So my shopping hiatus is officially over (and retail’s national nightmare is over – just kidding) and I celebrated with a trip to North County Fair in Escondido, after a rehearsal in Poway. The mall there has its pros and cons. Pros: completely indoor and air conditioned (a blessing when it’s hot out); the H&M there is much less crowded than the one at Fashion Valley; and it’s near my church (good way to kill time when I don’t have enough time to drive home between services/concerts). Cons: not a great store selection (save for the H&M); and within the stores themselves, the selection is much smaller. Ah, the prices I pay for comfort.
The excitement of lifting my shopping hiatus (and the hopes of getting some of the items off of my must have list -here) clouded my judgment a little, I think. Hence, only actually liking one of the three purchases I made from Charlotte Russe. Try to guess which one!
All from Charlotte Russe
Despite not really liking Missoni (including their short-run line for Target), I’m keeping the top on the far left! It’s a dolman-style top, which I love, and the print, while referential, isn’t as harsh to my eyes as the genuine Missoni stuff. And it’s about 1/10 of the price, so I guess in this case, I’m glad my taste trends cheap!
As for the other two items, I really wanted the lace blazer to work, but I didn’t really love it in the dressing room (see the tacky jeweled button) but was hoping I could replace the button and make it work when I got home. Sadly, such was not the case. The length is not right for my body type – the ruffles hit at the widest part of my waist, when any aspiring fashionista worth her stilettos knows that you want to accentuate the good parts, not the bad. Similar problem with the black crocheted top. It’s supposed to be a crop top (I know, I should have just stopped there) so I brought home a large and crossed my fingers. Fail again.
I wasn’t about to drive back to North County, so I headed to Fashion Valley today to return my stuff, and hit the jackpot!
Tank/Bracelets/Sweater: H&M; Jeans: Gap; Top: Pink by Victoria’s Secret
For some reason, Gap’s website only has the pink available, but my local store had plenty in electric blue and this wonderful green color too! Better yet, everything in the store was 35% off today, so these were less than $50.
The tank is not only fantastic, but it’s my new life motto: high heels high hopes! Amazing. And the green ribbon bracelet was marked down to $1. Que fantastico!
I guess Fatman sensed my exhaustion because when I came home, he had made himself a new bed:
not an advertisment for coke zero
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