Right after I heard that bow blouses would be big this Spring and Summer. At first, I didn't think the look was for me, but I found this olive-hued piece for a buck, and figured I could try out the trend without breaking the bank. I liked it so much that I recreated its inaugural outfit to share with you today... also, I hadn't picked out my clothes the night before, so it was easier to go with the old tried-and-true. ;) Also featured are my favorite blazer, my favorite pants, and my shiniest shoes.
In other news, a friend of mine thought it would be fun if I contrasted the retail prices of my clothes with the prices I actually paid. The Asian side of me tsk tsks and warns against being a braggart, but the blogger side of me thinks people might find it helpful to see how much of a "discount" one can get by shopping outside of the normal retail realm. The latter impulse wins out for now, so here's a fun chart depicting price details (but please do let me know if you think it's too much):
|Item||Original Price||My Price||Vendor Type||Location|
|Ben Sherman Cotton Blazer||$200||$1||swap meet||Huntington Beach|
|Merona Polyester Blouse||$22||$1||swap meet||Huntington Beach|
|Ann Taylor Slacks||$88||$1||swap meet||San Fernando|
|Carlos Santana Pumps||$88.99||$25||Ross||Los Angeles|
|London Fog handbag||$150||$0 (X-mas money)||Marshall's||Costa Mesa|
Because of the secondhand nature of my clothes, some items are no longer available in stores. In these instances, I've done my best to find the closest approximations (considering brand, material, size, et cetera) for the purposes of price comparison.