Tuesday, November 8, 2011

That is just too much fashion

A big hello to my slowly-but-steadily growing audience! I hope my rantings and ravings on fashion, etc. haven’t put you to sleep! If you like my blog, pass the link around to friends. The more followers I get, the more encouraged I’ll be to keep posting about zazzy glittery things!

Ok, onto Tuesday’s topic (just under the wire!): Bargain hunting. Now I know I already said that I may not be the next Andre Leon Talley (drapey capes and fur hats have never been my thing anyway. That is just too much fashion.), the one thing I do know is how to get a good deal. But, just like how I’ll never be the (large) Editor-At-Large at Vogue, I’ll never be on TLC’s Extreme Couponers.

For me, paying retail hurts 98% of the time. If it’s something I absolutely-must-have-omg-I’ll-die-if-I-don’t-buy-it-RIGHTNOW, I’ll find a way to make it work – Even if it means eating ramen for a few weeks and reading by candle light to save on my electricity bill. I have a closet full of shoes and jeans that are evidence of my 2% cave-in. Also, getting Apple to discount anything is nearly impossible. Although I was able to use my student discount on my MacBook (no dice on the iPhone, though). Another thing I don’t mind paying full retail for are basics: Jeans, tees and tanks from Forever 36, and TP. Even in my most cash-poor college days I insisted on Charmen. Oh, and sushi. Never go cheap when it comes to fish, especially in land-locked states like Colorado (lesson. learned.).

Anyhoozelbeez, enough about toilet paper and bad fish. You’re probably wondering how I can finagle discounts on the more fabulous things in life. Truth: I bought a brand new pair of Louboutins for $80 and a pair of AH-mazing Stella McCartney wedges for $89. I must admit that it’s 50% luck (it’s been 3 years and I have yet to see another pair of Louboutins at Nordie’s Rack), and 50% shopping addiction. When I see something I like, I track it down with Google. For example, I saw Vanessa Hudgens wearing these killer OTK boots (which were also panned in US Weekly, but I still L.O.V.E.).

Photo courtesy thefablife.com
Obviously when US is panning a celeb, they aren’t going to credit the designer. So, I searched for “Vanessa Hudgens boots” (be careful not to search for "Vanessa Hudgens boobs." You'll find some things that I'm sure Mickey Mouse would not approve of).  Long story short, I found the boots at some random boutique store in New England for half-off retail. I went one step further and found a coupon code for free shipping. Bada boom, bada bing!

I have so so many thrifty ways to save so this is just the tip top of my glittery iceberg! Subscribe to my bliggity blog so you don’t miss a minute of this mess that is my life!

Hugs and Kisses!
Melissa, The Shop Therapist

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