Part 4 MakeOver of the Year : Shopping Spree at Buffalo Exchange

The Total Shopping Spree amount was $500.00  I decided to divide the prize $250.00 each at Buffalo Exchange and Dillard’s.  I chose Buffalo Exchange because I knew we would find one of a kind treasures at a great price  and I was right!  I wanted Jodi to get the most out of her money and introduce her to one of my favorite stores.




Jodi met me at the Buffalo Exchange on Speedway and Campbell001The management which consisted of Jennifer and Rachel  greeted us openly and helped us with anything we needed.  Thanks to both of you and Amelia.  All of you were so helpful that day. 012

The Shopping Strategy was to pull clothes first and then try everything on.  We were specifically looking for Business Casual, along with Hippy Chic items that would carry over from day to fun night outfits.010

We found so many  great pieces!  Jodi as it was her first time in the store was absolutely amazed!  With my expertise of designer labels and knowledge of quality clothes, I always describe Buffalo as giving candy to a baby when I shop there for clients. Jodi was reluctant when I would hold something up and say “How about this” but she was willing to try and with that attitude beautiful surprises always go home with the client – things she would of never picked out ever!!!!!   Jodi was also blown away as I was educating her on what a great deal she was getting as I was finding designer labels that ran anywhere from $95.00 – $250 per item.

After shopping the racks we headed into the dressing room to try on.  This was a 2 hour process and so much fun.  We scored!

Below- BCBG Black Crop Pants, Retail Value $225.00,  L’Agence Black Knit Long Cardigan, Retail Value $195.00, Banana Republic Blue Dot Top

025 Free People Raspberry Jeans, Peach Sleeveless Top New Tags on $98.00, Anthropologie Ivory Long Cardigan


Banana Republic Dalmatian Top, J Brand Black Jeans

035My favorite find- Knit Fringe Vest by Wool and the Gang,
Retail Value $195


Handkerchief Cotton Tunic by Nicholas K Retail Value $205.00


XXI Sequence Black Vest, Forever 21 Violet Jacket


Additional Items that were purchased:  Smokey Blue Cotton Cardigan by Splendid, Stripe Mini Skirt by Ladakh, Coral Knit Peek a Boo Sweater by Lucky Jeans, Grey Skirt by Express, Olive Leopard Jeans by Rich and Famous


Jodi spent her  $250.00 Gift Certificate which covered  all the items above.  The retail value would of clearly been over $1200.00!  What a deal.

We will be shopping Dillard’s in a few days to fill in the holes that are missing in her wardrobe.   In the meantime the next service for her Makeover is a Haircut and Style  at Studio 110.







I’m into Leather

One of my favorite quotes in a movie is:  “ I’m into leather” in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall.  I have watched this movie at least 20 times and It makes me laugh every time.  Yes I confess I am into leather too!   The quote in the movie comes early as the young Neurotic Alvy Singer reflects on how his old school classmates turned out.

“I run a profitable dress company”

“ I’m President of the Pinkus Plumbing Company”

“I was a heroin addict now I’m a methadone addict”

“ I’m into leather”

If you haven’t seen this movie I highly recommend it.  It’s a classic and won Best Picture.

I am so into leather this fall that I have been hunting and gathering in a very determined manner.  I was very lucky to find some amazing pieces at Buffalo Exchange, Dillard’s and Zara online.  I decided to indulge myself and have a little fun with my leather purchases by having my husband take some photo’s in the Tucson Desert Wash .

Zara Patent Leather Boots. As with handbags, quality is so important and boots play up a sophisticated side to any outfit with just a tiny hint of edginess.

Circa 80’s Italian  Plum Leather Dress-  This is a lot of leather!

Bagatelle Vanilla Leather Moto Jacket – Super Chic and Edgy

Vince Camuto Camel Booties, Wilsons Pelle Brown Glazed Skirt and a Classic Coach Bag with no C’s on it – Just the way I like it.  ALL LEATHER!Escada Indigo Blue Skirt with White Stitching.  The leather is so soft and buttery- this is when you realize what Quality is!

Trina Turk Leather Vest– Very Fitted

Arden B Leather Sash/Belt. So simple but making a grand statement.

Leather Gloves with Fur.  Mac n Jac Black Blazer and Kenneth Cole Black Skirt, Moda Spana Black Booties. Power Suit of 2012.

Perhaps I have inspired you to add a piece or two of leather to your wardrobe. So on that note go thru your magazines and catalogs, get some ideas and visuals and before you know it you might even say out loud  “ I’m into Leather”!