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Triumph or Tacky? Part 2

10 Sep

Alright, time to finally let you know what I decided to do for the Weeks 23-24 Challenge! If you recall I was looking for black shoes to wear around Paris and I ended up finding these at Winners:

Winners $29.99

Now although these flats are cute, I wasn’t complete sold on them so I went out shoe shopping again after the conclusion of the challenge. That’s when I came across (and bought!) these awesome motorcycle boots:

Aldo Halat $43.49

At this point I had a dilemma on my hands, should I return the black flats or should I keep both pairs of shoes? According to your opinions, most of you thought that I should keep the motorcycle boots. Keeping both pairs of shoes came a close second.

So what did I decide? Well, in the end I kept both pairs of shoes (and have adjusted the SpendThrift Savings Bank accordingly). This decision was actually made in the heat of the moment rather than after a lot of thought, lol. I was running late for work one morning, couldn’t find my old pair of black flats and the new pair was just sitting there so they kind of got chosen by default!

The flats are actually really comfortable, my only complaint is that they’re a little loose (which is more my fault than that of the shoes) so I may need to find a pair of those little socks that fit into flats invisibly. We’ll see. I think that I will find a way to make them work somehow.

I haven’t had a chance to wear the motorcycle boots yet since I haven’t gotten around to putting leather protector on them but that’s on the agenda for this weekend so hopefully I’ll wear them this week. I’ll post a picture when I do wear them, they do look pretty cute with a skirt ūüėģ

That’s it for me for now, tomorrow I’m off to shop for my current challenge!

Weeks 23-24 Results

20 Aug
This challenge was to find a pair of shoes appropriate enough to wear on the streets of Paris, comfortable enough to not leave me in pain at the end of the day,¬†and¬†practical enough that I don’t end up face planting on the Champs-√Člys√©es! Although my initial thought was to find a pair of Puma-esque shoes, after some great advice and further consideration I decided to scrap that idea.

So what did I end up finding? Well, after searching many stores I opted for a pair of black flats that I found at Winners:


Winners $29.99


This was actually a difficult decision and I’m still not sure that I’m completely content with my selection. My original reservations against flats were that they tend to stretch and often cause blisters. I was worried that if they stretched too much they¬†would be prone to slipping off or just be annoying on cobblestone streets. But in the end I quite frankly couldn’t find anything better!

It’s not for a lack of trying either! First, I thought that maybe I would find a pair of black Oxfords. I did find a few pairs at the Shoe Company but they either didn’t fit or the bottoms were so slippery that I would have skidded on the slightest wet or smooth surface. I may have been able to find another pair in the store¬†but my shopping experience was completely ruined by the sales associate. You know when a sales associate comes up to you, asks you if you need help, you say no and then they say their name and to come find them if you need them? Yeah, well this associate did that, I said no and then she proceeded to hover directly over me the ENTIRE time! It was beyond irritating! I don’t know if I looked like I was unable to shop on my own or that I might run out with a pair of shoes but I will not be going back to that store any time soon!

Next, I thought that maybe I could find a pair of short biker boots. I’ve seen some girls pull off biker boots with skirts and dresses and it has looked really cute but I couldn’t find a pair remotely close to my $40 limit and I’m also not sure if the look would work on me since I don’t have the longest or thinnest legs (and I’m not going for an actual biker look here).

So in the end I decided on the flats. They are actually uber-comfortable and they were a good price at $29.99. Since I had a bit of money left over I splurged on some heel protectors so they might help prevent blisters and keep the shoes from slipping off:

Winners $3.99

The shoes and heel protectors came in at $38.40, so $1.60 under budget. Although everything was a good deal I’m still on the fence about the shoes. Although comfortable, they aren’t exactly the most stylish shoes out there…let’s just say I’m keeping the receipt for now!

So what do you think?

Weeks 23-24 Challenge

7 Aug

 After a little 2 week hiatus I am feeling refreshed and in the mood to blog and am ready to declare my next challenge!

You may notice that my next few challenges will have a theme to them. They will be focusing on classic, stylish pieces that are also practical for a girl on the go who is sightseeing and touring the city. Why am I specifically looking for articles of clothing that fall into this particular theme you may ask, and where might I be going? Well, prepare yourselves because…

Mel and her SpendThrift Experiment are going to Paris!!!

Free pictures of cities


Originally I thought that I might have the opportunity to go to France through school but unfortunately that fell through. When I discussed my disappointment with my husband he amazingly suggested that we just go to Paris anyway!

Ok, first of all who is this man posing as my husband and where is my real husband?! Second, if this actually is my husband I may need to take him in for a psych evaluation because taking your wife who is obsessed with fashion and is smitten with all things designer to the fashion capital of the world must qualify as insanity. Third, we booked our hotel in Montmartre which is conveniently located next to the department stores…there must be some catch otherwise he has completely lost his mind!

A map depicting my husband's sudden bout of insanity


In his defense I am turning the big 3-0 in November (eek!)¬†and he did mention that this would be a great way to celebrate my transition from the 2-something digits¬†to the 3s (not that turning 30 actually bothers me, I figure that in my 30’s I’ll eventually be able to afford to REALLY shop! The glass is half-full here!). AND he did also point out that I am still broke and that Paris=being more broke so there won’t be any money to shop while we’re there (ha! ok, he does have a point there). He also pointed out that my credit card could conveniently¬†be left at home by mistake…fat chance of that happening! Short of posting my picture in every¬†boutique I don’t think that he’s going to be able to put a kibosh on my shopping. HOWEVER, the closest I’m probably going to get to Chanel, Christian Louboutin, or Hermes is leaving finger and nose¬†prints on the glass of the storefronts (sniff!).

Needless to say I am extremely excited about my trip! Now here’s my dilemma, I want to fit in while I’m there and not stick out like a tacky tourist! I understand and speak French so language isn’t a problem (of course my French accent is nowhere near a France French accent and I get tongue-tied¬†and forget words when I’m nervous or excited so obviously no one will mistake me for a French woman…among other obvious¬†reasons of course!). However, I would like the clothing that I wear to be chic, tasteful¬†and practical for early October weather.

So, here’s my first challenge, to find a pair of stylish yet very comfortable flat shoes that will get me through days of exploring streets and museums while also keeping my feet intact. Obviously white tennis shoes are out:

Quelle horreur!
But I still want shoes that are comfortable and preferably black. My current¬†black ballet flats are kind of stretched out now so they are a little loose and may not be a match for cobblestone streets, and I think that I want shoes with a bit more support and cushioning. So I think that I’m looking for something like a pair of black Pumas:

Puma Espera III $70

I say that I think that I’m looking for something like these because I’m still not positive that these are the style that I’m going for or if they will be “Paris-appropriate”. I’m also not sure if I’ll be able to find a pair of Pumas for under $40 which complicates matters a little…

What do you think? If you are fashion conscious, have been to Paris and have any input or opinions on what kind of walking shoes I should buy please let me know! I would appreciate any advice you can give!

√Ä bient√īt!

Week 9 Results

16 Apr

If you recall, this week’s challenge was to find a fun pair of ballet flats and my inspiration was a collage of colourful shoes by Tory Burch. After shopping around I have to admit that it wasn’t that difficult to find affordable flats. So what did I find?

Well, I came across not one but two pairs of ballet flats!

Flats from Joe Fresh and the Shoe Company

The first pair I actually found at the grocery store, lol. They’re faux patent leather from Joe Fresh:

Now I do have some concerns about these shoes. The faux patent is very hard and stiff and the ribbon detailing that runs around the rim of the shoe is also a pretty rough material. As Erin brought up in the comments section of the Week 9 Challenge post, one big problem with cheap flats is that they scrape your heels and give you blisters and this pair seems like it could be a prime candidate for maiming my feet. The price however, was hard to resist:

They were on sale for $6.94! So with taxes they came to $7.84 leaving $12.16 for the SpendThrift Savings Bank! I’m still unsure if the risk heel damage or an investment in a new box of bandaids is worth the low price of the shoes. They also aren’t as colourful as I originally had in mind so I also found another option.

I found a second pair of ballet flats at the Shoe Company:

These shoes are also made of faux leather but they are soft and pliable. I like the fact that they’re a cheerful blue colour and I also like the stud detailing on them:

This pair was on sale for $14.99 so with taxes they came to a grand total of $16.94. Choosing this pair would leave $3.06 for the SpendThrift Savings Bank so I would have less left over but they seem to pose less of a risk of roughing up my heels.

I decided to use a “model” to show this pair off, I think that his feet are a little wide for them though ūüėģ

So what do you think?

One last thing. I realize that I didn’t do a Triumph or Tacky? post this week but to be honest, I worked from home most of the week (and my dog doesn’t appreciate my efforts at dressing up). I’ll be writing a double post next week covering both the white shirt from last week’s challenge and the ballet flats from this week’s challenge to make up for it!

Week 9 Challenge

10 Apr

Continuing on my quest to equip myself with wardrobe basics I’ve realized that I need some new shoes for spring that are practical but also cute. Winter boots just won’t cut it anymore and although sneakers are fine at school they’re¬† way too casual for a future office job (plus the whole professional work outfit + running shoes look is just awful!). So, for this week’s challenge I’ve decided to focus on finding some ballet flats that could potentially get me to and from the office stylishly!

I already own one pair of black flats but I think that it would also be nice to have a pair in a fun colour! I came across a whole bunch of great options by Tory Burch that I love (and also got my first introduction to Polyvore):

I think that these shoes are really fun and they’ll serve as a great inspiration for the week. I’m not sure what colours I’ll end up finding but I’m hoping that I can find something bright and cheerful! Wish me luck!

Revisiting the rules…yet again

25 Feb

I seem to always have the rules of this experiment in the back of my mind. I’ve also had many conversations with friends and family about the rules and I have come to the conclusion that I need to tweak them once again. I hope that this will be the last time but I’m a bit of an indecisive person so no guarantees!

When I first came up with the idea for this experiment, besides getting the usual ‚Äúare you crazy, $20 is just too little money?!‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúhow are you going to find these specific items?‚ÄĚ comments, I also got the ‚Äú52 weeks‚Äô worth of challenges adds up to an awful lot of clothes‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúhow are you going to find space for all of these clothes?‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúdoes it always have to be clothing?‚ÄĚ comments.


Warner Brothers

Well to respond to these queries: yes this experiment will add up to a lot of clothes (not that that is necessarily a bad thing of course), I have no idea how I am going to find the space to house all of them but I have a feeling that my office and spare bedroom will become much more cozy, and no it doesn’t always have to be clothing since the rules allow for a one-time accessories cheat. Thinking about the latter point I’ve decided to open this experiment up to more accessories. The fact is I absolutely love shoes (shocking I know!):

This is just a tiny sample of my shoes, they also populate the closet in our front entry way and embarrassingly an entire cupboard above my desk at school. I also think that there may be some in the basement and garage but those are the strictly utilitarian shoes.

I also think that I do need some new shoes (I can hear Raine laughing about this one right now) since some of my shoes have seen better days. Or at least that’s what I’ve convinced myself. I would also like a few new bags (I need a brown purse for one) and some other accessories like jewellery, scarves etc.

Based on all of these wants, umm I mean needs; I will give myself 5 bag challenges, 5 shoe challenges, and 5 ‚Äúother‚ÄĚ accessories challenges. This way I will mix things up a bit and also be able to hit up some different/specialty stores. Plus I’ll be able to indulge in the shoe craving I’ve been experiencing recently…Week 4 may be the week to finally get my fix!