gettin’ thrifty with it

Sometimes I get fed up with fashion trends. I mean, neon? Really? In my opinion, highlighter should be left in 10th grade. However, I’m all into the color blocking trend that’s going on right now. Mainly because I love to wear bright colors anyway! Like I need any more of an excuse to rock bright blues, yellows and reds. And when I found this amazingly retro blue pencil skirt at a local thrift shop on Sunday, I knew it was to be. Not only does it fit like an absolute glove, but it’s my favorite shade of bright blue.

Oh yeah, and it was two bucks.

I wore this outfit on Sunday night when Adam and I ventured out on a little dinner date. Fried chicken for him, grilled proscuitto wrapped peaches for her. Love.

skirt: thrifted

tank: Target

cardigan: JCrew

shades: Banana Republic Outlet

necklace: birthday gift from aunt & uncle

clutch: thrifted

cuff bracelet: Forever 21

wedges: Banana Republic



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  • holly
    July 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    color blocking is fantastic! my fave is pink and orange. i die.

    and thrifting is the best thing in the world. i just found a pair of granny earrings that are the most fabulous, diva purchase i’ve ever made. love, love.

  • Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique
    July 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Adorable outfit. 🙂

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  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
    July 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    That is such a beautiful ensemble! Well done thrifting! 🙂 You look gorgeous!

  • Julia @ The Accidental Gap Year
    July 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I love thrifting! The clutch is so cute – what a great find!

  • Jewel@Eat.Drink.Shop.Love
    July 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Love the color blog look. This would make a great work outfit.

  • Caitlin
    July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Two dollars? Are you kidding? You look gorgeous!

  • Allison
    July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I think you get cuter every day!

  • Michelle @ The Cooking Life
    July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    love your outfit! i have that exact same cardigan, even the same color 🙂

  • Stephanie
    July 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Super cute outfit! And I’m loving these fashion posts…

  • Kamaile
    July 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Blogger: Adorable!

    cute outfit!

  • Angie
    July 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I love the wedges. They remind me of a fun pair I always notice on Kate Middleton.

  • Stephanie Rose
    July 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    whoa cutie! Loving the fashion posts. very realistic.

  • jenna
    July 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    im so in love with the shoes and your clutch!

    fun outfit!

  • Mallory @ It's Only Life
    July 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Adorable outfit. Just found your blog, and lovin’ it!

  • Bree
    July 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    You look amazing! I am 7 months pregnant and feel so out of touch with fashion trends, so for now I am going to live vicariously through you, K?

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    July 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I love thrifting and post about it all the time…to the point people probably think I’m weird but I don’t care! From cute dishes to vintage handbags and skirts, thrifting rocks.

    And you look *amazing* in that outfit.

    Jenna, you look soooooo beautiful, classy, chic; you do that pencil skirt and outfit very proud. It was made for you!

  • Samantha
    July 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Cute! I love a good thrift store find-that clutch is adorable.

  • Corey @ Learning Patience
    July 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    That orange clutch is AWESOME — great outfit girl! You look smashing! xoxo from Trinidad

  • Hannah
    July 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    So fashionable! The clutch really is the perfect complementary color. Definitely is making me rethink a few items in my wardrobe… not to mention gives me a good idea for date night!

  • Carly
    July 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Such a cute outfit!

  • Anne
    July 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Your return to “vegetables” suits you well, seems like your body is saying thanks: Great silhouette !

  • Julie
    July 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    You look gorgeous! What a great find!

  • Baking N Books
    July 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Jackie O’. Or Audrey Hepburn.

    As an aside – what is Proscuito? And – you should try to get a “reply email” function on your site!! Most of the other ‘big’ blogs have it – and it’s useful for commenters. Just a thought 🙂

    • Shelley
      July 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      DITTO! 🙂

  • Doris
    July 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    i ♥ your outfit! blue is my favorite color, it matches my eyes 🙂
    and that pencil skirt looks absolutely great on your figure I have to say

  • Kim
    July 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    love that look! So classic and chic!

  • Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise
    July 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Wow! You look amazing! Love the colorblocking trend these days too! Still looking for some bright colored heels!

  • Sarah Elizabeth
    July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I love your accessories!! Great photographs too.

  • Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    July 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Loveee thrift store finds 😀

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    July 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    So cute and what a steal!

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    that skirt is bangin’!!!!
    I love the color blocking trend as well, keep up the thrifty finds!

  • Carissa
    July 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    So cute. I love the color blocking trend, too. I just wish I had more luck with good thrift finds. I keep trying with little luck.

  • Urban Wife
    July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Thrifting is the best! And that skirt for $2 is a steal. 🙂

  • Jennifer
    July 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Helloooo sexy…..I’m with Anne..your body is happy! I’m going for an extra long walk later..I gotta get me those legs 😉 Thanks for sharing your life with us…love all the great ideas..healthy food and two favorite things in the world besides my hub and girls 🙂

  • cait
    July 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    giiiirl with a bod like that i’d get the skirt even if it didn’t fit like a glove 😉 but non the less it looks fabulous on you! so glad it worked out for the HUGE $2 you had to dish out hehe.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    That outfit is a knockout and you fantastic in it!

  • Kristina
    July 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I have that same J. Crew Cardigan! And the Banana wedges in green. Great minds… 🙂

  • Suzanne
    July 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Your outfit is perfection! You are very good and fashion blogging . . . some more please!!! and thank you! =)

  • rachel @ the faded apron shared table
    July 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    i LOVE this, jenna. so adorable and totally flattering. you should wear this “look” regularly.

  • Alexia (Dimple Snatcher)
    July 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I have no idea what color blocking is, but SO CHIC

    • Shelley
      July 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      I didn’t either, so I looked it up on google. This is what said:

      “Colour block fashion is one of the hottest new trends for the season. It combines the use of two or more blocks of colour in an ensemble. This could be for a top, bottom, tunic, a dress and even a handbag or shoes. Simply it means – creating an outfit by putting areas or blocks of solid color next to each other. It can include monotone, bright colours, muted colors, contrasting and complimentary colors. Clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories can all feature color block designs or can make up different blocks of color to be put together for a color block outfit.”

  • Nicole
    July 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Love the shoes!! You are rockin’ that skirt, girl!

  • Lauren
    July 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I adore your skirt! I love pencil skirts – they give such a great, hourglass silhouette. You look lovely!

  • M
    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    You have a great “booty”!! 🙂
    Looking super hot in that wee skirt!

  • jenna k
    July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    whoa, you totally wear that skirt! it looks amazing!
    i will say that i LOVE neon right now, but it’s true that i can’t really see myself wearing it much after i graduate college, haha.

  • Coco
    July 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    DAYYAM girl, you look gooood!

  • Cyndi
    July 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    LOVE the whole outfit! great find with the skirt!! nice touch with the yellow purse! i’ve been rocking a ton of yellow lately.

  • Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles
    July 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    So cute! Gosh, way to show us that is is possible to get great goods that are ‘thrifty’ 🙂 …Perfect for a date night outfit!

  • Mary @ stylefyles
    July 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    hahah funny – I am the exact opposite of you. I’m angry at color blocking (more the concept of it than the actual use of it) Basically I feel like it’s something that’s always been done…..someone just gave it a name and put “color-blocked outfits” in rapid succession on runways, magazines, blogs, etc. effectively turning it into a trend. How is this even new? People have been wearing colors-upon-colors forEVA!!!!

    On the other hand I find neon to be infinitely rad. It’s even cooler AFTER 10th grade….true words.

    Love your outfit! But I won’t call it color-blocked. I’ll just say it’s cute =)

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    July 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    love the neon trend! that blue looks fantastic on you! defs a good colour. Love the necklace too 🙂

  • Michelle
    July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    That skirt was definitely made for you! I love it!

  • Shayla @ The Good Life
    July 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Wow! You look absolutely gorgeous!! Love the outfit and everything about it. You look like a nouveau Jackio O 🙂

  • Lindsey
    July 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    MODEL!! Love this outfit, you look so chic.

  • Jen
    July 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    You can definitely pull off the sexy secretary look. Love it! I can totally see you eating prosciutto wrapped peaches in that outfit.

  • Gwen
    July 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    you look SO beautiful! <3

  • AshleyH
    July 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    man Jenna you look great! Whatever you’re doing keep up the good work. 🙂

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    July 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    You look gorgeous Jenna!!! Love that pencil skirt. 2 bucks…that rocks.

  • Ally @ A Girl in her Kitchen
    July 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Wow you look aMAzing! Oh how I wish I could eat the foods you make on this blog and look like that! Do you want to know what I had for lunch today? A plop of black beans I had processed to make veggie burgers with on top of a bed of dressing-less mixed greens. My hubby said it looked like poo on the grass. Le Sigh.

  • Jessica @ Bay Bay Bites
    July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Hot lady! That outfit it so cute. 🙂 I can’t believe that skirt was $2.

  • Christine (The Raw Project)
    July 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Love the outfit, great colors! I love thrift shopping and surfing the clearance racks at Target.

  • Emily
    July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Wow!! I can’t believe the skirt was $2.00, you look amazing in it!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    July 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    GAH! Jenna I adore your skirt. Love that retro look.
    Heidi xo

  • mom
    July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Such a lady … You look Fabulous !!

  • Chelsea
    July 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I love your blog and have been reading faithfully for years, but I have to say I’m always crestfallen when I click over to see that it’s another post on your outfit. Too much focus on fashion recently, IMHO.

    • jenna
      July 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      I appreciate your constructive criticism, but have to say you “always are crestfallen”? I’ve only ever done outfit posts twice! 🙂

      • Janelle
        July 26, 2011 at 7:04 pm

        You look amazing, don’t get me wrong…but I’m (less dramatically) with Chelsea on this one – I prefer when it focuses on food. Perhaps a fashion tab? Because clearly you have fashion sense, I just prefer buttercream. 🙂 But hey, it is your blog, do with it what you wish!

      • Chelsea
        July 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm

        Ok, perhaps “always” was a bit dramatic, sorry bout that! 🙂
        I guess the actual outfit posts have only been twice, but I guess I was also thinking about some recent posts that you’ve shown your closet, talked about shoes, tops you’ve bought, linked to fashion blogs, etc.

        • Shelley
          July 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

          I love your fashion posts (I’m fashion-tarded, so I love seeing cute outfits using clothes from stores I actually shop at), but it does kind of stray from the theme thus far of your blog. I like the fashion tab idea (would that continue to show up in my Google Reader?? b/c that is my main concern).

          • ashley
            July 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

            But..but…its her blog, she can do whatever she wants with it right? If the title of the blog reflected ONLY food, I could understand people questioning the fashion posts but its eat LIVE run…basically covers everything 🙂 I personally dont think this strays at all from the blog theme. Also I think Jenna had a post a while back either asking us what we would think of her adding fashion posts or saying she was going to start incorporating them as part as her blog and she explained why. There are plenty of food only blogs out there, maybe you could explore them if fashion isnt your thing? Whats so bad about fashion posts anyway..Its fun! Ps. Jenna I love this blue outfit, the clutch is to die.

  • Arianna @ Laughter & Linguini
    July 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I am loving your fashion posts! Keep ’em coming! 🙂

  • jenn
    July 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Looooooovvvvvvvveeeeee. Keep the fasion posts coming, please!

    • jenn
      July 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      Ps- can you add a fashion tab?

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    July 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Looks amazing!

  • briana
    July 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I love the fashion posts, too!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    July 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Love that color and that skirt fits you perfectly!

  • CJ @
    July 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Jenna, you look beautiful!!! I love the outfit!

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    July 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    So super cute. I love it.

  • Paige @ Two Runners And A Brown Dog
    July 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    You are just beautiful!

  • kirsten
    July 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    very cute outfit! i am loving your fashion posts!

  • Trish
    July 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    You are a sexy bombshell. 🙂 Love it!

  • EllenE
    July 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    That outfit is so cool- you could be a Betty Draper double! Pencil skirts were “in” in the 60s right?…haha

  • Liz @ iheartvegetables
    July 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Holy monkeys you are ROCKING that skirt girl! I can’t believe it was only 2 bucks! So not fair. Love it!

  • *Andrea*
    July 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    look at you girl!!! so beautiful… um why haven’t you done more fashion posts before on this blog!!!!! so stylin’ 🙂

  • Sara N
    July 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Love this outfit…very Kate Middleton. More fashion posts, please!

  • Vanessa
    July 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    OK, I scrolled through the comments hoping someone else would ask this…is it just yoga and hikes that are keeping your booty perky?? If not, please share the secret exercise!!!

  • Kathleen
    July 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Love, love, love, the fashion posts. Fabulous outfit and that necklace is like the cherry on top. Beautiful!

  • Kaitlyn
    July 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    you seriously look SO cute! i love all of it!!!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In
    July 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    That skirt is absolutely amazing on you.
    And I have that same sweater:) Wore it today!

  • Charlotte
    July 26, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Jenna, you look bangin’!! You and Adam are the CUTEST!

  • Kim
    July 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Love this outfit! Skirts, tanks, and cardis are my warm-weather go-to and you have put together one hot outfit!

  • Melissa
    July 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    You look gorgeous! Great find! Keep the fashion posts coming!

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted
    July 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I’m seriously loving this outfit! You look great and you’re inspiring me to go check out some of the local thrift stores to see what I can find!

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    July 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    LOVE THAT OUTFIT! You’re such a fashionista!

  • French Heart
    July 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Love. Very polished, classy & also sexy in a lady-like way. Like the texture of necklace/rope shoes that reiterate each other & also the purse & bracelet detail have the same sleek line. The French go for subtle details & I always have too. Your hair looks fabulous!! Love the glasses.

    It’s so fun playing Jenna Dresses Up & We Vote!!

    • French Heart
      July 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      PS–Just read through the comments. I LOVE the variety of posts you do and think the fashion is a very fun element added to the mix.

  • Jill
    July 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Too cute!

  • Bobbi McCormick
    July 26, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    you are too cute!!!!

  • Bobbi McCormick
    July 26, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    you are too cute!!!!

  • Kristin Murdock
    July 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Super cute! I love a good thrift store find. I mean, really, is there anything better? And I will say: neon swimsuits are so cute! 🙂

  • Baking Serendipity
    July 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I love the skirt! That entire date night outfit is adorable 🙂

  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath
    July 26, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I think it’s great you’re adding in fashion! I actually have every friday planned as fashion & beauty posts starting this week, so it’s interesting to see people’s reactions to you’re new addition.

    Love your shoes!!

  • Joyce @ Jranola Joyce
    July 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Jenna, your outfit is completely adorable!
    Great find 🙂

  • Jamie@everydaydolce
    July 26, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Such a fabulous look. Very flattering:)

  • Ashley @
    July 26, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Come to my closet and teach me how to dress. pretty please? no, seriously

  • Tori
    July 27, 2011 at 1:37 am

    You look hot!!

    July 27, 2011 at 3:33 am

    First, I love the fashion posts! Second, your outfit is really cute! I love those shades of blue too!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness
    July 27, 2011 at 3:49 am

    you look fantastic! 😀 So chic! xyx

  • Allywan
    July 27, 2011 at 4:00 am

    I. LOVE. NEON.

    just thought I’d leave that here.

    cute outfit.

  • Brooke
    July 27, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Um, you look amazing! Can I hire you to buy my clothes for me? K, thanks! 🙂

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble)
    July 27, 2011 at 5:04 am

    That skirt is gorgeous 🙂 I used to thrift a lot in high school, and I’m just getting back into it… I love it! Scoring great deals on cute vintage finds- nothing better! xo

  • Claire @ ThinkingClairely
    July 27, 2011 at 6:05 am

    LOVE that outfit, Jenna! Keep the fashion posts comin!

    Were those pictures taken in the Healdsburg plaza? Went there this summer on vacation with my hubby and I still dream about it every day. Seeing the pictures makes me nostalgic – I want to go back!

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites
    July 27, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Awesome outfit! You really pulled it all together so well! I am obsessed with pencil skirts… awesome find! The photos are beautiful too… they sort of capture you in a retro ‘light’ I’m guessing that was probably the point haha Well done girl!

  • Claire
    July 27, 2011 at 8:36 am

    What a CUTE outfit! I love how the blues make your blonde hair pop…from one blonde to another 😉

  • katie
    July 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

    You look so great Jenna! U look beautiful!

    U have a great sense of style! Loving these fashion posts!!!

  • Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner
    July 27, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Seriously, Jenna? You look like a movie star. Or famous author or something 🙂 Oh wait, you kinda are. In any case…beautiful.

  • Beth (Well I'll Be)
    July 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    You look amazing!! And I love the two blues together for the color blocking!

  • Jill
    July 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    What an adorable outfit. Looks so sweet. I love color too and just feel happier when I wear it. I have been loving skirts and dresses too-have you tried PINTEREST yet? A great place for inspiration.
    THRIFT stores rock.

  • Amy
    July 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks to you I now have a photo to print and take to the salon. The outfit is great, but the bangs are drool worthy! 😉

  • Abigail
    July 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Oh my gosh, that outfit is fabulous!!! I love color blocking, those colors and thrifting!! If that skirt magically disappears… I flew to California, found your house and “borrowed” it!:-D You are just the cutest too 🙂

  • kristen
    July 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm


    Will you add your new fashion posts to a fashion tag so I can find them when I need some fashion inspiration? Love your style!

  • Sharon
    July 28, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Gorgeous! Love the pencil skirt…looks almost like J Crew? I have this one I bought on clearance from them in the late spring-its wool so I can’t wear it till next winter but its in a color they are calling “Bright Dahlia” it’s a bright fuchsia/pink color! I am not sure what color to wear it with other than black or navy….
    J Crew Jackie cardigans are pretty much perfection, aren’t they? I love that color you have on too.
    Was the picture taken at the square in Healdsburg? or perhaps Sonoma? Thanks for reminding me I need a visit to both soon…

  • Pam
    July 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Jenna, You look gorgeous!
    The picture looks so retro, very cool 🙂

  • Sarah Louise
    July 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    HOTT! Love the outfit!

  • Lisa
    July 31, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    You look amazing!! I want to copy your look immediately!

  • Kim @ Good But Getting Better
    August 1, 2011 at 8:13 am

    You look very Audrey Hepburn!! Beautiful!!

  • diana@mymarblerye
    August 3, 2011 at 6:16 am

    i am loving your fashion posts..maybe a little too much…is it me or are you turning into a trendy, heel wearing hottie? Love it!

  • Ally
    August 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    omg, you are taking it to a whole ‘nother level with this outfit! I’ve always thought you were gorgeous and this outfit totally plays up everything! I don’t know if I could pull off the pencil skirt, you’re so slim – but I want those wedges now, haha.