The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

NFL Ladies Breast Cancer Awareness Pullover

womens pullover I haven’t purchased any NFL-related items in a long time, but am considering making an exception for this Cutter & Buck Breast Cancer Awareness Pullover.

The pullover is made of 100% polyester and features WeatherTec technology to help make it wind and water resistant. It also has an embroidered pink breast cancer awareness ribbon over the NFL team logo, and part of the proceeds go to support cancer research.

The pullover is on sale right now for $59.99 (down from the original price of $74.99), and there’s free shipping on all orders at NFL.com for the next three days.

The product is for a good cause and is on sale, so I might end up buying it!

Gap Boyfriend Roll-up Shorts

boyfriend shorts As part of my effort to revamp my summer wardrobe, I recently purchased a couple pairs of “boyfriend” roll-up shorts from the Gap. These are basic, 100% cotton shorts that, when rolled up, hit at about mid-thigh. That’s a bit shorter than I’m used to wearing, but I’ve gotten used to the length by now.

Anyway, I like how these shorts look and fit. They go great with tanks, tees, oxfords, and polos, and come in a nice variety of colors. They can be worn with sandals, sneakers, or flats, and look just as good with or without a belt. In short, they’re versatile and comfortable, making them the perfect summer staple.

The only problem I have with these shorts is that they’re nearly $40. That’s way to expensive for what you get in return, but I just didn’t have time to wait around for a sale. Maybe I’ll pick up a few more when Gap starts clearing space for the fall items. That should at least help alleviate some of the financial pain!

Kiehl’s Tinted Lip Balm

kiehls lip balm After hearing some good things about a product called Kiehl’s tinted lip balm, I decided to order a tube for myself. I’ve never tried any of their products before, but always suffer from wind- and sunburned lips in the summer, so I want to be prepared.

I read a few reviews about the different shades and ended up ordering Hue 30G. It looks bright red in the tube, but all the reviewers agreed that the color was very subtle when actually on the lips.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to receiving and trying this Kiehl’s Lip Balm!

Theory Clea tee

Although I have a couple of Theory pencil skirts, I’ve never owned a top from this brand. But I recently came across a pretty good deal on a NWT Theory Clea tee and decided to give it a try despite not really knowing my size. The auction was for a Small, which is what I usually wear.

The transaction went just fine, but the shirt is far tighter than I would prefer. I mean, it doesn’t constrict breathing or anything like that and I’m sure I could wear it on select occasions, but this style would not be suitable for the workplace. I think in the future I’ll go with Medium for Theory tops.

Incidentally, I was surprised at how long the sleeves on this shirt were (it’s l/s) compared to the body length. The shirt barely reached down to my waist, but is a good inch-and-a-half too long in the sleeves. I’m small-boned, yet normally proportioned person (I don’t have short, stumpy arms or anything), so the Clea tee just seems weird to me. Now I wonder, is this how all Theory tops are cut or is this particular to the Clea tee?

Aerosoles Temptress

temptress I am not big on shoes. I have two or three pair that get me through most occasions, and rarely have to go shopping for anything new. But one of my go-to pair of work shoes recently gave out, so I had no choice but to replace them. I decided to try Aerosoles for the first time because they were having a big sale.

I’ve seen the Aerosoles store in the mall forever, but never went in there before. I was surprised at the wide variety of shoes they carried and at their very reasonable prices. After looking around for a bit, I found this nice pair of chocolate brown slip-ons named “Temptress”. They have a bit of a heel, which I like, but are otherwise very conservative and nice, with a combination of suede and faux crocodile on the outside.

Besides the looks, I was impressed by the way the shoes felt right out of the box. They were extremely comfortable when I tried them on in the store. They have a lot of cushioning inside, so I could envision wearing/walking in them for a long time.

Overall, I have gotten pretty good use out of these shoes so far. I ended up paying only $32 for them, which was down from the $59 original price tag. I’ll definitely go back to Aerosoles again!

Champion Fitness Bra

champion sports bra Why is it so hard to find a comfortable sports bra? There seems to be an inverse relationship between comfort and support with these things. Want it to be comfortable? Forget about adequate support. And vice versa.

I was hoping this Champion cotton fitness bra would be an exception to the rule, but that didn’t really happen. This is an 88% cotton/12% spandex model with moisture-wicking properties, ventilation panels, and racerback straps. It is meant to provide medium support for medium impact activities.

While I don’t have an issue with support, the bra isn’t very comfortable at all. It feels tight (I’m between a medium and a large, I guess, and had to go with a medium for the right kind of support) and it chafes during each and every workout. I don’t really notice the moisture-wicking either. I can tell when I’m sweating heavily.

Bottom line: for $20, I expected a bit more out of this bra. Next time I’ll be trying a different brand.

Nine West Reversible Belt

nine west reversible belt I’ve recently added a lot of browns to my wardrobe, and as a result have had to buy a bunch of matching accessories as well. One such accessory that I needed was a new belt. After a bit of a search, I was able to find this nice Nine West black/brown reversible belt.

I wasn’t necessarily looking for a reversible, but once I saw this one it made sense. I like the way it looks, it’s the perfect width (neither too skinny nor too thick), and it has a cool little buckle. It fits just right, too, as I’m able to buckle it at the middle hole. So why bother trying to find two great belts (one in black, one in brown) when I could just grab this reversible and get twice as much use out of it?

The only potential problem some people might have with this product is figuring out how to get the belt to reverse. What you have to do is pull the buckle up a bit and then twist it around (it splits between the “Nine West” stamped hardware and the end of the buckle hardware). I couldn’t figure it out on my own in the store and had to ask the salesperson for help before I bought the thing.

Anyway, this belt is $28, which is a decent price for what is essentially two accessories. I love it so far!

Monogrammed Ladies Handkerchiefs

seaside lace I recently ordered a set of monogrammed ladies handkerchiefs from the website monogramsinc.com. It was my first time dealing with the site and my first time buying this kind of product. Overall, the experience was pretty good.

Monogramsinc.com has about 17 different styles of ladies handkerchiefs to choose from. I selected the one pictured here, which is called “Seaside Lace”. I wanted something that looked feminine, but not too dainty — if that makes sense. I thought this design fit the bill, so I went with it.

It cost $36 for a set of four monogrammed handkerchiefs, which, according to a very hasty exercise in comparison shopping, is very similar to what other sites charge. I was given a choice of thread color (I went with lavender) and of course was able to specify what letters I wanted embroidered on the product.

The quality of the handkerchief itself is decent — not great, but not absolutely shabby either. I wish it were a bit softer, but perhaps that will come with subsequent washings. A quick cycle through the dryer might do the trick as well, but I’m afraid of the possibility of shrinkage. For now, I just hang these to dry (which means I must also iron them afterwards).

Anyway, I like these handkerchiefs. I’m just getting over a cold, so I was able to make good use of the handkerchiefs, what with all the coughing and sneezing I was doing. I’m fairly satisfied with this purchase!