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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cheetah Print Skirt

You buy one thing from Urban Outfitters and they inundate you with catalogs – early spring, mid spring, late spring, some more stuff we want you to buy before it is even spring, you get the idea.

But before I managed to get the catalog into the recycling, there was one outfit that caught my eye – a navy top with an exposed zipper, leather and denim sandals, and the star of the ensemble, a cheetah print pencil skirt.

UO wants $48 for the skirt by Silence and Noise, which I will admit, has some very nice detailing, like the thick v-shaped waist band with the little notch cut out at the top, pockets, which I always like to have, and most importantly, a good print. There are some really awful animal prints out there, trying to be some weird neon hybrid of leopard and zebra and giraffe. Animal prints should always look like an animal actually found in nature.

So, $48? I think we can do better. Forever 21, as predicted has one – no, three options: short, high waisted, and knee length. All under $20.

I’m really liking this black and white version from Banana Republic which I found on ebay and could potentially get for under $10. My only concern is that it might be a bit too small for me, and I would have to break one of my cardinal ebay rules: Never buy anything off of the floor. If they can’t bother to put it on a hanger, or at least a table, how much does this person actually care about what they are selling?

The other rule, incase you were wondering, is never buy from someone who can not bother to spell check.

So what should I do: head out to forever, spend ages pillaging through their messy inventory and try to find a skirt in my size, or take a chance on ebay? Either way, I wont be able to return it if I take it home and realize that cheetah goes with nothing I own.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wardrobe Remix

Have you ever wondered what other people are wearing today? Have you ever wanted the world wide web to know what you are wearing today?

I sure have, and now that I’ve discovered the flikr photo group wardrobe remix, I can see and share outfits everyday!

It’s really fun to see all the different styles and spot the trends, and if you’ve ever fantasized about being stopped on the street by a magazine photographer who wants to know what your wearing, then you’d love this group.

Most everyone who posts includes where they obtained the pieces they are wearing, and sometimes there is a bit of commentary about where they are going to wear it, or where in the world they are – which can be really fun and interesting. Also, if you think the location of where photos are being taken is, somehow, really amazing, you should see this site: http://www.earthalbum.com/ all you do is click anywhere on the planet, and you can see the photos being uploaded to flikr from there! It’s fantastic.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Taste of Italy


This week at TJMaxx and Home Goods you might be lucky enough to find these glasses from Italy. They come in several different sizes and patterns, all clear glass with brightly colored designs. Some of them even use glitter, like the drinking glass set I chose.

They were a steal at $6 (the smaller glasses were less) and will be perfect in the apartment I will someday have.

The only downfall is that they are not dishwasher safe, so if the thought of washing something by hand makes your head hurt, then go pick something up at Ikea.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Pajar Sled Boots (again)

Breaking my resolution
So much for putting it out of my head.

Ebay has this great saved search feature, where if something you want isn’t currently being auctioned off, you can tell ebay to search for it every day, and when something comes up, an email pops up in your inbox.

So I said I was putting the snow boots out of my head. That they weren’t going to happen this winter, and that was that.

But then ebay found them, my size, in brown, for less than those red ones. And even though I’d said I was giving them up, there was just this nagging. There were a few bids on them, so I thought, why not just place a bid. I wont bid high, I’ll definitely get out bid, and then the nagging will stop.

Only ebay popped another email into my box – this time, telling me I’d won. I feel kind of wrong. I can’t say I’ve ever really stuck to any new years resolutions in the past, yet for some reason, I’m feeling rather bad about not sticking to this one.

So really, this time, no more shoes until June. I’ve deleted all my saved searches, all my watched items, and most of my Amazon list.

*Update*
So they have arrived, and they are quite lovely. Best of all, the price after shipping was $62, much less than those red ones. The only thing is that of the foot of snow which was dumped on us on Monday, nothing remains, thanks to this amazingly warm weather we've had for the past three days.

But I'm all set for next year, right?

Monday, March 2, 2009

Shoes from Piperlime

I placed my first order from Piperlime, the online shoe store that is tied to the Gap trio. I’ve browsed their offerings in the past, but never found the prices all to desirable.

At any rate, these cut away t-straps by Kenneth Cole Reaction, that I’d been wish list stalking for months went on sale at Piperlime for $40 with free shipping and returns – half as much as anywhere else.

Then, I found these ivory colored pumps with gold accents by Seychelles for $50, and again they were $10 to $30 less than Shoes.com, DSW, and even Amazon.

I was instantly smitten with their antique look, the cream leather with metallic sheen, the fan shaped gold cutout and straps, and the covered heels. Once this snow melts I’d love to wear them with a pair of dark skinny jeans, a white top, this yellow scarf from AE, and this grey ruffle coat by Daisy Fuentes, which was originally purchased for my sister, but she thinks it’s ugly, so now it’s mine.

Almost as much as I’m loving my new shoes, I loved how they arrived – in a white box with the insides covered in little green limes; each shoe box wrapped in brown tissue sealed with a lime, and a little gift card from the company, telling me I should expect everyone I see to be envious of my new shoes.