Saturday in Boston was absolutely beautiful, a balmy 50 degrees. As a California girl, I never thought I’d say that, but in comparison to the freezing cold of January, it was beautiful out! It turned out to be a perfect day for a walk down Newbury Street for a bit of shopping with my friend Dan.
Our first stop was Club Monaco, where I found Dan a great black crew neck cashmere sweater on sale for $59 (instead of $120!) and a black crew neck waffle tee for $19. Awesome tip: Club Monaco offers a 20% student discount off all merchandise, which meant Dan scored both tops for $65 – not bad!
I’m currently on the hunt for a new pair of flat black boots. I have a great pair of flat black leather boots that I’ve had for a few years – they’re starting to fade, and they’ve got gold buckles, so I can’t always wear them with everything. My favorite pair of boots right now are flat brown boots from Target, which of course used to come in black. After a look on their website this week, turns out the boots are no longer available, and I’m totally bummed – they’re so cute & comfortable (and cheap!) and would have been perfect. Anyways, we looked in Aldo and Charles David but saw nothing, so we made our way to J Crew, where Dan made out like a bandit, and I applied for a job. I’ve decided a tiny (strange) part of me misses retail, and the manager said they were taking applications and currently in an interview process, so I’m crossing my fingers!
As is probably very obvious, I love to dress people, so I had a blast wandering the store pulling things for Dan to try.
I pulled this stripped hoodie and bright polo for Dan, the combination of which I absolutely love.
He tried on a grey vneck we also liked, but decided wasn’t worth it’s price tag for something so basic, and a marked down blue v neck sweater that I liked, but Dan decided he wouldn’t wear. With his 15% student discount at J Crew, Dan got two polos, a dark grey long sleeve henley and the stripped zip up for just over $150 – not bad!
Next we headed to Filene’s Basement, where I scored an awesome new purse for $15, a pair of $10 sunglasses and a new umbrella which I desperately needed. At the Marc by Marc Jacobs store I bought myself a new wallet that doubles as a clutch, which I’m absolutely obsessed with – it’s hot pink on the inside!
We wandered to American Eagle next, where I continued to play personal shopper for Dan. He ended up with an awesome outfit:
He also tried on a pink striped shirt, which we quickly vetoed.
New jeans, shirt, sunglasses and a few pairs of new boxer briefs in hand, we made our way down Newbury to try our luck at Steve Madden. I found this pair of boots at Steve Madden I thought I liked, but decided looked too scrunched and slightly strange on my feet. Too bad, because I found this pair of awesome purple suede flats that would have been 50% off of their sale price ($15!) had I bought the boots. I’m still thinking about whether the flats are worth their sale price of $30 – maybe I’ll go back for them this week.
Hands full of bags and starving, we headed to Chipotle for dinner – yum!
Erin and I took a trip to her hometown in Connecticut for the long weekend, and on the drive back to the bus station, we of course took a pit stop at the mall.
I had two successes, at forever 21 & at steve madden, where Erin also succeeded.
Much to my shock, I discovered a few weeks ago that Erin did not own a pair of boots that weren’t uggs. She’s going to France for spring break, and decided she needed a pair both for traveling & for back in Boston. Erin found these two pairs at the Steve Madden store, which she debated between for a while.
The suede ones are everywhere these days – I see them in every form and color on every girl on campus. They’re classic and easy to wear, I have them in brown and love them. They do require thick socks during colder weather, but I definitely love em. The second pair erin really liked but they bunched up a ton near her ankles, which wasnt very flattering. they dont zipper so they only way to really get them on your leg is to undo the buckle at the top, which is tedious. because of the height of the boot, she couldnt quite get the scrunch at the ankle to go away, which bugged her too much.
I found these:
which I am currently wearing in class as I type this out. I never really knew if I could rock the ankle boot, but these are so fun yet classic that I decided just to try em on for fun.
Now the best part. Erin’s suede boots were $80, and mine were $60 marked down from $150. If you spent $100, you automatically got $25 off. Erin & I purchased our boots together, and each saved $12.50 off our respective pairs of boots. Not bad, not bad.
Later on Monday night, in trying to show a friend my purchase online, I stumbled upon some pretty, and not so pretty, shoes on the Steve Madden site. Now dont get me wrong, I am a huuuge Steve Madden fan. I have a half dozen pairs of shoes/boots from the brand, bought either at the store or at Nordstroms. I think the main thing is that their shoes fit my feet really well – I’ve got a painfully narrow foot that absolutely nothing with a solid back fits [pumps, flats, etc.] On top of the narrow foot, I have a problem with my toes in that they all curl upwards, making it hard to wear shoes that press on the tops of my feet.
So here are my findings. There may be sections that you have to look away. Consider yourself warned.
We’ll start with the good. I saw these in purple suede in the store and fell in love. They’re so funky and bright, and I love the big gold ball on the top. Super fun and great for spring. If only they werent $80.
Why a woman in her right mind would purchase these $80 pumps I have no idea, but I love love love the detailing on the front, and wish the heel wasn’t so damn high.
I think I have a suede obsession, but seriously – these are hot. I wish they werent $90 with a killer heel so I could be the one to rock them, but I guess I can drool from afar.
I love cowboy boots. Some people make fun of me for this love, but I just think they are so cute, and can be a great addition to an outfit. One of my first pairs of Steve Madden boots are my black, low heeled mid-calf cowboy boots. I wore them all through high school with my knee length skirts and under and over my jeans. These are a great twist on the classic boot, although $150 is kind of steep.
Love these. Kind of wish they came in a dark brown [and werent $200], and I dont think I’d be able to last all day in that heel, but I love the look of the scrunched leather and the buckles.
I wanted these really badly when we were at the store, but I decided mine were more classic, and the black was too plain. If they came in a red I’d be all over that though, especially if the sale price of $70 got knocked down a bit more.
I truly do not understand these. For $150 too! Whyyy!??!
I kind of see it? Maybe? You’d have to be really hot to pull these off.
hey, we have some extra material. Why not add it on to what looks like a basic peep toe heel and make it half heel-half boot. WHAT?!
$180. I kid you not.
Oh Steve Madden. So hit or miss.