Holiday Shopping A La Zoe

Whenever I go away on holiday, I never really get my hopes up when it comes to holiday shopping. I’m happy to walk around and browse for days on end, but I don’t expect to find things that actually fit me. I tend not to find much that I like or items that I haven’t seen in London or online. We are pretty spoilt for choice here and I don’t think there are many places that compare.

San Francisco prides itself on it’s independent stores and we found a few lovely boutiques, plenty of vintage shops and on top of that lots of MASSIVE drugstores. I found there was extremely little in the way of clothing stores that suited me – Boutique stores worldwide tend to sell things in sizes that are slightly to big for vertically challenged people like myself anyway. They can also be a bit pricey.

I was very surprised to find a lovely independent boutique called Ambiance, just around the corner from where we were staying in Haight. It was full to the brim with wonderful brightly coloured clothes, jewellery, bags and shoes. As soon as we hit the floor Alex decided it was his time to hit Starbucks… He knew I’d be there for a while!

I ended up buying two dresses in the end. Both were about $50 each ( Around £3o)

What do you think?…

Other holiday purchases included…
This sheer top from Nordstrom Around $35 / £21 (I think)
(Not a great picture – It looks a lot nicer on)

We spent a heck of a lot of time in Anthropologie – I’ve never actually been to any of their stores here in the UK, but have heard many good things. This candle was about the only thing we liked that would not to too much of a hassle to get back home. Unfortunately, we forgot to blow it out the other night and it’s already pretty much gone.. The room smelt awesome though – I’m sure Jim the fish enjoyed it while we were sleeping!

Need I say more…

Crap – Everyone has Crap to do and buy. I’m a huge fan of these notepads.
They come with all sorts of messages and in all sizes. This was our final purchase in San Fran. It was pouring with rain and we were trying to kill time before heading to the airport.

Where in the world do you like to shop other than your own country?


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5 Responses

  1. hey_im_kate April 23, 2012 / 10:06 pm

    I am in L-O-V-E with the teal, black & white printed chevron dress! I hope you had a great time in SF!


    • seebyzoe April 23, 2012 / 10:11 pm

      I love that one too… I’m thinking I should have got two! :)

  2. Megan@MondayMorningMusings April 23, 2012 / 10:40 pm

    The dresses are lovely (too colorful for this black-only-dress-code-unfashionista) but I LOVE your crap notepad. My sister swears by Anthropologie but I’ve never found anything decent in that overpriced store. I grant you that it does smell great!

    Must you ask? Why, Paris of course! If I could I would go there twice a year for winter/summer wardrobe needs. They appreciate black-loving people like there :)

    • seebyzoe April 24, 2012 / 3:35 pm

      I used to wear nothing but black… I’m not sure when I changed! Ah, Paris – I agree. The only other place I have enjoyed shopping as much as I do in London.

  3. Jenny April 23, 2012 / 11:46 pm

    Love the dresses and the blouse! So beautiful!!

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