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post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by Cuttingboard View Post

I really like #4. Don't they make the exact same shoe but without the "brogueing"?
My wife just bought a new purse at Henri Bende's so I get to buy a new pair of shoes. My wife and I have a deal, every time she buys a new purse, I get to buy a new pair of shoes!!biggrin.gif

If that was my arrangement, I would only be able to buy at most 1 pair of shoes a year.

The current arrangement we have is if either of us wants to buy something for ourselves over $100, we have to let the other know. Of course, when my wife tells me this, I always say 'sure...go ahead. I fully support your purchase'. Note: we both work, so we have our own cash.

However, sometimes the reverse is not quite so easy, when a purchase I'd like to make seems extravagant in her eyes (as her clothing purchases, while more regular than mine, are almost always at lower price-points).

So, I then offer to put the equivalent amount of my purchases into our house account (for improvements, major purchases, and the like). This usually works like a charm, and at the same time, I feel like I'm contributing.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by Christopher Essex View Post

If that was my arrangement, I would only be able to buy at most 1 pair of shoes a year.
The current arrangement we have is if either of us wants to buy something for ourselves over $100, we have to let the other know. Of course, when my wife tells me this, I always say 'sure...go ahead. I fully support your purchase'. Note: we both work, so we have our own cash.
However, sometimes the reverse is not quite so easy, when a purchase I'd like to make seems extravagant in her eyes (as her clothing purchases, while more regular than mine, are almost always at lower price-points).
So, I then offer to put the equivalent amount of my purchases into our house account (for improvements, major purchases, and the like). This usually works like a charm, and at the same time, I feel like I'm contributing.

That makes expensive purchases a lot more difficult...you could begin a "slush" fund.
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by Christopher Essex View Post


If that was my arrangement, I would only be able to buy at most 1 pair of shoes a year.
The current arrangement we have is if either of us wants to buy something for ourselves over $100, we have to let the other know. Of course, when my wife tells me this, I always say 'sure...go ahead. I fully support your purchase'. Note: we both work, so we have our own cash.
However, sometimes the reverse is not quite so easy, when a purchase I'd like to make seems extravagant in her eyes (as her clothing purchases, while more regular than mine, are almost always at lower price-points).
So, I then offer to put the equivalent amount of my purchases into our house account (for improvements, major purchases, and the like). This usually works like a charm, and at the same time, I feel like I'm contributing.


anything over $100?  thats harsh...

 

post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by Christopher Essex View Post

If that was my arrangement, I would only be able to buy at most 1 pair of shoes a year.
The current arrangement we have is if either of us wants to buy something for ourselves over $100, we have to let the other know. Of course, when my wife tells me this, I always say 'sure...go ahead. I fully support your purchase'. Note: we both work, so we have our own cash.
However, sometimes the reverse is not quite so easy, when a purchase I'd like to make seems extravagant in her eyes (as her clothing purchases, while more regular than mine, are almost always at lower price-points).
So, I then offer to put the equivalent amount of my purchases into our house account (for improvements, major purchases, and the like). This usually works like a charm, and at the same time, I feel like I'm contributing.

just want to say hello to Vancouver fellow. been living there for several years.
used to go to holt renfrew (not sure about the spelling) to shop things around.
remember every x-mas time they offer a good bargain.
wonder how Van look like now. left there 2004~~
Cheers~
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by JOEMASTER View Post

Carmina now has a online store.
visit their official web.

did you buy all 5 pairs from their online store?

I don't most of them on the website.

Nice shoes!!
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by JOEMASTER View Post


just want to say hello to Vancouver fellow. been living there for several years.
used to go to holt renfrew (not sure about the spelling) to shop things around.
remember every x-mas time they offer a good bargain.
wonder how Van look like now. left there 2004~~
Cheers~


It's really nice to see more international (non US/UK) members.  Welcome.  Please keep posting.

I was waiting for that Carmina e-shop to go live.  It would certainly simplify things a bit.  The selection is, as mentioned above, kind of spotty at the moment.  Did you order those by e-mail?  The split-toe one is great; not sure about Simpson last, though.

post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by Cuttingboard View Post

That makes expensive purchases a lot more difficult...you could begin a "slush" fund.

I generally do save up for a while and plunk some cash in the house account, then I know I have license to accumulate a few things.
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 
simpson give a real sleek look but it is bit tight in toe space.
i recommend to go half size bigger on your regualr shoe size.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

anything over $100?  thats harsh...

 


It's not really harsh...more of a checks and balances kind of thing, out of respect for each other.

I've heard many stories of one half of a couple spending money on things at the expense of necessities - men buying boats and vehicles and other expensive things and then not having enough cash for mortgage payments etc.

It makes you consider every purchase over $100 carefully (and also makes you shop around to get things less than $100, if possible).

I wouldn't get away with hiding such purchases anyway (like I've heard people do by having stuff sent to the office).

My wife has a sharp eye and would notice if I had something new. Perhaps once I've built up my wardrobe a little better, I'll be able to get away with it more easily.

At least we don't have joint accounts or credit cards.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by JOEMASTER View Post

just want to say hello to Vancouver fellow. been living there for several years.
used to go to holt renfrew (not sure about the spelling) to shop things around.
remember every x-mas time they offer a good bargain.
wonder how Van look like now. left there 2004~~
Cheers~

Hello Joemaster,

Holt Renfrew is still around, but in a much larger location. I don't really shop there - I find it a bit too expensive. However, I still do check it out from time to time.

I think you'd find Vancouver has changed a bit since 2004, but not too much.

Cheers
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Christopher Essex View Post


It's not really harsh...more of a checks and balances kind of thing, out of respect for each other.
I've heard many stories of one half of a couple spending money on things at the expense of necessities - men buying boats and vehicles and other expensive things and then not having enough cash for mortgage payments etc.
It makes you consider every purchase over $100 carefully (and also makes you shop around to get things less than $100, if possible).
I wouldn't get away with hiding such purchases anyway (like I've heard people do by having stuff sent to the office).
My wife has a sharp eye and would notice if I had something new. Perhaps once I've built up my wardrobe a little better, I'll be able to get away with it more easily.
At least we don't have joint accounts or credit cards.


ha.  i just entered your world and we have joint accts and credit cards. and allowances.  first time getting allowances after working for 15 years lol.  but we do have petty cash accts.  ;p

 

post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by JOEMASTER View Post

simpson give a real sleek look but it is bit tight in toe space.
i recommend to go half size bigger on your regualr shoe size.


How did you determine your size?  I suppose there's no Carmina stockist in Taiwan?  Or did you try them on at the Armoury HK?

post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

How did you determine your size?  I suppose there's no Carmina stockist in Taiwan?  Or did you try them on at the Armoury HK?


Like i explained, i bought with size 9.5 first. Two paris but it was tight so i ordered again with 3 pairs and got my size finally
good lesson but two pity pairs.
thearmoury visited there once few months ago and chat with Alan for about an hour and forgot to try shoes.....^^
next day rush to get into China so no time....
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