No amount of shopping could have prepared my sister Sarah and I for the Fashion District of NYC. It was fashionista overload. It was overwhelming.
It was noisy, and busy, and flashy.
It was beautiful. 🙂
Sarah and I arrived in NYC early the first day (8am, to be exact), so the city was just stretching and yawning itself awake with the morning sunshine. We had the sidewalks almost to ourselves, as we walked past the spotless store windows and stopped to gaze at the cutest of outfits.
Within a matter of hours, however, the city came alive; and what once was empty and quiet, blossomed into colorful waves of chatty shoppers.
Some of the classiest (a.k.a. most expensive) of stores had a man with a suit standing at their entrance. Sarah and I weren’t sure if his purpose was to discourage the dishonest from sneaking out with merchandise… or to discourage those of us who weren’t dressed up-to-par from sneaking in.
“Do you think they’d let us in?” Sarah whispered, pointing to an especially elaborate storefront decorated with golden dinosaur bones.
The suited gentleman standing at the store’s entrance crossed his arms just at that moment, and his lips formed a thin straight line.
“I don’t think we’re dressed nice enough,” I whispered back, looking down at my jean shorts and flip flops.
Dressed nice enough to go shopping for new clothes? It sounds so bazaar to me. But when you’re walking past the likes of Louis Vuitton and Prada, it does suddenly make a whole lot of sense in that moment.
And the familiar stores we shop at back home?
The New York City versions were bigger than life.
Even Macy’s had been given a glamorized makeover.
Although much less pompous than the stores surrounding it, Macy’s was shiny like a fresh diamond…
filled with flashing lights, upbeat music, and tantalizing merchandise.
Sarah and I rode elevator after elevator, working our way up all seven floors, which were devoted to handbags, dresses, outdoor wear, shoes… and even Starbucks, Ben and Jerry’s, and McDonalds. The prices were relatively similar to those back home, but the options and styles were limitless.
Of course, as fun as window shopping may be, Sarah and I wanted to actually purchase a clothes item or two. It was actually a bucket list (or Life Sparkle’s list, as I call it) item of mine. So I decided that I would have to bring out the mad bargain shopping skills, if I were to afford anything that would cost me less than an entire paycheck.
“Hi TJ maxx!!!”
I bought this dress for $60… The real price-tag was for $355!!! Yeah, that was my best bargain find ever, and it was in NYC.
I also bought this leather jacket, normally $150… I paid $50. I needed a new leather jacket, and so this was definitely a great investment for me!!
This simple, quarter-length striped T for $16.99 finished my TJ maxx haul. 🙂
Sarah found these really cute sneakers, which was a relief since she had forgotten her sneakers. (She and I walked over nine miles in flip-flops the first day, and we were in pain by the end)!! AND these hot-pink sneaks were totally in fashion, because neon sneakers are definitely the rage right now in NYC!
Sarah also really wanted to buy a necklace to remind her of our first visit to the city. While she and I were exploring, we discovered Accessorize, located in the heart of Greenwich Village. It’s a cute little shop, filled with artsy purses and the most adorable, shiny earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that you can imagine. (They’re also online, if you’d like to take a peak or even make a purchase of your own).
And it’s affordable!
Sarah and I both purchased a necklace for about $15. It’s a long, gold necklace with a leaf at the end. It’s perfect for the upcoming autumn season!!
Who says you can’t find a bargain in the city?? 🙂
In the city, there was a Sephora on every corner, and we lost count of how many American Eagle’s we passed. There’s a store for everyone, whether you’re looking for a quaint, specialty shop… or a brand-name item.
Oh, and check out this video of me and Sarah’s first trip to Macy’s!!! 🙂