Category Archives: Shopping

I Scooped the Belted IKAT Dress on Gilt!

So I often complain how my sizes are always sold out 10 min into Gilt Groupe sales.  I don’t know how this always happens? But apparently there are thousands of other women, just my size, with just my taste, waiting until the clock strikes 12 noon so they can logon to Gilt rapidly and scoop up all the things I like! Well today it was my turn! HA, take that Gilt Groupe stalkers!  I had my eye on this dress since they announced the sale last week.  It was the item featured in their preview picture, although today they changed it to some blue tunic. Don’t like that.  I find they usually feature the best item of the collection in the preview pic.

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I love this dress and cannot wait for it to come in the mail!  Its part linen, which I usually do not purchase, so I hope it doesn’t get too wrinkly. I hate that look! Its the main reason why I never wear linen.  Tracy Reese is pretty high quality, so I expect the linen is higher end. It even looks pretty thick in the photos, which means it shouldn’t wrinkle too bad. The only problem with living in Boston means this dress won’t potentially see the light of day until May, more likely June. I think I may be able to pull it off with an oatmeal cardi within the next month or so. No?

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Cheaper than Gilt Groupe

I’ve been following W A L T E R for quite some time.  I’ve always noticed his looks on the pages of magazines like Lucky, but could never find him in store.  Mr. Walter Baker designs for the girl who needs to transition her outfit from day to night, which is perfect for the 20something girl on the go!

This past fall, I took a trip to the West Coast and paid a visit to Dillards for the very first time. This was also the first time I got to see W A L T E R up close and personal. I must say this guy is pretty hard to find.  He could really use some Search Engine Optimization!  The only major dept. that seems to carry his stuff is Dillards. If I google “WALTER” for his website, nothing comes up, and very few online boutiques pay for the keyword Walter in their online ads. Be sure to google “Walter, clothing.”

So after much searching I found his real name is Walter Baker, and his website is named after him, www.walterbaker.com.  The store locator on his website showed only a few boutiques outside Boston and Boston-based boutique chain Jasmine Sola. Which I might add, went out of business about a year ago due to the fact they were bought out by Lerner’s NY and it came out Jasmine’s dirty old founder harassed his young retail girls.

The largest Walter Baker supply I’ve seen thus far is on Gilt, and I’ve been pretty apprehensive to buy since I like knowing how a designer fits. And if you shop at Gilt you know its store credit only.  But I still get pretty excited when I come across his sales on Gilt.

I immediately fell in love with his yellow tiered ruffle dress at Gilt’s fall sale, but of course it sold out before I could get my hands on it.  I noticed Jessica Szohr rocking the tiered rose tank version in US Magazine last summer.

So at this point you’re probably wondering where I was able to find W A L T E R at a cheaper price than Gilt, since their website is already sample sale price.  Well none other than my favorite discount shopping haven, Filene’s Basement.    I took a trip to the Newton, MA FB with my mother in the hopes of finding some Spring deals when I came across the W A L T E R goods. Hey, not everyone can always shop at Barney’s! We’re in a recession people!

Anyway, I was eyeing a couple of his items on Gilt, but per the usual they ran out of my size 10 min into the sale. What’s up with that? Do woman immediately sign on at noon? I don’t get it! Aren’t people at work?

This afternoon I was able to get the green shirt dress I desperately wanted for more than half the price of Gilt.  The W A L T E R original is marked at $330, the Gilt price, $108, Filene’s Basement $49.99.  Oh how I love saving money.  If you have an FB near you, check it out to see if W A L T E R is in store. His stuff is really adorable and well made.  All of these items,which were listed on the Gilt site this week, were at FB for $49.99.  I’m just so glad I don’t have to wait for my green dress to come off theGilt wait list.  Just want to point out his green looks mint online, but its more Kelly green in person.

My dress:

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I almost bought this on Gilt, and good thing I didn’t because it fit me funny! But I love the color!!

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Really wanted this skirt, but it sold out on Gilt and it wasn’t at FB. I’m on the waiting list.

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Boston Girl’s Night Out at Crush Boutique

One of my favorite Boston boutiques, Crush,  is hosting a girl’s night out in collaboration with G2O Spa.  If you live in the Boston area, be sure to head on over and pick up something stylish for Valentine’s Day. They boast the latest fashions from Alica + Olivia, Aryn K., Ali Ro, French Connection, Central Park West, Madison Marcus, Miss Me, Love Ya-Ya, and more!

Girl's Night Out at Crush Boutique

5 Online Boutiques with Afforable Price Points

As much as I love ShopBop and Revolve Clothing, I feel as if they don’t offer clothing at affordable price points and a lot of their clothing is grossly overpriced.  Sure I like going to their site for virtual window shopping the latest trends, but I know I can find the same look elsewhere, at a cheaper price.  On the other hand, they do have great sales and occasional promotions.  And in fact, its the designers that are setting the price, not the online stores.

In the quest to find other online boutiques that do not dominate Google PPC or website ads, and offer different brands at affordable pricing, I came across some interesting sites. But keep in mind, affordable clothing does not need to translate into cheap clothing.  One should never compromise quality or fit for price.   Below are 5 boutiques with unusual brands with varying price points.

1. arnyk_blazer 80’s Purple – Lust Item: Aryn K – Women’s Buckle Crop Jacket w/ Bow Detail, $82

2. minkpinkhopscotchskirt2side_large Buy Definition – Lust Item: Mink Pink Hopstoch Skirt, $62. Very Vanessa Gossip Girl

3. eco_skin_carmine-rose Nimli – For the eco-friendly fashionista.  All clothing is made from organic materials. Lust Item: EcoSkin Peridot Dress, $133

4.travel_totephp Refinery29Shops – Lust Item: Hayden-Hardnett Ibiza Flight Tote, $185.  The perfect carry all tote.

5. ali-ro-tweed-dressZappos – I thought they just sold shoes, but also carry a wide array discounted designers. Lust Item: Ali Ro Roll Neck Belted Dress, $170. I own it in red.

Still too expensive? Check out Lulus and Urban Outfitters.  Most peices are under $100.  As in the words of SJP, “Fashion is not a Luxury.”

Casual Winter Shoes

Just got home from a Death by Chocolate continuing ed class that was held in the basement of a drafty old high school.  By the end of my 3 hours, the double-dip chocolate truffles couldn’t even distract me from shivering in the cold.  On my way to class, I stopped at home to slip out of my heel booties and into a pair of flats – figuring I’d be on my feet for 3 hours.  Like a fool, I grabbed the first pair of flats I saw, which unfortunately was a pair of ballet slippers.  What Bostonian in their right mind wears ballet flats in January?  I think my ballet flats still have a month to go before they see the light of day. It literally had to take a scalding hot shower just to thaw out my extremities, and when the water hit my hands and feet it turned cold.  Pathetic.

This got me thinking, what kind of options are there for casual winter shoes?  WITH the exception of Uggs, Rain Boots, and Timberland snowshoes. All three of which are not stylish, but purely functional.  I do not condone the use of Uggs, and only wear the latter for weather protection purposes.  I’m looking for something that I could easily throw on for running an errand or even attending a Death by Chocolate cooking class.  Something that is not going to take 10 min to tuck jeans into.

Click on the box below for some casual winter shoe suggestions:

Steve Madden at ShopStyle

Recovering From Buyer’s Remose

This bag had a roundtrip back to Barney's

This bag had a roundtrip back to Barney's

Unless you’ve been living under a rock then you should be aware that a) we’re in a recession, b) retailers are getting hit hard, and c) there are SALES, SALES, and more SALES.  Marc Jacobs winter coat 75%, yes please! Prada jodpurs that would have Ralph Lauren begging please – I’ll take one at 70% off.    Tahari riding boots half off – why thank you, so glad I picked up the last size 8.

Finding these 75% off deals at retailers like Barney’s, Neiman’s and Saks can throw any fashion lover into an absolute tizzy. Sale shopping can unveil some of man’s most inherent and primitive hunting instincts.  Pumping adrenaline, heighten senses, and a pounding heart are the typical symptoms of sale shopping.

Getting worked up about finding a great price can often blur judgment.  Even though the price is right, doesn’t mean the item is right for you.  I recently feel victim to sale frenzy and purchased myself a Marc Jacobs bag at $350 – down from $1400.  Honestly, how could someone walk out of Barney’s with leaving an MJ bag at 75%?

Not long after, I experienced a gulity wave that could only be described as Buyer’s Remose.  I liked the bag, just not on me.  It didn’t fit my wardrobe or my look.  Thank goodness Barney’s doesn’t live and die by final sale.  Getting that $350 off my credit card felt pretty damn good.

Lesson learned: Don’t buy something just because its a good deal. Normally I wouldn’t purchase a $350 handbag without thoroughly thinking through my decision.  Make sure it works for you and your wardrobe.  All and all, if you don’t love it, leave it.