24 October 2010

Getting 'Lucky' with Lucky

Last week, I attended the Madewell Denim Roadtrip with Lucky Magazine and had the absolute pleasure and honor of meeting Editor-at-Large Elise Loehnen. First off, let me just say that Lucky is my favorite magazine of all time and I've been a huge fan since the first $1 issue back in 2000. It was the magazine that launched thousands of fashion and beauty dreams and also inspired me to pursue a career in fashion writing. But that's another story for another day. Let's get back to my time at Madewell.

I must admit that until this event I had never actually stepped foot into a store, but wowie, I'm sure glad I did. It was like stepping into my dream closet. Practically everything in the store I wanted
(and felt I needed). The plaid shirts, cozy grampa sweaters, skinny cords, lace-up boots, printed scarves, black lacey dresses, printed skirts, galore!  I wish I had remembered to bring my camera with me otherwise, I would have taken more photos. And I was so entranced by the clothing that I didn't really think to snap shots with my phone cam.You'll have to check out their website to see all their fall goodies. Elise and her sidekick Rachel were telling me that every Madewell store they had been to was completely different because of the geographical region.And I must say, I can't wait to see them! Madewell is definitely my style and I will surely be back soon.

The only downside to Madewell was the price point. It was a little steep for my budget. However, while I was browsing the sales racks I happened across this little beauty.What can I say? I'm a sucker for sparkly things and this will be quite festive for the holidays and will add a little *sparkle* to any day outfit. So, I had to have it.

18 October 2010

Click. Click. Shop. Shop.

I think I'm slowly starting to join the ranks of the millions of online shoppers out there. I realized this yesterday as I made my second clothing online purchase of the month. That's completely unheard of for me! I usually prefer actually going to the store and being able to touch, see and feel potential purchases before I whip out the credit card. And even though I currently work at a department store and near many lovely shops, lately I've found myself growing less inclined to actually "shop" at these places. See, the thing with me is that I'm a major browser, which in turns makes me a slow shopper. I can rarely go in and get out. If I find something of interest I will linger for an hour or two, or three to see if there is anything else I like. After a while, I get indecisive and overwhelmed by choices that sometimes I just give up and walk out empty-handed. Waste of a good hour, I know. That's why I find online shopping so alluring for several reasons:
  • Everything is organized and categorized making browsing quick and easy. 
  • If I find something I like but am curious about other ways to wear it I can go to Polyvore.com and find the same item or similar items and see possible outfit ensembles.
  • In the time it takes me to browse one store on a typical shopping trip in person, I can browse several online. 
  • Web apps like Amazon Wishlist and RightCliq make it really easy to bookmark possible purchases so that when I can afford something I can remember exactly where to get it and how much it is. And it's also great for comparison shopping.
  • Shopping from home makes it easier to see what's missing from my wardrobe and what can go together with my potential purchases. Plus, I'm saving a couple extra dollars on gas since I'm not having to the store which means more money for my shopping spree! ;)
Ideeli is slowly starting to fuel my online shopping addiction. They have such great deals on brand name stuff. This is what I picked out yesterday. Nothing super fancy, but much needed in my fall wardrobe:

Tulle Tunic Pullover Sweater ($24, Orig. $50)
I recently discovered that my sweater collection is in serious need of an update and this one looks super comfy. Plus, I have a thing for the color purple.

People's Liberation Belle Ultra Skinny Jean ($29, Orig. $99)
Another item lacking in my wardrobe are nice skinny jeans to tuck into tall boots and such. Black is great because it can be dressed up or down. But what really sold me is the 29 inch inseam. Totally essential for shorties like me.

Ideeli, you're killing me....and my wallet.