The Purchase Decision

Scenario. I stop by the mall to make a long overdue return. While there, I might as well visit a few stores, right? In Macy’s, I encounter these standout sandals—a glossy leather slingback. Ok. So, I am not shopping for shoes. But, these are not ordinary shoes. The gladiator inspired sandal has a tri color—luggage, tan, and vanilla—strappy vamp with geometric polished metal accents and studs at the center. And, they’re on sale.
To buy or not to buy? The decision to purchase always rests on a number of things, one being whether I can imagine at least three outfits with the shoes. That’s easy.

But, wait a minute. I already have the , which can easily blend into the same looks. The new shoes are new, but they don’t necessarily bring any added value. So, do I need them?
Decision: Not to buy (well, not to keep)
Shoes—MICHAEL Michael Kors via Macy’s
“As soon as you buy something, you lose the power to buy something.” –Charles Johnson, “Exchange Value”

Good (Newport) News

Very pleased. The Newport News arrived, and it’s a keeper. The fit could not be better. The color is richer than I expected. The overall quality is sufficient given the price I paid.
The dress is worn with a skinny croc belt as an accent. Tan d’Orsay pumps and a tan bag complete the look.
Dress—Newport News Belt—Ann Taylor Shoes—Tahari via Nordstrom Bag—Marina Rinaldi via family member

These shoes disappear on my feet in photos, but they have such chic details.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Tan, tan, tan. I think there is nothing more classic, versatile, and elegant than a tan handbag. The perfect tan bag will take you anywhere—from work to play. I wear this neutral color bag with any color, even black.

These styles from my collection make great everyday handbags. They are durable, leather, and large enough to hold the daily essentials.

  1. via Ebay
  2. via Marshalls
  3. Gap (Sum ’03)
  4. via family member

This Marc by Marc Jacobs Softy Colorblock Sloane bag is my new tan bag obsession. I love the shape of the Sloane bag. And, I find the colorblocked pebbled leather absolutely delightful. The reviews have been mixed with folks either hating it or loving it, no middle ground. I may not consider this bag splurge-worthy, but if it magically appeared in a nearby Marshalls, I would buy it.

2008 Premio Award

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Peace, Psyche

A Dark Knight

Incredible. Have you all seen “The Dark Knight” yet? I can’t remember the last time a movie intrigued me the way this one did. Today’s outfit, inspired by Gotham’s dark hero, features a black lightweight jersey dress. A casual look is created by the addition of leopard peep-toe flats and a red saddle bag.
Dress—Max Studio via Marshalls Shoes—MICHAEL Michael Kors via Marshalls Bag—Coach via Rag-O-Rama