Europe Haul: Clothing and Jewellery
1. Topshop Lace Trim Ankle Socks 2. Topshop Vectra Canvas Studded Slippers and tie-dye leggings 3. Grey 'I Love London' hoodie 4. Double decker bus Pandora charm 5. Cuffed and cutoff vintage Levi's shorts from Rokit 6. Peace sign tank and ombre tank tops from H&M in Barcelona 7. Unknown Pleasures tank and diamond tank tops from H&M in Paris and Barcelona 8. Evil Eye bracelet from Athens, pink opal bracelet from Kuşadası and Nomination bracelet from Florence 9. Various rings from London, Florence, Mykonos and Santorini 10. Studded belt and burgundy dress from H&M in Paris and Vienna 11. Swarovski treble clef earrings from Swarovski in Vienna 12. Swallow printed skirt and Peter Pan collar top from H&M in Barcelona and Paris 13. Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ring in blue gunmetal from Paris 14. Ladurée goodies from Paris
Sorry it's been quite a few days since my last post. I've been working a lot, but here I am with another Europe related post! I don't have too many left, just a few cities to go.
Shopping in an actual Topshop store instead of online was just so much fun! Especially being the Oxford Street shop too - it was like a mini department store! I was surprised I didn't buy more, but Topshop is quite expensive and there were a couple of other things I wanted, but they didn't have my size. I'm absolutely in love with what I bought though. Topshop will always be my favourite!
Vintage Levi's were on my Europe wishlist and I was going to get them from Urban Outfitters, but they only had massive sizes in stock. I was really disappointed because I don't think there's anywhere I can get them where I live, so we took a chance and went to Camden Market. We stumbled upon the vintage store, Rokit, and I was able to find exactly what I was looking for! I want add some rips in them, but I'm scared I'll ruin them! I've never DIYed my clothes before. I also picked up some London souvenirs such as my absolutely warm and fluffy 'I love London' hoodie, which I wore for a bit after coming home to winter, but it's a little too warm for it now. My best friend and I bought each other double decker bus Pandora charms - isn't it adorable?! We went a little mental on day one of our trip!
As you can tell, I went a little H&M crazy during my travels around Europe! I did get some plain tanks and tees, so I've just showed the most interesting ones I bought. I think about five days into my trip, I was already bored of the clothes I packed (the biggest downside of travelling is not having your whole wardrobe with you!), but I ended up finding heaps of nice summer tanks in a H&M store in Barcelona. Some of the H&M stores were really hit and miss, but Barcelona and Paris were amazing.
I found some really unique jewellery in Italy and Greece - my favourites being my Nomination bracelet and puzzle ring (second ring from the left). You can add all sorts of charms to a Nomination bracelet, but for now, I have a diamond stone and six countries I've been to - Australia, UK, France, Spain, Italy and Japan. Greece was home of turquoise and opal jewellery, so I bought some rings there. In Vienna, my Contiki tour manager took us to a Swarovski outlet store where I mostly bought presents for my family, but bought these cute little earrings for myself as I adore music and I hadn't owned anything Swarovski before.
Lastly, my Europe 'splurge' item was my beautiful YSL Arty Ring! I've always loved the style of Arty rings, but I hate gold jewellery. I saw this beautiful one when I Googled 'silver Arty ring' and knew I needed it in my life. After shopping around all day in the hot heat, we caught the train to the closest YSL store, which closed at 7pm and after rushing around trying to find it, we literally (and I mean that!) made it there with one minute to spare! The saleslady was so lovely though and let my friend and I browse around. I found the exact ring I was after and I was so thrilled.
Of course, no trip to Paris is complete without stopping at Ladurée for some little colourful treats! I'd been dying to go to Ladurée even before I tasted my first macaron and it was so worth the wait. Definitely the best macarons I've tasted with so many delicious flavours you won't find anywhere else. If I'm ever there again (my best bet in the new shop in Sydney), I want to buy some candles! I did buy the magazine, which is all about Japan and really interesting.
Well, that's it for all the stuff I purchased in Europe! I did buy a few other random bits and pieces, but I thought I'd just stick to beauty and fashion. I discovered an amazing song in H&M on the Champs-Élysées called Keep Close by Lemâitre and now when I listen to it, I'm always reminded of shopping and summer in Paris. I just adore this song! Check it out!