Online Shopping: Anthropologie

This is a simple how-to for you love, lovely readers: “How to Spend Your Paycheck at the Same Company Who Gave You the Money in the First Place.” It’s a long and unnecessary title, but can anyone else sense my irritation with myself? I don’t know how many of you have worked in the clothing retail business. I feel like it is a rite of passage of some sort, to want to hang yourself by the next rack and/or completely strangle an unbelievably rude customer. So for those who understand my pain – this suddenly turned in to a Beyonce-inspired post – I am sure you have been faced with my dilemma before.

1. Find a retail job at a store that you do not typically go in to because a) it’s too expensive or b) it isn’t your taste.
2. Come to your first day of work in your normal, appropriate work clothes.
3. Slowly get sucked in to the “Look” the store portrays to its customers.
4. Try to deny the fact that you are starting to love everything you see coming in and out of the dressing rooms.
5. Attempt to ignore your fondness of the pretty clothes and work at the cash register instead.
6. Realize that working at the cash register only bypasses all the ugly clothes to the beautiful ones your customer is buying instead.
7. Splurge on your first big buy. (With your employee discount, it isn’t that bad, is it?)
8. Repeat 7 a handful of times.
9. Get a little weepy over the fact that you are spending all your Coachella money on clothes that you never used to like before you started this job. (Remind yourself: At least you bought your Kings of Leon tickets before the Spring collection came in.)
10. Countdown the days until your next pay check so the cycle from step 7-9 can continue.

Lost Locale Blouse, $88

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Online Shopping: Ali Ro

It’s that time of morning again, ladies! Gilt Group just released a brand new set of wonderful sales, including the featured Ali Ro, Bochic, and Sara Berman. Granted, it’s no Alexander McQueen that went on sale last week, but the pieces are cute and run for reasonably low prices. The first two dresses look sweet enough for a night out on the town. I might just take advantage of this one. Hey, their return policy ain’t so bad either.

1. Ruffle Bustier Dress, $124
2. Drop Waist Jacquard Dress, $88
3. Ruffle Strapless Dress, $138
4. A-Line Twill Jacket, $148

Online Shopping: In Search for a New Purse

I have been eying that damn Sabrina Convertible Leather Bag for weeks now. Working for the Urban Outfitters Company comes with its perks and its downfalls. The perk (there is only one): the 40% discount at Anthropologie, Free People, and Urban Outfitters. The downfalls: the insane clientele, pretentious store managers, and the disappearance of your pay check the minute new inventory rolls in. With the employee discount, the Sabrina bag would total up to a grand $135, which could be money spent on Coachella tickets that I am saving up for. Accessories v. music, it’s a battle that will never end.

1. Sabina Convertible Leather Bag, $225
2. Donna Denim Washed Hobo – Denim Blue, $825
3. Sabina Leather Convertible Satchel, $225
4. Faux Suede Fringe Handbag, $10.99
5. Canvas Contrast Tote, $29.80

P.S. I am getting used to this Photoshop gig. You’re going to have to deal with me and an adjustment period before these graphics start to look as stunning as Christine’s.

Online Shopping: Nina Ricci

Good morning, lemons. If you haven’t seen the ads on TFS or any other fashion website for Gilt Group, then kudos to you for saving your bank account from major depletion. With weekly sales, ranging from, our personal favorite, Alexander McQueen to Marc by Marc Jacobs to Charlotte Ronson, there is something to be said about how desperate I am to buy something from this site. Maybe a part of me is holding back for Net-A-Porter.com‘s highly anticipated launch for TheOutnet.com, which is supposed to launch any time this month!

1. Velour Velvet Lined Coat, $998
2. Silk Crepe Button Detail Drop Waist Dress, $598
3. Silk Satin Ruffle Pleat Dress, $528
4. Alpaca Leather Collar Belted Coat, $928

Shit, I’m going to be late for class now.