Monday, June 22, 2009

Look for Less: Valentino Floral Tote

If I had a million dollars, I'd have a Valentino 'Glamorous' floral tote in every color. With a bouquet of leather flower embellishments, it totally lives up to its name. But with a princely $2,995 price tag, I can only wipe the drool from my mouth in bag envy.

But I refused to be defeated. I was a woman on a shopping mission. So I set my Shop It To Me alerts in the unlikely event the bag goes on sale at an amount that wouldn't have me deciding between Ramen noodle flavors. Yeah, still waiting.

I had better luck searching through the hundreds of retail sites I have bookmarked and my admittedly obsessive tendencies paid off.

Check out this totally cute 'Oasis Flower Satchel' from Jessica Simpson. Yes, you read that right. Who knew? Jess might not know the difference between canned chicken and tuna but the girl has an eye for cute accessories. The style obviously isn't as luxe as the one by Valentino but it captures the same spirit of whimsy and it's tres summertime fabulous.

It's on sale for $69.99 (from $98) at Baker's Shoes which is one of my all-time favorite stores. I've been shopping at the one in Chi-town since scrunchies were in and have yet to make a trip without leaving with a shopping bag. Or two. Definitely some of the best prices on trendy shoes and bags in the city.

What do you think of my frugal find, lambs?

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