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An Update on the 2013 Wish List: Four Wishes Down, 5 More To Go

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Hi All,

Hope you are having an amazing week. Today, I thought I’d let you know the status of my 2013 Wishlist that I posted earlier last year. So here’s the update.

In January of last year, I got a Nordstrom gift card so I spent it on a Tory Burch “Reva” flats. I got my first one in the Gold Emblem and Napa leather, last month, I purchase my second with the pebbled leather embossing. So far I have been very happy with the “Reva” flats. They are extremely comfortable and my go to pair of black flats. They go with almost everything in my closet.

Stella and Dot discontinued the Sierra Bib earlier this year so I perused eBay looking for the necklace. I found it and won the bid. I got it for lower than it’s retail price and it came in it’s original packaging. It was definitely an AMAZING find.

Every March, Ala Moana Center, one of the biggest outside malls in Hawaii has an event called Shop A Le’a, which happens every Spring. I was able to purchase the Hamilton with gold hardware from the Michael Kors Boutique who participated in the event. It was great to get a discount on an item that never goes on sale. Again, it was a great find, for a great price.

Last but not the least, I have been swooning over the Very Prive Christian Louboutin pumps for about two years. It was on my wishlist for a long time. Last month, a designer cosignment and resale store in New York received one in my size. I emailed them about the item and they sent me additional pictures. I asked the ladies of the Purse Forum to help me authenticate the pair and the rest is history. I purchased the shoes for less than half of the cost of the shoe. Very doable on my budget.

Out of the nine items, I purchased the 4 either on sale, with a gift card, or consignment. Many of the luxury items I purchase, I never pay full price. Full price is definitely not in my budget. Of the five items I did not purchase (Stuart Weitzman 5050, Prada Flower Applique Mary Jane, Stella and Dot Pegasus Necklace, Balenciaga City Handbag, and the Balenciaga Glove Sandals) the hardest to obtain is the Prada Flower Applique Mary Janes which are no longer in season and very hard to find. I will have to keep searching for them. The most expensive and will not be purchased for a long time is the Balenciaga City Handbag. I am still in search for a Pegasus Necklace from Stella and Dot that is within the price point I would like to obtain it. As for the Stuart Weitzman 5050, I have tried it on several times, in a couple of different sizes. I am still debating over purchasing it since it’s harder to fit on bigger calves. In addition, I would love to obtain the Glove sandal from Balenciaga but I think I can still wait for the right color to come along.

Thank you again for reading. I’m planning to write a different post about bargain shopping for luxury items. Let me know what you would like me to cover.

XOXO,
Elle

The Skinnier Shoe Closet: Keeping, Returning, Expunging, and Donating

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One of my initials goals for this blog was to help me manage my ever growing collection of shoes. I started the collection when I was a teenager and it has since ballooned to a significant amount. In many ways the title and namesake of this blog was to celebrate my shoe collection. Initially, I thought about the name and what I really wanted to accomplish. I really deliberated on word usage and syntax before finalizing the name of the blog. If it was called A Pair of Shoes for Every Day, it meant that I had a pair of shoes for every day of the year which honestly I am glad I do not have. I chose to call the blog A Pair of Shoes for Everyday because I wanted to start to par down my collection to pairs of shoes that were wearable for everyday and for many occasions.

Last year, one of my major goals for myself was to par down my shoe collection and just keep the shoes that I love and cannot live without. I started with a large amount of footwear in the beginning of 2012. This number included flip flops, pumps, sneakers, boots and other footwear.  By the end of 2012, the collection got down to a manageable amount, the number did pendulum but nevertheless the amount was still a lot.

At the same time in 2012, I started to review my shoe collection and decided to expunge many of the pairs I no longer wore and no longer felt reflected my personal style. I started throwing away pairs of shoes that could not be saved by a cobbler.  I gave away new and barely worn shoes to friends that wanted them. In the next round of expunging, I set aside shoes that were resell-able. I donated several pairs of shoes at the locale Savers or for pick up by locale charitable organizations as well as posted others on eBay or on re-seller websites such as Poshmark. I also took a few pairs to my local Plato’s Closet to be resold and started to return the items that were fairly new, unused, and bought on a whim before their return deadline. For the pairs that remained, I brought them to my cobbler to be resoled and fixed.

So what are the results? It is now 2014 and my blog is reaching another anniversary in couple of months and my shoe closet has definitely lost some weight. I have learned many lessons throughout the process of maintaining my blog. First and foremost, I have learned to be mindful of my shopping habits. I now look at the quality and fit of each pair I purchase. The shoe reviews that I have been doing really helped me fine tune the art of scrutinizing footwear and becoming more critical of the purchases that I make. I now read shoe reviews and scroll through feedback on shoes to really see if the pair is worth the purchase. After each purchase, I allow the shoes to grow on me and if they do not, I return them. I have started to look at price per wear of each shoe and if it really fits into my wardrobe and lifestyle.

What is in store for this blog in 2014 in regards to shoes? Because I do not plan on purchasing many pairs of shoes this year, I made a short list of possible shoe additions. I have decided to do reviews on my purchases, at least once a month.

If you have any shoes that you would like me to review, please feel free to leave me an email or a comment below. What’s on your shoe wish list this year?

XOXO,

Elle

I’m on a Shopping Diet . . .

Hey All,

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I made a deal with one of my friends that we would go on a diet together. Not just exercising and eating healthy but also putting the pocketbook on a much needed diet.  I’ve been emptying out my closet these past couple of months anticipating some major changes in the near future. I didn’t realize it was so much work trying to get rid of  stuff that has accumulated through the years. I sat down with a friend of mine and tried on dress after dress and put them into piles. I had a pile of maybes for the ones I could not part with yet. I’m trying to be as thorough as possible knowing that there are pieces in my closet that I truly covet and cannot part with at the moment.

Shoes of course is a different story. Deciding whether to keep a pair of shoes or to sell it, is definitely taking a lot of thought. There are shoes that I like a lot and have decided to put them up for sale on eBay and Poshmark because I believe they will find better homes with women who will love them and wear them out more than I do.  Paring down the collection is work but making a list of pros and cons helps me a lot in my decision making process. The blog through the year is helping me understand my style more than ever.  If the shoe no longer fits my style profile, it definitely goes into the pile that is going to a better home. Making room on my shoe shelf  and giving the pairs I love more mileage is on my need to do list.

There are days I wish I could shop especially since J. Crew and Zara just had a major sale. I trick is that I avoid J. Crew at the mall and luckily we do not have a Zara here. I still window shop on the sites to see what’s up and put items in my shopping cart but I really think about purchasing these items. It’s helping a little but like I said earlier, there are goals I am looking forward to accomplishing so the diet will have to do for now until that goal is reached.

How do put yourself on a shopping diet?

XOXO,

Elle

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