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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Francescas and Forever 21 Haul

I never thought that I would do a 'haul' post because I just don't see the benefit of documenting my spending for the Hubs to pull up during a "You need to slow down on the spending" chat. However, I am proud of this haul because I got a ton of stuff for great prices! I went to Forever 21, and I have to admit that I haven't shopped there in almost 2 years. In fact, I think the last time was for Danielle's 20th birthday which was 2 Octobers ago. I went through this anti-F21 phase because:

1. I thought the clothes were kinda crap & fell apart after washing them
2. The energy in the store kind of stresses me out - its always packed and messy and the girls that work there always seem to have an attitude
3. It's impossible to roll a stroller through there. I'm sure they make it that way... strollers kind of work against their 'Forever 21' MO...

But after seeing so many cute posts from you guys wearing F21 gear, I knew I had to give it another shot and I was so happy that I did! Both my kids are in preschool at the same time now, so I was able to go alone which automatically helped. I also went on a Tuesday morning so the store was nice and clean and not crowded at all because the younger girls were all in school. Yes, the clothes still aren't the best quality around, but for the price you just can't beat getting trendy items that you will probably only wear a few times anyway!

Then I went to Francesca's which I have always love, love, loved, but that is another place that is really not kid/stroller friendly. (I forsee my 9 free hours a week reeking havoc on my credit cards...)

OK, so here is what I got! Let me know what you think!


These are from F21 and were like $12.50 or something crazy like that. Obvi I had to get one in every color. I am so obsessed with these because they look so much more expensive than they were and they are appropriate to wear anywhere! Seriously, I can wear them to church, the mall, to pick up the kids from school, out to dinner - anywhere! You'll see these a lot from me in the coming months!


I've been wanting a pair of red pants for awhile now, and have been debating about getting the JBrand kind, but I thought for $19.50, these would do while I was still deciding if I want to spend $200 for the JBrand ones... (Also from F21)



Love this skirt from Francescas! So classy and such pretty colors for the fall. Can't wait to pair this with some cute tights and a silk shirt or sweater!


This dress from Francescas is sooo cute, I don't know if these pictures do it justice. It was on the clearance rack & it is super flattering on. 



I. Love. Chunky. Knits. 
F21, F21, Francescas, Francescas (Olive & Oak)



(Love the backs of these shirts)

We are headed to Aruba in a few weeks, so I thought these would both be fun to wear while we were there! Love the colors and the patterns. The left is from Francescas and the right is from The Pink Turtle in Greenville, DE. Such a cute shop!




I need silky tops in every color. 
Francescas, Francescas, F21, F21, F21




I also managed to make it to Ulta and was super excited to buy this huge Urban Decay shadow collection. I am so not a makeup experimenter - I generally go to MAC once a year to buy all my goods and do a nude or pink eye all the time. After looking at some of your amazing makeup blogs (Hello, Kiss N' Makeup, Natasha Marie, Cotton Candy INK, and Makeup By Lizbeth! ) I decided I needed to learn how to do my makeup better. Maybe one day I'll be able to do cool looks like you girls! What I also like about the kit is it comes with this cool video/speaker thing that shows you how to do different looks with all of the colors. Awesome!


Nice casual F21 Tee for $10


Finally, I stopped at Gap because I love shopping there for the kids clothes (I'm not much of a Gap shopper for myself...) but these t-shirts were on sale for $8, down from $23! Love these to wear around the house with yoga pants of whatever. Picked up some nice Fall colors!

So, there you have it! Hope you all like everything. Do you guys like Forever 21? Francescas?? The greatest thing about F21 is that the owner of the company puts 'John 3:16' on the bottom of every bag. Love that he shows his Christian faith!!

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"

Happy Sunday!
xox

104 comments:

Emily said...

I've been debating on the J.Brand Red jeans too. I feel like those F21 jeans will be great for you though - and who knows how long red jeans will be in style so better to spend less on trend items!

xx Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspt.com

frecklie said...

Wow - amazing haul!
George | frecklie.blogspot.com

Mary Lou said...

oh wow you really found a lot of great things, the chunky knits and the supercute dress and fabulous skirt!!! love!!!

Karen said...

Those are all such great finds!!! I mentioned buying one cute little outfit on my blog and I got the look from my husband after he read it, oops :) It just makes us feel so much better to have some new clothes!

Savannah said...

Great haul! I love the silk tops, adorable!

xxx

Miss paperplanes said...

i love all ! Have a nice night.

xoxo,

http://boo-paperplanes.blogspot.com/

Turtles and Pearls said...

Great haul! Can't wait to see how you wear some of your gorgeous pieces!!

Gracie Beth said...

Love all the Franchesca's stuff. I am jealous of your urban decay box

Cassie said...

I love what you got!!!

Maureen said...

Amen to that verse..

Great haul, I would like the maxi skirt in orange and one of those sheer blouses and the cute top in blue with the zip on display :)

Enjoy your purchases and look forward to some outfit pics

x

karo said...

WOW! So many wonderful things! Cool stuff!
and Urban Decay...amazing! I want Naked sooooooo much!
Have a nice evening!
xoxo

katie said...

I never knew that about the F21 owner...awesome. You bought super cute goodies.

CottonCandyINK said...

i love love love F21, its one of my fave stores they have the best stuff for less. and thanks so much for mentioning me and my blog your such a sweetheart. you did a great job in buying that palette, its on my wish list!

xox have a great weekend!

Lizbeth-Glamstyln' said...

Thanks so much for mentioning my blog ! I appreciate it is a nice blessing to come home to after sunday service and nice lunch with the family...

You'll never believe I got the exact same skirt you got I got the peach one... I agree with you as soon as I saw it and the price I knew it was an item I had to purchase I can't wait to wear it!!!!
.... I always tell my sisterinlaw.. how F21 stresses me out specially with the loud music and the lack of help.... but I do as you..go in the less busy time when most people aren't shopping ( monday morning LOL)
thanks again for being so kind and always give all of us such a positive message along with great trendy tips!!!

Blessing to you always !!!


xoxo Lizzie!!!

inmyhansonshirt said...

Oh my gosh, you got such cute stuff! Great haul! I completely agree with you about Forever 21 though - the store is always crazy! You've got to really work for whatever you buy!

http://the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

Just Another Shopaholic said...

I love the chiffon skirts!! So pretty!

Maiken said...

my HUGE favourite is that black & white dress. I just love it :)

yourmorninglory said...

oooo looks so exciting! i love the chunky knits! thanks for the sweet comment and follow-made my day :) i use that cup for smoothies a lot too, makes it much more fun to make them at home too!

Kristina said...

Girlfriend, you did good! I am really loving the dress from Francescas.

Slow Strut, Rouge Lips - Not Just a Fashion Blog

Rach said...

oh my! what an amazing haul!!! I have to have those maxi skirts you got. hopefully one of these forever 21s around me has them
www.sugarfilledcloset.com

Inez said...

Love all the clothes, esp loving the skirt from Francescas

Emily said...

oh my gosh I love love love francescas! They have the cutest stuff ever there! And I kind of agree with you about F21 not being the best quality, just dont put anything in the dryer whatever you do.

Rose from Rosedale said...

The first three skirts are my favs!!! great finds!!


www.rosefromrosedale.com

Natasha Marie said...

I'm in love with every item you purchased!!!

Also, thank you SO MUCH for your sweet sweet comments and even sending me a shout out - it means the world to me :) I'm so excited about my new job - i'm nervous and scared but can't wait to learn even more about make up! It's exciting!!! I love how my bloggers even support me and my dreams! You have no idea how much it means to me !!!

:)

Fashion Tales.... said...

That Francesca's dress is so adorable. love the contrast colours. I'm looking for a sheer pleated maxi... hopefully I'll get one soon. :)

Schnelle Couture said...

I have strayed away from F21 because I was starting to feel like some of their stuff is too trendy for my taste but I find things here and there. Urban Decay shadows are my absolute fav- enjoy experimenting!

Sweet Surrender said...

we have a two story F21 in Norfolk VA, when I go, I usually go on a monday afternoon and bring my ipod to play the music I like while I shop. The only two things I dont like is that I can never find the shoes I like in my size and you have to hunt for the shoes because they are scattered all over the store and how how it gets in the store due to all the lights.

Great Haul! And for makeup-it just takes practice, after a while it becomes second nature!

DirtyDiana said...

Ahh I have the same skirts! I didn't get black because I really wanted more color in my closet :)
I know the owner of Francesca! Where do you live? I know they barely have those stores around.

You can reply to me on my blog if you'd like. Cute haul thou!

Love Diana, http://dirttydiana.blogspot.com/

Anna said...

I need to go shopping now. So many cute things.

I love Forever 21. They're great for stuff that you really want, but don't need. I also love their accessories. They're super cheap, and last just long enough for me to tire of them. ;)

I've never been to Francesa's, but when I worked around the corner from them I heard tons of compliments. :)

FashionFreak/Mihaela said...

i love those red pants.

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Mie said...

Awesome haul, I love the black and white dress!

Nicole said...

Loveeee the Franchescas dress!!!

Bravoe Runway said...

I am a huge fan of Forever 21 and yes I do agree the majority of their items are not the best quality, you can still find a nice assortment of great items. I've actually never been to a Francesca's, we don't have it in Chicago but I do like the navy and white top you got!

Canadianpetite said...

I love the orange and blue maxis, white/black top from The Pink Turtle and the silk tops. The one I'd like to put my paws on is that UD palette - good score! Can't wait to see you model them.

The Rule of Mr Kane said...

Love the maxi skirts, the pants and the skirt with print! Cool stuff you got there!

hugs!
JK
http://mrkanerule.blogspot.com

tiny dancer said...

Wowza what a great haul! I'm loving all the things you scored at F21 - I'm totally going to have to hip them up this week :) My favorite item is the spilt colored dress from Fran's I can't wait to see how you style it :)

Thanks fostopping by my blog!
Tasia
http://rufflesandsequins.blogspot.com

Alpha Blonde said...

In need some more chiffon-y blouses in my life! F21 stresses me out too, luckily the one closest to me is really small so it's not too overwhelming, great finds!!

Elle Meyers said...

I agree with you on all the cons of F21...I rarely go there anymore for that reason! I prefer to browse their stuff online. I love those red pants. I've been wanting a red pair of pants for soooo long!
Also that dress from Francescas is gorgeous! I want to see what it looks like on! I've never heard of Francescas before. I'll have to look it up. That is really cool about F21 putting John 3:16 on their bags...I never knew that! Now I want to check it out!

{av} | {long distance loving} said...

I just walked into a Francesca's for the first time last week {crazy right?!} but I was super impressed...and if your finds were any indication, I need to take another trip back there soon! And I have a love hate relationship with F21, but when I have the time...I like to find some hidden gems ;) so happy to have stumbled on your blog! xoxox {av} | {long distance loving}

Mary Ann said...

I like that colorful skirt - what great finds!

L.A. in the bay said...

hi there! thanks for following our blog! :)
love all of your finds, especially those maxi skirts!
Forever 21 & Francesca's Collection are two of my favorite stores. You have great taste! ;)
Also, LOVE that you are a Christian too!!
makes me so happy finding other bloggers who love fashion & God :)

xoxo
Lauren

Baby Budget Blog said...

LOVE those chiffon skirts....GORGEOUS! Great haul. Soooo jealous :)

www.plentyforpennies.com

Rubiiee said...

I love those skirts! I definitely have to get them!!

Jaya said...

wow! great stuff you've got there!! Love the skirts, the blouses and that dress!! And honestly, i kinda despise F21 for the same reasons you do (minus the stroller...) I used to love it when it was still new here in Montreal, but then, I realized how cheap the clothes were and the people that shop and work there get on my nerves :p I still wear the few items purchased there before but I refuse to step in that store again.. unless there's barely anyone.. the pieces you found are lovely though! :)

xx
www.chasingthmoon.blogspot.com

Makeup Artist Jessica Rivera said...

cute stuff!

Julia said...

Wow! So much cute stuff! I literally love everything you bought. I never noticed the verse on the bottom of the bag, but that makes me like forever 21 a little more (not a huge fan. But, I'm all about supporting Faith Based businesses, so I might have to stop in a little more often.

Oh, and I am your newest follower! Love your blog!

xo Julia

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Those skirts are from Forever 21?! Looks like I need to make a trip asap! Soo cute! You got some really amazing finds. WAy to go!

Eliza said...

I'm happy you commented on my blog ~ It's nice to have found you! I hope you have a wonderful week! xoxo eliza

Latkes and Dim Sum said...

Hi!!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and following it!

You have a new follower too :)

Lovely things from your shopping trip!!

Latkes & Dim Sum

Emily said...

SUCH great finds!! Esp love the long skirts and the red pants --- so cute, and they look way more expensive than F21!! ;) xoxo

Stephanie said...

So many fabulous finds!!! Love them! So happy you found my blog! I'm following you now! http://therestisstillunwritten-sjm.blogspot.com/

Have a great night! Stephanie

Laura said...

Amazing shopping trip! Especially loving the sheer silky tops and the chunky knits! xoxo

Pink Glam said...

awesome haul! I love the dresses and the sweaters. My husband is the same way. He would say the same thing.. and then id smirk and look away hehe.

Amanda said...

Wow...you got some cute stuff... I haven't been to either of those stored in while...guess it's about time :) funny you say your patents just moved to magnolia...that I where I am originally from ;)

tinymum said...

I love all your F21 haul! Those are all wearable esp this Fall season!


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Maria Bastida said...

great purchases!!
love everything ;)
xx

http://thegoldenpaillettes.blogspot.com/

Ashley said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm loving your blog! These purchases are adorable... I'm a fan of both Francesca's and F21 :) Such cute styles! Can't wait to read on. Xoxo

Ocean Dreams said...

Hi girl, thanks for stopping by and wow you certainly went on a shopping spree - love it! Glad you gave Forever21 another shot, I love their clothes and those skirts are cute, they look so flowy and pretty! :)

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, xoxo.

Oh to Be a Muse said...

i must say, you definitely got some stellar buys. i think the fact that you went on a tuesday morning helped. i think F21 makes super cute clothing, but i'm pretty much in compliance with your 1-3 reasons of why you hadn't shopped there. i haven't been there in about 4 months and i'm planning to stay away as long as possible. but still, i can't deny the cuteness. fab pieces! and thanks for the comment on my blog--following you back.

Val Fox said...

You have impeccable taste! I love everything you purchased here! I'm so happy you're my newest follower, (nice to meet you!) and I'm happy to follow you back! Can't wait to see how you wear these items! God bless!
-Val

Holly said...

those long skirts are the best and they do look way more expensive! good haul

natasha {schue love} said...

Great haul and I adore your blog! So glad you stopped by so that I can now follow along too! :)

Allison said...

I'm so with you on Forever 21 being a little off putting because of the fact that there doesn't seem to be ANY rhyme or reason with their layout - it's just an overwhelming mess most of the time, so I avoid it at all costs. Now seeing the cute things you got, I may have to brave it - especially for red jeans! Like you, I've been waiting on the J Brand ones. I have no problem spending money on good denim, but if colored denim goes out of style in a season, I'd rather spend $20 than $200.
Great post! :)

when BABI speaks said...

great hauls! i just love everything!

Babi
www.whenbabispeaks.com

Josie said...

I love all of those pretty sweaters! Too cute. And those red skinnies are simply darling.
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

McKenzie King said...

cutest clothes. EVER.

Diane said...

wow! i love your haul hun!! and i feel so flattered, that you like my make-up stuff since i'm a late bloomer too haha i love your ud palette.. i really want to have that but it's too pricey here in philippines =(( i'll see when we travel in singapore t visit sephora. (hopefully next year)

Love all your sweaters, i'm excited for your OOTds and Fotds!!!
Thanks again hun, for the mention. appreciate it a lot! mmuaah!

Christianna said...

Awwww, thanks for the sweet comment and follow! Love your blog over here. It seems like a lot of fun! I can't wait to browse around and see what else you have in store. I'm now following you back!

Those F21 skirts are great!

Christina said...

Wow! That's amazing stuff! I need a shopping spree in the worst way! Thanks so much for checking out my blog. Now I'm your newest follower. I'm looking forward to chatting more through blogland!

Erin said...

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog and lead me to your blog! Such a great blog you do have! I love the picks! That black and white Francesca's dress is adorable, and I love all of your sheer tops! Also, love the Bible verse on the bottom of the F21 bags as well!

xx

Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

Fakhra's said...

what a blat,,, wowwwwwwwwwwww. i love alll things. Chiffon orange top is super dupper and blue skirt, and above all lvoe the silky black and mily white top... lovely stuff....

Holly said...

Wow, I love the cream and navy blue blouse! :)
BTW I am your newest blog follower - nice to meet you! :)

Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

Great shopping haul, I love those F21 skirts. Thanks so much for following me, I love your blog and followed back!

Miss L said...

wow! great haul! I think I love almost everything you got!

Shop N' Chomp said...

I love shopping at F21 for trendy, inexpensive pieces! I haven't shopped at Francescas yet though. Will have to see if there is one by me! Great haul =D

Kaitlin Mattingly said...

wow looks like one fun shopping spree, and i love the colorful sheer chiffon tops. i think they are perfect for really anything.
you can wear them with some fun skirts, jeans or you can even pair them with a chunky knit sweater.

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KaitGirl.blogspot.com
xo kait

Cindy said...

Love haul posts! When I first saw it I thought it would be like 5 items or something but no it's like my yearly shopping (exaggerating a little haha). The split-colour dress is so adorable and loving all the sheer things you bought! Can't wait to see more shopping goodies hehe

xxCindy

Olya said...

Love the Gap T-shirt! They are so cheap and comfortable, I wear them a lot :) Your blog is beautiful:):) Following you :) xxx

Fashion By Alicia said...

Great haul! Love the red pants!

sassycasual said...

Amazing stuff!
I love those t-shirts with the beautiful backs, and the dress from Francescas. The skirt is so cute too.

Long live orange pants!
:D

One Stiletto At A Time said...

Omg you sure did have quite a shopping spree! love many of the pieces :)

Ronadelle said...

Lovely stuffs! I do have an orange pair of pants and just looking at those lovely dresses, I'm gonna hunt to buy one!

Thanks for stopping by my site! I love yours!
Ronadelle
www.ronadelle.blogspot.com

ChiChi81 said...

Great haul! I really like that skirt on the 3rd photo. And ahhh you got an Urban Decay eye shadow palette! I love em!


Cheers,

Wi
A Single Girl's Musings

Ms. Givens said...

Wow you did great. I am gonna look for those skirts. Forever21 and GAP and ASOS are the 3 places I shop the most. JCP once in a while.

Mila said...

wow these are some amazing buys.
following!

Kristen said...

I'm following you now as well! Love your blog! Can't wait to keep up to date!!

briannelee said...

Love the red pants and black and white dress. Great finds!

sooz said...
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sooz said...

awesome haul! i'm going to forever21 RIGHT NOW to get those amazing skirts...can't believe they're so cheap!!

http://www.solifestyle.com

Chocolate, Cookies & Candies said...

Your list and mine can't be more similar. I'm dying to get myself a pair of red denims, a few silk tops and slouchy tees. right, off to Forever 21 website now. They should pay you a commission!

Ginna Delapena said...

omg!!!!!ive been trying to find thoes skirts everywhere!! i love them so vintage! - www.elegantbloom.blogspot.com

Mo Pie, Please said...

Wow! So many great things! You're making me want to go shopping!

Jenn said...

Great haul I love everything you got those skirts are amaz!!!!
xo Jenn

imperfection-isbeauty.com

Kendra said...

I love those 3 whimsical skirts!

Restyle Restore Rejoice said...

I'm in LOVE with all those silky tops! So feminine and cute. And I'm the same way like you with the skirts. I will buy one in each color :) they are so cute!
Francesca

Bree said...

Nice finds! :]

I really like the silky maxi skirts in three different colors and I'm digging the skirt with the tribal print. I also love knit sweaters. They're perfect for fall.

The silky tops are perfect finds too. They're versatile. Wow, you did great!

XoXo, Bree
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Meredith Sledge said...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!!!

I want that red skirt! Gorgeous! I've been looking everywhere for skirts but can never find any.

Libby said...

I wish i could do a haul like that! And I am obsessed with Francescas, they have the cutest stuff and it's usually pretty decent quality too!

Libby on the Label

cassie said...

i love the blouses. how cute! forever21 can be so overwhelming sometimes, but then it can be like a treasure chest sometime! so excited to see you style these, gorgeous girl.
xoxo
cassie

studyinginheels.blogspsot.com

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

You got some great pieces! I love the black and white polka dot dress! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! Your newest follower happily ever healthy!

dani said...

Those flowy skirts are AMAZING finds!

Kalmo said...

Great haul. I'm with you on F21, not the best quality but affordable and trendy. I love Francescas! I thought it would be a super expensive store but I'm glad it wasn't too bad, though more $$ than F21. I love the black and white dress.

Lisa said...

awesome haul! love the red pants and you're right - you can't beat the price!

Heather said...

i am right there with you about recently trying new looks with my makeup. i've always loved makeup and hair. but usually on other people. i haven't ever really taken the time to mess with my own much b/c i feel like i'm not good at it. but since i started reading blogs i've started trying new things and experimenting with looks when i have nothing else to do. it definitely takes practice and some good products. and i'm slowly learning.

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