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Weeks 43-44 Results

26 Jan

This challenge was to find a pair of black sunglasses to help my very sensitive eyes cope with bright daylight and it was inspired by this pair from Chanel:

Now I wasn’t looking for an exact copy or knock-off of these glasses, just something inspired by them. So what did I find?

I present to you not one, not two, but three options! Two were a steal, one I broke the rules for but you can tell me whether or not they were worth it.

Option 1: Liz Claiborne glasses found while roaming the aisles of the hot mess otherwise known as Sears (I branched out a little with my store choices this time).

Liz Claiborne glasses $10.49 at Sears

Blinged out sides

Ok so the photos of me may look strange since I cut them off...I realized after taking the pictures that my lips looked like I had applied gloss with a makeup gun!

Option 2: Liz Claiborne glasses also  found while roaming the aisles of the hot mess otherwise known as Sears.

Liz Claiborne $10.49 at Sears

Options 1 and 2 were purchased together and were both 30% so each cost only $10.49! Both of them came to a grand total of $23.71 so keeping both is definitely an option!

The receipt says that one of the pairs of sunglasses is brown but trust me, both are black in person

Option 3: I came across this pair as I was walking through the Bay and I just really liked the look and feel of them, I also thought that the shape was closer to the Chanel inspiration glasses.

Nine West $42 (eek!) at the Bay

Unfortunately though they are more than a tad over budget at $47.46 after taxes.

Now again to reiterate, none of these sunglasses are carbon copies of the Chanel pair but I do like all of them. That makes the decision of what pair to keep very difficult! But that’s where you come in!

So what do you think?

Also, another quick reminder that I’ll be MIA for the next week. Expect a new challenge post on February 5th!

Weeks 43-44 Challenge

15 Jan

I have always had sensitive eyes. They’re sensitive to bright light, strong scents, the wind etc. and although it’s annoying I’ve never had to go to extreme measures to cope with the irritation. And then I started working…

I swear that there is something environmental at work that is wrecking my eyes! Even though I was a bit of a squinty person before (outside when it’s bright at least) I am now a squinty-Visine-toting-tissue-carrying-read-eyed monster during the work week and it sucks! It also makes driving very difficult because my eyes seem to now recoil from daylight, sigh.

So now that the back story is in place this week’s challenge is going to be to find a new pair of (affordable) sunglasses. I currently own a great pair of brown Ray-Bans:

My current sunglasses

 

But I would like a black pair that are a little less sporty and little more fashion-y. And who has chicer glasses than Chanel!

Chanel 5171

Now I’m not looking for knock-offs here, just something inspired by these glasses and a pair that look nicer than the ones you find at the 2 for $15 kiosks at the mall!

Just as a little note: this challenge will be shorter since I’m going away at the end of the month so the results post will be on the second Thursday of the challenge cycle. After that this blog will be quiet for about a week but I’ll make the next challenge start on Feb 5th.

Week 6 Challenge

13 Mar

Wow, I can’t believe that I’ve already been conducting this experiment for 6 weeks! It’s crazy how quickly time flies!

At the moment I am in Mexico mode  since I’m a person who loves to travel and I get very, very excited about upcoming trips. Usually I use a trip as an excuse to go out and buy a new wardrobe but alas, since my pockets are still empty I don’t really have that option this time. That’s not to say that I’ve been an angel about this trip though, I have to admit that I was a little bad and ran over to Old Navy one day to pick up some “basics”:

My Old Navy splurges

 

In my defense I was completely out of flip-flops! I know that doesn’t mean that I had to buy 5 pairs but really they’re sooo cheap! Plus they pack well and I won’t care if I need to leave a pair behind (just keep justifying it to yourself Mel, *insert Raine eye roll here*). I don’t really have any excuse for buying the tank top and skirt… except that I did need a new black tank and the skirt is really comfy…hmm, and now I do need a grey tank to go with the skirt…

I have been thinking about things that I want/need for my trip and how I can incorporate these into this week’s challenge (like the ring from last week). Obviously, buying Old Navy flip-flops or a grey tank top for under $20 doesn’t really constitute a challenge (I could easily do both for under $20). Finding cheap sunglasses really isn’t that difficult either. So, after doing some window shopping yesterday I have decided to focus on finding a new hat!

You see I’ve been wearing the same floppy hat from GAP for years:

 

My much-loved hat and bag from GAP, these must be at least 10 years old!

 

As much as I love this hat (and the matching bag, I really dig the whole safari vibe they have going) I feel like I am now ready to branch out and buy a new chapeau! So that will be this week’s challenge (I promise that this will be the last accessory challenge for a while, I’ll be going back to clothing after my trip!).

When I was out shopping I saw a few floppy hats similar to ones that have popped up in the Marc Jacobs spring 2011 campaign and the Chanel Resort 2011 runway show:

 

Marc Jacobs

 

 

And I saw a really great one at Banana Republic:

 

I do love these hats and they do offer really great sun protection but what really caught my eye were the fedora’s:

 

Lacoste

 

Especially the ones at Banana Republic, I just love how Banana Republic does the whole safari trend:

Banana Republic

 

I want this particular hat from Banana Republic so badly! I even tried it on in the store but it’s out of my price range:

 

Banana Republic $50

They were even having a big sale yesterday and were giving out 50% off coupons but 1) the hat would still be over my budget, and 2) buying something ahead of actually declaring my challenge would of course be cheating!

I am hoping that I can find something similar that is of good enough quality to stand up to the rigours of my trip and still be intact enough to wear this spring and summer.

So the challenge is on! Wish me luck!

Triumph or Tacky?

22 Feb

Based on the online votes and the reactions that I got to my outfit and the black Tommy Hilfiger vest today I think that Week 2’s challenge was a triumph! Or at least a partial triumph, I haven’t gotten a chance to wear the grey vest yet but I will write a quick post about it when I do.

I wore my outfit to my defense (which I passed, yay!) and I got compliments on the vest from people around the office so I think that today qualifies as a good day! I really like how the look turned out and I think it definitely has a Katharine Hepburn/Chanel-ish vibe to it. Of course it’s nowhere near a true approximation of Chanel but maybe someday I can upgrade to the real thing. In the meantime I may just watch Coco Avant Chanel again for a quick fix!

Audrey Tatou in Coco Avant Chanel. Photo: Chantal Thomine-Desmazures

This menswear inspired look was also nice and comfortable which I enjoyed, except perhaps for the pants that seem to be a bit tighter than when I last wore them. Hmm, I think that I may have taken the whole newlywed “fat and happy” thing a little too far… Since I’ve been married for over a year now my newlywed excuse is pretty much equivalent to a woman sitting in McDonald’s complaining about how she hasn’t lost “the baby weight” as she’s watching her 10 year play in the playroom. But I digress.

Overall I’m happy with last week’s challenge and I hope that this week is just as successful. Tomorrow I definitely need to do some shopping, after the gym of course…