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 :)
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Wishing Everyone a Lovely Weekend!!!