Thursday, September 15, 2011

Taupe and nude shoes

In hopes of avoiding purchasing similar styles or colours, I took inventory of taupe and nude shoes. I honestly didn't realize how many I already own.

This is just taupe and nude colours. Gasp! I'm afraid to take full inventory of what lives in my closet.

For my sake, I grouped them by style.

Naturalizer (so old) with square toe has to go...but I still garners good comments from co-workers.
Moda $30 (I think) sometimes feels a bit too high when running between meetings.

Jessica $12.50 not yet test driven
Portia $35 comfortable

Closed toe and open toe:
Madden Girl $40 unworn but Winners clerk said she owns two of the colours and they are very comfortable
Expression $28 classic toe shape but too light for fall and winter

BCBGeneration suede peeptoe $40 (any suggestions on good suede protector?)
Charles by Charles David $40 unworn; sexy as h--- but heel may be too high

Most of my shoe shopping happens bi-annually during a Shoe Sample Sale. They carry shoes, boots and sneakers by Guess, Arturo Chiang, Sam&Libby, Hillary Radley, Tommy Hilfiger, Born, Clarks, Sofft, $30-70. They also have a $10 pile with nail-size holes on the shoe soles that I fill in with silicone.

Ok, I have an addiction. In my defense, shoes are easier to buy than clothes. You understand, right?

As I returned all shoes on the shelves, I noticed that I neglected to include a few more. *shakes head*

Are you a shoe addict? How do you manage your shoe collection to fit your storage space? Do you buy one and discard an old one?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Costume jewelry finds

Hubby and I considered moving to a small town - Sidney, British Columbia in particular. It is in Victoria Island where life seems less stressful and slower-paced. Whenever we visit my inlaws in the summer, we try to stop by during the Thursday open-air market on Beacon Street. The wonderful smells from food vendors always pull me in. Once my tummy is satisfied, I scour vendor stalls for a good find. This year, I found a vintage jewelry vendor. I spotted this.

I can only guess that it is gold-plated but definitely inlaid with mother-of-pearl. It's the only one that I wanted to take home.

Imagine my surprise when the vendor said it also came with a bracelet:

My sis-in-law beamed when I told her that I bought it for $20 instead of the $24 price tag. She said "You bargained!" She's right...I am usually too shy to bargain.

The following week, while still on vacation, hubby was intrigued to go to the Vancouver Flea Market. Like hungry hunters, we turned on our phones to keep track of each other and quickly went our separate ways. I wanted something red or coral. No luck with that though I did not come home empty-handed. I found these:

It was from the same vendor. Both for $8. He didn't realize the gold link was a Monet. Both had to be resized as they fit too big. Twenty dollars for resizing. $14 each final cost per bracelet. Yay!

Before my vacation, I placed my first Haute Look order on August 4. Amrita Singh black Nello. It arrived August 26. With that kind of a time lag, I could do serious damage to my credit card if I continue ordering online.
I was worried it was too much for everyday wear. I think the trick is to wear it with a plain outfit to balance the jewelry's over-the-top design. I love it and plan to wear it with tshirts and jeans as well. The only problem is my greedy self wants the coral and ruby and lapis too.

In July, I bought this at the Golden Spike Days Festival. It came in denim blue and black too.
Cameo pendant $17

I heard there is a way to store costume jewelry to minimize that metallic smell. So far *knock on wood* I haven't had that problem. Jean at Extra Petite suggests storing them individually in baggies. Any other tips?

Do you like thrifting for jewelry?