There are some stores I can walk straight past without a second look and others that just seem to draw me in. Zara is a case in point, and thank goodness they're launching online early next year (note the 'early' comment) at least that's what one of the girls in the store told me - she told me January, no less, but we'll see.
I collected (!) two great jackets in Zara, and I'm sorry I can't show them to you but I'll have to describe them for now - a short dark brown tweed slightly trapeze jacket with a high collar and loose weave edge and a chic 3/4 length jacket/coat in ivory and black houndstooth. Far or what? Both have come back with me to - er - evaluate so I'll be doing that shortly.
Then, carrying my ever heavier bag and seriously heavy coat (because it was so cold out in Bucks when I left), I made a quick pass through French Connection and saw some real stunners. Thank goodness they are online so no high street purchases we're needed.French Connection is so much more 'mid-market' than it used to be, with pieces that are right on-trend but very wearable. The prices have gone up a bit but then so has the quality.