Asia Holiday Haul: Clothing & Accessories
I was quite well restrained on the clothing front while shopping on my holiday. Sometimes I go through phases where I'm more into beauty than clothes and lately, I've been finding myself seeking out a more minimal wardrobe, which is a topic I will go into more detail in a later blog post. I guess because I had a lot of beauty bits on my holiday wishlist, I didn't want (or need) to go all out with the clothing and the things that I did want, I couldn't find or they didn't have. I've had a few American Apparel pieces on my wishlist for ages now, but the store in Hong Kong was absolutely tiny and I also wanted to get some Nike Roshe Runs, which after trying three Nike stores, I gave up on. There were a couple of impulse buys that I deemed necessities in my wardrobe, but apart from that, I mostly stuck to my wishlist of Jamie Jeans from Topshop and two extravagant, but well justified handbag purchases!
We all know by now that I love me some Topshop. It's been my favourite clothing store long before it ever came to Australia. While I was on holiday in Sydney back in May, I was contemplating buying some Jamie Jeans then, but because I'm so short, they didn't have the length I was after. You know you're tiny when even high waist ankle grazer jeans bunch up on you! Stupid tall Australians. I just didn't want to pay for expensive jeans I was going to have to pay even more to take up, and knowing I was going overseas later in the year, I left it at that. Well, I'm glad I decided to wait because luckily in Asia where people are tiny like myself, I found the most perfect fitting Jamie jeans in the waist and length. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE. Yes, this is an occasion worthy of caps lock! I got the Blue Vintage Wash Jamie Jeans, the Multi Row Twisted Bar Necklace and a beautiful black Slim Pocket Coat. Totally not necessary as you can most definitely get away with not wearing a coat all winter (if you can even call it that) here in Perth, but I'm sure I'll get a lot of use out of it when I move to Melbourne where it's colder. Plus, I don't own a black coat and it's a staple, I think.
After shopping at the Queen's Road Central store in Hong Kong, the next day, we went to the store in Admiralty as they had a Topman there for my brother. From there, I was able to find my size in the Black Rinse Jamie Jeans, a basic loose-fitting Washed Tee and the Waffle Texture Pelmet Skirt, cutest mini skirt ever. I'm really glad I was able to find these key pieces for my wardrobe and I know I'll get a lot of wear out of them all. The skirt didn't look like much in store, but it was enough to grab my attention and when I tried it on, I absolutely fell it love it. Mini skirts are more flattering with my short legs, plus it goes with literally all the tops I own and has that whole '90s vibe going on. I don't care how much time passes, I will always be stuck in the '90s.
We went to the H&M flagship store in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Hong Kong, but I was a little disappointed by their range. I got another necklace (I wear pretty basic outfits day-to-day, so I like dressing them up with jewellery) and another basic - a striped long sleeve top. I'm a sucker for anything that's going to make me look French. I wish I had got the XS in this as the S is a bit loose and looks a little ill-fitting, but I think I can make it work. I have learnt my lesson though and will remember to always try on clothes when shopping on holiday. The fitting rooms in H&M are always such a nightmare though!
After wandering a little through H&M, I went to the Longchamp store to buy a new handbag. Two handbag purchases in one holiday may seem a bit much, but my everyday fake leather handbag from Myer was so tattered and I could just tell it was going to snap in half carrying it around with me all day on my trip overseas. Jennifer had actually been the one to inspire me to look into Longchamp bags and as an everyday all-essentials handbag, I didn't mind investing a little. As far as designer handbags go and even in comparison to the high street, the Le Pliage Néo Shopping Bag wasn't even that pricey, anyway. I'm so glad I got this because it's super lightweight and fits all my junk whether I'm travelling with my DSLR camera or going to work with my lunch. At first I found it a little too big, but after using it for well over a month now, I'm used to the size and I like that it's roomy so I can easily find my crap! As an everyday bag, the material makes it really easy to clean too.
On the way to the Temple Street Night Markets, the family and I stopped in at Nike. I was hoping to get more workout clothes, but there wasn't anything I liked there apart from these cute mint green Modern Tempo Embossed Shorts. I guess it sounds kind of ridiculous to be fussy over something like workout gear, but working out is all about feeling good and confident in yourself! Plus, I just really need all the motivation I can get.
Last, but not least, my beautiful Mulberry Alexa! I saved this purchase until the second last day of our holiday as I kept umm-ing and ahh-ing over whether it was really worth it to drop all that cash on a handbag. After much consideration and enabling from my mum (it's obvious who I take after!), I said goodbye to my money and welcomed this beauty into my life. I'm glad I did because it has been my dream bag for a few years now and if I had purchased it anywhere else, it would've been even more expensive. As I mentioned in my holiday wishlist, this was a present to myself for finally getting my driver's licence and I'm working hard on trying to get that full time job! I was contemplating investing in a bigger Mulberry Alexa as an everyday bag, but that is just too much for everyday use and I want to preserve that "fancy" feeling for as long as I can. I'm going to use it for shopping trips as well as lunch and dinner dates with friends. I'll still get good wear out of it, but it'll remain special too. My Longchamp Le Pliage Néo and Mulberry Alexa bags are the only two handbags I own now (minus two small high street bags for when I go out at night) and I'm really happy with that. Rather than paying money every time a cheaper bag wears out, I like that I've invested in good quality timeless ones I know are going to last me a really long time.
As for my next ridiculously expensive handbag purchase? The dream is to fly to Paris for my 30th birthday and get myself the Chanel Boy bag. I better start saving now!