NYC in a nutshell: Shopping in Manhattan

Notes From Another Land / NYC in a nutshell: Shopping in Manhattan

Notes From Another Land / NYC in a nutshell: Shopping in Manhattan

For those of you who know me well, I’ve always been a collector of fashion magazines and more recently, a follower of fashion and lifestyle blogs, Instagram accounts and Pinterest design inspiration boards. The irony is, I don’t often splurge on high fashion or big name brands and I love looking through thrift store racks, vintage and antique shops.

Being a remote worker and having lived in three countries within the last three years also has its’ challenges: collecting beautiful things can sometimes be more of a nuisance than a novelty.

I made a few [small] exceptions for this trip.

We were staying between Madison and Fifth, a stone’s throw from all of the high street labels and the Social Media Week events were taking place straight across from Diane Von Furstenberg’s HQ. How could I not do a little sneaky shop on the side?

I didn’t go too crazy but I did make a trip to the following stores:

  • Kate Spade Saturday was a tiny pop up shop chain that has since closed (absorbing into Kate Spade New York) but I was lucky enough to get a new colourful Canadian-red purse to match my Moleskine notebook before they shut their doors
  • My toes were freezing from the combination of sleet, snow and chilly temperatures so I bought a pair of black waterproof SOREL boots (supporting Canadian design!) that will also see me through the rainy Irish and English weather
  • I stocked up on a few essentials in Sephora, including some heavenly face cream, replenishing masks to help with all of the air travel and hair care products
  • A limited edition MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Lipstick in Victoriana caught my eye at Macy’s and while I was there, I picked up the last leopard and leather clutch from Vince Camuto‘s winter range (co-founder of Nine West). TIP: if you have a credit card/North American mailing address, you can sign up for a Macy’s loyalty card to get additional discounts on your purchase!
  • Last, but not least, I visited Henri Bendel’s flagship store for a gold monogrammed passport holder in his signature brown and a petite wallet (as my new Vince Camuto clutch required a tiny companion)

The ones that got away:

  • Saks Fifth Avenue had a stunning Chinese New Year display (pictured above) which drew me in for a look but I kept the purse strings closed (this time…)
  • Again only for a look and to get some exercise (the store is multi-storeyed!) I window shopped at Victoria’s Secret but left reminding myself I can order online
  • The same applied to Ted Baker and Karen Millen – since I was returning to Europe, I couldn’t justify an overweight suitcase full of designer pieces I could purchase at home but they did offer a great break from frigid window shopping in February!

Next up: Things to SEE – but first, are you a shopaholic? Share your favourite retail therapy spots in the comments below. 🙂

Published by Amy Maureen Lynch

Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having three kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: She produces and hosts the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast, parent-friendly professional development events, digital resources and advises others on creating inclusive and flexible work solutions at: Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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