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What I bought :: September 2013

This is a difficult post to compose because, as of this writing, I still have several orders that have yet to come in the mail. Which begs the question: if I buy items in one month but don’t actually receive them until the next, which budget do they fall under?

Eh, who am I kidding? These are all September purchases and boy, howdy! Did I go over budget! The Gwynnie Bee dress alone took out a huge chunk. I’m consoling myself with the thought that I’ll probably be returning the NY&Co. haul.

(Note: I’d received my Old Navy haul Thursday and am returning 3/4 of that this weekend. Still debating on the owl sweater – might be to twee?)

Also, I dunno if I should count lipsticks and underthings as part of my clothing budget because they’re necessities, right? Like toothpaste and feminine products?

And what about the purses? Are they part of clothing budget or should I have a separate accessory kitty? Argh. Being good is so hard!

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What’s in my cart :: Marc Jacobs sunglasses

So if you’ve been a regular reader of my humble little blog, you will be very aware of my love affair with Marc.

Marc Jacobs, that is.

And, as with all affairs, it all started very innocently.  I’d been visiting KS#2 and my god-bébé one normal Saturday and I’d nonchalantly inquired as to whether she had a spare pair of sunglasses for me to use as a prop in one of my planned outdoor photo shoots.  She answered yes just as nonchalantly, dropping a rather cumbersome case in my lap.

That case would be to me what the briefcase was to Vincent and Jules in Pulp Fiction.

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Because, my friends, in that case was the most supermegafoxyawesomehot pair of shades ever created.  Now you would think I’d have known right off the bat that these were meant for me since I know from eye wear, but I’m more about eyeglasses than sunglasses, so at first, the sheer size of the lenses were off-putting.

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But then I put them on, mugging in front of her full-length mirror, and it was love at first sight.  Even though they aren’t prescription and my vision was therefore blurry and perhaps contributed to my being instantaneously smitten, it didn’t change the fact that these shades settled on my face as if made for me and I felt like a goddess in them.

I immediately became Gollum with these suckers.  I threw the case in my purse, bid my sis a hasty farewell before she could change her mind about loaning them, and hightailed it back home for not one, but multiple photo shoots wearing my new precious, as seen here and here and here and here.

And now we come to part one of my dilemma.  KS#2 is eventually gonna want these back.  And I’m okay with buying myself a pair.  Even found them at a reasonable price online.  But which color?

And part two?  Well, once we’ve established color, I need to decide whether or not I should get prescriptions put in them.  This would add an extra $50 to the price tag.

So do I pull the trigger?  For which color?  Prescription or no?  Or should I just not mention them ever again to KS#2 and see how long “indefinitely” can extend?

P.S.  Today is the last day for your challenge links, my friends!  Send them my way and we’ll see what my closet and I can come up with next week!

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What’s in my cart :: Warby Parker

My husband hates my glasses.

I don’t know why.  I think they’re snazzy.  And they’re Fendi, if that means anything to you.

But my husband thinks they’re ugly.  When pressed for more info (support your opinion with evidence, please), all he can offer is that they’re too big for my face.  Now I tend to disagree since they’re actually about the same size as my last pair.

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Plus, they’re half-rimmed which makes them seem to float and disappear against my face.

Or so I think.

This is one of those instances when we just agree to disagree.

But right now, I’m up for a new pair. And rather than rock the boat and just re-lens these frames which is the more fiscally responsible option but which will probably tick him off immensely, I am going to try to appease my husband and hopefully please myself in the appeasing.

Thank goodness for Warby Parker.  I stumbled upon them from Wardrobe Oxygen Allie’s post which gives you a concise review complete with photos.  She ended up not getting any of them but here’s hoping I’ll have better luck.

Here are the glasses I’ve ordered through their Home Try-On program.  Each picture of me wearing one corresponds to the pair above.  (Did that make sense?)

I know, I know.  They all look identical.  What can I say – I have particular tastes.  But I swear each one is distinctly different.

I will only have five days from when I receive my goodies to make up my mind, so you folks wanna help a sistah out and chime in on which one I should get?

I know I take off my glasses for the photos featured on this blog, but let me assure you that they’re pretty much on my face all the rest of the time, only coming off in the shower and right before bed.  And maybe, if we pick the right pair, I’ll be able to take more pics with them on as a cool accessory?  (Fine, maybe my husband is right and my current glasses are dorky since I obviously don’t like the way I look in them in photos.)

I’d really appreciate as much feedback on this one, my friends.  I’ll be stuck with the final decision for at least a year, you know.

No pressure or anything.

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What’s in my cart :: eBay

So I decided to quit whingeing about my lack of green and do something about it.

Unfortunately, no one seems to feel the same way I do. No one in the fashion retail industry anyway. They’re all too enamored of mint to pay any attention to kelly green and it’s definitely off season for emerald. What’s a girl to do?

eBay to the rescue!

Unless you’ve been residing beneath a boulder for the last 15-odd years or so, you know of the behemoth that is eBay. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve never bid, bought or sold – eBay has become a part of our collective consciousness, synonymous with online auctions the way Xerox has become synonymous with photocopying.

This isn’t going to be an eBay tutorial, but I do have to wax enthusiastic over the site’s supermegafoxyawesomehot search engine. Once you’ve experienced eBay searching, you can never go back. Even Google pales in comparison. Because, my friends, I started with the words “green top” and from there, I was given the option of Category (women’s clothing), Format (Buy It Now), Size Type (regular/juniors), Size (M,L,8,10), Brand, Style, Occasion, Color, Sleeve Style, Condition, Price, and Item Location. Is that cray cray or what?!

So here’s the list, culled and pared down by KS#2, but you can certainly chime in with your two cents’ worth. And I promise this time I won’t buy anything until the day’s end. ;p

  1. Long-sleeved military – the most expensive of the bunch.  Do we like those pockets and mandarin collar or is it a pass?
  2. Chiffon two-tone – the black trim may be au courant now but will it date me a few months down the road?
  3. Ruffles and pearls – too twee?  Can’t decide if I love or hate the sleeves.
  4. Scala – never heard of this brand but I guess it’s really popular in Brazil.  The seller is in the U.S. which is always a plus coz shipping will be quickest.
  5. Batwing – I’ve actually bought this top in cream before then gave it away because I was too big.  Have lost weight since then.  Do I risk it?
  6. Tank top – it’s a tank top.  How versatile will it be?
  7. Batwing stripe – okay, so it’s not green.  And okay, KS#2 says it’s too big and shapeless.  But something about it still appeals to me and I want more people to ring in with opinions on this one.  If it’s a yes, do I get the red stripe or the teal?
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