Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bargain Hunting at Desert Hills Premium Outlet

Took the luxury of a day off and the President's Day sale to do some bargain hunting at the outlets in Cabazon. It's about an hour and a half drive, but who cares because that's the only outlet with an All Saints store! I've been on the hunt for a good leather jacket, because my faux leather one finally ripped, I left it in my car on a hot day and it... melted?

First of all, Desert Hills is doing some major construction work! The East wing that used to have the parking spaces in the center is now gone. They are building more shops there. Not sure why, as I've noticed some shops have closed down. Even All Saints moved to the West wing already... It's important to do your homework or check the store map before you walk around the whole East wing only to find out that your store has moved to the West. I walked past Tory Burch and there was a line to get in. Not sure if they are just short staffed and wanted to control traffic or they are doing it on purpose to lure people in... The usual lines at Coach disappeared, I guess people has finally moved on!

Anyways, back to what I bought. I didn't go in too many stores, just the ones with things I already had in mind of getting - Converse, All Saints, AX, and Armani.
1. Converse - I got some Made for Chucks only socks!!!! These socks are the best and they truly don't show around the ankles. These came in a pack of 6 in blue, grey, and white for $11. So cheap!!! Not sure why the 6 pack of whites costs $2 more??

2. All Saints - Everything in store had an additional 20% off. I got a grey/light grey tshirt dress with one side of the hem shorter, so it creates a drape from the hip. I think it's the left side... Overall, it's a cute drapey top/dress for. I also got a leather jacket! There weren't a lot of choices, especially black ones. So I settled for a dark brown and I'm happy for now. It was at a great price too! I think, in the end, it was about $150. I really like the quality of All Saints clothes and shoes. I have a few pairs of their leather heels and this is my first leather jacket from them. Not really sure why I need a real leather jacket... winter is not even that cold here and it's almost over :P I just found online that they are selling this exact same style in BLACK online. It's the  Belvedere Jacket. I'm more into the biker style... like this one Cargo Leather. I'm still on the look out for one, not one compares to the faux leather one I got from TJ Maxx a few years ago! Even though it wasn't real leather, it was a great fit and style.

3. Popped into Giorgio Armani because I saw online they were having 70% off all shoes. 70% off!! I remember they once had a 90% off shoe sale. That was heaven! This year, I was so lucky to spot a pair of sandal heels on clearance, so that's more than 70% off! It's so pretty in grey suede and leather. Probably 4 inches tall and very comfy for a skinny heel. A total bargain from the original $750 price tag, I got these for ~$90!!! I love buying things that are (way) past season but still look great in your wardrobe!

That's all from this trip. Pretty satisfied, hopefully next time I head out there, the construction will be done.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bargain Hunting = Hunter - Romilly

We are in a drought here in California, why on earth did I just buy a pair of Hunters you may be thinking. Ah ha, these are Hunter flats - Romilly, not the heavy duty rainboots. Still... I know the chance of wearing these plastic flats are close to none. But they were on sale at Nordstrom Rack! 60% off! They were only $30 and in such a pretty coral color (Flame)!!! Oh, how I wish it would just rain now.

I have a pair of Crocs rainboots that I've worn once in the rain and a few times cleaning the shower, so when I saw these shiny jelly flats, I knew that if it was to just drizzle ever so slightly, these would be perfect instead of pulling on some big old black rainboots. 

They have a range of colors - yellow, neon yellow, baby blue, grey, and this orangey "flame". I picked flame because it's like a bright coral color that adds a nice touch with any color jeans. These feel comfy, very flat, but they do make a low squeaky sound when you walk... kinda like air being puffed out of ... something plasticky... you get the idea? It doesn't bother me so much. Plus, these are light to carry for traveling. 

I'm not sure if these are everyday flats or just rain flats. Obviously no one would want to wear flats when it's raining. I'm sure if it were to pour, my feet would be soaked through. Maybe these are beach flats? garden flats? Oh, the possibilities! For now, I'll stick with occasion flats, after-rain flats, and sun-shower flats! See, so many uses, I knew these were a bargain!

My first Hunter... flats.