Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Seychelles Memory Lanes

Because I've been on this ban, and sooo good about it.  My husband offered to buy me a gift!  Now given that I am a self-confessed shopaholic, taking a much needed break, did I take him up on it?

... you bet I did!

Nothing too crazy of course.  I had two pairs of shoes in particular in mind.  Seychelles Memory Lanes in tan and Seychelles Priceless in red.  Even though my husband was paying for the shoes, the bargainista in me couldn't help but feel the need to buy them on sale.  I searched the web, but found nada.  Then I remembered that I had seen the Memory Lanes in our local Century 21 about a month ago.  Before placing any online orders, I figured I'd give Century 21 a looksee first. 

Lo and behold, there it was.  The shoes I was looking for in the color I wanted!

Memory Lanes

Since they're neutral they really elongate my legs, while looking fabulous with my girly/classic/retro style.  They're also amazingly comfortable considering how tall they are.  Not to mention they're simply adorable!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Look for Less

I just came across this picture of Jessica Alba:

Jessica Alba outfit

I adore everything about it. The trench and buttonup is very classic and chic. The jeans and bag give it a more casual feel, and the earrings add a little flair.

I'm going to try and re-create this outfit with pieces from my own wardrobe. In particular, I have this fabulous Alice+Olivia cordoroy trench that will work:

Alice+Olivia trench

I can't wait to try it tonight!

Friday, June 9, 2006

Botkier Sample Sale

I went to the Botkier sample sale on the first day after work (I literally ran out of the office). I was originally going to skip because I thought they would only have spring 2006 merchandise, and I didn't think the prices would be so great. But it turned out that this was a really excellent sale. Although, they didn't have the exact bag I was looking for (Botkier Stirrup in Metallic Twilight) I wasn't dissapointed.

I arrived at the sale at 5:30pm and got in straight away. It was crowded, but not unbearably so. I think they had just re-stocked recently because the tables were full of bags that started to trickle away right before my eyes. By the time I left around 6:25pm, maybe 1/3 of the bags were left on the tables.

As I walked in, a table of pearl mini holsters in a pebbled leather caught my eye. The leather was so pretty on it. For some reason, one of the bags was marked $75 so of course, the bargainista in me snatched that one straight up. Just in case it was discounted and the rest weren't. Well, lucky me! I asked a sales associate and yes, this bag was discounted (rest were $150) because of a teeny defect on the handle. I wouldn't even have noticed!

The only other item on the table that interested me was the Bombay Tote in natural. It's such a pretty bag. But I eventually decided that I wouldn't need three light colored bags (the mini holster I was holding, my Marc Jacobs bowler). Also, I wasn't too crazy about the small opening on the Bombay Tote. It would be a pain to get things in and out of. And I also didn't like the fact that it was handheld only, so I put it back on the table (to be grabbed by another girl).

Speaking of grabbing... all the good bags weren't on the table, but in the hands of other women. They were literally holding five each and circling each other, waiting for a woman to put a bag down. Women were literally coming up to me every few minutes and asking if I was taking a specific bag! A woman near me decided against the black x-studded stirrup, so that became mine! I wasn't too impressed with the bag from the pictures online, but it is gorgeous in real life. Now the question was, did I want this black x-stirrup or should I take a chance that they'd have the metallic twilight stirrup after they restocked the next day. After a little deliberation, I decided that I would buy the black stirrup. I only have one black bag and it has gold hardware. So this fills a need in my wardrobe and is probably a more versatile color for me anyway. And I'd already left work early that day, so I didn't want to waste a lunch hour tomorrow that could potentially result in nothing.

The next day, I heard reports that the Botkier sale was madness. Not only did girls wait 1.5 hours to get in, but the truck delivering the new shipment had been delayed, so they opened 1.5 hours late! Another report said that the sale was pretty picked over by 4:45pm, and they only had the bags that I had no interest in left.

I was VERY glad that I picked up the bags I did when I did.
Review forthcoming...

Rachel Nasvik Bianca Bag

When I saw that the Rachel Nasvik Bianca bag was on sale, I couldn't resist ordering one. I'd heard good things about her bag, and I love the shape of it.

The good news is, I wasn't dissapointed upon receiving this bag. It's very roomy and is about 17" by 17". The neck of the bag is narrower than the body, so you find it difficult to squeeze in large items. The interior is a fun green fabric that contrasts nicely with the pink. But the best thing about the bag is the leather. It's so soft and luxurious, and yet substantial that it reminded me of the leather on my Marc Jacobs bag.

The color of this particular bag is a bubblegum pink, so it may not be for everyone. But I found it a fun bag to perk up my spring/summer wardrobe. Plus, at the sale price of $50 (vs $345 regular), I didn't have to worry too much about abusing it. Finally, the bag is all leather and not leather with suede patches like Rachel Nasvik's current season bags. I'm not too fond of suede bags myself, so I found this to be a huge bonus.

If you're looking for a great summer bag that happens to be priced at a steal, I'd recommend you check out the Bianca.

Banana Republic 3/4 sleeved tailored shirt

Lately, I've been wearing a lot of tailored shirts that I wear belted at the natural waist. They go well with full skirts and trousers. One problem I normally have with tailored shirts is that they gap between the buttons at the chest. This shirt solves the problem because it has a fuller bust. I also like the length of this shirt (a little longer than your usual buttonup) so it doesn't come untucked if I tuck it in.

I originally bought the white, but I loved it so much that when I saw the dark brown drop in price, I snatched it right up!
Price: $58.00

Sale Price: $34.99 for white, $18.99 for dark brown

(shown in black)

The challenge: shopping ban

I've been really naughty lately, and have been shopping quite a bit. Last month, I caved and bought the chalk (ivory patent) Marc Jacobs Ursula bowler that I've been lusting over. And now this month, I've visited the Diane Von Furstenberg sample sale (my must-go-to sale of the season) and the Botkier sample sale. Between those two, I've blown my budget for June AND July.

And it's only June 9th!

My husband has been really understanding about my major purchases in the last few months. He's only given me a little bit of grief over it, which I very much appreciate. However, considering that I've been shopping like Paris Hilton (scratch that, I would never dress like Paris Hilton), yet don't have the salary to match, I really need to watch my spending. So I promised hubbie and myself that I would not buy any new clothing/accessory purchases until August 1st. (Eep!) My husband actually tried to convince me that I shouldn't shop until September 1st, and which I laughed and said "What are you doing, setting me up for failure? I'm strong, but I'm not that strong!"

Right now I'm on day two of the ban. It's been going well so far, partly because I have so many pretty new things waiting to be worn in my closet. We'll see if I get the jitters in a few weeks...

Wish me luck!

Picture of my new 'baby':

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