Accessory Shopping

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My new hat

I hope to do shopping posts more often to share my tips on shopping and how to resist big splurges when you are trying to cut back or save money for other things.  As much as I love shopping for anything fashion-related, I also know I have plenty of things in my closet already.  I am a total bargain shopper and rarely, and I mean rarely, ever buy anything full price.  If it is a last minute purchase for an event or specifically for an event, I will pay full price, but otherwise my mommy taught me her ways to budget and save money.

Speaking of my mother, she was in town with my little sister last weekend and we went prom dress shopping at the Mall of America.  Have you ever been to the Mall of America?  I used to love it until I moved up here.  Although I hate venturing to the Mall of America on most days (even though it is only a 10 minute drive from my apartment), we fought through the crowd to find her perfect senior year prom dress.  Afterwards we did a little bit of shopping and I ended up with a new hat, new pair of heels and three cocktail rings for $25!  I was pretty satisfied with my purchases and the prices!


I found these heels for a mere $7 at Rainbow! They are definitely pretty wild, but that’s my taste in shoes.  With a very simple ensemble I feel like these shoes could really stand out and be fun for nights out.

I came across this floppy hat at F21and couldn’t say no for a price of $12.50!  I have been wanting a floppy hat for awhile and actually was first looking at a red-orange hat, then I came across this burgundy color, tried it on and fell in love.  I think it will work well with many pieces in my wardrobe and I’m hoping that even though it’s a heavier fabric I might be able to get away with using it as a beach hat as well.

My best and most affordable purchase of the day came from Charming Charlie, a jewelry boutique located in St. Louis Park (also in other locations and online).  Since the amount of jewelry selection there can be overwhelming, I went straight to clearance.  They had cocktail rings 50-75% off and then buy one get two free! I found one I loved for $5 then searched around to find two more of equal value.  I love cocktail rings as accessories and I felt great leaving the store with some quality rings for a grand total of $5.36!

Sometimes the best way for me to control my shopping habits (especially when I’m out with my mom and sisters who also love to shop) is to look strictly at accessories.  I can buy a couple things without breaking the bank AND I know that accessories can be incorporated so many different ways with outfits.  If I am buying clothes, I try to consider the versatility and immediately come up with three outfits or pieces the clothing item goes with in my closet.  That way I know if I am spending the money on something, I will get good use out of it!

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    February 17, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Rachel – I must say these are some great hauls and at such a steal. I LOVE the hat and may need to get one myself and those heels are awsome. I have a weakness for shoes. Those rings are just too pretty. I can’t wait to see you wear them. I also only buy things on sale. Lately I have been addicted to H&M for their great prices but Macy’s sometimes have deals for me too. Hope you have a great weekend my dear!

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    February 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Rachel, I LOVE everything you got on your shopping excursion!! That’s what I do also – look at accessories because you can usually find something fun that isn’t too expensive!! That hat looks fab on you! 🙂

    xo, sam

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    February 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Love the hat!!

    Be Frassy

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    Nah Amaral
    February 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Hi! You’ve got a great blog and style! I love it!
    Besides your layout is very cute! Congratulations!

    I just love your hat!!

    I’d be glad to hear what you think about my outfits:


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    February 18, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    love it <3!! great post..enjoy the week-end
    A_C'est moi

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    February 19, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    Such pretty accessories! The hat looks pretty on you too 🙂 xo akiko
    Style Imported

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    Tasia of Ruffles & Sequins
    February 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Oooo fun accessories! I really need to shop for accessories more often 🙂 I have a floppy hat like yours and its so great for the summer months with a good book!

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    February 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    very cute hat~


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