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My Latest Steals: Bronze Beauties

HAPPY COINCIDENCE The week before my cruise to Bermuda, I bought a ton of fun "cruise-wear" from Last minute shopping can cause some serious damage to your budget, but that's a topic for another post. Anyways, I needed to find a big, beachy tote that I could carry around the ship during the day, something with ample room for a towel, sunscreen and other necessities, so I decided to get this sequin weave tote bag. The $40 pricetag kinda made me cringe because it's Forever 21, after all, but like I said, it was getting down to the wire and I had to make a decision, stat.

When my tote arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the unique design, even though it turned out to be bronze and not beige as I assumed from the online pics (yeah, I didn't read the fine print very carefully). Basically, it's like a fully-lined silver sequin bag nestled inside a woven leather-like bronze bag. The overall effect is much less shiny and much more tasteful than it sounds; in fact, the bag is a subtle metallic that glimmers gently in the sunlight. And it was perfect for my vacation.

The happy coincidence was that the night before my cruise, I couldn't resist darting off to Target for more last-minute essentials like those adorable, travel-size toiletries shoes! So necessary. I lucked out and scored an adorable pair of bronze Isaac Mizrahi for Target t-strap sandals for just $7.48 on clearance. I can't tell you how amazing these shoes are. They have leather uppers, comfy 3" inch heel, and look equally fab with jeans or a dress. I had planned on wearing 4" stilettos for all the evening activities on the cruise, but after a little turbulence our first night, I was so glad I had packed my new chunky heels. Besides, you end up doing a lot of walking on those ships, and a lot of stair climbing, and a lot of dancing, so these shoes proved to be a dream. (What, oh what will we do when Isaac leaves us for Liz?)

One thing to note: The t-straps are still $29.99 at (also come in silver), so you may want to check your local brick-n-mortar for the best deal if you're interested. Above, I put together a simple outfit so you could see how everything looks in real life. What makes me most happy is the bag and shoes aren't too matchy, but when combined, they add a nice touch to just about any casual to semi-dressy look.

>> Sequin Weave Tote Bag at, $39.80
>> Isaac Mizrahi for Target Pat T-Strap Sandals at, $29.99

Great choice. The skirt is cute. But I'd lose the scarf...not a fan of scarves
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#2 Vincent (Homepage) on 2008-08-20 07:45 (Reply)
The bag and shoes are great! I found a pair of great olive green wedges at Target the other day for $4.99 on clearance. I figured even if I wore them only a few times, that was a good enough deal!
#3 taylor (Homepage) on 2008-08-20 08:09 (Reply)
That is one gorgeous bag!
#4 Anusha (Homepage) on 2008-08-20 08:43 (Reply)
Aww, I like that look on you. I especially like how the scarf, shoes and bag all complement each other. I would wear that!
BTW, thanks for you nice comment about my jewelry-I really appreciate that!
#5 Real Style Real people (Homepage) on 2008-08-20 11:48 (Reply)
Great finds, lady. Gotta love teh shiny. And I love seeing you rock those summery scarves!
#6 Sal (Homepage) on 2008-08-20 13:40 (Reply)
just want to le ya gals know about this wonderful website i found,, it has the most amazing sunglasses at very affordable prices..check it out i just bought 3
#7 jenny santos on 2008-08-20 14:12 (Reply)
Bronze is back, and *so cute*!!!
#8 Lynn G on 2008-08-20 17:49 (Reply)
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