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Raining in style!

 

Raining in style!

Confession – This is actually a really sad post. It is in honor of the boots that never were. See, one day I was continuing my usual stalking of Sarah Vickers via Classy Girls Wear Pearls and I saw these. They were a combination of my two favorite things. Sperry and Quilt. (Top, third from the left). Therefore I had to have them. Naturally being the Budget Prep I am I sought the best deal and found them via Amazon/Shoebuy for $75 dollars. Win!

Unfortunately when they arrived I couldn’t my big old Johnson feet AND Nancy’s socks in the boots. And this just would not do. So I did what I’ve always dreaded doing… I ordered up a size, to an 11. Yikes! Sasquatch. Anyways, unfortunately when they came then they were too big. So in honor of the boots that never were I made a collection of the perfect way to dress up a rainy day.

Starting from the top upper-left-hand-corner.

The  Hunter Classic – Nothing is better, and I am pretty sure Ms. Middleton has been spotted wearing these, a lot. Also they have pint-sized versions for the children in your life that are worth $80 rain boots. All children.

The Burberry – I featured these twice. I have a severe unrequited love for Burberry. Nancy (my grandma) a few years ago non-chalantly handed down her vintage silk Burberry scarf to me… and I was hooked. Of course she also confessed at the same time that she had just thrown out her old Burberry Trench from the ’60s. Naturally, I died.

Sperry Hingham Boot – Described above. They have this delicious felt interior as well to keep my Chicago toes toasty.

(going clockwise…)

Tretorn Short – I LOVE Tretorn. Currently my rain boots are a bright-red-knee-high Tretorn and they are amazing. They also don’t cut off the circulation to my feet and I can fit in jeans/pants because of the adjustable sides.

Regardless, I secretly LOVE rainy days. Probably has something to do with being an April baby.

Happy Puddles!

Amanda

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It’s in the bag…

It's in the bag...
Yesterday while I was lugging around my suitcase (read: purse)… I was thinking to myself… WHAT ON EARTH DO I HAVE IN THIS THING?! As I started Marry Poppinsing down the rabbit hole that is my tote I discovered that, embarassingly enough, I actually need all of the things in this bag. What on earth do men do with only pockets?!
I can almost see Murse justification now…
I am not sure if there is a woman under 30 left in the world without one of these – but in case there is. Buy one. Now. I have had this one since senior year of college (2009) and yes… it is showing a bit of love in the corners… but it has traveled EVERYWHERE with me. Also, I bet you noticed that little monogram and thought… I didn’t know that was possible!!! Trust me, if there is a way to monogram something… I will find it. Saks offers monogramming off of their website. (Link above)
This is another trusty piece of happiness in my purse. I have had this baby since senior year of high school… read: 2005. I also have a Lilly Pulitzer Pencil Case which I switch between bags. The point is, everyone needs a pencil case. And since carrying around a caboodle is no longer as awesome as it used to be. You might as well wear one in style.
No, I do not use this for coins because (a) I don’t drive through tolls every day and (b) my grandpa, George, is the only man I have ever seen carry a coin pouch and I am just not plain as cool as him. I, however, DO stuff this little pouch with a whole lot of chapstick/lipstick/VS gloss. It makes it easier to transfer from purse to purse… Another thing I’ve had for over four years.
No, I am not “planning a family.” Yes, I have too many commitments for a normal planner to ever suffice. This planner comes with a perforated list section. (Yes, you heard that right). You can also get it monogrammed, which naturally… I do. I also have it in purple instead of this aqua color. I love eggplant. I have owned this planner (mind you in different years) since college and it has never failed me.
(5) Coffee Mug
Mine is actually from Caribou but they do not have it online. I used to always stop at the Dunkins’ on my way to work/class/whatever. Then I realized I was spending $2/day on coffee… or $10/week… which is $520 a year. Now I buy bulk coffee from Sam’s and set it on my nifty coffee maker. Total cost $32/year. (Not including the coffee maker – obviously). A HUGE savings. And plus, it keeps it warm literally all day!
(6) Kindle with Vera Bradley and Amazon Cover
I absolutely LOVE my kindle. The only thing I truly miss is being able to strike up conversations with strangers about books they are reading, and that feeling of being accomplished after turning the last page. However, after carrying around law books for the past three years it was nice to just throw it in my bag and go. I have two covers because (1) my momma got me the VB one – and i love it and (2) the Amazon cover comes with a light!!
Going along with my refusal to buy coffee… I also try (emphasis on try) to pack my lunch every day. Since I am studying for the Bar right now, anything that could possibly use up my time (i.e. waiting in a lunch line) is simply not worth it. So I bring it!! This carrier is great, I got it on sale at Rue LaLa. (Disclaimer: an apple rarely makes it into my lunch… a cookie? Always).
Apparently now they only have black… (so boring) but this is by far one of my favorite wallets I have ever had! It has a coin purse (which is so convenient for throwing things in when you’re in a hurry) plus a ton of room for cards/frequent punchers etc.
So that’s what is “in the bag!” I guess this served as a mildly good introduction to who I am… monogram crazy but also slightly affordable…
There is much more to come!
Amanda