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I’m a little overwhelmed… In the past few months, I’ve cooked something (sometimes, multiple somethings) just about everyday. As a result, I have an embarrassing number of back-bloggie boos to attend to. So many, in fact, that I can’t even think about them right now.

So instead, I’ll back pedal into my old ways, and do a little fashiony post!

Here are my favorite clutches & various other hand accessories…

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TopShop has a new line of makeup, and subsequently, they’ve developed a delightfully flattering virtual makeover program for their site.

Mama’s hooked.

Close-ups after the jump…

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I wore my Michael Hutchence ensemble:

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My little sister is awesome. We had a little photoshoot on Sunday because it was such a beautiful day:

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Finally made it into Top Shop! I was determined that Friday, after work, I would make it into this stupid store. Strolled on over at 6pm, and, much to my delight, the line was merely wrapped around the corner, rather than the block! So I got on line, called my mom to chat and in a matter of minutes found myself waved through into the sartorial bounty that is TopShop.

Two words to describe the experience – sensory overload. It’s not as beautifully organized (or color coordinated) as I remember the Oxford Street store to have been, but it was a magical experience nonetheless. There are TONS of things, three floors of women’s (top floor is knitwear and shoes) and I found myself  a little overwhelmed! So I slowly meandered through the racks, basically touching everything. There are these lovely brightly colored silk pants that I adored, but I just couldn’t fathom dropping $100 on whisper-thin, neon purple silk pants at the moment!

I was a little disappointed in their accessories; from what I remember, the Oxford Street store had an amazing array of bags, jewelry and other accessories that took up much of the ground floor of the store. I’m sure their setup has since changed, but regardless, you can tell that there just aren’t as many accessory displays at the NYC shop! Jewelry is scattered throughout each floor and most of the handbags, belts and hosiery are relegated to a very small section at the back of the first floor near the changing rooms. I hope that once the initial frenzy is over, they’ll consider reorganizing their accessories!

So what did I buy? Just a few things (we are in a recession, you know!). I bought a fabulous oversized ring which I plan to wear with my ICFF outfit next month. Also bought a thin metal leaf necklace that drapes perfectly against my collarbone. And so far, the only garment I’ve purchased is the lovely open knit situation below:

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Much to my chagrin, the crowds at yesterday’s grand opening of TopShop proved too great for me and my work schedule. I had planned on scoping out the situation before work and then trying to sneak in a quick perusal during lunch, but I was utterly thwarted by the line to get into the store; it wrapped around the block! I hung around for a little while before work, just taking in the mayhem, but was forced to make a hasty retreat when an overly peppy British woman came on over the loudspeaker and attempted to rouse the crowd into a consumerist fury.

Walked by again during lunch to assess the situation and I couldn’t believe it… The line stayed consistently ridiculous throughout the entire day, prompting me to mutter moderate obscenities at the children and irresponsible unemployed women who barred my entrance into this mecca of relatively inexpensive British fashion.

But on the bright side, I did grab a lovely oversized catalog and a few delicious freebies from neighboring businesses (hello Pinkberry and free coffee from the ladies at Madewell).  Also, it’s thunderstorming today, so I figure that should keep some of the crowds at bay!

Get ready, TopShop… you’re going to receive a little of my hard-earned cash tonight.

Except replace “Rex Manning” with TopShop…


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