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how to score in rio


photography by Lucas Velozo

top by Lojas Renner -- Brazilian high-street chain
vintage maxi dress
Panama hat (Leblon street vendor)
Jessica Simpson Dany platforms
vintage cross and F21 coin bracelets
rings (Marc Jacobs Maripol, F21, Feira Hippie de Ipanema)

Perusing Rio's shopping centers (particularly the mall scenes) has been more or less a "hit or miss" experience, especially when a majority of the little sweet-smelling, perfume infused boutiques rack up some pretty hefty price tags for clothes and accessories I can easily get at an H&M or Forever 21 at a guilt-free bargain. I was initially ecstatic to discover Zara stores trickling around the city; only to realize soon after that much of their current full price merchandise was about two seasons behind (compared to NYC) -- it's not a great feeling when you spot a mini bucket bag for close to $200, albeit their new arrival, which you remembered seeing in the clearance rack for 40 bones back in June. What I do love, however, is their individualized and whimsical approach towards retail store design and layout (qualities you'd rarely see in your typical US shopping mall). Although my wallet refuses to shell out $150 and up on faux leather sandals or simple canvas espadrilles, Rio has personally redefined the meaning of "window shopping." (I'll post shots of some aesthetically cool shops later on)

What I did learn so far, in regards to "smart" shopping, is that the best deals are found amidst the heavenly maze of Sunday flea markets and boho street vendors. I luckily scored a hardcore snake ring and knuckle ring for peeaaanuts and a Panama hat, which has been resting on my head, even as I watch tv or cook dinner with the bf -- when I love something so much, I can't seem to take it off (had this slightly weird trait since I was four years old when my aunt bought me my first pair of patent leather mary janes). I've also been toting around the most precious Bolivian backpack, which is a purely satisfying weaved mix of the sweetest colors imaginable (my next outfit post will feature this baby). I have yet to complete my mission of finding the best Rio shopping deals, so stay tuned for more of my new scores.

as I provide you with updates on my 
shopaholic escapades ;)


leonie said...

owh so pretty! i can just imagine walking down the streets of mexico like that. beautiful. drop by my blog and follow me on bloglovin if youd like (:


leopardloving said...

love this look!!! X

Beverley said...

absolutely adore the whole entire outfit! the hat definitely adds a little touch.

Angela said...

love the hat!

FashionHippieLoves said...

so pretty!



love the neutral tones & those platforms are amazing!


Kate said...

you look amazing! xx


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