“Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life.”
I just finished taking Step 3 today! Woohoo! And what better to celebrate – and more so, relieve the epic feeling of doom that descends after a 2 day, 16 hour test taking marathon than some good ole retail therapy?
I’ll confess: I love shopping.
But what I love even more? A fantastic sale.
This post will be proof, so that I can validate my purchases and my compulsions, haha. (And also a way for me to document my spending, because let me tell ya, that budget sheet lasted but half a day.)
I’ll show you what I purchased today, and I’ll have you guess how much I spent at each store… scroll down for the answers. ;-)
J Crew: Falling for Autumn
- Rose cardigan, similar (Jackie cardigan)
- Statement necklace, similar (Stacked stone necklace)
- Anchor iPhone case, similar (here)
One of my first and favorite J. Crew purchases was a thigh length J. Crew linen cardigan that I got as a student (with that 15% student discount, ah, those were the days!), but it was too thin for anything more than a cool breeze. Since then, I have been searching for the perfect office cardigan! They are a must have for the work place – especially when there is central AC; plus, they also help make sleeveless tops/dresses look more professional. This fit the bill perfectly!
I also absolutely adore the J. Crew jewelry line and have been eyeing it forever. The quality and style of the necklaces far surpasses what I’ve seen at similar stores like New York & Company, Express, etc. I’ll been slowly expanding my collection, first with bracelets and now… this!
Banana Republic: The Office
- Grey Martin Fit Trousers, (here)
- Black Jackson Fit Trousers, (here)
- Isabel Black Wedges, (sold out!)
- Horse-bit belt
- Pink fitted, non iron sleeveless shirt, similar (here)
It’s funny how my tastes have slowly changed. Whereas before Hollister/Abercrombie would have been my first stop, it is now something I quickly run past, lest I be overpowered by pungent scents. Instead, I head towards stores like Banana Republic, to expand my work closet! After all, if I’m forced to dress professionally, well, I’d rather do it with style.
I’m really happy about my wedges; I’ll take anything to give me a couple extra inches! These are durable, and best of all comfortable.
I also cannot believe I finally found this belt! I have been looking for a belt with a “horse-bit” buckle for ages, ever since I spotted them on one of my favorite fashion bloggers, and was delighted to find the only one hidden beneath piles of other belts. This is when I am thankful for my attention span, which funnily enough, accompanies me during my shopping trips, but not my exams (?!)
Last but not least, I totally did not notice that I had purchased a short size and a petite size pant until after I uploaded this photo! I honestly thought they were both petite, whoops! (The fit is different, because one is straight leg cut, and the other is boot cut, but lengthwise, I don’t see a difference.)
Ann Taylor: Day into Night
- Dark wash Modern Fit Jeans, similar (here)
- Color blocked chiffon pleated blouse, similar (here)
I love Ann Taylor LOFT, and started shopping there for business pants ever since I discovered their petite size actually fit me! This was my first time purchasing from their big sister store – and definitely saw very similar styles under different names, with minor differences, but at much higher prices. Personally, both feel the same to me, but it is nice to know that the same sizing carries over!
The skinny jeans here were actually my only impulse buy, meaning, they didn’t exactly fit perfectly, but were at such a great price point that I had purchase it! They will serve as a reminder for me to lay off those extra cupcakes…
On the upside, I am so happy with this blouse! Most blouses that have this loose, soft billowy feel either a) give me no shape and/or make me look pregnant, and b) dwarf my size. This was perfect, and cut exactly where I wanted at the shoulders and waist – and so, so cute! I can easily pair this as a work-appropriate top, and fit it with skinny jeans for the evening.
Okay, time to reveal how much I spent in total at these 3 stores.
$98.16. (Breakdown: J. Crew: $18.76, Banana $63.53, Ann Taylor $15.87… where your guesses close?)
Considering I bought 10 items, it all averages out to less than $10 per item! From fantastic stores too. Perhaps, now you can agree that shopping isn’t too bad after all? ;-)