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Friday Adventures

Today I committed a faux paus. I wore a dress I wore less than two weeks ago! 

  1. Cardigan: JCrew Kids
  2. Dress: Kate Spade Carolyn
  3. Shoes: Jimmy Choo

I also picked up a girlfriend and we popped up to the newest Kate Spade outlet (Barstow, Ca on the Tanger side) that opened yesterday. While I figured it would be mainly new stock, I was still disappointed and VERY underwhelmed by their selection!! They had 4 fit and flare dresses (and 4 additional dresses, 3 out of that crepe material I hate and one out of a thick cotton), all of which I already own! They had the pink Roset, black & white Adette, the lemon Lyric, and the multi stripe (blues) Mariella dress. They do not have the dress I picked up late last week from Desert Hills, and I felt their handbag selection was very very light. Pricing was so-so….lets just say I paid less for all 4 dresses that I own on sale at the regular store or outlet transfers last year! Some photographs:

I did buy the lemon coin purse, and I risky purchased the lemon phone case, however I did not like how it fit, but when I went to return, decided to exchange for the pink & orange stripe one, especially as it matches my dress!! I don’t like the hybrid hard shells as much as the one I’ve had on my phone (that I got at the Verizon store last December), but for approx $20, it’s a nice change! Hopefully as the store is open longer they will start to get clearance (they have NO clearance wall!! WHAT?!) and transfers from the regular stores. The staff is very friendly, and they do invoke what I consider the “Kate Spade Standard”, which is always nice to see! I must say it can be strange when you own everything in a store!! Is there Kate Spade rehab???

But honestly? I was most excited about the cardigan at Banana Republic (under $20 each), and the $6 dress shirt I snagged for my oldest child! These cardigans are adorable, the buttons are very much like the Kate Spade ones I have, at a fraction of the cost, plus I go through black cardigans like water! Such a wardrobe staple, yet they fade after a bit. The other is a very pale blushy-pinky-purple:

I also got this in the mail today, (see? I need REHAB! Oh and can we discuss the other dresses my husband bought me with the 25% wardrobe styling event the specialty shops are running all weekend? OOPS!!) an older dress I picked up at The Real Real, with a discount code and some credit (so it was under $50):

Classic Kate Spade, I love my older pieces, the linings are a beautiful thick satin and all the seams are finished beautifully! The construction really is a work of art! 

Hope you had a terrific Friday, and a wonderful weekend ahead! Hard to believe we spring forward on Sunday!!!

Until next time,


5 responses

  1. Patricia

    sweetie you don’t need rehab, you just need another girlfriend like me in your cheerleader squad. For all the wonderful things you do for others and all the running around as a good mom, dressing up is not only a necessity but is showcasing your business. There, did I qualify? Especially in that I meant every word of it. When I win the lottery, lose a few pounds, and recovery from my surgeries I’m going to revamp my whole wardrobe. You’ve inspired me!

    March 7, 2015 at 11:31

  2. God help us if we ever went shopping together. I know what you mean about a bit of disappointment- went into the Kate Spade store the last two times I was in Scottsdale and there was nothing! I usually like to go and look at the fun jewelry and pick up a few little accessories but I felt like everything was either picked over or they just had no stock. Total heartbreak. Your new cardigans are awesome. I need to learn from you- I always end up destroying me after wearing them only a couple times =(

    March 7, 2015 at 16:06

    • Right?! I think you and I would be VERY dangerous in the same shop!!!!

      I actually wash a lot of my clothes here at my house, and for my cardigans, I wash them on a delicate cycle (I have a pretty wham-bam washer/dryer set…all these kids around here go through tons of clothes!!), and then I lay them out flat in the sunshine up in my bedroom. Some of the thinner (silk blend usually) ones I will go over with a very light iron. You can save your cardigans!!! 😉

      ❤ Jules

      March 7, 2015 at 16:32

  3. aheadbandaday

    If the dress fits, wear it. It’s not a faux paus. I love this dress! Great colors and shape.

    March 8, 2015 at 01:22

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