I’ve been pretty busy lately shopping for new fall clothes. So far I have purchased a new pair of black brocade jeans from Zara and a pair of Lanvin patent leather stilettos in maroon (oxblood!) from Neiman Marcus Last Call, plus a couple vintage pieces. I found a great retro Burberry plaid button down at Lela and an “Emanuel by Emanuel Ungaro” long black slit skirt at Retique. I still have to decide what to wear on Thursday for Fashion Night Out. This is the first official year that Milwaukee has participated in the event. I definitely support any occasion when I can dress up, celebrate fashion, have fun and shop local! I’ll try to snap some pics of the best dressed attendees.
Yesterday I went to the Arlington Million horse race in Chicago with friends and my family. I love horses, and the Million is a fun reason to dress up. A lot of European horses were running, but an American horse named Little Mike went wire to wire and won the big race.
My husband donned his new made-to-measure Gieves & Hawkes suit, with a Richard James pocket square and a Pucci tie. He looked quite dapper. I kept with the British style theme and wore my Alexander McQueen dress and YSL wedges. It was a really fun day, and I even picked a few winners.
After the races were over, we went to the theater to see a brand new musical called Hero. The story is set in a comic book store in Milwaukee, and it was very enjoyable. Check it out if it happens to come to a theater near you.
Recently I happened upon the sale of a lifetime at Gigi of Mequon, a high-end boutique in Milwaukee’s northern suburbs. I saw a post on their Facebook page advertising a designer cocktail blowout sale, with Herve Leger, Temperley London, Carolina Herrera, etc. dresses for $100. I was skeptical, but I figured I’d kick myself if I missed out so I woke up early the next morning and drove up there.
Turns out, the sale was real and as advertised. Granted, selection was limited but I scored majorly. Two Carolina Herrera dresses, one short and one long, both $100. The gown was originally $4,000!
I’ll show you the gown in an upcoming blog post. I haven’t worn it yet but I’ll try it on for a picture. I did wear the short purple dress out for my birthday dinner at Ristorante Bartolotta on Wednesday. Happy birthday to me!
Today I went to a Stella & Dot trunk show, hosted by my friends Danielle and Ashlee. If you aren’t familiar with Stella & Dot yet, you should definitely check it out. Very nice, stylish jewelry at affordable prices. I wanted to buy a bunch of pieces, and it was really tough to choose! I ended up picking out a cool serpent bangle. I love Egyptian-inspired pieces, and this looks like something Cleopatra would have worn. Love it.
Also, my first September issues have started to arrive! Just Lucky magazine so far, but you can bet I’ll be stalking the mailbox for the next couple of weeks.
Sorry I’ve been missing in action lately, but my free time has been sucked up by car shopping. Not as much fun as shopping for clothes, but I am looking forward to having a nicer ride to take to the mall.
I’d like to share the story behind the first designer shoes I ever acquired–still my only pair of Manolo Blahniks.
I had just graduated from college and was living in suburban Chicago at the time. I was shopping with my mom at Neiman Marcus when I spotted them. Pink mules with white laces and sneaker treads, size 5 1/2. Really freaking cute. They were used as in a display and had no price tag.
On a whim, I asked how much they were but no one seemed to know. After several inquiries, it was determined they were the only pair left in that style and Neimans offered them to me at a great price — about $200 as I recall. My mom said it was OK, and I took them home. I was so excited but also felt a little buyers remorse. I had never even come close to spending $200 on a pair of shoes before (haha — this is REALLY funny now).
Then one day when I was watching Sex and the City, I noticed Carrie’s shoes in the jury duty episode. OMG those are the same Manolos that I have! It still gives me a thrill today.