...So, today Joan and I set projects for ourselves..to relentlessly scour the net to find awesome clothes for awesome prices..Joan for $50 or less, me for $100 or less... I have to take time out to commend Joan on doing a great jabby jab cos er...finding nice clothes under $50 aint so easy!!! You would think that shopping with a budget of at least $100 should result in some extremely nice items, but Im often shocked at people with great salaries, and busted wardrobes...*sigh*..... Anyways in my little experiment, I tried to avoid stores like Bebe, Arden B, and friends because if you have $100 to spend on an item, you can definitely walk in those stores and find something affordable and cute, so instead I tried to find great deals in places people might not regularly think to shop at and also great sales that may be going on at this time. So, so, these are my finds, I hope you enjoy, or find something that you like!
Winter gear - Each of these coats are very cute, the brown being my absolute fave. The gray military style Jacket is another. I love jackets that have character and try my best to stay away from the generic black coats and such. Having a fabulous winter jacket is such a necessity because if youre forced to be in it 24/7 while still freezing your butt off (whats up with that?), you might as well look good!!
L - R : $79 Nordstrom, $68 Nordstrom, $98 Nordstrom, $89 LaMixx
Spring dresses - Summer is a few, painful months away!! But its never too early to stock up on dresses! Actually, most of us probably still rock dresses to parties and stuff albiet the weather (women are such die hards; how can a man come all covered up and warm whilst we're almost catching pneumonia trying to look good?)
L-R: Love the blck &white dress reminds me of the tuxedo trend right now..Hot! and only $39.50 from Delias! This billowy mocha shirt-dress can be transformed from casual day to night if you wear it sans tights and a pair of hot heels! okay i admit i dont remember the price, but its from Urban Outfitters and I promise its under 100, if not 50 dollars!; This black simple mini dress is so simple yet chic...i love the details like the inverted pleat on the front and back. $66 from Nordstrom; This draped mini dress is very cute and can be both casual and dressy if accessorized the right way..$64 LaMixx; The white lace dess i think is just adorable, looks very easy on and looks great against dark skin. $58 from 80spurple.com
Shoes - Im horribly picky when it comes to shoes...It takes a lot for me to fall in love with a pair of shoes. First of all my main problem is that I am inexplicably drawn to expensive shoes. If you give me a box of 500 shoes, the one that I would pick from the litter ALWAYS turns out to be the most expensive!!! Its such a pain in the butt, believe me it aint cute when ure on a students budget! I love shoes to have something different about them, I cant just buy a pair of shoes from steve madden and call it a day..so all my shoes are always wierd and odd looking, and i LOVE it!!! so i tried to tone my 'taste' down a little so they can somewhat appeal to everyone else, but anyways here are my shoe choices!!
L -R : The first shoes are sooo me...i love sling backs and i love the comfortable kitten heels.. $78 from shopbop.com; I'm totally in love with these flats..i already ordered em both in black and grey! They are comfortable yet extremely chic, and not typical $64 shopbop.com; If youre into oxfords, then you will definitely love these; im of the humble opinion that oxfords are the only boots that can get away with being worn with dresses..they look so good in tights and skinnies as well...the first one is from dolce vita (nice shoes and great prices!) $70, and the darker ones are even more affordable at $44; Theres nothing like a nice pair of loafers... and these are definitely a steal. Lauren Label by Ralph Lauren, on sale for $75!! If you shop at Ralph Lauren you know what a ridiculous steal this is! Loafers are great 'knock about' shoes; without having to resort to wearin flipflops all the time.
When it comes to jewellery, i have the less is more mentality. Id rather rock a pair of fantabulous earrings and leave my neck bare than to overload jewellery on every available limb on my body. Thats why i fell in love with this bracelet from J.Crew. Chunky jewellery is in style right now, and a big chunky bracelet compliments most outfits greatly, and you wont need any other arm jewellery!
I found this clutch at pookie & sebastian - an NYC based store with great deals. Very simple, I love brown chocolate distressed leather especially when worn with black.
I think ive spent as much time as I can infront of a computer screen without exploding!! So im going to rest my ever deteriorating eyes ( - 6 and couting..) now! Goodnight all!