January 10, 2011

On the Wagon





Just an easy, casual Monday look to bring in the new week (ugh, Mondays.  Thank goodness it is almost over and that there is a new season of The Bachelor to redeem the day).  I think I was trying to channel a little bit of Tania, who is the master of classic minimal looks in my book :).

Scrutinizing the outfit, I'm wondering if I should have chosen some different footwear.  But this wasn't a planned outfit - it was a more of a spur of the moment, throw on and get out the door.

Speaking of footwear, a couple of weeks ago when I was shopping with my best friends, I saw this girl wearing the most spectacular pair of boots I had ever seen.  Well, today, in trying to find their replica, I found them.  Too bad they are $700.  I mean, just look at them! Aren't they beautiful?  Note to self - if an item has an Italian sounding name, it will be impossibly expensive.

But speaking of shopping, just in general, I am making it one of my goals to be much more fiscally responsible and intentional about my purchases.  It seems lately that whenever I get an email from J.Crew saying "30% off" or "Free Shipping" or "Jump off this bridge and get 40% off all sale items!" I say, "Just show me the bridge!"  And I don't want to be like that anymore.  If the 30 for 30 remix taught me anything, it's that I have more than enough "pieces" in my closet to wear.  And instead of incessantly adding more and more and more to that closet, it instead needs to be pared down and a better, smarter, wiser shopper mentality needs to be nurtured and maintained.  I think my proudest moment last week was when I loaded up my shopping cart at J.Crew with 4 (beautiful) items that totaled enough to qualify for their free shipping promotion, and then EXITED the browser.  I mean, it does hurt my heart a little to think that those pretty things aren't in my possession, but my bank account needs a rest.  I have a computer that I want buy this year and car that I need to fix and some travels that I want to take (Texas Style Blogger conference anyone? :)).

So when I found a super-cute dress at Ross this weekend for $10, I was uber-excited (there was even a Michael Kors dress there for $20! How I wish it had looked cute enough and fit properly to buy).  And why I hope to participate in one of my fav bloggers, Kyla's new feature over at Blue Collar Catwalk, in which she'll be featuring reader's outfits that are under a $100.  I think it's a great idea for a feature.  I've also noticed that this new mentality has made me into a bit of a treasure hunter, a la Uber-Chic for Cheap, but not as savvy as yet :).  BUT I did find these really cool equestrian-style (my favorite style) boot for $30 at Piperlime.  If you're in the market for cute boots, I hope you snatch them up!! I unfortunately don't need them (but maaaannn, do I want them! :) ).

ANYWAY - Sorry for the uber-long post!! Here's to The Bachelor and snow tomorrow!

Ruffle Top - J.Crew
Black Turtleneck - Banana Republic (i think...)
Jeans - Michael Kors via TJMaxx
Boots - Steve Madden via Piperlime
Belt - Ross
Necklace - Jess LC
Earrings - Turkoyz
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