|My purchases: Sam Edelman Louie boot knockoffs; fur snood; leopard print loafers.|
This year, I was extra prepared to attack the shopping malls, ready to spend some of my hard earned prostitute-slave money. I had my list of items to buy, my functional shopping outfit laid out and in the wee hours of the night I even came up with a playlist to keep me energized during what I knew would be a sleep-deprived shopping stupor:
- Burning Desire...Lana Del Rey (the quiet intensity put me in the mood to spend)
- Breath of Life...Florence + The Machine (kept me striving to find a quality item)
- Don't Keep Me Waiting...Britney Spears (kinda made waiting in long lines a little annoying)
- Ritual...Ellie Goulding (because Black Friday is a ritual...)
- Heaven...Emeli Sande (because Black Friday deals are like being in Heaven)
- Only Girl in the World...Rihanna (I want to buy things that make me feel that way)
- Promise This...Cheryl Cole (this song just has a really good energy to keep me awake)
- Out Here All Night...Damone (I'd been up all night and all morning so it was fitting)
I hit Urban Outfitters first because they account for about 50 percent of my wardrobe and they opened the earliest I was willing to wake up (but honestly, if they did the whole midnight doorbuster thing, I would have found a way). Surprisingly, I left empty-handed and a little pissed off because I could have slept in. I went to Macy's next to pick up some leopard-print loafers that I had put on hold on Wednesday (totally could have slept in for that too) then I wandered the mall rather aimlessly looking for the following:
- A white dress (with minimal specifications)
- Some kind of fur accessory
- Some nice OTK boots
- Dicker-style boots
|...found at American Eagle|
I decided to pick up a black lace dress I had tried on days before, but wasn't necessarily in love with. Why? Well, according to my sleep-deprived reasoning, I should get a black dress because I couldn't find a white one...and that makes no sense, but that's how my brain works on no sleep. I actually returned the dress a day later because I have one that's very similar and I didn't see the point in keeping it despite the deep discount.
Next, I went to Target just to see what they had to offer and I decided to pick up a fur eternity scarf...
|...discovered amongst the Black Friday debris at Target.|
I visited Express right afterwards and discovered a much more luxurious version of what I found at Target. Despite being $20 more, the fur snood pictured in the first photo looked and felt worth the $88 dollar value (it was 50 percent off). I felt the exchange was well worth it; at the end of any shopping day, I would rather buy the quality version of whatever I want because I'm less likely to get sick of it.
I headed to another mall and found number four on the list at DSW. They're actually a Sam Edelman knockoff that I have been looking for since I saw two of my favorite style bloggers with them on. Even though they're a pretty blatant copy, the construction is legit with real suede and a wooden heel plus, without the fringe they still have a Dicker-esque silhouette so I'm very happy with them.
Later, I browsed the Gap because their clearance is always amazing. I was going to head over to Forever 21, but I didn't have the energy--that place is a hot mess on a regular day. I ended up leaving with only the shoes and my trip ended after that. I had been shopping for about six hours straight and running on no sleep and an over-priced 12 oz mocha latte. I still found some nice stuff, but I didn't find all that I hoped I would.
I guess my Black Friday was actually kinda lame this year.
But the holiday shopping didn't end there; I decided to get in on the Solestruck sale on Sunday (if you missed it, WOW, that sucks for you). I had my eye on these insane-and-sort-of-ugly hiking boots and after much debate, I got them for 50 percent off...I know there must have been a ridiculous increase in traffic on the site so I'm crossing my fingers that my order arrives within a reasonable time frame.
|Jeffrey Campbell Kick It; credit: Solestruck.com|
Those crazy cat ladies in Oregon better have their shit all the way together because this is pretty much the most exciting item I bought.