Things to love about America #1

19 January 2010

I haven't yet shelled out for the matching cheque book... 

1. Creative banking
It amazes me that you can get a Hello Kitty debit card!  In the UK you would have to pay for any kind of customisation, but here there's a whole book of options including Betty Boop and the 'I heart NY' logo. Sure it has a blurry picture of my face on, but the cuteness of the card makes up for it and it is far nicer to look at when I'm constantly bankrupting myself.

Images from fashionologie, collaged by yours truly

2. Target collaborations
As I totally missed out on the Rodarte collection, I'm giving myself plenty of time to figure out how to get to my nearest store to snap up the Zac Posen bits in April.  I love the clashy print of the bow dress and am willing it to somehow suit me, but I have plenty of back-up options like the casual chambray number and trompe l'oeil bodysuit. In case II get lost trying to find a Target, there's always the Rag and Bone diffusion line to covet.

3. Crazy snack packs
I seem to have adopted a weird obsession with these.  Trail mix doesn't sound particularly appealing but it's extremely more-ish, a mixture of sweet and spicy.  I also love my Reeses pieces, similar to M&M's but with peanut butter inside and was delighted to find a supersized version that you can't get in the U.K.  Both packs have severely reduced in size since this photo was taken.

 The heart mirror and keychain were impulse buys, it's like a sweet shop

My ten dollar necklace to mix in with various others

4. Cheaper bits and bobs
I queued up for the Marc by Marc Jacobs store on Bleeker Street like a crazy person, and bought a random selection of items in the frenzy.  I've wanted the retro USA bag ever since I wandered into the London store after my visa interview but thought I'd best save myself until I could go where it was cheaper, at least I think it was.  I'm trying to think in dollars now to stop myself freaking out constantly at seemingly inflated prices but I can't help the odd conversion at times.  The mystery* tax added at the till also doesn't help but I've realised that clothing/shoe purchases under $109 are tax free in Manhattan, giving me the excuse to buy more clothes and nothing else.

I love the neat little packets

I also think Uniqlo works out slightly cheaper, though I had to get my tights fix from there regardless of price; I've never seen so many colours!  The Soho store is amazing with so much stock and a great buzz (there was a constant queue for the +J collection, so I didn't get a look in), in a futuristic kind of setting.  I picked up another HeatTech top, bringing my total to 5 and I'm tempted to buy a parka for this sort of look when the chill starts again. 

I didn't really have a picture to go with this point, so I decided to put up another photo I took of an external staircase. I'm getting quite obsessed and inspired by them...

5. Accent adoration
I never thought my South London tones were particularly interesting, but over here I get constant comments about my accent, bringing about random subway conversations and me moaning about the lack of the word 'queue' to anyone who'll listen.  I guess in the U.K, we are so used to American accents because of tv and film, that we don't really bat an eyelid but here I guess there's a novelty element.  It's quite easy to pick up the intonation at times but I'm confident that I won't be returning with a Peaches Geldof style transatlantic twang and will stay a Londoner at heart. 

More photos added to the Facebook page, including my Topshop despair, glorious mussels and some more staircase action.

*I call it mystery tax because I fail to work out 8.75% of anything and am constantly surprised.



  1. Uniqlo Heat Tech tops are awesome! I bought two Heat Tech camis while I was in London and I get so much wear out of them.

  2. A part of me has always wanted to live in America or at least visit it one day and this post has made me want to even more, so thanks! Love your blog :)

  3. Yeah, I heard a London accent can get you anywhere in NY!
    I'm arriving in Feb and staying Downtown. I'm so excited!
    Yeah,it would be really cool to have someone to show me around!

  4. The necklace is SO cute!! I want!

  5. so jealous you get to check out all the target collaborations!! i didn't really rate the rodarte one (controversial! maybe it's because i didn't see them in the flesh...!), but the zac posen stuff is gorgeous!

  6. Every single post makes me more and more jealous! That debit card is just too cute! & love the new purchases :)
    also, LOVE your outfit in the first pic - just perfect!

    ♥ Hannah



  7. KB! I'm sorry it's been such a while since I've been in touch with your blog. Looks like you're having an absolutely awesome time in New York, and I am crazy jealous! And those Marc Jacobs things look amazing. I know when I visited NY several years ago I similarly fell in love with Forever21 as well! And urban outfitters....*die*.

    - Anna Jane xxx

  8. Shame you missed out on the Rodarte collection, I saw some great pieces in mustard yellow. The snacks look good and cool bank cards!

  9. Hmm. I might have to bribe you to pick up me up one of those awesome!

    <3 reeces pieces, though I am thankful we only get the small bags here haha x

  10. I would love that debit card!!! You look like you're having a fab time x

  11. Yesss don't lose your accent!!

    OMIGOSH I love visiting your blog everytime KB, Cannot get over your Marc Jacob buys and that fantastic Hello Kitty debit card. That's all the persuasion I need to uproot and move over there lol...ok maybe a bit far fetched but wow, loving everything...I love PB M&M'S and Reeses pieces are a nice alternative too, you'll deffo miss them when you're back in Blighty!

  12. Haha! We all love British accents. You guys just seem so....elegant to us. ;D
    Also, where I live there's no sales tax. It's amazing and makes things a bunch cheaper when paying your parents back. xD

  13. It's soo funny for you to love everything that is ommon place to me. We adopre british accents, a lot!

  14. Hey you! You should definitely drop by our sale! :) Prices will range from $50 for a dress to $150-200 for knits, etc etc. Plus drinks. Plus cool bloggers :)

    I love reading about your journey to learn more about NYC! It was foreign to me when I moved here from Los Angeles about 10 years ago...

  15. Hello Kitty debit card? Seriously! That's not even possible here. Haha

  16. i love it when americans are like 'oh you have such a cute accent' coz honestly it so uncute! i love your credit card! mine is just a boring barclays one! oh and please bring back some of those peanut butter m&ms! x

  17. I can't wait to visit New York (I'm sure I said that last time)!

    I love reese's! I was given case full of reese's grub over christmas- cupcakes, cereals, bars... I had peanut breath and had gained a couple of pounds come new years day.
    The accent thing is funny my cousin's fiance's from the states and she thinks I sound posh - when in actual fact I sound like a commoner.

  18. ha! i also have that hellokitty bank card. It's so cute!