MiH Paris jeans (on sale for $69 at Barney’s Warehouse – they do run a bit small)
CP Shades blouse (not available online anymore!)
Rachel Comey sandals (not online anymore)
Jas M.B. bag (mine is the same, but quilted, and with black hardware)
My husband and I went shopping yesterday – he needed sport jackets/blazers – and I wanted to stop at Nordstrom and look for a comfortable, high, black wedge. I ended up with the Ivanka Trump “indico” kitten heel pump in a bright, floral print. I know…WTH? right? But since I’ve recently become enamored with a lower-heel pump, and I don’t have any dressy, pretty shoes for going out to fancy dinners and such, AND, my husband really liked these, he got them for me. They’re very comfortable, easy to walk in (though I can’t say I’d wear them out shopping or anything), and really pretty/fun for spring/summer. I can picture them being perfect with a slim pair of black pants and a silk blouse (when I can find one to fit me…).
While we were at Nordstrom, I also tried on a pair of Paul Green slashed leather “nude” high-heel peep-toe booties that were EXQUISITE. I can’t find them anywhere online, but I couldn’t believe how comfortable they were, and so chic – not typical Paul Green. And I never would have tried them on if I hadn’t seen another woman trying them on first. If I’d seen them online, I probably wouldn’t have given them a second look – which leads me to my question/observation that I could not live by online shopping alone. I try on/buy a lot more things that I wouldn’t normally when I see them in person (a good think most of the time, except at Sephora, it’s the kiss of death).
Online shopping is my passion – well, more the hunt, and getting a deal online – and I think it’s wonderful for exposing smaller designers to more people, but I’m disappointed that some retailers close brick & mortar stores in favor of selling online only. I’m also encouraged that a lot of online-only retailers (Piperlime, etc) are opening B&M stores to people can get it and see things in person; sometimes there’s no substitute for that. As big a fan as I am of shopping online, I would never want that to be the ONLY way I had to shop…
What about you? Do you tend to buy more/try on more in person? or online? Do you do most of your shopping online?
erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ says
i buy WAY more on-line due to the deals and sample site – but i also AVOID the malls – here in Jersey there is a mall every which direction and i tend to get myself in BIG trouble at them – so on-line i can stop myself from buying so much – whereas in the BM stores i just buy on urge
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Most of my shopping is online – normally for brands where I know the fit. I live in the country and it’s a long drive to get anywhere to shop in person. It’s better than it used to be (I have a Nordstrom within 60 miles now – that’s huge 😉
I’ve lost 50 lbs this year and I realize it’s a lot more fun to shop in stores now. Sad, but true. I’m 5 lbs from goal weight (I’ve been living in Talbots from thrift stores for the past 6 months 😉 so now I’m starting to plot my new wardrobe (limited, higher quality but flexible capsule).
My search for ideas is what brought me to your website a few weeks ago – thank you!
congratulations on your weight loss!!! i’m also trying to lose 50 lbs, you’re an inspiration 🙂
and even though i’ve only lost about 12 pounds, it’s already fun to try stuff on in stores, but that’s dangerous for me, because i fall in love with stuff i don’t need, just because it looks good!!
i can’t wait to be at my goal weight so i can start re-building my wardrobe with fewer things. i might still be able to wear some of what i have, but i really look forward to starting over!
I’ve been following your weight loss – announcement, follow-up, etc. It’s wonderful!
I have to go to a conference in Austin in May. Any stores I should check out if I have extra time? Do you have a section on recommendations on your site?
Grechen, Is this your shoe?
Awesome job with the weight-loss work, Grechen!
I used to shop almost all of the time in malls, then I realized that I could find a LOT better stuff online (have you shopped at a small-town mall lately? Not much to choose from!). Now, we live SO far away from the mall, and so close to a lot of high-end stores that I really can’t afford to shop at. So, I do most of my shopping online. Well, what I really LIKE to do, is go and scout out all of the good stuff at the stores and then buy online when I find a good deal. I know, I know….it isn’t good for business. But money is money!
If those are the ones, I’ve been searching for something like that. A caged bootie with a not too high heel. Perfect. I found some last year by “Miista” but waited too long to get them, and then they were sold out. Bummer. These are pricey, but super-cool!
No. Not really even similar. The heel was higher and the shoe came up higher on the ankle. That’s a cute one though. Barney’s has a pair that’s similar, I’ll post a link tomorrow
I do the same thing. I just can’t pay full price if i know i can get it somewhere cheaper!
I own these and recommend…
I like them, if I could find them in the natural color. But how are they for wide feet?
I have the natural color. I wear 8.5 and buy 39 for toe room. Since these were open I was able to get the 38 and I have wide area toes for I must have room for a bunyon. So I recall these were a little wide in the 39 and I was able to size down. They are the most comfy and no breakin period! These will stretch easily if wet.
Sarge in Charge says
I am MUCH more likely to buy online because I can feel confident that I am getting the best deal. I also find it easier to resist buying in person, for some reason- unless the item is PERFECT I can say no and even then I want to run home and research it to be sure I am getting the best price.