Let's start with Sophia. You can read my sample sale report here. I already shared my Lacey printed leather sandals and my Keira Doiley sandals. Say hello to my lovely Monique rosegold beaded sandals (I convinced Shira of A Sequin Love Affair to also get these) and my Flamingo Flutura sandals - all four pairs were $95 press samples. #LOVE
Last night at the insane Alice + Olivia sale I scored these three beautiful pieces.
My fur collared coat was a sample - the collar isn't even sewn on and I can't seem to find it online. Considering they were selling basic fur scarves for $99 it was a pretty amazing deal to get the whole coat for that price. I adore the blue and everyone kept asking me if I was taking it. This stunner was actually the first item I grabbed when I hit the sample area. Their samples run pretty small (more like a 2/4 and I'm a 4/6) so I can really only get into their coats and a few of their dresses.
Last time I really wanted a embellished leather jacket and the resellers scooped them all up. They had a few but this $2,000 "Jace" was my favorite. I grabbed two and lucky I did because one was smaller than the other. I handed off my second so some of the nicer girls in the fitting room. Can't believe it was just $99?!
And lastly, I figured I'd try my hand at a dress. This has an open back and fuller skirt so I was able to get into it. It is spectacular. Very Dolce and Gabbana and only $119. I can't find this one online but there is a similar gown that has less beading, retailing for $1,698 (I linked it below) - I tried that on as well but this was more special. I'm guessing this is more due to all the ornate detailing.
Not a bad haul for a sick girl. I'll go with my girl gang next time and we'll do some serious damage.
ETA: Thank you to my reader Julia who found the dress online! It's the Voloshin embellished lace dress and it sold for $1,897. I was annoyed that they priced it as a gown when it's a dress but $119 plus tax is a pretty sweet deal considering the retail. It's available right now in a size 8 at The Outnet for $899.18.
I also found a picture of Jessica Lowndes wearing it to the Alice + Olivia Spring 2015 Presentation in NYC. I'm guessing the smaller one that I tried on (or tried too LOL) at the sale was the one she could have worn.
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I'm linking some of favorites here:
I earned a ton on Century rewards at the last sale that are about to expire. I have a hard time buying stuff for myself when it's not on sale so I started purchasing holiday gifts.
From head to toe:
- Sunglasses: Moschino, Century 21, free with $60 rewards
- Jacket: Elizabeth and James, sample sale, $100
- Top: Tildon, Nordstrom Rack, $3
- Skirt: Tahari, thrift store, $9
- Bracelet: Dannijo Valentina, sample sale, $50 (retail $595!)
- Bag: Baleciaga Velo, Nordstrom Rack
- Boots: Rebecca Minkoff Ilan, sample sale, $25
I'm linking some of my finds and what I wore (some similar) below: