Ok, this post is a little overdue but better late than never, right?
I bought a bunch of random stuff on my trip but to keep things simple, I’m focusing on the basic items. These will integrate well into my existing wardrobe and they are pieces I can dress up or down depending on the occasion/my mood. Some of the other items can be viewed on Instagram so you can take a peek here.
Let’s talk shoes first. If I’m being honest, I have all the shoes I need for a five-day work week. I never have enough ballet flats though. I use them on my commute to work, for weekend jaunts, casual night outings… everything really.
The vast majority of stuff I bought was on sale. Ardene had flats 2/$20 and $3/15 and other ridiculous prices so … yeah, I had to grab three pairs of ballet flats and gladiators (because I don’t own any). The heels came from Call It Spring and they were about $35. I know I said I don’t need heels but I love a T-strap!
White ballet flats:http://bit.ly/1vW6Aa7
Tan ballet flats:http://bit.ly/1CaZDTv
Black/Grey bow flats:http://bit.ly/1wov9vt
Next up, my favourite pants in the whole wide world. I love Old Navy Pixie pants. I have one pair, seen here, and I just needed to get two more. The fit is amazing!
Black Pixie pants:http://oldnvy.me/1ruVrfU
White jacquard Pixie pants: http://oldnvy.me/1sDPUEG
Two other basic items I got were an orange shift dress from Old Navy and a black jersey top from H&M. This is actually my fourth top like this. I have blue, red and black and white polka dot already. I like to tuck them into skirts or wear them loose on more casual days.
Ok, orange isn’t really a basic colour but I have enough dresses in neutral colours. A shift is a classic shape so I have enough room to play around.
H&M jersey top: http://bit.ly/11coFGq
The orange dress is sold out online but there are similar ones in stock. http://oldnvy.me/ZAxdG8
That’s it for now. Hopefully, I’ll get to take photos of some of the other pieces when I wear them.
*All photos here are from the retailers’ websites,*
We all know by now that I like shopping. But I also like buying locally-made products. There’s just something about supporting your own that makes that shopping high even better. Usually the cost can be prohibitive so I tend to opt for jewellery rather than clothing even though I really want to buy Bajan clothes too.
I figured the The 5th Element Experience on Saturday would be a good opportunity to buy both. 5th Element is a ready-to-wear clothing line by Barbadian designer Andrea King. The one-day pop up boutique also included jewellery by Nine One Designs and Azipho’s Creations.
5th Element is what I think Caribbean clothing should be: easy and effortless but very chic. There’s lots of colour and gorgeous prints which would stand out in any crowd. There were also some white pieces which would make the perfect canvas for the colourful stand-out accessories from Azipho’s Creations or the timeless, classy pieces of Nine One Designs.
So what did I buy? One print really caught my eye because of how fresh and different it seemed. Ok, maybe a black and white grabbed my attention too but I went out on a limb and got something different. I assure you, nothing in my wardrobe looks like this.
And since I never pass Azipho’s Creations without getting something, I answered when this ring called my name.
It was a great afternoon (with lots of naturalistas in the house).More photos are on my Facebook page so be sure to check them out here.