When people started to bang on about Emporium opening in the city, I had no idea what they were talking about.
I thought it was something to do with Myer. Isn't that what their instore magazine is called? Maybe not, I don't know.
Back in the day, I used to be cool guys. I knew everything about the city. Now, I'm an old lady in the suburbs who grumbles about either having to drive or catch the train into the city.
I put the word out on my Facebook page that I was in the market for a new puffy jacket and the overwhelming response of 'you need uniqlo' was enough to make me trek into the city on a Monday morning in search of this amazing uniqlo store.
Emporium is confusing. It's huge. So many awesome stores, so many empty stores.
I needed to ask for a map. See, I am an old lady in the suburbs who needs a map when shopping.
I found Uniqlo quickly, tried on my jacket, paid and got the heck out of there. It was packed. Nelly was yelling and trying to grab everything with her grubby mitts.
I love her dearly but shopping with her is really no fun. No fun at all.
Top Shop was calling my name, as was H&M outside but I had parked in a 1 hour spot up on Russel Street instead of mortgaging my house for CBD secure parking, so I had to hustle and hustle I did
Of course, there is always an exception to be made when hustling, and it's usually in the form of burgers.
I've never heard of Charlie & Co before but the classic burger that I had was pretty good. Maybe not $11.50 good, but $8 good.
It was messy to eat and I contemplated using a knife and fork but I was hustling after all and when hustling there is no time to be lady like.
For those with prams or needing disability access, they have 3 or 4 lifts in a row which is an improvement on any shopping centre that I've ever been to. The lifts all came quickly and were relatively spacious.
I need to go back, alone. That means you, Nelly. You stay home.
I prefer to shop alone than with anyone else. I am not that much of a browser and I am the type to walk in, scan items and walk out again.
I can always count on my readers to point me in the right direction. This jacket really is great.
It's so warm, but so light. How is such magical warming power possible in such a light jacket?! HOW. I love showing people how it folds into a tiny little bag, like magic.
I'm going to get the long version too I think.
I bought it mainly to wear with exercise clothes when I take Nelly for a walk early morning in order to stop me from freezing to death but I'm wearing it nearly every day, usually with a just a t shirt underneath.
If I wear it indoors (as in this photo) I am absolutely roasting.