When I was living in London (UK) I worked in The City at Lloyd’s. There wasn’t too much shopping in the vicinity – there was a French Connection, and Leadenhall Market had Reiss, Marks & Spencer and Oasis. And then there was a big House of Fraser. That’s where I usually spent my time.
I remember the store perfectly. Main floor – beauty (I often hit the Bobbie Brown counter), second floor – shoes (my faves – Kurt Geiger and Carvela) and bags. You had to head around past the bags to hit the escalator to go to the higher floors for the clothes. In the corner were all these iconic English Mulberry bags which it seemed every chic girl in The City had on their shoulder. I always said I would buy one, but I never had the stomache for the price (or the cash probably).
I just read in Flare that Mulberry will be making it’s way to Canada! Unfortunately, so far it’s just Toronto but one day maybe the stars will align and they will be in both Montreal AND I’ll have the funds to blow on one of their bags. Unfortunately, they are a bit office-y for my new freelance writer lifestyle (and, err… expensive) but there still are a few more suitable bags I can see myself with. Top would be The Alexa (named after Alexa Chung), mine only for a cool $1,700…
I’ve always loved stamps and have a couple that I use to jazz up envelopes when I send out our annual christmas card. These stamp sets from Yellow Owl Workshop are adorable, and I can see any kid (or adult) having a field day with them.
Oasis have been coming out with some really great print dresses lately (you may recognize the last one from my About page). It’s funny, when I lived in London and worked in the city, one of the closest shops was Oasis and I never shopped there much… Now that I am back in Canada I find myself admiring the clothes. Unfortunately, I have to get it shipped in from either the US or the UK, where Oasis is based. Oh well, that’s how it goes, I suppose!
The above three onesies are available from OnePiece
I am more than familiar with the onesie. You know, it’s that top that snaps together that babies wear. But, apparently, it’s not just for babies anymore. My sister, who lives in London, confirmed that it is a full blown trend for adults to wear onesies and even the British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg owns one. Just to show how mainstream they are, you can pick one up at Marks & Spencer, and John Lewis (ie the British versions of The Bay or Sears). And, I spotted my first onesie here in Montreal – a guy casually walking down Monkland Avenue in NDG. To be honest, they do look like the ultimate comfort. But out of the house? Not sure… What do you think? Would you wear it out of the house? Or at all? OnePiece calls itself the The Norwegian Original if you are in the market… There is even a Canadian version, and just in time for Canada Day!