Category: Bargains

Tibi Or Not Tibi

Dress, Tibi; blazer, J. Crew; shoes, Ferragamo (via Etsy); bag, Marc Jacobs (via eBay)
Dress, Tibi; blazer, J. Crew; shoes, Ferragamo (via Etsy); bag, Marc Jacobs (via eBay)

I know, you guys: WORST punny title ever. But, I couldn’t resist. Or, more specifically, I couldn’t think of a more creative answer than the umpteenth variation on “floral … something or other”. Wardrobe rut? I prefer to go with signature style. Pota-toe, pota-toh.

Anywhoodle.

I scored this dress for a steal of a deal, and I will bore you with the details here again, even though I’ve already crowed all over Instagram. So. I noticed this dress months ago at Winners, and started eyeing it seriously when it hit the clearance rack. Still, at $120, it was too pricey for my taste. That might seem wholly arbitrary but hear me out. It’s (a) a pretty memorable print in a dressier silk fabric, (b) a non-versatile silhouette (dropped waist plus a low, open back that’s NSFW when worn alone), both of which mean I can’t really wear it at the office very often. It’s a once-a-month-tops kind of dress. I already have a lot of special occasion dresses I rarely wear, so I can’t justify buying a new one on that basis. However, when the price finally dropped – to $60! – you can bet that I was all over it. At that price, it will only take about 2 years to get to a reasonable CPW, which is doable. Plus, I can now brag about getting this dress for 90% off the original retail price which, as a friend pointed out, is practically FREE. That’s a pretty good brag. [Winky face emoticon firmly in cheek]

floral at the office
floral at the office

So, the outfit. It’s cute, yes? Dropped waist silhouettes can be tricky – they have a tendency to look toddler-esque – but the dark floral and office-appropriate hemline (plus the always classy Ferragamo flats) balance things out.

best foot forward?
best foot forward?

Bargains Galore

Silence & Noise floral blazer; Frye distressed Melissa button boots
Blazer, Silence & Noise (thrifted); tee, Old Navy; jeans. Rachel Roy; scarf, Aldo; boots, Frye; bag. MbMJ (via eBay)

I found approximately a bazillion killer deals at the very tail end of December, and I didn’t even have to go to the malls to do it. Win win.

First, we have a floral blazer I thrifted during the BCRL brunch ‘n shop; the ladies had to talk me into it, but I’m glad they did – even if it’s not New Look-approved for work, it’s a great piece for weekends. The slouchy/unstructured boyfriend style has a casual vibe, but it’s just dressy enough to sass up a plain tee-and-jeans outfit.

Silence & Noise floral blazer; Frye distressed Melissa button boots
these boots are made for every outfit

And then, of course, we have the boots.

Silence & Noise floral blazer; Frye distressed Melissa button boots
I present, ahem, the little-seen side view

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’re probably already heartily sick of my gushing about these Frye boots, but you’re outta luck. Because gush I will. Again. And again. They’re pretty dang awesome, you guys – especially considering they cost me $50. I’m not going to tell you that you need to rush out and buy $400 boots because they will change your life, or some such nonsense, but if you happen to find them for under $100 – run, don’t walk, to the cash register.

Possibly my favourite thing about them is how they have started to subtly influence my weekend style. I’ve always had some boho-leanings, but vibe is coming on strong these days thanks to these boots. It’s a nice counterbalance to the New Look. All buttoned-up style all the time makes Adina a dull cranky girl.

Silence & Noise floral blazer; Frye distressed Melissa button boots
let’s mosey on along

Channeling My Inner Audrey

Isaac Mizrahi for Target dress; Audrey Hepburn LBD; Audrey Hepburn black dress; boat neck black dress
Dress, Isaac Mizrahi for Target (via eBay); bag, Chanel (via consignment)

Gah, horrible lighting strikes again! Sorry, you guys. In the interests of authenticity, I never photograph outfits ahead of time, which sometimes leads to this. Sad, sad, sad OOTD photos. By the time I was ready to go (to a fancy schmancy client event), it was way dark and I was stuck taking photos indoors.

Which is a real shame, because I had a really cute outfit. Another cocktail party, another old Target designer collab dress. This one is an Isaac Mizrahi, and it is divine. I hate the ubiquitous references to Audrey Hepburn, but I truly feel this dress deserves one. The neckline nails it, yes? Anyway, as with my Lela Rose for Target dress, this one is really nice quality all things considered. I really, really wish that Target would go back to making designer collabs this good.

Valentino half bow pumps patent leather
shoes, Valentino (via consignment); earrings, J. Crew (via consignment)

Here’s an after-the-fact close-up of the accessories you can’t see. And here’s a look at the best part of the dress – the back:

Isaac Mizrahi for Target dress; Audrey Hepburn LBD; Audrey Hepburn black dress; boat neck black dress
well, hi there