a material girl stuck in a not-so-material work world


I heart B&BW Outlet

I love Bath & Body Works. I love their body cream and shower gels, and the fact that they have unique other brands. My favorite scent is Sheer Freesia, and for YEARS I've been trying to find the trial size body creams of it (I keep them everywhere). I don't think I've ever even seen one. Until yesterday.

I discovered the Bath & Body Works Outlet Store at Katy Mills Mall in Katy, TX.

Not only did they have the Sheer Freesia trial size body creams, they were 99 CENTS (regular price is $3.50)! I bought 10.

I also found Tropical Passionfruit full size body cream for 75% off (~$2.60) - it's still $10.50 at the regular B&BW stores (and $5 online)! All other full size body lotions (same packaging & scents as in the stores, as well as some discontinued scents) were $5. They had gift sets and all kinds of other stuff too.

If you are lucky enough to live near one of the seven Bath & Body Works Outlet stores - GO, stock up.

I heart Gap dresses

I think I buy at least 2 dresses from the Gap (or Gap Outlet) every year. Gap clothes always seem to fit me correctly or something. I have the perfect sexy strapless LBD that I got at the Gap Outlet for $10 that I have worn twice on NYE and out to a fancy LA nightclub. With a great pair of heels and a clutch - it's perfect.

I got this dress a couple months ago, and it's so cute, yet forgiving. Perfect for summer.

At the Gap Outlet at Katy Mills yesterday, I found a similarly cut dress in the most GORGEOUS deep royal blue color (I've wanted a dress this color FOREVER ... and by forever, I mean since last summer.). $34.99? It's mine. I think it also came in black (much like this one at Gap that's $49.50).


I heard Unexpected Finds

When looking at cheap-er handbags ($25-$60), I usually end up not getting them, because I usually convince myself that I would rather save the $25 to put towards a higher quality bag that I love. However, when I saw this bag, I loved the shape, and the gold hardware, I immediately liked it. And it wasn't $25, it wasn't even $10... It was FIVE DOLLARS!

It's not leather, of course, but it's a pretty nice purse (and doesn't smell like plastic, which is usually my problem with cheap non-leather purses). And for the price, even if I only carry it today, it will be ok. $5! Seriously!

So, where did I find it? Garden Ridge! It was on a table at the front of the store with a bunch of other $5 bags (including this one in brown).

[Sorry for the crappy picture, it's with my (older) camera phone]


Red Steve Madden Pumps

Inside my head while in the Nordstrom shoe department...

"I'm tired of red shoes, where are the blue and the yellow?"

"Patent will be out by the end of the summer... so I really don't need any more patent!"

"I really don't need any more pumps... I need open toes - it's summer!"

"Steve Madden shoes have gotten so uncomfortable!"


[Red, Patent, Steve Madden Pumps at Nordstrom, $69. Also in black patent & a satin polka dot.]

Love the cream strap in the back (that can go to the front, so you could wear them Mary Jane-style), and the red is a gorgeous deep red... and the heel is a comfortable 3". I wore them all day on Saturday (with my black & white chain-print wrap dress & red patent clutch from Express) to a graduation, dinner, and party - a little stiff, but no blisters!


I heart Cam Diaz's look

She looks amazing. Love the blue necklace and earrings with the dress.


Bright shoes, where are you?

I really love yellow shoes for Spring 2007. With gray or black... yummy!

I bought these (in yellow), but the heel seems too high (3 & 5/8"!). I still have them though. I might have to just keep them... especially since they are now sold out on Zappos! [Charles by Charles David Chime, $115] They still have them on Piperlime for $105 (probably because the pic on there doesn't do them justice). p.s. Get the Turquoise or Bone colored ones here for $39.98!

I scoured NYC for shoes last weekend. No luck. They either don't have my size, or the color is wrong for my skin, or they just don't work (and this is of the very few pairs of yellow shoes I saw).

I am also loving blue and green shoes. And for some reason, these pink ones called out to me at Macy's (but I didn't get them).

[$69 at Macy's]

[Marine blue shoes at Macy's (on sale for $45)]

Cute, but lately, Steve Madden's shoes have gotten sooo uncomfortable, and the reviews on Zappos confirm it.

I also saw a navy/royal blue dress with orange & white heels in lucky, and thought it looked cute. I'm not sure about orange though.

[Tahari Slingbacks, $110 at Macy's]
[BCBGirls "Library" Pump in Sunrise, $98 at Macy's or Piperlime (free shipping)] Apparently they were available in yellow also at one time.