Thursday, September 24, 2009

Monday Funday!!

On Monday I had the day off, and as you know in my post on Sunday, I was contemplating if I should get the Ali Flap in Mahogany or not. The thing is, there was only one left in a store about an hour away and I was having a hard time justifying a)buying it and b)driving an hour for a purse.

So Sunday night I tossed and turned all night in my sleep and finally decided that I shouldn't go, I need to save my money and behave. Even though the bag would come down graciously in price to $160 with my discount from $398. But alas, I just couldn't justify it.

Monday morning rolls around and I decide to check out the outlet's website where the Coach store is that had the Ali, and I see that they are a Simon Brand Mall. Instantly a light bulb goes off in my head: I still have a $100 gift card to Simon Malls from my Mom for my birthday! After squealing with excitement and running around the house a few times I got ready and was on my way!

An hour of cruising in the Jetta to some sweet tunes I finally arrived at my destination: One of Two of the Flagship Coach Outlet Stores in Northern California.
Once inside, I introduced myself and let them know a friend of mine who works there put this beloved gem on hold for me:
With tax after my gift card I only had to pay $73 for this baby!! She is so pretty and the leather is SO comfortable. I get so excited every time I walk in the closet and see her! :)

With nothing but time on my hands during this girls day out with myself, I decided to drive around the rest of the outlet (because in all honestly it was too HUGE to walk around). Just as I think I'm going to get out of there cheap and easy, I see something that I had no idea existed- it was seriously like seeing a unicorn.

A Le Creuset Outlet!
I immediately pulled into a front row parking space and rushed in! The man who was working was SO nice and hilarious. He was about as gay as they come, and was dressed nicer than I was. He was so funny and was a great salesman. All in all and $198 later, I came away with 7 things!! I can only disclose a few of them because the rest are Christmas Gifts! Oh and the nice man gave me a BUNCH of coupons for next month - looks like I will be visiting him again soon! Oh and when I left he thanked me for talking and said he had a great time haha!

How cute are these little dessert ramekins!? I got two of these!

I also got the Le Creuset Cookbook that I have been wanting, a 2.75 Qt Soup Dish in a really cute green color, and some other great things. The prices were UNBELIEVABLE and they had first and second choice quality products. So you could buy second quality that would have a extra little cosmetic flaw, but was otherwise perfect. Knowing me, and my OCD I of course still got the first quality, but I mean really, it was such a great price I didn't mind paying a few extra dollars for the first quality!

When I got home I decided to tackle a craft project that I have had in the back of my mind for a while now. Let me explain my vision: Every time I got to American Eagle's Aerie store they tie my bag closed with a super cute ribbon. Being the weirdo that I am I have saved them all knowing I would find something to do with them. So one day it hit me: I should make a ribbon bouquet. I've never seen it before, so I totally just made this up as I went.

Cute Ribbons!
Wooden Dowels, some green wire sticks, and floral tape
I took the little wire sticks and put them through the back of the bows I tied, then I wrapped the dowels in floral tape, and used the tape to secure the wire holding the bow onto the dowel, thus making it kinda look like when people have those flower pens, but not - haha.

Up close of my ribbon bouquet!
I finished it off by putting some sand in the bottom of the cute Ikea vase!
It turned out to be the perfect decoration for my craft/sewing table!
After my crafty project I made a trip to the gym, and made a yummy chicken and pasta dinner in my new green Le Creuset!! It was a great day off and an excellent way to start the week. Today is my second day off for the week, so hopefully I can get just as much done today :)

-Katie

8 comments:

Steph said...

I want a new purse. The ribbon bouquet is so cute. Great idea.

Annie said...

yay! you got the purse! love it!
your little ribbon bouquet is such a cute and fun idea for a craft room :)
sounds like you had a perfect day off!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

yay! I'm glad you were able to get the bag!

cassi said...

I tagged you with an award on my blog! :)

Maryellen said...

You made a wise decision-the purse is great!

I love your ribbon bouquet.

:)

Lil' Woman said...

What a great deal! :)
And your ribbon bouquet...adorable! :)

Sarah Ann said...

Aww that is so cute. I love how girlie you are. =]

Jules said...

It sounds like a very productive day and I love the new Coach bag. I love when I realize I have a gift card for things like that too! It kind of justifies the purchase. The heart shaped ramekins are so cute and I'm sure you'll find plenty of uses for them. I didn’t even know they had Le Creuset outlets. Good to know!

I love your little ribbon project. Such a cute idea! I would like to make something like this for my desk at work.