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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Storyteller

I've always felt that my clothing tells a story. Some stories are more complex than others - and some are just short stories. Someone messaged me on Insta the other day asking how I came up with the name LeHoarder. To me it's obvious but I guess I should explain. Simply put, I love clothing. I'm a fashion hoarder. I collect shoes and bags like they are memories - because they are. I can still remember what I wore to school on my first day of nursery. I even remember shopping with my dad and choosing it for myself at the store. The 'Le' is just because the name Michelle is French. When I was looking for a blog name I wanted something that stood out and was just a tiny bit wrong. Ergo, LeHoarder. For years I had the nickname 'Shoppinggal' - but now at almost 43 years old it doesn't really fit anymore. I'm not just about shopping, or the acquisition of the goods. I'm a collector and storyteller, creating memories as I go.

Just below this pic there is a Lookbook button. I still haven't quite figured Lookbook out because I barely get any views on my pictures there. If you can take a moment to click on it and like it, I'd really appreciate it. Otherwise this is the last time I use it. If you use Lookbook and have any tips, I'd love to hear them!

I can't tell you how many times I head to the City in one thing - and leave in another. Such is sample sale life LOL. I made the mistake of lugging the cutest slides to shoot, but after purchasing these Lena Glitsnake glitter heeled booties at the Zadig et Voltare sale for just $75 (RV $498!) I wore these around NYC for the rest of the day. They are probably the most comfortable booties I own right now. For some reason I find a low heel more comfortable than a flat. Anyone else feel that way too? I'm a little sad to finally put them away for the season now that it's finally warmed up around here.

I didn't get a ton at the Zadig sale - just these boots (and trust me, I tried on a TON of shoes!), my $40 fringed leather belt (seen here) and my new $20 skull clutch, which I can't believe I haven't shared yet. It fits my giant phone and I take it into every sample sale these days. The great thing (for me) about the Zadig sale is that all the shoes are pretty much size 40 (yes!) and the clothing is all size small/medium - and all current season samples. I'll be sure to give you guys a heads up the next time it's announced.

I had been looking for the perfect (inexpensive) longer denim jacket for ages. Every time I try to loose 20 lbs, I gain 20 lbs. Sigh. I just wanted a need a little more coverage right now. Plus a longer line jacket = a vertical line, which will always make you appear taller and thinner. This was a lucky find from Marshalls. I went hunting for a few colorful spring accessories and had almost given up on finding a jacket like this. So when I found the last one in the store for $25 I did a little happy dance.

Everything else is on repeat so I'll just break it down:
  • Sunglasses: Moschino, Century 21, free with rewards
  • Jacket: Marshalls, $24.99
  • Dress: H&M, $5
  • Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, sample sale, $75
  • Bracelet: Dannijo, sample sale, $50 (RV $595)
  • Boots: Zadig et Voltaire, sample sale, $75 (RV $498)

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This wall is outside Fashion Institute of Technology, my alma mater. Belle and I were passing by and I was inspired. I never plan where I'm going to shoot - I usually wander around until something catches my eye. There are so many colorful locations around NYC but I'm just not organized enough to go running around looking for specific walls. I'm a little more in the moment, sharing looks I actually wear as I wear them. But I am learning that where you shoot is almost as important and what you shoot. I look for a background that will make my look pop. Be it with color or contrast. At some point I really want to take a photography class so I can put all the ideas in my head into words and learn the more technical aspects.

Belle had just picked up this cute coat at the Christian Siriano sale that morning (we split up to divide and conquer LOL) so I had to take a couple pics of her too. Christian actually designed her custom wedding gown (you can see it here) and honestly it's once of the most beautiful gowns I've ever seen. She said she tried on over 100 dresses before having him design this one for her. I did take a few pics of her at his showroom at her last fitting that I'll probably share them at some point. When I was getting married I went to the Badgley Mischka sample sale and purchased the first dress I tried on. I saw it and just knew. Plus you know that a $20,000 gown for less than $1,000 just had to come home with me. But back in the day (I'm talking 10-20 years ago) sample sales were crazy cheap - deals like that don't really exist anymore.

Belle's now husband Bren surprised her with her new Chanel bag as an engagement gift. He's right up there with my brother who treated my SIL to a Birkin when they got engaged. I'm still waiting for my Birkin. I wish I splurged 20 years ago when I was single and had lots of disposable income. Chanel and Hermes are great investment bags. They last forever and their prices just keep going up...

Now on to the sample sale front. Clothingline has a few blowouts on the schedule right now which never disappoint. Dannijo started today but I'm sitting this round out. The last sale wasn't all that inspiring and not much cute stuff on the cheap. Ulla Johnson also started today and Miguelina starts next week, but I'm not sure what their pricing looks like (I do love their beachy, boho vibes thou). Alice and Olivia is still going on but I decided to skip this year (I have enough) - plus at this point all the best pieces are long gone (so if you haven't already gone, don't bother). La Perla is another fan favorite but I don't really do lingerie sales anymore. Give me a $12.99 nude Wacoal from Century and I'm a happy camper.

Milly (blowout sale!)*
June 14-15, 11-7
261 West 36th Street, 2nd Fl
*everything is sample size 4/6

June 14-15
W 10-8, Th 4-8
263 11th Avenue, 2nd Fl

Ulla Johnson
June 14-15
Weds 10-7, Th 10-6
168 Bowery

La Perla
June 14-18
W-Sat 11-7, Sun 11-5
150 Greene Street

Rachel Zoe + Karen Millen (blowout sale!)*
June 20-22, 11-7
261 West 36th Street, 2nd Fl
*not just sample sizes at this one!

June 21-23, 10-6
325 West 37th Street, 2nd Fl

Happy shopping! I've been bitten by the travel bug and the kids have been asking for an adventure. It's been a while since we jumped in the car and road tripped or even hopped on a plane. Ella told me she wants to go to Paris LOL. What are you doing this summer? If you have any family friendly travel ideas I'd love to hear them!




  1. Your ankle boots are everythinggggg. I am so obsessed!

  2. I loved learning about the story behind your name! Those are always so interesting to me! I cannot believe you remember what you first wore to school! That's incredible! I have plenty of items I no longer wear but can't let go of because they remind me of a special time! I love the boots you snagged! What a deal too! I'm just like you when it comes how I find interesting places to shoot! Also, she looks incredible and I feel you on waiting on that Birkin! LOL A gal can dream right?!

    Manda |

    1. I have a crazy memory for details - especially fashion memories LOL. And yeah, one day my Birkin will come...

  3. First of all, I never would have guessed you're in your 40s. Your outfits and photos are always so youthful and very chic. So I was shocked to learn that you're in your 40s. You look great and your styles are amazing. I love those booties you picked up, hope to see them more later this fall/winter. And I've been wanting a similar long denim jacket too, Marshalls always has the best finds!
    The story behind your blog name Le Hoarder is so interesting. I kinda guessed the "hoarder" part haha but the story with a little french touch and something that is totally wrong is so cool.

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

    1. Thanks Lily. Age really is just a number. And I'm not just saying that because I'm old LOL.

  4. I love that you shared how you named your blog and all the stories you tell. You have such a great sense of humor. Those boots are such a steal at that price and I am so jealous. Love Zadig et Voltaire and the boots are the perfect amount of edge and bling. I am all about oversized and long denim jackets so you are right on trend with this one. And yes, I would die for a Birkin and so need to get my hands on one. If you see a deal on this, please let me know! =) xoxo, Christine

    1. Thanks Christine! And if I knew a deal on a Birkin I would already have several LOL

  5. Thank you so much for the story about your name ! I seriously wondered about it and meant to ask you ! I also love what you said about choosing the first dress you tried on. With me it we the second and I totally just knew ! Ok, your outfit is AMAZING as always! Love the denim jacket and the boots are fabulous! I'm so jealous of the colorful walls in NYC!!!

    1. Thanks - I'm actually surprised I took my first dress. I still can't explain it LOL

  6. Love the story behind the name of your blog girl! I totally see it and love the concept!
    Love your outfit! Both booties are amazing and what a find that denim jacket is from Marshalls!
    I'm the same way too when taking photos. It's an 'of the moment' thing :)
    These pics worked out perfect!

    1. Thanks - most pics work out but some don't. Even if I don't like them I just use the best 4-5 and go for it.

  7. I totally agree with you. A picture tells 1000 words, and so does an outfit! Love the story behind the name of your blog!! Never thought about it when I was first came across to it, now it totally makes sense! Love your outfit in this post! Especially that bag!! it's so stylish and cool!

    xx, Jessie

  8. With cookbook, you just have to post consistently and find out the perfect time to post. I find that if you post around 12pm, the views are better.

    I'm so jealous! You always find the best deals and those Zadig boots are freaking awesome. They're definitely statement boots, but c'mon it's Zadig Voltaire!

    Maggie S.

    1. sorry auto correct is a pain. Lookbook!

    2. Hahahaha I laughed when I saw that. Thanks for the tip - what timezone are you in? I'm EST.

  9. These booties are the cutest thing I've ever seen, they look absolutely stunning. Uuuu and I know that struggle too, I simply can't wear flats, so any heels work better for me.
    That jacket goes perfectly with this dress, and this bag together with those booties - just a perfect match. Loving this outfit so much!

    Cheers, Eliza |

  10. What a beautiful story behind your blog's name. Now that I know this, the name totally makes sense. Also, I have to say that I really like your sense of style and I envy you for finding such fabulous pieces at discount stores. I also like the booties, I need to get myself a pair :)

    xx, Maryam

  11. I love how you came up with your blog name. It's so fitting! You always find the best deals! I have been obsessed with Zadig et Voltare as of late, and those booties are killer! I love the glitter back. The Marshall's jacket is also a great find!

  12. hey, my comment posted before I was finished! It was meant to say:
    AHHHHH!!!! I want those boots!!! They are perfect! What a steal!
    xx Jenelle

  13. I love how you shared the story of your blog name haha I definitely knew you were French!
    The two outfit you shared here look amazing on you, I adore the python printed booties from the first outfit but you know i'm all about that chanel classic double flap bag you got going on for your second outfit.


  14. Hey Love,
    Hows you?
    What a Lovely Story about your Name and Blog:)
    Thank you for sharing, I feel that I know you much better now:)
    I totally understand you about each pieces what you collect is a memory:)
    For me too:)
    I have a Ring what I wear every day almost 12 years:)))
    Your Looks always sooo Inspiring:)
    The Ankle boots just Amazing on you:) Love it:)
    Love Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Day

  15. This is awesome! I totally agree that clothes tell a story. Not only about how we feel but who we are. Clothes basically are a big part of what others use to define us! I love your outfit, so gorgeous. It screams classy and chic! I love how you paired that beautiful black dress with a denim jacket, adds a really nice touch. You are stunning! Thank you so much for sharing babe, I really enjoyed reading about the power of clothing! <3

    Vanessa, xo!

  16. Great post babe! Love it when clothes tell a story it's what fashion is meant to do! Hope you have a great week and I love those boots XOWP

  17. Haha, I also use Lookbook and can't figure it out for the life of me. I've actually had one for years, but I don't use it anymore because I don't know how to grow it or even get people to see my pics. Big bummer :/ In other news, you accessorized the heck out of this look! The booties and the bag are just pure perfection. You are so stylish for your age. Keep it up!

  18. I love these Zadig boots!! They are such a great find. I'm just like you and love to collect shoes and bags but you def tell the story better than I do. I can't believe your SIL got a Birkin bag as an engagement gift?!?! OMG such a lucky girl go land the dream man and the dream bag. I should be hinting to my husband soon haha.

    ~ xo Sheree

  19. Beautiful ankle boots. You are fortunate enough to take advantage of these great deals and find out what you may like most. You really are fine with your outfits.

  20. First of all you do not look 43!! You look amazing. I love how you share your fashion and always get so detailed. I am loving your friends Chanel bag too by the way. I've dreamed of having one for years now. That is such an amazing gift. I'd carry it all the time. Oh girl and your booties, I love them. These boots are an eye catcher, which is what I look for when buying new clothing items or accessories.

  21. I loved this story! And I agree with Kierra, you look sooo much more younger.

    And I love how you take your blog to the next level, always! I loved these two looks <3

  22. Both of you look so fabulous! I absolutely love those glitter hill booties and denim jacket! Belle's Christian Siriano jacket is beautiful and so jelly she has a custom wedding dress by him too!


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