That moment when you finally buy a brand that you've loved for years and never felt like you could afford. My budget hasn't changed. But after posting about loving Mara Hoffman a month ago, I started thinking... why not afford this brand? It may take a chunk of my budget. But if I know that I will wear this maxi dress way more often because I love it so much more than other dresses, then it makes sense! I did due diligence and waited until the price was as low as possible - using an old trick where I keep adding dresses to my cart until I figure out how many are left in stock. I use the # in stock to determine whether to wait or pull the trigger. In this case there were 6 left so I waited until the price went down to $98. My patience was rewarded because the dress is SO pretty in person! As colorful and vibrant as I hoped. The second dress below was a bit of a surprise - it's swim material (like an actual swim suit) so not sure if I'm keeping it yet. The maxi is a total score though, and hopefully a good lesson in spending more to get the items you really love!
Dress: Mara Hoffman/6pm, $98
Clutch: Gap, $16 (similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott c/o NM, $55 (same)
Sunglasses: LOFT, $10
Approx. dates: Purse is 5 years ago. Earrings are recent. Dress is new.