In my mind, the Vince Brigham booties, are the perfect addition to my fall wardrobe. I am obsessed. My bank account however, is laughing at me. They are great shoes and I love them but let's face it, they're trendy. My philosophy is never to pay full price or the amount of a car payment on a trend item. I want that money to be well spent. If I'm spending that much, I must be able to wear it for years to come. Of course that doesn't ease my desire for a pair of black peep toe booties. I knew there were some great alternatives out there.
The Chinese Laundry booties are a good alternative. They are leather and have a great heel. They also have an ankle strap, which is part of what I love about the Vince pair. At $350 less than my lust pair, they are a great option. The Breckelles are the bargain option. They aren't leather but they do have the full wrap look of the Vince pair. I'm definitely leaning toward the Chinese Laundry pair but I'm still looking.
If you live in the DC area and would love to have a fun evening out of fashion, shopping, fun and charity, come out and join me on Wednesday evening. Goodwill of Greater Washington is hosting their annual Fashion of Goodwill Gala at the Marriott Marquis in DC. I always have a blast at this event.
There will be a fantastic runway show featuring fashion selected exclusively from Goodwill stores in the DC area. You will also have the chance to purchase great fashion selected from DC area stores in their pop-up shop. Last year I found an adorable sequin top that still had the tags and an almost new leather Coach bag that I gave as a Christmas gift. The best part of the entire evening is that the proceeds benefit Goodwill's employment and training programs. Shopping for a good cause? I'm in! I hope you'll join me. You can find out more details and purchase tickets here.
If you can't make it to gala and show, you still have a chance to purchase fashions from the show. This year Goodwill of Greater Washington is auctioning off over thirty of the looks from the fashion show! There will be some major designer labels (Dior and Valentino, anyone?!) available for sale. Check out the DC Goodwill Fashionista's preview and bookmark the link to the Thursday sale.