Peace, Love & Lace


Let's talk for a second about outlet malls.
I'd like to talk about the merits of shopping brands on a budget, of finding $200 pairs of Jimmy Choos and $75 Rebecca Minkoff bags, of going through eight floor-to-ceiling racks of size 7.5 shoes on the thin hopes that you might find a pair of Louboutins, but things aren't always so pretty like that.

I for one have never quite warmed up to very many American brands, or the visual merchandising of outlet boutiques. Yes, it lets you trade lowered pocket impact for the vague belief that you too can own a piece of the Upper East Side lifestyle, if you can live with the musky scent of off-season drab. But it is in its essence a gigantic mess of multifarious fabric with as much organisation as you'd find in your neighborhood flea market, and you can never find something that isn't at least two sizes too big. When it comes to discounts, the ends don't always justify the means. Cue the hash tag: First World Problems.

But as it happens, one of the days in our NYC itinerary was put aside specially for wayfaring upstate to the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley.  As it happens, I headed straight for Saks Fifth Avenue, on the presumption that it being located in a premium outlet mall meant I wouldn't have to make the Benjamins rain to be able to live out the dream of shopping in this New York City institution. When in the Big Apple you acquire a certain ease for strolling into Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus as if high ticket luxuries are just the order of the day - another uncanny way that this city truly makes you believe that anything could happen.

Somehow, amidst my excavation of Bohemian frocks and delicate lace dresses in the Free People racks, I found love in the form of a sundress with a cute crochet of daisies around the waist. I'd seen the dress once on Taylor Swift, so, you know, no biggie. I wasn't about to question the soundness of her sartorial capabilities, and I bought the dress immediately. The next day we took it to The High Line (an old railway track that's been converted into an elevated city park in New York's Meatpacking District), and with its versatile shade of cream as a cooperative canvas for my everyday essentials like my Mulberry Bayswater and faux tanned leather brogues, I was quite the happy camper. 

Or a walking advertisement for Tay Tay's mad street style chops. That works, too.

Wearing Free People Daisy Waist Dress / Ray Ban Aviators / Mulberry Bayswater Bag

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