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Striped Top: H&M| Blazer: Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt: H&M (similar) | Wedges: Blowfish Shoes | Necklace: Seek First | Feather Ring: Unexpected Expectancy

Ever since I won these Blowfish shoes from A Thought Is The Blossom, I decided that my shoe collection could use a lot more platform wedges.  They give you height without having to arch your foot like crazy and smash your toes so that you have permanent indentations on your feet from strap marks.  That has happened way too often to me in some heeled sandals I own (although please don’t make me part with them just yet).  But anyhow, wedges are my new best friend, just thought you’d like to know.  And by the way, there is no “i” in wedges, they are not to be mistaken with wedgies, because those are most uncomfortable!!  At the Tim Gunn show I went to this past Saturday, when someone asked a question, they referred to them as wedgies, and I was totally taken aback.  No, WEDGIES are NOT in this season, or any season for that matter.  But WEDGES are in.

The thing I like about this look is the mixture of stripes and polka dots (yay for pattern mixing), the use of a blazer to make this outfit great for work, the pop of red and turquoise, and a fun feather ring accent.  I’m not going to lie… the mannequin at H&M was my inspiration for this outfit.  Mannequins generally have a great sense of style, don’t ya think?  Or that’s just a really good job at store display design and I am a sucker for it.  Sometimes it’s just so much better to see what an item looks like on a perfectly crafted mannequin body than on a hanger.  Or as Tim Gunn preached, “Ladies, try it on” (will be sharing pictures from that event soon)!

OH and in case you are wondering what the title of this post means… well I have a confession to make.  You know how I was on shopping hiatus for the month of April?  Well I made it 28 days and then I shopped.  I’m not going to blame Simply Bold since she was there as I rung up my purchases, although she is a pretty good enabler.  ;)  But I’ll blame the cute things that H&M always has in store at totally affordable prices.  That store is dangerous I tell you.  I actually didn’t end up thrift shopping at all either in April, but I did spend more than my allotted $35.  Either way, I failed, but I still think making it 28 days is pretty dang good, for me.  Next time I decide to limit myself, I think I’ll just give myself a budget for the month instead of saying NO SHOPPING, because clearly that’s kind of impossible for me.  :P

P.S. The winner of the Hugs & Kisses Designs giveaway is Sarah of Yes, Teacher Crafts!

What stores do you always walk out of with something in hand?

48 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Katherine Toyoko
    May 01, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    As someone who dresses mannequins for a living…I’m ridiculously excited to hear that you “bought” the mannequin! haha. I have to say that I love the mannequins at H&M and Old Navy….there are always way too many things to choose from in those stores and the mannequins really help you visualize ideas and give you cues on what’s “in” this season!

  2. erika
    May 01, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    hahaha you silly girl. of course you went shopping after seeing mr gunn! how could you not?

  3. Natasha Fatah
    May 01, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    I didn’t realize you were on a shopping diet. :)
    Well, 28 days is not bad at all – totally respectable.

    xoxo
    http://natashafatah.com

  4. Julie {CalleLillyCafe}
    May 01, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    Michaels. haha! I never buy clothes for me but for my girls. I so need to though! Love seeing posts on different blogs w/all the cute outfits! I so need a personal shopper/style person! Love the shoes!!

  5. tricia
    May 01, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this outfit! I always walk out with something from Target. That store is dangerous for me!

  6. grace
    May 01, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    this outfit is adorable!

    grace
    http://herumbrella.com

  7. Megan Lane
    May 01, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

    Love the polka dots and stripes together – so cute! And I think 28 days is quite an accomplishment!

  8. sooae
    May 01, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

    this is not fashion related, but every time I go to target for ONE thing, I walk out with a cart full of items for the house that I am not sure that I really need. >< #targetisthedevil I can't believe that you went on a hiatus for that long~ that is major willpower~ very proud of you wow!!! =))

  9. ilene @muchloveilly
    May 01, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

    eeek – love the rullas! the perfect pop of red! actually i love this whole outfit – you are so cute, i wanna hug your neck! wish i could do that in near future. miss you!

  10. Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    May 01, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    To answer your last question….uhh, Target. If I haven’t made that clear over my various blog posts about Target, let me make that clear now. Haha. That skirt is HELLA CUTE!

  11. JanM
    May 02, 2012 @ 1:28 am

    WEDGIES! Hahahahha! Love your outfit especially your shoes! :)

    xo,
    janmloves.blogspot.com

  12. Julie Riisnaes
    May 02, 2012 @ 2:34 am

    Zara usually gets me :)
    ….and betweeen ourselves I enjoy Primark shopping. Its so fun just to fill my basket with everything I like (because I know it won’t cost much) try it all on & buy the 3 or 4 things that really suit me!

  13. Jess
    May 02, 2012 @ 4:32 am

    you look adorable!! love the pattern mixing and the colors all go so well together :) thank you and i’ll bet you already know — the more you enter, the more chances you have of winning ;)

    hapatime.blogspot.com

  14. Sarah
    May 02, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    28 days is great!!! And by the way, I think this is my favorite outfit that you’ve posted :)

    And I can’t believe I won the giveaway! What a lovely birthday surprise to wake up to!!

  15. Katie
    May 02, 2012 @ 6:45 am

    28 days is still impressive! this outfit is adorable!! And I have a hard time leaving target without anything!

  16. the domestic fringe
    May 02, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    Great outfit! LOVE your shoes.
    ~FringeGirl

  17. maria
    May 02, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    GIRL. that skirt is beautiful. you look amazing!

  18. Sharon
    May 02, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    The stripes and polka dot pattern mixing is so cute! Making it 28 days is still pretty good. I also tried to go on a shopping ban but I slipped up a few times. Target is the store that always gets me…I walk in for toilet paper and I come out with an whole spring wardrobe, oops. I now just avoid Target entirely!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

  19. Annie
    May 02, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Congrats on 28 days with no shopping – I wish I could do that! LOVE your pattern mixing…stripes & polka dots are one of my faves…and those wedges, not wedgies, are SO cute :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

  20. Krysten
    May 02, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    TARGET. Maybe that doesn’t count but I always walk out of there with something that wasn’t on my list…

  21. Christine
    May 02, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Don’t know how you did it. 28 days of no shopping would be so tough for me. LOL @Wedgies

    Christine
    http://www.delachic.blogspot.com

  22. Nikki | The Ginger Diaries
    May 02, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    There used to be a time when I could barely walk out of Zara bare handed, but times change. I love this skirt, and actually almost bought thenavy version! I’m starting a shop-stop too now that I have to save every penny I have to travel during summer. Hey, life’s about making choices right!? x

  23. bravoerunway
    May 02, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    This is a really cute look and Sandy..28 days is really good! That is technically a month in my opinion…because Feb has 28 days hehe. I never leave empty handed from Forever 21…omg I have to stop going in there!

  24. Leesh
    May 02, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Yay! I found your blog again. I don’t know how it disappeared from my google reader. So since I have missed out on a lot of your posts, first let me tell you how great you look! Secondly, I love the skirt and I like the wedges (although I think my flat feet will not fill them out).

    I gave myself a goal of not buying any beauty products from January until the end of March. It was tough but luckily some great friends were sending me stuff. This aside, Sephora is the one place that I normally never leave without buying something or even getting a sample of something I am interested in.

  25. Samira
    May 02, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    love your skirt!!!!

  26. My Dressy Ways
    May 02, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Target. Target is the devil.

    Love the colors of this outfit! I always forget to pair gray and red – but then I don’t have much of either color in my closet. Weird, right?

    p.s. I’m a wedge lover.

  27. ChristyB
    May 02, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    No shopping for 28 days!?! That’s just not right. :-)

  28. Holly
    May 02, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Cuuuuuuuuuute outfit! & 28 days is pretty good, Sandy! :) So, woo! go you! haha.

  29. Chelsea
    May 02, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    So cute. I need to get a blazer asap! Love the stripes+ polka dots mix!

  30. Fashion By Alicia
    May 02, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    Love love love this! I can’t believe someone asked Tim about wedgies instead of wedges. I would be so embarrassed.

  31. Jane Squared
    May 02, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Love that soft polka dot skirt! So pretty.

  32. Jane Squared
    May 02, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    haha! 28 days of no shopping is still pretty good!

  33. Katrina
    May 02, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    Those SHOES! You look darling!!

  34. Michelle
    May 02, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    That is insane! I unfortunately can’t go that long without shopping for clothes…It’s a part of my major, haha.

  35. Rachel
    May 02, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    well done you!im thinking of doing a no spend for a while! must get on to that lol! I am in love with whole outfit, those shoes are divine, as is the whole outfit! x:)

  36. La Vie Quotidienne
    May 02, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Right, sometimes mannequins makes us much easy!! I have to confesed I bought the same outfit that he wear it.
    I completely in love with your mixture of prints, you looks beautiful with these wedges!

    xoxo from München
    La Vie Quotidienne
    http://www.laviequo.com

  37. Trina
    May 02, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    You still made it pretty far with 28 days. Don’t know if I could’ve done it! :)

    operationwearmycloset.blogspot.com/

  38. Jennifer
    May 02, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    28 days is still very impressive!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  39. Emily
    May 02, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

    Wow so impressed! Love the outfit, so cute as always!
    Creamy

  40. Lisa
    May 03, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    A wedgie is certainly NOT cute, but wedges are ;). LOL on the comment at the Tim Gunn event. Awkward! I’m surprised he didn’t have a cute comeback. Can’t wait to hear more about that event! Great job on not shopping for 28 days. I agree that a budget is more reasonable. It’s like diets that don’t work because you deny yourself and then binge later on. Moderation is key. Good luck in May! Cute outfit from H&M inspiration. I only go into stores that have cute stuff on mannequins ;). You’re lucky you walk out of the stores with stuff because I hate when I walk about empty handed! LOL.

  41. Jyoti (Style-Delights)
    May 03, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    Love this outfit! I was on a shopping diet too, for almsot 5 months! I luckily just won a TJMaxx card and INPINK giveaway – so guilt free shopping:-) I think you won inpink too! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
    Style-Delights Blog
    NY Style Examiner

  42. Kassie
    May 04, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Love the pops of red and the polka dots!

  43. polkadottyplace
    May 05, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    Amazing pattern mixing and love the pops of color!! First time visitor to your blog and can’t wait to come back :) Whitney

  44. witheachpassingday
    May 05, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    Oh you’re so good. I need to go on a shopping ban soon. Not this month maybe next month. LOL. Very cute combination.

  45. Jana
    May 06, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Target is the only store that gets me every single time without fail.

  46. danielle
    May 07, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    28 days without shopping?! that sounds like an accomplishment to me. share some of your will power, please!

  47. April
    May 07, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    Love this outfit!

  48. Abby
    May 08, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Love this look, especially the blazer…love it

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