Sunday, May 5, 2013

MOA and other adventures, a recap

Chris and I spent the weekend up in the twin cities. Chris has been doing his OBGYN rotation about 3 hours up north from Madison, which is about an hour away from the cities, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to get out there and do something shopping! The main goal of the weekend trip was to get a suit for Chris's residency interviews, but that only took a couple of hours, so we had lots of time to shop all of the other stores. I was holding on to my money pretty tight so it almost wasn't as much fun as I thought it would be. With trying to save as much money as possible for my 6 weeks off between quitting my job and starting school, and for the move, money has seemed pretty tight lately. I did manage to find a few things though!

+ On the first day, all I bought were these nude ballet flats at Nordstrom Rack. I got them for just under $60, which I think is decent for leather flats I plan on wearing a lot. I also tried on this pair of shoes but in the end, I already have a pair of light/dark cap toed shoes, and they weren't as versatile as the plain nude ones. Sometimes practicality just has to win, ya know? I really wanted to find a pair of jeans at Nordstrom Rack, but unfortunately that didn't work out. I need jeans with a longer inseam, and all the jeans there were in a regular. The eBay/poshmark search goes on.

+ We drove to another mall on Sunday because I really wanted to go to a Madewell. Everything in that store is far out of my normal price range though (which I knew going in), so I stuck to the sales rack. I tried on, and somehow fell in love with, this sweater. It's not that versatile, and I think it kind of looks like it belongs in the 80s, but it was just so comfortable and not like something I really own, so I felt it was okay to step out of the comfort zone here. With the 30% of sale items it came to just over $30. I also got this tee in green (which is not as bright in real life) for just over $9. I tried on these sidewalk skimmers in burgundy because they were on sale for around $30 (I could never justify spending the normal price on shoes that I wouldn't wear all the time), but I needed a half a size larger which they didn't have. I'm actually pretty bummed that those didn't work out, but buying too tight shoes would have been foolish.

+ We made another trip to the MOA on Sunday because we had tickets to go to Sea Life (which was so much fun, and makes me wish I was going scuba diving any time in the future). We stopped in Old Navy quickly, and I ended up buying this tee. I saw it on Kendi a few weeks ago, and thought it would be a fun light tee to have. And yes...there is neon on it. WHO HAVE I BECOME? It is pretty comfortable though, and it's a 100% copy of this much more expensive J.Crew Factory shirt. I always wonder how Old Navy gets away with always so having so many J.Crew dupes, but for now I will just gladly get the cheaper version. The shirt was on clearance for $6. I also tried on this skirt which was on clearance for $8, but in the end I didn't want to spend the money on it, even though it was pretty dang cheap.

So all in all, not too much damage to the budget. Chris and I had a great time spending time together since we had spent the last 4 weeks apart. He comes home on Thursday for good, which I'm really really happy about. We have about 10 weeks left together until I leave though :(

P.S. I know I totally dropped the ball on the whole blogging every day in may thing. I'll be back tomorrow though....hopefully.