After a short, but oh so long three hour flight, we landed in LaGuardia airport ready to take on the city. As you’d probably imagine, we spent most of our trip soaking up anything fashion- the stores, the culture, and of course, the wonderful madness that fills the city air. But we also took some time to experience New York without style constantly on our mind. For one thing, we chose to give ourselves a mini “beauty detox” by wearing very limited makeup and washing our hair every few days. The cold weather left our hair less greasy than normal, but it also left our skin much drier, so it felt good not to cake on layers of makeup. On to the city! George Town cupcakes, Broadway plays, and a few museums allowed us to feel accomplished as we concluded our constant on-the-go journey. But nothing left us more satisfied than the hours and hours spent trying on clothes, shoes, and countless accessories- and the receipts to prove our success! While we surely aren’t pros when it comes to NYC, we do have some suggestions for any beauty ready to tackle the shopping marathon this overwhelming city requires. Here are just a few of the places that are worthy of your limited hours.
Any store European- Needless to say, NY is a place like no other. It’s one of the fashion capitals of the world and to put it in simple terms, you can find pieces that you would never discover anywhere else. SoHo is perfect for small boutiques or well-known stores that are only in select locations. Forget Forever 21 and H&M. Indulge in Top Shop, Made Well, and Brandy Melville. They all have unique styles that will add a fresh flavor to your closet. And better yet, no one else will have anything like it!
Canal Street- Even if you’re not a huge bargainer, this is definitely a place that you should go at least once, or, if you’re like me, every time given the opportunity! Canal Street is only a few blocks away from SoHo, so it’s the perfect outing for a day trip, and it’s filled with irresistible buys. Sure, the items are not always the best quality, but having a fashionable outfit is not about having the best of everything. It’s about having a few good quality staple pieces and some trendy (cheaper) accessories to spice it up! This NYC show-stopping street is a purse/scarf/jewelry fantasy, but it’s important not to get too caught up in all the fun! Many of the vendors will attempt to sell products much higher than their value. Don’t fall for the tricks! Know when to stay and when to walk away.
East village- Obviously this sounds like a pretty broad description, but if you take the time to wander around, you will discover lots of unique small boutiques that you had never heard of before. Some are overpriced, but regardless, it’s a great place to acquire ideas and lots of inspiration for your upcoming outfits. One of our personal favorites is a small store called Vera Meat. It is a little on the expensive side, but has delicate, yet oddly bold jewelry that is completely original!
We hope you enjoyed our mini guide to NYC’s chaotic couture. We will be showing you many of the pieces that we got and how we style it for spring! Stay tuned!
Xoxo~ Cara & Tal