Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Shopping Reflections

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Over the years, I have morphed in terms of my shopping-style. Once an impulse-shopper only, I've shifted into a more strategic buyer. Honestly, I credit the internet for these changes. I mean, without online browsing, catalogs were my only means of keeping up. Especially when living in small-town America for lots of my life. So I'd go to the mall (the sad, pathetic excuse for a mall we had in Podunk, IL) and head straight for the Express, picking out new items when they'd reach the racks. We even had a personal shopper (yes, Express did this... even though it wasn't official. She knew us by name. Kinda embarrassing, really.).

But now that I'm on my own as a shopper/fashionista-in-training, much more interested in the trends, and running rampant in a shopping mecca (seriously... Northpark has it all!), I do find myself really researching before buying. Sure, there are still the "OMG I need that, yoink!" moments, but I really (really!) do try and make sure I know I want it when I buy it.

Take the blouse, for instance.

I know you've all heard me talking about buying an Equipment blouse for ages now. Classic piece! But definitely pricey for something so simple and replicable. Madewell did a great job of creating one, and even my tried and true Express did a fine job. And for the past many, many months, I've amassed lots of 'em. I love them all dearly and wear them to death-- a blouse is sort of my go-to outfit these days, my uniform of sorts. But something about the Equipment ones said quality to me the others haven't quite matched. Well, readers... I finally pulled the trigger! And this long, self-indulgent post regarding pining for a blouse ends with this.


*Swoon.* (and a pair of Michael Jackson-inspired glittery loafers to boot!!)

6 comments:

  1. I love the color of that blouse! The loafers are fab. Love them.

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  2. I love the loafers! I would say it's very wise to be a strategic rather than impulse buyer. At least you know you're getting something you'll love to wear, rather than something that probably won't last long in your closet.

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  3. Vegas Fashion StylistMarch 1, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Blouses have become my new go-to actually I need to add more to my wardrobe. Blouses are going to be super big this year, so blog about them all you want


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  4. You look lovely in the blouse, and those loafers look like fun!

    P.S. Today I checked the F21 website and they are selling a Rory Beca collaboration!

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  5. Justine - I plugged you on my new blog. I have been a long time follower of your blog. Will you please follow mine???

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  6. Guh, I am green with envy! A classic Equipment blouse is definitely on my wishlist for...well, life. Yours looks beautiful and I'm sure you'll treasure it for years to come!

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