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Another birthday bullseye!

This weekend was quite profitable but in this case it was more for my youngest daughter who just had a birthday. Young women are at best difficult to find something for that they would love to have for just such a day. You may think you know what they like one week and that can change to the other extreme the very next week. I succeeded this time though but looking to two words that best describe the classics to fall back on; black and Versace. Living in this area has its advantages and I’m taking in the benefit of each and every one that I can, while I can.

Ralph Lauren Purple labelSeems like just last week she was interested in One Direction but that’s been replaced with Brandy Melville. I have temporarily sidestepped Brandy for someone else. For less than a twenty dollar bill I was able to put a great smile on her face. The silky black blouse was just her size but just as important to both of us was the name on the label. A quick search online and there was a blouse similar to the one I purchased but the one I bought had additional beads around the front of the neck. The suggested price of the simpler blouse showed the price to be a whopping $695. Her older sister located the same black blouse earlier and let her know what she had just received.

But that wasn’t the end of my shopping that day. At one of my favorite Goodwill stores I found a small, beautiful, brown wool coat just her size. It was the purple tag inside the coat that grabbed my attention. I have never seen a Ralph Lauren label in that color before but knew immediately that whatever the price, it was going out the door with me. The price? . . . $7.98.

zegna beige suitThat took care of the birthday girl. As you probably already assumed, I also found a few things for myself. The next item that made its way into the buggy was also off the coat rack, a beige Ermenegildo Zegna three-button coat ($4.99) that looked as though it came straight from Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus. It appeared as if it were brand new. Looking further led me to a charcoal colored Giorgio Armani two-button coat, three white John Nordstrom, Barney’s New York and Eton Egyptian cotton French cuff dress shirts ($2.99 each), three Armani ties and one Zegna tie, a pair of Zegna black jeans and then two Italian made wool pants just my size, black and beige ($3.49 each).  Almost passed the pants over since there wasn’t a name in either but they did have the elusive Italian information tag and they looked sharp!

When I arrived home, I was sorting through the clothing and noticed the two pair of Italian pants had a similar label as the Zegna coat and then I found that one of the pair of pants was also similar in color to the coat. I placed the pants next to the coat and they were exactly the same color. I had accidentally put together a suit from two different sections of the store and didn’t know it at the time. Sometimes it pays off taking the extra time to see if you can find the matching pants hanging separately in the pants section. That makes a total of four suits this year that I’ve pieced together by continuing to look a little further. One of those four was a suit by Brioni. I’m heading back to the Goodwill store today during lunch to see if by chance I can find the black Zegna coat that matches the other pair of pants. I won’t know if I don’t make the effort.

By the way, my daughter still has that beautiful smile on her face and now, so do I thanks to Ralph and Gianni.