On the Fourth Day…

The fourth day has been great.

Two things happened – I went shopping ๐Ÿ‘ญ with my littlest sister Susannah and I had the most excellent affogato โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Œ.

Suzie is at St Andrews studying International Relations (very serious, she is going to be a spy ๐Ÿ”ซ or something like that…) but she also shares my love of shopping ๐Ÿ‘— and as it is school holidays has some spare time on her hands. ย I really love shopping – I am a serious browser and spontaneous purchaser, and I prefer to shop alone, or at least with someone who understands the importance of independent shopping – which Suzie does. ย My worst joint shopping experience ever was when someone I didn’t know very well, called me into a changing room and wept all over me because she thought she looked fat in her bikini ๐Ÿ‘™. ย These people make me angry – who shops for a bikini in mid winter in Scotland, and seriouslyย never try it on in a shop changing room, the lighting is ALWAYS ghastly. ย Please in future just order all bikinis online – Coco Bayย has some really quite excellent choices…

Today I set myself a challenge – browsing only, NO purchasing (this is particularly hard, as it is January sales.)

When I am shopping, items tend to fall into these categories:

I don’t really need it, but kind of want it (TK Maxxย bright pink ๐Ÿ’˜ shiny stretch disco shortsย that were ยฃ5)

It goes really well with my current outfit ย – these tend to be surprisingly good choices (Topshop beanie in turquoise ๐Ÿ’™, with multi-coloured pom pom )

I will never be able to afford it, but I’m going to try it on (Sophia Websterย shoes ๐Ÿ‘ )

Things I can’t afford, but decide to buy anyway (anything from J Crewย ๐Ÿ’‹ย and Kate Spadeย ๐ŸŽ€)

I will buy it, know it is right, know when I will wear it, and may even wear it straight away (Whistlesย ๐Ÿ‘œRucksack)

So my non-purchasing shopping day panned out like this:

I met Susannah in Beyond Retroย on Great Marlborough Street,ย we were wearing scarily similar outfits – I am not sure who this is more worrying for – furry jacket, trendy rucksack and Nike Air Maxs ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ… probably me:


Suzie in her super The Design Studio Hawarden jacket, backpack bought in Marrakech and silver Nike trainers

Beyond Retro was super fun and, being vintage you never quite know what you might find, we tried on some great dresses:

A fun long velvet dress
Metallic and velvet – really excellent
Sweet Susannah in a check skirt

We then spent some time in Liberty, and tried on Fendiย sunglassesย ๐Ÿ‘“ , found a Marcus Lupfer skirt ๐Ÿ‘— I would very much like please, and some sparklyย Sophia Websterย shoes ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ:

Markus Lupfer
Sophia Webster

Then French Connection which has some great items – I don’t know if by this point the withdrawal was becoming too much ‘ I WANT EVERYTHING’ but I genuinely may go back for these shoes ๐Ÿ‘ :

French Connection – I love them

And finally Topshop. ย I love Topshop on Oxford Street so much, the best time to go is first thing in the morning when you practically have the place to yourself. ย We headed straight to the shoe section in the basement and I got very jealous when these shoes were only in Suzie’s size not mine – but probably for the best:

Topshopย pom poms

I did make one very small purchase – a velvet diamante ๐Ÿ’Ž scrunchie from Beyond Retro – we got matching ones โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ˜.

And some great scrunchies

We had to go toย Saidย on Broadwick Street to recuperate. ย I really wanted hot chocolate โ˜•๏ธ, they do proper thick, spoon-standing up stuff – but they were out of hot chocolate which really was terrible. ย So I settled for an affogato, which turned out to be one of the best things I have ever tasted – a ball of starting to melt milk chocolate surrounded by a small dollop of vanilla ice cream, all floating in an espresso ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ. ย It was amazing. ย Suzie had a 3 chocolate mocha. ย I am going to write more about hot chocolate โ˜•๏ธ and chocolate ๐Ÿซ soon, as it is one of my favourite things โ˜บ๏ธ.

The best mocha and affogato – maybe ever.

Catch up tomorrow.

Alice xxx