Late Night Shopping Run in Pictures: Dedicated to 00000

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Pictured: My late night shopping labors at Loehmann’s

Last night, after a hard day working at the office, I had to make a late night Loehmann’s run. With all my work chores wrapped up, I had to run over and take advantage of the 15% off for the Ovarian Cancer fund and contribute my $5.00. This post is dedicated to my fellow shopper and blogger, 00o00. ooooo is a “guy in London pondering about all the inane, frivolous and unnecessary wants in life.” Across the pond, I am doing the same, except trying to stay on a budget. ooooo buys the things I dream of buying. But he doesn’t have a Loehmann’s nearby to help him out. So just like oooo0 shows his readers the “day in pictures”, I am doing a pictorial view of my shopping ” night in pictures.” Above is my Loehmann’s haul. I got a great lavender peasant shirt ($16.99) , a Bestey Johnson pearl headband (which can also be worn as a choker), Kiehl’s Papaya exfoliant, a $2.00 scented candle, a $2.00 packet of traveler’s tea bags and finally beautiful Amrita Singh bangle bracelets. And while shopping, I picked up all the brochures and good information on ovarian cancer. I have to set a calendar reminder to go get checked.

Pictured: My beautiful blue enameled Amrita Singh bangle bracelets.

The bracelets are better looking than the picture, and the picture is pretty good! These retail for $82.00, I snapped them up for $29.99 less 15% off.

Pictured: An item I lusted after, but did not buy, a Betsey Johnson tote with gold bows, reduced to $289.00

When I turned the corner and saw this fabulous Betsey bag, I literally gasped at it’s beauty and it’s $289.00 price tag (reduced from $500.00) . This bag isn’t in the Recessionista budget. As 00000 notes on his blog, if I bought something like this then I might be “working part-time stacking the shelves with baked beans at your local supermarket.” I had to exercise the courage to be frugal and walk away with sweating palms. But, this is on my Recessionista radar tracking system and of course I will be watching for further reductions. It’s absolutely beautiful and so classy looking. And, I think it could be carried for years. I also had to pass on a beautiful Tory Burch tunic top. Even though the price was right on that one, the sleeves on it were way too long on me. Mournfully, I had to return it to the shopping racks. The words of Johnnie Cochran rang in my ears, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit” Why that popped into my head whilst shopping , I will never know. But I had to realize the truth of the statement. Even though it’s tempting sometimes to find a great designer and a great price, if the garment doesn’t fit you properly, then there is no point owning it. Regrettably, I never did get the item I went to the store for, the Besteyville luggage. I will use my beat-up luggage a little while longer. I had to have those bangles….no one sees the luggage except an airline baggage handler who abuses it ! 🙂

My final stop of the evening was my local Target, because they are open until 10:00 pm and I needed a copy of Turbo Tax to do my income taxes (due in 2 weeks!) Turbo Tax is actually on price cut this week, which is helpful. However, on my way to the Turbo Tax, I e-spied….the new Felix Ray handbag collection. Although not due in stores until March 29th, my local Tar-jay had the entire collection displayed on the racks. Check out the pictures. These are great looking summer bags. I have my eye on the blue tote with the sea shell on the front. It’s perfect for beach living!

Pictured: The new Felix Ray handbag collection from Target, in early at my local store.

I agree with Target-Addict on this one, it looks wicked cute. I will return to more thoroughly evaluate it and shop the collection. But heads up to my readers, be on the look out for this one. It looks great!

Pictured: The new Felix Ray bucket tote with seashell clasp from Target, in early at my local store.

Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Miss Pink Slip

    March 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I am one of Loehmann’s biggest fans! I have timeless $300+ dresses that are probably 7 years old and still going strong. Talk about a smart investment!

    …and I’m headed to Target ASAP. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Target-Addict

    March 27, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out on the Felix-Rey line! And I totally agree with you: if it doesn’t fit, no matter HOW great a “buy” it is, you need to pass on it.

  3. 00o00

    March 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    awww thanks for the dedication! we need loehmanns in london!

    happy shopping! and happy weekend!