Saturday, June 30, 2012

Supergas 2750

Supergas . . . "People's Shoes of Italy"

Supergas shoes have been manufactured in Italy for almost 100 years! A well-designed modern classic, they never seem to go out of style. These are a great addition to any shoe wardrobe! If they've been making them for that long, it MUST be a classic.  You can find out more about them here.

I love that they can be dressed up, or down, depending on your outfit. Wear with jeans or shorts, coloured denim, or with a cute dress.  

Every time I wear them, I am reminded of a girl who I befriended in high school.  She was from Italy and was always sporting Supergas.  We had fun together in our classes - so these are fond memories!  Sadly, she moved back to Italy after graduation, but I still remember her all these years later (Ciao!)

Gap Bird Scarf Summer 2012

Got a cute scarf from the GAP the other day.  I love the whimsical bird print and the cool combo of slate grey mixed with the citron yellow.  Not sure why I love the bird motif so much - it's all over the house too?

The BEST story comes with the purchase, although it's probably an even better deal now!  I saw the scarf a couple of weeks ago at GAP Bellingham, and thought, do I really want to spend $30 on another scarf?  I also didn't want to break my cardinal rule of not paying full price (unless I can't live without it) I waited.  Not patiently, but I waited.  Two days later I went to my local GAP and to my dismay, they only had the other colour combos, not the grey/yellow :-(  Five days later Jessica went back to Bellingham and I just so happen to tag along.  And guess what, my scarf was on sale!  Yeah!  $19.99...meant to be!

AND if you go this weekend, there's 40% additional off, so I imagine it'll be $14, that is, if they still have it!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

J.Crew Bubble Necklace Look-A-Like

A couple of weeks ago, I was over at Jessica's house and I was mindlessly looking on the internet, such as habit, scanning for shopping 'deals'.  It was out of the blue that I decided to look up eBay for a J.Crew iconic statement necklace that I have been eyeing for a couple of years.  I was trying my luck to see if anyone was selling off their necklace for a good price (though why one would want to is beyond me!).  I just couldn't justify the original  $174 price tag - just too hefty for me, particularly since I couldn't settle on just one colour.

And then it happened.  I found a host of listings for "J.Crew Bubble Necklaces" . . . all for under $20, and all from Hong Kong/Asia.  These, I realized quickly, weren't authentic, but how bad could they be?  That led to the tailspin of googling the knock-offs, and we were quickly amazed at the prolific blogging on the subject - all positive reviews on this amazing necklace.

This necklace perks up just about any outfit - and takes an ordinary outfit to a whole other level - without much effort at all!

It was exciting to get these necklaces in today!  We each ordered 3 (since they were such a bargain), trusting the bloggers we were reading for their shining reviews of the quality of the product.

No, we would never dare wear all three at once - not the look we're going after.  But how fun are these?  We each purchased Turquoise (which has faceted beads), Coral and Yellow.  There were other colours available such as black, white, grey and pink!  We showed (a little) restraint :-)

I will say that the quality of the piece is fantastic for costume jewelry.  There is a built-in extender that allows you to adjust the length of the piece.  The charm by the clasp is, funnily enough,  actually engraved with J.Crew's branding (but I still doubt the authenticity of this).  The piece is weighty, but not unpleasantly, especially when you're not donning 3 at once.  The beads themselves are all set properly and securely.  It does not look "cheap."

So, where can YOU get it? Go to Ebay here.  At the time of this posting, the seller we used did not have any current listings( he's ID# yml19820421).  He was a fantastic seller, and he packed all 6 necklaces into one package, each individually bubble-wrapped.  It took a week for shipping, and 2 more weeks for transit.  But I imagine that the other sellers are selling the exact same product... all free shipping from HK.  Worth the wait!