Where Do You Find Your Quick Style Pick-Me-Ups?

The only thing worse than a cold rainy day is a cold rainy day toward the end of April. I recognize how hypocritical this sounds considering the fact that last Monday, I tried to wax poetic on what is nice about the rain. Good about the rain. Soft, tender, beautiful and romantic about the rain.

Six inches into the damn natural water fall that is a full day and change of raindrops so erratic, not even an umbrella can shield your hair, your shoes, your sweater, whatever from the wrath of H2O, I am thrilled for the agricultural wizards who keep our planet abreast, really. But if I’m going to be really honest with myself, which I always am, the narcissist in me is ready to pack up and leave. Again. There has been a constant shiver running down my spine since 8AM yesterday and I want to punch a wall.

See, and that’s the other thing that happens! I get violent! And with violence comes the absolute un-fluidity of thoughts and a combination of the words I often produce based on those thoughts and the outfits I often put together based on the same merit. So, if that’s not clear (because, you know, my thoughts are acting like pigeons that take steroids) what I’m trying to say is: I need a quick style pick-me-up. And not just a good dose of inspiration. Lord knows that does me well but I need the tangibility of something new.

To me, that sense of touch me, own me, offers the promise of a brighter future. One I want the universe to understand I am wholly committed to investing in.

Of course, though, I’m not trying to spend $1,495 on an Alexander McQueen off-the-shoulder top (though make no mistake! I thought about it!) so when this plague of un-inspiration will strike as it does, I have found my “go-to” locale to be Pixie Market. The clothes are cheap ($75 banana leaves!), the style is good ($75 banana leaves!) and even if I don’t end up leaving with a shopping cart full of stories waiting to be told, I at least leave knowing that it’s there. That and that rain can’t last forever.

Can it?

Never mind. You don’t have to answer that. What you do need to tell me, though, is where you go for quick style-pick-ups. So…?

  • can’t go wrong with dipping into h&m and paying a total of twenty dollars for a crazy necklace, a cool thing for your hair, and a random pair of sunglasses. may not be investment pieces, but they’re fun and frivolous so don’t overthink it!


  • Liz

    Asos is my drug of choice.

  • Chloe

    Figuring out what to wear when its warm AND rainy is impossible. Totally agree with the H&M comment!
    xx Chloe

  • Hey ladies! What is the site similar to pixie market that you have recommended for cheap-ish dresses in the past? Thanks! x

  • Mine is Zara. I add to my cart constantly and when I’m having a “struggle” day, I’ll pick something to take to the checkout.

    We all have our crosses to bear.

  • Lauren

    Asos, Zara, and Nasty Gal!

  • Saakshi Kaushik

    Hmm. I love Zara. I spend a lot of my time trolling on zara.com and find that my feet just have this crazy way of taking me there circa 904750435 times in, circa, 5 minutes. The security guards know me but still glare at me as if I’m stupidly about to sprint out the store with a dress or something, WITH the plastic security tag still attached. I also love ASOS though I sometimes find it too much for my brain to comprehend. I get confused when there’s too much information. Maybe that’s just the dang result of the internet in this postmodern age. Same with Topshop (kinda). H&M is kinda cool but not all the time. I dunno if you guys Stateside have heard of & Other Stories? The sister store to H&M and COS (also another favourite). That stuff has amazing stuff and encapsulates Stockholm Streetstyle in the confines of a small store on London’s Regent Street. If you don’t know, it’s http://www.stories.com/gb/. Now you know.

  • LilyP

    pixie market is pretty good, i’ve ordered from them before. also dolls kill, Asos, and Etsy. I love Etsy because it’s like going to a flea market or a thrift store without having to deal with screaming children, sunburn, and people who smell like pee.

  • Karla

    Does anyone know where the little black dress on the far left is from? I need this in my life..

  • Alaska

    Need Supply!! It’s like the cool indie daughter of zara and shopbop!

  • Lisa Thomson

    I’m having a hard time lately. Sometimes I find it at vintage stores…depending on my mood. I don’t see anything I like lately. Too much black and white…I want floral. I’m not helping you, am I? Sorry.

  • Elif
  • Quinn Halman

    What crack is to my mayor, zara is to me!

  • ee_by_cc

    Zara will always be my go-to pick me up. Something about being able to buy an Isabel Marant knockoff sweater at a reasonable price really revs my engine.


  • Online pick-me-up: H&M, ASOS, Etsy
    In-store instant gratifier: JC Penny (because I have to sift through racks and racks of things before I find something to even try on, and then I’m over whatever caused the need for buying in the first place), sometimes Marshalls/TJ Maxx. The first is a good preventative measure, haha.

    Also, I will take cold + rainy over hot/humid + rainy ANY day.

  • h&m and thrift stores are the best for that!



  • Ai-Ch’ng GB

    Etsy for all days like this! With Etsy, I am prepared to wait 4-6 weeks for my purchases to arrive… and the long postal time helps me to discern whether I really, really want that item and will use it – or whether I simply want it – and in that case, probably won’t use it (much). In my Etsy shopping cart today area crammed three gorgeous mid-century credenzas (along with three tooled leather bags, one fur jacket, one clock)… and realised this afternoon that the only space for them in my life is in my virtual shopping cart.

    Also, my local greengrocer for the best and freshest vegetables, cheeses, fruits for same-day oral gratification.

  • Julia

    You got me HOOKED on this website, except I couldn’t resist from ordering 😀

    I got the best daisy printed dress!!


  • Stephanie

    I bought the dress all the way on the right! It’s by a london brand called Sister Jane! Love it!