This time of year is definitely sad for me. Summer, my favorite season ever, is ending. The warm weather begins to fade into crisp mornings. Tank tops, shorts, and sandals are packed away to make room for cardigans, boots, and jackets. Most importantly, its the start of a new school year. Most evenings are spent on the couch planning curriculum.
Well, every cloud has its silver lining. At least I get to shop for some new clothes. Back to school shopping isn’t only for kids!
Since we just came back from a long vacation, it wouldn’t be responsible for me to spend lots of money. However, there are some things on my wishlist:
Anyway, enter a much needed shopping girl date with Helene. Before reconnecting with Helene (my high school buddy with whom I’d lost touch for ten years!) I never though I could shop successfully at thrift or consignment stores. Not because these types of stores don’t have nice clothing, but because I simply wasn’t stylish. Now that I have a friend to suggest and discuss pieces with, I absolutely love thrifting. Its like budget-friendly treasure hunting.
We had a two-hour window before Helene had class, so we decided to stay local and shop around in Park Slope and nearby Cobble Hill. We stopped at Housing Works, Beacon’s Closet, and the newly opened Buffalo Exchange.
Housing Works is usually better for housewares. Today, they had these awesome pot holders made of old sweaters and oven mitts made of denim jeans and Dockers for $2 each. They were so adorable but we didn’t need any of that so we passed. I also saw a navy blue Luxe dress for $25. Pretty, but more than I was looking to spend. So we left empty-handed.
Our next stop was Beacon’s Closet, which does not disappoint. There was so much cute stuff! I saw tons of stuff I liked, but restrained myself and walked out with wishlist stuff.
A fitted motorcycle-style denim jacket! This thing is super soft and fitted and I can wear a light sweater under it. The sleeves are a bit long but then again, all sleeves are long on me. I actually like having long sleeves sometimes because they keep my hands warm on chilly Fall nights.
The best part was of course the price: $13.95. Huzzah!
I also picked up this black fitted wool vest by Theory. This guy is in pristine condition and fits like a glove. Its appropriate for work, hanging out, and dates with ST. At long last, I have my fitted vest.
And of course, the price tag is the icing on the cake: $16.95. I have no idea who would want to sell their Theory vest for $6 (35% of the selling price) but I thank you my friend.
I almost skipped out of the store after paying $30.90. Helene got an awesome gray tweed jumpsuit to wear during September Fashion Week for $15. It was new with tags and by Tucker for Target.
Our last stop was Buffalo Exchange. This store is relatively new and still smelled of fresh paint when we walked in. Its large, spacious and the staff are friendly. I saw lots of cute stuff – gray BDG jean leggings, Rock and Republic jeans for $12, tall Doc Martens for $75, a Coach leather bucket bag for $24, and a black patent leather Marc Jacobs tote for $88.50. I restrained myself while Helene walked out with a pretty and brand new cream chiffon top for $6.50.
What fun shopping adventures have you gotten yourself into lately?
A few days ago, Helene invited me to watch the Rock of Ages premiere in Times Square. I’d never heard of the movie, but according to Fandango, it had a great cast (Katherine Zeta-Jones and Alex Baldwin, yay) and fun ’80s music. Also, it was a free. Sold.
Without giving too much away, this was the perfect girl date movie – one part comedy and two parts musical. Katherine Zeta-Jones lit up every scene she was in. She played the conservative wife of the mayor of L.A. with a hidden agenda against Stacee Jaxx, Tom Cruise’s bad ass rocker. She was hilarious and the highlight of the film for me.
Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand were a riot as well – they sang duets! Freshmen Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta were performed well also. Their love story was cheesy but then again this was a musical set in the 80s. Being tacky is pretty much a prerequisite.
All the actors sang – even Paul Giamatti. The covers included lots of Journey, Def Leppard, Twisted Sister, and the one song Poison had. You know, the one about the desert rose and swallowing your tears.
Rock of Ages premieres this Friday, June 15. Is anyone planning on watching it?
We spent this past weekend celebrating the birth of my youngest sister Melody.
On Saturday, we started with brunch at Palo Santo in Park Slope. At noon, there was no wait – score! Mel got the steak and eggs, Kim had the huevos bañados, and I indulged with the bacon, egg and cheddar sandwich. I’ve been breaking my meat/carb rule left and right.
The birthday girl!
I channeled my inner Retta and had a mimosa. I don’t really like mimosas…
After consuming the yummiest grilled yucca ever and a lot of girl talk, we headed to Red Spa Nails in Sunset Park for manicures and pedicures. Their work is okay. Don’t go if you’re in a rush – they are really slow because they work very carefully.
While we were getting our toes exfoliated and our nails polished, the men bought tickets to The Hunger Games and went ahead to wait on line for us. They’re too cute. Luckily there was no line. ST and Tommy were the first in line for… an hour and a half. But better safe than sorry, right? At least we had great seats.
The next day, we had a family dinner and gorged ourselves on sushi and cupcakes from Butter Lane. What a splendid weekend.
Happy birthday, my dear Melogee. It’s not over yet – we’re going to Harry Potter World in two weeks!