Victoria’s Secret

July 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Congratulations ladies of UK, the day we have all been waiting for is finally here – the first ever Victoria’s Secret store just opened in London!

Whenever I was asked about the essentials on my list of stateside shopping, the first thing that always popped into my head was Victoria’s Secret – beautiful, affordable and worn by the sexiest models of the world, I doubt any lingerie lovers could resist stopping by their stores for a pink bag full of goodies.

For the brand it was an easy move – we don’t just know it, but love it and have been asking when we can get our own piece of female heaven on this side of the pond for a while. That is why we were given not one but two flagship stores: the one that opened today is in Westfield Stratford (just by the Olympic park, hence the rush to cash in on thousands of tourists that would be in the area) and we are expecting the New Bond Street store to open its door later in August.

My only slight concern – prices.  In US those are similar to our high street favourite La Senza, but it would be surprising if the brand did not take an opportunity to raise the bar in UK and enter the market at higher price point. The signs are there – flagship store location is in New Bond Street alongside boutiques like Mulberry, Jimmy Choo, Hermes and Burberry and not in any high street location. So ladies, there is a price to pay (literally) for having Vicky’s over here in London.

Despite all that I am brimming with excitement, especially for the New Bond Street store, which is so much closer to where I live (and probably less busy now that Olympics are about to kick off). Comment below if you already visited the newly opened shop and share your experiences!

Versace for H&M: First Hand Report

November 17, 2011 § 2 Comments


There is no better way to judge garments but by experiencing them first hand – touching the material, seeing the intricate details and of course trying it on. That does not mean I am not a very loyal online shopper, but there is nothing like fist hand experience.

As my previous blog post on Versace for H&M was compiled based on online information only I decided it was important to share my first hand experience of the garments after visiting H&M this morning.

First of all let me note that the organisation of the launch in Oxford Street stores and Selfridges was great: wristbands with allotted times of 10 minutes to view the collection and pick your items made sure the horrific shopping experience of overcrowding and stampedes was avoided.

Now to the collection itself: vivid colours, wild prints, tight fitting dresses, leather and studs were the things I expected to see. But what surpasses my expectation is the quality. All the leather goods feel incredible – there is real luxury in all the items. Pelle Borchie leather jacket which made it to my wishlist was better than I expected and the price just did not seem right – it would be hard to find the same quality for the same price anywhere. As for the dresses: Bottoni Oro range fits exactly like any Versace dress would – figure hugging with the right highlighting of curves in all the right places. And another sets of items which I absolutely loved – silk scarves in very colourful Versace prints for just £24.99. A great way to get yourself a piece from the collection if you are on the budget! Plus the colours make it a great choice for grey autumn as it is all you need to add a splash of colour to your outfit.

Needless to say I walked out with more than I expected but do not regret it – great quality and classic design is hard to find for this price.

So to all those who have already experience the collection – I hope you agree with my report. To those that haven’t – run, there won’t be much left after lunch time. And to those who are stuck in the office and have to resort to online shopping – good luck getting through to the website as due to the large number of visitors to avoid crashing it only lets a selected number shop the collection at the same time.

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