Shopping in Glasgow

All Under One Roof

Glasgow’s malls are a shopping Mecca. The Buchanan Galleries at the top of Buchanan Street is regarded as the best mall in the city centre. It’s 80 shops including John Lewis, H&M, Habitat, and Next are a mix of big retailers and smaller boutiques which sell fashion, accessories, clothes and gifts.

The St. Enoch Shopping Centre near Argyle Street is the biggest glass structure in Europe and is the most central of the city’s malls. It is very family friendly with plenty of shops for children such as toy shops, the Disney Store and video game outlets, and houses big retailers such as Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, TK Maxx and Boots. In addition, there is a huge food court. Seating over 850, you can enjoy a selection of MacDonald’s, KFC, DiMaggio’s, and Chinese food, or simply take the weight off your feet and enjoy a coffee.

Princes Square on Buchanan Street is the designer shopper’s paradise. It’s a sophisticated blend of designer and specialist boutiques selling fashion, lifestyle, gifts, and art and crafts, cafe’s offering fresh coffee and home baking, and quality Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and Scottish restaurants. It’s beautiful interior including theatrical centre space with mosaic floor, glass roof, brass and glass lifts, and wooden features, makes it attractive for shoppers and browsers alike.

Merchant City

Merchant City is a little shopping oasis offering a quieter shopping experience choc full of atmosphere. Situated a short walk east of Buchanan Street and Argyle Street, it has little traffic, is a fantastic place to explore, and is probably Glasgow’s most cosmopolitan shopping area. Its chic bars, restaurants and coffee shops, exclusive boutiques, cool art galleries, and specialist outlets sell everything from antiques, designer jewellery, clothes and accessories. Nestled just behind George Square is the Italian Centre. In and around its beautiful, authentic piazza are exclusive and designer shops and boutiques including Emporio Armani and Versace, and Italian pavement cafes; the perfect place to sit and enjoy the unique atmosphere.

The Barras

No shopping trip to Glasgow would be complete without a trip to the world famous Barras market. Only a five minute walk along Argyle Street’s pedestrian precinct, the Barras is a market brimming with Glasgow character. Originally in the early 20th century, traders set up their stalls on barrows. The modern Barras features a street level indoor market under the celebrated Barrowland Ballroom, and outside a maze of stalls and bazaars selling anything from antiques, DVDs, clothing, and to junk, bric-a-brac and burgers and chips. It’s a fabulous place to visit just for the atmosphere alone.

Getting There

Glasgow’s excellent travel links make travelling in and around the city quick and easy. With multi-storey car parks at Sauchiehall Street, St. Enoch’s Centre, Buchanan Street and Waterloo Street driving in is easy. Getting around the city is made simple and convenient by the subway, called “The Clockwork Orange” by Glaswegians, and trains, buses and taxis are plentiful and frequent. Most Glasgow shops are open from Monday to Saturday 0900-1730/1800. Thursday is late night shopping with shops open till 8pm or later and most larger retailers open on Sundays.

Fashion Statement With T Shirts

The emergence of Jacob Ethan Apparel has added a new dimension to the wearing of T shirts. This unique clothing company espouses the belief that the person’s manner of dressing mirrors that individual’s inner personality and spirituality. In the past, clothes have set apart ways of life, principles and nationalities. This is what motivated the creators of Mormon T shirts to create a particular wardrobe that can be shared to other people and bring value to their lives. In fact, Jacob Ethan Apparel seeks to remind customers of who they are and what they advocate. The manner of dressing is associated with people’s identities. The messages conveyed by these T shirts are encouraging, evocative and inspiring. It deviates from the traditional way of dressing and change the wrong perspective of some people. The ultimate goal is to bring persons closer to Jesus Christ.

Jacob Ethan Apparel gives $2.00 for every online sales of this T shirt to the LDS Missionary Fund. These finances will be used to help missionaries who go around serving missions in the United States and other parts of the world. There is a wide assortment of T shirts that you can choose from. Each one has special individual designs so you will certainly like the innovative patterns.

For boys, there is a “Choose the Right Guy” graphic print with the angel Moroni printed on 100%, high-quality black-colored shirt. This is an ideal gift for baptisms, departing and arriving missionaries or personal progress presents. Another choice is the “Arise and Shine” print on khaki shirts. The “Tree of Life” print comes in chocolate colors and highlights the tree which is described in the Tree of Life vision in the Book of Mormons. For girls, there are also varieties such as the “Arise and Shine”, “Tree of Life”, “Be Humble”, and “Choose the Right” shirt. These shirts depict the Mormon swag or appearance.

The apparel company was named after the owner’s eight-year old son, Jacob Ethan who is the eldest of their three children. Jacob Ethan has been described as very creative and imaginary who loves to make drawings. The boy also reads the scriptures and fiction novels, takes pleasure in board games, and possesses a healthy appetite for delicious food. Jacob is a very energetic kid who always remains as a positive example to peers and even older people in the church, at school or in the company of other children.

Clear Lens “Hipster” Glasses

They are usually found worn by college kids and became popular alongside the “I LOVE NERDS” campaign which started as a flip of the common belief that nerds were un-cool. All of sudden it became cool to be smart and look like a dork, and that’s how clear lens (non-prescription) glasses were born. For those that were unfortunate to be born with good eyes this product was designed to give the appearance that you needed glasses without actually having to have poor vision.

Starting as a small trend, this idea was soon picked up by many athletes such as a Lebron James or Russell Westbrook who have been well known for wearing these glasses during post game interviews. They were soon attacked nationally by the fashion police (also known as “haters”) whom like everyone else, finds these accessories to be pointless and downright silly. Despite many critics first reactions to this new look, this trend has now been picked up nationally and is becoming popular for people trying to stand out from a crowd and the more obvious become center of attention.

So, despite the sentimental value of these glasses, we wanted to take a look at the other reasons these glasses can be worn, just in case someone who isn’t trying to look like a 1980’s baller wanted to wear them. Also, because we wanted to crush the myth, and silence the critics that these glasses DO serve a purpose, so we met up the nerds and dove down into the facts.

What we found was that these glasses do serve a purpose and that is to protect your eyes. Did you know that these glasses are actually 100% UV protected, so they will protect your eyes from the harmful sun? Also, did you know that on the contrary dark sunglasses reduce the visible light entering your eyes, so your iris opens to admit more light, letting even more of the harmful UV to enter your eye? I think it’s safe to say that clear lens glasses just won that battle.

They are also convenient because they are clear, so you can wear them inside and still see! This saves the hassle of having to take them off every time you enter a building. Plus, who likes to mess up their hair or wear them around their neck? Not only is that not trendy, but it looks horrible. I think we are also forgetting the fact these glasses can protect your eyes from flying debris, finger pokes and splashing champagne when you are out celebrating like a champion.

Stress Out of Christmas Shopping

Smart shoppers this year are saying no to that and doing most of their shopping in the comfort of their own home on the internet. I have been doing it for years. With a glass of wine in the hand, no queuing, casual browsing at your leisure, I can’t think of a better way to take the stress out of Christmas shopping.

With today’s economic climate, most people have to watch their pennies and doing shopping on line is a great way to save money. Many online stores offer free delivery if you spend so much and because online stores haven’t got the expense of running a shop they can offer much more competitive prices. You will also save money by not having to drive to the closest shopping outlet, which means you save petrol as well as saving the environment. Plus you won’t have to fork out on the extortionate parking tickets some of these car parks charge.

But online shopping is not just about saving money, yes we are living in harder times and everyone is being more frugal, but there is also the stress you’re missing out on. Stress levels tend to rocket as the Christmas season sneaks upon us. Shopping online means you will be missing out on all of the queuing, bumping into people, getting hot one minute, cold the next where you’re running in and out of shops and just the general stressed associated with Christmas shopping.

Another great aspect to online shopping is that without leaving the comfort of your own home you can search for niche boutiques and particular items. You can spend time picking an appropriate present that you know will be greatly received. If you have a rough idea or what somebody likes you can do a direct search on Google. My brother for example loves Southampton Football Club, (someone has too!). So I did a search Southampton Football gifts and found many sites selling gifts and memorabilia. I won’t say what I bought just in case he reads this. But put it this way, I know he will be over the moon and I will definitely be getting some little sister brownie points from him.

For gifts that you can easily find on every high street like the latest CD’s, DVDs or Xbox games why not use the online comparison sites to compare the prices? Why pay more at the local high street shops when you can buy the same item and have it delivered to you and save money. It makes perfect sense right?

So get online, get surfing and save yourself some money. What you save can be spent on yourself, which is always great therapy. Plus you will be doing yourself some good by minimising your stress levels this Christmas.

Online Outlet Stores

I have done it all! I have been in line at 3 am on Black Friday, still stuffed to the gills from the previous day’s turkey meal. I have hit “midnight” sales and “today only” specials. I have camped out all night to snag the “hottest Christmas toy this season”. But I have never enjoyed shopping more than I do now. All from the comfort of my computer chair! Big fluffy slippers, a steamy cup of java and my mouse. Surfin’ the online outlet stores for the latest bargains!

It all started last year after Christmas. Instead of gifts some family members had given me money…”so you can get what you want.” And if you personally knew me, you’d know I’d want a bargain! And what better place to find one than the outlet stores. So I bundled up and got ready to head out to the outlets. Whoa! But not so fast! I noticed I had a flat tire. I wasn’t going anywhere! So back in the house I went. Bummed out.

What to do? What to do? Then it hit me. The internet! Surely in the 21st century the internet would have online outlet shopping. A whole new world opened up to me when I searched for outlet stores on the net. Some of my old favorites appeared in the search listing. But to my surprise, some faces also showed up. And I also discovered some retailers preferred to use the term “outlet” while others had amazing sales and clearance sections. Amazing enough to rival the deals I found at brick and mortar outlet stores. I was hooked! Yes, I still shop the outlets 30 miles from my house. Just not as often now that I have found online outlet shopping!

Men Wearing Sweaters Stylishly

For Youth Style

A stylish, lightweight sweater can be incorporated into a fashionable, youthful look. Put a men’s sweater on a t-shirt and wear a scarf to add a more versatile look. Pair fitted jeans in colors that contrast with the hues of your sweater. You can wear sneakers to accentuate the youthful element of this style. Moreover, you can leave the sweater unbuttoned for getting a more casual chic look.

For a Semi-Formal Setting

Opting for a cardigan for a semi-formal setting is a great idea. For semi-formal occasions, if a sports jacket and t-shirt are not sufficient to get a stylish look, then wearing a clean, soft, cable knit sweater, is the preferred choice to go for. Pair a wrinkle free sweater with khaki pants and dress shoes. Wearing a cardigan buttoned to the neck is a popular style for semi-formal occasions. Opt for a V-neck cardigan, constructed from a high quality material such as cashmere, synthetic fibers for added formality and warmth.

For Weekend Nights

In order to dress up for a weekend night, or a get-together with friends, try a colorful sweater underneath a sports jacket for a night out at your favorite bar or night club. A lightweight sweater can add a classic touch to your evening loungewear. You can pair your striped cardigan or cable knit cardigan with loafers, trousers and a long trench coat to enhance a classy, preppy look.

For Holiday Season

A cardigan is an ideal clothing item to wear on holiday season such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and more. The soft lightweight material provides needed warmth when layered under a coat or a jacket. You can also invest in a cardigan in festive colors such as navy blue, yellow, brown, featuring holiday themed patterns. Furthermore, wear dress corduroy pants and knitted fleece scarf to make the perfect winter outfit.

Safe Online Shopping

Know what you are buying.

Counterfeiting isn’t just about money–well, it is, it’s just not all about counterfeit money. International counterfeiting of name brand merchandise is slugging it out with identity theft for the fastest growing crime of the 21st Century. A recent FBI estimate says US trademark holders lose $250 billion to fakes and forgeries every year. This hurts legitimate online merchants as much as it hurts shoppers.

For consumers, these scams are not just about the money. Most counterfeit goods are cheaper because they are cheaper, meaning counterfeiters cut costs by cutting quality. Imagine putting substandard brake shoes on your car, or feeding low-grade formula to your infant. Worse yet, fraud profits are often used to finance other illegal activities. People who want a good deal and don’t ask the right questions may be supporting drug dealers, terrorists, pornographers and other criminals.

Likewise, some sell authentic merchandise that isn’t what it claims to be. Certain products, such as jewelry, have very specific definitions prescribed by law. For example, marketing a cultured pearl as a natural pearl or implying that gold is pure, attaching tiny-print stating it is only 18kt, is misrepresentation (also called fraud) and carries severe criminal and civil penalties.

Know from whom you are buying.

Check the contact information posted on the website. If you can’t find it, go elsewhere–never give money to people if you can’t get in touch with them to resolve problems. Be wary of a merchant who hides behind an email address. If you don’t recognize the merchant, research them online. Avoid merchants with negative consumer feedback.

Make sure that merchants’ websites use a secure server. Most URLs start with ”http”; secure server URLs start with ”https” and have a key or a closed padlock icon appearing in one of the corners of the browser window. This ensures your personal information is scrambled or encrypted. Hackers sometimes get through, but a secure server means your merchant is working to keep your personal data personal.

Keep private transactions private.

Do not to use shared computers in libraries or computer labs when online shopping. Criminals can place keystroke monitors onto these computers, allowing them to see exactly what you’ve typed. If you don’t log out properly, your session can remain open and others can access your accounts.

Most credit card companies limit the liability of their customers when it comes to fraudulent use of their credit cards. Debit card rules vary from bank to bank. Because a debit card deducts money directly (and sometimes immediately) from your checking or savings account, it can take weeks or months to resolve disputes. Online purchases by credit card are, in many ways, safer.

Baroque Print

Baroque prints are often associated with vintage Versace, and there’s no doubt that their collaboration with H&M had something to do with its revival. The industry has always revered Versace’s impact when it came to the concept of the supermodel, and the images of Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington in Gianni’s prints are now iconic. Versace inspired baroque is incredibly fun to wear. Brightly colored chain print dresses are eye-catching, sexy, and an incredibly simple way to inject some life into an outfit. It carries with it the optimism and partying connotations of the 1980s and early 1990s, when supermodels had curves and enjoyed their cocktails rather than their juice cleanses. It has a nostalgic element that is almost tacky, with its tongue in cheek brashiness, and there is definitely a place for a piece or two in every girl’s wardrobe.

These jewel-toned and neon offerings are not the only way to incorporate the baroque trend into our style, however. Traditionally, baroque prints come from gothic art, and have religious undertones. It takes inspiration from architecture, fine art, even classical music, and as such has a real drama and grandeur about it. The best contemporary example we can look towards for gothic baroque style is Dolce and Gabanna’s Fall 2012 collection. A palette of deepest black and luxurious gold makes for a stunning collection, one that has inspired the high street and online stores alike. It is a paradoxical combination of simplicity and opulence, and there are some truly beautiful dresses available that take their cue from the Milanese fashion house. These dresses manage to put across the wearer’s sexiness as well as being ladylike and feminine; it is truly a powerful trend, and one perfect for this party season. The color palette is one that conjures up ideas of deepest winter, seasonal luxury and this special time of year.

Go Shopping In Ventura

The Collection at RiverPark

One of the newest developments in Oxnard, Ventura is The Collection at RiverPark. Talking of this outdoor lifestyle place, the first thing that you get to hear about is the new movie theatre. The place offers amazing foods, REI and several retail stores to quench the thirst of shopaholics to the fullest. With art installments and grassy areas, it is one of the most promising shopping and dining destinations in the city.

Great Pacific Iron Works

If you are looking for some high quality clothing range, Patagonia or the Great Pacific Iron Works should be the place of your choice. Dress materials of various quality and designs are available here and your shopping experience in Ventura is going to be incomplete if you skip a visit to Great Pacific Iron Works. The only thing that might dampen your shopping spirit is the price tag, which is a bit on the heavier side. However, the store also offers huge discounts from time to time and you might just get lucky during your visit.

WetSand Surf Shop

Looking for clothes and products that will suit the Southern Californian style? WetSand Surf Shop on the main street of Ventura can cater to your fashion needs. Though the store is popular for its awesome surfing gears but its range of bikinis and bathing suits are equally good. The store offers its own line of graphic wear, which will completely mesmerize you. A home to gadgets of all kinds, WetSand Surf Shop offers all the traditional as well as latest surfing gadgets and accessories. If you plan to do some summer shopping, don’t hesitate to drop by this cool store.

Ventura Swimwear

Swimsuits are a staple wear when it comes to summers in Ventura. As far as buying swimsuits is concerned, there is only one name that you would get from the locals, Ventura SwimWear. It has the reputation of offering attractive and high quality swimwear, especially for women. Along with swimsuits, Harbor Village store also offers a huge collection of hats, flip-flops and other accessories that you would be requiring to enjoy the summers in Ventura. Owing to the high discounts and attractive incentives that they roll out, this store is a popular pick both amongst the locals as well as the tourists.

Main Street

As you get tired with the dazzles of the shopping malls and your heart yearns for some fresh air, think of taking a stroll down the Main Street. If you want to get a real feel of the markets of Ventura, the Main Street is the place where you should wander around for some time. From book stores to antique shops, from vintage clothing boutiques to restaurants, you get everything here on the Main Street, especially in the area between Laurel and Ventura Avenues. You can satisfy your culinary desires at the restaurants on the Main Street that offers a variety of cuisine options. Many Ventura attractions are also in close proximity.

Ventura Harbor Village

33 acres of shops and restaurants at the Ventura Harbor Village will surprise you at every corner with its perfect assortment of quality articles and great entertainment zone. This is a place that offers a perfect concoction of shopping and entertainment in the same bottle. You can rent a boat or a kayak or a cruise and hit the waters here at the Harbor Village. While the ceramic murals add to the aesthetics of the place, the fisherman’s market on Saturdays will give you a feel of the local culture very well. Do not forget taking a few rounds on the Merry-Go-Round or spending some time walking on harbor front promenade – a simple act that will rejuvenate your soul.

Pacific View Ventura

The erstwhile BuenaVentura Mall, presently called the Pacific View Ventura, is one of the most pleasant shopping places in Ventura. With its renovated added space and the magnificent views of the ocean, this shopping mall offers a highly comfortable shopping experience to locals as well as outsiders. Most of the well-known retailer’s stores are here that offers a huge plethora of electronics, jewelry and other specialty items. If you experience a rumbling tummy while shopping, a trip to the food court is a must.

Versatile Gladiator Sandals

Gladiator sandals come in many attractive styles. Some have wide straps, while others have only a handful of thin straps. In most cases, a single strap with a mini buckle just needs to be attached to another strap. To get the most mileage from such style in sandals, choose a quality brand with straps that won’t easily break with repeated use.

There are casual gladiator sandals that can be worn with summer dresses or tees, jacket & shorts, or jeans-and-top ensembles, and there are dressier options that are perfect for parties. Fashion-savvy ladies can find the most stunning designer sandals at budget busting price tags in online websites. Keep searching and you’ll be amazed at so many options in beautiful sleek and chic shoes ranging from simple to bold.

Shoe designers have crafted many creative variations of the gorgeous gladiator shoes that have become among the must-have footwear options of the modern woman. Most of them are made of leather, suede, or exotic python.

Some gladiator sandals have a sexy heel fit for the runway, whereas others are flat and have the go-anywhere look. The best gladiator style sandals depend on what will fit your ankles and feet. The shoes must be scaled to your feet’s size and to your calves and ankles. Opt for thin straps if you have slim ankles, and go for wide & large straps if you have rounder, bigger ankles.

Popular shoe designers have fashioned gladiator style sandals for a wide range of personalities. Some of these sandals have tie-up laces, whereas others have zip-up closures at the back. For women who want a masculine look, nice and elegant options may range from pebbled black leather gladiator shoes with almond-shaped open to woven options in tan or rich brown shade for an authentic gladiator look.