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September 27, 2013 |  Category:   happy purchases





I know summer is over, but it’s still rather warm here in NY and despite having put away all sandals for the season, I’m finding myself pulling them out to wear still every so often. Those bright cerulean blue K. Jacques sandals above were the best find of the summer. I’ve always wanted a pair of these French sandals, but they are really pricey at $250+ a pair. I can’t bring myself to pay that much for a pair of sandals, but I wandered into a neighborhood boutique last month and found them on end-of-season clearance sale for $75. They had one pair left in my size so I just took that as a sign that they were meant for me. I now see why these sandals are so popular because they’re really comfortable and now I want more (so greedy). But I still won’t pay full price for them so I’ll forever be stalking sales. Shopbop usually has K. Jacques sandals on sale at the end of the season, so it’s definitely possible to get a deal – maybe not a 70% off deal like I was lucky to find, but deals can be had out there.
When we got back home from our summer trip, I decided that the girls and I would go shopping together for school clothes. I usually shop alone, but I wanted to start having them pick out some of their own clothes and quite frankly, I was curious to see what they would choose. Not surprisingly, almost 7 year olds and 9 year olds have a lot of opinions about clothes – and these are girls who are not even that into clothing. Over the weekend we stopped by a J Crew outlet on the way back from apple picking and bought this gray dress with ruffles for Miss C. I’ve seen it online at the factory store and passed, but it was an additional 50% off at the outlet. It’s really very cute on and the cotton is nice and thick, not tissue thin like some of their stuff can be.


Later in the weekend we went to midtown Manhattan and stopped by the Gap, Zara and Uniqlo. Miss C kept picking up all the lacey, frilly white dresses from the racks. “Isn’t this sooo pretty??”, she’d gush. I would just pretend not to hear her because I don’t know…lacey white dresses…meh. I wasn’t a total jerk though and I let her buy this star patterned gray dress at Uniqlo. Mia went for nothing practical and instead really wanted this furry vest, pictured above. We bought hers at Uniqlo as well, but judging from all the stores we went to that day, furry vests are in for Fall! If you aren’t familiar with Uniqlo it might be because this Japanese brand only has 7 stores, and 6 of them are in the NY area. They’re expanding though and they have limited stock for sale online (I don’t know why they don’t stock their great tights and patterned leggings for girls online). The prices are equivalent or cheaper than the Gap, but the quality is much better in my opinion.
Our next stop was Zara just a few doors down. We went to shop for boots since they now have reached the age where I no longer have any idea what shoe size they are. Miss C liked these boots when we were looking through Zappos, but she flipped when she found these similar (but nicer) boots at Zara instead. These are our 3rd pair of boots that I’ve purchased for the girls and I continue to be impressed by the quality. I’ve bought ankle boots at the Gap similar to these with the Gap’s forever on sale coupon codes for 2 seasons, but they aren’t even made of leather, which would be fine if both pairs didn’t scuff and peel badly at the toe. I’m sticking with Zara boots from now on.
We must have spent about an hour at Zara. The girls kept picking up and trying on everything at the store. “Can I get this shirt with this HUGE cat head?” (no). “Can I get this shirt that says ‘You are cool’? (no.) “Can I get these ripped white jeans with flowers all over them?” (no). “Can I get this plaid shirt that says gr-unge? What’s grunge?” (What? Hell NO!) “What about this dress with feathers?” (okay).
Shopping with the girls was at times fun, but mostly tiring. There’s many more years of this ahead and I know at some point soon I’ll have to trust in their shopping choices and let them wear what they want. Until then…compromise, negotiation, and a little guidance.

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  • Myla September 28, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I recently let my daughters, who are about the same as yours, pick out their clothes with limited guidance from me. I am glad to hear that you say no to some of their choices. Sometimes, I feel like I repressed their choices too much but I cannot let them walk around with something ridiculous either. It’s a tough balance between allowing self-expression and making sure they are not victim to their childhood fads.

    • Jenna September 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      I think it’s ok! They’re still young and there’s plenty of time for fashion choices later.

  • jaime @ asweetroad September 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Tell me about it! I wore my flip flops out around the neighborhood today because it was warm enough and I wasn’t going too far. It’s just cool enough to wear pants, but warm enough for short sleeves and sandals!

    • Jenna September 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      It’s gonna be 80 this week. ack!

  • T.J. September 29, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Your reactions to their clothing choices just made me giggle.

    My 12 year old has been interested in coloring little pieces of her hair lately. Some of the drugstore coloring kits did not work out, and washed out almost immediately, or left her hair a strange color. I overheard my husband saying this:

    “If you want to color your hair we’re taking you to get some Manic Panic. Let’s not mess around with this inferior stuff. Your mom and I have had nearly every hair color in the world. You need to do this right.”

    What goes around, comes around, I guess.

    • Jenna September 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

      ha, we just had a conversation about hair dye in the car over the weekend. I had to explain to her why dark hair had to be bleached in order for color to take in (which is why I’m saying no to hair colors until they are older at least in high school). She wasn’t too happy about that…

  • Mom of two girls September 30, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Funny, I’ve had a different experience with the same Zara boots for my girls. The uppers are either really thin leather or something but they scuff BADLY in like a week. It isn’t even really a scuff–the top layer of leather rips off and you’re look at some nylon layer on the toes forever after. So I’d suggest people be careful with the Zara boots if your kids are prone to scraping toes.

    • Jenna September 30, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Oh, that is interesting. Yeah, this is the exact same thing that happens to the Gap boots, but it hasn’t happened to the Zara boots aside from some mild scuffing. I guess maybe it’s unavoidable if you have toe scuffers? I will say that I think Zara boots are overall better made than Gap boots for less or the same money. They just feel and look nicer, but I wonder…what other affordable brands are out there for boots then, that won’t scuff?

  • janine September 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Your shopping exploits made me smile. My daughter is 11 and I’ll admit I’ve had some problems letting go over the last couple of years. I feel a lot better about it these days as I’ve found she’s actually fairly sensible in her choices – apart from the “dork” tshirt! I’ve begun to accept that I don’t have to love every single item of clothing she has – as long as there are a few things…

  • Jill October 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    What’s grunge? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh, sweetheart. Sit down, this is gonna take awhile.