Nordstrom Halogen pink pointed T bar flats | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

You know the mind blowingly expensive Valentino Rockstuds? These are not them… I would sooo love a pair of those babies, any heel type, any colour but alas they are just not in my budget right now. So I thought I’d search for something “in the style of” as opposed to a knock off or “dupe” as the young fashionistas have ever so kindly coined. Because if I can’t have the genuine article I really don’t want to pretend. Remember the Sex and the City episode when Samantha bought a fake Fendi Baguette out of the back of a car in LA? Yeah it was never going to end well & it certainly never begins well, as cringingly demonstrated in that episode.
In my search I stumbled upon the gorgeous Brooke of One Small Blonde who was wearing the cutest pale pink, pointed toe, T- bar flats with sweet gold studs! They were from Nordstroms in-house brand Halogen.

Nordstrom Halogen pink pointed T bar flats | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

Prada Taupe wallet | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

Prada Taupe wallet | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

Buying online from Abroad

Oh dear that’s in America… but I’ve purchased from the US before when I bought my Jessica Buurmann lace up flats & that went without a hitch so I thought I’d give it a go for these pretty pinkie perfections.
I went onto their website, read all the reviews, most importantly size reviews, to be sure they were true to size & comfortable. After I was satisfied I placed my order in British pounds & took the option to pay all my taxes & duties beforehand in conjunction with the shipping fee. Using their service called Borderfree takes the guess work out of your final payment (being to customs) so you know exactly how much the item will cost all up. In the past I’ve been horrified by a bill from customs at almost equivalent to the cost of the item rendering it massively over priced!
Also paying up front will infinitely speed up delivery by cutting out the final import tax process. So you actually receive your goods much faster.
That done the total cost of the shoes was still well under £100, good value for quality I believe.

Nordstrom Halogen pink pointed T bar flats | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

Nordstrom Halogen pink pointed T bar flats | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

When it doesn’t fit

Fast forward a week & my lovely new shoes arrive, however to my horror they are tiny! Holy shit! Rookie mistake how could I have been so stupid? I’ve only gone & ordered the US size instead of UK which we all know is 2 sizes smaller! I see now it happened because the currency automatically changed to pounds so I wasn’t thinking of converting when I clicked on my size.
I immediately emailed customer service to explain & arrange the exchange but I was told they don’t exchange on international purchases, I’d have to return & re-order the shoes. Obviously that would mean paying the return shipping as well as the re-shipping back DAMN! I was gutted, there was no way I could justify that expense. So I emailed again asking for a get out of gaol free card this once as it was my first experience with Nordstrom & I really desperately wanted those shoes!!! The answer was sorry we can’t do that….Followed ironically by a request for feedback. Mwahaha, here was my chance…

Nordstrom Halogen pink pointed T bar flats | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

Prada Taupe wallet | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

Nordstrom Halogen pink pointed T bar flats | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

Whoops a daisy

Needless to say I was scathing in my feedback review which lo & behold resulted in an immediate reaction from customer services. “Ms Tyler we have cancelled your return & re-issued it excluding the original & return shipping costs”. They hoped I was happy with this & were sorry for the disappointment I felt or words to that effect.
I was thrilled, elated even! The return went without a hitch as did my re-purchase of the correct size & just like that I had my pretty pink flats…

Nordstrom Halogen pink pointed T bar flats | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

Prada Taupe wallet | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

DIY Dying to refresh faded jeans

I’m loving all things olive these days particularly paired with pale pink. As my khaki J Brand Houlihans were so old & faded I decided to dye them a dark olive. I’ve been dying my clothes for 30 years to rejuvenate or re-invent them. It’s a super cheap alternative to buying a new outfit & has never been easier. Dylon now conveniently includes the salt within the packet so it’s simply a matter of pouring the mixture into the drum of your washing machine before adding the garment & running it on a cool cycle. As you can see the result is effortlessly impressive even the zips appear renewed!
Unfortunately I wasn’t thinking about posting this when I dyed my jeans last week so I neglected to take a before photo. Another rookie mistake…still learning at 47 teeheehee
That won’t happen again don’t worry, I’m always altering or customizing my clothes so there’ll be loads more to share with you in future posts.

Prada Taupe wallet | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

Shop my outfit

Nordstrom Halogen pink pointed T bar flats | Prada Taupe bag | All Saints Taupe Kadian leather jacket | alexander McQueen Skull purple scarf

By the way this isn’t a sponsored post. I am genuinely impressed by Nordstroms customer service & super fast response to my (self-made) problem.
It goes without saying I’m now a huge fan of this marvellous American fashion retailer!
Do you shop internationally or do you think it’s just too tricky?

See ya, Mx

  • Comments ( 9 )

  • avatar
    Samantha

    Oh Michelle, you do inspire me! International orders and upcycling fashion! Am now berating myself for all the clothes I’ve given away and not even thought to “refresh”! Never again! Please continue with all your tips for re-inventing old favourites. Thanks heaps! Samantha

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Well hello Miss Samantha! That’s my pleasure & thank you for your continued support I hope to be dolling out tips & tricks for many years to come 😉 xxx

  • avatar
    Trudi Coyne

    Love your article. I did splurge out on a pair of Rockstuds flats and love them.
    However , I’m so with you on not doing knock -offs. I care what I wear and for me knowing I’m wearing a fake would just be wrong.
    It’s so refreshing reading something so honest and real. Thank you.

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Thank you for saying that Trudi I really appreciate the feedback I hope this means you’ll pop back too? Now tell me more about those Rockstuds!

  • avatar
    The Editing Mother

    Beautiful and chic as always. I also love Dylon and have since I was young, but always only used the hand wash one, probably because day one my mother didn’t want to risk it in the washing machine. Do you run a spin afterwards or is it ok to do a wash? Sorry! So boring and domestic haha xxx

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Hi Ashley thanks for the kind words. Your question isn’t boring or domestic at all! On the contrary now that you’ve said it I realise I used to wonder about that too. Dylon have improved the whole process so much that it takes only one cycle to dye your clothing & a rinse afterwards isn’t at all necessary, saving litres of precious water. Are you considering trying the washing machine next time? X

  • avatar
    Lisa at The Stylopedia

    THE SHOES ARE ADORABLE!! Your jeans look great too; I’m loving that olive colour.

  • avatar
    Keit

    I love Nordstrom but they are too pricey for me…Instead I just like to browse the site to see the dominant trends and to drool over their stuff. 😀 I simply love the fancy shoes, uber cute and feminine and you absolutely have the legs for them!
    Boo for the awful customer service though, it kind of sucks you had to first bash them in the feedback and just then they were willing to move their ass.
    I like the idea of revamping your clothes by dying them. I dyed one denim jacket ombre pink and still feel very proud with it 😀

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      I suppose it is a shame that I had to give them hell before they helped me but to be fair it was my silly mistake in the first place so I’m pretty relieved with the outcome.
      I also get that feeling of pride you have for successfully dying your jacket. Too right I say! So many people just throw things out & keep buying the same stuff which is obviously very bad for the environment but also a blatant waste of money….that could be spent on beer right? 😉
      X

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