A steal (in three parts), a splurge and a cheer

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & DesignBy Elle

First, the steal. Part one: I was walking through JC Penney the other day (I had a $10 coupon to use), when I spotted leggings on sale for $18. The ones that really caught my eye featured a cityscape in black, white and grey. I’d been looking for some fun leggings for fall/winter, and they totally fit the bill. And, of course, with my $10 coupon, I paid just under $10 with tax. Sweet!

Part two: However, I needed/wanted a tunic-style top to complement my new leggings, so I headed toward the local Salvation Army, where, I hate to admit, I spent a couple of hours hunting around for a top (among other things). Seems as though every top that might have worked was black, which I just wasn’t in the mood for. I was craving color — or at least something in black, white and grey.

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I was ready to give up and head toward the cashier when I noticed how long the line was — it was half-price Wednesday, obviously the best day of the week to shop. So I headed back to the racks to kill a few minutes until the line died down when — voila! — I found what I was looking for: a black/white/grey short-sleeved tunic for about $3, after the half-price discount.

Go on, tell me it’s not perfect.

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TIP: Leggings look best paired with a long sweater, sweater dress, oversized oxford or tunic. In other words, wear something that covers your tuchus, otherwise you’ll look almost naked and that’s just weird, especially if you’re in public.

Also, leggings look just right with boots. While boots typically are my first choice, I wore flats because I love the pattern on my leggings and didn’t want to cover it!

Part 3: I grabbed the tunic off the rack and threw it over my arm. On my way to the cashier, again — this was beginning to feel like a hostage situation — I paused to look at the myriad hats and scarves and noticed a lovely red, white and grey beret, hand-knitted by someone (probably an Ohio State Buckeye fan).  Because my hair is a little longer at the moment (emphasis on the word little), I figured I might be able to pull off a beret; plus, it would add the color I was craving. I think I paid $1.50 for the beret, thus bringing the cost of the entire outfit to roughly $15.

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Next, the splurge: I wore my new outfit on a recent weekend trip to Columbus, where I spent an entire day at the Nature Conservatory (a total must-see if you’re in Columbus), while my beloved was attending a conference. If you’re like I am, you know the best part of any museum is its gift store.  And what better way to support a museum than to buy its wares? Precisely.

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Because I had all day to kill, and I’d already killed two hours at a Starbucks, — oh, to live a life of leisure! — I didn’t at all feel guilty about spending another two hours in a gift shop. After choosing some holiday gifts for friends, I decided that I needed a little something for myself. I totally had my heart set on a ring, which is ridiculous because, unlike other jewelry, one size does not fit all, and I don’t exactly have the fingers of a princess.

Nothing in the store caught my eye until I was nearly done. In a case adjacent to the cash register, I spotted a beautiful mother-of-pearl ring with a mosaic floral design. I asked to try it on, and, like Cinderella’s glass slipper, it fit perfectly.  What’s more, it was on sale for $90, half its original price. Who could resist? Still, at $90, I call it a splurge and the perfect ending to a perfect afternoon.

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Finally, GO TRIBE!!!

That’s all for now, folks. Thanks for reading, and if you like this post, please share it with your friends on Facebook. Maybe they’ll like it, too!


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