pretty + cheap

white hot

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Nothing screams summer like a pair of white jeans. This year, I’ve been on the lookout for a pair that’s slim-fitting, but not super tight, so these jeans from the Gap look very promising ($59.50). If you’ve ever owned a pair of white jeans, you know how difficult it can be to find the perfect pair, but once you find them, you have an item that’s sure to brighten your entire summer wardrobe.

Bonus: If the pants get stained beyond repair after a few too many drunken nights on the beach, use scissors to snip the pants into knee grazing shorts. Send them through the wash a few times to roughen up the hemline, and voila—effortlessly chic shorts.

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keeps gettin’ better

Got a pair of gray trousers from Banana Republic today. Regular price: $110. I paid: $16.99. Cha-ching! Banana’s in-store sale is fabulous this week. If I wasn’t so pressed for time today, I think I would have been able to find more goodies.

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leggings or a venti skinny vanilla latte?

In the winter, I wear leggings constantly: with my rain boots, my snow boots, my UGG boots… oh and with my Nike sneakers to the gym. Its no surprise that my fave pair is getting a little, shall we say, faded from wear and tear. I’ve had such a hard time finding new ones, though, because prices for leggings at stores like American Apparel or Express, for instance, start at 25 dollars. And to be honest, I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the leggings that I tried on at American Apparel… shhhhh.

All I have to say is thank goodness for Forever 21 because I found a pair of long (but not toooo long) black leggings for $4.50. That’s like, less than the price of a fancy schmantzy Starbucks latte. They’re basic, they keep me warm, they’re the perfect length (I’m 5’4” ish), and because they’re nice and inky black the effect is quite slimming. Love it.

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Ramblings about having fun and looking fabulous on a budget.

Katie loves: Libraries, writing creative nonfiction, vegetarian cooking, interior design, getting crafty, and of course... bargain hunting!