Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thrifty Thursday: Another Fun Appointment with Arc Value Village's Personal Shopper

I scored another hard-to-get appointment with the personal shopper at Arc Value Village in Richfield the other week.  It was a slower than usual day and there wasn't a lot to choose from this time, although I got some solid pieces I could use.  

The first thing my eye landed on, when I entered the dressing room, was this pair of Frye wedges.  I was so excited.  I do not feel comfortable on higher heels, but I can usually walk in wedges, and I love anything by Frye.  


I tried them on, and discovered that they were too big for me.  Not just roomy, but floppy.  My heels completely lifted out of the backs when I tried to walk.  Boo!


I stood around and admired them for a little while anyway.

Then, I tried on this new-with-tags Narcisco Rodriguez dress and it was the WORST.  
I later looked it up and found a picture of Emma Roberts wearing the same dress.  As you can see, it's stunning on on someone with a stick-thin frame.  So this one was an immediate "no" for me.



Then I tried on a really promising outfit.  I can't remember what the dress was, but the cardigan was Banana Republic.  It looked good from the front.  But the dress had some weird ruching on the sides of the skirt that looked like the lining was caught on the inside.  I kept trying to pull it down until I realized it was intentional.  It was not a good look, or a good feeling.  I made up my mind to keep this pretty green sweater, anyway, until I noticed one of the shoulder seams was coming apart.  So another strike out.


One outfit I took home was this Vince Camuto dress with a Land's End cardigan.  I had put in my original shopping profile that I love yellow, and I think it works well with the navy stripes.  The sad thing is that after wearing the dress once, one of the bottom seams came undone in the washer and now there's a section hanging.  It's something I can fix, fortunately, but I'm concerned about the cheap construction of this dress.


There was also this Banana Republic cardigan I really like the shape of.  I pointed out it had a couple small snags, and was able to get the price reduced.  


Then I got these nice layering tanks.  Kind of boring, but I can totally use them.  I usually keep my eye out for fancy sweaters or dresses and I forget you can find the basic stuff at thrift stores, too.  




So here's my tiny little haul for the day:

Banana Republic cardigan 7.99- 50% off for snag
Vince Camuto striped dress 10.99
Land's End cardigan 6.99
Talbot's black tank 3.99
J. Jill tank 3.99

I wish there had been more, and I scoured the store myself after my personal shopper appointment to come up empty-handed.  What you find at a thrift store, especially a good one with fast turnover, might depend on that day's donations.

Anyway, it's always so nice to stand in a dressing room and have someone else do the running around, bringing you things to try.  So even though I didn't come home with a lot, it was a fun experience. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday Morning Roundup 2.2.15

Happy Monday!  I am so glad to start a new week after being home with sick kiddos most of last week.  They weren't really feeling all that sick, but sick enough to stay out of school with their constantly dripping noses.


I convinced Punky that some homemade chicken noodle soup would make her feel better.  I think it did, or at least the fun of slurping noodles took her mind off her sinuses for a while.  


Here are a few good links:

From Buzzfeed: 19 Perfectly Emotional "Parenthood" Moments.  I had forgotten about some of these! Man, I'm going to miss that show, but I'll enjoy re-watching it on Netflix.

I attended my first-ever book club meeting last Friday, and felt like I've really fallen behind in my book-reading.  Then I found, from Modern Mrs. Darcy, The 2015 Reading Challenge.  It's totally do-able, even if you've gotten off to a slow start this year.

Racked shows us every piece from Ava & Viv, Target's upcoming plus-size line.  I'm hearing a lot of buzz that this will somehow be different than other plus-size brands, and I'm not sure I see it.  I mean, can anyone wear those jumpsuits?  But because real women were consulted in the pieces Target chose, I do want to see them in person when they hit the stores later this month.

If you are thinking about buying a fitness tracker, you can rent before you buy from this service.  I got a Jawbone UP for Christmas and I love it, but I deliberated between that and a FitBit for a long time.  (Groupon had a deal for the Jawbone, so that's ultimately why I chose it).

Portraits of Mothers Who Have Been Given Makeovers by Their 3 to 5-Year-Old Daughters.  Having been given many a kid makeover myself, this is pretty accurate.  I just wish we could see some outfits as well.

Have a great week!