The English Girls Guide to Shopping in the US

Just a little bit of back story:

As I am sure you all guessed from my not very subtle post a couple of weeks ago (Travel Essentials) myself and The Boy have been away for a little while.

We spent a week in sunny California (San Francisco and San Jose to be exact) mainly eating, shopping, eating and site seeing. To say it was amazing would not be doing it justice.

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The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Sunny San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Sunny San Francisco

I really think that when a visit to the US comes along, its a bloggers obligation to post all the fabulous things they have purchased. 99% of the time these are things we can not get at home in Rainy Old England. Now, I can assure you, I am not going to disappoint, however, here at The House of Lotz, I am going to give you ‘The English Girls Guide to Shopping in the US’…..

Preparation is key:

Going to the US for any type of visit need a lot of background work: Visa, Currency, Passport, Massive Suitcase that you can only pack half full to fit more stuff in on your return.

When you get a chance to take a break from all this, I would recommend sitting down and researching what’s around your Hotel or the attractions that you are going to see. We had a very limited time in San Francisco, so I wanted to get in all the shopping done before heading over to San Jose, where we would not have any time for this sort of fun.

To find what I needed I did a lot of GoogleMapping to find what was close to everything to make sure we didn’t waste time travelling round and getting lost.

We where very lucky and found that a massive Westfield was a 2-3 minute walk from our hotel, and was open until 8pm, so it was perfect for a pre-dinner spree!!

The Westfield website is amazing, so it really helped me find what I needed. It also gives you the web links to all the stores sites so you can start making lists of what you want to pick up whilst you are there.

I can honestly say that the first part of my shopping excursion was like a military operation, but, after the main bulk was done, I could brows to my hearts content.

So…..thats the prep done…..now onto the good stuff.

What I came home with:

Clothes;

As you have all seen by now, I am not a small person, so buying clothes anywhere is never really straight forward. On this trip I was so lick to find a few super cute pieces from an old favourite (Gap) and a new discovery (Old Navy).

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Gap Hoodie and Straptop

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Old Navy T-shirts

The pieces are all very basic, but very cute, and I’m really looking forward to showing you how I style them in some future posts. 

Make Up:

My most important request for this holiday was a trip to Sephora, by myself, with no time limit. The Boy is amazing, and as requested, left me to it so I could find all the things i have been wanting to get my hands on for months, as well as picking up some minis in the isle of doom!

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From Left to Right: Sephora Sheet Mask in Honey, Marc Jacobs nail varnish in Daisy, Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Rose, Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red, Mini Hydrating Glam Glow, Brow Whiz in Dark Brown and Sephora Sheet Mask in Pomegranate.

The shinning star of this giant bag of goodies comes in the shape of a nail varnish. Marc Jacobs cosmetics are not hold in the UK, and the nail varnish is on a list of products that Sephora will not ship internationally. So….damage was done by the beautiful neutral shade Daisy. A gorgeous product, that I will being using in a manicure post coming up in the next month or so. My nails where ruined having shellac done before our trip, so I am trying to build them back up again.

The Big Treat:

Every girl has to get that one thing that will forever remind them of a holiday, especially one as special as this one. I was very luck to pop into Kate Spade and pick up 2 little gems!

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Credit Card Holder and Initial Necklace

There was so much to choose from, and there was no way that I could justify one of the beautiful bags. Please believe me when I say I tried every way, but in the end I couldn’t fit one in the suitcase without it getting ruined! In the end, these two little pieces where exactly what I was looking for to add to my collection of goodies.

Tip: If you like American based designers (Kate Spade, Michael Kors etc) and you going to the US soon, wait to by them until you are there. The price is a justifiable amount less in the US, even after adding tax.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little snippet of what came home with me from San Francisco. This was a very rare trip, that will not be happening again for some time, so I am very glad I made the most of it!

If you are only your travels soon, I wish you a Bon Voyage, and hope to see you soon again for tea, cake and catch up xXx

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