Hey guys, sorry I've been a little quieter than usual but I just can't seem to shake this cold. That coupled with my new workout (Cize is exhausting!) and my husband running off to Florida on a guys trip, leaving me as a single mom to three little kids for the week...I'm not exactly at 100%. But I knew I couldn't leave you hanging - so much has happened at Century 21, Nordstrom Rack and in sample sale land that it was time for a shopping update.
So let's start with Century. Looks like their discounts are maxing out at 80% this year (with some exceptions). They say it's 90% off - but it's really 90% off their value prices (retail), which is more like 80% off Century's prices. I was protesting their sale but I've since caved and picked up a few odds and ends.
At this point look for the random sale racks (other than at the downtown location which has the most at this point).
Spotted this Pucci dress for $139.30. Their price was $699.99 - and last round it would have been priced $69.99 - but this time it's essentially double.
Then I spotted this $597 Valentino gown crammed in - last time for 90% off it would have been $300.
I headed to shoes to see what I could find. I spotted these Chloe boots last year and somehow here they are again...and still not on sale. I remember them from the pen mark. Drives me nuts when they put out old merchandise and think someone is stupid enough to buy them full price - especially when they are damaged!
I had seen a few of these Burberry boots in the City, but not in my size. Sadly these were too small as well. Pretty sure these are cheaper than stickered - by my estimation they would be $60-75, depending if they are 90% off the value ($75) or 80% off their price ($60).
I splurged on these satin over the knee $1,795 Blahniks for $168. Too bad they would have been half of that last year.
I saw these Dolce and Gabbana heels for $39.90 but decided they were too basic.
For my son I found something that was actually 90% off - these Adidas slides were just $2.18!
I found these men's Crocs mixed in the woman's shoe department and had a feeling they were cheaper. I was right! Came out to under $4 :)
And you know I hate to pay full price but I adore Ryka sneakers and these were less than $25. They had a pair on sale for $12 but these were more comfortable. I'm really picky with sneakers because of my bad knees.
And now let's take a moment of silence for our favorite app. The Nordstrom Rack Stores app has finally stopped working and they've replaced it with a new app that does not have a search and send function - which means no more scanning for pennies. I penny hunted for a good year before I even knew about the app so I guess it's back to basics and I'll once again hunt on instinct. Luckily last week I had my last hurrah and went penny hunting with my friend A and we scored 35 pairs LOL. But then I had to lug them home on the subway and that wasn't as much fun.
My favorite penny score were these $375 DVF Paris suede and wood wedges just in time for warmer weather. Spring is just around the bend and so far I'm feeling uninspired. Looks like red, lace and denim are all big trends for Spring but so far I'm just not feeling it. I honestly have no idea what I want my Spring closet to look like. Usually I find a shoe or a dress and it just brings it all together for me. Last year I did a lot of tailored dresses so this year I went more bohemian with looser silhouettes. But right now, I'm just stumped. What are you excited to wear this Spring?
Today I wore my $7.50 Converse (from the Rack) out and about. I wanted hi-top Chucks in black but I'm enjoying the cheerful blue until I find them on the cheap.
And I figured I would share another penny fail. My friend A texted me that he found me a Lela Rose dress for a penny and I was so excited...until I saw it. Immediately I knew something was wrong because the tag was sewn down (crooked) instead of stitched in by the corners. The inside tag read Urban Outfitters LOL.
But on a glorious note, I did not miss the Paul Andrew sale this round. I packed up my new Minkoff and hit the City!
Last year I missed the first day and my friends hoarded $50 shoes like there was no tomorrow. This time prices weren't as low (but still good). I went in looking for fringes, feathers, color and Chrysler heels. Ever since I watched Paul on the CFDA Fashion Fund, I've drooled over those heels. They are so iconic and NY - I just needed them in my collection.
Check out the zipper pull. You don't see little details like that on cheap shoes.
I couldn't find these Lexington heels in this pattern online anywhere - so I'm guessing they were never put into production. And that's why I sample sale! I get one of a kind designer pieces for a fraction of the cost. I saw similar retailing for $795, I paid $75.
And I couldn't decide between the silver or blue so I took both pairs with the Chrysler heels. They had another pair in blue brocade but they didn't work for me. Retail $1,395, paid $125 each. I couldn't find the blue ones on Paul Andrew's stocklists but I eventually found them here.
I'm linking up a bunch of pieces I spotted for you to shop. I regret not grabbing those fringed flats. Ugh.
After Paul Andrew I also popped by the Dolce & Gabbana sample sale (expensive) and the Donna Karan sample sale that was at 50% off. I scored two of these $695 collection skirts for just $30 each!
That's it for now! I've been adding a few bits and pieces to my Insta-closet, @shoppinggalscloset - so you may want to check it out!
Just a few days left to enter to win a $50 A.V. Max giftcard! Good luck!