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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…

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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
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Banana Republic goes Mad, again

On March 1, Banana Republic debuted its second collection created in collaboration with Mad Men’s costume designer, Janie Bryant. I was excited about the first collection last year and bought a few pieces (mostly on sale), but overall the quality left me wanting. I still have a pair of cigarette pants in my closet that need to be reconstructed by a tailor. The seams were sewn very poorly. The only piece from this new collection that really interests me is the Joan floral sheath dress. Maybe I’ll pick it up if it goes on sale.

Perhaps instead of buying “vintage-inspired” clothing, I should seek out the real thing. I really need to find some better sources for great vintage pieces here in Milwaukee. I’d like to find some looks that will help bring out my inner Joan Holloway. I know there is always eBay, but I prefer to try clothes on in person. Any advice, fellow shoppers?