Mix high-end & low-end styles

You probably understood I love fashion when it rhymes with bargains!

But I can’t pass on these high-end styles brands because I do believe it makes your outfit looks like a million bucks. Especially with shoes and handbags. If there is something I’ll spend more money is on these two categories.

Then everybody is able to find a great skinny jean, trendy blouse, blazer, sweater, tees, dress with low-end brands like H&M, Forever 21, Target or mid-end brands like Zara, J. Crew/Factory, Banana Republic, Club Monaco (ladies, always go on sales for these brands, when I know the margin they take, it’s not allowed for the sake of our wallet to buy at full prices).

The question is: where to find high-end styles at reasonable price?

  • Jeremy’s stores: San Francisco: Two South Park and Berkeley: 2967 College Avenue – their merchandise is coming from department stores, items that have been used in advertisements and window displays. Other items they receive are damages and customer returns.
    They also get merchandise from clothing designers who sell their production, sale samples and past season’s stocks.
  • Crossroads: it’s a buy-sell-trade store. I love it, it’s so cheap and I always find something that will give a “wowww”. You need to be patient and look everywhere, on the aisles, etc… There are many stores but my fav ones are on Fillmore & Market St.
  • Seek online when you have a designer piece in mind like Ebay, Threadflip, Poshmark… Trust me, you get amazing deals there! I will write more details about these 2 companies in a different post :Apps/Services…

Look what I’ve got for $130 on POSHMARK: the seller was allowing Bundle Discount meaning that if I was buying more than one item from her, I was able to negotiate the price.

But let me tell you the full story of this purchase, I went to the 7 for All Mankind outlet store few months ago in Gilroy and I was trying jeans on but I wanted to try them with high heels (as I was wearing my running shoes) so my Love grabbed me a random pair of heels but too big for me. And I became obsessed with them, they didn’t have my size in store. So I went online to find them and the winner was POSHMARK I found them totally BRAND NEW along with a skinny snake print jean I wanted last winter.

The original price of the jean was around $200 and for the shoes $225. I’ll let you make the calculation on how much I have saved!

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  • Nordstrom Rack, I can get lost and go crazy in the Palo Alto store ;). I got the cutest camel bag from Vince Camuto there – pix will come!

Going to get anything from any of these mentionned stores? I’d love to see what you’ve got! Do not hesitate to share it with me, get a selfie pic on Instagram and tag me @marjosf.

I hope you are enjoying these tips. Xoxo

Style Session: Be Bright, Be Black, Be Bold

I went shopping few weeks ago in SF downtown and I made a lovely finding. First of all, I have discovered a brand I’ve never shopped before: Club Monaco. I knew this brand but I never dare to go in because I knew it wasn’t really for my budget but that day I wanted to explore different brands and I’ve decided to go in anyway. I’m glad I did.

I found this cute little skirt for $35 only – you can shop it online here http://bit.ly/1fYB71l but price is higher (they had a 30% additional off)! I thought it will be more a spring/summer skirt and I’ll wear it with a white blouse or casual shirt with nude or gold flats… It’s one option.

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But as it’s already Fall and I’m a black lover, I have decided to dress it up with some black and accessorize with some coral/orange notes to pop up the light orange in the skirt.

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  • Mix with my new cut out booties – totally trendy http://bit.ly/1hdPspC,
  • A must have classic black blazer with roll up or not. Mine is from H&M, I got it 2 years ago for $50, update: SOLD OUT NOW AT ZARA,
  • A casual black sweater you can find everywhere but I have selected a J. Crew Factory one with better quality as it’s an essential piece you will wear over and over throughout several seasons, http://bit.ly/HeDT3W,
  • My amazing leather Satchel, I have chose this light purse to boost back the skirt, I bought it on sale few months ago at J. Crew so it sold out but for Fall/Winter they have it in black and in spice colors http://bit.ly/HeEliw and there is also a mini version in black and “paprika”http://bit.ly/1aaKXec, love the mini version, super cute – will wait for the sales,
  • A statement necklace to dress up the outfit – the Olivia Bib Necklace from Stella & Dot http://bit.ly/1dp7sgG. Love it? Want it for free? Contact me and host a trunk show!
  • Makeup: I got this bright coral gloss from bareMinerals – well for free as it was one of the goodies at the last S&D Hoopla. I don’t usually wear gloss but I really love this one and I think for this kind of color, a gloss is the perfect option. http://bit.ly/1bjS6p1
  • Nails: L’Orange by L’Oreal to match my necklace and my lips http://amzn.to/1ih1vA9

Love this outfit? What do you think?

N.B: Parisians are known for wearing just black and when they are a little bit crazy they wear a pop of grey according to the comedian Olivier Giraud.