In Style, What I bought

April 2012: What I bought

After the last two months of spending sprees, this one has been mostly about replacing items that have been on my list for a long time or other practical pieces.

2 pairs of Carson Frye ballet flats = $300

Wait. I know what you’re thinking — If this girl wanted to replace her ONE pair of Rudsak leather flats she wore to death, why in the hell is she buying TWO pairs!?

I want two pairs so I can alternate.

It’s not good to wear the same pair of shoes day in and day out, they will start to grow bacteria and smell so awful from the walking and sweat that you can’t do anything but toss them in the garbage.

(Yes, this is exactly what I had to do with my Rudsak flats)

Sure, I wash my feet every day after wearing them, but letting the shoes have a day of rest in between is what I really need to do.

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SKAGEN 858XLSLD Steel Super Slim Brown Watch = $60

Finally found a men’s watch that is simple, minimalist, VERY light.

I am going to get rid of my Fossil watches — the bands have broken on both (the clasp keeps snapping off), and it’s about time I got something less heavy and more minimalist.

I couldn’t believe how slim the face is (it’s like the thickness of a QUARTER!), and although the face itself is a tad large for my wrist, it’s exactly the men’s watch I wanted.


*checks it off her list*

….and for only $60 on Amazon, versus the $110+ that Bloomingdales wanted to charge me.

Meet the Skagen 858XLSLD Steel Super Slim Brown Watch

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It also comes in a black crocodile strap but I preferred something plain and simple, and I am not really a huge fan of black.

 

POLARIZED RAY BAN SUNGLASSES = $129

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I also read Boba for Money’s post on “Things that are worth the money“:

Polarized Sunglasses

I work in the health care industry, and I’ve seen firsthand what the difference polarized sunglasses (vs. regular uva/b protecting sunglasses) can do in the longterm.

…and immediately went out to hunt down a pair of polarized sunglasses.

The only pair that looked similar to the ones I have (non-polarized), and fit well on my face with my lack of a nose bridge, were these RayBans.

Saks wanted to charge me $178 before tax, so I found them on Amazon for $129. I can’t seem to find the exact link and seller, but the items shipped from a third-party seller, but via Amazon’s Fulfillment Warehouse, not directly from the sellers themselves.

3M GOLD PRIVACY FILTER = $42

Well. Worth. It. There’s the cheaper grey 3M privacy screen and this 3M gold privacy filter, which I hear is much better (via reviews).

I HATE IT when people walk by and stare/can see my screen.

I’m not doing anything illegal, but sometimes things are private, like emails you write (even if it isn’t info-sensitive), or maybe I’m booking flights or a hotel and I feel weird if they are reading where I plan on staying the next week.

Whatever the case is, being in an open office plan with my fellow colleagues, makes me want to hide my screen from curious eyes.

It’s like a blackout screen for your computer, so only you can see what you’re reading, or anyone else directly behind you.

Anyone passing by on the side, won’t see a thing. It’s also very handy to use in cafes like Starbucks or in college 😉

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10 Comments

  1. Boba Money

    The ray bans look nice! These are all very useful items, especially the filter!

    Reply
    1. Mochi & Macarons

      I find them dark at times but I can tell the difference in the glare!!

      Reply
  2. Daisy

    I love those flats, in both colors. I hate wearing the same shoes every day; smelling like feet is not cute.

    Reply
    1. Mochi & Macarons

      It gets tough if you don’t alternate!!

      Reply
  3. Leigh

    Why did you pick the Carson Frye ballet flats over another brand? I’m totally with you on alternating shoes – I do the same thing.

    I bought my sunglasses on endless.com – owned by Amazon. I ordered four pairs and then kept the ones that fit and I liked the best.

    I love your what I bought posts!! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Mochi & Macarons

      Well I had been researching ballet flats ever since I realized that my other ones would die. I wanted something that would be minimalist, super soft leather and not too low cut in the front (shoes don’t stay on my feet otherwise). Then I heard about Frye and started looking at their leather shoes and thought the Carson was perfect. I tried them on in person and was sold!!
      I will say that I will buy a size 6 rather than a 6.5 next time. I am normally a 7 but they run big, and I am feeling even the 6.5 is too big! I had to put heel pads in.
      I also researched sunglasses and these Raybans fit and looked the best on my face 🙂
      Thanks!! I should have less What I Bought posts I hope, but who knows…. Being in NYC is tempting :/

      Reply
  4. B. (Below Her Means)

    I want a privacy filter! That kicks ass.

    Reply
    1. Mochi & Macarons

      Very cheap on Amazon 🙂 they’re in stores too!

      Reply
  5. Mochi & Macarons

    Yep. Exactly why I bought it.

    It is great in airports!!!

    Really hard to work with for more than an hour though, I find it super dark…

    Reply

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