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Sunday, April 3, 2011

It's hard not to shop

This weekend started out with the May issue of Lucky, and I spent my morning, steaming cup of coffee in hand, engrossed; dreaming of bright colors and warmer days, drooling over these looks:
This is my hands down favorite look. I wonder if my Greek Key skirt could work for a recreation...
I can't get over this color mix - black and white and brown with pink and seafoam and leopard? Insanity? Perfection? I need to try it.
So, so simple, but with amazing accessories.
I want to duplicate all these looks. I need this lace top.
Look at those scalloped edges! Look at those color pairings.... so swoon worthy.
Bright, cute, and scalloped.

My immediate reaction was to take a mental inventory of the piece I have, and the pieces I will need to achieve summer style perfection.

Then, what do I do on my fashion and coffee high, but head straight to TJMaxx and hope to make some sartorial dreams come true. I search, meticulously, keeping an eye out for colors and prints and textures... but the only item I find is a tweed jacket, reminiscent of the one from the first look. It's on clearance for $10, the brand is Willie Smith. I try it on, a fellow shopper tells me it looks great on me... But I don't buy it. I think of all the items I was dreaming of finding, that was probably the one I was least interested in. Where are those black and brown sandals, the cream bow blouse, the black and white printed jacket, the striped sun hat... and that damn lace top!?

I tried not to let my lack of purchases bother me. I tried to be proud, but come 1 AM I am browsing Forever 21 and filling a cart with nonsense I don't need... a navy dress with a cherry print, a striped terry blazer, a white lace skirt, a red mini skirt, just because it was $5...
I forced myself to sleep on it, and by this morning I'd talked myself out it.
But the hunt continues.

Pink and leopard
The Rundown
Top Gap - Leopard Cardigan Gap - Jeans Kohls - Shoes Steve Madden - Necklace Monet

39 comments:

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

It is so hard not to shop...but right now I really should be doing anything but shopping. I need a big wave of closet creativity!!
Your jeans from Kohls are really cute!

The Petite Blogger said...

nice outfit!!!

xoxo jenna
http://thepetiteblog.blogspot.com

indie.electronic.alternative. said...

here's my advice: anything you think about buying online, put it in a cart. and sleep for a week on it. i have made WAY too many mistakes buying stuff i thought i couldn't live without. it's more painful when you bring it to goodwill 2 years later. whenever i wait i always end up saying "what was i thinking? i'll never wear that!"

dotty said...

you should check thrift stores for tie-neck blouses. the long-sleeve blouse section at my favorite local one always is stuffed with them. they're mostly polyester, not silk, but i've found a few hidden gems!

Yeri said...

Drat! I can't go shopping because I am doing the remix challenge but good gracious the pics you posted make me want to go shopping. I particularly am in love with the white / black striped hat outfit. Swooooon!

Rachel said...

Bummer you can't find what you're looking for! They really are lovely looks, though, and I hope you find the items you like. :D

Jess said...

I can't wait to get the new issue of Lucky. It looks full of style inspiration!

Renee B. said...

Ohhh I can't wait to get my copy of the new Lucky!!! Love the inspiration for spring, that magazine is by far one of my faves! Cute look!

Anne said...

I definitely know the feeling! I do that a LOT but have been trying to be better lately. I just unsubscribed from all my favorite stores' email lists to avoid the constant temptation, but sometimes I just want to shop.

Kristin said...

That striped floppy hat definitely has my heart. I'll be on the search for something similar! Love the leopard cardy on you!

Mimi said...

i can already imagine all of us wearing these looks! amazing! i am now thinking of the pieces i can use to put these outfits together. :) i gotta get some skirts and a lace top. :D

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

Kavery said...

I can see why you'd be tempted. The looks are really smart and on-trend. Love your jeans.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Whoa, that lace is gorgeous! I can't find it on bebe though! Aww!

Don't get sucked into F21 - you can great pieces that last more than a few washes and may be pricier but are so much more worth it (and lawsuit free) elsewhere. I have faith you'll find similar pieces eventually (for the lace we can both wait for a sale or a great vintage store).

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Sissi said...

i love that story about the white lace top!they did a greqt job

srochelle said...

I keep seeing scalloped edges on skirts and I can't seem to find any in my price range so I'm thinking I might try to make one myself.

Love those pages from Lucky... I need to pick up the April one before it disappears.

Rochelle

http://rochelleapproved.tumblr.com/

Lynzy said...

I just purchased the lace dress about 2 weeks ago! You should be able to find it at a TJ Maxx or Marshalls :)
xo Lynz
http://sparklingfootsteps.blogspot.com

Lorena said...

Ohhhh I wish I could get LUCKY or ANY magazines issues on time. They get here about a MONTH later and that is IF you can find them....
I like the looks ! and i think you can recreate it with the greek skirt. You know I think you can find a lace top in a vintage/thrift shop - :)

Diana Mieczan said...

In love with the 3rd image. The whole outfit is so adorable and Im totally smitten with the huge hat! Btw: you look beautiful. The leopard cardi is sooo sweet! Hugs and kisses, darling

Fashion Meets Food said...

Why can't I be taller? I am loving the outfits and those skirts are so chic, but I am definitely not tall enough for anything like that. Love your outfit!

xo

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Moniek said...

I want it allll!

Rebecca said...

Those pink sunglasses are super cute, but I always scratch sunglasses so I try to find cheap ones.

Amber Blue Bird said...

Oh Lucky why do you torture me so

Fashion Momma said...

where have you been all my life?!

following, now! JEEZ! I've been underneath a rock.

Courtney Erin said...

Ah the late night F21 online shopping spree...how many times have I done that? It's always frustrating when you find some great new thing you're desperate to try and the stores just aren't cooperating - but keep your eyes peeled and I'm sure you'll find some great stuff!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Mrs. J said...

I haven't bought Lucky in forever, but may pick up this months copy now. Don't forget to check InStyle they have a great color issue this month.

Cute animal print cardigan and lovely maryjane flats!! HAPPY SHOPPING!! :)

Ninjagaiden78 said...

I like the third look.
The hat is cool.

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Gracey said...

I haven't seen the new Lucky yet, but I can tell it's just going to make me want to shop. I love the examples you pulled - I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Cee said...

I can completely sympathise with this post... An unsuccessful shopping experience on the wrong day can send me into a tailspin of silly spending. Good for you for taking a night to think things over :) I can see why you feel for these looks in Lucky, though. I'm in love with the pink Anthropologie sunglasses in the first photo!
xox,
Cee

THE said...

Love the color your are wearing!

xo www.thefashionguitar.com

eek said...

New seasons always make me want to buy new clothes. Good for you for thinking before buying...hopefully your patience will be rewarded by finding the perfect lace shirt!

TrophyBoutique said...

Yep. The Lucky Mag does it to me every time. I seriously am beginning to think that they have the best, most realistic, most true to my personal style editorials out there. It's weird because it's a shopping magazine. Sigh. It never fails to make me want want want. What I want is some wedge sandals with chunky straps. Sigh...

Frances Joy said...

Gah! Stinkin' Lucky - so full of gorgeous temptation! I'm also in love with that lace top - and your salmon colored one. Too pretty!

Isabel said...

i think its definitely a good idea to sleep on purchases. i once bought a $90 lace back white tee while drunk online. it looked good on the model but no one needs to see my love handles. i only wear it under cardigans :S i should have definitely turned off the computer! lol

Alex Elizabeth said...

What about when you want to buy things... but can't actuallyfind anything you want to buy? I pretty much want all the shoes in Lucky now :) but I will resist! Seriously though, I was shopping today and yesterday in New York and I got two things. Total fail.

silvergirl said...

I just got my Lucky in the mail today and just put it down
Loved so many looks in there
funny, there were a pair of shorts from OLD Navy they featured in the plaid shorts article.
Went to the site and they are men's shorts LOL
Brett

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Becca [Free Honey] said...

I love that pink pleated skirt in one of the first spreads!! Some months I think I'd just like to climb on in and live in an issue of Lucky magazine. Everything is always so pretty (but still so wearable!!).

Claire said...

It's good to not shop sometimes... then you appreciate your other purchases more later. Or not. Who doesn't love to buy something. But I tell myself this all the time. My husband thinks I'm crazy for being happy sometimes when I shop all day and come home with nothing :)

Love that lace top too! I really want one. I also want those cute yellow shorts!

Yeri said...

Okay - I'm not going to lie. I bought a hat at Kohl's online that is white/black striped. Similar to one of the outfits. Can't wait to wear it! Oh wait - it has to stop raining in Seattle first. ARGH.