I realize I look about 16 years old in these pictures. It's a combination of what I'm wearing and how my stylist styled my hair that day (I got it cut and added some bangs). It actually makes me laugh only because I bought this dress at a very teenager-y store so it's quite fitting.
Top: Wet Seal
Leggings: Forever 21
My husband and I love living in the city and try not to go anywhere that requires us to take the freeway to get anywhere. We really don't need to as we have the best restaurants and boutiques within a 10 minute drive or walk, so we rarely shop at a typical shopping mall. (It also takes me less than 5 minutes to get to work which I think is the best part of all!) This also means we hardly ever go to Target, but you know how you always have to make a stop by there before each vacation to stock up on random stuff? So we trekked our way to the nearest Target and decided to check out the mall nearby. I walked by Wet Seal and I hadn't been in that store since I was teenager but thought I'd take a peek as I remembered reading that Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere had posted quite a cute dress she found there. My initial reaction was that the quality was a bit worse than Forever 21, but they had some cute styles and I couldn't pass on this little flannel shirt that was only $25!
I was recently sent a copy of City Chic: The Modern Girl's Guide to Living Large on Less, and reading through it inspired me to create this outfit as I know I'm not the best with outfits on the cheap especially with my shoes so I'm especially proud that this entire outfit probably cost me less than $150. If you are like me and hate sacrificing your little luxuries, I highly recommend getting this book. It not only covers shopping for clothes but home decorating, and even eating out. I've had a couple of people tell me that I'm great at knowing when to splurge and when to save which I think is a great compliment and something I learned from my parents. This book covers that and more, I agreed with so many things. Anyway, if you are interested in getting a copy, pick one up here!