Wednesday Potpourri: Blogs, Benches, and Dresses

Wednesday Potpourri: Blogs, Benches, and Dresses

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"Spend less, live better..."  That is certainly something we can all aspire to!  Enter Living Luxe for Less, a brand new blog by one of my best (and most stylish) friends in the world!  Every day she posts about finding great deals in fashion, home decor, and even food and wine!  Jenn is a Connecticut native who lives in NYC and has her finger on the pulse of all things stylish!

Living well doesn't have to be expensive!  Take a look at her love list below, and be sure to add Living Luxe for Less to your daily reads!

Moving on to benches...  We've posted many times about our love for classic X-benches.  They are so stylish yet functional, two things that don't often go hand in hand!  Of course, being both stylish and functional, they are also typically rather expensive.  Imagine our delight to see an affordable X-bench the other week on Copy Cat Chic!

Here is the $1550 version from Williams Sonoma Home:

And, now, for the $147 version from BA Sofa:

  These would be so easy to reupholster in cute fabric.  Place a pair at the foot of your bed, or under a console table in your entryway!

And now to the dresses...

Last weekend, my little family went up to Montreat to escape the Charlotte heat.  Montreat is about 20 minutes east of Asheville, so we usually head into Asheville at least once when we are up there.  Asheville is a neat town with a lot of character.  There are some fun design stores and vintage stores that I like to check out in Asheville.  Keep in mind that since Asheville is a mountain town, the style there leans a bit towards the granola loving hippies.  It is perfectly acceptable to wear hiking boots to Sunday brunch there, even if you have no intention of actually going hiking that day.  I don't do this of course.  Anyway, because of the typical style there, I don't usually think of it as a place to shop for clothes.  Until now...

I was casually flipping through a rack of vintage clothes when something pretty and pink caught my eye.  Here is the camera phone pic I sent to MoS Washington.

It didn't have a label or size.  And the pattern seemed vaguely familiar.  My first thought was "vintage Pucci" but then I remembered I was in the land of cargo shorts and Birkenstocks.  Surely not.  Was it an XOXO or My Michelle gem from the Juniors Section of Belks?  Embedded in the pattern was a logo of sorts that read either IPFR or EPFR.  A quick Google search on my Blackberry confirmed:  Emilio Pucci for Formfit Rogers.  I didn't care who or what Formfit Rogers was- I grabbed it and ran to the cash register.  It had been marked down and down and down.  God bless the Asheville hippies who turn up their nose at pink and purple!  I paid $3.50 for it. 

A little after-the-fact research told me that early in his career Emilio Pucci did a line for a lingerie company, Formfit Rogers.  That means this dress is actually probably a nightgown, but I truly would never know by looking at it (and aside from some Madonna-themed parties in college, I am the last person to wear lingerie as clothing, trust me).  I love the dress (it's more of a tunic on my 6' tall self, definitely to be worn with leggings or skinny jeans), and I can't wait to wear it.

This is the stuff that dreams are made of.  At least for those of us who love to hunt for bargains!  Have a great day!

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