Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring Break Haul

When I am at school I do not get to go shopping very often. This isn’t just because the mall near my school doesn’t even deserved to be called a mall (it is truly awful), but I can’t afford to go shopping at boutiques all the time. So when I was on spring break last week, I made sure to fulfill all my shopping needs. This need for shopping came at the perfect time considering I was in desperate, well maybe not desperate, need of clothing. I got a bunch of great pieces for amazing prices, and many are things I have been wanting for quite a while. Since I love all the pieces I got and think they make a great addition to my spring wardrobe, I thought I would share them with you. So here is my spring break haul!

Pants and I have a love hate relationship, and part of the time this relationship turns into a hate hate relationship. So when I find a pair of pants that fit and I actually like, I feel the need to share it with the world. Over break I received a pair of BCBGeneration trousers from my mom, that she purchased from TJ Maxx, and they fit perfectly! They are similar to a pair of jeans, but just a bit more fashionable and that to me is already perfect. What makes them a bit more fashionable is the fact that they are higher waisted and loose fitting, which ends up flattering my body type a whole lot better than an average pair of jeans. I will be able to pair these trousers with all kinds of shirts, which means I will get quite a bit of wear out of them. All in all I would say this was a good purchase on my mom’s part. So a big thanks to my mom!

Continuing on with pants, I purchased two pairs of pants at H&M for $28 and I am head over heels for them! They are high waisted skinny pants, not jeans, with a side zipper. They have no pockets in the front and only a fake pocket in the back, which means no added bulk, plus a bit of stretch which is always welcome when you’ve got a few curves like me. I got a pair in black and a pair in what H&M calls brown, but it looks more like a tobacco color. I have been in search of high waisted jeans, and while these are not jeans, I love them. They go with so many things, and I can both dress them up and down, which makes them a great addition to not only my spring wardrobe, but my year round wardrobe as well. What also makes them great is that I didn’t shed a single tear when trying them on and that is quite an accomplishment for me when it comes to trying on pants.

The last pieces I bought to cover my bottom are two pairs of shorts, and I mean it when I say that. I purchased them from Wal-Mart, and I am quite happy that I stumbled across them. Just like the H&M pants, not only did I get these for a great price of $28 total, but I also didn’t even cry when trying them on. Now if you have read my past blogs you will know that I am done with daisy dukes. I hate the way the look on me, and I honestly don’t think they look good on anybody unless they are a supermodel. The shorts I purchased have a 4.5 inch inseam, which is a length I am quite happy with considering most shorts sold for girls my age have an inseam of 2 inches or less. The first pair is a dark wash denim and the other pair is khaki, and both are great pieces that I can wear in both the spring and summer. To anyone who is looking for cheap shorts that are longer, I highly advise these because the quality of them seems quite nice and they actually cover my bottom.

Since pants and I don’t always get along, I make sure to have plenty of dresses in my wardrobe.When I came across this blue and white stripped dress in Forever 21, I knew I had to try it on. Luckily I loved the way it looked on me just as much as I loved the way it looked on the hanger. It has a very mod look about it and just like something Twiggy would have worn. I can easily add pops of color to the dress since it is so simple, and I think my red Keds will look great with it. Not only will I be able to wear it in spring, but I can easily carry it in to summer for a carefree look.
I was worried the peplum trend was on its way out, but luckily Stella McCartney and a few others kept it going, which is part of the reason I purchased this green one at Forever 21. That and I forgot to bring green clothes home for St. Patrick’s Day, which may sound stupid to some, but when you are as involved in the Irish community as my family is, green is a must.  I love the fit of this peplum because it comes in perfectly at my waist then flairs out for a bit of added volume. Along with the great fit is a great color that is perfect for spring and can be easily taken into summer. While I have not paired it with a belt like it is shown in the picture, I am sure that I will try it eventually. Plus this top can be worn with my high waisted pants too! While many think that a peplum doesn’t flatter mot body types, I think everyone should at least try one on because you may be surprised.

In the same shade of green is a light sweater, which I also purchased at Forever 21. Now I mostly purchased this to dance in over the holiday, but I also realize that it will be great to layer with on those chillier spring days. When it comes to sweaters I am very picky about the way they feel. If they are the slightest bit itchy I will not purchase them, but that was not the case with this sweater. As I said, I will be able to layer this over top of button downs, or underneath a denim jacket, which is necessary for the unpredictable spring weather. This sweater also comes in a few other spring colors, which makes me want to purchase another one.

Also from Forever 21 is this navy blue tank top with a ruffle around the neck, which I absolutely love. It has such a feminine look about it, and I love the adding more feminine touches to my wardrobe for spring. It also is very flowy, which I quite enjoy because I am not the biggest fan of skin tight clothing. Whether I pair it with a skirt or pants, it is going to look cute either way. Plus I can easily throw a cardigan on and it will still look adorable. It was also made in a bubblegum pink, but I surprisingly liked the navy blue a lot better.

 My wardrobe would never be complete without a white
button down, which is why I purchased a new one immediately after discovering my other one was wearing out. The ones at Forever 21 have a very nice fit, which is why I have bought the same one multiple times. I think that everyone should have a classic white button down in their wardrobe, and I highly recommend the one at Forever 21. I also purchased a flowy floral button down at TJ Maxx that ties at the bottom, which is a very cute detail. However, I have yet to take a picture of it, so you can just imagine it.
The last thing I purchased at Forever 21 was a pair of cat eye sunglasses. Ever since I saw Kourtney Kardashian wearing a pair, I knew I wanted a pair just like them. I love sunglasses, but I am very picky about the way they fit and how they look on my face. This pair was only $5.80, and fit very well. If anyone wants to find a pair of sunglasses, you might want to try Forever 21.
The final thing I purchased over spring break was a swimsuit. I am so picky when it comes to buying clothes, and the same goes for buying a swimsuit. I have been searching for the perfect high waisted swimsuit after seeing Taylor Swift’s adorable polka dot one last summer. After being unsuccessful time after time, I randomly decided to look on ASOS, where I finally found the perfect suit. Not only is it high wasited, but it has a great floral pattern. A great thing I discovered about ASOS is that for being a college student you can get 25%, which got me about $20 off of my swimsuit. No complaints there!

Like I said, I was in need of a serious shopping trip, which is exactly what I did over spring break. Hopefully if you were in need of a few ideas for spring that my haul helped you out. Happy spring shopping!


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