NYC — Spring 2014: Fashion Haul

Thursday, June 12, 2014
The one thing that I was set to buy while I was in NYC was a Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. Clutch. I wanted a nice black leather crossbody bag, and the M.A.C. Clutch has everything I want in one: the structure, studs, chain straps, and the clasp detail work together to create an edgy but still feminine bag that's looks slim and sleek but is still big enough to hold all my essentials. And unlike the Mini M.A.C. which is just too mini for me, I feel like this one is the perfect size for a crossbody bag. I knew I wanted a black one (do I ever want any other colour?) with gold hardware so it would go with everything in my wardrobe, so I went to Bloomingdale's all set to buy this bag, and the salesgirl told me that as they were having a private sale for all Loyallist members (luckily, I joined last year when I bought my Jo Malone perfumes; because there's no Bloomingdale's in Canada, it was kind of redundant for me to join at the time, but they were offering extra GWPs and coupons and things with joining, so I got suckered into it). The sale entitled Loyallist members to receive $25 off for every $100 spent. Since the Rebecca Minkoff bag was $295, the girl said she'd give me $75 off because it was only $5 from the $300 mark. Never have I been so glad to have a points card for a department store.

Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. Clutch

Marc by Marc Jacobs Washed Up Billy Hobo Bag

And then I got tempted by this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag. I wasn't planning on getting another one because I got one last year, but I couldn't resist especially given the Loyallist private sale discount, which enabled me to get $100 off this particular style. I love everything about it: the pebbled calfskin, the one-strap hobo style, and most importantly, the zipper detailing! I wasn't going to get another black bag and was actually contemplating getting it in a sort of "greige" colour, but I felt like the gold and silver zippers looked much more striking against black. So, that's how I ended up with yet another black bag... and spending far more than I expected to.

Talula Wiltern Jacket

Babaton Dion and Julien T-Shirts

While we were walking around in Soho, I thought I'd stop by the Aritzia store there because there was a sale going on. As those who shop there regularly will know, Aritzia's sales are rarely ever deals or steals, usually just a measly $5 off their regular prices. And the prices in their NYC location is exactly the same as in Canada. However, any item of clothing under $100 is tax-free in NYC, so I figured I'd save a little in that sense. I ended up buying the Talula Wiltern Jacket in an army green shade (yes, I bought something with colour!) that I'd been eyeing for the past couple months, as it was on "sale" for $110 (from $120, but I love, love, love this jacket; the shrunken military style, the incredibly lightweight, super-soft linen-like fabric, the numerous pockets, the snap button detailing), plus two washed silk and jersey tops in black (the Babaton Julien, which I already have but it got snagged on something so there's a hole in my old one, and the Babaton Dion, which has tuxedo-style pleating on the front and button-cuff sleeves) which were both on sale for $60 from $85.

Uniqlo Light V-Neck Cardigan and Cotton Linen Stoles

Uniqlo Ultra Stretch Jeans and Leggings Jeans

And, of course, we had to go to Uniqlo, which is always our must-visit when we're in NYC. My mom went crazy there, but I just bought some basics: a lightweight V-neck cardigan that was on special for $14.90 from $29.90, a few lightweight cotton linen scarves (in a khaki-brown, black, and black and white plaid print) that were on special for $9.90 each from $12.90, two pairs of their Ultra Stretch Jeans in black, and two pairs of my favourite Leggings Jeans in charcoal grey and dark blue. Nothing especially exciting, but Uniqlo has quickly become my go-to store for affordable staples and I needed to re-stock. I can't wait until Uniqlo comes to Toronto (there are rumours that they're coming here for 2016!). 

And the shopping ban begins now.

Bloomingdale's Soho
504 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 729-5900

Aritzia Soho
524 Broadway
New York NY 10012
(212) 965-2188

Uniqlo Soho
546 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Uniqlo Midtown
31 W 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
10 comments on "NYC — Spring 2014: Fashion Haul"
  1. I don't normally like MJ bags but this one is fabulous! I used to love Rebecca Minkoff but now... I'm aging rapidly, I think. Too much metallic hardware. LOL

    1. I love MJ bags! I mean, there are some styles that are questionable, but I love the form-meets-function of them. :) My most-used bags are all MJ.

      LOL, I looooove metallic hardware. It actually doesn't look like a lot of hardware once it's on the body. It does in a photo, though, LOL. I'm not usually into metallic chains, but I think it works here -- it adds a kind of feminine, chic quality to an otherwise more punk-rock-looking bag.

  2. Oooh, COLOR. HAHAHA. I wish we had a Uniqlo :P Ah, well. I need more jeans...I hate jeans shopping.

    1. At least you can order online! They won't ship to Canada. :P

      I hate jeans shopping, too, which is why I opt for Leggings Jeans, LOL. But I find that Uniqlo has styles for everyone, and in a multitude of colours and washes, too! And AFFORDABLE!

  3. I'd probably go nuts at Uniqlo too.
    Nice purchases, fab bags!

    P.S. I accidentally hit "delete" instead of "post" on your comments, whoops!

    1. Thanks! :) I hope they end up opening here. It's just tentative for now. :(

      Lol, no worries, it happens. As long as you read them!

  4. I always like your sense of dressing. It's a bit edgy but still quite feminine. I recently tried out Uniqlo's Ultra stretch jeans and the cutting is very nice. The Marc Jacobs handbag is gorgeous! I'm still tempted to get one.

    Nice haul :) We are going to New York in August for our honeymoon. Can't wait!

    1. Haha, thank you! I always like drapey, silky tops for their comfort (and 'cause it's kinda classy meets artsy), but that punk-rock side of me always comes out and I need to mix it up with something more rugged, lol.

      And yes, LOVE Uniqlo's jeans!!! It was my first time trying the Ultra Stretch Jeans, too ('cause they didn't have anymore Leggings Pants in black) and I quite like them. Not as stretchy as the Leggings Jeans that I'm used to, but they are more structured while still being comfy.

      You should definitely get an MJ bag! Most of my bags are MJ because they're luxury without being over-the-top, and they have the perfect mix of form-meets-function. And they wear SO WELL. I have one from five years ago and it still looks brand new! :) Take a look at them when you're in NYC! So excited for you!

  5. Great haul. I love those Uniqlo leggings too. I have them in four colours! Shopping in NYC is the best.

    1. Haha, right?! God, I wish I picked up some more of those jeggings... but they didn't have any black ones left, and those are my favourite (also 'cause I can wear them at work). And I agree, NYC shopping is the best. Something about that city just makes you wanna spend more...


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