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Updates and Staying Course

Links I love:

This post by Lady Sarah was by far the best I read in recent times  – on how to slowly build an ethical, real fashion wardrobe. I will be revisiting this article over the course this year to help me stay on course.

PretAPorterP finds the best blogs around town! I believe Instant Vintage has been around for a while, but just new to me. Also, H at PretAPorterP concluded a ‘No Buy March’

Shopping Ban:

After returning from my India trip, I decided that I need to take some time to assess my wardrobe and actually figure out the things that I  were good purchases in my closet. You know, time to make a few lists and charts in the process. It is almost a month since I started my ban. This is my second update. As a practice, I write down a few notes about what tempted me and the little luxuries that kept me going.

Temptations along the way:

Barneys X Jennifer Meyer Dress: Why do I always fall for those bohemian, floral prints. I am so predictable. Then I realize that I already have a Topshop Unique dress in my closet which is very similar.

MM LaFleur Inez Dress: This dress is super tempting. I have always admired MM LaFleur. I have talked about in the past on my blog. The price of this dress is hard to swallow.  After burning my hands wallet with an expensive dress from Theory last year, I am more wary. So, I decided to do my own little research project on how MM LaFleur’s clothes are made. So, far the folks at MM LaFleur have been very open. I will let everyone know as soon as I have concrete answers.MM LaFluer Inez Dress

I did not make any purchases. I did not mindlessly browse online as much as I used to, but I haven’t been able to give it up fully.

Little Luxuries:

1. It was nice to get a tax refund and actually not spend it. It promptly went towards 2017 Luxury Bag purchase fund.

2. A few friends and I got together and threw a surprise party for husband a few days before his birthday. Between Corn-in-the-hole, Cards and sumptuous food, it was a good night.

3. I completed reading listening Tales from the Back Row on Audible and enjoyed it a lot. Amy Odell is witty, cynical and honest – the kind of writer I’d like to write about Fashion. Mind you, this is not a style book. It is part anecdotes and part journey, of how she went on to become an editor at Cosmopolitan.  It is a entertaining, light read.tales-from-back-row-amy-odell

 

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. that Inez dress is lovely. It strikes me as very presidential (in general, not current) and elegant.
    …Now what luxury bag are you eying ;P

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    April 8, 2017
    • SA. #

      haha! I love how you clarified on the presidential part. I work in a conservative office and prefer dresses over anything else. Well, the bag – I am think Chanel. I tried it a few times when I visited Vegas. But I don’t know yet. 🙂

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      April 8, 2017
  2. LL #

    Oh, I really like that dark dress. I bought one in a similar cut very recently. I agree with Pret a Porter P: it makes me feel like a politician (also in general, not like Donald).

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    April 8, 2017
    • SA. #

      Thank you LL! I hope you enjoy the dress for long time. That silhouette looks good in both silk and cotton, in my opinion.

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      April 8, 2017
  3. maiastras #

    !! When I saw the Inez dress, I had a “swoon” moment. The 40s silhouette, the navy! Personally speaking, however, I’ve been a bit disappointed by the quality of MM La Fleur items. Ultimately, I think they expect the items to be retired after a certain number of wears, and release new items accordingly. It’s completely understandable from a business standpoint. However, this means that for someone who’s trying to the take the minimal, durable wardrobe to heart (e.g. I’m only going to wear 4 dresses this season!) their clothes might not hold up too well. They’ve since improved the items which I purchased and then gave away, which tells me that they probably got some negative feedback and decided to make changes. Given the prices, though, I haven’t been making any new purchases. It’s great to know that their customer service is receptive to detailed inquiries!

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    April 10, 2017
    • SA. #

      Yes, that is how I felt when I saw the dress too!! We have so much to talk at MM. LaFleur now! You see, I was hoping to wear the dress for a few years if I bought it. I live in year-round hot Arizona and it allows me to wear the same clothes for about 9 months or more ( not much seasonal dressing). I always try to keep the number of dresses at 4 to 5 for the whole year – the same things. Now I am starting to wonder if the dress will even last me long enough to justify the price. 😒

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      April 10, 2017
      • maiastras #

        Well, I might as well share some of the details of my experience, which will hopefully be helpful to you.

        My favorite dress, the Annabel in black prior to the 2.0 update, (they only have a link to the new version: https://mmlafleur.com/shop/dresses/annabel-2-0-galaxy-blue), was something I wore to conferences, on dates, to go shopping, when traveling, and even to go on hiking (once). I must have worn the dress a total of…hmm… 20 times (over the course of 8 months, so 4 wears/month), until I noticed minuscule pilling. At that point, the dress was a no-go for formal events, and I didn’t feel good about wearing it even if it was just for a Sunday brunch. I expected to get more mileage out of the dress, and needless to say I was washing the dress on cold. Maybe I should have hand washed it, but given the bulk and construction of the dress, it’s a bit of a hassle.

        I tried the Didion top, before they switched to polyester, when it was the cellulose acetate blend which the Inez seems to be made of. It had an interesting texture, but one that, when it gets caught on something by mistake, results in an unsightly pinhole that you can’t really mend easily. If you buy the Navy color, maybe it won’t be that noticeable?

        In the end, with the more affordable pieces being 100% polyester, I just look at their offerings for inspiration. Polyester is terrible for hot weather (it makes me sweat profusely), and creates so much static in the winter… It’s a no-go for me.

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        April 10, 2017
      • SA. #

        Oh gosh! Just 20 wears. For such a hefty price tag as most of their dresses. Thank you so much for sharing Maiastras! I was thinking cellulose acetate blend would be more durable! I cannot afford to make such pricey mistakes.

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        April 10, 2017
      • maiastras #

        No worries – I’ve just personally had a bad experience with the brand. I realized that I’ve never kept anything I bought from them..

        I mean, by all means, it may be nice to just buy and see what it’s like, then return, or check it out in person if you happen to travel to their NYC or DC showroom.
        Also, their blend could have changed since I last bought their Didion top (2 years ago).

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        April 10, 2017
  4. I love the Instant Vintage blog and have for quite some time, although she doesn’t update very frequently. You seem to be doing well not falling into temptation to shop without a lot of consideration. Very impressed! I am trying to avoid emotional purchases myself, but it doesn’t always work. Like last week I found the perfect top (black, oversized, casual t-shirt fabric), I bought it and have been wearing it for days in a row, and now I am trying very hard to convince myself that I don’t need two of them (I almost bought two from the start, but somehow thought better of it). I am barely holding myself back from running to that store right now 🙂

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    April 10, 2017
    • SA. #

      Lori, I know exactly what you mean by ‘trying very hard to convince myself that I don’t need two of them’ – I have been convincing myself that I don’t need another CDG Play striped Tee. But It is on the top of my wishlist for this year. I know, come end of year I will have two. If something works, I constantly live in the fear that I will not find something similar in future!! Maybe stocking up on basics that you really love is not such a bad idea after all 😊

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      April 12, 2017

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