Queen Street...the overpriced!

Hello Darlings,

Just got home from a day of shopping at Queen Street and dining at a Ultra Restaurant. It was fun at the time, but left a bitter after taste. This was my first time shopping on Queen Street, and I just don't get what is such a big deal?

I hear so much about how amazing is shopping on Queen Street West, but is it's mostly trendy clothing boutiques trying too hard to stand out, or just the same stuff I can find in a big shopping mall like Sherway or Yorkdale. And, I was quite surprised  at the high prices.

I did take the time to check out Urban Outfitters, which is cute but not  really my style. Also I found the items overpriced and not particularly well crafted. And frankly, this is the general feeling that I had about the entire Queen Street West.... it's overpriced!

From what I could tell, the trendy boutiques mostly jack up their prices to a degree that is just ridiculous. For example, Andrew picked up an amazing  B.Scott cardigan for $210+taxes  at Next Door boutique, which by the way is adorable. However when I researched this line later and found the cardigan actually costs $155 (NOT on sale at ssense.com, which is a Canadian boutique as well). That is 30% difference.

From what I understand boutiques boost their prices to compensate for the store expenses and although understandable, a wise shopper needs to know their are cheaper options online.

At the end of the day, at Aritzia I bought the cutest striped top that is exactly what I could have done at the mall minus the crazy parking fees or better yet check out online stores (which I swear by!).  My favorite find was the cute Lush store, that carries fresh homemade cosmetics, where I bought Love Lettuce  Fresh Face Mask,  Big Blue  Bath Bomb, Bubble Gum Lip Scrub. Then again, this is the joy that I can receive at the comfort of my own home while sipping espresso on Lush.com! I will have the review of the products when I make up my mind :P

I am wearing:
Talula Semi-Sheer Tee—from Aritzia Sherway
Henry Duarte No. Q65 lamb leather blazer
Blush Lace Bralette in Black—from Winners
Free People Skirt—gift from Andrew
Juicy Couture "Rose"  in natural snake
Michael Kors Watch—gift from Andrew
Marc by Marc Jacobs "Miss Marc" Earrings
Ray Ban Wayfarers—gift from Andrew

As for the outfit of the day, I went for for cute and comfortable. It was our 3 years and 3 month anniversary, so we also went to Ultra Supper Club which is absolutely fabulous and delicious! I wore for my favorite tutu, semi-sheer tee, leather blazer and ballerinas. Easy for shopping and cute for dining :)

I would like to thank everyone for stopping by my With Love Store! I am still adding lots and lots of items, it just takes so much of time as I nitpick through every detail of the garment! Also, With Love... is now on facebook!!! Plus, I have monthly newsletter heading your way, so if you would like to receive one sing up here!

Wishing Everyone a Lovely Weekend!!!

With Love...

Marta

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