Shop til I drop!

I’m pretty sure that a love of personal style almost always goes hand-in-hand with a serious love of shopping…and in that, I’m certainly not an exception!!

There isn’t much that makes me happier than the prospect of an afternoon spent browsing from store to store with a Starbucks chai latte in my hand; the thrill of the fashion hunt is undeniable!!  But all that shopping also has the potential to become a rather expensive hobby…especially since I’m not exactly “made of money,” as the saying goes!!  So how do I indulge without blowing my budget??

First of all, going shopping doesn’t always mean that something new actually ends up coming home with me.  And when it does, it’s rarely a full-priced purchase (that’s one of the reasons that I love Winners so much!!)  

Like my studded leopard backpack, for example!!  I’d been thinking about trying this particular trend for a while now; but I wasn’t prepared to spend a lot of money for a high-end leather version.  So I waited and scouted and waited some more…until I found the perfect substitute!!  For only $40!!

P.S.  I’m celebrating my Blogiversary today, dear readers!!  It was exactly one year ago that I published my very first blog post, and I wanted to thank you all so much for your support!! 



  1. September 15, 2014 / 11:27 pm

    Aw yay, happy blog anniversary! How exciting you've been at it for a year. Time sure does whizz by! And I'm with ya, shopping and blogging definitley go hand in hand. Although, I'm more of a sip my coffee or glass of wine and shop from home kind of gal. Love me some internet retail therapy. And your backpack? Totally fab – love the pattern + studs!! xo

    • September 16, 2014 / 2:13 am

      I did a little online shopping when I was laid up with my leg issues, dearest V…and I can certainly see the appeal (anticipating the arrival of that parcel is so exciting!!) Still, I think I'll forever be a "bricks and mortar" kind of shopper…I just love flipping through those racks for hidden treasures!! πŸ˜‰

  2. September 16, 2014 / 1:27 am

    Wow congratulations on your first blogiversary!!! That's such a big deal and you're just casually mentioning it at the end of your post haha πŸ˜€ Your new backpack is really cool πŸ˜‰

    • September 16, 2014 / 2:24 am

      Honestly, I almost forgot to mention it at all, dearest Anett!! πŸ˜€ The time certainly has flown by…it's hard to believe that it's already been a year!! Hopefully, even bigger and better things lie ahead for my blogging future!! XOXO

  3. September 16, 2014 / 3:55 am

    Happy blogiversary dear Monika!
    I agree, shopping is kind of a creative bunt to find what makes your style. Your bag is amazing, your top lovely!
    Sabine xxx

    • September 16, 2014 / 5:53 pm

      Dear Sabine…I've been a fan of yours on Instagram for a while, but I didn't realize that you have a blog, too; how wonderful!! Thank you so much for your good wishes…and for taking the time to visit me here today!! P.S. Mein zweiter Name ist auch Sabine!! πŸ˜‰

    • September 16, 2014 / 7:55 pm

      If it has studs on it, I love it, dearest Maggie!! πŸ˜‰ Actually, this tank top is not exactly "studded," but the fabric treatment kind of gives that illusion…which is good enough for me!! Thank you for your sweet words!! XOXO

  4. September 16, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS dear Monika!!!! Well well well done πŸ™‚
    IΒ΄m SO happy that IΒ΄ve found your blog under all these millions of blogs from all over the wordl and I will not miss it .. donΒ΄t want to miss you and your beautiful smile and all your so tasteful chosen outfits with your very special kind of "Monika-Style".. love it!
    Hope now will follow many, many successfull and wonderful years more πŸ™‚

    many many heartful greetings frome the far-away Germany
    Dana <3

    • September 16, 2014 / 8:13 pm

      Vielen, vielen dank, liebe Dana!! I am so happy to have "met" you as well…and I also love to see the beautiful looks you put together on your own blog (and to read your funny stories!!) It's really amazing to me that I've become a part of this community of fellow "fashion fans" that reaches all the way around the world!! XOXO

  5. September 20, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    I want everything in this post, even your hair!!

    • September 21, 2014 / 4:49 pm

      Aww…thanks Joni!! And thank you for visiting, too!! πŸ™‚

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