Being a Northern girl at heart (transplanted from America), I am constantly drawn to the different cities around Northern England. Although there’s plenty to love about London, there’s so much more to see, eat and buy outside the Big Smoke. Manchester is one of my favourites for shopping, with Liverpool followed closely behind, but I wanted to explore another capitol of the North, I wanted to find another city to love and devote my pounds to. That city is Leeds.
I spent most of my summers growing up visiting Martha’s Vineyard, a small island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Hop a ferry from the mainland and in less than an hour you’ll be in one of the islands two main ports. It’s an idyllic New England summer escape and one that has left a truly lasting impression on me.
It’s a place full of memories, days spent on the beach, diving into the ocean from the infamous jumping bridge, eating ice cream and the smell of fresh fudge. It brings back so many emotions, I can’t help but smile.
I recently revisited the island as an adult and all those feelings came rushing back, all those smells were there, the same beaches, the same breakfasts. Except, it was even better. Suddenly I was interested in all the amazing boutique hotels, the delicious restaurants that are serving up top quality food, and the plethora of shopping there is to be had.
Now when I think of Martha’s Vineyard I don’t immediately think of flying horses and fudge, I think of charcuterie and plush beds, whisky bars and mudslides. I think of the grown-up version of Martha’s Vineyard instead.
London is the city of style. When I think of London, I think of bespoke, of suits and perfect tailoring. But there’s a whole other side to London, too.
Last year I set off on an adventure to Africa. I thought that I had it all figured out and that I knew exactly what I could expect. But this mysterious continent took me by surprise. Apart from its natural beauty, the continent boasts some great shopping locations. If you are a fashion enthusiast as I am, you should definitely pin these cities to your map.
I’ve been dreaming about my Spring holiday to Paris for months. I’ve read article after article about what to pack, what the weather will be like, how not to look like a tourist and instead blend in with the Parisians. I’ve made packing lists and styled outfits specifically for this trip because: Paris! It’s the home of fashion and this travelling shopaholic wants to fit in while she peruses those beautiful boutiques.
Hold the phone, there’s a new shopping mecca in town. Following on from the success of its flagship store in downtown Buenos Aires, the stylish yet hip Editor Market has opened the second of what is to be a plethora of locations citywide in trendy Palermo Hollywood. More a concept store than a department store, Editor Market aims to reflect the diversity of modern living. It does this through the careful design and integration of both the interior and the displays, the rigid selection of top class local designers and the handpicked collection of items on sale. It is a retail paradise in the guise of a one-stop-shop, and everything is covered, from homewares and chic furniture, clothing and footwear, books and bicycles to stuff for kids and even a delicious cafe.
Copenhagen is one of the most visited cities in Scandinavia, and for good reason. It’s full of Michelin star restaurants, stunning architecture, and, you guessed it, top class shopping. There are so many different neighbourhoods that are easily accessible from the city centre, all with something different to offer the discerning shopper.
Manchester is a city full of unique style, vintage finds, high end boutiques and all of the best high street brands. The best part? Most of the best shopping can be found right in the city centre.
Boston is a city of boutique shopping, high-end hotels with views of the harbour, and arguably the best seafood on the East coast. Here’s our guide to experiencing all three.
The historic cobbled streets of Edinburgh are a heaven for book lovers. The literary city is not only home to famous authors and a fantastic book festival but beautiful books shops too. From a design-driven contemporary store to cluttered caves of second-hand tomes – these are our favourite bookshops in Edinburgh.