Smile Upon Me when Shopping

Smile Upon Me when Shopping

>> I don't normally have shopping companions with me as I shop like a batty old lady, tunnelling through rails, muttering things to myself, don't try things on, buy things in a flash and generally a bit of an anti-social mouse.  But when Erin from Refinery 29 asked for a shop whizz around Brick Lane, I said yay to relieve the boyf of traipsing around with me, bearing my old lady mutterings and haphazard shopping methods.  So here's a pictorial whizz here showing an array of expressions from smiley (trying on crazy sunnies) to disgusted (when faced with a pair of ¬£850 Rick Owens booties…) and the texty details are on Refinery 29



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  1. Miann

    2009-04-22 at 2:14 PM

    awesome post! i love the write up erin did on each shop.

  2. Lucy - The Fashion Setter

    2009-04-22 at 2:18 PM

    I always shop on my own! I can’t stand having people around me… They make me waste a lot of time, and often criticize what I am about to purchase…
    But the worst thing of all is that I can’t avoid sounding snobbish when I am asked for an opinion on a friend’s possible purchase… I don’t do it on purpose, but I know it’s like that. =)

  3. Leia

    2009-04-22 at 2:26 PM

    I like shopping on my own as well – I think it’s because my tastes are so different to my friends’. Have lived in London for 3 years but have never been to Brick Lane! Had a fun romp around Ox St today though. 🙂

  4. tanya

    2009-04-22 at 2:32 PM

    i prefer to shop alone too.
    i always take age umming and ahhing over purchases then at the last minute ill ditch it and run out of the store.
    i will then proceed to come back to that same store the day afer and actually buy it.

  5. cari

    2009-04-22 at 2:40 PM

    I shop by myself also. Looks like you had fun tho! xo Cari

  6. faddict

    2009-04-22 at 2:41 PM

    Shopping alone has its perks but sometimes it’s nice to shake things up a bit. Loved the refinery29 article, between that and your shopmap I have some handy pointers on where to shop when i’m in London!

  7. roxanne

    2009-04-22 at 2:46 PM

    i loved this post (yours and refinery’s). the card glasses are such a trip. i’m going to be working at refinery29 this summer, and i can only hope to work on such a fun project!

  8. Pepa

    2009-04-22 at 3:05 PM

    I love to go shopping just by myself too. I can’t help but being extremely unconfortable with people arround me giving their opinion and tips! Nice photos, love the card-glasses!

  9. ediot

    2009-04-22 at 3:25 PM

    OHHHHHHHHHHHH, that looks so fun. great picture and fun collage. i wanna shop with yoU

  10. SOS!

    2009-04-22 at 4:00 PM

    aah i miss bricklane! will be staying near there in june, woohoo!!
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  11. Carl Starling

    2009-04-22 at 4:20 PM

    It’s so nice to see you smiling and larking around…and in my neck of the woods! Never been to The Shop before, so I’ll have to check that one out. xx

  12. Sal

    2009-04-22 at 6:10 PM

    Oh, to have been a mouse in your pocket for this outing …

  13. Cas Ruffin

    2009-04-22 at 6:25 PM

    I like the last one. Very candid.

  14. Karoline

    2009-04-22 at 6:49 PM

    I actually only shop with my boyfriend, he understands me and make me take my time, non of my girlfriends would do that. They are always to busy with themselves:P

  15. KD

    2009-04-22 at 6:54 PM

    I rarely get to do it, but I do enjoy shopping by myself. I read the “texty” details and it sounds and looks like it was a ton of fun!

  16. Winnie

    2009-04-22 at 7:11 PM

    I shop alone most of the time too, there is a lot more freedom that way too. I can linger in the store for longer without annoying anyone! This looks like a fun day out!

  17. Martyna

    2009-04-22 at 7:42 PM

    these photos are really nice, i think i’m gonna go for shoping too..:P

  18. mash

    2009-04-22 at 7:56 PM

    great pictures , great collage <3

  19. geisharock

    2009-04-22 at 8:35 PM

    HAHA your “¬£850?!?!” face is priceless 🙂 I always shop on my own too, or with my mum – she’s the only one who can put up with me. My boyfriend gets really bad-tempered, my friends tend to wander off and get lost, my sister goes into a zombie trance and my cousins tend to break down and cry when I take them along with me. I think the Oxford circus Topshop is the ultimate test of shopping companions (re: crying incident). Where is the best place to go on Brick Lane? I’ve wandered around a few times for Tatty Devine/curry-eating reasons but never during the day so I have no idea where to find these cool shopping areas. xoxo

  20. cassiopeia

    2009-04-22 at 9:33 PM

    I def get the shopping on your own thing… Tho shopping with my mother is often nice too. She actually *gets* my way of shopping and always picks things up I’d never look twice at but *love* once on… Looks like you had a blast. Haven’t been to B.Ln for yrs!!! 🙂

  21. Hineahi

    2009-04-23 at 1:51 AM

    I shop with my partner and we have a lot of fun (I also go look at the places he wants to look too) but sometimes I wish I knew a girl who enjoyed shopping as much as I do 🙁

  22. Hadeel Mohamed

    2009-04-23 at 6:54 AM

    This is such a good London-y collage, it makes me want to go to Brick Lane and skip along to Lily Allen LDN fare!
    I agree about the shopping bit, if i go shopping with other people i commit to the fact i won’t buy anything- my shopping-mood makes for bad company…

  23. American Recipes

    2009-04-23 at 8:49 AM

    Nice photo and it shows that you have great fun while shopping time and you like it much.

  24. phuongalong

    2009-04-24 at 7:01 AM

    you guys look like you’re having so much fun, and whats fashion if not fun??

  25. MizzJ

    2009-04-25 at 5:03 AM

    I think you have to choose shopping partners carefully, like roommates or boyfriends. A good shopping partner will shop at the same speed as you, will provide constructive criticisms and is good at picking out items that would “just look great on you”!
    Looks like you two had such a fun day!

  26. SwanDiamondRose

    2009-04-27 at 12:37 PM

    i love this. it’s just casual. and wow ya topshop hyperload. amazing. i had to comment over here i don’t think i can load all those again! i like, again, they creeper-ish kind of soled boots.

  27. SwanDiamondRose

    2009-04-27 at 12:39 PM

    oops. and… ya i shop alone. i’m really serious about my shopping. and i wish i didn’t care but especially when i thrift and everything is one of a kind! i can’t handle thinking someone else will get the good stuff.

  28. redafoculatosermine martin (my name is longer then that :)

    2009-04-30 at 10:20 AM

    no i dont have and i dont want it it sshit anyway muhahahahah

  29. redafoculatosermine martin (my name is longer then that :)

    2009-04-30 at 10:20 AM

    no i dont have and i dont want it it sshit anyway muhahahahah

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