Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ross's & TJ Maxx finds!

I went out of town last weekend with my boyfriend to go see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but we had some time to kill before the movie started so we went to the mall to look around. I went in Ross's, I love to go there because they have great designer bags, shoes and clothes at reasonable prices. As usual for me I went straight for the handbags and was really not finding anything that really stood out to me until I got to the last aisle and spotted this amazing Steve Madden bag with roses on it! I was totally just drooling over it but couldn't afford it at the time so I made a mental note to go back on payday, and I did. I went back to Ross's yesterday and grabbed it as soon as I walked in the door. I was so worried that they may have been sold out but they had been moved to a front end cap just for me :) Haha, well, not really, but I'd like to think that.

I just love the design on this bag. It looks like a piece of art that is still a work in progress, it's just a perfect bag for this time of year. It's very well made and a hefty bag that holds a ton of stuff. The inner pockets are very well made as well. You know how most handbags have that little pocket on the inside that are meant to hold your cell phone, but your cell always ends up falling out of it and lands itself at the very bottom of your bag? Well, mine fits perfectly in the cell phone pocket and doesn't fall out at all! Very impressive!


                                                                 Inner zipper pocket
                                                                  Close up of logo

I also stopped by TJ Maxx, as I also love their handbags and shoes. I wasn't even planning on getting anything, just wanted to browse but we all know how that goes... So, I saw these most perfect purple strappy  N.Y.L.A. wedges and knew I had to make them mine. I really do love these but I wore them for about 10 minutes today and had to take them off. The straps are made of cloth which are super comfortable but the sole of the shoe just made my feet cry out in pain. I guess I'm going to have to break these suckers in. Anyone have any tips on how to break in wedges like these? I have other wedges but none have ever made my feet hurt as bad as these do. Oh well, enjoy the pics! I have a few new mani posts coming your way soon, btw!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thrift Store Deals!

So, my boyfriend and I went to a thrift store the other day and naturally, I gravitated towards the shoes. I almost immediately saw these Steve Maddens!

I got these for only $5! They had a ton of shoes in this place so I just kept on looking, hoping to find another steal and then, I saw them. I saw these AMAZING dark brown wooden heels with an orange strap with a buckle and gorgeous metal embellishment on the heels. I knew these shoes had to be mine. These were even less expensive than the Steven Maddens at just $3!

 These shoes are by a designer I have never heard of before, Jessica Bennett. There was something about these shoes that had a vintage feel to them and I was thinking that there was a good chance these shoes were made in the 70's. After I got home and did my research, I discovered I was quite wrong. These shoes were originally over $144! holy cow! These are not vintage shoes but high end designer shoes, and I got them for only three freaking dollars!  

I absolutely adore the metal detail on the heels, I am sure to be noticed when I wear these babies out. I wore them to work last night and I have to say that because they are made out of solid wood they are not something you want to wear all day, but they are fairly comfortable for a good amount of time. They do have some wear and tear but nothing that I don't think I can't solve with some wood stain...or I might just leave alone, I actually kind of like the worn look... as long as they don't get nicked too much worse anyway.

I am definitely going to be going to more thrift stores. It's amazing what you can find in these places, and yard sales too! You don't always have to buy direct from the designer or a department store to get great designer items, you just have to look hard enough sometimes and you might be in for a surprise.