Monday, November 29, 2010

Black Saturday

We went to Old Navy on Saturday morning, and I scored some great deals.

This cardigan (which looks more tannish in real life) was only $15! and it looks super cute with the $10 leopard tank (which looks more gray in real life).
These leggings were only $7 a pair!

I also went to Macy's (where I got a pretty statement necklace) and the small version of Forever21 at my local mall (called Gadzooks) where I scored two skirts, a pair of jeans, a striped long sleeve tee, a necklace, and a pair of earrings for $33. I can't find pictures of all those things online, so I'll just have to take some of my own!

What did you score this weekend?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

a souvenir for you.

We are home! I loved Argentina. Buenos Aires is a beautiful city, the weather was great, and spending time with my awesome husband was great. I have to say though, I am happy to be home. I think that is part of why we need vacations, to appreciate our homes.

So guess what? I brought you a present! Yes, YOU.

You know those cute shoes that everyone has that cost way too much (which you feel guilty about thinking because they are sort of a charity)? You know the ones, TOMS shoes. They come in cute colors. They look cute with skinny jeans. They appear to be really comfortable, without looking like sneakers. But they are $70, and I'm sure you've seen some people wearing them with their toes poking through, so they don't appear to be long-lasting. But, as I said, cute, and very trendy.

Well, did you know that the design for TOMS shoes is Argentinian? They call them alpargatas, and they are cheap there. I saw them on all kinds of people, and when I asked someone where to get them, they couldn't even tell me, just that they buy them in their neighborhood, and they are only 20-30 pesos ($5-$10). I actually only saw them for sale in a few places, because the day we had set aside to shop was a holiday, and many stores were closed.

Anyway, I found some. I bought black ones (since it is winter here, and I don't like dirty shoes) and plan to buy all the colors of the rainbow. Mine are Paez brand, which has some adorable patterns. I spent $70 pesos (about $20). Online you can buy them for $37.99. I love these striped ones.

If you want Alpargatas brand, you can buy them on ebay for $15 plus $2 shipping. They don't have patterns, but some really cute solid colors. I love these blue ones, especially to go with a really cute skirt I bought at Plaza de Mayo.

So that is my gift to you! The gift of knowledge, that you don't have to spend $70 for these cute shoes.

(PS, when we got home, we found that a giant branch from our neighbor's Chinese Elm tree had fallen, and broken though my closet room window. Cleaning up glass is not how I wanted to spend my first night home! And now it is snowing like crazy.)

Friday, November 19, 2010

This is walking next to the zoo, on the way to the exhibition center (La Rural).

Dinner last night, we both ordered off the "light" menu, and both our dinners had "diet cheese." I had ravioli verde, A had stuffed squash. The waiter was so nice!

Today, on a walk to find the cemetary. It got really hot really fast. Can you see all the dogs in the background? I'm telling you, there are so many dogs here.

This is the Italian Embassy.

This is the Decorative Arts Museum, formerly some guy's mansion.

In Recoleta, there are a lot of plazas with cool sculptures. This one is for Eva Peron.

They have these maps at every plaza.

See? More dogs on the hill.

I love these purple trees, they blanket the grass with purple petals.

There's another museum, and a cool pedestrian bridge. I think the Flor Metal is in that area too ( a metal sculpture of a flower that moves with the sun). We'll go there tomorrow, apparently it is really cool at night.

This is by the Recoleta Cemetary. We walked right past it without even realizing!

At this point we were way past the cemetery. This part of town was cool to see, but not as nice as Palermo, where we're staying. Just a lot more traffic.

Finally, a picture of both of us! At least, a picture of our shadows. This was on the sidewalk close to the cemetery.

Inside La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Pilar.

The streetscapes here are just beautiful!

The Graveyard (Cementerio de la Recoleta)

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