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the city: topshop is heaven {part 3}

12 August 2009

And so I’ve returned from my brief hiatus, an absence taken for a wee vacation at a friend’s beach house for a few days. But before I can begin on journaling those few days, I must finish the adventures in the city, non?

Leaving (or attempting, rather) the Metropolitan was quite the task – it was literally swarming with people who scrambled in to escape the outpour of rain. Eventually we were able to weave our way out and begin our trek in the rain towards the dear old subway. (I do sometimes mistakingly call it the Metro or the Tube, names that are far more pretty than the “subway.”)

Fast forward to the subway. (I assure you that the walk wasn’t too exciting – though the city looked incredibly beautiful, in a vintage sense, in the rain.) We boarded, squeezing in the wet, sweaty, and rather stuffy (mildew-y, even) crowd just before the doors closed. It was a bit uncomfortable, I must admit, as awkward contact with strangers tends to be. That, and enduring several men blatantly looking me up and down. Two stops later and M. & I finally have room to breathe and a pole to support us along the rather rocky ride. But noting the number of eye candy or simply creepy men is not too exciting, unless you were there. It was one of those “yah-had-to-be-there” type things (a.k.a. an excuse for these lazy fingers to skip to the important parts).

I do forget the order of events and stops, for a week between the actual happenings and the documentation does leave faulty recollections. But between actually finding the right street and reaching our final destination, there was:

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  • a lunch stop where we both ate the heaviest (and cheesiest) yogurt parfait with granola
  • some more men checking us out
  • stopping in random boutiques that had the most amazing items but were (sadly) way out of my seventeen year old means
  • boys eyeing us, again
  • getting a free tote from Desigual, so we made our rounds in the store to look like appreciate customers. I did like their printed bohemian-meets-punk skirts and tees.
  • shopped a bit at Urban Outfitters (my first time ever!), where M. bought this stunning floral print top with eye hooks along the front, and I tried on an assortment of, surprise, black bandage-type apparel.

And this is when the angels from the heavens above sing choruses of “Hallelujah!” as the clouds part the sun reappears from its hiding spot during the storm. Because the large signs, with TOPSHOP in capitals, are finally spotted (by M.; it took me a while to actually see them…). And stepping into the large entrance, with a very cold employee on the steps welcoming us, the chorus of seemed to reach a crescendo. It was one of those movie moments where everything, save the angels’ “Hallelujahs” diminished to just me, myself, and Topshop, a moment where my eyes knew not where to look or what to touch first.

I died.

Immediately I gravitated all things sequined, which pulled me to the racks on the left. And this is where I died again, at the moment I spied this cream-coloured, entirely sequined cardigan. My heart palpitated, I sighed, and picked up the darling thing of perfection, caressing the material. It was light, yet heavy with the sequinry. Per.fec.tion. Of course I was not alone in my love for it; a sweet girl, perhaps in her early twenties was searching for a size four. A conversation ensued, in which she told me she had come back to finally buy it after eyeing it for some time. (This girl should/could be a model – quite tall, blonde, with pretty features, dressed casually but looks so chic.)

All three (or was it four?) floors were equally stunning. I died at everything in view (this studded bandage skirt in particular caught my eye; it was beyond unbelievable in person), and le sigh-ed at everything my hands touched. In a way it was heaven, yet hell-ish in tempting me to want every item (limited cash on my persons was the only thing that stopped me from going completely insane grabbing this and that off the racks).

So I guess you could say I died at its steps and went to heaven. Or hell, depending on how you look at it.

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Wearing: gray & black leopard print blouse (my new favorite top at the moment) // black lace camisole (the round, turquoise button would be my admission into the Met) // tailored shorts // patent flats // silver Eiffel Tower pendant // (not shown: silver bangle & leather wrap bracelet, courtesy of M.)

And yes my loves, that would be M. & I at the Met; yours truly on the left, and M. on the right. Alas, I’ve succumbed, so I suppose this would be the first outfit post.


La C.

57 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 August 2009 6:23 pm

    How cute are you — blocking out your face.

    Hooray for succumbing and posting your outfit! I love it!

  2. 12 August 2009 6:44 pm

    Ooh! What a lovely time & shopping expedition! Amazing pic! 🙂

  3. 12 August 2009 7:08 pm

    Your face, your face lol.

    Your outfit is amazing!!

  4. 12 August 2009 7:09 pm

    Love the top…Looks good!

  5. 12 August 2009 7:47 pm

    I love your outfit…your trip sounds like it was amazing!

  6. 12 August 2009 8:28 pm

    The top looks really cute, glad you enjoyed your stay in the city. Top Shop is pretty amazing.

  7. 12 August 2009 9:03 pm

    “Immediately I gravitated all things sequined…” LOVE THAT 😉

  8. 12 August 2009 9:23 pm

    You look adorable! And I NEED a sequin Topshop jacket. I’ve seen them all over the blogs and the mags and I must have one. Sigh.

    • 12 August 2009 9:27 pm

      Joanna Jenkins: Thank you (:

      Kristin: Thanks ! And ugh, I’m dying for one… It’s a necessity!

      Libby: Thanks love, I’ve added you! xx

  9. 12 August 2009 9:26 pm

    First outfit post, and I love it1 I love your blog so much and would love toswap links, would you like to?

  10. Hannah permalink
    12 August 2009 9:34 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about Topshop! I’ve been in there twice and the first few minutes… my goodness – so overwhelming! so sequined! so fabulous! I absolutely adored the sequined cardigan, but it’s well above my budget. :/ Did you end up purchasing anything from Topshop? I’d love to hear what you bought! (Perhaps a post entitled “The City [part 4]” is up next?)

    • 12 August 2009 9:35 pm

      Hannah: Mmmmmhm. Amen, darling! I didn’t buy anything – I’m saving up for the few items I have on my [mentally-noted] wishlist! (:

  11. 12 August 2009 10:41 pm

    cute patent pumps!

  12. 12 August 2009 10:41 pm

    WOW! Your Look is like your writing FABULOUS!!!

  13. Maisha permalink
    12 August 2009 11:10 pm

    Haha at first I was like…does she realize there’s like a beam in front of her face? Then I got it 🙂

    • 12 August 2009 11:11 pm

      Gerri Ward: Merci beaucoup, love!

      Maisha: Hahahahaha I am not that oblivious, dear.

  14. 12 August 2009 11:34 pm

    Hey La C. I’ve enjoyed reading these. I hope you had a great time away. Take care. Cheers!

  15. 12 August 2009 11:43 pm

    You (and your ensemble) are every bit as stunning as I imagined. So glad you had a fabulous time! 🙂

  16. 13 August 2009 12:20 am

    The blouse is lovely, you look so classy! Nice to have a peek of what you’ve been wearing lately!



  17. 13 August 2009 2:11 am

    I had the exact same reaction as you, when I arrived for the first time at topshop! It’s so overwhelming! We even got lost, seriously.

    Oh and I love love love your outfit photo! Hope you will put more of them on you blog.

  18. 13 August 2009 2:39 am

    TopShop is amazing isn’t it? I can’t believe you’ve never shopped at UO before! Hehe why are you so reluctant to show your face? I’m sure you are gorgeous!

    • 13 August 2009 2:40 am

      Ale: Thank you (:

      Charlotte: It is! I do hope I can learn my way navigating about the city (: And thank you love! Perhaps I will (;

      MizzJ: Hehe thanks! (; I do love my anonymity though; one day, maybe! (:

  19. 13 August 2009 4:56 am

    How awesome to see your style, looking good ❤

  20. 13 August 2009 5:32 am

    your outfit is gorgeous!! i always imagined you had blonde/light brown hair for some reason lol 🙂

  21. 13 August 2009 6:39 am

    Yaaay and outfit post! And I’m so loving your tailored shorts and printed blouse. Please, give us more!

    • 13 August 2009 6:40 am

      daisychain: Thank you love!

      jessica: Thanks! (: Haha, many people had thought that too! I’m so curious as to why!

  22. 13 August 2009 9:47 am

    Nice recollection of Top Shop experience- I totally relate. I practically made a special trip to visit my bro in NYC, just for Top Shop! haha. I always just want to grab everything in sight!!

  23. 13 August 2009 9:55 am

    So much ooogling and eyeing. You’re a pretty girl, I’m not surprised.
    I love the way you wrote about the subway ride. I could almost feel the humid sweaty vibe.

  24. 13 August 2009 10:01 am

    Ur outfit is fantastic. 🙂 Love the top!


  25. 13 August 2009 10:06 am

    Topshop opened just a month after I visited NYC…I can’t wait to know this heaven in London town!

  26. 13 August 2009 11:21 am

    An outfit post! With your own body! LOL. You look sexay, my dear.

  27. 13 August 2009 12:48 pm

    Lovely post! After reading that, I felt like I just took a trip to the city (: You’re an amazing writer! Oh, Topshop sounds incredible. I’ve never been before, but I’m going at the end of August.

    Hooray! An outfit post, And a gorgeous one at that. I adore your whole ensemble, as well as your friend’s (:

    – laur @ neonmango

    • 13 August 2009 12:49 pm

      Laur: Thanks love! You’re the sweetest (: I guarantee you will loooove Topshop! And I received your email; it will take a bit of time since I’m rather busy as of late – I do apologize! bisous xx

  28. Clare permalink
    13 August 2009 1:05 pm

    Ahhh i love top shop… but I do admit I love The Met more! So glad you got to go. It is a magical place!

  29. 13 August 2009 3:23 pm

    what a great day & fabulous outfit for shopping!

  30. 13 August 2009 3:42 pm

    Looks like a fabulous trip!

    xo t

  31. 13 August 2009 4:04 pm

    I can totally understand how uncomfortable it must be on the train especially in the rain! I’ve experienced the same thing when I take the bus when I used to take classes at the university and unfortunately on some days when it poured, it was unbearble to be around strangers who um..not very respectful.

    Topshop sounds so wonderful! I love the outfit you had on too! Pretty leopard shirt! I hope to see more of your outfit posts! xxoxoxo

  32. 13 August 2009 4:39 pm

    Cool outfit!You look greate:D

  33. 13 August 2009 5:48 pm

    Woo woo, you girls got alot of attention from guys that day!! That’s a cute picture of you two, even with the line *sigh*.

    I’ve never been to Top Shop, but you make it sound like a great place to shop!

    Take care! ♥ Christine

    • 13 August 2009 5:49 pm

      Shin: Merci, darling! Ah, what university did you go to? (:

      Christine: Haha, I guess we did (; And thank you! (: You must go one day – it is a must!

  34. 13 August 2009 7:06 pm

    Haha, I knew I’d find something cool to read here again 🙂
    Gee, this really is your first outfit post (very nice), I hope it won’t be the last!

    • 13 August 2009 7:07 pm

      Dexter: Thank you dear (: Perhaps I’ll update you with the occasional outfit post! (;

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  36. 13 August 2009 11:37 pm

    I want to go to New York! My goodness, that blouse you are wearing is gorgeous! Where did you get it?

    • 14 August 2009 7:45 am

      Con Brio: Thank you! I got it at Marshall’s only a week ago, so I’m not quite sure if they’ll have it in stock? It was the only one I saw, thank goodness it was in my size!

  37. 14 August 2009 2:07 am

    Looks like a fab time! Love the outfit!

  38. 14 August 2009 3:31 pm

    Can’t read it whitout crying. I miss N-Y so, so, so much. Topshop too, btw xD
    The Met.
    Oh, dear Jesus.

  39. 15 August 2009 2:19 am

    I went to Topshop for my first time back in June, it was crazy!

    I have more affinity for Topshop, now that I won a bike from them! Hah!

  40. 15 August 2009 4:41 pm

    Fabulous outfit,
    I can’t wait to see more outfitposts!


  41. 17 August 2009 4:44 pm

    & Shouldn’t be your last outfit post! 😀

    • 17 August 2009 9:11 pm

      Jamie: I’m beginning to think I’ll start featuring more of them, since they are highly requested! (:

  42. 17 August 2009 6:14 pm

    Hi there! So happy to see ‘you’! Love reading your post!

  43. 18 August 2009 12:18 pm

    love the outfit babes!! that top is so cute..i love the pairing with the shorts

    finally an outfit post! haha love the anonymity!

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