October 29, 2014

A Hidden Gem on Hamra Street: The ABC Outlet

You all know Hamra street. It's bustling and busy. Very touristic and has its very own special cache. Recently one afternoon I took a spin down the street. A lot has changed. New brands have and are moving in and a lot of them have left, like the old traditional ones, which is a pity however economy does not get that. I will leave my explorations on Hamra street for a post of its own. I am here to tell you about one very important discovery I came across, the ABC outlet. Outlets are somehow time consuming. I don't particularly enjoy getting lost in one because often what you find is useless and not really worth the effort or the money. However I must admit that sometimes and really SOMETIMES you can come across gems. This is exactly my story at the ABC outlet. To start with I never knew the ABC on Harma street was an outlet. I walked in by sheer curiosity to get a glimpse of what the original ABC felt like and in comparison to the actual ones now. To my luck I saw 60% and 70% in October which felt like a heat wave from July. As I inspected the items more closely I noticed they were winter coats, cardigans, and knits. I pulled a closer look and the brands intrigued me Claudie Pierlot, Sandro, Maje, IRO, Maison Scotch, IKKS, Berenice, … and the list goes on. All brands owned by ABC from previous seasons at insanely reduced prices. So I got digging and landed myself this awesome waist coat by Sandro at 70% off and this tartan shirt with some attitude at also 60% off. This outlet was worth the dig up and the time. It's small and compact. You know what to expect vis a vis the brands. And the staff are super helpful. I will definitely make my way there every now and then, I mean who would not want a leather Sandro waist coat at 70% off?
Perhaps you jealous freak! Click to see my purchases.

October 28, 2014

Thank You Platforms!!

I have never been very platform friendly nor fondly nor anything in between. I have been either a flats girl or a sky high heels woman. I never knew what it meant to have something in between until summer cringed on me and I bought a pair of "espadrilles" platforms from Carissima for a very cheap US$ 55. Looking at it back then I had no clue why I bought them and what I would wear them with. Looking back at it NOW, I think they were the BEST investment I ever made. I wore them till the sole tore off. I wore them till the sides started to bend. Well I practically wore them with everything. What I loved about them was that they possessed the perfect amount of cool with chic. I literally wore them with shorts and crop tops, combo shorts, dresses, boy friend jeans, and anything that came along. My fondness of them grew and for the winter season, these platforms by Superga caught my attention and I knew right away I wanted to have them. Specially with stalkings I think they would go insanely well with winterish outfits like skirts, leggings, leather shorts or pants, dresses, …
So really what could be more perfect than a pair of shoes that would look good with anything? Next week I will be dying to try them with a suit and of course I will share the pictures with you. These platforms by Superga come in navy blue, red, and black velvet. I opted for the black as I play around a lot with my coats and sweaters in the winter and keep all else constant. Let me know what you think!