when in London, you have to do the Oxford Circus run. The funny thing is, the sole reason I visit the overpopulated strip is for Topman.. and maybe for the nearby Soho bars as well. Being my favorite fast-retailing brand over the past couple of years, browsing through the four-story megastore is quite the experience. I can easily burn several hours just admiring the clothing. The fit, style, quality and aesthetics of the brand just naturally resonate with me. My favorite form of styling is to combine outfits that are both formal and casual so the outfit can be seamlessly worn during any function. After meandering the mall-like shop I was ecstatic finding the very last button-up-sweatshirt-sleeved top pictured above. Finding a gem like that made the entire day worthwhile.
Satisfied with my purchase I headed over to the Selfridges bar for some celebratory champagne. Afterwards, I then ran into one of the most quaint parks I have seen in London called, Grosvernor's Square. It was literally two blocks away from Oxford Circus but had no tourists whatsoever. It was a pleasant change of tone getting to relax away from the crowd.
Sitting on a bench isolated with my thoughts, it made me think of how to balance out different types of activities when traveling. If you visit a country and merely go shopping, it can get monotonous. You could also say the same about visiting just the sightsee or experience nature. If you find a balance, or some kind of hybrid of the two, you will then finally know the feeling of vacation.