Oops! A Sale

I haven’t been buying much to line my closet with lately, but that dry streak ended today when I visited Monkees of Lake Norman. They were in the midst of a major winter sale and I scored a couple of pretty major items.

The first thing I saw when I walked in was a beautiful black Tory Burch handbag. I haven’t bought a new handbag since I visited the Coach outlet last year and I haven’t bought a new black back since I lived in Raleigh and I gave that black back to my mom this fall. The bag was originally $398.00 and I bought it for $239.00. I hate that I spent that much on it, but I haven’t seen a bag I really liked in so long that I didn’t want to pass on it and then wish I had bought it. I will use and joy this bag for years to come so I don’t regret the purchase.

I also found a really great White + Warren cashmere sweater. It was originally $310.00 and I bought it for $189.00. Unfortunately I overpaid. This sweater is only $149.00 on White + Warren’s website. That’s a bummer, but I’m still very happy with the sweater. I loved it so much that I put it on instead of what I was wearing as soon as I left the store. It’s wonderfully soft and I love the length. If you are looking for quality cashmere, check out White + Warren’s sale items on their website.

I love what I walked away with, but I am sorry for spending so much money.
At least these are items I know I will have a long time. I’ll be wearing and carrying them until I get my money’s worth.

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REPLACING MY GO TO BLACK HEELS

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.

OLD SHOES:
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NEW SHOES:
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They are basically the same shoes.
I’m delighted.

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.

ALL THE SNAKESKIN

I just realized something. The last two items I purchased through Poshmark were both snake patterned. Maybe the tides are turning from my leopard obsession.

This J.Crew Collection blouse is the favorite top in my closet at the moment. I wear it at least once a week. I don’t know what this top would have originally been, but I bought it for $42.00. I had credit on Poshmark from selling clothes I no longer wear and so I ended up only paying around $28.00 out of pocket.

My sister has put me on to French Sole New York (FSNY) shoes. She wears them to work and can walk through the city comfortably. I do a good bit of walking on uneven surfaces and since being on crutches, my usual heels are no longer an option. In addition to a black pair of FSNY shoes purchased this year, I bought these snake skin flats for $45.00. Again, I had credit from my own Poshmark sales so I only spend about $15.00 out of pocket.

I absolutely love being able to trade in things I never wear for fresh new items!

If you haven’t tried Poshmark, check it out! Check out my “closet” also! There are so many great deals to be had on this site. They have a really great app too.

POSHMARK HAUL

I haven’t really gone shopping in the traditional sense or ordered much of anything online in a while. I have picked up a few nice pieces from Poshmark.

  • J. Crew Sequin Dress – Purchased for only $40. My sister is getting married and I plan to wear this to one of the parties leading up to the wedding.
  • J. Crew Jacket – I purchased this jacket for only $40! It was in perfect condition.
  • J. Crew Brown Slingbacks – I have a beautiful Teri Jon formal dress that I haven’t been able to wear in years because I didn’t have shoes to go with it. Problem solved! I scored these gently worn heels for only $10!
  • Michael Kors Heeled Sandals – These have been on my liked list on Poshmark for some time. When I saw that they were reduced, I pounced. Such a classic and timeless look.
  • Tory Burch Top – I LOVE this top. It is cotton on the front and has a patterned silk on the back.
  • Tory Burch Navy Minnie Flats – I paid $250+ for my other pair of Minnies and was over the moon that I could pick up a pair second hand for only $56! I wear these almost every day.

BEIGE

I’m trying to simplify my wardrobe. I’m going to be holding on to more neutrals and buying less busy prints.

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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.

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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.

A LITTLE MOTIVATION

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!

BRAND NEW BAG

Bare with me! I am working through a backlog of posts that were in my draft folder. Apparently I just never hit post!

A few months ago I purchased a new handbag thay I ultimately had to return due to an issue with the strap. I didn’t replace it at the time because I couldn’t find another bag that I liked.

Over the weekend I finally found the perfect handbag!

I compared the large and small bags and bought the smaller bag. The smaller bag was originally $295.00 reduced to $179.00. While I was in the store, they were offering a promotion that offered another 50% off of most bags. That brought the total before taxes to only $89.50! When it was all said and done, I only paid $95.77!

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I love a good beige bag!