Dubai/Hong Kong Transit shopping haul

As my recent holiday consisted of backpack I refrained from shopping for most of my trip.  That was until we reached the home stretch which consisted of a 20 hour stop over in Dubai and an 8 hour stop over in Hong Kong.  Never underestimate how much shopping can be done, even when I am jetlagged, hungry and slightly delirious!

Dubai Mall – The world’s largest shopping centre; 3 floors, 1200 shops, indoor theme park, aquarium, ice rink and zoo!  During Ramadan, food and drink in the mall is prohibited so tired, hungry and weak I only managed to cover 1 floor however some major damage was still done!

Hong Kong airport – I was only there to wait for my next flight but what’s a girl to do when bored and a plethora of tax free luxury goods await?

Firstly, lets talk bags.  I have been squirrelling away $100 per fortnight into a “designer bag fund” for around five years now.  Several times I have gone as far as logging into Net-a-Porter and putting an over priced luxury item into my shopping cart but chicken out when it comes to entering my credit card details.  It’s just too risky to be spending thousands of dollars on an item you haven’t examined with your own eyes.  In Dubai I was spoilt for choice with high end designers – I waltzed from McQueen to Celine to Chloe to Chanel.  Poking at this and caressing that I settled on a bag I have been online stalking for the last 2 years – the Proenza Schouler PS1, when I saw it in soft buttery raspberry suede it was love at first sight…  I love it’s laid back style, minimal branding and soft spoken character.

And as the PS1 was drastically under my bag budget I decided to reward myself… with another designer bag! While in Rome right?  My second splurge was on the Saint Laurent Y satchel in black leather, a highly functional bag that is versatile enough to go from day to night.  It is my perfect everyday bag as I don’t usually like to carry much.

Lastly, because a girl can never have enough bags and it was a bargain price of $74 this Aldo Puffinburger clear panel satchel bag with leather and stud detail is just gorgeous and a little quirky.  I love the idea of clear bags however have never committed to the purchase as the contents of a girls bag can be down right unsightly.  This little Aldo number though has enough coverage to provide just the right amount of mystery!

Now onto shoes.  As I spent so much on bags my budget for shoes was very tight but that has never stopped me before.  I picked up these 3 pairs of pointy toe pumps for only $40 a pair – can you guess I really like this style of shoe??

L-R: New Look, Forever 21, New Look

Now I know that Canberra has finally been blessed with it’s very own Zara however I love shopping at Zara overseas as the prices are much lower.  To make this all the sweeter it seemed as though Zara worldwide were having a sale so I scored some magnificent bargains!
L-R: Flannelette look silk blouse – $29, retailing at $100+ at Zara Australia
Structured Blazer – $58, retailing at $150+ at Zara Australia
L-R: Skinny Motorcycle jeans (last minute purchase because I split my pants at the airport!) $29, Oversized distressed boyfriend jeans $60, Navy wide leg tailored flares $29, Tailored harem dress shorts $29
Forever 21
My favourite American fashion chain for those on a budget.  You are always guaranteed a bag full of current trend items at a reasonable price.
Clockwise from top right: Heather hi-lo mesh back strappy singlet – $21, Leopard print peplum dress – $43, grey long sleeve cropped t-shirt – $11, Cropped jogger pant – $34, Shoulder cut out black knit jumper – $23
Just some work basics… budget was pretty much depleted! 
L-R:  Nils Spot shirt dress $40, Rebecca tailored office shirts – $24 each

Leave a Reply