to shop / some pretty things

I’ve been eBaying like mad these days since I have extra time and my credit card is hemorrhaging from recent shopping. It’s also so rewarding to get rid of “piles” or to find that something new that has been lying around for x years has appreciated in value! I’m not big on making resolutions, but one is to downsize significantly and to make smarter financial decisions.

Here are a few pretty things I’ve picked up lately.

Hermès thin enamel bracelet in blush/gold. I realized after I took the picture that there is still a plastic cover on the lefthand side. It wasn’t even apparent to the naked eye! Now, it looks ghetto but I don’t feel like reshooting. I’m tempted to leave it on since it’s extra protection. I will talk more about the bracelet in my Hermès post.

Comme des Garçons polka dot embossed leather wallet. I love my Baggus so much that I use a pouch as my wallet. People around me cringe all the time, but I often downsize from a normal wallet after moving between purses. It’s time to get back into one and this is a good motivation. It’s absolutely gorgeous and all the reviews I’ve read have said that CdG wallets stand the test of time. It’s also made in Spain! I picked this up for 50% off during a Black Friday sale and it only took me one month to decide whether or not to keep it. 50% off a classic sized CdG wallet is rare!

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to shop / new workhorse shoes

I’ve been spending more than I want on shoes lately. I live in flats and some have been dying slowly after 3+ years of abuse on New York City streets, so I’ve been searching high and low for suitable replacements. I learned my lesson with flip flops and regret not listening to my mother, not to mention the germs. Life is too short to spend in uncomfortable shoes. I’ve been living in:

  • Gap ballet flats (Spring 2010) that are knock-offs of Repetto, except with a sturdier rubber bottom. I was in Boston for work, wandered to a Gap, and discovered that I totally missed out of this gem because I’d been out of the country. To further complicate things, it was on sale. I went into a frenzy mode and promptly located 4 pairs and had them shipped (for free). I got a pair in black, poppy red (pictured below), and metallic blue. I sold the metallic blue (just not my color scheme) and a pair of the blacks that was masquerading as a half size smaller (a nasty, old Gap habit). They have yet to have another ballet flat as great as this one – their current foldable city flat has no arch support and I limit it to airplane use. Sadly, my poppy red ballet flats from Zara are not as comfy as these and I’m still debating whether I want to break the Gap cap toe flats in.
  • Butter nude patent bow flats. So comfy. I got them zipsoled at the cobbler when they were brand new. They should last a while.
  • Two pairs of Marc by Marc Jacob ballet flats. I pulled a Jackie O at a post-Christmas sale at a now-defunct e-tailer and bought the same pair in two colors – black and a peachy ballet pink. I love MBMJ ballet flats (minus the mouse styles that I will never comprehend). They run half a size small. Sadly, their more recent styles have been too hardware-friendly and these two pairs are dying. I don’t think I’ll ever find a ballet flat in this shade of pink again!

  • Repettos – I have one pair that got caught in a torrential downpour that needs some TLC and a few new pairs to mull over (it takes me months to decide whether to keep and sole or to eBay).

Contenders
Good shoes are not easy to find. I’m not afraid to buy/return or buy/eBay.

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