Sunday, July 27, 2008

Dressed for Success

So I went to the rich people's mall today to shop for my interview outfit!

Wouldn't you know, the rich people get all of the bargains. Most of the rich people only live in our area during the winter, so the stores are desperate for business AND they have to get rid of their summer inventory (even though it's summer all year long here...), so everything everywhere was on sale.

I got THE CUTEST pair of Ann Taylor wedges for $30. Apparently, no photo of them exists on the internet yet, so I'll have to be the first so that I can show you all later. I also got a fitted, white, v-neck, 3 quarter length sleeve, button up shirt for $30.

Damn J. Crew and B-A-N-A-B-A-N-A-N-A Republic haven't exactly gotten their fall stuff out on the floor yet, so their websites are not accurate representations of what one will actually find there. Banana Republic seemingly has a safari obsession going on right now and J. Crew had a fabulous sale going on, but no adequate Interview shirt.

Then I went to Gap to get my $65 trousers. As I was selecting my size 6 regular, size 6 ankle, size 8 regular, size 8 ankle sizes, I noticed a shelf above the "Perfect trousers" of pants that also looked like trousers but were on sale for $14. I grabbed a pair, thinking they'd clearly be crap compared to the new line of "Perfect trousers" but figured I was headed to the dressing room anyway, so what the hell.

I tried on the "Perfects" (size 6 ankle, WOO-HOO!!) and they were *perfect*. I was getting them, for sure. Then I remembered the clearance pants and tried those on...SAME FREAKING PANTS. Minus the tab top thingy and not the same pattern fabric, but really who the hell cares? Same fabulous fit. Just as perfect, for $50 less.

I know you are all jumping up and down in excitement over the incredible savings, and you should be. I was too, all the way to J.Crew to cash in on their kick ass sale with my hard saved money. Two pairs of capris (LOVE their capris), one shirt, two pairs of socks (so I can be cuter at the Gymboree play dates, the only place I wear socks) and one pair of cute flip flops for $54.

I still need jewelry, but there's a great, inexpensive boutique in town I'll probably find that at. I wish Catfish lived close enough for me to borrow one of her fabulous purses (she's got all the good bags), but I probably have something that will work.

So, it was a really good day. Also, just so you know, the rich people get offered bottled water and what not while shopping. Must be nice, huh?

14 comments:

Melodie said...

Congratulations on getting your perfect outfit, and for cheap, no less!

I went to a mall in your area once when I lived further south, but it must not have been the rich people's mall because nobody offered me anything.

Southern Mom said...

There is nothing like the feeling you get from getting a deal!! I'll have to check out my gap for the $14. perfect pants! Good luck on the interview!

Life, Love And Lola said...

FAB.DAY.ASHLEY.
Good for you!

coco said...

AWESOME! There's nothing like the feeling of getting great stuff on sale...

Mekhismom said...

Congratulations Ashley, I love a sale! I am glad that you took my recommendation to try Ann Taylor for part of your interview attire.

Anonymous said...

Yea Ashley- I know you will do great on your interview!

Susan

Nikki said...

You sure scored on those pants! No pics of them on? will be get a total put together shot on the interstate with one kid on each hip?

You know, the perfect hip mom shot?

Good luck with the interview.

Me! said...

Hey, they offered me a bottle of water, at Discount Tire, during my 2 hours wait to get new tires, after my 2 hour drive to discount at 40 mph, for 50+ miles.

Super Exciting Blog to come...

txchic said...

You hit the jackpot! I might make the drive from Texas to your mall just for all the savings. LOL!! Way to go! We need a pic of you on interview day. It's like one of our "babies" is all grown up going for a job! ;-)

Marie said...

I hope your interview goes well. I love those pants sadly not in a size 6 tho.

Catfish said...

OMG! Your outfits sound great!! You should post a picture of the shoes and such...that could be fun. I wish I lived closer too, I'd totally hook you up with all your accessories! You should wear your black pearl!! It's good luck. :)

Kaza said...

Sounds like a fabulous shopping day, daaahhhling! Kudos on sale finds, sounds like an amazing haul. When do we get to see the fashion show? ;)

Anonymous said...

Congrats - You'll do great! Just a word of advice though...those perfect trousers from Gap....I bought a whole shitload because they were cheap too and they totally suck. They wrinkly as soon as you sit down and they attract every piece of lint and other crap within a 10 mile radius. Make sure you take your lint brush with you. :-)

Sasha said...

Just dropping by to wish you good luck tomorrow. I'd hire ya for sure.

Loved hearing all about your shopping trip- you know how much I love shopping!

Got my camera all ready to go today- battery charged and CF card installed. Now if WC didn't have a stomach virus and felt more like posing, we'd be all set.