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You Have GOT to be Kidding Me…

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on November 15, 2008

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That’s about $150 for a sweater that’s not even cashmere or cashmere blend…

This has to be some kind of mistake on Hollister’s UK website since their down jackets are priced at that price. Anyway, the Abercrombie Co. family of stores always deserve a little moment of snark right? Even if it begs the question of why I was browsing their site, as if I might find something cute and logo-less there… Which rarely, rarely happens.

I shouldn’t knock Hollister too hard though, as they make my favorite skinny jeans. They’re skinny but not too skinny, and I’ve just worn a hole on the derriere of mine. I’m missing it already, and might even brave the hordes of tweeny-boppers, the darkness, and the pounding music to replace it when I go home.

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For Shame: 30 Dollar Candy Necklace.

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on October 20, 2008

Sometimes, you see something so WTF-worthy in every way that you can’t help but comment. This is one of those times for me. It would be hypocritical of me to make fun of the Juicy Couture aesthetic just because its Juicy – I own two small Juicy accessories that come from Nordstrom Rack – but then, I’ve never spent as much money as the brand demands on anything made primarily of velour either. Still, maybe their sweatsuits are worth it. I’ve never tried one on, so how would I know?

But when it comes to a $32.00 necklace comprised primarily of candy and one plastic charm, I know there’s definitely no merit to the price. There are many instances where one would justifiably spend much more than that on a necklace. There are also many instances where one would justifiably spend that much or more on something nice and edible. I don’t think this particular product falls under either category.

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Outfit Post: Two Wrongs Make an Almost-Right.

Posted in shopping advice, what i wore by bluewellesleyblue on August 19, 2008

Black dress, brand unknown, from TJMaxx; Muted silver “brocade” print dress from Fire LA and Nordstrom’s juniors section; Belt from Urban Outfitters, Brown leather flats from Jessica Bennett.

Not exactly a “what I wore” post because the weather is a bit too warm and the silver dress is a cheap material, so it doesn’t breathe well. The silver dress, especially, is an example of what happens when one doesn’t shop cautiously. I refer to it only half-jokingly as my alien princess dress. Since the material is cheap, the fit is unwieldy. It was not a good buying decision, as the fit was awkward even when I tried it on.

The black dress is alright, but cap sleeves aren’t too flattering on my figure, and the turtle neck and short cap sleeve combination makes it a bit odd. Still, I do very much like the way its fuller skirt forms a kind of ruffle around the bottom of the silver dress.

I’ve learned my lesson since then, and am now much more careful about what I spend money on. Never compromise on fit, no matter how good the price is, otherwise it’s going to be hard to bring yourself to wear something enough to justify buying it at all. The black dress has never been worn in public and the silver was worn only once, to a party. Still, some creative layering brings a spark of new life to any piece.

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For Shame: Juicy Couture Tiered Dress.

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on July 13, 2008

The dress adorned all the way up and down the front with a ruffle or a fringe is already something I consider a dubious proposition. It could be cute, but for certain body shapes (and probably mine), it could easily be a disaster. If you must put a fringe or ruffles all the way up and down a dress, why not put them on both the front and back? To have those adornments on the front of the dress only makes it look cheap and unfinished (which you see often on Forever 21 clothes with similar adornments and also this Express dress in the stores.

If you’re going to charge nearly two hundred dollars for such a dress, the least you could do if you must use those ruffles is to have them be continuous with the back of the dress. Even the Express version of such a dress does that for the consumer.

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