Today I’ll be sharing a post about my shopping trip to the recently opened Saks Off Fifth in West Bloomfield. Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Saks Off Fifth opening in Farmington Hills, MI thanks to my awesome boss. The grand opening being a short ride from the studio and after putting in the hours all week at work, my boss suggested that we take a break and enjoy a little retail therapy and oh what a success it was.

We waited in a short little line and after a brief ribbon cutting ceremony we were invited into the new sparkly store to enter discount retail heaven.  The first things I was drawn to were the shoes. They had a huge selection of shoes. I couldn’t resist, but start there. Shoes are my kryptonite. I’ve bought way too many pairs this year and we’re only at that point one month deep. It was shoe heaven, boots, sneakers and sandals oh my! I’m talking rows and rows of shoes my sizes stocked with my favorite brands such as Report, Sam Edelman and Badgley Mischka. Though I was trying to suppress my footwear fiending, I couldn’t resist. So I decided to take a little peek. There were so pairs calling my names. I fell in love with Report crocodile lace up boots, however, my bulging big toe bone dashed that dream. Next I spotted a pair of electric blue suede pointed toe pumps and unlike the boots they fit. I thought they would add a splash of  color to my wardrobe, giving an outfit an extra pop.

wp-1459474530474.jpgAfter browsing the shoes, I decided to move along and explore the other areas. I was currently in the market for an event later on that month and I needed a dress, so that was the first order of business. They had brands that I would typically find at other department stores such as Calvin Klein, BCBG and Free People, but of course at a much better prices, which was expected, it being an outlet and all. Everything was at least discounted by 20%. They also had other brands you can’t always easily find or are lacking in selection at the other stores such as Karl Lagerfied and Vince Camuto (one of my new favorites). After browsing I found three items I wanted to try on. My selections included a white scuba Calvin Klein dress, a sheer weight Vince Camuto blouse and Philosophies knit duster. So I made my way to the dressing room.
I tried on the Calvin Klein white dress first. It was a scuba knit dress that had a very structured drape and a visual thickness that I loved. I have an ongoing love affair with scuba fabric and I was hoping this was my dress for my event. However, upon trying them on I wasn’t really feeling the flare. My thick-throated hourglass frame was not working with the shape of the flare and it made me look like I was hiding Mary Poppins’ flying umbrella under the skirt. So sorry Calvin, I’m going to have to pass on that one.  Next I tried on the Vince Camuto blouse. As soon I put it on I knew I had to have. The lightweight, breathable georgette fabric felt great on my skin and the drape was awesome. Though the pants I was wearing totally clashed with the top, I could envision wearing the blouse with either a pair of slacks or jeans. This blouse could achieve both causal or more classy look. When I initially saw it on the hanger I didn’t quite care for the necktie, but trying it on quickly changed that opinion. I think the neckties offered a homage to the retro and also gave visual variety to the expected look of a neckline. This top was definitely going in the by pile.  Last and not least was the Philosophies knit jacquard coat/duster. Much like scuba, I love love love jacquard. The sweater had everything going for it, so it was easily a yes. It was great for one those days when the temperature is lukewarm.



After trying on and making my selections, I made my last stop to look at the handbag selection. They had a lot of things I’d missed out on during their original run through the department store circuit such as the food inspired Betsy Johnson wristlets and also things they don’t carry at Macy’s like Valentino lot and lots of Valentino. Even though I was tempted to buy a Betsey Johnson hamburger wristlet or Valentino purse, I thought it was best to buy an everyday purse and the budget wasn’t Valentino that day. I found a perfect rectangular, faux leather, jacquard floral crossbody bag by Kensie. I’ve been on this small purse kick, and this a bag was perfect for all my handbag must haves. With all my selections made I headed to the check out and, while waiting the very long line, snagged three pair set of gold and crystal studded earrings.

This shopping trip was a success and I’m excited by my new wardrobe additions. This Saks Off Fifth location has easy become one of the favorite shopping destinations.

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