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Weeks 33-34 Update

24 Jan

I’ve been meaning to post this update for a long time but better late than never!

If you recall, I was looking for a peplum blazer for the Weeks 33-34 Challenge but to my great disappointment I came up short. I mentioned that I would keep a lookout for a blazer during my other shopping escapades and I think that I may have lucked out (I love post-Christmas sales!). And I mean really lucked out!

Now it isn’t a peplum blazer, more of a classic two-button style, however, I couldn’t pass this one by when I came across it at the Jacob outlet:

Jacob

Jacob, back

Especially when I saw the price! Originally it was selling for $159.90 and I got it for…wait for it…the incredible price of $14.99! If this isn’t a deal I don’t know what is!

It was 50% off the last price!

It’s a great addition to my work wardrobe and also has a great fit to it so I’m feeling quite triumphant on this one! It wasn’t what I was originally looking for in a blazer but I think that it actually worked out better in the end because I got a really good quality classic piece.

My poor attempt at a self-portrait to show off the silhouette

More clear but less clear at the same time...

Oh, and I also cheated a bit and bought a pair of pajama shorts but I’m sure that you can forgive me given the fact that they only cost $2.49 after all of the discounts were applied lol!

Jacob $2.49

So the grand total for this shopping trip was $19.75.

Not bad if I do say so myself, and I do 😮

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Weeks 33-34 “Results”

19 Nov

Unfortunately, I may have been a little too ambitious with this challenge (aka I totally failed!). I knew that finding a black blazer, let alone a black peplum blazer similar to the one below would be difficult, but I think that I may have overestimated my budget shopping abilities on this one.

Nina Ricci $2,590, Barneys

 

*Just a quick note, pardon the small pictures, I couldn’t make them any bigger but if you click on them you’ll be taken to the store sites with bigger images.*

 

I didn’t come across any black blazers at all in most stores (I really thought that Forever 21 would be a gold mine for this challenge but the only store in town never seems to have black blazers in stock!) , and the stores that did have them didn’t have anything attractive  priced less than $40 (there was one for $39.99 at Eclipse but let’s just say that the quality left a lot to be desired).

Smart Set had a cute tuxedo blazer for $65 but I wouldn’t exactly call it a peplum blazer:

Smart Set Tuxedo Blazer $65

 

And Jacob also had some beautiful blazers, including one on sale but alas, it also wasn’t a peplum blazer and was almost $10 over budget before taxes:

Jacob One-Button Blazer $49.50

 

Sadly, I just couldn’t find anything that fit my budget or style criteria in any of the 25+ stores that I visited (which even included stores that I never or almost never visit like Reitmann’s, Marie Claire and Eclipse).

However, grey blazers seemed to be on sale everywhere so if you’re in the market for one now is apparently the time to shop (both the blazers below were actually an additional 25-50% the prices listed in store):

Smart Set Pleather Trim Blazer $37

Dynamite $30

 

I’m actually pretty disappointed that I couldn’t find anything. I’m taking my husband out to dinner tonight for his birthday and was really looking forward to wearing a new blazer with the skinny jeans from the Weeks 29-30 Challenge (thanks to Coco’s vinegar in the wash tip my skinny jeans have finally stopped bleeding dye!) and some cute heels 😦

Oh well.  For now I’m going to keep my $40 in my back pocket in case I come across an affordable peplum blazer while shopping for a future challenge.

Hopefully my next challenge is more successful! Eesh!

Weeks 33-34 Challenge

7 Nov

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet since I’ve been blabbing on and on in my posts lately and will probably continue to do so in my next Paris-related post!

I need a black blazer. The only one that I own is made of velveteen and only comes out about once a year around Christmas time and even then I’m never sure about wearing it. Flashbacks to the 90’s and velvet babydoll dresses maybe? Eek I can hear the Ace of Base now! But I digress…

Peplum jackets are in this Fall so that’s the look that I will be seeking out:

Paule KA $815 CAD, STYLEBOP

 

I think that this one is my favourite but then again, I would pretty much take anything from Burberry’s Fall 2011 line:

Burberry $995

 

This one is also great in a very romantic way (click on the picture to see a larger view on the Barney’s website):

Nina Ricci $2,590, Barneys

 

Now, to all you peplum virgins out there (as I was before coming across the word for the first time ever last month), the definition of peplum is, according to the ever-reliable Dictionary.com: “a short skirt attached to a bodice or jacket”.

I’m not going to be looking for a blazer with a full-out skirt attached but I am going to keep in mind the overall shape of a (subtle) peplum jacket when I’m on my quest.

Wish me luck!