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Shopping in the West and South Coasts of Barbados

The Caribbean islands are known for pristine beaches, accommodating people and lively parties. Aside from these attractions, many tourists go to the island for splurging their cash in shopping. Barbados is known for its many shopping districts. So, if you are looking for a good vacation and looking for some duty free shopping goods call your travel agent, book for a Barbados travel hotel and get ret ready to shop till you drop.

After arriving in Grantley Airport, shoppers can already start their shopping spree in the airport’s duty free shopping center. Just remember that when you are buying your goods, present your passport and details of your temporary address in the country to qualify for the duty free price. You can almost find everything for everyone in the wide range of shops and boutiques in this Caribbean island. So, it’s better to have some spare cash and do not rely too much on credit cards.

Travelers can choose from shopping from both west coast and south coast of the island. Each coast offers a variety of merchandise at a very affordable price. So make sure you have a complete list of you the things you will buy, so that you do need to go back and forth from each coast while shopping.

Down South
The south coast has numerous shopping centers. In the parish of Christ Church, travelers will find clothes, shoes, electronics and children’s toys on the Sheraton Centre. In this mall, travelers can also sit back and enjoy a good movie at the Barbados Olympus Theatres. Opposite the Acra beach, on the South’s main road, shoppers can find Quayside Centre which offers merchandises like designer clothes. Surfers can also pick up a few surfing gears at accessories on the Lazy Days shop. You can also buy garments, beachwear, cosmetics, fragrances, jewelry and electronics at duty free prices on the smaller branch of Cave Shepherd located at south coast main road.

Go West
If you happen to be at the west coast of the island nation, don’t forget to drop by in Holetown, where you will find the Sunset Crest Shopping Centre. There, tourists can enjoy shopping for designer jewelries and clothes at duty free prices. For shoppers who have a fine taste, Pure Source inside the Shopping center offers a wide range of imported goods such as hair products and sunglasses. Most of the shop’s merchandise comes from Paris and can be bought at affordable prices. Travelers can also find designer clothing and other items on the exclusive boutiques on Chattel House Village. The shop also offers special discounts on special occasions.

There are other shops in the Caribbean country, especially in the capital, Bridgetown, where tourists can enjoy a great buying experience. Barbados travel hotel have a connection to many car rental service shops, so if you are planning to buy a lot of stuff, it’s better to rent, an SUV or Suzuki Jimmys that will carry your purchased items back to your hotel. Just keep in mind to watch your budget; you do not want to be broke for the rest of your vacation after spending way too much on your shopping spree.

Dressing For a “Brave New London” – Examining the Iconic Look of Twiggy and the Mod Style

Even before I crossed the Atlantic Ocean, I knew there was something special about London and the United Kingdom. After all, how could a place that is smaller than the state of Oregon produce so many legendary musicians, such as The Beatles, Elton John, Radiohead and Underworld. How could it produce cult movies such as Clockwork Orange, Trainspotters and Shawn Of The Dead. It’s my belief that only great cultural centers could produce such great art.

Fashion is another cultural phenomenon that has echoed across the world. In popular culture, the Mod subculture and style was born on the streets of London in the 50s, but it still lives on throughout today on the streets of San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Moscow, etc.

The origination of the Mod style can actually be traced back to Mary Quant, a British fashion designer. Through her boutique on Kings Road in London, she let loose a style that the masses would eventually make their own.

It’s never easy to explain a fashion style. After all, fashion is meant to be a visual art. The best way to explain a fashion style is by looking at those iconic figures who the general audience associates with that style. In the case of Mod, The English model Twiggy may be the most iconic figure of this style.

In her most simple outfits, Twiggy could be seen wearing a simple solid color a-line shift dress. The shift dress is a corner stone of the Mod style. The shift dress is defined as a dress without waist shaping or seam. When laid out flat, the shift dress is very geometrically shaped in nature. In fact, the Mod style can be described as a very geometrical fashion style, especially compared to the Bohemian style with its flutter sleeves and floaty tops. It is rare to see a photograph of Twiggy in the 50s and 60s where she is not wearing something geometric.

Another defining characteristic of the shift dresses worn by Twiggy is the length. Though there are those who would dispute this claim, Mary Quant has also been credited with creating the mini skirt and dress or at least making it popular among the young women of the United Kingdom. Quant believed the mini skirt to be liberating and also practical, allowing women to run after the bus. Quant’s mini dresses and skirts were raised 6 or 7 inches above the knee, attracting women who were interested in something daring and outside of what adults found socially acceptable.

Additionally, when browsing through photo galleries of Twiggy, one would find her in horizontal striped tunics and dresses. Mod stripes should not be mistaken for nautical stripes. Nautical stripes are meant to be more sophisticated and classic American style. Meanwhile, Mod stripes are far from classic. Mod stripes are thicker, bolder, and more glitzy, further defining the Mod style apart from traditional more conservative English dress.

Finally, since the Mod style originated in London, a jacket or coat is necessary to walk the often gloomy and wet streets. In public photos of Twiggy, she rarely dawned a jacket. Rather, she is mostly photographed wearing a statement coat with a check print. Just like the Mod mini dress, the coat should take on the a-line shape and slightly longer than the mini dress. In fact, the Mod coat, when buttoned up, should almost be mistaken as a dress itself.

Though Twiggy is seen as the iconic figure for the Mod style, women across London and the world have influenced the look with such pieces as the flat boot, boxy jacket, and double-breasted coat, etc. Nonetheless, if one is inspired to relive this era in London history, Twiggy can show one how to do so with sexiness and style, characteristics that women still strive for today.