While Away

I had a particularly difficult time packing for St. Thomas (remember that Caribbean island I was talking about?) because nearly everything I put in the suitcase, my mom took out and told me that it was too nice to take. I wasn’t allowed to bring my new Derek Lam knit top or my wedges from Florence. White girl problem? Absolutely. But still, I was reduced to jean shorts and t-shirts, which is kind of uncomfortably casual for me. So since I’m home and can wear heels again, I thought I’d make a post on the items whose absence was greatly felt.

Rag & Bone feather print jeans:

These are my favorite pair of pants that I own. They’re the same print as the Rag & Bone dress that I wore in London. Usually I try to wear skirts and dresses as far into fall as physically possible, since my winter wardrobe of jeans and a sweater is rather boring and un-fashion-forward. But ever since I got my hands on these beautiful babies, I’ve been looking for any opportunity to wear them. And it’s August. I bought them right before I left at the beloved Rag & Bone sample sale. And look! Joan Smalls has the same ones! I have the same jeans as a supermodel! And she wore them on page 76 of the August 2012 issue of Teen Vogue!

Loeffler Randall platforms:

I’ve mentioned these shoes a few times before on the bog, so you already know how much I love them. I wore them to senior project presentation night, senior banquet, graduation, and just out to get coffee. They might even beat out my neon shoes from Italy and my Jimmy Choos as my favorite pair of heels, which is quite an accomplishment.

I Love Juicy shampoo from Lush:

I have been using this shampoo for what feels like forever. I’m almost out of my second bottle of the medium size. The tiniest bit thoroughly cleans out everything in your hair and leaves it feeling refreshed. The smell is so distinct and spring/summery, I think I missed the smell more than anything else. It’s very fresh, light, and lemony.

My stuffed animal, Snowflake:

Snowflake and I have shared a bed since second grade. I got him at Hamleys, a toy store in London. He was much whiter and softer then. Since he’s rather large, it was impractical to take him with me to St. Thomas, although when I was in third grade I demanded that he come with us on any trip longer than a week. I believe we had to take another suitcase because of him during my family’s two week trip to South Africa that year.

What items/products/stuffed animals do you miss most when you go on vacation?

Meet the Newest Member of the Family

When I buy something new, you can always tell how much I like it by how soon after the purchase I wear it. Yesterday, I dropped by the Loeffler Randall sample sale again, hoping to score the “sexy clogs” or the loafers. The loafers were long sold-out and there weren’t any clogs in my size. That’s the bad part of going to a sale on the last day. The good part? 20% off. At the sale preview, they said there wouldn’t be any markdowns, but I knew they were lying. There are always markdowns. So, my beloved Darcy Platform Pumps


were $120. Considering the fact that they were originally for $400, I’d say that’s a ridiculously good deal. And since the first sentence of this post is not irrelevant, I wore them this morning when I went out to get breakfast. Getting coffees at my local Joe’s did not, by any means, require platforms, but what can I say? I love them. And I only walked half a block before I got a compliment on them. Now that’s some good shopping.

The Sexy Clog

At the Loeffler Randall sale the other day, I overheard an employee describe these shoes

as a “sexy clog”. It’s an oxymoron, I know, but as far as clogs go, they’re the sexiest ones I’ve ever seen. Originally $235, they’re now $125 at the sample sale, but today’s the last day. As into the sexy clogs as I am, I kind of have my heart set on these:

These beauties were originally $400, are on sale on the website for $277, but are $150 at the sample sale. It would be awesome if they didn’t cost an extra and unnecessary $127 since they will be mine, one way or another. My mom says that I have “too many heels” and that heels are “impractical”. Such sentences do not exist in my vocabulary, but for her sake (happy birthday mom! Love you), here are some flat shoes from Loeffler Randall that I like.

Originally $325, on sale on the website for $195, and $150 at the sample sale. Loafers are now acceptable footwear for women, and I have to admit these look pretty comfortable. Most stud-adorned shoes look trashy, but these just look fashion-forward. The color makes them even more fresh, so although the shape is the same, you’ll never get them confused with your grandfather’s shoes.

Originally $235, but $125 at the sample sale. These clogs seemed fairly popular when I was at the sale. I definitely prefer the gold ones over these ones, but they’re still cute and would get plenty of use in the coming summer months. So much classier than flip flops, right?

And because I just can’t resist, another pair of heels:

$425. I don’t remember actually seeing these at the sale, but they’re really cute.

Saint-sational Sale

So the other day I covered the AllSaints sale and I splurged and bought myself something. I’ve been feeling a little uninspired lately, so hopefully this will shake things up.

It’s very similar to this Rag & Bone skirt I got over a year ago, which I always wished was fuller, flouncier, more fun.

Because it’s so long and flat, it feels a little… I don’t know, old? I feel like I have to always wear heels with it to keep it interesting. My new AllSaints skirt is everything I wish my Rag & Bone skirt was. I still love the Rag & Bone and I’ll still wear it, but I’m excited to integrate this update into my wardrobe.

Outfit post coming atchya later, stay tuned!

Sparkle City

I still don’t have a prom dress, and I still won’t show it to you when I get it, but I said nothing about the shoes. Behold: The Prom Shoes.

Is your mind blown? If not, you have no taste in shoes. Sorry.

Guess what? They’re Jimmy Choos. And more importantly? They’re mine. You have no idea how happy it makes me just to look at them. You should look at them too.

A wise girl in one of the FIT class I took once told me that it’s not about the dress. It’s about the shoes. And right she was. Don’t get me wrong, I still plan on having the most incredible dress there, but honestly, it doesn’t matter what you wear when your feet are blessed with some sparkly Jimmy Choo.

So, remember when I said I wouldn’t get into the sale? Well I got into the sale. It was miraculous, really. I was in line for all of five minutes before I got in. I met this awesome woman in line who knew someone who worked in the sale and could get us in, jumping the hour-long line. She’s a jewelery designer, check out her website here. I owe her my life. Perhaps not my life, but at least my Prom Shoes.

These are my first pair of designer shoes, which is, like, a really big deal. What is a fashionista without designer shoes? When I have my own apartment in a chic neighborhood and my closet takes up half my bedroom, these shoes will have a special place on my shelves. And when Bluefly Closet Confessions interviews me, I’ll tell them about my first pair of designer shoes (1:44).

So, I know your all wondering: just how much of my soul did I sell for these babies? Surprisingly little.

The sparkle-less (read: inferior) version sold for a whopping $950. Guess how much I paid for mine? $75. The gods of sample sales really do love me. And I love them.

I Love Chyou

Choo+you= chyou

Choo is honor of today’s Jimmy Choo sample sale, and you in honor of who ever is reading this, because if you’re reading this, you have good taste.

Last night I went on the Jimmy Choo website in case I somehow end up getting into the sale, and saw these:

And for some reason that I can’t remember, I was also on Zara‘s website last night, and saw these:

Ah, the sartorial intellectual property infringement that is Zara. But wait, there’s more. I also saw these:

And then I remembered seeing these:

on The Man Repeller‘s take on pastel shoes for spring.

You know what the crazy thing is? I actually prefer the Zara knockoffs to the real Stuart Weitzman‘s. They look really uncomfortable, but they’re cuter. The Jimmy Choo’s on the other hand, I prefer to Zara’s version. What do you think? Which one’s do you like better? Would you buy any of them? Are you going to the Jimmy Choo sample sale? How much do you want to bet that I will spend at least two hours in line and not actually make it in? I’m sure that’s what will happen. But, if by any chance I do get in there, I will let you know what I see.