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between these two skirts?

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I hope so, because one of them was $120 more than the other one. ergh. I think you can tell better in person!

I am such a sucker for springy organza.

I tried on this jacket at Urban Outfitters in early December while Christmas shopping, and LOVED it–gold button detail, warm and winter appropriate 80% wool, blair waldorf feel.

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At $138 and on a trip to Christmas shop for others, I decided to pass. However, I kept tabs on the jacket online through the website. In Mid-January, the jacket went on sale for $69.99. I almost bought it then, but decided to wait because the online inventory tracker showed that all sizes in all colors were still in stock..

I checked back today, and was able to snag one in the exact size and color (indigo) that I tried on in December for just under $44, shipped! I feel lucky to have done so, because some of the sizes and colors are already out of stock.

In light of my previous budget concerns, I have discovered that it IS possible to still shop and maintain a wardrobe while reducing overall spending.  In fact, finding a great bargain brings extra zest to my usual post-shopping high.

One good thing about being in Boston the past few (okay, only two) winters is that it has cultivated my obsession with coats. I love oversized bow details, and have been hunting for something that incorporates the look.


J. Crew Serge Day Coat

This is so adorable–unfortunately they are sold out of small sizes online, and I’ve heard that the coat runs big. 😦


3.1 Phillip Lim Bow Coat

Sold out everywhere, and I am still about a decade away from being able to afford this.


Red Bow Neck Coat by Dorothy Perkins

I love the color pop, and very reasonably priced at 75 pounds. Again, sold out everywhere. Argh.

My outerwear in high school was literally just hoodies and zip ups. Senior year, I wanted this furry Abercrombie concoction so badly in cream that my parents drove to four bay area malls during the peak of holiday shopping hysteria:


(it’s still hanging in my closet right now. Maybe I can take it back for a return?)

Update: And, it’s down.

So Victoria’s Secret launched their PINK collegiate line a few months ago featuring a handful of US universities, and are now using online votes to determine which school will be added next. Unfortunately for them, they decided to allow an unlimited number of votes per person per day…so around an hour and half ago, word spread through a flurry of emails sent out to the MIT dorm and sorority mailing lists. It wasn’t long before someone came up with a simple javascript that you can keep open that will vote twice every second for you. Most people now have it open on multiple browser tabs, meaning that thousands of votes are getting cast per minute! When the emails started, MIT was in 367th place, and now…

(note how the top few schools, all of whom have an unreasonable number of votes, are all techy places)  According to various calculations, our votes are increasing at the fastest rate and should overtake Drexel within a few hours, if VS’s servers don’t crash :). Hopefully I will be able to show my school pride by buying $24.50 underwear soon!

they are kind of pricey, but perhaps it is okay because black flats are so versatile?

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