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New Designer Obsession – By Malene Birger

So, needless to say…. it’s been a while. If anyone is still out there reading, I thank you for your patience (or your negligence in deleting my inactive blog from your Google reader) and dedication to Shopaholica. I’ve since had a few epiphanies regarding the future identity of Shopaholica, but haven’t quite had time to carry any of them yet out due to time spent building my company, The Stylish Soiree.

While I might not have an exciting new unveiling about Shopaholica’s identity, I do still see designers, clothing and beautiful things worth sharing. In that vein, I’ve fallen in love with Danish clothing line By Malene Birger. Her collections have that innate European chicness that can only come from abroad. I have yet to see that particular style sensibility successfully replicated in the U.S., which makes me feel like I am living on the wrong continent.  Give me unlimited shopping trips to Isabel Marant and By Malene Birger, a French baguette and a flat in London, and I’d die a very, very happy – and no doubt stylish – person.

I’ve posted a snapshot of the Spring 2009 By Malene Birger collection above so you can see what I’m drooling over. I realize it’s dated by now, but Spring 2009 was one of my favorite all-around seasons for fashion. Rosettes, chiffon, impeccable draping and feminine details everywhere… what’s not to love?

P.S. I’m trying to emphasize the styling service aspect of The Stylish Soiree (as seen in our recent Chanel-inspired bridal photo shoot), so if you or anyone you know wants to be beautifully bedecked for their engagement shoot, party or wedding, you know who to refer them to. 😉


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Shopping Indulgence: J Crew Herringbone Tights

J Crew herringbone tightsOkay, okay, I broke down yesterday and bought something completely overpriced and frivolous. Granted, the final cost was under $25, but it was only for a pair of tights after all – and not even on sale – gasp! I just had to do it though. You see, the J. Crew herringbone tights that I buckled and bought were the same herringbone tights that made my heart leap two years ago when I bagged my first pair: the year was 2007, I was employed as a fashion editor, and I couldn’t stop wearing my herringbone tights under all my fall dresses. Life was good.

And then, suddenly, life was not so good. December of that year was a craptastic month in more ways than one – not only did our office close down, leaving me out of a job, but my beloved J. Crew herringbone tights became hopelessly frayed when I foolishly wore them with my tall riding boots. Apparently the inside of the zipper at the boot’s top had a rough edge, and when I took them off that day I was dismayed to find the area just behind the knee of my tights filled with irreparably fuzzy, snagged stubble.  I couldn’t bear to throw the tights away, and have attempted to camouflage the surly snaggles by wearing extra high boots and by pushing my tights down super low. Let’s just say it wasn’t quite working.

So when I walked into J. Crew yesterday for a little Columbus Day stroll through the mall (prompted by the hubby, in search of a jacket), I was over the moon to find that the Crew brought back my beloved tights for the Fall 2009 season. I might have gotten a little too carried away, and actually ended up buying the herringbone tights in two colors. But I’ll return one of them… tomorrow. I promise. 🙂

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Bloomies Shoe Sale

Guess Syria Leather PumpShoe-aholics who love a good deal should click their way on over to Bloomingdale’s, where they are offering the following promotion for TODAY ONLY:

  • $50 off $200 of shoes
  • $100 off $300 of shoes
  • $150 off $500 of shoes

The only thing that irks me about sales like these is that they aren’t a consistent percentage off. You get the best discount if you buy $300 worth of shoes, and get screwed if you buy $1,000 of shoes since you only get $150 off.

Am I being too critical? I mean, a sale’s a sale, right? I think perhaps the 80% off January sales are still too fresh in my mind to get excited by 30% off. 🙂

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The Jaws of Defeat

Ras Flat blue…Or should I say, da feet.  It all started about a week ago when I was perusing Endless to help a friend locate the perfect wedding shoe.  It’s no secret that I’m in love with shoes and I’ll take any excuse to shop my little heart out, so I was more than happy to help locate the brightly hued bridal pump of her dreams. In the end she settled for a gorgeous white shoe I found that will be dyed to match her wedding colors, but in the midst of my perusal I also came across these – and stopped dead in my tracks.

The shopaholic within me cried out and clapped her hands in glee – the perfect flat! So vibrant, so rich, so feminine; daintily demure yet somehow still sexy. And…. what’s this I see? GASP! They’re. ON. SALE.  No joke, I had to fan myself to avoid hyperventilation on the spot. I’d been keeping my eyes peeled for the perfect colorful blue satin shoe for months now, and here it was, right in front of me. Just when I thought victory was mine, something tragic happened. As I clicked on my size to put these pretties in my shopping basket the lovely blue color disappeared from the webpage. Apparently the only color left in my size was brown.

My heart sank, but I was still hopeful – many sites sell RAS brand shoes, I reasoned, and I would definitely be able to find another pair. And then I did – on eBay of all places, going for only $15 brand new, never worn, in my size, in the gorgeous blue color. Hallelujah, I was saved.   I bid on them and waited eagerly until the auction’s end, this past Saturday, so I could place a last minute bid in case anyone dared try to rip them from my grasp.  It was a great plan, save for the fact that I forgot my parents and inlaws were descending upon us to visit for the weekend. My error in planning was my fatal flaw, and the shoes went to another bidder while I joked jovially and snacked on gourmet sandwiches with the fam.

Mike can’t understand why I’m still lamenting the loss of these flats every time we leave the house (I’m reminded of them when I have to put on my shoes, ha), but I can’t forget the taste of near victory that was snatched away so suddenly. I even tried looking up where RAS is sold in stores, only to find that a trip to the Bon Marche in Paris was my only option. And in that case, I’d have better luck trying to bribe someone who already owns them to give them up.

So that, my friends, is the story of my latest shopping FAIL. The moral of this sad tale? eBay, for all its virtues, can also be a cruel, sadistic mistress, snatching away the one you love and mocking you with one last jab when you’re already down –  “You Were Outbid.”

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Pretty Baubles I’d Like To Buy…

Silver Mesh EarringsIs is possible for a lack of money to be burning a hole in your pocket? If so, my pockets are scorched. My wardrobe feels fairly complete, but my jewelry box does not. I had many fabulous pieces of costume jewelry that I’ve collected over the years, which suited me just fine. Then, early last year without any warning, I became horribly allergic to all my beloved costume earrings. I was seriously devastated, since I prefer to spend money on clothing instead of jewelry, and buying cheap but cute earrings was my shopping M.O..  Amethyst Gold Drop Earrings

Fast forward to today, when I still have to get over the reluctance to plunk down more than $10 for a pair of trendy earrings – I’ve fallen in love with these two pretty yet simple pairs of earrings on Etsy. The first (Exhibit A) is handmade netted silver with a vintage crystal chandelier (!) in the middle, crafted by seller Precious Meshes. The second (Exhibit B), is a delicate solid gold and amethyst pair of earrings by Tahirih. Readers, what do you think: is the juice worth the squeeze (on my wallet)?

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Spring Sales

j-crew-merino-crosshatch-cardiganLucky for my (and your) inner shopaholic, Spring Sales have hit the retail world. First, Bloomingdale’s is having their Friends & Family sale, which gives you 20% off all items. Just use Bloomingdale’s coupon code SPRINGFF, valid now through April 26th. They currently have a cute selection of dresses that are already 25% off, which would be a steal using your extra 20% Friends & Family coupon code.

One of my great loves, J. Crew, is also having a smashing Spring Sale. I buckled and already ordered three sweaters to round out my wardrobe: one bright marigold boyfriend-style merino wool cardigan, a 3/4 sleeve navy cotton and cashmere cardigan with flower detail and a taupe merino wool cardigan with chiffon crosshatching (pictured).

They arrived yesterday and were worth every penny. Plus, they cost less altogether than just one of the sweaters would have cost at full retail price. Get free shipping on orders over $175 with J Crew’s coupon code LOVEIT.

Hey, if you have to shop, at least shop the sales and save some money. Am I right? 😉

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To Blow, or Not To Blow?

guess-drifter-suede-pumpMy birthday money, that is. Allow me to explain:

My mourning period over the demise of Domino ended yesterday when I receive not one, but two new issues of Lucky in the mail. The March & April issues were flooded with fabulously chic finds with budget friendly price tags.  After spending hours poring over the first issue, I’m currently thisclose to pre-spending my birthday money on two adorable pairs of black heels to replenish my wardrobe from last week’s clean out.

Among the three bags of Goodwill items procured from my closet were two pairs of old black heels; one that I loved & wore everywhere that was completely rundown, and another that I never really liked that much to begin with.  I’m thinking I can replace them with the pair of ladylike black pumps and a sexy pair of snake-print leather t-straps. The pumps strike the perfect balance between round and pointy toe for a timelessly classic shape that can be worn with anything. The t-strap stilettos, on the other hand, would spice up a summer dress or pair of skinny jeans just perfectly. Two totally different styles that can be worn with almost everything else in my wardrobe, but is it worth spending all my hard-earned (a year’s worth of aging is hard work, y’all) money on them?

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