Happy Holidays to Me

Sunday, January 4, 2015

This holiday marked a pretty big moment for me. I have been struggling the last few years getting back on my feet and any money gifted to me at the holidays has needed to go directly into my bank account to pay bills. Not very exciting! This year, I was actually able to treat myself with  some presents. Unlike what you would imagine, I had no plan for my money. I could have saved it, but I actually wanted to treat myself. Because I'm light on the material these days, I'm breaking this post up into a few parts. First up, my Kris Jenner "Omish" dress from Ann Taylor, since today is back to work day for me.

I spent New Year's Eve in New Jersey with my boyfriend's family. I had to drive several hours into Pennsylvania to pick up my dog at my parent's house, and made a pit stop at the Crossings Outlets in Tannersville to break up the trip. I never go in the Ann Taylor store, but they had the most perfect Kris Jenner "Omish" dress in the window. Black and fitted with a white collar and wrist detailing, I decided to see if they had my size. Miraculously, after a quick sweep only turned up only extra small petites, I finally found a small petite, which somehow fit (that's a rarity for me with petites). 

It's cute, right? So Kris. Anyway, it's perfect for work, and I've been trying very hard to increase my work wardrobe. Now, here is where things get brilliant. The original price on the dress was $129.99 and the sale price was marked $99.99. The entire sale section was an additional 60% off, so I paid exactly $40 for the dress! Major score and a great work staple. Definitely a new favorite that will make the first work day of 2015 brighter! 

How I wore it:
Black tights: Target, $8
Heels: Talbots, super clearance, $32 (old)
Faux pearls: Target, $8


Frye Riding Boots on the Cheap

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I wasn't even in the market for new boots. Really, I wasn't. Then 6pm.com sent me a promotional email about Frye boots being 70% off and I made the executive decision to "look." This began a rapid descent down a footwear purchase shame spiral that seemingly does not have an end. My Frye collection is well documented (and by well documented, I mean in my head, on my blog and on my Instagram account) and I won't bore you with details (even though I'm dying to). Just know that I don't own riding boots, nor do I have any real vice (ehem, Ben & Jerry's Cinnamon Bun ice cream) on which to spend my money, so when I found $698 Frye back zip riding boots for $179 (seriously, they're still on the Frye website at full MSRP), I justified this purchase with the swiftness of a hoarder discovering a liquidation sale. Or of somebody who really likes run on sentences.

Glorious, are they not? I apologize for the photo of my computer screen, but what happened next can only be explained as fate. I saw the boots and snapped pictures of them. I immediately posted the collage to Instagram to encourage enabling and proceeded with the purchase. Then the price of the boots, which was really low even for 6pm, went up. $247. Then $349. Finally, the price increased stopped at $479, where it's currently resting comfortably. Did I find some magical glitch? It wasn't even a major holiday shopping...um...holiday? It was just a random Tuesday in December. That kind of savings in a few hour window can only be described as fate, and the magically discounted boots arrived yesterday (at my coworker's house because the post office can't get it together in Philly). She is awesome and put a note from Santa on them. 

They are super hard to zip up in the back, and I have skinny legs. Knowing my other Frye boots, these will quickly stretch out and it won't be a problem. Anyway, I love them.

And check out the fancy embroidered logo! 

Oooh, ahhhh. Fancy! Welcome home 12. You make a mighty nice addition to my collection.

If you're looking for Frye boots (to treat yo' self or to treat somebody else for the holiday), check out 6pm.com. It's Zappos' outlet and has amazing deals on a bunch of name brands.

Blank NYC Vegan Leather Leggings

Friday, November 14, 2014

I have been on the quest for affordable leather leggings for the better part of two years. Real leather, for the record. Along the way, I have purchased leather pants, leather skirts and leather coats (all thrifted or from eBay, which is just another form of thrifting in my world), but never leggings. Admitting defeat is tough, especially when my fashion spirit animal Johnny Weir is always looking drop dead amazing in his leather leggings. The quest began and soon, I found Blank NYC's vegan leather leggings. Having secured a 30% off coupon code from Piperlime, I splurged on the Pussy Cat style and sized up after reading about 6,000 reviews on various sites. They are honestly more comfortable than any cotton blend leggings I own (and that's a lot).

Let me digress for a moment, when did pleather stop being a word that people used? Faux leather and vegan leather sound nice and all, like a consolation prize, but most of it is crap. I usually mock the vegan leather classification, but stand on record as defending Blank's version. They look and feel just like leather. The reviews do not lie. If you're trying to make up your mind about trying this brand, don't hesitate to go for it (but I highly recommend signing up for Piperlime emails and getting a coupon code). Also, I love these so much that I also bought a second pair from eBay. Go me! Here is how I wore them:

Sweater: Rag & Bone for Neiman Marcus at Target (old)
Oxford: Uniqlo, sale ($1.90)
Heels: Talbots, old 
Top: Chiffon tie blouse, Forever 21, $17
Heels: Talbots, old

Also, a follow up, I wore my poncho and it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. 

Men's eBay Victory

Thursday, November 6, 2014

So, I am officially down one resource in my quest for all of the cheap things. After a particularly frustrating experience in the dark looking for a house without a light or visible house number (my prize would have been a vintage burgundy Coach Willis for $20), I quit the online yard sale group! This is ok, as recently I was buying more than I was selling, and the dollars weren't evening out. I will keep you posted as to how my withdrawal from the thrill of stupid cheap finds goes (so far, so good).

Now on to a quick purchase that I made for my boyfriend. We were talking about how well I do on eBay, and he mentioned  things I have found that he likes and what he would like to add to his closet. A leather jacket was on his list. Knowing full well the treasure trove of inexpensive leather jackets available on eBay (especially brands like Gap and Banana Republic), I conducted a quick search and began watching items. After losing out on one bidding war, I successfully won a great Gap 1969 bomber for $19 (+ $9 shipping). It arrived yesterday, fits great and is perfectly broken in with no damage. 

I have been asked by male friends before to help with their shopping efforts and always thought my eye was best suited to women's and home decor, but seriously, I nailed this. Super excited!

The Ultimate eBay Purchase

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I am obsessed with wool. Much like everything else in my world, this squarely falls on the shoulders of my mother, a lovely woman who dragged her family to the Woolrich store in Woolrich, PA every Black Friday. Buffalo check, plaids and wool everything as far as the eye could see. But then I got a little older and even though my love for Woolrich remains strong, I discovered the gorgeous patterns, colors and craftsmanship of Pendleton, and, in particular, The Portland Collection.

Like any good crush, I fell for Pendleton's Portland Collection hard. I admired it from afar, Google searching images, blogs and pinning items from their collections to my "Stuff I Want" board on Pinterest. They taunted me with their collaborations. Ariat? I love cowboy boots! Nike? I have sky high wedge dunks! Opening Ceremony? I...nope. Too expensive. But come on! Opening Ceremony is amazing! 

My favorite piece has always been the reversible masterpiece, the Penobscot poncho. 

A piece from the first Portland collection, the poncho is the design work of Rachel Turk and Nathaniel Crissman (of church + state). The thing is in a museum, it is so perfect: 

I would stalk the poncho on eBay, but alas, I would find it at outrageous prices, like $500 for a starting auction: 

I once saw it sell for more than $1,700 on eBay. So sad. So reversible. So expensive. Still, like any lovesick fool, I would torture myself with the continued admiration of the poncho. Then, last week, I found it on eBay...$139 OR BEST OFFER. And, new with tags. How is this possible? Something had to be wrong with it. Right? "No," Nikki the Seller wrote in an eBay message, "I just never wore it." What insanity just fell into my lap? So, three years after my crush began, my best offer was accepted (the most I have spent on any one item in as many years), and today, it arrived: 

It's beautiful and everything I crushed hard over for three years. Nikki, I don't know you, but you have made me very, very happy!  

Fall Haul

Monday, October 6, 2014

I kind of live for fall fashion. I love wool, tweed, chinky knits and oooooh....all those scarves, hats and gloves. For the second year in a row, I have perused the mall, rejected the fall fashion at retailers and resorted to eBay. Wonderful eBay! My new approach: nothing over $20. Also, plaid, wool and more plaid! Here we go!

What I'm calling my Biggie Smalls Chic look:

Gap buffalo check wrap skirt: $8 (free shipping - I bought this last year, too...it's so good I needed a backup)
Off brand red midi skirt: $14
Gap buffalo check pea coat: $13 ($5 shipping)

Gap tartan plaid wool shorts: $9 (free shipping, a major score...these still had $44.99 tags on them) 
Tights: H&M and Forever 21(because you need to match)

Gap grey wool pleated shorts: $17 (free shipping and more than I wanted to spend). 

That's it for now. I am "watching" a slew of ponchos that I will go back and forth on. Check back for how I'm wearing some of these! What are you wearing this fall?

Vintage. Leather. Midi. Aahhhhhhh....

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I am so in love with midi skirts. They're flattering on every body type and are so versatile! Fortunately, they're everywhere for fall 2014. I was able to snap up a great basic black full scuba midi last spring for $10 from SammyDress and have another on order from them (red taffeta...so necessary, right?)! 

Occasionally, I peruse Pinterest looking for outfit ideas and stumbled upon some pretty amazing leather midi looks. Now, not sure about you, but I don't have an extra $400+ laying around for a full price off the rack leather skirt. Being the budget shopper that I am, I logged into eBay and found (cue glorious Hallelujah singing) amazing options! I decided on a great fit and flare vintage brown leather midi skirt reduced from $38 to $22.80 with free shipping or best offer! I'm not one to buy it now when a best offer is on the table, so I offered $20 with free shipping and....they accepted. Yay me! It arrived on Monday and fits perfectly. 

And because I have absolutely no shame, I wore it to work on Tuesday. Because leather in August in the workplace needs to be a thing. Again, yay me! 

What items are you looking forward to for fall?