A few months ago I was fortuitous enough to win a $200 Nordstrom gift card. That’s pretty much the most exciting thing I’ve ever won, so I sat on it for ages, wanting to make sure I spent every precious penny wisely. My first thought was immediately “KATE SPADE BAG”. Namely, the Pippa bag from my wishlist back in the spring. A beautiful, practical bag from a designer I love that I could never afford full price myself seemed like the perfect treat to use it on. Unfortunately, the bag retails for close to $400, so I’d still have to pay about $200 for the bag, which honestly is still more than I should be spending on a bag right now.
I kept creeping online and in the store, seeing other Kate Spade bags go on sale, but not my beloved Pippa. A Kate Spade outlet just opened in St. Louis and I was so annoyed at all the super sale bags for like $100–but not my bag! And I wouldn’t be able to use my giftcard anyway. My laser focus began to shift and I started considering a nice pair of boots instead.
Fast forward to Wednesday, October 9. After being pestered by my mother again and again to hurry up and buy some shoes to wear to my cousin’s wedding this weekend(!!!), I decided to pop into Nordstrom Rack after getting some supplies at the craft store next door. I don’t usually allow myself into Nordstrom Rack unless I’m prepared to spend some money, so it was a rare treat to even let myself browse those glorious shoe aisles.
No heels were catching my eye until I saw the sparkling gold bows on a pair of sling-backs. Gold shoes were the bride’s original request, so I investigated further and they were a Kate Spade return, marked down from $350 to $100. I snatched them up immediately, holding them close while continuing to browse.
$100 is more than I wanted to spend and let’s be real, they’re a bit flashy for bridesmaid shoes. This is what you get when you let Michelle pick whatever shoes she wants! On the other hand, I was expecting to spend at least $50 and wouldn’t it be worth it to spend a bit more–okay, double–on a pair I really loved?
Then I saw the game-changers. In an unmarked box, buried in the size 10 section, lay a pair of shiny black flats with bows and a row of big, round crystals around the heels. I was like “Ooohhh, bows” because I’m some weird magpie creature for bow-shaped anything and HOLY SHIT THEY’RE MIU MIU.
I love Miu Miu. OF COURSE I love Miu Miu. Could that be any more predictable? Feminine, sparkly, special Miu Miu. I’ve dreamed of one day owning anything from the luxury brand. I even toyed with the idea of spending the gift card on those sunglasses. You know the pair.
I obviously decided then and there that this was my gift card’s ultimate destiny. Divine intervention led me into that Nordstrom Rack. I hope this silly little story comes off as a nerdy girl’s excited tale of how she got the best shoe luck of her life–which is what was intended–rather than haughty bragging, but I ended up spending about $115 on $1000 worth of shoes. Amazing, right? I am dead.