Sunday, November 07, 2010

The low-down

My annual pilgrimage to Flemington went well - apart from the freezing cold, crappy weather. My TAB account had more in it at the end of the day than what I started with, there was champagne a-plenty, I didn't come home with blisters on my feet, and we weren't left stranded by our cruddy train system either - so I'd call it a success.

I was extremely happy with my savvy shopping and felt pretty damn good in my bargain outfit. I'll share my secrets....

There's a Diana Ferrari factory clearance outlet in the shopping strip near my office and over the years I've picked up some crazy-cheap shoes. The fuschia satin jobs weren't all that cheap at $80, but that was still $40 off retail, so I'm not complaining. The matching bag was reduced and reduced and REDUCED - from $60 down to $20. I figured that made up for the shoes. I mean, if you average it, $100 for shoes and bag is a good deal. ;)

I then had to find a fascinator in a matching colour. Unfortunately, that meant paying full price - but at $30, it wasn't going to break the bank. I still think $30 for a few feathers stuck on a comb is outrageous.... but this year I didn't have time to create one, and nothing I already own was going to work.

The little black shrug was $25 from one of those shops that sells cheap Asian imports. I saw it and knew it was going to work perfectly with the halter-neck dress. Ah, the dress....

Guess where I found my dress? Not somewhere I usually go looking for special occasion outfits. Or any occasion outfits, for that matter.

K Mart.

You read right. K Mart. $29.95. How awesome is that?


Pauline Wiles said...

You look fab. I think the fascinator is possible my favourite bit :)

Cinders said...

You look lovely. I hear you on the freezing cold bit but I still came home very sunburnt to the point where I had a necklace outline. Crazy Melb sun.

Unknown said...

I am amazed at K-MART!!! Just shows- get the clothes away from the racks and they look FAB!!!
I'll go shopping with YOU next time!!

Kek said...

Linda, I picked up a winter dress in a textured velour fabric at K Mart a couple of years ago.

Every time I wear it, I get compliments on it and I have a little giggle to myself. Best $40 I ever spent.

Those are the only two items of clothing I've ever bought there apart from socks and undies, but I tell you what - they have some really pretty summer tops and dresses at tiny prices at the moment and I'm heading back there next week for a better look!

Unknown said...

Wait for me!!!!!

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