Sales: Where un-affordable becomes affordable

There are at least two times of years when I splurge the most.  During the mid year sales and end of year/new year sales.  The latter I feel the most guilty for and I'm often the poorest for. The process of planning to have a stack of money saved up for this dream purchase time still eludes me.  Maybe that's a good thing. After all how much more do any of us really need?  Fortunately tighter purse strings means less purchases (who would have thought this could be good...) and although it doesn't do away with having to exercise self control, it highlights the need to be more realistic than liberal.

I'm a bit of a sales stalker.  There just seems to be so much around come sale time that was on my wish list. I don't recall this being the case some years back.  The downside of sales for me is that it makes the pinch of paying full retail so much harder to bare at other times of the year.  I have to admit, come towards the end of the seasonal drops that hit the stores, I start to refrain from purchasing, holding off instead for the mega sales which thankfully these days quite often hit the 50-70% range.  Suddenly the un-affordable can or does become affordable which in turn automatically makes a new buy justifiable.  I have personally succumbed to the delusion that a highly reduced price makes an item necessary.

But sales can bring about opportunities.  For instance, it's the perfect time to pick up those big ticket items (think in terms of coats, bags or shoes that were originally above your budget but you desperately wanted).  The little finds are great, but it's the designer sales that will reap you the largest savings by far.  

You can find savings at every turn at the moment and since they are nearing the end, the reductions are massive. You just have to be one of the lucky few that finds your ideal item, in your size.  This does require some luck. Case in point, my touch of fortune with the sales afforded me the Walter Steiger heels (below) from Miss Louise, Melbourne. At full retail they would never have been a consideration.  


Here are some links to my favourite online sites nearing the end of their sales that have eye catching pieces still for offer:

If you are in Melbourne, I recommend checking out the in-store sales that these boutiques currently have on:

Green with Envy 
(stores in Melbourne City, South Yarra and Richmond) - see website for details

181 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Miss Louise 
The Westin, 205 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 - see website for more details


  1. Hah... love your way with words. Sales are great.. it's making high fashion more accessible.

  2. It is hard to resist great sales and I would say those shoes are worth every penny!

    xx Kelly

  3. Those shoes are beautiful! :) Good on you for scoring things on sale!

    Still remember getting a pair of Balenciaga sandals for $299 in the Miss Louise sale last time I was in Melbourne - so lucky!

    I think the more time I spend shopping online the more I realise everything goes on sale eventually - or you get a coupon code for it! I've been good and not bought too much in the Christmas/New Years sales, as tempting as some of them have been!

  4. I totally agree with you. Sometimes The "touch of fortune" is necessary! Have a nice we

  5. I know exactly what you mean. My bank account is feeling it right now and won't recover until March. The sales were so good this year I even ordered something from The New Guard and I live in California!


  6. Sometimes I go a little crazy when they have sales too! Well actually I can go crazy at the mall no matter what. I'm trying to cut myself off! Anyway I love you those shoes. Those colors are gorgeous.


  7. I will check these online sites for sure. Thanks so much for sharing the info girl. So so kind!!!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

  8. So great!!!! I love it!!!

  9. Those shoes are so, so pretty! I am such sucker for floral print! :)

  10. oh those shoes are beautiful babe! i love sale season too, though i've been doing a bit TOO much shopping lately.. green with envy is one of my fave melbourne stores!

    steph /

  11. Green with Envy have the best sales IMO - I remember being in Melbourne and popping in to find that they had an additional sale running that day, and thinking, just my luck now I can afford to buy those two dresses I want AND a pair of shoes. HAHA. Sales are always dangerous, and I think it's part of the danger of eBay also - buying things that are a really good price compared to retail, either brand new or in new condition. I was quite restrained this sale time and really only bought things from J Crew and a couple things from Topshop. Nothing from the shops for once!

  12. I actually haven't splurged in a while (yay!) but I so agree, when an item that was expensive goes on major sale, I automatically want to put it into the basket and buy it! (Even if I don't really need it). By the way, I LOVE your shoes, such a gorgeous print and the curved heel is so cool.

  13. I know exactly what you mean. The moment something is on sale, and even if its reduced to a price that you normally would run away at- it just seems so worth it and you instantly add it to the top of your wishlist. Terrible. I've been trying to be good this year (saving up for an overseas trip) so I've been avoiding the sales like crazy

    x karen

  14. Amazing heels.


  15. Closely watching the sales is the only thing that makes January bearable for me! Love these heels, good spot! xxx

    South Molton St Style

  16. Hot shoes! :)


  17. OMG these shoes! These gorgeous, colorful shoes <3

    Thank you so much for the sweet words, dear! I love your blog! Following you <3


  18. Those shoes are amazing! Congrats with this great find and I can't wait to see you wearing them. I find myself holding back as well when sales time is only a few weeks away.

  19. Oh wow! You bought these Steigers. I was privileged enough to meet Walter Steiger's eldest son who's just a sweet and unassuming guy. They make absolutely stunning shoes.

  20. Ahh, I LOVE the shoes! They are gorgeous!

  21. thanks for the links! definitely will check them out. xxx

  22. Those heels are so pretty! I know what you mean when you say you don't remember sales being so frequent a few years back. They're so hard to resist! Thanks for checking out my blog!
    xx Allie
    A Song to Pass the Time

  23. Beautiful shoes! xoxo ♥

  24. MdlC, London30.1.13

    Great shoes! I absolutely agree. I also wait for sales, especially to the very the end as I know I can score some great bargains for things I had my eye on. Its a risk but it can pay off. For example I just bought the Haider Ackermann suede Janis coat for nearly 90% off and a pair of Alaia sandals for 85% off. Merry me :) And I LOVE YOUR BLOG!