May 31, 2005
Memorial Day Holiday
May 28, 2005
Top Ten Outlet Tips
Top Ten Tips for outlet shoppers:
- Outlets are very far and you want to know someone with a car-otherwise the time needed to get there can be very dampening on the spirit
- Outlets are usually outdoors, even though they're called an Outlet mall and in any normal people would inspire an image of an indoor mall. So bring a lightweight jacket (lightweight so as to not get in the way of shopping)
- Outlets are rather big and require walking. And people tend to buy a lot of things, so minimize amount of carry on to your keys and wallet-maybe some water (but there's always the foodcourt. . ) so as to maximise the shopping bags you can hold at one time and wear comfortable slides (so you can try on shoes quicker!
- Not all shops in outlets malls are outlets and sell items cheaper then normal. You must look carefully at prices and make you own judgement. Most of the times they have tags saying price before and "our price" so you know its cheaper, but sometimes your not so lucky. An example of this would be the PacSun and the Miss Sixty/Energie shop.
- In outlet stores, when you see something you like, you must grab and hold onto them, even if your not sure if you want to buy them or not. Because there are competitive shoppers around who has the eye of an eagle, and before you know it, its gone! This also applies to places like Filene's Basement as well. . . . . esp when your a size small. In the event of undecision, ask and see if they can hold it for you for an hour or two
- In the event of a huge confused queuing system, you are not supposed to ask people around if they're in the line or not. Just barge right in as if you were always there, and hope no one noticed.
- Do not wear expensive branded items to outlet shopping. They will just appear incomparable against the super cheap items on sale and make you miss out on a super bargain like a pair of $40 Guess Jeans, which you can wear anywhere, mess around in, get dirty and you wouldn't feel too sad about it when they expire.
- Classical pieces like v necked sweaters and turtlenecks are timeless. Go for it, buy loads! They are easy to match with, warm, never out of style and will last for ages (esp those from Gap). And you can just stick it into the washing machine without a second thought.
- Allocate a whole day to shop, so as to ensure that you have the chance to do a double check around and time to think all that you've seen to ensure that you have no regrets and have not missed out on a great bargain-esp since getting there without a car is so difficult, you'd want to maximise this shopping experience.
- The price marked on the item in a shop is not always the actual cost of the item. And here are 3 reasons why:
- In America there is always the stupid sales tax designed to dampen your aggregate demand to cool down the overheating economy. And this applies to outlet malls as well despite it being in the middle of nowhere (although the tax rates are usually lower), so mark the price about 10% up.i.e. a 30% off sale is in fact only a 20% off sale.(this is all except for Philly which is tax free for both food and cloting-as it should be)
- Some shops are just not bothered to label everything, especially outlet shops. So you just have to read the signs hanging around the store that gives additional sales sometimes. Like the red labelled items being an extra 20% off or some shit like that. OR they just shout it out, so keep eyes AND ears open.
- Lastly, its so messed up around there that some things are simply labelled incorrectly. So you'll just have to ask around and test your luck. Like my adorable sky blue adidas track pants, which I loved so much I was willing to pay $32 for, but was lucky enough at the cashier to get them for $19.
Happy Memorial Weekend everyone!
May 27, 2005
White Hot Summer
May 26, 2005
The Desperate Housewives Fashion: Eva Longoria
The sexy and glam ex model desperate housewife shops at. . . Neiman Marcus, albeit in a slightly different department then Bree.
May 25, 2005
The Desperate Housewives Fashion: Marcia Cross
Waiting to see her son at the correction camp in a very elegant suit with matching pearls.
Chaperoning the school dance in a very Theory cardigan.
Doing LAUNDRY in pearls and a Cynthia Steffe ruffled collared cashmere sweater. WHO looks so neat and wears pearls doing laundry? And WHO has hair THAT perfect doing housework? Going out at events and such I understand. But at home doing housework?? If only that can be achieved in real life.
Walking stylishly along Wisteria Lane. That is just a very chic outfit.
Going on a date with the pharmist looking very classy and ladylike.
Walking down the runway in a distinctly feminine strapless pink dress. Although I must say, those weird ruffles are not working for me.
Off the screen, Marcia Cross's style is not quite as perfect. Like this dress she wore to the ABC upfront party. WHAT was she thinking? I don't know if its just that I'm not used to seeing her like this, or whether she is just looking downright trashy.
At times her style picks up again. Like here at the 7th Annual Young Hollywood Awards. Although different from her on screen look, this simple and young outfit definitely has a distinctive style to it. And lets not forget her really rather lovely and elegant Vuitton dress from the Costume Institute Gala Fashion 2005.
And sometimes. . . I just don't know what to think. You tell me. .
The Too perfect desperate housewife shops at Neiman Marcus, where else?
May 24, 2005
The Desperate Houeswives Fashion: Felicity Huffman
Looking down at Wisteria Lane during a precious peaceful moment at her household, in a printed blouse and shirt. That printed shirt is actually not bad. Definitely one of her better housewife moments.
Looking pretty good in this spaghetti strap. But of course, everyone's got to look good when confronting a potential threat to their marriage.
Remnants of her uprising executive days I'm sure. Not exactly very flattering or stylish really.
Looking slightly elegant in this poofy strapless dress, although a bit weighed down.
The career woman turn desperate housewife with four kids shops at. . . Gap, what better shop for simple and comfortable clothes, AND an one stop shop for your kids as well!. . . Although perhaps she will need to shop at somewhere more sophisticated next season?
May 23, 2005
The Desperate Housewives Fashion: Teri Hatcher
So we're starting off with the "Carrie" of the group, Susan Mayer the young divorcee and single mom played by Teri Hatcher. Being the rather clumsy, die-hard-for-love, more like a teenager than her teenage daughter mom that she is, Susan's fashion is mostly very young, casual and simple.
Susan in a cute Free People sweater. This sweater is soo young and casual in fact that both Harrods Girl and I each own one-in a different color.
Sneaking around Paul's house in a very simple Velvet yurico top.
Looking much more like a mom, in a sweater also by Velvet, at her daughter's school dance.