As you may have noticed, I changed the name of this blog.
When I started this blog, it was the next chapter in a shopping blog I kept on Blogspot called Armoire of a Reverie. Dumb name…I know. I had a descent following on that site. Elizabeth McKay actually followed me. I was finishing up college and had loads of time and energy to put into mixing and matching things that I was wearing. It didn’t hurt that I had loads and loads of clothes back then.
Fast forward five years: I have moved 3 times and have taken on some pretty difficult jobs. With each move, I left things behind and changed what I was wearing to better fit what I was doing. It became exhausting to keep up the parade of outfits and accessories. It was exhausting to pack and unpack all of that mess every time I moved. I’m tired just thinking about packing all of that mess. (I’m still selling stuff, if you’re interested)
When I moved to this blog, I intended to focus on my gift for seeking out sales. I am signed up for just about every newsletter out there and I can almost feel it in my bones when a good sale is about to hit. I published notices about sales and posted show and tell pieces after I had shopped the sales myself. This was tough to keep up.
My shopping habits changed in a pretty noticeable way in the past year. Instead of mopping up at every great sale, I would pick up a few staple pieces. Plain stuff. Boring stuff. Bread and butter stuff. Stuff that doesn’t get readers excited. Basically… I got boring.
Sorry I’m not sorry!
I find myself gravitating towards more plain items now. I love items that can be worn with anything and I LOVE being able to grab something simple and not think too much about it. It is a pretty interesting change from what I was into only a few years ago. Layering necklaces and an abundance of color are just not my deal anymore.
So about the name…
What’s the deal?
What is my deal?
What’s the deal with this blog?
I don’t know.
Won’t you stick around to find out?
I have been wearing the same pair of short black suede heels with a bow on the toe for five or more years now. They are worn out and are very uncomfortable now. I have been looking to replace them, but couldn’t find anything similar until this year.
They are basically the same shoes.
The Ashlyn Suede Bow Pumps from Ann Taylor are $138.00 online, but during a recent promotion offering 40% off, I purchased these shoes for $82.80 plus tax. These are much more comfortable than my old pair and the heel is just a smidgeon taller which, oddly, makes them easier to walk in.
Ann Taylor has a bunch of great low heels if you want that little bit of lift, but need them to be practical. This may be my first pair of Ann Taylor shoes, but it certainly will not be my last.
I’m trying to simplify my wardrobe. I’m going to be holding on to more neutrals and buying less busy prints.
The real purpose of this post is to tell you about my new shoes. These Tory Burch flats are a revelation. I used to have a bunch of Tory Burch Reva flats and, let’s be honest, they were not comfortable. Tory Burch has won me over all over again with her new show The Minnie.
Oh my gosh they are comfortable! I was in Monkees of Blowing Rock in late August and tried on a pair just to see what the sizing was like because the Reva wasn’ quite true to size. I had planned to check my size and then put them on my wish list for my birthday. As soon as I put them on, I was a goner. I bought these wonderful Minnies in Light Oak. I’m totally obsessed now and would totally replace all of my other Tory Burch flats with these. If you haven’t tried them, you need to. They fold in half and slip into a little bag for travel. Just plain wonderful.
I’m walking much better now that my fall is almost 3 months behind me. I still have a ways to go before I can run again, but I’m back in normal shoes and am beginning to take on a little height.
Nothing keeps me motivated like a pair of new shoes. And twice the pairs of new shoes means twice the motivation!
These were not on sale, but they were so reasonably priced to begin with that I’m not bothered by it in the least.
The THOUGHTFUL Gladiator Sandals on the left were $51.00.
The TREAT ME Heeled Sandals were $40.00.
Gosh I hope they are as cute in person as they are in the photos!
About a month ago, I fell and injured my ankle. I spent a lot of time in a boot and on crutches and am finally down to just an ankle brace. The only problem now is that the ankle brace doesn’t fit most of my shoes.
I was in a lot of pain and couldn’t imagine wearing a shoe other than the boot for a long time, but got a pair of Crocks to try. They were cheap, light weight, and they fit my swollen foot. Yes they are silly looking, but they didn’t hurt to wear and for that I am thankful.
When I graduated from Crocks, I moved into Birkenstocks. They are adjustable and can be loosened to accommodate a brace. Their firm sole keeps me steady on my feet and it’s nice to have a little arch support.
I purchased the Silver Gizeh sandals from Amazon for $94.95 and I purchased the Metallic Anthracite Arizona sandals on Poshmark for $60.00 and they still had the tags on them! The Arizona sandals are usually $135.00 so I really got a good deal. I feel a little hippy dippy when I wear them, but these Birkenstocks feel pretty darn great.
I’m finally healing and am able to wear a few other pairs of shoes, but it’s going to be another couple of months before I can be back in heels and wedges. The worst is behind me!
When I lived in Ireland as a child, my mother had to explain to me that not everyone appreciated second hand items. She said the Irish were a proud people and even those who may not have much at all might not wish to receive second hand clothes, books, etc. That was so foreign to me. As one of three (American) children we passed everything up and down and when we outgrew things we shared them with family friends. I never turned up my nose at second hand clothes and feel that i am fortunate to be able to share clothes and shoes with my mother, sister, grandmothers, great aunts and distant cousins and the sharing goes in all directions. Just because we no longer enjoy something doesn’t mean that someone else may not find joy in it.
I even enjoy buying second hand on eBay and Poshmark.
You never know what treasures you will find!
This week I have been flat on my back recuperating from an ankle injury and I have had plenty of free time to play around online and it has gotten me into a bit of trouble. I have been pouring over listings on eBay and Poshmark and have gotten some closet refreshing items for a bargain.
It all began with these Stubbs & Wootton espadrille wedges. I found them on Poshmark and purchased them for a song! They look like they have never been worn and I will enjoy them for ages. Of course, I have to let my ankle heal first.
Next purchase was this beautiful blazer from J.Crew.
This Regent blazer is so flattering and I now own 3 of them! I purchased a gold one on Poshmark a while back and have worn it endlessly. I just purchased a brand new white linen blazer during a sale and now have this black one to balance them out.
My third purchase was these Franco Sarto slingbacks. I picked up a pair of these about 4-5 years ago at TJ Maxx and wore them until they completely fell apart. I had them repaired by a shoe shop once and then let them go when they fell apart the second time. I have missed these shoes terribly and was over the moon when I found a never been worn pair on eBay. They are simple and cheap and I LOVE THEM. I think these were a spoof on a pair of Kate Spade cork slingbacks that came out around the same time. Real deal or not, it’s a good look.
If you haven’t tried Poshmark before, check out my page. I buy as well as sell.
I have been selling clothes and spare items on Poshmark and eBay for some time now and have been having pretty good luck. Being able to sell some old things means that I can turn around and buy something new and that’s what I did in this case.
Last time my sister was home from New York, she was wearing these shoes and I thought they were really good looking. Seeing how much their retail price was put me off a bit. They are a great staple, but I wasn’t so in love with them that I would pay full price.
I feel so lucky that I found this used, if you can call them that, pair on eBay. They look to be in perfect condition and I won them for only $31.00! I really do love them at that price!
My sister loves hers and says they feel great and I’m looking forward to wearing these for years to come.