A new outlook on spending

Tank Top + Sweater + Flats: Old Navy | Necklace: In Honor of Design | Jeans: Target

It’s no secret that I’m kind of obsessed with Old Navy these days.  To be honest, I wasn’t really a fan until these last few years or so.  But seriously, it’s one of my go to places for staple pieces as well as trendy pieces on a budget.  Ever since I’ve gone on my shopping hiatus (I’ve made it 10 days so far, GO ME!), it’s really gotten me thinking about my spending habits in terms of clothing, shoes and accessories.  It’s important to stock your closet with basics, with a good mix of high-end and budget.  And in terms of the trendy clothing, I say buy them at “cheaper” stores like Old Navy, Target, Forever 21, H&M… since they may not last for more than a season and it would be quite tragic to buy something for a lot of money that you can only wear for a couple of months.  I really really really hope the colorblock, neon, and colored denim trends lasts for a few years, pretty please?  Can we come together and agree to keep wearing them for years to come?

P.S. The winner of The Haute Cookie giveaway is Lisa from Expandng!  Congrats girl, send me an email!  πŸ™‚

What’s your outlook on buying staples and trendy pieces?


  1. April 11, 2012 / 5:29 am

    ok im loving that shirt underneath your sweater! so cute!

    i am not really a trendy person…i tend to buy classics and a few staples here and there πŸ™‚

  2. Annie
    April 11, 2012 / 5:40 am

    I hope the colored jeans and neon trends last too – I stocked up, PLUS, I love wearing bright colors πŸ™‚ Love how you layered that patterned tank under the sweater – so cute πŸ™‚

    The Other Side of Gray

  3. April 11, 2012 / 6:15 am

    I’m with you on a mix of high end and budget, but the older I get the more I tend to gear myself towards classic pieces that will last. I try to go for items that might be a bit pricier (not designer pricey, but high end high street or good vintage) but that I know will last in a classic style – trends come and go but the classics will always look great. And then like you when it comes to a trend I can’t resist (hello red jeans anyone?!) then I go cheaper. πŸ™‚

  4. April 11, 2012 / 7:17 am

    I’m so with you on shopping at Target + Old Navy for my trendy pieces and sometimes even find some classics that I wear from one season to the next πŸ™‚ ON has really stepped it up in the last year or so and I love their stuff!

  5. jillian
    April 11, 2012 / 7:17 am

    i feel the same way as you and i agree it’s smart to stock up on trendy pieces at affordable stores! my closet is FULL of Gap and Old Navy clothes!- xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  6. April 11, 2012 / 7:49 am

    I feel like I’m not much of a trendy person, which is okay. πŸ™‚ I love shopping at Old Navy + Target for all my basics, and it’s always fun to get some “statement” pieces, too.

    Congrats on your 10 days of no spending! You can do it, girl!

  7. April 11, 2012 / 7:52 am

    Over the last year, I have definitely cut back on spending and buy a lot of my basics from places like Old Navy. Almost every day I get stopped and asked, “Where did you buy that?” I think it’s about your attitude and how you wear your clothes, rather than the designer.

  8. April 11, 2012 / 7:53 am

    I definitely get trendier pieces from lower priced stores – and I’ve been getting into Old Navy a lot lately as well, they seem to have a lot of great trend pieces and the price and quality are great.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

  9. April 11, 2012 / 7:59 am

    You look adorable!
    I definitely won’t spend a ton on trendy pieces. I really like H&M for that kind of thing. Staples…black pants, good quality cardigans, jeans, shoes and handbags (kind of a long list eek) I will invest in.

  10. Sharon
    April 11, 2012 / 8:40 am

    I love the little hint of floral in this outfit! Your yellow cap toe flats are too cute! I do the same thing and buy my trendy pieces at the cheaper stores. I don’t think the neon trend is going to last past the summer, unfortunately.

    The Tiny Heart

  11. April 11, 2012 / 8:44 am

    you look so adorable Sandy! i love neon yellow too. =)

  12. April 11, 2012 / 8:49 am

    hi, sandy! hope you had a nice easter with your gorgeous family.

    i am a huge fan of target, old navy…. you name it. you can find some amazing stuff. you look amazing! i own several target jeans and i absolutely love them. those shoes are great–i almost bought it. πŸ™‚

    have a great day, and lisa, congrats for winning sandy’s giveaway!! πŸ™‚

    have a great day!


  13. April 11, 2012 / 9:10 am

    I agree with you Sandy!!
    PS I really love that sweater!! It looks so soft + cozy!!

  14. April 11, 2012 / 9:42 am

    I’m a staples kind of girl. I mean like highly addicted to buying plain v-neck tees, tanks, cotton skirts & plain flip flops. I could live in them. And I am all about buying all my “fashion” clothes cheap. I think I maybe own or two good name brand items & I bought them at Nordstrom Rack πŸ˜‰

  15. April 11, 2012 / 9:58 am

    Thanks so much for following my blog:)

    I adore Old Navy as well. It just makes sense spending little cash and trendy clothes and being able to buy a cheapo pair of flip flops every year. Old Navy has such a range of styles too, where you can find anything from super-fad to really classic. No point in spending $80 on a tshirt that you can find for $10 and not feel bad about wearing all the time:)

    Your shoes are particularly adorable!

  16. April 11, 2012 / 10:52 am

    I have been LOVING Old Navy lately. They’ve really stepped up their game.

    And I agree, Target, Forever 21 and H&M have great, affordable pieces as well.

  17. April 11, 2012 / 11:28 am

    Old Navy has TOTALLY stepped up their game lately. It’s great!!! I have some major cute things from there that people always think are from high-end places… love me some old navy.

  18. April 11, 2012 / 11:42 am

    LOVE those shoes! From Old Navy? Who knew! I haven’t been to Old Navy in ages! Haha. I’ll have to change that!

  19. Henry Chen
    April 11, 2012 / 11:46 am

    Neon tipped flats~ Cute! They should make neon steel toed shoes for men! =D

  20. April 11, 2012 / 11:48 am

    I’m with you about Old Navy. I never really shopped there until I had my daughter and discovered they have some great pieces for women! Like those shoes you’re wearing! I must make a stop to track them down now πŸ™‚ Good for you for sticking to your shopping hiatus!

  21. April 11, 2012 / 12:03 pm

    I love what Old Navy has lately but I have no idea what to buy when I go there. I get overwhelmed easily. Haha. The tank you’re wearing is totally calling my name though…

  22. Adrienne
    April 11, 2012 / 12:21 pm

    I tend to try to avoid short trends. I hate to stop wearing something because it’s deemed “uncool” so I try to just buy things I know I like and will like for a while. I know I made a good buy when it wears out and I’m sad!

  23. Adrienne
    April 11, 2012 / 12:24 pm

    And forgive me for giggling at your 10-day shopping haitus. I usually only shop every few months and don’t always buy something.
    However, thrift stores I’m more willing to be more bold and get things I might not normally, because there’s less guilt factor involved. It’s recycling, so I don’t feel bad wasting resources, and I haven’t wasted too much of my money.
    Granted, I hate thrift stores that charge a whole bunch these days because thrift stores are “trendy.” I’d rather dig through a dozen racks at the Goodwill for a win anyday πŸ™‚

  24. April 11, 2012 / 12:34 pm

    i hear ya my dear… we have to be so conscious of living within out means… love your look!

  25. April 11, 2012 / 12:56 pm

    Totally agree that trendy pieces can be purchased at retailers with budgets in mind. Heck, I buy budget on almost everything ;). And tks for the blog shoutout!!!!

  26. April 11, 2012 / 12:58 pm

    I’ve actually never had any quality issues with clothes bought from H&M, Forever 21, and old navy…but it could be that I dry clean a lot of my stuff…go ahead and laugh that I dry clean a $22 blouse. But if I like it and want it to last, that’s the only way to do it. And if it makes you feel any better…the worst luck I’ve had with quality is prada…two bags from them and the shoulder strap gave out. Oh and they are both authentic.

  27. April 11, 2012 / 1:30 pm

    You look so cute and I LOVE your flats!


    PS, I’m having a giveaway on my blog if you’re interested πŸ™‚

  28. April 11, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    I love how these neutral flats have a pop of bright yellow on the toes!

    One of the best things about being a vintage lover is that you can find some staple, classic pieces for a bargain!

  29. April 11, 2012 / 3:14 pm

    I have that top! Such a cute way to wear it!

  30. April 11, 2012 / 3:23 pm

    i always love your outfits~ no matter where they’re from. i think you just have really good style! =)

  31. April 11, 2012 / 4:03 pm

    I’ve had a bit of an Old Navy obsession lately too–I’ve been wanting those flats. but I can’t seem to find them in my size whenever I go! Oh well… I love how the neon tank is peeking out under that sweater!

  32. April 11, 2012 / 4:21 pm

    I know I want the bright colors to last forever too! LOVE your outfit, SO CUTE!

  33. April 11, 2012 / 6:05 pm

    I love the yellow w/the brown (taking mental notes). Looks like you’re doing well w/a budget friendly shopping fund. How’s the thrifting going? When do you want to go?! lol

  34. April 11, 2012 / 6:08 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Mixing high-end with budget pieces is key to having a versatile and affordable wardrobe. I really love your Old Navy flats. I’ve been looking for some exactly like that! I’m off to check those out.


  35. April 11, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    I’m loving that shirt under your sweater and those flats! too cute!

  36. April 11, 2012 / 8:45 pm

    LOVE those shoes. And Anna made the necklace? How fun! Can I see an up-close shot of it? Tweet it?? Pretty please?

  37. April 11, 2012 / 8:55 pm

    I love your flats! The yellow in them is so much fun. I tend to buy trendier pieces from the same stores as you. Even though J.Crew isn’t too pricey, I still consider the pants I buy there as staples, since they do last a long time.

  38. April 11, 2012 / 10:35 pm

    You look really cute! I tend to buy classic pieces and jazz them up with great accessories. I love having a timeless wardrobe. I have great pieces I bought over fifteen years ago and you would think I bought them today because they are timeless.


  39. April 12, 2012 / 6:37 am

    Loving the touches of neon in your outfit – Old Navy has been such a great place to look for trendy things lately! When it comes to trendy stuff I usually look for cheaper items at F21 etc so I’m not so devastated if I can’t wear it after it goes out of style! thanks for visiting my blog!

  40. April 12, 2012 / 8:38 am

    I completely agree! I never splurge on trendy pieces. Instead, I choosed to invest on some wardobe staples that will never go out style πŸ™‚

  41. April 12, 2012 / 8:54 am

    totally agree that you should by trendy items for cheaper, since they may not late. I always try to find things that I’m not so sure about on clearance, in case I don’t love it!

  42. April 12, 2012 / 2:46 pm

    Oh, I’ve never bought anything at Old Navy. Since I’ve been jobless ever since I arrived in the States, I promised myself not to spend any money on clothes (aside from undies, socks). So far, I think I’ve only bought 3 pieces of clothing. I’ve been lucky to get clothes for Christmas, though … I SO miss doing shopping! πŸ™

    Hope you’re having a great week, Sandy! ;D


  43. April 12, 2012 / 2:50 pm

    i love the little printed tanktop peeking out from under the sweater. my budgeting strategy is… don’t buy things! lol. unless i really love them, and they go on sale. i’m kinda broke, but it helps you to get creative with your outfit choices πŸ˜› xx

  44. April 12, 2012 / 5:37 pm

    I do the same thing. My work staples (and occasionally jeans and such) come from Banana Republic or Nordstrom, but everything else is forever, h&m and target!

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