First of all, thank you to everyone who entered the contest! I had a lot of fun doing this, and I may do it again in the future (maybe I’ll find a thrifted goody to give away). The winner was someone who guessed on Instagram, and although there were a couple closer guesses, the others didn’t follow the rules (gotta read the post guys!!). So…how much did I end up paying for my Louboutin collection?
If you read my blog (or know me at all), you know that I love a good deal, and (almost) never pay retail. To show how far your money can go when it comes to designer items, I wanted to put together a little contest. Of course, there is a prize…the winner will be announced Friday, Jan. 29th at noon, and they get to pick out a Chanel nail polish of their choice!! No one can resist Chanel.
Since I love doing my nails so much, I decided to do a monthly(ish) roundup of my nail looks. I usually paint my nails about once a week, as that is how long they last before they start to chip away. As much as I want to dive into my dark colors for fall, I’m holding back as we are still dressing for warm weather, so I’m rounding up my latest nail looks for the summer to fall transition.
Well, it’s the first of September, which means it’s time for a roundup of what I bought in August (and of course, how much I spent on it). I’ll start with the plain-Jane white tee shirt I got from TJMaxx for $12. Pretty much anyone who knows me will know that Vince is my favorite overall brand, and I’m always looking for their basics at TJ, so when the yellow tag sale rolled around in the beginning of August, I was able to snatch up this shirt.
Thanks to DFW restaurant week, Tommy and I went out to a nice dinner TWICE in one weekend (omg crazy, I know). The second night was a little more casual, so I decided on ripped jeans and pumps with a statement bag. The jeans are a Nordstrom Rack find from a few months ago (only $34), and I love how distressed they are. I usually wear a 27 in jeans, but these are a 24 and fit me, so I’m thinking that is why they ended up at NR for so cheap. I’ve seen it happen a few times before, so I tend to scan all the sizes and try everything on that I like, just in case. Both the top and shoes came from Poshmark; oh, and to answer the title: $150.
What kind of shirt do you wear when it’s 106 out in Texas? One with built-in ventilation, of course! Seriously though, it really does help to have your shirt full of holes. I picked up this IRO top from Poshmark last week for $38, and I want to wear it every day. This color is on major trend right now, and for good reasons; it’s flattering on basically all skin tones, and it’s easy to style with other colors.
July was a pretty good month for deal-hunting, I must say. Let’s start with Goodwill: a few weeks ago, I walked away with a gorgeous 100% leather crop top for $8, which I’m still trying to figure out how exactly to wear, but I just couldn’t leave it there. I stopped by again this week after work, and there was so many great things! I came home with a super soft LOFT sweatshirt (that is currently in the wash) for lounging, a blush Vince Camuto sweater for work ($4), and my favorite, a Bella Dahl chambray top for $4 (pardon the wrinkles, as it hasn’t been washed yet). We have a great little boutique on the Granbury square that carries these shirts, and I’ve been wanting one for a while, but couldn’t justify spending $130. Being patient pays off!
The people that know me, know that I hardly ever spend retail on ANYTHING. I admit, I’m addicted to brand-name clothing, but I still wear a variety of brands, from Forever 21 to Alexander McQueen. If something is a little more trendy, I tend to not spend as much. However, why would I pay $30 on a pair of jeans from F21, when I can spend that (or even less) on some J Brand jeans that are better quality, and last longer? Why spend $20 on a rayon shirt, when I can spend $20 on a silk shirt instead? Que the bargain-hunting addiction; it takes a lot of time and patience, but in the end, there’s nothing like that feeling of scoring a great deal!
I’ve decided to do a monthly series to show what I purchase every month and how much I pay for it (I am a little behind, so I’m combining February and March this time). Since I live in a small town (about 45 minutes to Fort Worth, and 1.5 hours to Dallas) with not a lot of shopping, I mostly shop online through Ebay, Poshmark, and outlet websites such at Hautelook and Gilt. Every once in a while we make the trip to Nordstrom Rack or consignment stores, or I’ll stop by my local Goodwill. I also sell my old clothes on Poshmark (you can find the link to my closest on the right of the screen), which helps fund new purchases as bargain-hunting tends to make my closet fill up fast, and I have too many impulse buys that I don’t wear! I will also try to find the original item, if it’s still available, and link to it in case people are interested (I use ShopStyle Collective). So…here’s what I found the last couple months!