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Monday, September 29, 2008

The Ban Is Broken!!!

What kind of crazy masochistic bi-atch denies herself much-anticipated retail indulgence on her birthday? Not me. I decided I'd proven to myself that I could refrain from impulsive spending, and that I could start looking for quality instead of spending on cheap crap. Just in time, too, because this weekend was the big Banana Republic 30th Anniversary sale when everything in BR was 30% off.

I started off my first weekend of shopping in more than 4.5 months with the Blim fall craft market up on Main and E. 17th. I was exhausted after a week of BC Fashion Week coverage for Stylefinds and was mainly there to chill out rather than write up the market as another post. It was there that I met Nicole of It's Your Life and fell in love with her vintage-inspired charm necklaces and earrings. A little too much time browsing the jewelry selection on the Urban Outfitters website had given me a taste for faux vintage jewelry, especially pendants on longish chains with statement charms. I picked up a brass chain with a bow charm and a cameo.



My 3 BR visits (I went to one location, went to another, then went to the first one to get a cardigan in a bigger size) led to 3 cardigans purchased, all of which fit into my fall must-have list.

A hot pink cashmere sweater was on my must-have list, but when I spotted this silk-wool blend cardigan I just couldn't resist. The raised rounded buttons are a whimsical touch on a wardrobe staple, and the punchy colour would look great paired with the white, gray, and black tees and tanks I've been wearing constantly.


Just a basic black cardi made almost entirely of fine merino wool. Again, not cashmere, but considering my limited sweater budget, it's better to buy a good wool sweater than a shoddy cashmere one.


I couldn't find my size in the reddish-orange version of this sweater. Then I tried on the sweater in brown and loved how refined it looked. Besides, I already have a reddish-orange wool coat with black buttons...getting a similar-looking sweater coat would be too much. (Incidentally, I like how I've used the words "bi-atch" and "refined" in the same post--because here at Solo Lisa y Nada Mas we're all about class.)

11 comments:

  1. Yeah, I'll add you to my blogroll asap.

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  2. i love that little coat! its so quaint and just adorable!

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  3. I like what you bought. I really need some cargigans myself! Your ban breaking is somewhat dissapointing, however it reminds me of the LOVE part of the book "Eat, Prey, Love" where the lady gives up her ban of another sort...

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  4. Nancy, it does seem like I came a long way only to fall short of my original goal by 4 days! But whatever, it has been nearly 5 months, and I can live with myself and my decision to stop the ban a couple of days early.

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  5. That necklace is so beautiful!! I too am digging the statement necklace thing atm. Also love your "punchy" pink cardigan haha.

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  6. Love the cameo necklace! I'm very interested to learn how much money you ended up saving during your shopping sabbatical. I am considering doing this myself, after realizing how much money I throw away on clothing and dining out. I admired your determination! You are a inspiration!

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  7. Wow Jennifer, thank you for your kind words! I'll be answering your question and reflecting on the last 5 months in a post to be published on Wednesday, so stay tuned. :)

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  8. loving the cashmere sweaters...look & feel so yummy indeed!

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  9. wow that cameo is beautiful
    great choice

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