{outfit post} Ombré Stripes

Friday, January 18, 2013

Back in September when I won Project Style for the South Bay, I promised Jeannie Mai that I would use the prize money to elevate my blog. At the time I thought that meant buying some more pricey staples; maybe an LBD, some nice pumps and a good handbag. I didn't want to just drop all the money on one frivolous item. I have been shopping for months trying to figure out what I should buy with the money and I've spent a little hear and there. The problem which arises, is that I don't feel like just wasting the money on trendy clothing. It has been very difficult for me to actually spend the money (It's not actual cash, it's a gift card to the mall)! I know that sounds ludicrous, but it's true. It's amazing how free money, can turn into a stressor.

I'm probably being a bit ridiculous. All of my friends told me they would have spent all the money the first weekend they won. I'm just a little more calculated with my funds.. So getting to my point! Last weekend, I went to the Mall to try to spend some more of the money and I just felt like everything I found was a waste of time. My genius husband suggested we buy a new camera with the money. He thought I was going to immediately shut that idea down, but I realized a new camera would be the best way to elevate my blog, not clothes!

So, we went into Radio Shack and bought a Canon Rebel T3i! It was a large chunk of cash, but It's going to be so much more valuable to me than a Bodycon dress! Yesterday, we took the new camera out for a little photo sesh. Here is just one of the outfits we shot. We're getting used to the settings on the camera, but these aren't bad for our first time :)
Total Outfit Cost: $30.98
Estimated Retail: $260.99

{dress}
brand: Papaya
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $20.99


{boots}
brand: Aldo
purchase price: $9.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $180.00


{necklace}
brand: unknown
purchase price: $4.00
purchased from: Plato's Closet
estimated retail:$10.00

{bracelets}
brand: unknown
purchase price: $9.00/both
purchased from: The Goodwill/Plato's Closet
estimated retail:$50.00

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16 comments :

Kali Angeles said...

Umm..what Goodwill are you shopping at because these deals are too good to be true!!! Great scores!

<3
Kali
Kali Now Living

Tori said...

Cute look and congrats on buying the new camera! These photos look great :)
-Tori
www.fashiontrendsmore.com

Cody Doll said...

I agree. Every blogger I see that goes to a goodwill gets WAY better deals then I ever would at one. Most of the goodwill prices I see are just the same for something new at Walmart.

Jackie Giardina said...

these photos are great for your first time using your camera! I've had mine for 3 months and I still don't know how to really use it

xo Jackie
...livingaftermidnite

Danielle Smiley said...

Very smart of you to spend the money on the camera! You wont regret it. I'm the same way when I go to the mall tho. I just can't see paying the retail prices when I know I can find cute stuff at goodwill.

<3 Danielle
Goodwillista.blogspot.com

Perfectly Imperfekt Me, aka Maya D. said...

I love the picture quality! That was a great decision on your part (and a great suggestion from your hubby too). Aren't hubby's awesome creatures ::)

Your outfit is so cute, love the accessories (and nail polish)

Maya D
www.perfectlyimperfektme.blogspot.com

Melody said...

A camera was a really great way to go. My boyfriend just bought me that same camera for Christmas!! It's really fun to use your going to love it!

Katie- Hems for Her said...

Such a great investment!

Jeans and a Teacup said...

I really like that necklace! The wardrobe dept. on a show I worked on gave me that necklace to wear for the day ( I had to give it back!). I've been looking for a similar one ever since.
~Jessica
Jeans and a Teacup

Danavee said...

Love that necklace, but your WEDDING RING caught my eye! DANG! Is that a princess or emerald cut? BEAUTIFUL!

Mackenzie said...

What a great idea!! That's the same kind of camera I use, and I love it. And you look cute too!!

Mackenzie
www.heybirdfriend.com

Anonymous said...

Congrats on getting the new camera! Buying a DSLR was the best thing I did for my blog as well. That and spending another $300 buying a good lens. LOL. You'll enjoy your camera far more than your blog though! Have fun playing around with it. :) <3

toni

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Great choice!!

Anonymous said...

Wise choice - these are some fantastic shots!

CC said...

Love the outfit and that necklace is so cute! And what a wise investment. ;)

Anonymous said...

ooh I LOVE LOVE LOVE those boots and the price! I wish I was motivated enough to go thrifting. Whenever I go I never find anything and get frustrated and give up. I am going to have to try it again.