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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The lions are coming

By lions, I mean, huge beasts that will devour my March budget in one big chomp. While on my TJMaxx shoe quest, I spotted some really cute Lucky Brand leather bags, like the Bella Leather Tote. The Lucky Brand list price is $250, the TJMaxx price was $100.
I've also been oggling this perfect melon colored skirt ($70 on sale*) at J.Crew, along with their chambray tuxedo shirt ($50 on sale*), since the one I'd gotten from the Gap turned out to be sized for giants and I was drowning in a size medium (all smaller sizes were sold out).
* I find these so called sale prices to be laughable. Call me when they are $30 and then we'll see. I wish I would just stop looking at J. Crew because I keep falling in love.

Sunshine on a cloudy day
There are certainly moments when I'd like to fall off the budget wagon. And then fall off the budget cliff.  But I need to keep reminding myself that I've got plenty in my closet. And no matter how many times I get that one thing I'm lusting after, I will always find one more thing to start coveting.
Sunshine on a cloudy day
Occasionally my obsessive compulsive shopping behaviors do payoff though, like this trench. I hunted etsy and ebay for months and came up empty handed, until finally I spotted this little gem in a thrift store for $3.50.
Sunshine on a cloudy day
When you really want something, do you play the waiting game, or do you just go for it, no matter the price?
Sunshine on a cloudy day
The Rundown
Mustard Cords Gap - Striped Shirt Gap - Trench Thrifted London Fog - Nude Pumps Thrifted Payless - Woven Leather Clutch London Fog - Turquoise Pendant Aldo - Turquoise Earrings Taken for Granite - Turquoise Bracelet Bead Show
Sunshine on a cloudy day

49 comments:

Mrs. J said...

I want those pants and the clutch!! This outfit is so wonderful, you have really been coming up with great color combos.

ps. I usually wait and if it's still at the store in my size it's destiny!! :)

Kavery said...

Love the clutch and your heels

Closet Fashionista said...

Love this outfit! And those pieces are amazinnnnngggg...but eeew on the prices, haha
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Robyn said...

Ugh. I have wanted one of those Lucky Brand leather fold over totes with the multiple handles since last spring. If only I weren't such a cheapskate.

Great look as usual. You are rocking those yellow pants, and I am both jealous and impressed...in equal measures.

this free bird said...

j.crew's purpose in life is to burn out your retinas and leave a smoldering stain at the bottom of your wallet. i'm convinced!

i've got my eye out for those shoes!! no luck yet, but i will not be swayed from the task at hand.

fyi-love those jeans.

xo,
c

Courtney Erin said...

I've been hunting everywhere for the perfect camel trench and of course it's on you! Love it - and with the yellow jeans it's perfection.

I spent last Thursday browsing around at the Clinton Outlets (specifically if the J. Crew outlet) and was tempted by so many pretty things.

xoxo ~ Courtney
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Rachel said...

Awesome pants, and great finds! I agree though, that the "sale" prices are ridiculous. :P

Vanessa said...

This is one of my favorite outfits you have ever worn! I love everything from the stripes to the cool accent colors to the plaid handbag and trench! It's wonderful.
I'm an impulse buyer on some things -- but never more than $100 an item. It would have to be really really special and unique for me to pay $100 without budgeting for it for a long time in advance. In fact, I just splurged on an impulse buy on a pair of $90 (sale.. haha, sale!?!) boots. But when I got them, they sent the wrong size. Now I'm debating return vs. exchange...

Daniela said...

I've been pretty good about not spending. And I'm with you..sale is less than $30. These days even that's a lot.

Rebecca said...

I have those pants, and now I want to wear them with a striped tip.

Ariana said...

What a great clutch! and you totally OWN those mustard cords!

Gracey said...

Hee! The mustard cords will always be my favorite - you just always style them so well.

As for shopping, if it's something I absolutely love, I will pay full price. And at my height and size, if I find something that fits, I usually get it then. Waiting has never worked well for me. If I don't love it, or it's not something specifically for tall people, I will wait.

Gracey
http://fashionforgiants.blogspot.com

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

I'm loving how you styled these mustard pants!! You look oh so chic!

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Fashion Therapist said...

I'm definitely a person to shop for the best price. For me the best "sale" price is $20. If it's $20 I don't think about it. The more the cost, the more I assess.

Love the trench - such a great find.

buttonjar said...

I love that color combo of khaki and yellow. I still need to wear my yellow skirt and this outfit is giving me ideas...
Jcrew.com is the devil! So many wonderful things...

Lydia x

TrophyBoutique said...

Yay! The return of the yellow cords! I love them with the clutch. Something about the stripes and the weave and the brightness just feels so perfect to me...great outfit, friend!

Sara K.S. Hanks said...

I've historically been one to play the waiting game, and it has paid off big-time on several occasions. Recently, though, I've started giving myself permission to buy things straightaway, based on a few conditions. Ironically, part of the reason I decided to start doing this is those cords you're wearing! Long story short, I passed them up when I shouldn't have. They look great in this outfit! Kudos!

Shey said...

Oh boy, I had put my thrifted trench in the "red donation box" and now seeing you makes me want to take it out and keep it foerever. I always tend to buy and buy a replacement even if I don't like it as much, then I end up paying the same in cheapey replacements that I would have paying for what I really loved. Sometimes I'm lucky but usually not. I say pay for something you truly love and won't be able to get anywhere else. I share the sentiment of J.Crew the only thing that stops me from purchasing it the shipping fee, I hate to pay shipping!

Nadine2point0 said...

I can usually talk myself out of clothing pretty easily unless I NEED it - because I feel good-ish about my sewing skills BUT I have a weakness for all accessories and makeup!

Katie Aman said...

The colors here are great-and I love your makeup as well! Gorgeous :)
I wanted a trench coat for a very long time and finally found one at a rummage sale! That's the best feeling to wait so long and then get the item you want for a steal.

Mimi said...

I know! I love getting new things...it just feels good. But you do have a lot of gorgeous clothes and I love todays clutch-so cute!

Aesthetic Lounge

Jen said...

Those yellow pants = FABULOUSNESS!!!

Happy Tuesday Darling! xo

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BABI said...

i love the gray tuxedo shirt too! so pretty! btw, i like your yellow pants, the color is so cool!

Babi
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Meri said...

Very well accessorized- it's hard to know what to put with those awesome pants!
Meri
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kris said...

Stand out look. Love the vibrant shade of yellow paired with the nude shoes. Exquisite.

Sissi said...

hey that bag is so cute! i love it! and the trousers are perfect!

Stacey Kay said...

Those pants are phenomenal!

xoxo
Stacey Kay
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Krystal said...

I LOVE this outfit - the yellow with the khaki is just so cute on you :)

Tinja said...

I like the color you used in this outfit, looks great!

Marta said...

yellow pants evoke me spring that i trully miss! love this outfit!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

What a great transition to spring outfit!! Love that clutch...I also can see why the leather bag is so tempting...i do not know I would have bought it for $100. The J.Crew skirt is precious.

Anne said...

And the yellow cords reappear! I love the way you've styled them here. The first couple of times I saw them, I thought they would only work for fall/winter ensembles, but you've definitely brought them into spring.

I usually wait things out because I can't pay full price for stuff, but I've definitely been burned by that before.

EvaNadine said...

for me, its so rare that i find something i feel i MUST have that also comes in my size AND fits me properly. usually i fall in love with the idea of something and can hunt down a more affordable version.
if im feeling frugal, i will try it on, make note of the size, and then try to find coupons/discounts and order it online.
but if i actually find something i feel that passionately about, im more willing to splurge on it, since i know i will get a lot of wear out of it based solely on how much i love it -- when i love something, i pretty much want to wear it every day.

Lorena said...

This outfit is a beautiful way to remind those near you that spring should be coming soon !
Those pants are fabulous and the CLUTCH: THE CLUTCH is the key piece here for me.
In regards to your budget... I decided not to have one this year and just put more thought on things I buy and not be impulsive... well, that is unless I'ts Carries white Halston dress from SaTC for 9.99 USD !

Silver Strands said...

such a HAPPY outfit!

Jessica said...

That trench was probably one of your most amazing scores in recent history (that and the gigantic box of amazing vintage jewelry).

If I'm truly fixated on something, I'll wait a few weeks to make sure that it's not just a passing thought. If I'm still obsessing, then I'll probably splurge. Case in point: the recent Kate Spade heels. More than I've ever spent on a single pair of shoes before, but I don't regret it one bit. And I haven't batted an eye at another pair of shoes since purchasing them.

Claire said...

that purse is FANTASTIC! the colors are really nice. They pick up the color of that necklace perfect. those mustard pants are great too!

love the outfit!

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Ariel Maile Adkins said...

I get so excited every time I see you wear these pants! Love them with the trench!

Robin said...

I had the same experience with a leather jacket- looked for months and then found one in a second hand store and tried it on a whim- awesome!

BenchesandChandeliers said...

love the color of your pants!what a great pop of color for the dreary weather.

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jess said...

I love your clutch. The color of that J.Crew skirt is divine.

Amber Blue Bird said...

have i told you how much i love those pants, well i do. I dont even bother with Jcrew anymore....their sales are not sales at all..i need like a 70% off sale at jcrew to start buying

specialsparklecarnival said...

You look so beautiful!!
I just found your blog and I'm really surprised! You have a pretty and refreshing style and you look just stunning in your clothes!!
I love that little colorful bag...
And I also like the way you write. I think you have a pretty style of writing...

Wow I think I will follow this blog (on Bloglovin)...

silvergirl said...

lol, I just posted about the new J.Crew catalog
Love the mustard and breton together and what a bargain on that trench!
I try to wait or find a less expensive version if I can.
Brett

Jodi said...

RAWR.. looovvee the yellow.. you are adventurous in these yellow pants.. go girl.. looks totally awesome and so vibrant.. love your trench too.... gorgeous!! xox oJ

Marie said...

$3.50 for the awesome coat? Wow!:D

I think it's smart that you'll wait for the sale prices to drop. Loving the clutch, I want it!;D

Happy Wednesday!:D

***** Marie *****
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Eli said...

LOVE all the mixes in this outfit, it really is beautiful. Every detail is perfect :)

thank you so much for your comment on my blog about libraries!

Eyeliah said...

Im drooling over the leather tote too.... and your mustard cords.

Alex Elizabeth said...

That trench coat is great and I love its warmer tone! Also, the cords!! Sometimes I wait months before buying something... and then I end up getting what I wanted originally. Which means that I probably should have gotten it in the first place?