It’s been awhile but I wanted to share the clothing items I purchased during all the sales between Black Friday and the present.
I found this Quilted Frost Free Vest in Navy (regularly $34.99) on clearance at the Old Navy in my mall for only $10.49. I already have a similar looking vest from Old Navy that I bought a couple of years ago that I really loved, so I was thrilled to find one on discount. It’s looking a little shiny in the photo because of my camera flash but it’s a matte navy blue in real life. One major thing I noticed about the vest is the sizing is different. My old vest’s a Medium but the new vest is a Small and fits exactly the same. I tried the navy vest in Medium at the store and it was huge! Vanity sizing at work?
I’m also still obsessed with loafers. If you recall, I picked up two pairs of the Merona Dorothy Suede Loafers from Target at the beginning of 2017 and I’ve worn them to death, so when I saw these Mountain Sole Matilda Suede Mocassins on clearance at Target I knew it was time to restock. I got one pair in the neutral Saddle color and one in the bright Red shade which is really more of a coral, both in a size 8. Full price was $59.99 but with the holiday sales and coupon codes, I managed to get them for approximately $15 each. Great deal! Penny loafers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I think they’re cute; however, they’re definitely not as comfortable as the Merona loafers. Those had more cushioning inside and were a lot more comfortable to walk in whereas the Mountain Sole moccasins aren’t cushioned so the footbed’s quite hard in comparison.
The Old Navy website ran a pretty great promo code last week (40% off) so I decided to get a couple of items I’d had my eyes on for awhile:
- Relaxed Full-Zip Striped Hoodie for Women (Reg. $34.94. On sale for $29 but $17.40 with promo) I don’t like super tight, body hugging clothes so I always go a size up in tops for a looser fit. This is a very thin and lightweight, unlined, cotton blend sweatshirt. I fell in love with the simple stripe pattern.
- Hooded Twill Asymmetric-Zip Field Jacket for Women (Reg. $49.94. $29.96 with promo) Reviews say that this jacket runs large so I ordered a small and it’s perfect. This item is also lightweight and unlined with adjustable drawstrings hidden on the inside of the jacket. The jacket is very boxy, so you need to cinch the waist to make it look more fitted.
I don’t use the word “obsessed” very often but I’m obsessed with the Sorel Out N About duck boots. I purchased two pairs of the leather Out N About boots several months ago on Cyber Monday and absolutely love them. They may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I think they’re cute and, after I wore them a few times and broke them in, are so comfortable to walk in.
When I saw that the Out N About duck boots in the Sea Salt waterproof canvas camo print were on sale, I decided to scoop them up too.
For President’s Day target.com ran a 25% off promo on shoes, clothing and accessories, so I decided to scoop up a few shoes I’d had my eyes on. I ordered:
- Merona Kona Backless Mule Loafers (reg. $22.99, $17.24 with discount) Tons of brands have come out with dupes of the Gucci Princetown Leather Slippers and although I like the look of the originals I’m not willing to spend $595 on a pair, especially not on a very trendy shoe that’ll probably be “out” in a season or two. The Merona shoes offer a similar look at a very reasonable price. The faux leather doesn’t look cheap and the shoes are surprisingly comfortable on the feet. The inside of the shoe is padded, including the part that covers the top of the foot, and the sole is rubberized, so it’s non-slip on floors and is extremely comfortable to walk in. Highly recommend if you’ve been lusting after the Gucci shoes. I suggest going at least a half size up. I went a half size up and there’s only 2-3 mm between my heel and the edge of the shoe, so I probably could’ve gone a whole size up with no problems.
- Mossimo Loretta Sneakers (reg. $16.99, $12.74 with discount) I’m a huge fan of slip-ons. Besides my Converse Chucks, they’re what I live in most of the year and I couldn’t resist the cute, nautical navy/ivory stripes of these.
- Merona Bambi Loafers (reg. $22.99, $17.24 with discount) I’ve been hunting for a pair of loafers for awhile and when I saw these I was intrigued. Pointed toe shoes seem to be “in” right now, I own zero pointy shoes but love flats and loafers, so I thought this was a good way to try some. The one review for the Bambi Loafers on target.com said that these run small but I was a bit skeptical, so I bought the Black in an 8.5 and the Blush in 9. The 9 ended up being way too big and while the 8.5 was an okay fit I probably could’ve gotten away with an 8. However, I thought the shoes felt stiff, the interior didn’t have enough cushioning, and the sides of the shoe bowed outward too much whenever I took a step so they didn’t feel secure on my feet. Plus, I don’t think the pointed toe look is for me. I have flat feet that are just a tiny bit wider than average but not a true wide, and the combo of long, pointed toes and wider feet made my feet look enormous. I’ll stick to round and almond toe shoes, thank you very much. Needless to say, I returned both the Blush (although I really loved the color on my skin tone) and Black Bambi Loafers.
- Merona Dorothy Suede Loafers (on clearance for $12.48, excluded from sale) I’m bummed that the Black and Chestnut colors of this shoe sold out before I spotted them but glad that I managed to at least get the Green and Tan (which in reality is more of a bone color). Sizes were limited so I got them both in a size 8W instead of my usual 8. I was worried that they would be too wide but they actually fit like a regular on me which means that the regular sizes probably run narrow. The shoes are genuine leather with a rubber sole, are super comfortable on the feet, and I love the shape of the toe which is neither too rounded nor too pointed. Love!
It was past time to replace my Converse Chucks. If you recall, I purchased a pair of Converse Shoreline sneakers during the Nordstrom anniversary sale in August but ended up not liking the look or fit of them and sent them back. Consequently, I had planned on getting another pair of the classic Chucks in canvas but when my sister visited last month she was wearing a pair of black leather Chucks which I really liked. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to get the Chucks in black leather because I actually own a leather pair in metallic gold. Zappos carries the shoes for $65 but I found a seller on Amazon that had a pair in my size for $49.95 with free shipping and free returns since it was being fulfilled by Amazon. The leather Chucks feel a bit roomier than my canvas Chucks but not so much that I feel as if I should’ve gone a half size down. I would say if you know your size in canvas Chucks get the same size in the leather version. The leather sneakers also feel a lot heavier than my canvas Chucks.
Then one day while I was watching YouTube I noticed someone wearing a super cute Marvel sweatshirt and instantly fell in love with it. I’m not even a hardcore fan. I’ve never read the comics although I’ve seen the movies but I mean, come on, Marvel heroes chibi-style? How could I resist? I did a bit of research and found it online at the Disney Store as well as a matching backpack. I could’ve ordered both online but I didn’t want to pay shipping and I wanted to see the sweatshirt in person because I wasn’t certain about my size. There’s a Disney Store in my local mall but unfortunately they don’t carry adult apparel, only toys and costumes for kids, so I decided to head into the city and visit the Times Square Disney Store since they’re always well stocked. For reference, I’m approximately 5’8″ in height with a 28 inch waist and 31 inch bust and both the Small and Medium would’ve worked but I decided to get the sweatshirt in Medium because it was a little longer and the fit on me is more relaxed. The sweatshirt has side slits at the hem and side pockets which I really like. As for the backpack, I had expected it to be made of a canvas material but it’s actually made of a slippery, satin type of fabric. Just something to note because I don’t know how much wear and tear a material like that can take.
Every time I’m in the city it’s an excuse for me to get some dollar slice pizza. There’s one place near Penn Station that I usually visit on my way to Jack’s 99 Cent Store. Despite it’s name, not everything there is 99 cents but the store’s cool because, not too often but every once in awhile, they’ll have some interesting hidden treasures (sort of like Dollar Tree in that sense). One time I got a whole bunch of name brand athletic wear (shirts and track pants) for my dad that would’ve normally retailed at a sporting goods store like Modell’s for at least $30 each for $1 each. Super amazing deal! This time Jack’s had a whole table full of these denim tote bags. They were brand new with tags and by a brand I’ve never heard of called Cole Daniels. According to the price tag, the totes normally retail for $28.50 each but Jack’s was selling them for $4.99 each which I thought was a good deal. I’ve been looking for a casual tote like this for awhile and it’s exactly what I wanted: big and roomy with a cute lining and not too heavy in a sturdy dark wash denim. I think it’ll be really handy when I’m grocery shopping or as a carry-on bag when I travel.
We had a bit of snow here in New York this past weekend but I have a feeling that that’s the last bout of cold weather we’ll have for awhile. The weather’s been warming up gradually since then and I think we’re finally moving into spring now but I just wanted to share a few purchases I made over the course of the winter that turned out to be great buys.