Sunday, June 13, 2010

Raider of the Outlet Malls

It's no secret to most people who know me that I love love love outlet malls.  I am not a fashionista (giggle) so I don't care if I am buying last season's styles.  All I really care about is that I buy last season's styles at discount prices.

While Mr. J and I lived in NYC, we made quarterly trips to the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley, NY.  I forget who actually told me about the place, but oh em gee, it is this frugal girl's dream come true.  I mean, how can you not love a mall that has Gucci, Ferragamo, Fendi, Chanel, and Jimmy Choo at discount prices?  ::swoon::  Since we discovered this place, we started a love affair with all outlet malls.  Although I hear only one other outlet mall in the country (I believe somewhere in southern California) can top Woodbury Common's selection of stores, I still find some great designer names at the ones located near us in Florida.  There are three outlet malls within an hour of Tampa, so I am grateful that I get to raid them all every so often.

Yesterday, Mr. J and I went to the Prime Outlets in Ellenton.  He plays in a hockey league at an ice rink that is located right next to these outlets, actually.  This particular outlet mall is always the last on my list preferred shopping destinations.  However, I try to stop by every so often just in case there are some bargains to be had.  This weekend, I scored some great ones!

I went to the outlets looking for a dress to wear at our friends' wedding next weekend.  Long story short, but I basically changed my mind on what I was planning to wear so I spent Thursday and Friday frantically trying on dresses everywhere.  I had no luck at any of my usual places, especially since I only wanted to spend $50 on the dress.  Thankfully, I found this beauty at the J. Crew outlet store.  It was already on sale for $59.99 plus an additional 20% off because it was on the clearance rack.  Yay!

Check out the necklace.  I found it out Charlotte Russe for $6.99.  I was hoping that I would find a matching bracelet, but no.  Mr. J asked me if my outfit was "dressy" enough for the wedding.  I think so, but now he has me second guessing myself.  It's not black tie, or even black tie optional so I think this dress is perfect for an evening reception in a ballroom at a golf resort.  I am planning on wearing my black peep toe pumps with a black clutch.  Thoughts?  Should I wear red pumps with a red clutch instead?  Or some other color?

My other find from J. Crew this weekend was this shirt, which was $20 after the extra 20% off.


  1. LOVE the dress! What a great find!

    I would go with black shoes/purse. You'll look fab! Have a great time at the wedding!

  2. Thanks Bella! I can't wait to blog about the wedding, I am sure there will be lots of fab stuff there (especially the food).