Today I met with the Marketing Director to pick up my gift card and get busy. Have you ever noticed that when the pressure is on - your Muse goes silent? If that doesn't happen to you, consider yourself fortunate. My Fashion Muse is particularly tempermental and does not succumb to pressure.
RECONnaissance Fashion at the mall
I have spent 6 hours wandering the mall over the course of 2 days finding items that may become my trend-setting outfit. I have a budget of $150 plus ONE item chosen from my closet or my own money. I am thinking shoes should be my closet item or my next purchase of my own money. I must provide receipts for the items shopped on the budget.
Here are my choices:
Outfit number 1:
Express dress for $58
Cardigan at Dillards for $40
withCuff at Francescas Collections for $18
Owl ring at Francesca's Collections for $12
Outfit 1 totaling $128
plus shoes purchased on my dime
Outfit number 2:
Cuff from Francesca's Collections $18
Outfit 2 totaling $121
plus my own shoes: Green Jessica Simpson wedges
Outfit number 3:
plus my own jacket seen HERE
Outfit totaling $120
Outfit number 4:
Dillards top: $34
Dillards skirt $30 (I think)
H&M jacket $40 (I think)
Outfit 4 totaling $104
with my own shoes (possibly Combat heeled boot seen HERE)
Self-photo shopping Urban Outfitters
Tiffany went with me to the mall on Saturday and we took some pictures of each other:
Tiffany fell in love with the beaded belt/scarf/tie on clearance for $5 in Urban Outfitters - she bought it. Very versatile piece!
As a side note - I love the jacket she is wearing with the studded lapels.
I tried on this weird hat scarf thing - wondering what those two holes are supposed to be....
Back to the shopping:
Outfit number 5:
Urban Outfitters Maxi Dress $70 with scarf $29
Cuff from Francesca's Collection $18
H&M Basket Tote: $20 (I think)
with my own pewter sandals
Outfit 5 totaling $137
Other inspirational items that I liked:
Urban Outfitters Pumps
Dillards Jacket $45
White House Black Market Hat
Coldwater Creek Skirt
I found out during my mall RECONnaissance that many of these stores don't like (allow) people to take pictures of their merchandise. Every photo is mine but I make no claim on their products - just that I liked them enough to want remembrance of them. A particular store's associate followed me out of the store to chastise me....
Please anticipate a post BEGGING you to vote for me in the Project Style Round 1 on Shoptopia.com starting April 15th - vote everyday once a day. The winners of each of the five rounds return to the mall for a Live Style Off event in which we will each receive $200 and an hour to shop, change into our outfits and report back to model our selections for the judges. The winner of the Live Style Off receives bragging rights to the Top Trendsetter 2011 title and $1000 shopping spree at the mall.
So I am asking you wonderful blogger friends and readers to give my muse a nudge (and me too) by commenting below to help me choose amongst the items I have photographed.
Thank you for the Fashion help!