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Monochromatic dressing (that is, one colour from head to toe) is a huge trend for Spring 2013. I am particularly fond of this trend because it’s really easy to pull a look together, and I always feel a little extra stylish when wearing one single colour (see my past cobalt blue outfit here). I’m thrilled to be partnering with 3 fabulous ladies to show you how each of us has taken the runway trend and worn it in real life.
Amy from Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins is lovely in white, Sara from Glitter and Grace is chic in black, and Star from Beauty and Bows is pretty in pink. I felt fresh and ready for Spring in my full-on mint look. Will you be sporting the monochromatic trend this season?
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!
P.P.S. Note for you lovely Canadian gals. . . there are only 2 days left to enter to win $100 worth of your choice of Shu Uemura beauty products! Click here to enter!
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?
Some of you may have seen on Instagram that I’m currently in Scottsdale, Arizona. I’m pretty lucky that my work sent me here to take a marketing course. Justin has never been to Arizona, so he tagged along with me, and while I’m stuck in a meeting room all day, he’s sipping margaritas by the pool and enjoying the desert air. Okay, I can’t complain. . . we tacked on a few extra days to the trip so I could enjoy the beautiful weather and sightseeing too. I’ll share some pics soon.
I also want to mention that I had the honour of being featured in Framework Magazine’s April Blogger Panel. Framework is a fabulous online magazine dedicated to the essential elements of stylish living. Thanks Framework!