Sunday, February 28, 2010

the epic shop

A new page in my shopping journal has been added (several new pages actually):

These are the clothing tags. I just love fancy clothing tags! One shirt came with a button pin! A button pin (you know, to pin on stuff)!

Twice a year Winners has a "Final Clearance". This is where they clear out all their clearance merchandise (ie. Kimberellie heaven). Yes. This is the stuff of dreams, folks.

Apparently (horribly) the US does not have a Winners (nor do they have a gold medal in hockey, but this a fashion blog, so anyway...;-). Winners is a clearance store. They clear out other store's stuff. So on all their price tags they have two prices, the first is what you would pay for the item at the regular store (Buffalo, Calvin Klein, whatever) the second is what it actually costs.

With all that in mind, here goes:

I bought 48 items in total (yes, I admit it, I went back). These 48 items cost me: $136.70. YES! WOWWOWEE. Crazy, hey?

If I had bought them at regular price from Winners I would have paid: $1,168.52. Had I bought the clothes at their regular retail store price I would have paid $2,307.00!!!

All in all I saved one thousand and thirty one dollars (or, if you go with the compare at price, $2,170.30).

Yes. It was shopping heaven.

At one point my stroller (yes, my wee baby was with me) got so heavy from hangers (what better place to put them?) that it was almost tipping over! Oh, dear, does that make me a bad mommy? ;-)

Even cooler, about my shopping extravaganza, is I didn't try anything on (again, I had a wee baby with me). He wasn't overally amused with the shopping until I distracted him with cheerios (remember this trick ladies). YET, everything fit!

You know it's a good deal when the sale stickers are two inches thick!

Well, two pairs of pants are too small and shall be given to a friend. And one dress and one shirt I did not like and have already been given to a friend. Also, three sweaters and a pair of jeans I picked up specifically for my sister-in-law.

So yeah, that's about all I got. How about some pictures? (sorry for the moderate level of mayham, I don't know how else to do this without taking a ridiculous amount of time).

I know the pictures don't give you too much of an idea of what everything looks like. But don't worry, I'll be stylin' it all soon!

My husband made this handy dandy excel chart (he's the one who crunched the numbers for me):

And the bottom line:

That's Regular Price, Winners Price, and the last column: what I paid.

Oh, and that brings me to the best part of this post: not only did my husband not disapprove of me bringing an extravagant amount of clothes into our iddy biddy apartment, he was proud of my excellent deal finding skills. Yes, he's a keeper.

(oh, and also, two shirts, a sweater, and a belt I got for him, I would have gotten more for him but there wasn't much available for men).

This leads me to a question, I'm curious, what does your signifigant other/mother/friends/uncle Bill think of your fashion/shopping/addiction? My brother once told me how him and my mother had a discussion about how I was a shopaholic. To be fair, I'm also addicted to ice cream.

Oh, and here I am styling some of my good deals:

The pics are HUGE because I thought the lighting was bad. And this is easier than editing. Because I'm sleepy! I'm sleepy!! :-)

Okay. I gotta go to bed now.

Heart: Kimberellie

Saturday, February 27, 2010

wrong link

I posted the wrong link to some very cool shoes a few days ago. Unfortunately my much coveted shoes appear to no longer be available online. Many apologies!!

Here are some similar pairs:
They are all available at Naturalizer (you'll find them all under SALE) and are VERY comfortable as all their shoes are. I have the last pair in black (where the confusion came in, I think).

Heart: Kimberellie!

My Pants are on FIRE

Liar. Liar. I am. I'm sorry. I know I said I would post pics and details of my EPIC shop today.

But I am afraid I cannot! You see, we are in a hurry. We are off to see the parents-in-laws (I feel it is safe to say this online as we live in an apartment building with many security cameras--plus we got nothin' worth stealing-unless of course you're my size ;-).

So yeah. I haven't the time to make the post I want to make. I know, I know, you're thinking, what's a couple of pictures? Only, it isn't a couple. I ahem, *cough*, uh, bought, er, um...30... *cough* items of clothing. Yeah... (self abashed grin)

And well, I want to show you them ALL! So you see, it's going to take a little time. Because not only do I want to show you them all, I want to tell you what wicked awesome deals I got on them all.

So for now, I am going to show you my "Shopping Journal":

Um, obsessive a little? I think so. Cool a lot? Oh yeah. The basic premise is this: write down what you bought, keep all the tags (and buttons!), write down what you saved (because of course you got it on sale), write down the total number of items, and write down what you spent! See:

Yeah, it was a good summer. So that is basically what I am going to do with this next post. Tomorrow, I'll be home tomorrow. With a husband home for good measure (to play with our baby well I take photographs of clothing!!). Anyway, I'm very excited and I hope you are too.

Sorry that it isn't ready today. I just wasn't thinking!

Now here's my question for you: do you have a shopping journal? And if not, why the heck not? ;-) --yeah, it's a little crazy, I know!

Heart: Kimberellie (who is dressed really cute today but will have to show you tomorrow because I really gotta go! ;-)

Friday, February 26, 2010

An Incredible High

Am I the only one who gets an incredible high from shopping? Probably not. I am talking to a bunch of fashion bloggers here (for the most part).

But seriously, cocaine got nothin' on this (not that I would know, but I don't need to know, I've got SHOPPING). I love it. Love love love love LOVE it. Oh yeah. Oh, and what really gives me a high: scoring good deals. Oh, I am drooling just thinking about it!

I mean, I am almost 100% positive that if I were rich I would still shop clearance (only at Burberry, etcetera). I would. I know I would. In fact, I'm not 100% positive I still wouldn't shop at thrift stores. I mean, it would be hard to give them up, you know?

Okay. That all said, here's what I wore yesterday. Oh, but wait. I want you to know, I'm telling you all this because today I went to Winner's Final Clearance and got A LOT A LOT A LOT of stuff for VERY VERY VERY good deals. This I will tell you about tomorrow. So start getting excited NOW.

Where were we? Right. Me, yesterday:

A lot of you seemed excited about my shoes (as you should be, they rock!). And here they are again. And I recommend you buy them. Umm, never mind, the shoes are no longer available!!! Here is a post about similar pairs!

outfit details:

leather jacket, danier: $175
shoes, naturalizer: $30
tights, joe fresh style: $8
skirt, thrifted: $3
shirt, thrifted: $2
plaid shirt, gap: a gift

Heart: Kimberellie

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Increasingly Bizzare

I really feel I could be cooler. I don't know what's wrong with me. I mean, sometimes I look and I see all the cool looks on Chictopia, and on other people's blogs, and I think: "Wow, I am so inspired. She is so cool. WOW." And other times I look and I think: "Sad. Sad me. Why am I not that cool?"

Hey, I'm grinning, so I can't be that sad. Only, I don't know. I have been told a few times lately online: "I love your casual style." And yeah, I like that. Only, well...I'm casual? Because I had no idea! You see, here, in the real world, in my real world, I am almost always the LEAST casual, the MOST dressed up! Ha! Oh, dear blogging world, I am trying to catch up with you the best I can!

Only, I don't want to "catch up". What I want is to do, well, what I want! The other day I read this really great blog on style by Second Skin Why Wait?. It really got me thinking: why do I always "wait" until I have seen others do what I want to do?

I mean, as it stands, wearing tights with shorts is "out there" for the town I live in. So why not go even further out there? Why not make something up? Why not just dress how I have always wanted to dress?

I remember the first time I wore skinny jeans. The girls at work gawked at me and claimed they would "never wear skinny jeans". Not even a year later and you couldn't find a flared jean among them (AND, get this- they're all younger than me and thus SHOULD be hipper). I remember the first time I tucked my jeans into my boots and my brothers mercilessly made fun of me (not that I minded, this is what brothers are for).

But the point is, these were acceptable, "in style" styles at the time. And my hometown homies weren't up wid it (is that slang? I'm really lame when it comes to slang--I need a personal slang stylist!).

So yeah. Basically I've decided I'm going for broke (that is slang, I know that for sure!). This is an outfit that I had been thinking about for awhile. I haven't seen anyone else wearing tights with capris, so I was like, um...maybe not. But I missed my capris! And I've been having a hard time finding something to go with these tights (when worn with short skirts they scream: LEGS!! LEGS!!). So yeah.

Expect to see increasingly bizarre outfit posts here on in (though who knows, maybe my increasingly bizarre is tame--I mean, if my dressy is casual!. ;-)

outfit details:

capris, jacob: $15
shirt, thrifted: $2
bow, from an old shirt or skirt, not sure
shoes, naturalizer: $30
tights, sterling: $8

Heart: Kimberellie

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ME!! ME!!! ME!!!!!!!

I was just reading about how I should have some sort of idea of what I want my blog to be, some sort of focus. I'm not entirely certain I have that. I'm not entirely certain I have any focus at all.

See, I'm just doing what I feel like. And right now I feel like blogging about the fact that I don't really know what I am blogging about. Let's try to figure this out people:

1. I like to wear clothes and have random willing friends take photos of me (preferably outdoors somewhere beautiful).
2. I like to ramble on about stuff that most often has nothing to do with the clothes I am wearing.
3. I like to post pictures of my baby looking his cutest.
4. I like to tell people what it is I am up to any given day/evening/morning/second.
5. I like to take pictures of my apartment.

I think that is just about it. Oh, yes, and I also like to (6!) mention Audrey Hepburn whenever remotely possible.

Hey, I think I figured out my focus: ME. It's ME. It's all about ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (uh... the ME key must have stuck...).

So um, I hope you like me. I hope you think I'm special. Because me is what you are getting. Notice the big staring eyes at the top of the blog? That's ME!!! Yep. Me. ME. MEMEMEMEMEMMEMEMEMEMEME. Gosh, I'm just fantastic, aren't I?

Which reminds me, I've been thinking: why aren't there any close ups of me on here? Because there should be. Well, besides the header (which is me by the way, did I mention that's me?).

-and one more time for good measure: mememememememmememememememememememeME!!!!!!!!

And while we're on the topic, here's a picture of ME (wearing what I wore yesterday):

outfit details:

tights, joe fresh style: $8
shorts, winners, $4
shoes, naturalizer: $30
plaid shirt, gap: Christmas gift
white shirt, thrifted: $2
vest, thrifted: $3
Heart: Kimberellie (ie. me)

Now continue scrolling down if you want a massive Kimberellie overload:

My favorite wedding photo of the ME that became US.

Taken a mere 7 hours after my son was born; isn't he handsome?

I like this picture of ME. I remind myself of an apple.

Upside down ME. I don't think I particularly look like ME in this pic. You know how that is?

I think this may be one of my favorite pics of ME. I feel I really DO look like this.

That's not a basketball. That's a baby.

ME and my very favorite teddy of all time, Cuddles. When I was a little girl I wanted more than anything for him to "come alive".

Well, it is mostly a picture of my son. But he's much cuter than me, so I had to add it!! credit: Sherri McLeod

Wedding day me. Photo credit: Scott Booth

Oh, and the very best ME of all! The me that is part of our little Furnellie clan! What better me could I be?

Thanks for taking the time to get to know ME a little more!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"mom, mom, mom"

30 minutes ago my son crawled toward me saying: "mom, mom, mom". Which I translated as: "Mommy, I'm tired, I need a nap now".

So I put him down for a nap. He is now sleeping like the little angel/monster/monkey/dinosaur he is. I realized as a picked him up and held him in my arms, that he is my joy. Nothing I can do, buy, plan, create, or imagine compares. Nothing is sweeter than this:

And now that my baby is sleeping. I can upload some photos! Here's what I wore yesterday (I thought the painted wall would make a good backdrop...but I think it might just look dirty!!). The painting in the last photo is by ME. The camper truck belongs to my brother.

outfit details:

sweater thrifted: $ 3
black t-shirt, thrifted: $3
skirt, smart set: $15
shoes, thrifted: $4
belt, from a dress

Heart: Kimberellie

Monday, February 22, 2010

what a Kim wants:

The purse and the boyfriend jeans are from Gap. The booties are from Sterling and are really quite reasonable (I have a really strong desire to have my toes stick out the front of my boots).

It is likely I will buy the jeans and the booties. Not so likely with the purse (I am really a very cheap person--cheeeaaap).

What I am trying to find is a vintage suede fringe purse (ie. CHEAP). If you see one let me know. Better yet: BUY IT FOR ME. If it is under 50 bucks I'll even pay you back (this is for my hometown homies-yeah, I said homies).

That's it. I need the jeans. I keep trying on my husband's. And though they look good from the front, they do nothing for my hinny (yeah, I said hinny).

Oh, and one more thing, a ring (yeah, I said ring):

Amazing, isn't it?

gap jeans: $ 69.50
bag gap (totally unintentionally, and totally fun palindrome): $ 150
booties sterling: $29.9
ring Alex Monroe: £120.00 (I don't even want to convert that!)


Sunday, February 21, 2010

tonight today tomorrow


Baby is sleeping.
Husband is making dinner.
Kimberellie is typing type type type. I love to type. Don't you? I love the clickity clack of the keys under my fingers. I'm actually a pretty skookum typer (there's some Canadian slang for you).


We went to the park.
Baby swung on a swing.
I swung on a swing.
The husband swung on a swing.
There was also some teetering on a tooter.


I really don't have one thing planned!
I think we will go to the beach.

outfit details:

jeans, energia: $40

jacket, danier: $300
cashmere wrap sweater, winners: $150
black t, thrifted: $1

scarf/necklace thingy: I made it
sunnies, juicy couture: $150

Heart: Kimberellie