shoppin’ the sales

by jenna on July 18, 2011

Ashley introduced me to this blog and I have to say, I’m in lust. Actually, I haven’t stopped reading it since last night! J posts a new outfit every day and makes fashion easy for fashion-impaired bakers like me. She doesn’t post super expensive celebrity brands, but clothes from stores I actually shop at all the time like Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy.

Each month, I set aside a clothes budget for myself and I love how J shows how to stretch your dollar and make good use of items you already have in your closet, like belts and cardigans. I already have so many new ideas from her!

Do you read fashion blogs? I know I’ve dabbled in some fashion posts before, but would it be something you’re interested in reading about if I include more in the future…like book reviews? It’s my goal to be a better bargain shopper (need to get better about that whole instant-gratification-paying-full-price deal..oops) so it might be fun if in the future I do some posts about how I stretch my “allowance” every month and new clothes I buy.

Thoughts?

Here’s what I picked up this month:

gold striped top from Forever 21 : $15.00

thick brown belt from Forever 21: $7.00

pendant necklace from Forever 21: $6.00

two skinny belts from Banana Republic sale: $50 (for both belts)

white blouse from Express on sale: $30

thick blue bracelet from Forever 21: $7.99

I think I was a pretty good lil’ shopper here! I was proud of myself for shopping the sales and finding some cute stuff at Forever 21, which I have a love/hate relationship with. Most of the time, that store is way too overwhelming for me but if I hunt hard enough (and bring snacks for fuel), I can sometimes find quality stuff and walk out with a whole outfit for under twenty bucks.

What’s your favorite store? I’m definitely a Banana Republic/Anthropologie fan.

 

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Jaime July 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Nordstrom, J. Crew, and Lulu are definitely my favorite stores, but they are NOT wallet friendly. sigh……

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Cait's Plate July 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I’m loving your picks! Do you want to come be my fashion consultant?? Please??

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R @ Learning As I Chop July 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I feel that way about Forever 21. I get way too overwhelmed. Plus, at almost 31, I’m scared that I’m too old for that store! I have to say, I love Bloomindgales. Probably the NYer in me, but they do have some good sales!

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girl in the pink July 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I love that white blouse, and everything else you bought! I might have to copy you on the blouse though :)

I love J’s blog! She always combines items I would never think of, she has such a good eye!

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Sarah @ Sarah's Cooking July 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I just bought that same necklace from Forever 21! It’s super fun!

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Clare - Never Niche July 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I’ve decided against buying any more F21 jewelry. The fake metal wears off green or chips and just looks as cheap as it actually was. :(

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Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

My technique for making F21 far less overwhelming is to shop online first, then go to the store, find what you’ve been looking at, and try it on. This is actually my technique for most shopping. :)

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Hayley @ Hayley Daily July 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I would definitely be interested in a fashion section on ELR! Every time you post photos of yourself or your rare fashion posts, I think about how I love your style. I think it would be a hit here.

I also love J’s site. I’m working on becoming a better shopper and making better use of the things I do end up buying.

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Stephanie Rose July 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Haha I feel the same way about Forever 21. I bring snacks for back up. Thanks for the website. I can’t stop looking now!

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rachel @ the faded apron shared table July 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

i, too, love anthropologie, zara, and banana republic. honestly, a huge % of my wardrobe comes from Goodwill/Salvation Army. The tricks are: 1) Don’t buy JUST based on brand name, 2) Don’t buy it b/c it’s cheap, buy b/c you love it (a good rule for any store), 3) Don’t expect to buy your “basics” here, and 4) Shop in the wealthy parts of town

I’ve found lots of patagonia, anthropologie, banana republic at second hand stores — it’s great if you don’t mind wearing something from last season.

try outlet malls, too!

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Brooke @ BittersweetBrooke July 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I love anthropologie! If I could I would buy the whole darn store, alas I just got a job and just moved into a new apartment so there is little money to spare for that. But a girl can dream….sigh.

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I feel the same way with Forever 21, usually completely overwhelming! My fav store for work clothes is Ann Taylor loft but for personal it’s more Banana, Anthropolgie and can’t forget Target!

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Felicia (Natural and Balanced) July 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

anthro, banana, urban, forever21… and lululemon :)

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katie @KatieDid July 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I actually have a hard time buying anything other than from forever 21 because it’s always in the back of my mind as having the cheapest prices, and I can always find something I like. Fortunately there isn’t one within 2 hours from me, so it makes me hold off from shopping in expensive boutiques around me, yet I only get to go a couple times a year. Granted I tend to go a bit crazy but it’s kind of fun that way.

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Maria@La_Piattini July 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I would love to see more fashion posts on your blog- I’m trying to incorporate them more in my blog posts as well!
My two fav stores are J Crew and Banana Republic

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corey @ Learning Patience July 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

banana, J Crew and LOVE h&M–however they still arent in TX or Trinidad for that matter!! :-) (love my lulu for workout gear)
Too funny – I feel the same way about Forever 21–need patiencee, snacks and lots of desire to shop…it’s SO overwhelming… Happy Monday!

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alyssa - fashion fitness foodie July 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I love the j.crew outlet. i can easily spend 500 dollars in there…but i’m getting an entire wardrobe of clothes!

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Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy July 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I love JCrew and Banana those are the two I shop at the most! Anthrpologie is good when things are on sale and I love all their home decor!

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holly July 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

what you really need to do is read kendi everyday. she’s my favorite fashion blog BY FAR: http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/

and she’s funny. like REALLY funny.

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Louise July 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I love her!

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Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm

another vote for kendi! there are LOTS of great fashion blogs out there and many of them are all about vintage/shopping on a budget and who doesn’t love that?

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Seema July 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I fourth Kendie! She is amazing and has the best/most creative ideas when it comes to fashion. I especially love when she remixes her clothes for 30 days as it gives me ideas on how to shop in my own closet and combine things I never would!

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Marisa July 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

I fifth! Kendi is the absolute best fashion blogger around. And the best part is that I rarely read her posts without laughing out loud – she is hilarious and relatable and has an amazing sense of style!

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Elizabeth Edith July 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm

6th this! I love the way she plays with bright colors.

Louise July 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm

My two favorites are BR and Anthropologie. I can’t shop at either one right now because I’m five months pregnant. Why, oh why don’t they have maternity clothes? Maternity clothes are so generic looking and depressing.

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Carrie July 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Love love love Anthropologie. I’m also a big Aritzia and J Crew fan. But I cannot live without target, it’s a great place for cheap tees, short and swimsuits. xx

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Brittanie July 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Oh my gosh, what a wonderful find! Thanks for sharing :)

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Sonia (the Mexigarian) July 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Lol. whenever I go to San Diego, I shop on Garnet Ave in PB and frequent Pink Zone. Cheap, fun, comfortable clothes that I wear practically everyday. I also like Forever 21 but the crowd, music and atmosphere give me a headache. I can only be in there for so long. I know a few ladies who shop at Anthropologie and they are always so stylish, but it’s too expensive for me.

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Karen July 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Yes! I would love to see more fashion posts! You always seem to have the cutest outfits and shoooees

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Sasha July 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I feel the same way with Forever 21!! You need time in that store for sure! I have come out with some great finds, and I find the easiest thing is to just try everything on. If you like it even a little, try it on as it usually appears different!!
I am from Canada, so no Target yet!! But two years until we get one and I cant wait to shop there! Such great deals :)

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Jennie July 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm

YES, more fashion, moreeeee!!!

American brands:
H&M is my <3. I adore it so. Their new eco-friendly line is gorgeous and they have such awesome dresses, especially in the summer.
Anthropologie is ridiculously awesome, if only I could afford it more often. I love how unique everything is there. Their wedding dresses are so amazing.
Banana Republic, of course.
J Crew, but mainly their wedding dresses. There is one I want soooo badly, but the price tag stumps me.

Canadian brands:
Le Chateau – they have up market stuff but every so often, their sales rock. Like for instance on the weekend, I got 3 tops and a pair of shoes for $89 and regular price it would have been $500 altogether!

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Sana July 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I would loveeee to see what you are wearing other than black stretchy pants!

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nickee July 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

YES to more fashion posts!! :)

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Michelle July 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

YES. Totally more fashion posts. You always look so cute!

I got the most beautiful dress on sale at Bannana Republic this weekend! It was originally 130 and I paid 32. I’m very proud of that! :)

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Ashley G July 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Yes! I read a lot of fashion blogs and I would absolutely love to see you incorporate some of your style into the blog. It can be so fun!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Oh I am definitely an Antrho fan too, just don’t usually buy$$ from them, but I love to drool and be tempted. Sales are a beautiful thing :)

Honestly, my fave stores lately are
1. camera gear stores b/c I am now a junkie
2. thrift stores for antique and cute dishes and blogging related trinkets for food photography

And gift certificates to Anthro are always welcome :)

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alex July 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I love seeing what other people are out shopping for. I’m glad you did this post becuase I have been wondering if Forever 21 might have the exact belt I’m looking for. I love Anthro, but only when there is a sale!

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Meghan July 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

YES YES YES I love fashion posts! That white blouse is amazing, love it!
I am a big fan of boutique type stores. 344 is a great one that’s actually a chain.

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elise July 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

jenna, you HAVE to add the hunger games series to your to-read list. [i know this has nothing to do with this post but im too lazy to track back to your latest book club post]. we have very similar book tastes, so i know youll enjoy these. they are so addictive youll stay up all night just to finish. im speaking from experience.

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Baking N Books July 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Okay…I have to read this book! Everyone is talking about it…how many are in the series?

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maria @ Chasing the Now July 20, 2011 at 5:35 am

I think there are 3. I read the first one and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. Loved it!

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Debbie July 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Yes, I’d love to see you post about your fashion adventures and bargains! Love what you purchased this month! I am a Banana Republic employee, so I love Banana and also shop Gap and Old Navy. You can really get some awesome items at Banana during special sales and events….especially when we offer that extra 40% off on sale items!!

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Baking N Books July 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I went into Banana Rep. the other day -first time – fell in love – but the prices here weren’t cheap :( Boo. And everything fits me weird. Double boo.

Oh well, saved me money I guess?

You got some SWEET bargains though!!

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Katie G. July 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I love J’s blog! I look forward to it everyday! She is so creative with her outfit choices and I like that she mixes colors and shows the same pieces worn different ways! I try to avoid malls, however I am loving Target and H&M recently for some cute items!

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Jen July 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Thanks for posting about this blog! & I love all of your picks.

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Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) July 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Banana, Anthro, and JCrew for me! I used to love Forever and even H&M occassionally still, but they’re both sooo overwhelming, like you said, and often filled with tweens pushing each other into the racks of clothes.

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Dana B July 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Wow, thanks for this blog recomendation! I just popped over there (I’m at work) and it looks great! I definitely added it to my Google Reader. I think it would be great for you to do more fashion posts! I love when bloggers ‘dabble’ in that, because it’s neat to see different styles- especially the personal style of someone who you connect with (hi, i’ve been reading your blog for awhile!). Post, post, post!

And my favorite stores? Anthro is too expensive, I love Banana Republic and this store (http://www.francescascollections.com/) lots!

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Errign July 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I love the Banana outlet and I’m so excited that Asheville has a JCrew clearance store/warehouse sales. I may end up broke, but I’ll probably look fabulous.

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Heather July 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I would love to see fashion posts! I am always on the hunt for a good bargain.

I got that same necklace too! I love F21 for earrings etc., but I think I might be getting too old to actually shop there for clothes. (I am 32!) I don’t think I have the patience to hunt for everything.

I have been loving the Loft lately..especially when the have their 40% off sale stuff! I also love and Lands End Canvas.

Check out Found in My Closet…she is an anthro fan too :)

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Em July 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

That would be awesome to do a post on how you stretch your allowance each month and still manage to get awesome clothes! The finds that you showed in this post are super cute!

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Kim July 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I’m in total agreement on Forever 21. It looks like a tween’s closet exploded half of the time and I usually want to run out screaming. The only tolerable store I’ve been to was the Mall of America Forever 21. Designed and merchandised MUCH better. And things were in order. Miracles! But yes, you do find some treasures there sometimes!

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mary @ what's cookin with mary July 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I have that necklace ! …in the gold and the silver ;) F21 is the best for stuff like that. The clothes in there overwhelm me though. There’s SO much. I just look around and walk out… lol. Fave stores: nordstrom, banana republic, anthro & lulu

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Laura-Ashley July 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

A big YES on the fashion posts! I started reading a few fashion blogs, in addition to yours, to get inspiration on how to maximize items I already own. It’s a great concept and a HUGE way to save $$$ while still getting the new outfit feel. You inspire me to play around with my cooking, I know you’d do the same with fashion :) I really like how you broke down each item with the price – maybe you can put together an outfit with your new buys and post it too?!

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Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I just found that blog too! I love it. My favorite stores are H&M and Forever 21. I love that white shirt from Express, so cute! I love Express but some of their stuff can be expensive. When I was 15 I was shopping with my guy friend in Express and picked up a shirt without looking at the price & bought it. This shirt turned out to be $50 bucks and I totally freaked out inside my head. I didnt want to look like an idiot so I bought the shirt & left. I literally walked two feet out of the store with my guy friend and told him “You need to return this for me.” I was way too embarrassed to walk back in and return it myself so two minutes after I bought the shirt I sent my friend in to return it and get my money back.

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Lauren @ Sassy Molassy July 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Yes, I’m always amazed what J finds for so cheap! And anyone who finds something cute at Forever 21 deserves an award. I get a headache before I ever find anything I like in that store even though I know a ton of people find some real gems. I love LOFT, banana, jcrew and Target.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I used to buy forever 21 all the time. Lately it has been getting a little tweenish for me. I love Banana Republic, Gap, Roots and Anthro!!…when I can afford it ;)

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courtney (pancakes and postcards) July 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Forever 21 has great sales, but EVERYTHING CHANGES WHEN YOU WASH IT. Never dry anything from that store and even washing it can be scary. From my last match I had something stretch out in the wash (how did that happen…) and a long boyfriend style sweater become a crop top. :)

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Alexa @ Simple Eats July 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I love Forever21 and Target haha. Both are cheap, but when you’re on a budget it’s nice to get some cute things for cheap!

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Stephanie July 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Thanks for sharing J’s blog…I’m totally a follower and fan now!

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R. Chandra July 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm

i love j. crew’s skinny belts – i have yet to actually buy one though! :P

hmmm.. yes, totally with you on anthro, such a beautiful store! but i’m really cheap and most of (like 80%) of my clothes come from thrift/second hand stores. also love the “hunt”/experience of thrifting. actually… probably the only clothes that i ever spend a substantial chunk of $ on are running stuff! with that, i try to go for great long-lasting quality.

would love to see more fashion-style posts from you :)

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Meghan @ StruggleMuffins July 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Ahh Anthropologie definitely has my heart. Unfortunately my wallet isn’t quite so enamored with it, so I do a lot of shopping at Banana Republic, Old Navy and sometimes Target. I tend to shop on opposite ends of the spectrum: expensive jeans and $10 Target tops. (The cheapie purchases may or may not be rationalized as my justification to spend wayy too much on nice jeans hehe) Love that top from Express!

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Jessica July 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Great finds! I’m excited to check out that blog as well. I’m a teacher well on my way to frumps-ville so I need all the help I can get:)

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm

That white blouse from Express is AHHHH-mazing!
I like ‘The Limited’ because I can order online and their sizing is VERY predictable.

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Emily @ Comfortable Home Life July 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I love forever 21! I find the quality of their stuff isn’t that great though (that’s probably why it’s so cheap!). I just went to the Banana Republic and Gap outlets and saved so much money on a few key pieces. I wish I could afford things in Anthropologie, even though I find most things there absolutely gorgeous! I would love to see some fashion on ELR. You have great style!

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock July 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Yes please! Fashion tips from you would be most welcome. You’re always wearing the cutest outfits in your pics! Can’t wait to read the new “monthly” feature!
amy*
ps. Love the blouse!

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Sarah Elizabeth July 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I would love to see some posts about fashion!

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Mich July 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I LOVE the idea of blogging about fashion, and love your choices of stores too. I want to look cute and in my 20′s, but not for $400/outfit like all the magazines prescribe. p.s. Haven’t been to Forever 21…in…FOREVER, but I’m going. H&M is another fave ;)

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jess. July 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Yes more fashion posts! Please :-D

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Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots July 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I love J’s website! She posts the cutest things. I also really enjoy your fashion posts. I love a lot of the same stores you frequent, so I like to see what items you end up with!

Great F21 finds! Love the pendant necklace!

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Molly @ RDexposed July 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm

J’s blog has me contemplating school loan vs cute work clothes!

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner July 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm

love the clothes you bought! thanks for linking J’s blog… can’t wait to take a better look at it when I have more time.
I think if you added a bit of fashion tips into your blog – every once and awhile, it would be nice! and maybe help me become a bit more fashionable haha

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Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Gotta love Forever 21 & their cheap yet adorable clothes

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Kelsi July 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm

oh my goodness. thanks for the new blog recommendation. huge crush. i love the gold striped shirt you posted! i love forever 21 for trendy clothes. my favorite store though, would have to be nordstrom. sign. champaign taste on a beer budget.

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Laura July 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Anthropologie and J. Crew own my heart. My wallet hates it, but oh well. Gotta look cute while I bake….

I have that same orange Deletta top that’s in your closet picture! I looove it with turquoise and gold jewelry.

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Clare @ Fitting It All In July 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I LOVE J! She is so unique in the blog world.
And my favorite stores are J. Crew, Gap, Urban, Anthro, Loft and Banana.

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Yelena July 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Yes!! More fashion. I already want to run out and go buy those belts you posted and thanks for posting J’s blog, I haven’t come across one like this before. Just don’t become a total fashionista, I still want to see yummy treats too :)

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Anna @ Food Fitness and Frolicking July 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I’m a total sucker for JCREW and GAP.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I find Forever 21 so overwhelming too! Being in there makes me have a style identity crisis. Boho, girly, minimalist, quirky?!? I can never decide what style to go with!

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Liz @ iheartvegetables July 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I LOVE Banana Republic and Express, but it’s way more expensive than Forever 21… so most of the clothes I actually buy come from Forever 21 or H&M! Even though I’m not in college anymore, my mental budget still seems like a college student! I can’t get used to the whole “I have a full time job and I could shop like a grown up now” thing! haha

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Mary @ stylefyles July 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I would def. enjoy your fashion posts! My blog started as only fashion but about a year ago (or so?) I decided to start incorporating more and more of my kitchen efforts, transitioning my blog from being just a fashion blog to a general lifestyle blog.

I’m the kind of person that loves anything creative and I think food and fashion have so much in common…..and I bet many people that read food blogs read fashion blogs as well………so I say – go for it!!!!

And I totes agree with you on Anthropologie – LOVE it! I could furnish my entire home and closet with Anthro stuff, pretty sure (if I had the moola). Other than that I probably shop mostly at F21 since it’s so affordable and there is just sooooo much to choose from!

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Rebekah July 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I also love Forever XXI – they have so much variety and great sales!! :)

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Jessica @ Jessica Balances July 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I just got that top from Express yesterday in navy and wore it to work today! Love it! And very reasonable at $30. :)

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Casey July 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Love it Jenna! I definitely wanna see your purchases. I think you are pretty darn fashionable!

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Tiffany July 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

YES I’d love to see more fashion stuff, I think you have great taste in stuff! And I love your idea of things with reasonable prices as im living off loans.

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Jenny July 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I am a high school student so Forever 21 and HM are a staple in my wardrobe. But I also love to get funky stuff from thrift shops. Some of the clothes there are actually pretty high end and are affordable! If I could splurge I would definitely hit up J.Crew and Club Monaco as well as TopShop.

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Kristin @ FoodFash July 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Who doesn’t have a love/hate relationship with XXI!? :) I’m actually in a weird spot right now where (as far as going out attire) I feel like I’m too old for XXI and Urban Outfitters but too young for Banana and J Crew. 28 is tough!

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Kelly July 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I would love to see fashion posts. You are quite the fashionista yourself! I am always envious of the looks you put together.

In other news, I feel like I need to sit you down and discuss some of the ratings you gave books on GoodReads. I think that website is turning me into a creeper because I am just looking at friends virtual shelves and snooping around to see what they thought about books I loved. While at the same time I think we are literary soulmates….too far?

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kaila @ healthy helper! July 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I love the new picks! So cute! Especially that white top….adorable!

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Zerique July 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I love Forever 21. I don’t like everything they have but I do love when I find something awesome and its really inexpensive. Just today I found two belts for $13!!!!! Can’t beat that!!!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I would LOVE to see more fashion posts! I kinda love your style :)

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Katrina July 19, 2011 at 4:37 am

Jealous! Gotta love a great deal!

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MB July 19, 2011 at 5:50 am

I love J’s blog too! I would love to see more fashion posts on here. I think you have great style and always love to see what you’re wearing so it makes sense :)

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Jeanna July 19, 2011 at 6:49 am

I love your fashion! I would love to see what outfits you put together!

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ashley July 19, 2011 at 7:20 am

Yes! I would love if you posted outfits…I love that kinda thing. I like the same places you do and sometimes its depressing seeing the girls in other blogs posting from such expensive stores and brands. Good Idea :)

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Ash Bear July 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

I love that you focused on J’s Everyday Fashion!! I love her blog and get it in Facebook as well. Sometimes all it takes is one great accesory to give an outfit that needed pop. I love the gold top!

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Kristina July 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

I’m completely addicted to Anthropologie but it usually stretches my budget – lately I’ve gotten into finding less-expensive alternatives at Francesca’s Collections and even Forever 21. Also love Banana and Express for work/professional attire and they have great sales.

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Kristina July 19, 2011 at 8:09 am

…oh and Target. Surprisingly cute clothes that don’t break the bank.

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Courtney July 19, 2011 at 8:20 am

I vote YES for more fashion posts! I love your sense of style and its always fun to see your outfits!

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Lauren July 19, 2011 at 9:32 am

Not a Forever 21 fan, I have to say. I used to love H&M (and still do sometimes, especially for weekend things), but I’m not cool with buying clothing that easily stretches out, tears, or generally looks wrong after a couple washings.

I’m definitely a sale girl, and I find really good sales on Bloomingdale’s, Bluefly, Piper Lime, etc. I’ve also found a couple really cute summery sundresses on Victoria’s Secret lately, and they’re not bad price-wise…around $60.

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Lauri (RedHeadRecipes.com) July 19, 2011 at 10:48 am

I could totally use some fashion tips… I’m pretty boring and often wear the same comfy dresses everyday!

I LOVE Target for dresses, Express for dress pants, Limited for tops! Old Navy is usally ‘hit or miss’ for me!

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Elizabeth Edith July 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I read a few choice beautiful fashion blogs :) I like your style and I’d love to see more in the future, although to be honest, my love/hate relationship with F21 is pretty much just hate, so if you love them, maybe not ;) My favorite stores are definitely j. crew, and anywhere that sells seven for all mankind jeans (which I’ve even found at thrift stores!).

I know the “formula” for the “ideal” (whatever these things are :) ) wardrobe dictates that you splurge on classic items that are good quality and buy trends from cheap places like F21 (since the trend won’t last long, the item doesn’t need to either), and I lived by that for several years. And although this seems reasonable, I’m not a fan of generally buying cheap, throw-away clothes. They only last a few washings, and the damage they cause to the environment just doesn’t seem worth it. So while I fully support “deals” (proudest moment of my life: marc jacobs skirt for $4 at goodwill), I think it’s good to keep in mind that some things aren’t worth purchasing, even if they are really cheap (I’ve bought way too many tank tops because they were “Like $2″ at old navy). It’s one thing to purchase as much as you can, and quite another to build a wardrobe of beautiful clothes that make you feel fabulous. They can overlap, but in my life, sometimes they don’t, and that’s okay :)

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Baby Blue July 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm

MORE MORE MORE!!!! MUST HAVE MORE POSTS ON FASHION! YES!!!
(i’m a little excited :)

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Krista July 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

Along with J’s Everyday Fashion blog here are a few more of my favorites. Of course when you are looking through them one always leads to another, you can really get sucked in. :)
http://veronabrit.blogspot.com/
http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/
http://www.thelook4less.net/

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Kim July 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I just broke a 3-year shopping fast and hit the Anne Taylor LOFT outlet in Northern VA. I’m in love with that store!

I love the white blouse, especially with the bracelet or pendant. Cute!

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