From Me to Me, Part 1

I did almost all of my holiday shopping online during the Black Friday – Cyber Monday weekend, and naturally, many of the purchases were in the From Me to Me category.

The deals were just too good to pass up.

Anthropologie had a 30% off sale going on, which basically made me dizzy.

I’d been in one of the stores a few weeks prior and snapped three pics of things that caught my eye:

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From top to bottom:

  • A jeweled faux fur infinity scarf that I absolutely do not need
  • An over-the-top pair of pom-pom slippers that I need even less than the scarf
  • The World’s Best Keychain

I hemmed and hawed over my order and ultimately picked up several of their signature Capri Blue candles (seriously, this is what makes your house smell like an Anthro store, and this is an entirely good thing), a gift book for someone, a Darphin skin care set for me that turned out to be for people with skin redness and not anti-aging (Sigh, should have read that more closely), several small and adorable lip balms and hand lotions to give as gifts, and the fabulous keychain shown above.

Birchbox also had 25% off, and this was tough because both of the items I bought were in the luxuriously unnecessary category, but the deal could not be missed.

These Oribe hair products smell great, but they are ridiculously expensive. Getting this set for 25% off made it easier to click “Buy.”

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The Oribe Gold Lust set contains shampoo, conditioner and hair oil – all of which smell divine – and is a $139 value. Birchbox sells the set for $110, but with 25% off, I was able to get it for roughly $82. Now that I type this, it still seems ridiculously expensive.

The other thing I ordered from the Birchbox sale was a Foreo Luna. I’d tried this skin care device during a facial a few months ago and loved how clean it made my face feel. I have an old Clarisonic brush that I use but I don’t like how gross the brush heads get and how it needs to be recharged with increasing frequency the older it is. The Foreo is made of silicone and easier to clean, also no charging required.

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Another purchase was from the decidingly-less-luxurious-but-my-most-frequently-shopped store, Target.

There were so many different deals going on at Target that weekend, and I found several things for MGM (10) and Trixie (8).

This was in the Juniors department, but I got an XS for Trixie. Considering her bear-like growls and attitude in the morning, this was perfect:

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Regularly $17.99, it was on sale for $10. But then look! Next to it was something on sale that called to me:

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Oh, heck yeah. 

This soft hoodie was only $12 and goes so well with my new keychain.

‘Tis the Season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cute Overload at Target

I had an unexpectedly quiet schedule yesterday and used the time to cross off several errands from my To Do list, including a luxurious, extended Target Run.

Normally I am frantically sweating my way through the aisles, but yesterday I had time to slowly browse through all of the goodness that is Tar-zhay.

One of the first things I tossed into the cart were these sticky notes:

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Trixie (8) is going to love these rainbow and unicorn notes. The mini pads can mark things as “Magical,” “Awesome” and “Amazing.”

(I couldn’t find them on the Target site to link; argh).

This Cat and Jack girls’ shirt was also immediately in my cart. The only downside is that it doesn’t come in adult sizes, or Trixie and I could dress as twins.

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I’m not exactly sure if this is a planter or a desk accessory, but I’m going to use it to store my fancy pens at work:

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And finally, a jar of ponies. Because! A jar of ponies!

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Some are even glow-in-the-dark winged unicorns:

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Too cute to handle.

P.S. My Target list was only four items long and I left with a $177 tab. Sigh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander McQueen Bag Review

This is a bit overdue, but I promised a while ago to comment more on my new Alexander McQueen bag.

Last November I went with my friends J. and B. to Las Vegas and we wandered into the Alexander McQueen store, where I became hopelessly obsessed with this bag:

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The “Obsession” print was from the Fall 2016 collection. I loved it.

What I didn’t love, however, was the price: $2295, which was way too splurge-y for the moment.

We left Las Vegas, bag-less.

Fast forward two weeks: B. called me and said that Alexander McQueen was having a fire sale on many items and I should check the site from the Las Vegas store.

She sent me a link to a Flickr stream and I had to scroll, scroll, scroll through until I hit the jackpot: My bag was there for a song.

I called the store immediately and it was mine.

A few things about the bag:

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The printed calfskin is beautiful. For reference, this feels and looks almost exactly like one of the patterned Vuittons.

The bag itself is about 8 inches wide, and I can easily fit in my old Marc Jacobs continental style wallet.

The chain strap is heavy, and the monogram hardware is also high quality.

It won’t photograph well, so I’ll have to describe the interior, which is where the bag isn’t quite as nice. The interior is black and suede-like. There’s a slim pocket that would fit credit cards but not much else. The rest of the inside is open space. While this is larger than a lot of clutches, I’d rate the capacity as being able to hold a wallet, phone, lip gloss and keys, but probably not much else.

Since I got the bag in late November, I’ve used it a few times.

I took it with me to Kauai in early December and used it exactly once. Even though we were staying at a nice resort, the dress code was still pretty casual and I felt slightly silly carrying such a wild bag while wearing a maxi dress from Old Navy.

 

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(Here’s a back shot of the dress; Spouse was kind enough to hold the bag while I opened this champagne).

Ironically, I saw another woman carrying a similar McQueen bag that night at the hotel, except it was a plain black one, essentially the same style hardware but without the pattern. It looked more classic and made me re-think whether I should have bought something so trendy, but for the price I got a great deal and I still love the pattern, even though it will always scream “Fall 2016” to those in the know.

Since then I’ve worn it twice when going out to dinner. I could have used it more but in general, I am quite lazy when it comes to switching out my bags and it always seems easier to lug around my giant everyday tote rather than make the effort.

Final thoughts: I like the bag, but it’s not my favorite. The pattern is unique, and I was thrilled to score my first Alexander McQueen bag for such a great price. This is not an everyday bag, though, so I’m going to need to make a concerted effort to go to places that require bags like this.

Cocktail party, anyone?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over-The-Top Treat Yourself! Holiday Accessories

Granted, all of these items were from the “Treat Yourself!” section of Neiman Marcus’ website, but their combined over-the-top-ness is almost too much.

And what if they were combined into one outrageously awesome outfit?

Let’s start with eyewear.

These Anna-Karin Karlsson butterfly glasses retail for $865.

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It’s $3695 and completely fabulous, in case you are wondering.

And finally, footwear. These Gucci mules feel almost tame in comparison. They come in silver or gold, retailing for a mere $795.

picture4 picture5Seriously, I could totally channel a Christmas tree if I put these all together. I think I can pull it off.