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Manic Monday Shoe Post: MELISSA shoes!

Mel/Melissa Shoes

 

I am a huge fan of Mel by Melissa as well as Melissa shoes (their higher-end brand). They’re really cute scented plastic shoes made in Brazil and reminiscent of those adorable jelly sandals we wore in the 80s. I already have a pair of flats + pumps but am hankering for Melissa sandals for this wet, rainy summer.

Here are some of my favorite Melissa and Mel shoes for you to enjoy 🙂

Happy Monday!

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A splurge!

I finally broke down and bought a nice black blazer. I have been looking for one at thriftstores but never found anything. It was way more than I wanted to spend but i just love it!

I styled it casually yet still classy enough for work.

Outfit details:
Jacket: Chaus one button blazer in black,  Nordstrom $99 (also available on their website)
Scarf: pink pashmina, gifted
Top: nautical tee, thrifed $1.39
Jeans: ralph lauren skinny jeans, thrifted $4.59
Shoes: lands end ballet flats, thrifted $5
+Melinda Maria star moon necklace,  gifted

What do you think?  How else would you style a black blazer?

recently thrifted: bags, bags, bags!

I have had REALLY great luck finding bags/purses at thriftshops this weekend and last. This weekend my friend Betsy invited me to go thrifting around Greensboro, NC and I had a blast! You’re not going to believe what I found (and how much I paid)!

here is my haul:

bags / purses
my thrifting haul (top L to R then bottom L to R): Anne Klein patent and zebra tote $4.50, Tignanello Beige leather handbag $4.50, Coach black all leather tote $4.50, vintage Dooney and Bourke black/brown mini satchel crossbody with matching wallet/organizer $35.00, black leather Ashley Brooke organizer crossbody $4.50, silver beaded vintage evening bag $2

I cannot believe I scored this awesome (and authentic, I may say) Coach tote for only $4.50! I really hit the jackpot! I added the polka dot ribbon bow for extra fun. It was in such amazing shape, all I did was use black shoe polish to polish the corners. The leather is so soft and supple. AND I had been looking for a black leather purse! It was kismet!

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This Ashley Brooke (sold at DSW I believe) crossbody has a lot of awesome compartments. I think this bag will be great for traveling.
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And last but not least is the AWESOME vintage Dooney & Bourke crossbody satchel and wallet set. It’s in great condition and that’s probably the reason I was willing to spend a little extra on it. I wouldn’t usually shell out this kind of money ($35) but I figured since it was in great vintage condition WITH the wallet/organizer and I had been wanting one for a few months, that it was worth it.
2013-02-03 20.04.50What do you think of my haul? Did you find any cool items this week while thrifting?

manic monday shoes: patent perfection!

I think I’d like to start doing the Manic Monday shoe blog posts again. Mondays suck but if there’s any way to make it a better day, it’s with SHOES.

Anyone that knows me know I am obsessed with patent leather (or faux leather) shoes. A good, comfortable pair of patent pumps or heels in a neutral color such as beige or black (or even red) is a must-have wardrobe essential that’s perfect for work or play. This entire post will be dedicated to patent heels.

Under $30 options:

***Use coupon code 89012 on Payless.com to get 20% off your order! Expires 1/21/13!***

Women's Hadley T-Strap Pump || Christian Siriano for Payless
Women’s Hadley T-Strap Pump $35 || Christian Siriano for Payless || Black Patent
Women's Hadley T-Strap Pump || Christian Siriano for Payless
Women’s Hadley T-Strap Pump $35 || Christian Siriano for Payless || Burgundy Patent

Under $50 options:

Mix No. 6 Briel Pump $40 || DSW.com || Mint Color
Mix No. 6 Briel Pump $40 || DSW.com || Mint color but also available in beige color
Shoedazzle Elisha $40
Shoedazzle Elisha Mary Jane Pump $40 || Beige/Nude Patent

Under $75 options:

Dana Buchman High Heel Mary Jane $53s || Kohls.com || Black and White Patent
Dana Buchman High Heel Mary Jane $53s || Kohls.com || Black and White Patent

Honorable Mention:

Not a patent shoe but I just loved this fun and flirty glitter Mary Jane!

Mix No. 6 Glitz  Mary Jane Glitter Pump || DSW.com || Pink Glitter, also available in Grey, Blue, and Black ||
Mix No. 6 Glitz Mary Jane Glitter Pump $35 || DSW.com || Pink Glitter, also available in Grey, Blue, and Black

Shoe love

I am loving these Lauren Conrad platform High Heels. They’re beige/nude and peep toe and sling backs AND patent leather (faux), which I love! A little edgy with a couple of studs but with an undeniable femininity…plus for under $40! Not bad!

Lauren Conrad PeepToe with Bow
Lauren Conrad PeepToe with Bow

What do you think?