Monthly Archives: April 2013
Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend!
Since the weather has been getting warmer, I’ve been living in this pretty pink and blue striped BCBG coat. I picked it up on our way to Chicago last month at an outlet mall in Indiana.
The original price of this jacket was $268, marked down to $119, which was a little too high for me. I tried it on anyway and of course fell in love. I asked the sales associate if there were any further discounts on the coat, and he said no. Sadly, I put it back on the rack, but then the sales associate said he could check the price just in case. To my sheer delight, the coat rang up at only $49! Obviously, I couldn’t pass it up at that price!
My lesson learned, and my outlet shopping tip for you, is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate to check the price of an item if price is deterring you from making the purchase. Hopefully, it may be cheaper than marked on the tag.
P.S. I’m excited to be linking up with sweet Jane on her blog Toronto Shopoholic for her #waywewear light wash denim series. Check it out!
Funny story about when I purchased this Chanel blue beauty . . . if you follow on Instagram, you may have seen that I purchased it was when I was in Chicago last month during Easter. I usually only splurge on designer bags when I’m celebrating a milestone in my life, for example my very first bonus, a promotion at work, or my first birthday in seven years without a boyfriend (my 26th b-day, also a Chanel). Well, I threw my rules out the window when I saw this vibrant cobalt blue bag at the Chanel store. I saw it sitting on the shelf, and I fell instantly in love. I tried it on, but left the store empty handed because I didn’t want to make an impulse purchase on something so expensive. I usually put a lot of time and thought into my big purchases.
One hour later, I found myself walking back into the Chanel store. I couldn’t stop thinking about this bag! The sales associate greeted me by my name, and I felt a little embarrassed because I was hoping she wouldn’t remember me. Another woman was trying on my bag, so I patiently waited my turn. She was debating between the cobalt colour and the same bag in white. I tried on the bag but this time I filled it with all of my purse contents to make sure it would fit my essentials. However, once again, I left the store empty handed.
Another hour later, my thoughts consumed with this handbag, I was walking into the Chanel store for the 3rd time that day! I smiled when I saw the same woman who was in the store an hour earlier, still debating between which colour to buy. Just as the woman said “I’ll take the blue”, I said “I’ll take it too”, and we all laughed.
I haven’t regretted buying this blue stunner for a moment. The colour is just gorgeous, and the size is perfect for day or night. I’ve decided to sell a few of my other handbags to justify the purchase, which in my head, means the bag was free! My Dad keeps telling me that’s not really how it works, but hey, a little pretend never hurt anyone.
I’m curious, do you own any designer handbags? Do you put a lot of research into them or are they more of an impulse purchase? Do you only buy them for milestone occasions, or do you buy them just to treat yourself? Do you save for a while knowing you will purchase a designer bag once you’ve saved enough, or it is more of a “buy it when I feel like it” kind of thing?
The Grand Canyon
Old Town Scottsdale
Here are the last few photos from our Arizona trip that I wanted to share. Well, I should say that these are the only photos that I can share because these are the only photos we took. Neither Justin nor I ever remember to bring the camera with us, and when we do remember, we usually forget to use it. Plus, Justin hates his photo being taken even more than I do, so you will probably notice that I’m the subject of most of the photos.
The first few pictures were taken at the Grand Canyon. Our photos really do not capture the beauty and the magnitude of this natural wonder. Visitors to the Grand Canyon have the option of driving, taking a shuttle or walking from viewpoint to viewpoint, so Justin and I took that opportunity to get in a little exercise, walking between most of the lookout spots. Our walks were surprisingly serene and relaxing because we only passed a handful of other tourists on these trails all day. There was something so serene and magical about just the two of us walking along the side of the Grand Canyon, with no one else in sight, feeling like we were the only two people in the world at that moment. I will never forget how peaceful and stress-free I felt that day.
On our way back to Scottsdale from the Grand Canyon, we drove through Sedona. Most of the drive was down hill on winding roads through the mountains. Breathtaking is the only word to describe the scenery. The photos above were taken in a little shopping area in Sedona that featured works and sculptures by local artists. Sedona was simply stunning, and it felt like we were in a little town in Mexico, not in the United States.
Our trip to Arizona was so wonderful and memorable. Looking back at these photos, feelings of relaxation and happiness instantly sweep over me, which is exactly what I need on this Monday morning to start my work week on a high note. I hope you all are having a great start to your week too!