I find it harder and harder to post about Budget Finds, in large part because the online bargains no longer seem so cheap. Here’s a quick comparison between high street & thrift finds to explain:
Zara VBack Teal Dress, $89.90:
Disclaimer: I’m not knocking Zara. They’re one of my top three high street brands, along with H&M and [one of a rotating list of brands that are not as consistent]. I would wear the crap out of that dress.They also have other great things right now like this sequin shirt, this polka dot top, or this colored sweater.
Recent Thrift Store Finds, $25.00:
The skirt is Theory and has pockets, the two dark blue-green shirts are Ann Taylor Loft, while the other two are just cute. They’re all in nearly new condition; the skirt & shirt on the far right were just under $10 each, while the other three were under $2. So, you want to go thrifting?
To find a good thrift store in your area, visit Thriftshopper.com’s National Thrift Store Directory.
Renee C. says
Awesome buy! I love the color (of course). Good point about the crazy sales lately, too.
Yes, I’ve read Ooku. I love the author, and think the manga is a fascinating premise well-executed. However, the English translation uses a Fakespearean dialect (“thy, thou, wherefore”), and it drives me bananas. It’s improved in later volumes, but it’s a stumbling block for many readers. The manga itself, though, is great.
Also, I think it is more alt-worldy maybe than the movie? I believe the movie deals with only volume 1, while there are a projected 10 volumes, all dealing with different emperors.
How was the movie, btw?
funny you say that bc i actually think recently everybody has gone sale crazy, i just got an ann taylor dress for 50 bucks bc everything on sale was 50% off. this dress actually, seems like ann taylor really loves blue-green-teal-peacock type colors.
unrelated but have you read the ooku? the role reversal premise sounds interesting but seems like the story is more personal melodrama than alt-world-y.
i saw the movie the other night.
movie was ok but bland. partially it’s the direction but even the story line was kind of disappointing. several times the shogun says she needs to revitalize the country and i kept waiting for some development of that idea but there never is. that would have been more interesting to me than harem catfights. and then finally when something dramatic happens, it gets “undone” a few minutes later. the happy ending felt really tacked on and i was surprsied that it was actually from the original manga.
i’ve actually never read a manga, but these reviews are inspiring me to start with ooku.
Renee C. says
Aw, bummer about the movie.
But I’m so glad you want to read manga! I would actually start with the one we talked about earlier, All My Darling Daughters. It’s by the same author as Ooku (Fumi Yoshinaga), has no Fakespearean, and it’s only one volume, so it’s low commitment. But Ooku would be a good one to go with, too.