August 16, 2013

My very first pair of Manolo Blahnik

Its been fifteen year since the first Sex And The City chapter was released, and how better to celebrate this than to acquire a pair of Manolos!

I got a tip last month about a Manolo Blahnik outlet in the Hotel Mandarin of Barcelona. In the hotel you can find the normal Manolo store (going up the entrance and on the left of the reception). Exceptionally, they held an outlet downstairs of the Banker's Bar in the Hotel Mandarin, an event that only happens every 2-3 years. It was only open during a couple of days and I came at the very last hour where they already had started to box up some of the pairs.

Even so I found these shoes...

I have found this description online to describe the shoe:

"Red Open-toe Wedge Slingback
Winsome and artisanal this Manolo Blahnik slingback lifts you up with an embroidered wedge heel and covetable color. Glossy, lipstick-hued patent leather pump rest on 4 1/2" (11,5cm) embroidered fabric wedge heel. Open toe shows off pedicure. Elastic slingback for optimum fit. "Maniapla" is made in Italy. Please Note: Embroidered fabric may vary. Sizing note: Manolo Blahnik runs small. We suggest that you order a half size larger than you typically wear."

I have to say that the description are right concerning the size; I am normally a 39 but this pair is a 40 and the fitted me nicely.

The outlet prices were very interesting; all boots costed 180€ and all shoes 150€. Considering that the cheapest shoe normally cost 580€ it was a very interesting offer!

Another visit to La Roca Village Barcelona

Last weekend I again visited La Roca Village. This time my boyfriend convinced me into taking the shopping express bus which we took from Paseo de Gracia number 6. The cost was 20 Euro for the 40 minutes bus ride. It is a very comfortable and fast way to get to the Village, but the best part was that discount tickets were handled out in the bus with a 10% discounts in all the shops (on products that are nor further on sales) and other interesting discounts.

As we are still in the sales period (July-August), on top the outlet prices there were additional discounts to be found in most stores. In the Bimba&Lola store I found a nice summer bag with a shelves pattern and a scarf. The bag was normally 60€, the outlet price was 45€ and with the additional 10% discount I got it for 39€. The scarf was on sales from 36€ to 12€.

I have recently fallen in love with long legged jumpsuits, and I found my second one of this season in Comptoire des Cotonniers, where they had nice items on sale. This one is an orange/pink silk jumpsuit which was on discount from 160€ to 38€.

Lastly I was on a mission given to me by my co-writer, Supershopper, to find her a new Michel Kors bag for a decent price. After al ot of picture sending over Whatsap, she finally decided on this brown Hamilton Tote handbag. The normal price is 349€ and the outlet price is 229€ and with the additional 10%, the final price was 206€.