Continuing on with the trip…
On my second day I took the subway to the Harvard campus, just in time for the 9 o’clock rush to class. I got caught in the throng of students so just followed along until we reached the doors, then stopped and opened my book and read in the sunshine- something that thrilled me as it was something I always wanted to do at uni. I felt like was skipping class. However I was very dissapointed in the fashion area- I had hopes of jcrew meets gossip girl collegiate prep- you know brogues, blazers, knee highs, satchels and scarves. Not one in sight. Skechers, harvard tshirts and sporty backpacks the size of our kitchen. Yuck.
I love Bensimon trainers but despite being a small swimmable distance away from their orgin of France it’s still quite difficult to find them. I know they are quite pricey for what they are- plimsolls but I find them comfortable and extremely versatile. The last pair I got from a Bensimon store in nice France on holiday and although they are still going strong I’m on the lookout for backup pair. So i’m walking around Cambridge MA and wandered into a shop and I spotted the bensimon collection, but at the price of 55 dollars each. Now if I calculated cost per wear etc they would be cheap as chips but conscience couldn’t get over the tag so I left sadly to go debate myself in the value of a dollar. That’s when victory struck- I went into the fourth urban outfitters if the trip ( I was after a pair of tretorns for David and no where had his size) and there in the bargain basement were piles of bensimmons for 19.99 each!! I went to pay for my beautiful steel gray pair and they came out at 9.99. So I went back and got a pair of green ones too. Would have been silly not to!
3. Black ink
Black Ink is a great little designy shop in cambridge. It’s one if those places where you want everything and you leave with nothing because you can’t decide- or is that just me? To be fair I did leave with a Charlie Harper abc book for my niece, but it was nearly bagfuls. I had my eye particularly on a dog toy with a ball that when held in the dogs mouth looks like they have a mustache (endless fun i’m sure) or a white ceramic takeaway coffee cup that I’ve been lusting after for a year and still haven’t indulged in. Also on my list were these telegram cards for $8. Anyway on top of that they had great stationery, beautiful ceramics and well oddities…and a great window display…and a store dog. Brilliant.