I got my very first pair of Repetto BB ballet flats almost five years ago. The now defunct Fred Segal Trend online store had 50% off their entire stock, so I got three pairs. I ended up selling two pairs on eBay since they were final sale and it was my first foray into the brand (they were really hard to find online back in the day). The two sales more than covered the $130 I’d spent on the pair that I kept. I love these Flora flats in dust (lavender/grey) — they are buttery soft and have a cap toe. I did misplace them at some point but unearthed them during my last move and a trip to the cobbler had them looking like new. They aren’t as high maintenance as I expected light-colored suede to be. I check the weather every morning and even commute through icky Times Square.
I strongly believe one shouldn’t waste time and money on uncomfortable shoes. I much rather spend more on a quality purchase that gets worn often than on a cheap purchase that barely gets worn. I consider these to be a smart purchase, but am definitely still learning from many not so smart purchases!
I bought a pair of Bing Bang Vivienne tiny stud earrings in rose gold almost two years ago. I love them because they are slightly offbeat and I can wear them to work. Sadly, I misplaced them during my European tour of Spring 2010. They were hard to replace because they were sold out or overpriced.
A gift from my grandfather to the women in his life, this is the most worn piece of jewelry in my collection. It’s on my neck more often than not. Diamonds are a great, but not best, friend.
I finally checked out Voluspa candles, thanks to Kitson’s CyberMonday sale. There was an unbelievable sitewide 50% off code (I can’t remember where I found it). I stocked up on my favorite lip product, travel sized Voluspa candles, and grabbed a couple of coveted rose gold Michael Kors chronograph watches. I haven’t heard the best things about their customer service so I was shocked when the order shipped.
I ordered the Japanese Plum Bloom, Panjore Lychee, Fleurs de Fete, and Truffle White Cocoa candles. I’ve been burning the Japanese Plum Bloom and it smells just like a plum!
I have to admit that I never used candles before I got these from Anthropologie. It’s just not a very Asian thing to burn candles, but I have since learned that they are great for removing food smells during the COLD months when I can’t air out the apartment.
After almost an year of saved eBay searches, I finally found my Gucci shawl… I have a feeling they showed up at a Gucci outlet in the South.
I’ve lost beloved accessories over the years. There was a 24k gold cross necklace that my mother gave me when I was 12. It had been a gift from her father when she was in college. I think it was stolen by the movers – I didn’t know they were coming. Then, there was a pretty cheap white gold ring in HS that I lost in the soccer field… and countless lost earrings.
2009/2010 has been a rough year. Two gloves from different Longchamp leather glove sets. A black Gucci silk/cashmere shawl that I acquired at the Florence Gucci outlet left on a Metro North train. My Blackberry slipped out of my clutch while we were in a Berlin club. I was getting ready in a cab one morning and forgot I’d put my Antonio Ben Chimol nude leather wrap bracelet from Copenhagen on my lap until 6 hours later. Luckily, I was eventually able to figure out the brand of the bracelet (thanks, Google cache) and have located a replacement.
So after some painful losses, I’ve decided to attempt to document some of my favorite things. Just in case.
- Limited edition Clare Vivier clutch in a gorgeous embossed leather. This never made it to her website. I was clued in by her blog…
- Virginia Johnson red peacock merino gauze shawl from the Summer 2010 collection. Because you can never have too many shawls and I was finally able to snag one at 50% off from a Twitter friend tip.
- Minimalistic Casio watch from Asia (gift from P).