Top: Riverland | Shorts: Clik B | Bag: Tory Burch c/o StyleSays | Sandals: Zigi Soho | Sunglasses: c/o Wow Vintage
Less than a week until I leave for NYC.
Which ultimately means I have endless nights ahead of me where the only words spoken will be pack, organize, stress, and of course, worry. Mix in a serving of luggages, duct tape, and A History of the World in 100 Objects, and you've got a recipe for college prepping. Hooray!
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Jenny, the wonderful owner of Riverland in Thousand Oaks (not to mention, there's slices of this fashion abode in Simi Valley and Oxnard as well). After fatefully dawning upon the envy-worthy Riverland Instagram a few months ago and instantly falling into a trance over their stunning clothes, I finally received the chance to meet Jenny herself and conduct a bit of retail therapy.
Imagine my surprise (and my mother's) when we both discovered that Jenny also went to college in NYC. . . Columbia, to be precise. I had such a splendid time chatting with her about life in the city and snagging the 411 on Riverland (PS: The Riverland stores are always freshly stocked with new merchandise everyday, thus ensuring a ripe selection of trends and styles). After, Jenny generously allowed me to shop and venture around the store. . . and I was so ecstatic to locate the gorgeous lilac romper that I was eyeing on Riverland's Instagram a few weeks earlier (and yes, I did buy this gem and ended up wearing it to no other than Disneyland, of course).
One of my favorite spots in Riverland was, of course, its appetizing sales section. Some people may snootily scoff at the sight of the clearance rack, but me? Hey, I love a good deal! In fact, I feel much more satisfied knowing that I managed to purchase a cute top half its price as opposed to surrendering the plastic for a full-priced $300 shirt. Riverland's sale section is an abundant sea of kaleidoscopic patterns and colors, and I found myself perusing the racks for a while as everything was very well-priced and not to mention, simply adorable. You had your leopard prints, faux fur, stripes, pastels. . . it was certainly difficult to choose, but in the end, the golden treasure of the sea was a coral pink neon shirt. . . the same top you see me wearing in this very post.
You have no idea how long I have been searching for this very top. During my fruitless mall ventures, I would always discover a decent cut-out chiffon shirt. . . and then end-up either balking at its outrageous price or groaning at its tacky add-ons. So, of course, I was naturally excited and gleeful to have found my perfect cut-out shirt at Riverland! I think this is such an edgy way to revolutionize your classic chiffon button-down shirt; the cut-out arm slits adds a risque flair that offers a cool spin to any ensemble. I also paired this top with my new black lace crochet shorts, which, by the way, I scored for only $10 at Clik B. Sales rack sailor, reporting for duty!
If you happen to live in the TO/Simi Valley/Oxnard area, do make sure to drop by and visit a Riverland store! Warning though, you might just end up sauntering out with a lighter wallet and a tantalizing new back-to-school wardrobe.
Thank-you so much to Jenny for having me at the Riverland store! Hopefully we can meet again! :)
I'll be back soon with another update before I officially leave for college!
In the meanwhile, if you need a tasty read to accompany your morning coffee, please check out the newest issue of my fashion magazine, Atelier Indigo! With exclusive interviews, style guides and editorials, it sure will be equally as delectable as a chocolate-hazelnut biscotti. Yum!