Monday, August 3, 2009

7.31.2009 Orange Cherrius

Dress: epanouir, shorter necklace (hidden): anirtak, locket: night market stall, shoes: Sogo Zhongxiao, bag: Hayden-Harnett for Target

I don't go shopping for clothes a lot in Taipei because I find a lot of the salespeople here to be extremely overbearing. It's weird -- I went from living in New York City, where I often left stores feeling too poor or too shabby to shop there because of the snotty staff, to Taipei, where the customer service philosophy seems to be "follow them around until they buy something just to escape!" Seriously, I've had salespeople comment loudly on my body shape in front of other customers, tell me that their dresses are so much nicer and flattering than the one I'm wearing, try to convince me that something that is obviously two sizes too small looks awesome on me (yeah, if I were a sausage!) and, in one case, literally grab me by the wrist, pull me forcibly over to a dress (ow!) and rub my hand up and down it so I could feel the "quality" of the fabric. All I felt was polyester.

Of course, I'm making huge generalizations here about the retailing culture in each place. There are, of course, very friendly staff in many NYC clothing stores and by no means are all Taipei salespeople overbearing. But the upshot is that I'm often reluctant about checking out stores here unless I haul Ron along for protection.


I've had good experiences in epanouir, though, which is where I bought this dress from. It's a Taiwanese brand with a design philosophy that can perhaps best be described as France via Japan with a Taiwanese twist. Everything there is well made and most dresses have nice little details like pockets.


I love the cherry print on this dress, which you can see better in this detail photo I took of my Lone Hopper necklace from Anirtak (I first saw the Lone Hopper pendant on Keiko Lynn's blog). I also paired the dress with my Hayden-Harnett for Target shoulder bag. It has two compartments and a 1970s vibe to it.

In other news, I received the Lemonade Stand award from Lulu Letty! Thank you so much, Maria! I need to turn in for the evening now (it's already late here in Taipei), but I'll do a post soon about it and who I'm passing it on to. There are so many great blogs out there, and I'm glad I started working on The Renegade Bean in earnest because it makes me feel like a part of a community that has brought me so much joy and inspiration.

這是我在epanouir買的買的洋裝. 我覺得上面的橘色櫻桃很好玩!


  1. You're so very welcome!

    Your new dress is absolutely lovely on you! Yikes, I don't blame you for bringing a shopping bodyguard! ;)

  2. cute cute dress!!! I love the print, its so delightful!
    I totally understand how you feel about overbearing salespeople, they really put me off too! Its very common in Asia I suspect.

  3. Such a beautiful dress!!! I adore your necklace, too.

    Oh, in other news, I just learned that the August issue of Fudge is going to be at our bookstore tomorrow!

    Congratulations on your Lemonade Stand award. :)

  4. Hey Catherine! Great dress! I also love your accessories...the necklace, the shoes, the belt, the bag. yeah. I obviously love your outfit..hahah! And I understand what you mean about overbearing salespeople... Totally not the way to win a customer over..

  5. Very cute dress - I adore that print!! I just love cherries.
    -Andi x

  6. Oh, the overbearing salespeople are so common here in my country, even not in every store. Most of the time I learn to just ignoring them (but it's not easy, they dont easily give up)... Really annoying! But your dress is so pretty... I love the cherries! And you have winderful blog as well... I will keep coming again :)

    ps : thank you for the sweet comment in my blog - you're just too sweet!

  7. The necklace is sweet! I love the print on the dress.

  8. That dress is very lovely indeed. I really like how your best accessory is your smile. In almost every picture, it's just there illuminating the picture. Simply gorgeous! :)

  9. Thanks for your comments everyone!

    puglyfeet -- I'm totally looking forward to seeing it! I wish I could read Japanese.
    -k -- Aw, thanks! My face in repose naturally looks like I'm really annoyed, so I try to smile as often as possible :).

  10. That necklace is so cute, and I love cherries! Cherries + dress = heaven!

    nicola xx

  11. Amazing dress! Thanks again for your kind words on my blog!

  12. Awesome dress! I wish all dresses had pockets :)
    I'd be scared to go to such shops, I really just want to be left alone when shopping.
    And I might just have to get the Lone Hopper too, it's too sweet not to!

  13. Such a cute dress! You look so pretty.

  14. Thanks so much for your comment :)

    Your dress is gorgeous, and the little bunny necklace is just too adorable!

  15. I love this shot...amazing photography there...I always like shots taken in the middle of a back alley and fronted by motorbikes on both ends. Ooohhh....and I love your purse!!! :)


  16. Great article and very true about the shoppining experience in NYC and Taiwan. The dress looks great on you. I also really like the store. I found epanouir to have sweet and lady like clothing without being too cute!