56 Interlude: Shopping!

Okay, so ironically, the day after I was preaching minimalism and control, I went on a shopping spree. But let me emphasize that this was an unintentional one and one that was maybe okay 85% justified... and I am thoroughly happy nonetheless!
  1. Denim jacket
    I found one!! If you recall previous updates on the blog, I've been hankering after one since my previous block tests in March, and I even did a whole post dedicated to my hunt for the perfect one! Man, the last time I felt this amount of dedication was for the Mulberry Alexa satchel, which ended rather beautifully (but more on that later).

    It seems that providence was really in my favour this afternoon, because after a scholarship talk in the morning, I was headed to Kinokuniya to buy a book for school... and my bag zip broke. So I headed towards Somerset for a replacement after getting my book, but decided to make a detour to *Scape, which often has flea markets with wonderful things over the weekends.

    Just when I was feeling all terrible and sweaty and like I wouldn't find anything I liked... I chanced upon a store run by two Cantonese-speaking aunties who looked like terribly good friends, with a rack of many many many denim jackets. I found mine second from the front and it was love at first sight (I am so cliched) (I should really stop) and guess what- it was $15!!

    I think I would've bought it right away then but anyway my rational brain told me to try it on and after that my $15 was just theirs. It's a lovely soft light wash cropped piece with silver buttons. It's a little tight-fitting but that's cool because it just fits the cropped feel, and it's not so uncomfortably small that I can't stretch my arms.
  2. More beige in real life!
  3. Nude tote bag

    So this was meant to be a replacement of both the one that broke, and my Alexa bag, which has begun to peel very very badly after many happy years together (sniff). It's a mix of the Prada Saffiano and LV Alma in terms of shape and material, but was obviously meant to be a Prada rip-off due to the tell-tale triangle logo in the centre. Luckily, they didn't try to fake the actual wording or put any tacky logos anywhere else, so the bag is wonderfully serene and chic. It cost me a bomb but I'm telling myself it truly is an investment, because I can see it as the perfect formal piece to tie together smarter outfits for important events in the future.

    One thing I was rather annoyed about though is the price discrepancy. It retailed for $42, but in return for liking the brand's FB page on the spot, I got 10% off and bought it for $37.80, which in my opinion was worth it for a good quality bag but still pricey. Imagine my horror when I came home and realized the bag cost $35.24 online with reg mail! If I hadn't gotten the 10% off that would've been $7 cheated, in my opinion. Cheated because I don't think it costs $7 to check it in person; I would've thought the price discrepancy between online shops and their brick and mortar counterparts from the same brand would've been to cover the costs of mail and, to a certain extent, rent/ salaries, and rarely cross such exorbitant limits. Then again, perhaps I have always underestimated the difference between KissJane and online pricing.

    I'm telling myself that if I thought it worthy to pay $37.80 then I shouldn't grouch about the $2+ lost, since the gorgeous bag is in my hands now and I'm more than happy with it.

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