5 Steals and a Splurge

WOW! What a week it has been.  Today is a sad sad day leaving my bf and returning to work...talk about a case of the Mondays!  One a happier note though, I'll be back to regular posting and commenting on all of your lovely blogs.  While I was grateful for the break from reality this past week, I did experience some blogging and Pinterest withdrawals.  Good thing JoAnn from I'd rather be shopping is here to share her 5 Steals and a Splurge! 


Thanks for hosting me on the blog today, KC!  KC's series, 5 Steals and a Splurge, is one of my faves because I am a girl with champagne taste on a beer budget.  While I love perusing the web for high fashion and fancy decor finds, my most rewarding purchases are the least expensive.  Don't get me wrong, I have been known to blow my budget from time to time, but I am never more proud of a purchase than when it is unexpectedly thrifty!  Here are some of my fave finds...
Five Steals...
1. Hollywood Tape:  I carry Hollywood Tape around in my purse because you never know when you might have a fashion malfunction!  It's perfect for making sure your sundress stays in place or to temporarily adjust a hem length.  And at $8.99, it's an easy add-on for your shopping list.
2.  Gap City Flats:  You can usually find me running around town in these trusty $39.50 ballet flats.  They're ultra comfy (almost like wearing slippers), come in many colors and are sold with a handy bag so you can stash them in your purse for when your sky high heels inevitably give you a blister.
3.  Paperless Post:  I am a firm believer in sending hand-written notes, but in this day and age, sometimes the speed of email is necessary.  So I frequently turn to my favorite online stationary company, Paperless Post.  You can send elegant, thoughtful notes quickly and on the cheap, and save a tree or two.  You receive 25 free "stamps" when you sign up (sending one simple card like the one above costs 1 stamp) and then you can purchase additional stamps for $0.05-$0.16 each.  This service makes being polite easy!
4. Lollia Breathe Petite Treat Handcreme:  When my best friend introduced me to this pretty little package for $7.99, I was hooked.  This creme is the perfect balance between light and creamy and it smells delicious!
5.  Forever 21 Jewelry:  Forever 21 is my go-to place for inexpensive costume jewelry.  I receive so many compliments because you can find truly designer-looking pieces there like this $14.80 bracelet.
And a splurge!

6.  Goyard St. Louis Tote:  My biggest weakness is handbags.  I'm addicted!  But this splurge was worth making because it is such a usable bag!  I use it almost everyday so the cost per wear is fantastic, and it fits all of the junk I need.  I love it so much, I am considering getting a second larger version...that is if i can get over the almost $1k price tag for a second time...  {San Francisco Goyard store: 415-398-1110}

Thanks again, KC and have a fantastic trip!
Lotsa love,
JoAnn @ I'd Rather be Shopping...


  1. Those shoes are cute =)

    - Sarah

  2. thanks for having me, kc!! it was so fun to put together :) hope you had a fantastic trip!


  3. i have the st.louis tote and its all beat up now from way too much carrying and i simply love it!

    great list!

  4. I love the 'champagne taste on a beer budget' :)

  5. Those ballet flats are adorable! Awww Monday blues, especially if it means leaving the bf :(

  6. I have beer budget and a beer taste! Miss you KC- can't wait for another visit!

  7. Paperless post is the best! I love myself a Goyard tote too! good stuff.


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