Banana Republic: 2 of my 5-a-day

Banana Republic has always been one of those stores that I’ve been aware of but never known much about. There aren’t may UK stores (and only 2 outside of London), so when I came across their store on 5th Avenue, New York last month, I took the opportunity to take a look around.

I’d barely got through the door when I spotted something I loved. A sister company of GAP, BR offers edgier items, but still with that classic ready-for-work look. Whilst GAP is great for basics and casuals, BR has a chic and trendy style about it, with clean lines and subtle colours, yet it’s in no way boring!

I couldn’t resist this drop-waist ruffle dress, it’s even got cute little pockets at the hip! At full price this was marked at $130 but it had 40% off, and with the exchange rate probably worked out about £50.

I also spotted this olive green (loving that colour at the moment) double pouch cross-body bag, $150, but again with 40% off, which I think is a pretty good deal for a leather bag.

I was rather pleased with myself when I left the store, particularly as my purchases came beautifully wrapped in tissue paper. I know it doesn’t make any difference to the item, but when you’re spending a fair bit of money it feels so much better to have the items packaged nicely. Not many shops I usually go in take that much care (usually just crumpled up in a plastic bag!).WIN_20151030_174958 WIN_20151030_175320

Now that I’ve moved in to my lovely new home, my aim is to fill my wardrobe with pieces that I love, just like these two, and get rid of all the rubbish that I’ve been clinging on to for years. Let’s see how that goes shall we?…..


I Heart NY

So, as I mentioned in my last post, it’s been a bit quiet here recently due to a number of reasons, one of which being a week-long work trip to the US of A (alright for some, eh?), and then spending the following week recovering from a combination of jet lag and exhaustion, whilst still working 9-5. Now that I’ve had time to think, let me tell you a bit about my trip….

The work part took me to Baltimore for 4 days, which although was a lot of fun and a very productive few days in the office, I won’t bore you with the details as I saw very little of Baltimore itself (unless you count a rather crazy taxi journey from the station which involved more u-turns than I care to remember).

I was lucky enough to squeeze in a couple of tourist days around work, the first being in Washington D.C. I saw the White House (of course), and what felt like hundreds of Starbucks stores (there really s one on every corner) but have to say I was more impressed by my visit to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. I only wish I’d had more time to explore this more thoroughly, and check out all the other museums in the area as well, as if the Natural History Museum is anything to go by they could have certainly filled a week on their own.

As a reward for my hard work, I headed to New York City at the end of the week, armed with some spending money, but unfortunately not an umbrella. Luckily I was travelling with my manager who I get along well with and have similar interests to, so there was no arguing over where to see (or would where to shop be more accurate?) on our whistle-stop tour of the city.

Arriving in NYC late after a severely delayed train journey, we quickly dried off in the hotel from the downpour we got caught in on the way from Penn station, but didn’t let that dampen our enthusiasm for taking in the city. With inappropriate footwear, a light jacket, and only a beret to protect me from the elements, we followed the bright lights to Times Square and soon forgot about our wet feet and numb hands.

The following morning we headed back to Times Square and hit a few shops on the way, my favourite new find being ‘Loft’ ( which I’d never actually come across before. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to go back and purchase the couple of things I had my eye on, but after browsing online I feel I’ll soon be rectifying that!

We filled our afternoon with a stroll down Madison Avenue, secretly hoping to be transported back to 1965 and bump into Don Draper or Peggy Olsen, but no luck on that front I’m afraid. We headed off down 5th Avenue instead, and found ourselves in Banana Republic for more time that we should have given our few hours remaining. (In my next post I’m planning to tell you all about my purchases from the store).

A bit more aimless wandering and a quick trip to Macy’s and JC Penney later, and it was time to head back to the station and travel to Newark for our flight home. It only took a few hours, but I definitely fell a little bit in love with NY while I was there, although after a hectic and tiring week was happy to be heading home.

Thanks for having me America, maybe I’ll be back one day!

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A busy month!

Some of you may have noticed that it’s been a bit quiet here at I am what I for a few weeks, but fear not, I’m back and ready to write.

My absence has been due to a spectacularly busy month, beginning with a work trip to the US, which was fantastic, but exhausting!

On my return I had to then set about packing up my flat, ready to move into my beautiful new home (I’m finally a homeowner, hurray!). Although happy to see the back of renting, 2 weeks on from the move I’m still surrounded by bags and boxes, and with an ever-growing list of odd jobs that need doing before the place really feels like home.

Add a nasty cold into the mix, and that’s been my month, and why I am what I was temporarily neglected. Oh, and of course the fact that until yesterday I was without an internet connection!

Watch this space for more posts on what I’ve been up to 🙂