shopping

Things I can’t have

I really love this dress. Its classy and sophisticated and elegant and I love it. It reminds me of Sophia Loren. I want it to wear around during the summer so that I look like an actress walking right out of the Gilded Age of Hollywood.

But I cant have it. Mainly because its sold out (it wasn’t when I first found it) but in reality because its $435 and I’m not at a point in my life where I can drop five hundred on a casual dress and be totally fine with it.

Until then, I’m just going to stare at it and imagine myself walking through Rome with this dress and some gelato.

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This week’s installment of “Why I have No Money”

Welcome back to another exciting adventure into my almost empty bank account! I meant to post this at the end of last week, but as you know, Friday was a terrible day and I thought that would be tactless.

Instead, we waited until Monday. So without further adieu, here is a list of things that I bought this week with an accompanying diagram of the things.

  1. Express black heels with FEATHERS on the back.
  2. Express’s black sequined V-back mini dress for an engagement party I yesterday but returned because it was too much of a night party dress while the party was during the day.
  3. Express’s Lace Fringe Crop top and matching Skirt also for the engagement but ended up not working out. There’s a decent possibility I’m giving this to my mom, who apparent loves it
    • I also bought a cropped button up turtleneck sweater that I cant show you because the store doesn’t have a website? Here’s a slightly similar one that’s actually a lot cuter without the buttons. I literally only bought this one because it was $12. HOW CAN ONE TURN DOWN A WORK CLOTHING PIECE FOR TWELVE DOLLARS?
  4. Madewell’s Roundtrip turtleneck sweater in blush because I feel like that color was cuter than the navy. Plus I have an obscene amount of Navy sweaters (all of which were bought fairly recently) for someone who only really wears black.
  5. J Crew Factory’s Tissue Turtleneck that ManRepeller raves about. I got it in black because I figured it was boring and safe… like my life?
  6. J Crew Factory’s Printed Flannel Pajama Shirt that I had no real reason to buy other than the fact that it kinda looks like I could wear it to work on a more casual day, and I’m all about wearing pajamas to work.
  7. J Crew Factory’s Sateen Skinny Jean with Zippers because they were on clearance and I need pretty white jeans I think.
    • It also didn’t help that J Crew Factory was having a sale where everything was up to 40% off and clearance was 30% off AND there was free shipping for only one day (Wednesday.)
  8. Pocket Coffee. Ok there’s actually a story behind this one. My boyfriend and I went to Europe last year about this time. We each bought a Groupon for 3 days in Paris and 3 days in Rome. I have never had more espresso in my life then I had while we were in Paris. Nick loved it. He’s a coffee fiend and since he started dating me, espresso is his drug of choice. So when we were in a little bodega in Paris buying something dumb probably, he on a whim bought a pack of Pocket Coffee because he thought it was funny. Little did he know they were AWESOME. But then we came home and went back to crappy American coffee and both forgot about Pocket Coffee… until I saw this article tweeted out by Saveur’s twitter in May. As I read through the small piece by the freelance writer with an obsession for this little treat I knew I needed it again. But you cant get pocket coffee during the summer. I have NO idea what the heck the big deal is and why the supplier she mentioned didn’t ship it, probably a summer vacay. However, I cried about it and then got over it again. UNTIL MONDAY when I spotted an old candy from last year’s trip sitting in my desk drawer. So I was all about the Pocket Coffee and needed it immediately. Unfortunately, this pack wont be arriving until at least December… Enter the next two things I bought.
  9. Brazilian Coffee Candy which was bought because I was on a roll with the Pocket Coffee shenanigans.
  10. Bali’s Best Coffee and Tea Candies (6 flavor variety – duh) mainly because when I added the Brazilian coffee candy to my cart, Bali’s popped up and it would get to me in 2 days and it included tea flavors. And also because I have absolutely no self control.
  11. I finally decided on this perfect dress for the engagement party that I went to yesterday. I felt awesome, and I think that’s what dresses are supposed to do.
  12. Because I cut my hair fairly short recently, I’ve been straightening it a lot more. I’m afraid to see it natural. I know its terrible for my hair so I bought this hair mask to hopefully get my hair back on track.
  13. This was four dollars but it was coming with me whether it wanted to or not. I love masks.
  14. I took another bath this weekend. I plan on making it a weekly thing. So I bought this bath gel.
  15. Plus the matching bubble cubes. (I know I have a problem OK)
  16. I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THIS LIPSTICK FOR ALMOST A MONTH. NARS lipstick in Anna has been nonexistent in the Sephora by me… until last week.
  17. The woman who applied it for me applied it with this brush and suggested I get it because I can use it for everything… so that’s what I’m going to do.

 

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This week in “Why I have no Money…”

Here is a round up of things I have spent an unnecessary amount of money on since Tuesday of this week…

Let’s start from the beginning.

Last night I went to a really awkward happy hour networking event. Before I knew how uncomfortable I would be at this event, I decided I wanted to look casually professional but not like I was trying too hard, so I wanted a cool blazer outfit. This week has been a whirlwind of excitement (read work-related stress,) so getting out for lunch was annoyingly difficult. But on Tuesday I was able to stroll on over to H&M on 34th street between 5th and 6th with one of the girls I work with and check out their “I’m a grown up and work for a living” section, which, as you could probably guess on your own, is pretty depressing. On the outskirts of this section (which I find myself entering more and more these days,) I saw a white sleeveless blazer. What the hell I was thinking is so far beyond me. I decided I needed this white blazer vest concoction. On the way up to the register with my new blazer in tow I saw a little baby high neck sleeveless shirt (which I think I own already) and decided “yes, this is what I will wear underneath this sleeveless blazer and everyone will think I’m cool.”

$75 later I walk out of H&M and back to my office giddy as a school girl. Upon arriving home to my loving mother who (thankfully) knows how to dress and what I should and should not wear, I try on my new outfit to show her. One look at her face made me run back to the mirror immediately. My mom does this thing with her face when she doesn’t like something. She doesn’t mean to. But her face kinda takes on this look of “no, this will not work out so how can I fix it?” That face snapped me back to reality. I did not keep that outfit. I definitely looked ridiculous in that vest thing and should not be allowed near stuff like that again.

It was downhill from there.

Wednesday I ran back to H&M hoping to return the vest and shirt and look for something new. But then I remembered this depressing little section hadn’t worked for me yesterday and I was probably crazy to think it would work today. So I returned the vest and moved on down the block away from Herald Square, where I came across a Zara. Thank the fashion gods for Zara.

It took me 20 minutes to decide that this was the blazer I needed.

blazerNow that I finally had a normal blazer with cool sleeves that covered my butt, I figured it was time for a flounce back to work. Except I had to walk passed Lush to get there, which never ends well.

Another 10 minutes in Lush and I was a slave to bath products. After coming to the “realization” that I was over work and desperately needed to relax in a bubble bath basically all weekend long, I decided on the following:

maskI just want to clarify that I needed none of these but NEEDED all of them… if you catch my drift. So that was how I became an owner of a face mask named after a berry and 3 different shaped blocks of glorified flour. Also, I have yet to use any of these bath thingies yet. BUT TOMORROW ITS GOIN’ DOWN… maybe.

Yesterday was the extremely awkward, yet slightly enlightening networking happy hour where no one was actually employed except myself and the friend I went with. We left fairly quickly after realizing everyone there but us was a ‘”freelance” something or other and that WE were the ones that were supposed to get other people a job. We can barely get ourselves jobs!! So that was a bust, but at least I have a nice blazer now.

Today I got a free lunch so I decided to upset the money I saved by buying a new lipstick that I’ve been eyeing… plus three others and a Christmas present for my sister.

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And of course, I ended up buying clothes, because I have no will power or self control.

I love the look of leather. Its cool and stylish and when its vegan faux leather its just that much cooler. Dresses in the leather look always catch my attention, which is why I am now the proud owner of the  Harmonious Hostess Dress from ModCloth. I’m hoping to have everything delivered in the next two weeks because the suspense is already killing me.

Even talking about it makes me sad because the lipsticks and dress aren’t here yet. But soon they will be and I will be happy for about 2 seconds.

But those two seconds will be GLORIOUS.

Thank goodness for shopping.

New Shoes Fix the Cracks in the Work Week Soul

Tuesday is the worst day of the week.

I don’t have a scientific reason behind it but they just are. That’s why I’m writing this on a Wednesday, because I was too busy being miserable to complain yesterday.

I have a theory as to why it sucks so much, but like I said, it’s just a theory.

Monday’s suck, obviously, but the thing with Monday’s is that everyone hates Monday’s so it collectively sucks. People can take solace in the fact that no one is having a good day so they aren’t alone in their sucking.

Wednesday’s are hump days. People, as a whole, are excited to have made it to the middle of the week. At this point, things start to suck less because you know that in just a couple of days, you can sit and do nothing and not worry about it.

Thursday is Friday-eve. You’re only 24 hours away from the best day of the work week, so now everyone is collectively praying for the minutes to go by faster.

And Friday. Friday is the Hail Mary of work days. It’s the last day of the work week and people tend to just go for it. In my world, there’s a real “fuck it” attitude that goes along with the F-Day. You’re basically at the weekend, man, time to start relaxing.

So, as you can now see, Tuesday is none of those things. Every Tuesday sucks with an immensity that can turn sane people insane. It can turn nice people into ferocious animals. It can suck so much that you cry.

My Tuesday sucked. But I can’t blame it all on Tuesday. My week has sucked since last Tuesday. No letting up, no surrendering, so there was a massive amount of suckage.

But then, I got an email.

Stubbs and Wooten is purveyor of what I would call “smoking slippers.” I’ve been obsessed with the company and their quirky slipper designs for a while now but never could justify spending $500+ on a pair of slippers.

Until this morning.

I’m an emotional person, do not judge me. This morning, at 7:15am I received an email saying that S&W was having a sale. And not just any sale, they were having a 50% off sale. So I drooled. And after about 12 minutes of struggling between wanting the slippers that say “Srew Love” and not wanting to spend $250 on shoes, I grabbed my debit card out of my wallet and bought the damn shoes on my phone.

They were shipped about 7 hours later. Expensive shoe companies are on their shit, guys.

Sure I could’ve done the responsible thing and said no, I could’ve put my phone away and taken a nap, hell, I could’ve even scoured the rest of the site and then shown everyone on the bus which shoes I liked, but instead I’m gonna be bringing my coffee from home and eating PB&J’s for the next two weeks so that I don’t spend money I don’t have.

Thank God Pay Day is on Friday. Let’s all celebrate with new shoes.

Currently Craving

As a self-proclaimed online shopping addict, I know that my expensive habit can be a bad thing. It took a serious amount of self control (that I totally didn’t know I had) to cut down my spending. But here are some of the things I’ve been looking into.

67-380x300I have no idea what I would do with this book clutch but I just think its so badass

RDME4-read-me-front-1200-700x700Ever since I was young I’ve always wanted a crazy giant library, and here is where I plan on starting my collection

Onyx_Black_Sheepskin_Rug2x3_5_ft__437Sheepskin rug. I had one when I was younger but we had to get rid of it (I may or may not be allergic to it. oh well)

562157_in_ppMy dad never really cared for the music of his age, At 48 years old he obsesses over Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Luck be a Lady has always been a favorite. This Smythson is just calling my name. If only it came in another color503753908_1_tabletopFrom what I understand, it has three layers of smells… I’m all about layers man

Top: peach, plum

Heart: violet, peony

Base: patchouli, leather, vanilla

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When spring came, there were no problems except where to be happiest.’

-Ernest Hemingway

THIS IS THE BEST WEEK EVER

Hello and welcome to the beginnings of Spring in NYC. Spring and Fall are the two main times that the City that Never Sleeps really becomes the City of Insanely Perfect Street Fashion and Sweet Outdoor Activities.

This is the first week in a long time that the temperature has been over freezing and I am loving it.

While I’m still afraid of trading in my winter coat for my spring time leather jacket, I am completely ready for spring boots and sunglasses and the sun being out at 7pm when I get home from work! Iced coffee and gummy worms is my statement meal during the spring because I never cared for bathing suit season. I’m just so excited to be able to walk outside and not have my eyeballs freeze out of my head. Ugh I love warm weather.

Also, this means Spring wardrobe so I have designated Thursday as my “shopping during lunch” day. But to prepare myself for that, I bought two new sunglasses from zerouv (favorite sunnies destination – check it) and here they are!

sunniesAlright Spring – Bring on the sunshine and flowers, I am ready!

 

The Terrible Tales of a Online Shopaholic

Online shopping is the worst thing that could ever have been thought up. It feeds the lazy person’s need to shop while allowing them to do nothing. In short, it’s the best damn invention ever.

Most of my Christmas shopping was done online. I hate Christmas shopping and malls during the holiday season, and online shopping is a blessing. No more being trampled by bratty children and their rude parents because you accidentally walked into the same mall wing as Santa; no more waiting on lines that wrap around the giant store twice; no more dealing with sales associates that deal with psychopaths all day long and can’t remember how to talk to people normally (sales associates hate it THE WORST during the holidays, poor things.) Online shopping cancelled all that shit right out and lets me sit on my bed in my banana republic wine bottle boxers with matching blue oversized tshirt and get everything I need brought right to me. In one weekend, I was able to knock most of my presents out, (still needed to go to the mall and grab a Yankee candle and necklace- misery) while never having to leave the four safe, brat-less walls of my room.

So that’s all well and good, but now that I’m done Christmas shopping, you’d think I would stop online shopping… Well if you answered yes then you are very, very wrong.

It’s become such a terrible habit that yesterday, while on the bus ride home, I got an email from MyHabit.com (appropriate site name, I know,) clicked through, and ended up ordering over $100 worth of stuff on my phone… For myself. Then, once I got home, I order another $75 worth of stuff for myself. It’s become a nightmare. My bank account is crying and I need to stop.

But I’ve been told that the first step to overcoming an obstacle is admitting you have a problem, so here we go:
Hello, my name is Angela and I cannot stop online shopping for things I probably don’t need.

But lets be realistic man, I got a cashmere sweater for 40 bucks… I probably needed that one.