Louis Vuitton snowglobe
Close up of the LV snowglobe

OK this is not quite a Citizen Kane moment. But I am pretty excited. Tonight I enjoyed dinner at Hinterland with my husband, and afterward we were walking around in the Third Ward. This Milwaukee neighborhood has a lot of great restaurants, bars and boutiques. On a whim, I decided to go into Retique, the “upscale” Goodwill store that sells the best donated stuff. In a glass case, I spotted some designer shoes (all too big). But on the top shelf, I saw a little “Louis Vuitton” snowglobe, priced at $9.99. I love all things LV, so I bought it to display on my desk at work (next to my autographed Jason Wu sketch).

When I came home, I googled to try to find out some information. I honestly figured it was just a cheap trinket. But it looks just like this one for sale on Fashionphile for $595. I hope it is real. From what I can tell, snowglobes are given to VIP Louis Vuitton customers as special gifts. What a find!

Burberry sale

Burberry Prorsum coat

I try to make wise fiscal decisions, but there are certain shopportunities that I cannot pass up. On Sunday, the Chicago Tribune featured an ad with two magic words: Burberry sale. Perfect timing, as I had to be in Chicago on Monday. My husband was meeting with Gieves & Hawkes for the final fitting on his made-to-measure suit.

After the fitting, we walked down Michigan Avenue to the temporary Burberry store (they will be opening a new five-level store this fall, which is supposed to be one of the largest in the world — get excited now). I started looking for the marked down Burberry London collection coats, but the selection was slim and the prices weren’t attractive. I rejected the Burberry Brit collection (made in China, no thanks). In the middle of the store, I saw two racks of the Spring 2012 Burberry Prorsum pieces. Dare I look?

I tried on a beige trench, but it was way too long on me. The sales clerk explained the runway coats are made for the um, super tall runway models. I started to think I’d be moving on quickly. But then I noticed a beautiful purple coat with a full skirt. I fell in love instantly. And unbelievably it was marked more than 60% off, making it cheaper than many of the Burberry London coats!

Obviously I don’t often spend that much money on one item, but I couldn’t say no. This makes up for the Kate Middleton/Burberry coat that I mistakenly didn’t buy in London. Now I’m kind of wishing for brisk London-like weather!

But it’s summer and getting hotter by the day. So I’ll look for ways to wear the silk zebra tunic top and botanical print shorts from the Trina Turk collection for Banana Republic. My hubby says we need to plan a Miami vacation so I can wear these new tropical clothes. Can’t argue with that…

Red jeans

I went to Target today to see if the Webster merchandise was on sale yet. The day the collection came out, I picked up the deco print sheath dress and the navy eyelit skirt. The remaining clothes (still a large selection) have already been moved back near another clearance rack, so they will probably be reduced next week.

So I struck out there, but the trip wasn’t a total waste of time. I spotted a rack filled with brightly colored Mossimo jeans. I’ve been coveting a pair of red jeans, and the price was certainly appealing – $24.99. The style said “cropped,” which worried me. But I’m pretty short and they looked pretty long, so I tried them on. Turns out, they are the perfect length for me and they fit great. The material is super soft and they are extremely comfortable. I can’t wait to try out some fun ways to style them. If you’re petite like me, I’d recommend grabbing a pair or two before they sell out.

My new red jeans from Target

Sale season

This is a tough time of year for shopaholics. I’m using every bit of willpower not to cave in to the great deals that keep hitting my inbox daily. Saks, Neimans, Barneys, Bergdorfs, Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter, Intermix…it’s enough to make any label-loving girl lose her mind. Maybe I should unsubscribe from all emails until fall so I’m not tempted. But it’s already too late. I already know that tomorrow Alexander McQueen will be offering 40% select spring merchandise.

I’m trying to focus on some more affordable shopping opportunities that are coming soon. Trina Turk’s collection for Banana Republic debuts on June 7, and the Creatures of the Wind line comes out at J. Crew on June 14. I already have a few pieces in my mental shopping cart.

Trina Turk for Banana Republic

Paint colors

paint colors
Sample paint colors

When we moved in, the master bedroom was painted in a seafoam green color. Dirk and I both disliked it, so we decided to repaint. I looked for a warm, rustic color and ended up choosing Chrysanthemum by Sherwin-Williams. I thought it would be nice and autumnal; unfortunately we ended up with pumpkin orange. In hindsight, I probably should have gone more a more reddish color but I was worried about it turning out too dark.

Don’t get me wrong, I really like orange–Go Illini! However, as soon as the paint was up on the wall, we knew it was wrong. I lived with it for about a year, but I’m tired of feeling like I’m putting on my makeup inside a jack-o-lantern.

I’m thinking of going with a sophisticated grayish-violet color this time. I was inspired by a picture in House Beautiful magazine that showed a bathroom done in all black and white tile with lavender walls. The perfect color would be something with a hint of warmth (not pink!), but much lighter and less intense than the orange.

We’re currently leaning toward Majestic Mauve by Benjamin Moore. It is the color on the far right in the photo. The other two colors are Dreamy Cloud and Touch of Gray. The first is too light and fairy princess-ish, the second is too strong of a purple. We’re hoping to finally get this just right. Anyone have any other color suggestions?

Gaga for gardening

I’ve definitely been bitten by the gardening and landscaping bug, so I thought I’d share some photos. I still have a lot more work to do, but I’m happy with how everything is looking so far!

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