Category Archives: Shopping breaks

Carnaby calling: Where music meets fashion

Few places are as synonymous with Swinging Sixties London as Carnaby Street. Hear Carnaby and you’ll likely get a vision of Mods, mini-skirts and a golden era of British music, carefully entwined with era-defining fashion.

Flash forward to the Carnaby Street of 2014 and it’s as buzzing as ever. Even though the streets aren’t thronged with rival Mod vs Rocker gangs, music and fashion still infuse this corner of London with an irresistible rock ‘n roll spirit. Despite being a street away from Regent Street and a stroll from the bustle of Oxford Street, these days Carnaby feels like a hidden gem tucked away in London’s side streets. Of course, this sounds ridiculous because London is so well-trodden but when you walk around Carnaby, the streets, shops, boutiques and eateries have a quirky stamp of individuality (without being horribly hipster-ish).

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New England shopping #3: New Hampshire

If you’ve read my last two posts about shopping in New England (and I really hope you did) you’ll have the lowdown on Boston’s boutiques and Maine’s antiquing. But, if designer clobber at a fraction of the cost you’d pay at home is what you’re after, the tax-free state of New Hampshire is the only place to go.

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New England shopping #2: Maine

After reading my Boston post, you’d be forgiven for thinking New England’s shopping scene is all boutiques and mega department stores – but you’d be wrong. In Maine, the quietly beautiful, Stephen King -esque scenery is reason to visit alone but the state also has a wealth of quirky boutiques and is a hotbed for ‘antiquing’.

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New England shopping #1: Boston

Leafy, colourful scenery is the first thing to pop to mind when we think of New England at this time of year but what about retail therapy? Not only are these states stunning to look at but they’re also a haven for shoppers looking to bag a bargain.

I visited three New England states – Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire – to suss out the shopping situation, with a fat purse stuffed with hard earned dollars in hand. Here’s my first post about the delights this part of the US has to offer a threads-hungry shopper like myself, starting with good ole Massachusetts.

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A shopper’s guide: New threads in Newcastle

Confession: when I think of Newcastle ‘fashion capital’ doesn’t exactly spring to mind. In recent years the city has been immortalised through the antics of perma-tanned Geordie Shore folk and the big haired Geordie queen herself, Cheryl Cole.  So, when the chance to visit the city came up a couple of months ago, I hit the toon with an open mind and found all the ingredients for a sartorially-focused getaway. And I didn’t need a spray tan or false lashes either.


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