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Since moving to Kalamazoo, Sean and I have become a bit more financially stable, which means we can finally treat ourselves to some fun spending without (too much) guilt.
Of course, with an increase in spending (especially online spending) comes an increase in returns. I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of things I’ve purchased recently and then promptly returned. A reverse favorites post, if you will!
Essie 2019 Winter Collection
First up is the Essie 2019 Winter Collection. Let me start by saying that any time I return nail polish, it’s a Big Deal. I love my nail polish collection, and I have a very Type-A, Gotta-Catch-Em-All attitude about Essie, so I’m not one to give up easily.
That being said, this nail polish was garbage. I love Essie and have never had a problem with any of their polishes in the past, but this stuff was super thick, so it was impossible to get a smooth coat. Whenever I put a top coat over it, it dragged a bunch (which you can see at the edge of my nail in the second of the two photos above), and the whole thing was clumpy. It felt like I had junk on my nails. Hard pass.
Different bottles of Essie! Those ones were much better.
Pink Hunter Rain Boots
I have to say, this one was hilarious. I’ve been wanting to get Hunter rain boots for a long time, and I saw they had light pink ones, so I jumped at it. My rain coat is maroon, so I figured they’d look great together. I was right!
Then I had the realization: I’ve got Bean Boots for winter weather, so these would be more spring / summer rain boots, which meant shorts instead of jeans. So I wanted to try them on with shorts.
Horrifying. It’s like I’ve got Barbie legs in real life. Back to Hunter they went.
I haven’t actually replaced these yet, but I’m planning on replacing them with black Hunter Chelsea boots.
LL Bean Tunic Fisherman Sweater
Ever since seeing Knives Out, I’ve wanted an off-white cable-knit sweater. I know I’m not the only one. So for Christmas, I got for the LL Bean Tunic Fisherman Sweater, which is almost right… but suuuuuuper long. Plus, the zippers on the sides kept snagging the sleeves.
Apparently I didn’t take a mirror selfie with this one, so you’ll have to just trust me.
I coughed up the extra dough for the Irish Fisherman Sweater, and omg I’m so glad I did. It’s made in Ireland, 100% wool, and exactly what I wanted. 10/10 highly recommend.
This one was heartbreaking. I’ve gotten Instagram ads for Birdies for years (or at least it’s felt that way), and I finally decided to bite the bullet on them in January. I hesitate whenever I buy shoes for myself (especially $100 shoes) because I work from home, but I had a work conference at the beginning of February, so I figured slippers-that-look-professional would be a good purchase.
I ordered an 8.5, my normal shoe size, and the left shoe fit perfectly. The right shoe, on the other hand, was a bit tight. I contacted customer service and they said sometimes it takes a bit for them to stretch out, so wear them with socks and walk around on carpet for the day so I could get used to them while still being able to return them if they weren’t right.
After about an hour, my right foot was numb, sooooo I ordered size 9 and crossed my fingers. Those ones were way too big; my heels were constantly lifting out of them. It’s crazy to me that a half size would be such a drastic difference, so I returned both pairs. It wasn’t worth risking the 8.5s not stretching out.
These awesome leopard loafers from DSW. I got so many compliments at the conference!
So there you have it! The purchases that didn’t quite work out for me, plus what I replaced them with. Hopefully these examples give you some good insight as you consider your purchases!