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No Wardrobing Allowed

Have you heard the latest fashion shopping trend? It’s the accessory many stores think you can’t leave without. It’s your very own little black security tag. 

The recent and growing trend of “black tagging” is a process where the retailer puts a visible tag in an obvious place. This security tag comes home with you!  When you are ready to wear the item, you have instructions on how to remove it. Once removed your item is no longer eligible to be returned to the store.

This new security tagging system is to assist in curbing one of the dirty little not-so-secret practices affecting the fashion world. Wearing/using an item and then taking it back after cleaning (or wardrobing) has long been the way that many girls have worn once in a lifetime outfits to one time events. I have known girls back in the late 80’s that even owned there own tag guns. Many of us may have even benefited from this pratice in the form of deeply discounted items. 

Once, I found an amazing $1,400 purse at Bergdorf Goodman at the end of a season. Clearly it had been gently used and return. Since I wanted it for my personal collection and found no wear on it that was objectionable, I purchased it.  Naturally with new season items needing floor space and the ultra savy BG management knowing that it had been returned used, the item was marked down considerably. A big win for me, a minus for BG and the sales person, bad karma for the original purchaser.

Personally I think that like many events in life, this practice gave way to companies with solutions to satisfy all. I like Bag, Borrow or Steal and Rent The Runway. Naturally for the “keepers” I love Gilt, Net-A-Porter and HauteLook. Happy & legally responsible shopping to all.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bloomingdale%e2%80%99s-black-tags-end-party-for-next-day-returns-153229577.html

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Prabal Gurung @Target

I am loving everything about the look and feel of this amazing line color ruffle dress by Prabal Gurung for Target. I am a girl who likes to cover the arms but I think this sweet little number calls for a light white crop jacket in one of this seasons faux leather looks.

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Shoe Shame Fame

During my usual Sunday morning tea and internet  sale alert review, I found some things that amazed me and called out for more research.

The first amazing discovery was that I had not already downloaded the Saks Fifth Ave shopping app. Thankfully that was corrected in a matter of moments. I just followed the link at the web site and bibbity bobbity boo the deed was done.

The second amazing thing that I discovered was that the Sedaraby Jewel Buckle d’Orsay pump by Manolo Blahnik is listing at $755.  That fact on its own would not have warranted a second glance but it put me in mind of Sarah Jessica Parker and the SATC factor.  At what cost fame of the feet?

In episode 609 “A Woman’s Right To Shoes” Carrie is due a replacement pair of the above Manolos by her friend Kyra as a result of an unfortunate shoe napping during a party for Baby Boy Bronson. Well, Kyra is married with three kids and her $500 a pair shoe shopping days ( not to mention party girl ways) are behind her. In the end the “brave” Carrie is made whole by her friends $485 + tax purchase. Clearly after some thought friendship won out.

I have learned a little something on this weekend shopping rewind?  My mind is sharper than thought when it comes to remembering prices.  My girlfriends and I watched way to much television. My favorite drink is still a Cosmo.  Most of all, that my BFF and 35+ single ladies everywhere are free to run out and get their own statement making shoes.  Just keep in mind that THIS famous statement will cost your feet about a 63% fame markup.

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J Mendel Fall 2012 RTW: Golden Girls

J Mendel Fall 2012 RTW: Golden Girls

Amazingly Affordable! Timex Weekender

Amazingly Affordable! Timex Wekender

Stylist-at-Large: Feb 17, 2012

Ashley Olsen: Affordable Carolina Herrera Look

 

Ashley Olsen: Affordable Carolina Herrera Look 

White blouse
£5.10 – debenhams.com

Dorothy Perkins black cotton skirt
£7 – dorothyperkins.com

River island shoes
£30 – riverisland.com

H m bag
£15 – hm.com

Miss Selfridge heart ring
£2 – missselfridge.com

Forever 21 jewelry
$5.80 – forever21.com

River Island round sunglasses
£13 – riverisland.com

Tarina Tarantino flower hair accessory
$55 – tarinatarantino.com

KEITA MARUYAMA TOKYO PARIS ???????
¥5,250 – mirabella.jp

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