I've always thought that a good introduction for myself would be "Hi, my name is Elana, and I'm a shopping addict." However, I'm starting to think that it's more along the lines of "Hi, my name is Elana, and I'm a bargain addict." I do have a shopping problem, but I'm mostly guilty of not being able to pass up a good bargain. Well, that and not having any self-control. Because of that, I was pretty intrigued when Credit Card Insider contacted me about being part of the website's "Splurge vs. Save" campaign. I used to spend hours upon hours in high school drooling over Net-a-Porter, reading high-fashion magazines, and researching designers. Because I was never anywhere near being able to afford any of those items, I got into the habit of finding similar items on sale racks and at thrift stores. I usually don't take part in websites' campaigns like this, but I loved that this one is geared toward encouraging people to spend responsibly. I may not be good at saving my money (which is partly why I'm interested in working with a website that could help break this bad habit of mine), but I'm at least good at bargain hunting.
Back in high school, when I went through my designer phase, my absolute favorite designer was Lanvin. Even though my favorite has since changed (that spot is reserved for Proenza Schouler now and forever), I'll never get over how Alber Elbaz crafts such luxurious pieces. I doubt I'll ever be able to afford a Lanvin piece, but I can definitely afford $10 from the clearance rack at Urban Outfitters. My brother actually bought this for as part of a birthday present while we were in the store last summer, but I remember being drawn to it immediately because of how feminine and versatile it was. I can't remember the last time I bought something for full-price at Urban, but I've scored some absolute gems in the sale section. I thought I ruined it for a while after I accidentally washed it with a red dress, but I'm happy that it was able to be saved. I can't say that it's as expensive-looking as this gorgeous Lanvin top, but it also didn't cost me more than $1,000.
Things I could do with $1,122:
- Make a dent in my student loans
- Put it toward car insurance
- Pay for a few months rent
- Buy my family really good birthday presents this year
- Buy 224 hazelnut lattes from Starbucks
- See 124 movies
- Eat a lot of dinners with friends
- Be able to buy (maybe) 11 Madewell dresses
- Buy 112 of these tops
When I'm not hunting for things on crazy sales at Urban, I'm probably doing one of these things:
1. Supporting my Internet friends. Rachel of Floral Prints and Common Sense made this lights tote as part of her senior thesis, and it's adorable. If you haven't seen her whole collection, make sure to check it out, and take a look at the other items in her shop, The Floral Prince.
2. Getting back into online swapping. No, not temporary swaps through Flock Together. I'm part of a permanent swap group that's a great way to get rid of pieces you never wear and get something even better. I've been on the hunt for a simple black skirt, and I hit the jackpot in this one. It's from Express, and it feels brand new. Score.
Skirt: Express (from a swap)
Shoes: Need Supply Co.
Tote: Handmade by Rachel, The Floral Prince
Bracelet: Brandy Melville
Ring: c/o eFoxcity
Note: This is not a sponsored post. I was asked to participate in this series, but I received no compensation and all opinions are my own.