Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fall Favorites: Splurge vs. Save

I think it's pretty inevitable that, especially in the south, when it reaches 100* temperatures {and stays that way until mid-September}, everyone starts craving cooler temperatures. I am one of those who can't wait until fall decides to hit Texas next month, but I am definitely waiting for late September to start putting all my fall d├ęcor out! 

That said, I'm really loving perusing fall clothes, but I noticed that for every high{er} price point, there is always a lower priced option! Of course, that's the way it works with fashion: the designers come out with an outrageously expensive, high-end version and all the retailers scramble to recreate it at a lower, affordable price. 

It reminds me of that quote in "The Devil Wears Prada": 
"This 'stuff?' I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh, I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually cerulean. You're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of 'stuff.'" 

Ha! That scene always makes me laugh. 

Anyway, I found a few items I loved and thought, hey, why not see if there's a cheaper version? Here are my fall favorites, "splurge"* vs. save: 

one {splurge - $79.95} // two {save - $34.99}

three {splurge - $98} // four {save - $27.99}

five {splurge - $78} // six {save - $14.99}

seven {splurge - $130} // eight {save - $27.99} 

*Some of these things are exactly "splurges," but they're most definitely more expensive than the "save" option! 

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