Shopping, these days

My main goal in shopping of late was to find a pair of dark-wash blue jeans. My last, very beloved Gap skinnies was infected with steadily-growing inner thigh holes for which I blame biking (but maybe it’s just my thighs). I wore them constantly since they were my last pair that were not hot pink or green, and that certainly compounded the problem. In the end I had to bid them adieu. After much hemming, hawing, and dragging of the feet, I finally drove myself to the nearest Nordstrom Rack for the thankless task of jeans shopping, emerging with a pretty solid pair of jeans. We shall see how it lasts. Maybe I should get it a friend.

J.Crew Three-Quarter Sleeve Stretch Perfect Shirt in white

J.Crew Three-Quarter Sleeve Stretch Perfect Shirt

Scored this bad boy at Goodwill for $10. Brand-spanking new, and not even any sweat stains! (Ten points for Gryffindor!!) My goal is to thrift an array of these shirts in every color of the rainbow. I’ve got grey and white so far.

According to my spreadsheet, five of my last seven clothing purchases have been from J.Crew. This may or may not be a problem. (None of them were full price, thankfully.)

Next up: this wallet.

Kate Spade Grove Court Lacey in Shamrock/True Navy

Kate Spade Grove Court Lacey in Shamrock/True Navy

Ohhhhhmyyyygod I have been wanting a big-girl wallet for so long. For the past ten years, I’ve been using a $1 wallet my grandpa found at a garage sale (thanks, grandpa! best bang for the buck ever), and I’ve discovered that trifold wallets really bug me because the bills get folded unevenly. I wanted my new wallet to be a Really Good One, preferably a continental wallet, but could never stomach the $200 price tag of the Marc by Marc Jacobs Slim Zip or the Kate Spade Lacey. This weekend, finding the Grove Court Lacey on sale with 25% on top, I finally pulled the trigger. Although I rather prefer the MbMJ’s slightly smaller size, I really like the Kate Spade nameplate on this one. Plus, it’s so pretty, and it’s >50% off!

Anyways, that will hopefully be the last of my recreational shopping for awhile. Gotta save up for housewares!


First post: Coach bag and Madewell jeans

I’ve been cutting back on spending and my back account is very happy. Since I’ll be entering the real world soon, my parents have also cut back on support money, which I both like and dislike. Why can’t we stay underage forever?! But I recently got a few things that I really did need.

eBay had a Coach factory sale a few weeks ago and my mom decided it was time for her to finally get a new purse for herself (first one she’s gotten in ~5-7 years. (About time too. Her current Nine West bag is literally falling apart. She’s been using a small binder clip to secure one of the ends of the handle to the bag… which I think is pretty clever but sad.) And since I actually don’t have a single black bag, and the one I liked was $98, and for graduation, she paid for my bag too! Thanks, mom 😀

I ended up picking the Coach Kristin Leather East-West Crossbody (below) which is the perfect size for me–I typically only carry my wallet, cellphone, hand sanitizer and a bobby pin. I kind of wished the short handle was removable so it was a little less bulky, but it’s a minor complaint. The leather is buttery soft and I want sheets that soft. It also has the perfect number of pockets (front flap pocket) and three pockets on the inside, one of them with a zipper.

Most recently, because of their 40%off sale items with free shipping on $50+, I finally got another pair of Madewell jeans. I got the Skinny Skinny Ankle Jeans in Canister Wash (here). I get ankle jeans because I’m short with a 28-29″ inseam so these are perfect “normal” length for me. The total ended up being around $55 for the pair so I decided to buy the “Spend $60, Get $100” Refinery29 Madewell Coupon (two days left before the deal ends). I figured I’d still have ~$45 to spend, which would mostly be “free.” Unfortunately, I got a call that my size ran out and the order was going to be cancelled. However, I decided to call Madewell (and I hate talking to strangers on the phone but decided it was worth he anxiety) and see if they had any pairs in stores and sweet baby Jesus, they did. It would be a whole new order, but with the price I originally paid. But at the time of my call, my original order hadn’t officially been cancelled yet, so the money hadn’t been refunded to my giftcard. The sales associate was super nice, and said that this was a special case and she ended up placing the order, only charging me the remaining amount of my giftcard! So instead of paying $55, I ended up only paying $45 for my jeans! Bottom line, wonderful customer service and it totally made my week (I have a midterm coming up). YAY MADEWELL.

So yeah. Those are my recent crazy shopping adventures. Maybe I’ll post real life pictures later. Also, first post!