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March 21, 2013 |  Category:   happy purchases


I had a sudden urge to go shopping over the weekend which is something that doesn’t really happen often. It’s not that I don’t like to shop – I actually do, but who has the time anymore? I certainly don’t shop socially as much – you know with a friend, bopping around from store to store and stopping for lunch or coffee. Those were the days. Now, shopping is less leisurely and more utilitarian; less browsing and more focused on specific things we need. I covered a lot of ground though in about 2 hours when we all went into Manhattan on Saturday, and I bought something for everyone while Mark took the girls to the bookstore and the playground (btw, is the Gap forever on permanent sale now? They are ALWAYS having a sale, as is J Crew).


Speaking of the Gap, I bought these jeans. I think I am over the whole expensive-designer-$175 a pair-jeans thing. Remember when denim was reasonably priced? And then somewhere in the last 15 or so years all these brands started coming out and charging $150+ per jeans and that was the new normal. For years I wore a lot of AGs, Sevens, Citizens and J Brands, but I have to say, I don’t see a real big difference in fit or quality than the jeans that I have bought from the Gap, Urban Outfitters or Zara. Maybe those less expensive brands just got better in the last few years. I never thought Gap jeans fit me because it felt like I was in between sizes, but I realized that they stretch with wear and if I size down, they actually fit me really well (actually, most jeans stretch out and AGs are the worst culprit in my opinion). I’ve worn those Gap jeans everyday since I’ve bought them on Saturday and they were less than $50 on sale. I may never spend more on jeans again.
While I haven’t been shopping at all this year before the weekend, I have poked around on the web at some of the Spring clothes that are coming out, but I haven’t found anything that appealing. Everything is sort of meh. But sometimes clothes are hard to judge from photos and I never would have picked out this shirt, pictured above, for the girls at Zara from their website, but it’s really cute in person. As is this dress. I usually have a threshold of not spending more than $30ish for any piece of clothing for the girls (the constant sales make this possible!) except shoes and coats, but I splurged on that striped dress. The girls are at a size now where they can actually share dresses and tops because Claudine is so tall (almost off the charts!) and Mia is so skinny. They can both wear this dress and I know I’ll get at least 3 years from it (oh, we can justify most any purchase, can’t we?)
And as far as summer sandals (of which I have a particular weakness) I bought these Madewell sandals for everyday wear to replace ones I finally wore out last year. They’re having a sale right now and I must have snagged one of the last ones in my size because now they are backordered. I’ve been consistently impressed by the quality of Madewell shoes so it seemed too good to pass up on sale with free shipping, plus the sale price puts it at the threshold for no sales tax. Now if only this weather would listen to what month it was and start cooperating. Can’t even imagine sandal weather yet with this cold. Happy first day of Spring?

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  • Marie Hansen March 21, 2013 at 5:18 am

    I think on my next travel vacation, I will come to New York and have you take me shopping! I love what you bought. Can’t wait to see the girls in that dress!
    Aloha, Marie 🙂

  • Juju March 21, 2013 at 8:16 am

    “amen!!” to your comment about over priced jeans! so refreshing to hear someone call out on those companies and their overpriced jeans.

  • jen vallez March 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I just got new AGs on sale from Hautelook ($60). Was so excited that they fit great…but by the end of the day, they were falling off my hips and sagging at the butt. 🙁 My Gap forever skinny leggings are the best!! Never stretch out…

  • Jenna March 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

    @Jen -yeah…AGs fit me really well and used to be my fave but I have learned to almost size down 2 sizes because they are the absolute worst at stretching out. Now that Gaps fit me better (I swear, they must have done something with the fit, or maybe the legging jeans just fit me better than the other lines that I used to try to no avail), I think I am done with AGs.

  • Jenna March 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

    @Marie, the thought of taking you shopping makes me smile. We bought our Seattle tickets already. Will you be out that way again this summer?

    • pirco March 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

      is that when you come to LA, too?

      • Jenna March 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        No, we’re not coming out that way this year. I see you are fiddling with the blog! Can we css this thing?

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag March 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I never understood the high priced jean thing! And I next to never could find jeans that fit me right….so I just stopped wearing jeans basically. This has inspired me to make another attempt 🙂

  • Hana March 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Jenna! Just had to chime in and *highfive* your sandal choice – I have the same exact pair in brown and am seriously considering buying another pair for fear they will stop producing them! Super soft, buttery leather that never digs in; the smallest little heel that gives it some polish and a touch of support; and comfy enough to walk around NYC streets without any pain! I had the bottom reinforced with thin rubber just for added traction and to prolong its life, but otherwise perfect! Love all Madewell sandals! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂

    • Jenna March 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Hooray! Good to hear. Really hoping I got the right size, otherwise everything seems backordered right now.

  • Mary March 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I had the same realization about jeans this year. I’ve been a loyal Lucky jean wearer for years, but the last couple pairs wore holes in the knees within six months! I bought two pairs from the Gap for less than $60, and I’m not sure I’ll go back.

    • Jenna March 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      this is true for me too – the jeans that have worn out with holes have been the more pricier jeans.

  • Makimochi March 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Just bought a ton of things at the Gap myself! Did you have any problems with dye rubbing all over everything? That seemed to be a common complaint in the reviews on these legging jeans (they do seem awesome though — I am tempted to try…).

    I obsessed over Frye Engineer boots after first reading about them on your blog, and finally got a pair a month ago — love them! Thanks for sharing your shopping finds…always so fun! (For the record, I am not trying to to copy your fabulous style…or am I?! It’s okay though, as we’re 3000 miles apart and don’t know each other, lol)

    • Jenna March 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      I saw that in the reviews as well, however I haven’t noticed it in the few days that I have worn them. Oh and no worries about copying anything. I’m not even sure I have any distinct style to copy!

  • Dani March 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I love the sandals, and went and got a pair online while the sale is still on. Luckily (or unluckily for my wallet), they still have them in my size. I really don’t know whether to thank you or curse you 🙂
    Hope they’ll fit!

    • Jenna March 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      I just got mine in the mail today and they are perfect. So I hope you will thank me!

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag March 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Update: Jenna, I got the jeans! I LOVE THEM! I haven’t worn jeans in years! I’ve gotta go get another pair. Haven’t noticed dye coming off at all. These are seriously awesome, thanks so much for the great share.

    • Jenna March 27, 2013 at 12:36 am

      Good to hear Melissa. Glad they worked out for you!