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Weeks 45-46 Results

18 Feb

This challenge was to find a sleeveless blouse inspired by the top of  this beautiful dress by Suno and the (frequently recurring) polka dot trend:

Suno Spring/Summer 2012 runway show

So how did I do? Well, I found not one but two options! They aren’t perfect, and I didn’t manage to really capture polka dots, but both tops embody some of the feel of the dress.

Top #1 I found at Jacob:

Jacob $19.99, front

Jacob, back

I know, I know, it doesn’t have polka dots but I really like the pattern and it has a somewhat similar shape to the top of the Suno dress. Plus it would be really cute under a jacket for work. At $22.59 with taxes it also fits nicely into my budget.

Top #2 I found at Smart Set:

Smart Set $14.99, front

Smart Set, back

It may be a little hard to get a feel for the look of this one, unfortunately it’s missing one of the loops you hang it with so I had to put it on a flat surface to take pictures. Maybe that’s why this top was an even better bargain at $16.94 after taxes.

Again, no polka dots but at least the sequins are sort of like polka dots…I may be grasping a bit with this one! I do love the shape of the top though and the back is really fun!

So what do think? Are either of these a hit or am I going back to the store(s)?

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Weeks 19-20 Results

9 Jul

For this challenge I was trying to find a brown belt to go with the white dress that I bought for the Weeks 17-18 Challenge:

Dress Joe Fresh

If you recall, my inspiration was a look in a spread in Self Magazine:

Anne Menke, Self Magazine. Dress Peter Som $1,395, necklace Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel $275, belt Forever 21 $9, bag Jamin Puech $470, shoes J.Crew $148

So what did I find? Well, I found a really interesting and different stretch belt made of straw and faux leather!

Belt Smart Set

I really like this belt because I’ve actually never seen anything like it. I’m also very happy that I found it because the process of finding a belt was really difficult! I looked absolutely everywhere! Malls, outlet stores, online, thrift shops/vintage stores, and I either couldn’t find anything that was within my now robust $40 budget, or everything was a size medium or larger ( and when we’re talking larger I really mean larger! Again, back to my issue with vanity sizing…).

The whole process was quite frustrating! However, if you do have more than $40 to spend and are looking for beautiful belts try Club Monaco for very classic styles or Lucky Brand for more rugged styles (I even saw some size smalls and extra-smalls at these stores!).

I finally came across it at Smart Set where it was selling for $18 (along with a bunch of other great belts!):

After taxes it came to a budget friendly total of $20.34 leaving $19.66 for the SpendThrift Savings Bank!

And here it is on me paired with the white Joe Fresh dress:

So what do you think?