Seeing Double

Two questions:

» If you’re going to buy cheap necklaces of dubious quality, why would you pay more for the Express version when you can find the same thing at Forever 21? I also found a version of the tassel necklace at Hot Topic–I don’t know about you, but I am much more likely to buy jewelry that looks different, more personal. Sometimes I think fashion retailers take trends too literally, and it seems like lately they’ve been even more unimaginative.

» Are we going to get a prom-queen smackdown out of this? Somewhere, a stylist is going to pay. (Though I do think the dress suits Pink a lot better.)

[photos courtesy of rollingstone.com, forever21.com and express.com]

Whyyyyyy does this harness have to cost $275? It is the first really out-there harness concoction that I can actually see myself wearing, and for just a second I got my hopes up. A harness like that would be perfect for adding shape to dresses that don’t quite work with my figure. I really like how it emphasizes  the shoulders, but not in an obnoxious way.

I’ll just add it to my ridiculously long DIY list. Real ones are available at Shrimpton Couture. [via Susie Bubble]

ETA: It has a back!

In other news, I’m soon heading to New Mexico for my cousin’s wedding. It’s going to be mega-hot, and I’m trying to pack the coolest possible classy wardrobe for the occasion. I’ll post photos as soon as I can get my hands on a camera.

I am in love again

Two sandals, both alike in dignity,
In fair Nordstrom, where we lay our scene,
From gorgeous hue break to new wearability,
Where cork soles make sore feet untrue.
From forth the fatal lust for these two shoes
An empty star-cross’d wallet takes its life;
Whole misadventured high-priced killer shoes
Do with their purchase bury my meager savings.
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d price,
And the continuance of my wallet’s emptiness,
Which, but a lottery win, nought could unite,
Is now the one post’s traffic of our blog;
The which if you with patient eyes attend,
What here shall miss, our summer job shall strive to mend.

[With apologies to William Shakespeare.]

Hole in My Pocket

As much as I love fashion, sometimes it gets a little bit ridiculous. No, scratch that. Sometimes it gets a LOT ridiculous.

Take this photo. See that bag? It’s $55. That doesn’t seem too bad for a designer bag. Everyone needs a reusable grocery bag in her life, and the cost per use would eventually make the purchase worth it. Right?

Not so much. I own a bag very similar; it was purchased many years ago at a kitchen supply store to hold my dance shoes. It’s made of cotton, can stretch to hold a small child, and has lasted me 10 years. It also cost me under $10.

I have no problem with designers charging more money for bags that are worth more money: ones with clever design, better quality hardware, genuine leather, hand stitching. I even understand the markup for a designer name, and that will make people pay more for a “hot” purchase. But this is a shopping bag. Unless it’s made out of pure hair of a unicorn and knitted by the Queen of England herself, it’s not worth that kind of money.

For the record, you can buy natural string shopping bag for $5 on Amazon.com. Or DIY-types could make their own with a free pattern. But I wonder: how many poor saps actually bought the $55 bag?

» Photo from Fade to Blue @ Teen Vogue.com