F/W 2013 Shopping Challenge Update – Day 29

Good Morning!

I’ve got a little update on my shopping challenge today.  Actually, since my last post on my progress I’ve made a little change to my list.  I originally said I wanted new flat black boots.  And lord knows the ones I have are more than a little worn out.  But then I started thinking about why they are so worn out and it is because I wear them all the time in ALL types of weather.  I did protect them really well with leather protector, it can only do so much against the  elements.  Winter is rapid approaching and so I’m going to be wearing boots alot and given that the ones I have are still so comfortable not quite TOO embarrassingly worn out to be wearing still, I’m going to keep them for the time being. I will admit that this decision is also based on the fact that I am  finding it impossible to find a black leather boot that I like for under $550.  And if I’m going to pay that much for boots (which wasn’t really on the table), I’d basically only wear them in perfect conditions which is totally unrealistic. So, I decided to replace the black flat boot with a short black heeled bootie.   This is a shoe that I don’t currently have in my closet but that is a versatile option that I can wear with a dress, skirt or pants.  How very practical of so unlike me, right? I thought so.

Now, back to the update.  I’ve definitely made some progress , but I have to admit I thought I would be pretty much done by now.  I originally was going to make this a 30-day challenge.  Good thing I didn’t!  Anyhoo, here is my progress since my last update:

THE LIST - Update 2

1. Navy Blue Pants – H&M.   Good cut, great price.  Win-win for a basic piece.

2. Short Black Heeled Bootie – Parita by Enzo Angeolini from Nine West –  I find that sometime booties can make my leg look choppy when they are straight across at the top.  Which is why I loved this one with the lovely slope down the front.  Very flattering.  And I can wear them with almost anything.


3. Turtleneck from H &M – Lightweight and fitted, exactly what I needed.


4.  Joe Fresh B&W Sweater Dress

sweater dress

And how am I doing on my budget? Well, luckily I’ve been able to save on some things so I’m not doing too badly:

These 4 items:  $303.95

Previous total:  $338.88

Remaining: $857.17

I am still doing ok but ideally I would like to come in under budget as much as possible and I still have 8 items remaining. I’m going to have to be strategic in what I spend on which items.  The blazers are going to be tough I think.  I haven’t found many I like so far that aren’t expensive.  But all part of the challenge right?

Have a great Friday!


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Fashion Friday: Plaid Tidings

Good Morning!

Before I get into today’s post I want to share some exciting news. My blog re-design is just about complete (with the design expertise of Brittany from Gallery No. 8) and will be live in the next few days! I’m pretty pumped about how it turned out and I am excited to start posting under the new layout. Stay tuned!

Have you guys been noticing the plaid trend emerging in fall fashion?

Celine RTW Fall 2013- Photo by Giovanni Giannoni via Women’s Wear Daily

Moschino RTW Fall 2013 – photo by Piero Cristaldi via Women’s Wear Daily

Victoria Beckham RTW Fall 2013 – Photo by Giovanni Giannoni via Women’s Wear Daily

I was initially not 100% down with plaid’s re-emergence.  However, as I have been perusing the web, I have been slowing getting on board and finding some pieces that I am really liking.

plaid copy From top left: Smythe Hunting Jacket, Vivienne Westwood bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs dress, Dries Van Noten shoe, Moda Operandi pencil skirt

Now, most of these items I can’t afford but a girl can dream, right?

How are you feeling about the plaid trend?