Tuesday, June 14, 2016

How I Thrifted over $4,000 of Designer Shoes for under $500

For me, thrifting is one of the most fun ways to shop. There's nothing quite like finding an amazing designer piece at 10% of the price, particularly new with tags. (No, I did not make a mistake - not 10% off, ten percent OF the price. Ninety percent off, baby!) In the past week, for instance, I've purchased this mint For Love & Lemons dress and this $330 Parker beaded top - they were $30 each and new with tags. People always ask me how I get so lucky, and to be honest, a lot of it is just the blessing of living in New York. I like to think I have a keen eye for spotting things, but perhaps it really is just serendipity! Even so, I've tried to sum up some of my thrifting tips below in hopes that they'll be helpful to some of you. 

The key to successful thrifting is maintaining a steady rotation and hitting up your favorite spots often.  My favorite stores include A Second Chance Resale, INA Consignment, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, Second Time Around's consignment stores, Housing Works, Tokio 7, Tokyo Joe, Buffalo Exchange, Beacon's Closet, Crossroads, and Cauz for Pawz. They're spread out all over the city, and several have more than one location, so there's always a new place to go. New York City is littered with thrift and consignment shops, and if I walk by one and have the time, I will usually pop in to check it out, get a feel for the merchandise and price point, and see if they've got anything special that day. If you can only go once in a while, don't get too discouraged if you don't find anything some days. Most of the time, I leave empty-handed, too, deeming nothing worth wasting money on. Sometimes you just get lucky!

Of course, as anybody could've guessed, a great deal of success comes from being at the right place at the right time. It just so happens that sometimes, you come into a store right after someone has consigned something fabulous in your size. Successful thrifting also takes knowing what to look for and how to properly inspect it once it's been found. As far as I'm concerned, all bets are off in any secondhand store in terms of authenticity, because plenty of times even the sales people at consignment stores are capable of making a mistake, in my experience. Therefore, it's important to familiarize yourself with what an authentic item from each designer ought to look like. There have been plenty of times I've seen fake bags, shoes, and clothes at secondhand stores. To make yourself comfortable and get a refresher, head over to a local high end department store or boutique and get a feel for the font and tag info from various designers, as well as an idea of what quality to expect. Once you're thrifting, keep your eyes peeled for designer styles - look out for high quality materials or familiar designs. Sometimes, I'll recognize a shoe or piece of clothing from a mile away, walk over, confirm my guess, and happily try it on. 

I'm only particularly enthused about buying things if they're new, particularly new with tags. This is especially true for shoes, but luckily and surprisingly, most of the shoes I've found have actually been new. If you're buying clothing secondhand, inspect it thoroughly for pulls, stains, holes, or other general wear. Sometimes these things are hard to notice at first glance. 
I've been having incredible luck with shoes these past few months, so without further ado, here are my latest finds!

Walter Steiger Venom Triple Buckle Claw Heel Booties
Walter Steiger Venom Triple Buckle Claw Heel Booties - $65 - Retail $995 (93% off)
(similar here)

My spree began with these gorgeous Walter Steigers, though I was wary of throwing down the money for them considering the crazy heel...but ultimately, that's kind of why I wanted them to begin with. I love Walter Steiger's claw heel, and these were surprisingly walkable. I think it would be unreasonable for me to spend over $100 on these, since they're not a shoe I can wear often, but for $65, I figured, why not? These were new.

Burberry Splotched Check Rain Boots gray
Burberry Splotched Check Rain Boots - $20 (Half off from $40!) - Retail: $225 (91% off)
(similar here and here; I still want these)
I'll be honest, I can't wholeheartedly recommend Burberry rain boots, because if you ever accidentally rub your feet against each other, the boots develop hideous dark splotches. That's why I purchased these Jimmy Choos a while ago, to wear instead of my classic oversized camel check Burberry rain boots. These particular boots kind of avoid that problem by already being covered in splotches as part of their design. They also happened to be half off, making them only twenty bucks. 

Alexander Wang Mackenzie Cut Out Suede Boots
Alexander Wang Mackenzie Cut Out Suede Boots - $95 - Retail: $625 (85% off)

These are just breath-taking and unbelievably cool; I can't wait to feature them in an outfit post! They're probably not a pair of boots I would have shelled out a lot of money for, because, again, heels (I'd rather pay money for flat boots I can wear every day, let's be real), but these were too cool to pass up. I love Alexander Wang. (I have a few other new pairs to share with you!)

Wine Oxblood Vince Chase Burgundy Foldover Boots Bordeaux

Wine Oxblood Vince Chase Burgundy Foldover Boots Bordeaux
 Vince Chase Burgundy Foldover Boots - $65 - Retail: $498 (87% off)
(Similar here, here, and here)
These burgundy Vince boots are one one of my favorite colors, and the leather is so buttery and soft. They can be worn two ways, though I think I prefer the leather when it's not folded over. These also perfectly match a new Celine Trio bag I may or may not have purchased....🙈

Isabel Marant Suede Dicker Boots
Isabel Marant Suede Dicker Boots - $30 - Retail $635 (95% off)
I was initially never crazy about these, but I understand the hype - they're easy to match and very comfortable; it hardly feels like you're wearing a heel. At $30, I couldn't pass them up. Channeling my inner Rosie Huntington Whiteley in 3, 2, 1....💃

Coach Tavi Booties blacl leather silver hardware
Coach Tavi Booties - $40 - Retail $225 (82% off)
These might be the only pair I had second thoughts about, but they were brand new and I figured that it would be good to have a pair of boots with a heel that I don't have to worry about. I can easily wear these to a bar or a club and not concern myself with protecting them from any potential danger that might befall them. I'm generally really careful with all of my designer shoes (they're my babies!) and I hate wearing them to places I know they're likely to be ruined... (ahem dirty New York City bars....dirty New York city streets....dirty New York City subway....have you booked your ticket yet?)

Pour la Victoire Estel Crisscross Studded Bootie
The leather on these is so buttery and soft! They look killer on, too. These were brand new and I thought they were fun, and since I don't have any peep toe cut out booties, I totally justified this purchase to myself.  😅      

Acne Studios Brown Cypress Booties
Acne Studios Brown Cypress Booties - $130 - Retail $720 (82% off)
I've wanted these forever, either in this brown color or black (or both, really), but couldn't pull the trigger because: I have plenty of boots, the heel is a little high, and the price was never good enough. The lowest price I'd seen them for was a bit over $200 or $250...but when I saw them brand new for $130, I couldn't resist. I mean, could you? Look at these babies! They'll match my vintage LV Monceau and thrifted Monsieur Gavriel Cammello tote ($45! Retails for $585)

So, there's my little (not so little) boot haul...I'll be sharing a bunch more with you guys soon, as well as whatever other tips I think of! Let me know what you'd like to see and if you have any questions. Wishing everyone a great week!

Total Cost: $490
Total Retail Value: $4,273

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Madrid Haul: Dior, Maje, Celine, Prada

madrid haul maje celine shopping designer bags prada dior valentino
Earlier this summer, I traveled to Madrid with my best friend Audrey. We had a beautiful time in Spain! We wound up buying a few fancy things in Madrid, especially because the awesome friend we were staying with (thank you, Bobby!) lived right by a great street for shopping. Here's what we got...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

8 Dependable NYC Brunch Spots // Manhattan

fried chicken, buttermilk cheddar waffles, mac and cheese, pork belly bacon, arnold palmer, peach caprese salad at root and bone brunch in nyc
Click behind the cut to see which spot is #1 
If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably swiftly deduced that brunch is, in typical white girl fashion, my favorite meal. To everyone's great dismay (except that of restauranteurs, perhaps?), brunch in New York can be unreasonably expensive and still leave you feeling unsatisfied. To avoid wasting money, I've made it my personal duty to scope out drool-worthy breakfast spots in the city (particularly those that serve breakfast late, or better yet, all day) so that I'm never at a loss for where to go. I would like to pass on some of my New York City brunch knowledge to you! :) Today, I'll be sharing eight of my go-to spots around the city (Manhattan specifically, at least in this post) and some of my favorite dishes there. I'll be doing more breakfast and food-themed posts soon, including where not to go. In the meantime, you can follow me along on my food adventures on Instagram @MissYanaCherie if you like :)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Style Crush: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

I've admired Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's style for ages, so I decided to put together a little inspo post of some outfits I love from her. :) With fall's impending arrival, I'm excited to wear big, comfy sweaters, jackets, hats, and booties!
Go behind the cut for more photos :)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Summer Espadrille Haul: Valentino + Jimmy Choo

Summer's impending arrival mandated a fresh update to my shoe collection, and unsurprisingly, I opted for new espadrilles by two of my favorite shoe designers - Valentino and Jimmy Choo.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

"Style is much more interesting than fashion, really." -Marc Jacobs



Despite supposed claims of spring, New York's lackluster weather remains gloomily rainy. Thankfully, my draped AllSaints coat keeps me cozy and stylish. I paired it with Acne boots and a bordeaux Balenciaga, my baby from the Holiday Hamilton S/S 2012 collection (similar versions are available here and here).

Sunday, April 5, 2015

mad for matcha: chalait (restaurant review)


I must shamefully (but unsurprisingly) admit that I deign to be an insufferable iPhone-wielding brute who, upon gleefully eyeing various dubious assortments (are you seeing these green lattes?) placed before me by unsuspecting waiters, earnestly snaps photo after photo. An uncouth barbarian, I snatch picturesque plates away from protesting friends, vigilant to ensure that not a bite is consumed until I can capture their dishes in their immaculate states. Often, I outlandishly stand up to take photos of my food in the midst of bustling cafes, like the weirdo that I am.
That's right - no shame. 



Fortunately, I take solace in knowing that I am not alone in my affliction; nor is my fondness for inane latte art unique to me. Indeed, many others enthusiastically photograph macarons with their macchiatos, nonchalantly positioning their plates - you see, I know, because in these tiny, overcrowded cafes, all the overzealous Instagram "photographers" have the luxury of observing one another...and because Chalait is tagged in a fresh, new photo every ten to twelve seconds. 

Fastidious as I am, these elaborate arrangements are fitted neatly into square boxes in accordance with Instagram's now-cemented standards and doctored hastily to my liking. Of course, all of this tedious pinch-to-crop labor is only undertaken long after the overpriced cuisine has settled in my ever undaunted stomach. Thankfully, my tendency of going out for brunch (read: inability to cook at home) has made me awfully discerning, and thus, I am going to share my wealth of New York City brunch knowledge with you. First on the list was my review of Ladurée - the post can be found here

Today, I will be sharing one of the most Instagram-worthy cafes I know of in New York - Chalait. The spot is usually fairly crowded and not exceptionally large, but the traffic is fast-paced - surprising if you consider that most patrons spend approximately seven to eight minutes hunched over their tables, eyes twitching, maniacally snapping away with their phones...