Don’t mess with my Tutu

What I Wear November 11th d

I went to Dundrum on Tuesday and attacked A|wear with fervour previously unseen on a damp Tuesday in D16. The whole place was full of screaming children and harassed mums (and nannies obv.), the last thing these ladies were able to do was shop for new clothes. So I had all the choice and all the changing room space I needed to try on as much as possible. Trés bien!

I’ve never understand why women go shopping in twos; When I say shopping I mean the ‘sport’ of shopping. The trawling of shops for amazing pieces and utter bargains without a clue what you want, especially when you don’t even need anything in the first place. Plus, in my case anyway, I always take as many pieces as possible into the changing room. Most of the time I have to give the changing-room assistant 6 pieces and bring 6 more in with me. Then spend the whole time running in and out of the changing room in my socks at intervals to swap pieces with her that I want to try. It’s incredibly annoying, and is it really anything to do with thievery? I mean most stores have the little plastic alarm tags on them. It must just be because they don’t want half the stock in the changing rooms rather than out on the shop floor.

Anyway I digress, I always shop alone, I never know what it is I’m going to buy and the thought of dragging someone along from shop to shop while I decide is just awful. I understand the fun of group shopping for a special occasion; like why a bride-to-be would want someone there to help her choose her dress, or going out in a gang to pick a Debs dress but shopping is a solitary pastime for me. Like reading. There are just too many things in too many shops waiting for me to find them and I don’t want to miss out on something just because the person I’m shopping with wants to have a coffee break. Plus it’s always an hour before the shops close and the opportunity to buy an amazing pair of shoes, or a jacket that will suit me forever, is gone for good. Plus I’d sooner grab a glass of vino après shopping surrounded by bags of lovely goodies!

So with myself for company I went off to Dundrum, I hadn’t been there for ages and I love the LUAS journey, so I was looking forward to it. I tried on a few pieces in Penney’s (Primark) from the Limited Collection … oh dear no. It all looked dreadful on me and N.B. the sizes are way off compared to the rest of the stuff in there. If you do decide to try some of it on, grab some bigger sizes when you do. I went to H&M, but all I kept thinking about was the amount of cash I was hoping to spend in there tomorrow on Jimmy Choos so that was a complete distraction. I skipped River Island and Harvey Nics; had a look through Urban Outfitters but as I said it was in A|wear that I spent my dough. I bought two skirts, a lace dress and a huge black-stone cocktail ring. I fell instantly in love with this mink-coloured tiered net skirt with satin waistband. It kind of reminds me of a mini version of the dress that Carrie wore in SATC and American Girl in Paris. SATC Carrie

This version is way more wearable though, I teamed it with a lamé top Dorothy Perkins, a multi-chain necklace, Penney’s / Primark and tied up one side of the skirt with a Grosgrain ribbon. More pics here on Her Apparel.

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23 Responses to “Don’t mess with my Tutu”

  1. 1 Aimee Lyons
    November 13, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    LOVE IT!!! You look fab 🙂

  2. November 13, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Very cool. You should be singing dont mess with my tutu! Id never be brave enough to wear one.

  3. 5 Andrea
    November 13, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I’m so glad to hear about your shopping habits as I’m always shopping on my own! I just moved here from the States and it seems to me that people are always shopping with their girlfriends and I feel a bit of a loner browsing the shops on my own. I thought maybe it was a cultural thing because I swear I see a lot more single shoppers back home, although maybe I just feel more isolated here, being foreign and all. Whatever it may be, I too prefer shopping by myself because I take forever and, like you, bring as much as possible into the fitting room and would annoy all of my friends waiting for me. 🙂 Love the outfit btw!

  4. November 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    That’s fecking gorgeous!! I love love love it!

  5. 8 ams
    November 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    swit swoo – looks great!

  6. November 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Love the tutu, I had a look at the Jimmy Choo offer in H&M the other day in London and think I’m too old because I just didn’t like it. I thought it was a tad too trashy and the quality wasn’t great. I know I sound like an old fuddy duddy here but that’s probably what I am!!!s
    That’s the wonderful thing about fashion though lots of different styles and tastes.

    • 11 whisty
      November 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks Nicky! So you didn’t brave the onslaught in H&M then? I wouldn’t blame you!
      Love it! Fuddy Duddy… though I’m sure you’re nothing of the sort! x

  7. 12 edwina
    November 13, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    divine skirt !!! I am with you on the shopping alone , hunting in packs is just not for me !!

  8. November 13, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Argghhhh, I adore that skirt! Just spotted it in AWear today where they didn’t have it in my size, boo hoo. I will be returning for it!

  9. November 14, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Love this outfit so much. I saw that skirt in A/Wear the other day and it went straight into my mental ‘must buy’ list – are we morphing into the same person?! Lovely to see you today, xB

    • 16 whisty
      November 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks B! It is a bit mad, lets see if we can channel our thoughts and create one amazing super-blogger! Lovely to see you too, looking gorge as ever! x

  10. November 14, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    you looked lovely Laura, the new camera is brilliant too..as you know, I love shopping on my own too…you just get lost in a world of your own and can take your time and revisit the same shops as often as you want…x

  11. 18 whisty
    November 16, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Recessionista, Andrea and Edwina, yay! It’s great to know that I’m not the only one who loves to be a lone shop-ranger. It might seem a tad selfish, who wants to be distracted on the hunt for a bargain, but really it’s best for everyone.

    I know that some of us like to get a friends opinion on something they are trying on, but honestly, do they really ever tell us the truth? Nah, besides if you really need an opinion, just ask the changing room assistant, they’re bl00dy lovely and relish giving their opinion in my experience!

  12. November 17, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I’ve been speechless for the last 3mins..gasping in tutu-lust….tu tu amazing (get it?!)..
    ah that was lame

  13. November 18, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Let’s try that!

    Your outfit at Off The Rails was a slice of epicness.

    Also – I concur on the lone shopping thing. Most definitely.


  14. 22 Vix
    May 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I’ve been hunting for the top you’re wearing…it’s absolutely divine! Could you please let me know more details please?

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