When I lived here in Colt’s Neck back in 2009, I was broke. Proper stone cold broke. Just enough money to pay my debt repayments each month and that was it. So, I didn’t go shopping. Ever. And I didn’t think about shopping or research it – if you read the blog from back then you’ll see it was basically dogs and cooking.* So I never realised that 15mins down the road was a vast outlet shopping centre – sort of like Bicester Village in the UK, but not nearly as chic.
But, I discovered on Monday, what it lacks in chic, it makes up for in an alluring array of brands amongst the hideous dross-filled discounters (someone is not curating their store offer very well). There’s a J Crew & an excellent Theory which both do their best not to feel like outlet stores, along with a Banana Republic, DKNY, Michael Kors, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Burberry (with some lovely wallet-bashing Prorsum), Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Elie Tahari, Juicy Couture, Converse ($14 kids ones were a partic bargain), CrewCuts (J Crew for children), Gap Outlet, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste & Tommy Hilfiger.
I’m not a fervent shopper because so little out there fits my top heavy shape, but outlets are a great place to go if you have a figure that isn’t so usual, as those are exactly the kinds of pieces that end up in discount dream world. So I did very well this trip, mainly in J Crew. Which was pleasing as I am a fervent Jenna Lyons fangirl. All the rack prices in the store are much lower than normal retail – and then nearly everything has extra reductions, often going twice down, so the final bill was a lot less than I had calculated as I shopped.
I’ve been wearing this grey jacket over my denim cutoffs, with the stripy T layered under the J Crew navy merino sweatshirt I also bought, and a bright orange lipstick I found in the MAC outlet.
Lovely Bobbie Brown lippie in Guava from The Cosmetics Company (Estee Lauder Outlet) $11.67
J Crew Sunset necklace $34.50, reduced to $12.97 w/ 30% off = $9.08
(This is to wear in Miami on the beach next month.)
J Crew Crystal Cloud Earrings $34.50 w/sticker reduction = $24.15
J Crew Crystal Cobblestone Bracelet $29.50 W/ sticker reduction = $20.65
And finally a little bit of Banana Republic for my work trip to Miami.
Cotton stretchy dress $69.99 20% off = $55.99
Top $49 with 40% off = $29.99
I also bought a J Crew navy merino boyfit sweatshirt reduced from $64.50 to $19.35. But I love it so much that I am wearing it, so no photos.
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* (To those who bitch that my blog has changed, well, ten out of ten for observation – it has always reflected my life which, unsurprisingly, changes. You know, cos it’s a personal blog recording what I get up to? The best so far was the person who bemoaned the fact that I no longer wrote a dating blog. I did? Really? If you say so, dear, if you say so. (Out of 2,103 blog posts there are precisely 33 on dating.) Anyway, now that I am earning again, I occasionally shop and so I occasionally write about it, just as I wrote about my shopping back in 2007 when I was working as a stylist. *sighs*. I am not “presenting a myriad of offerings in the fashion press”. Whatever that means. I do wish people who like to pontificate would actually bother to read me.)