And why my Instagram will never be perfect. I’ve been active on Instagram for just about as long as I can remember. Three summers ago I participated in the #100HappyDays challenge and I don’t think I’ve stopped posting since. This past summer has been almost […]
Ever wanted to transform your favorite jewelry into a Halloween look? When it comes to Halloween, I am all about re-use. If I’m going to buy something, shouldn’t I wear it more than once? Don’t get me wrong, I definitely go all out for Halloween. […]
Surely if you follow fashion you’ve seen the arrival of Bershka on American shores. I’ve seen so many articles hailing it “Zara’s Sister Store” as it was created by the same Spanish parent company, Inditex. They launched their US website and opened a pop-up shop in the Soho shopping district of Manhattan. Articles claimed lower prices and sizes skewing smaller- I set out to check it out!
Overall, the store atmosphere was pretty different than Zara. Everything felt a bit more organized and scaled back (though this could be because it was opening week). Instead of being overwhelmed with product options, the space was smaller and seemingly sorted by color trend.
The styles were similar to Zara, with less items that could be called “out there”. I found the price range to be about the same in store, but online they definitely have a cheaper offering. A few skirts, jeans, or tees were a bit cheaper in store with coats and shoes staying about the same. However like Zara’s prices, Bershka’s were all across the board as well. That’s not to say that there weren’t a few great deals though, I got a skirt for $25.90 and a men’s tee for $7.90.
I had a mini haul, a tee, a blouse, and a skirt (along with some birthday gifts for friends). For sizes, I definitely had to size up in the skirt. In tops I always fluctuate between a small/medium, but I definitely needed a medium at Bershka.
- Vintage-style denim skirt | $25.90
- Blouse with Ruffled Sleeves | $22.90
- Crew Neck Cotton T-Shirt | $7.90
Online you can find sweatshirts for $15, jeans and dresses for $19.90, and jackets for $22.90. While these are great deals for people on low budgets, one of the things I’ve been thinking about lately is just how sustainable and ethical these low prices are. If we are only paying that much for these items, what are the people who are making them getting paid? Honestly I’ve been buying mostly secondhand clothing lately as that gives clothes a new life and reduces waste just a tiny bit. Sustainability of the apparel industry is something I’d definitely like to talk about more, as well as find ways to make it more affordable. Just something that I’m starting to think about more and definitely something you should consider as you do your shopping!
YOUR FAVORITE TWO CUTE BRANDS COMING TOGETHER (okay, maybe my favorite two cute brands).
Earlier this month Moon and Lola announced their collaboration with Thimblepress! (Wow, I am so sorry for all the hyperlinks in that sentence, but I want you to be able to find everything!) Among their fabulous prints and lifestyle items, Thimblepress is the original creator of push-pop confetti. These two lovely brands made sure each piece in the joint collection is bright, fun, and exciting. I hope you love the pieces as much as I do!
You’ll find confetti filled gems, patterned plaques, and quirky-chic fonts adorning the jewelry and decorative items.
When shopping this collection I initially fell for the mod style earrings. The bright colors combined with the huge circles immediately make me think of Twiggy in the 60s, and doesn’t everyone dream of looking like Twiggy in that era? The Patterned Disc ($56) comes in five different patterns, and the Circle Earrings ($48) come in hunter green and peach.
I’m also a sucker for a tag necklace and a good message. Check out the nameplate necklace ($42) on their site, with messages such as “hustle”, “grace”, “laugh”, “believe”, and more! They each come in a fun new hue and in addition to the necklaces you can also get them in wall art ($48)! How cute is that?
Finally, I am so into the cute phrases all over their coasters ($34), note cards ($4.50), and prints ($20). With as many crazy things that go on in New York it can often be roller coaster of happy/bad vibes. This collection between Moon and Lola & Thimblepress has brought me so many smiles, and I hope it does the same for you!
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