that I can always use for any wedding.
In the city, I went straight to Urban Outffiters and would have taken the whole store. It’s a pretty eclectic store that has everything from romantic dresses to broken leggings. In the end I came out with four dresses, which is more beautiful. I put photos of the two that are on the web. By the way, I just discovered that they ship to Spain!
Eryn Brinie: Surely the name does not sound, I’ve never heard it, but it’s kind of like the Korean Top Shop. Sweet and feminine clothes, in delicate fabrics that do not stick to the body and all in neutral or powdered colors. The prices are not cheap, the average is about 70 dollars per garment, but they had great sales and I took a dress and a belt for about 50 dollars.
Steve Madden : He had been standing behind Promod’s flat sandals, a clone of Balmain, but it was impossible to get them. Walking around the city I saw at least 10 girls with the sandals that Steve Madden has cloned and I thought “this has to be a sign” … so after walking through three shoe stores I found my number! They are precious and I will try not to think that I have cost twice as much as Promod.
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Top Shop: It’s true that we have one in Madrid but it always has four things and there are never any sizes left. The Broadway is huge, although the prices are somewhat higher. I found a dress from the Kate Moss collection that I had tried in Madrid in a pitiful state – it was bare and it lacked three buttons. Great price, about 40 dollars.
Anthropologies: The store is just across the entrance to the Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock. In addition to dresses and retro style skirts, they have things for the house. The problem is the prices; the average dresses cost a 150 dollars.
Necessary Clothing: it is a store that has to be given a try. The showcase already invites to flee; they have dresses Made in China ideal to dress Barbie, 100% polyester and in garish colors. But looking for a little I found three cotton dresses that were not bad at a price around 15 dollars.
Abercrombie & Fitch: (767 Fifth Avenue ) The famous store, more for its dependents-models than for their clothes, is a must see. Between lighting and disco music you do not even know what you are getting from the shelves but as an experience it is worth it. I brought a pair of plaid shirts to wear with worn shorts. It is one of the few places where they have notched shirts, much more feminine, woodcut style. One tip, go weekdays because at the weekend there are some incredible queues at the entrance. By the way, to see if they finally open one in Madrid…
Victoria’s Secret: The mythical underwear signature is perfect to buy a mono set at a reasonable price. They have a fairly simple line of bras and smooth panties, in beautiful colors that feel like a glove.
Shopping in New York
Sasks and Bergdorf Goodman: Prices are untouchable but I walked in to see the Marc Jacobs Stam and the Balenciaga Motorcycle and although I am still regretting, I did not bring any. The street stalls are full of imitations, some quite accomplished, and I decided to wait and buy a less “seen” model. I saw some of YSL and Chloé precious, but I did not finish with what I left with nothing. In Bedford they had a very interesting 50% signature shoe section. There was Louboutin for about 300 dollars!
Bloomingdale’s: just strolling around the store is worth it, although buy rather little. Brands like Theory, Catherine Malandrino, Nanette Lepore, 7 for all mankind, Elizabeth & James … and with a little luck you can find something on sale. I did not find anything of my size.
Vintage clothing stores in Soho / Greenwich: go in several and I left if nothing. They have precious and special things but at some prices look at me and do not touch me. The dresses were around 300 dollars and those that were lowered were large sizes.
Nine West: I did not find anything, it was almost all on sale, but in Madrid in season I saw some pretty shoe.
SHOPS FOR SHOPPING I DO NOT RECOMMEND
Strawberry: It’s a Pimkie spice to the American; I’d even say it’s a lot worse. Terrible prints and impossible cuts.
Forever 21: on many American blogs I had seen some dress or skirt of this brand, but once there I took a big disappointment. Rags of very poor quality, at a price similar to H & M, and a number of people inviting to run away.
Macy’s: It’s the rancid version of El Corte Inglés and it’s not worth it to enter. It has 4 items of brands like Manoush or See by Chloé and little else.
Gap: It’s a store that I love for men and boys, but for women, beyond basic T-shirts or some American, I never see anything.
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Banana Republic: clothes to go to work but no grace. As I entered, I left.
Baby: on the web I had seen some nice dress, but I had to go in the week of the “sexy girl” because I came across a lot of ultra-tight mini dresses, shiny letters everywhere and plastic accessories at the price of gold. Too much for me.
Guess: this brand has never been my favorite, but what I saw left me speechless. Have you ever been to a Blanco outlet? Because worse