Monday, February 20, 2012

Let's Comparison Shop

Let’s face it. No matter how hard I wish and pray every night that I’ll magically win the lottery, it hasn’t happened yet. I don’t have an endless supply of money to keep me in an endless supply of Chanel bags and Tory Burch shoes and the latest J.Crew collection.

That’s why it’s important to COMPARISON SHOP. I am the child of Ellen Silverman... bargain hunting is in my blood! Why spend full price when you could get it on sale + an additional 40% off before you even whip out your gift card? And, barring that option, why not search a little and find a knockoff that looks JUST LIKE IT - but for half the price?


My love for rainbows and stripes knows no bounds. I have no idea where I got this sick love for bright colors and insane patterns, but since it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon, I’ve learned to embrace it! When I saw these Jimmy Choo espadrilles at Nordstrom’s I literally screamed in the middle of the store... but for more than $1,000, the store is where they’re staying.

Could I satisfy my need for a rainbow striped wedge with this Kate Spade option? If it means saving myself $800, I think I could. Bonus: the Kate Spade one looks sturdier, too! I’d hate to drop a grand on a pair of shoes that land me in the emergency room :)


Here are some things I like: The color pink. The color red. Maxi dresses. Obviously something that combines all three is tops in my book. However, here is a thing I do NOT like: Spending almost $400 on a sundress.

Lucky for me the folks at Old Navy are geniuses and came up with this little number on the left so that I don’t have to shell out the big bucks for the Alice & Olivia hotness that I was lusting over. Less than $40? For that price I’ll buy it in both colors!


I can be very easily persuaded into thinking I need things when in reality, I absolutely do not. My sister calls to brag about her new Forever 21 finds? I’m at the store the next day. My friends tell me about a sale at Bloomies? I’m on the website before they even finish the sentence.

Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere blogged about her new partnership with Estee Lauder and showed a picture of herself wearing this insane turquoise nail polish. You better believe I was about to click “BUY” on that page before something stopped me. $19 for a bottle of nail polish? There had to be something better out there. Lo and behold, a quick Google search revealed this pretty color by Pop Beauty - only $10, and the colors are literally identical!

I think we’ve learned some very important lessons here today. Yes, designer items are expensive. However, if you are very sneaky and know how to work the good old internet, you too can find some fabulous deals online. It’s better than digging through the bins at Loehmann’s, right? (PS: I do that shit too and I will teach you my tricks if you want them!!!)

And if not, no worries! I am here to guide you :)


yoga and yogurt said...

hahaha. i thought of the comment my aunt made to my grandma (her mother) at her bday "thanks for making it impossible for me to ever buy anything at full price!" i too, am from a long line of bargain hunters =)

Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

Love this, Jordan! I want those rainbow espadrilles! I just wish the stripes were as vivid on the KS version!

Annie said...

Hhaha great post!! Love it.

Alyze said...

Do you think really tall people can pull a maxi off? I've never been sure. I am approximately 6'7" (slight exaggeration - 5'9") and I feel like they will just be too short on me and I will look like a Sister Wife (Wive?). I wish you we were BFFL/IS (internet soulmates) when I worked for Allure and could ship you a 47lb box of beauty products. But at my current job I can ship you the following: chocolate chip cookies, Pug hair, and crafts the baby makes. Win win.

Noe @ ADELLA AVENUE said...

I LOVE those wedges! I may need to grab those gorgeous Kate Spades. Thanks!

Kristin said...

Fabulous alternatives! Love that polish color!

Anonymous said...

Great post!