One of the luxuries of working in Texas, is the drive from San Antonio to Austin, Texas. Not only is it great to go from one great town to even a better one, but also the outlets along the way will literally take your breath away if you let it. It wasn't so much the never ending amount of stores (350+) that gets you; it's the treasures and mark down of product you never imagined would do so.
So the first time I saw the outlets, I came upon it after hours. I still enjoyed a good drive around both the Prime and Tanger outlets (combined into shopzilla). Then next time I was in Texas, I rushed around trying to walk the extent of everything in 1 hours time before closing. This time last week, with the same amount of time before closing, I simply went to my favorites. I really enjoyed myself so I thought I'd share...
I started at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I rarely, if ever, pass up an opportunity to eat fudge.
I then went to the Royal Doulton & Wedgwood China store. I'm crazy about the Lady Carlyle pattern. It is so beautiful~ The pink with the gold and the floral center is stunning. They had all the serving pieces to ahh over as well. Apparently, this is the oldest Royal Doulton pattern still current as well. It's amazing.
From there I lollygagged on over to the Tory Burch outlet. Yes, they have an outlet. T.B. reminds me of my sister-in-laws for sure. I always think it is so cute on them, but never so much for me. Well... the hot pink matted flats--on sales might I add--were a must. So there you go, my first Tory Burch purchase. Join the club. I don't even think this pictures does them justice. They at a hot matted leather pink.
I thought I'd give Gucci a try just out of respect. But the door greeter was so intimidating. No thanks! I walked on confused moreless why a store would stick someone like that our in front. Maybe to scare away the browsing folk like me.
I was taken back to experience a Le Cruset outlet. Never will I ever buy a piece full price again. They are selling pieces that have 'minor blemishes' for a more reasonable price. It almost became a game to find the blemish. Some were impossible. I just love Le Cruset. Complements to generous wedding givers.
Neiman Marcus Last Call was a treat. I could care less whether or not something is a couple seasons old or not. It is fun to browse at some of the redic expensive things that have been marked down to just expensive. Their selection of Teri Jon was amazing. I found the most beautiful high waist skit that touched the ground--even on me. It was a tapestry type silk that had distinct pleats trickling down from the high band waist. I guess my only complaint here was that I was the only one in the entire store the entire time I was there. I had at least two people hoovering over me at all times. The moment I switched departments, a new leech latched on. And when I put my hand on something, it was like an alarm went off. My heart really goes out to those working retail getting paid commission at times like these.
Right at closing time, I went out with a bang. Just as the lady was about to lock the door, I slipped into the Kate Spade store. I could hardly believe what I saw--the Nylon Sam bag that I was obsessed with in 7th grade. It was my first handbag love--the one that my friend's mom would wear. I remember borrowing mom's and just being on cloud 9. Do you remember it? They are bringing it back for a 15th anniversary promotion. It was my everything to not buy it for good times sake. So many memories accompany that style Kate Spade for me.