This or That: Auction Finds VS Retail


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Time for a little game of This or.......That. 

People are usually amazed by what I find at auction (Skinner Auction House being my preferred hunting ground) but tend to think, auctions, not for me, or not for the masses. They can certainly be luxe and very high brow, but they are far from exclusive, with deals to be had all the time.

My husband and I made a point of checking out Skinner's Discovery sales, ever on the look out for unique purchases to furnish our new home. Here are some our amazing buys, vs comparable items I was keeping tabs on at Anthropologie, Walmart, and French Market furniture.

Can you guess which is Skinner and which is retail above? The truth, and pricing, may surprise you.


1. Skinner Tapestry Upholstered Arm Chair, hammer price $425 VS.

2. Calla Gold Arms Chair, French Market Collection, retail $1,570

3. Skinner Venetian Etched Glass Mirror, hammer price $300 VS.

4. Larisa Venetian Mirror, Walmart, retail $969.99 

5. Seaborne Flatware, Anthropolgie, retail $98/per setting, or $1,176/12 settings  VS.

6. Skinner Siamese Brass Flatware, 142 piece, hammer price $175



Nomia SS13

Images: Nomia


Yara Flinn's Spring Summer 2013 line is a stunner!

Clean lines, colorful accents and details in unexpected places (like a pleat and flair on the reverse of a blazer), and a little tie dye for good measure.

I so want to be the kind of person who pairs a pleated midi skirt with a fresh, but still demure, crop top. No belly button exposure but just enough exposure to hint at something more.

My favourites from the collection are the stunning red floor length gown- perfect for a summer wedding, and the crisp, white shift dress with a sheer lace panel along the bottom. 

Ladylike, modern, and delightful.


In Honor of the Superbowl, a Referee Inspired Outfit

Above: AG Stevie polka dot cord, Stuart Weitzman boots, Longchamp Balzane (c/o), H&M top, BB Dakota blazer via Mint Julep, Celine sunglasses, J Crew & Hermes bracelets


This Manti Te'o story just boggles the mind. It's the ultimate catfish, urban legend, coming of age tale to scare anyone off the internets. 


I feel for the guy, he is either the victim of a terribly cruel prank, or a complete and utter socio path. I am inclined to think he is a victim since the story is just so outlandish, it almost has to be true.


He is living this out on a national stage though, the kind of embarassment and glaring spotlight few people would want or could handle. Puts my incident of mass emailing JT's d*ck in a box SNL skit to my management team into perspective. I think I can now officially look back and enjoy a good laugh at myself over that kurfuffle (word of the day thanks to Ms. Savannah Guthrie).


Time to bring it home- while I don't think this is my best outfit, it seemed fun at the time. Now I look at it and wonder what on earth inspired me to step out of the house that day. It's not really that bad I suppose, but an example of something that made sense at the time, but in retrospect, seems questionable.