Friday, August 09, 2013

Back to School Shopping with Shot of Brandi*

All of these back to school ads have me thinking about when I was younger and would go shopping for the new school year. Shot of Mom and Dad would give me a budget of say $300 to buy new clothes for the school year.

Shopping in August was tricky – a lot of summer stuff was on sale and the fall stuff was full price. Oh and this girl had a penchant for some Campain International EXPRESS. That’s totally spelled wrong and off, but for those ‘90’s shoppers out there, you will remember Express had a series of names before it became simply Express, but the internets wouldn’t help me out. But you know what did – my 1994 leggings that I still wear. I call them “vintage.”



Anyways, I was thinking the other day – what if I had $300 to go back-to-school shopping, but for clothes that I could wear now. Knowing that I need some shoes, a new bag and some clothes, what would I buy? Then I thought – this would be a good blog post!

So here’s my back-to-school shopping list!



1.      Purple TopShop Dress ($24) – You can dress this up, down, wear it with tights into the winter! It is also available in grey and orange!

2.      H&M Twill Pants – in Jean & Black ($10 each, $20 total) – I mean…two pairs of pants for $20!? Can’t pass this up!

3.      Forever 21 Polka Dot Dress ($13.80) – Another dress you can pair with tights, you can also turn this polka dot number into a Halloween costume with some Minnie Mouse ears.

4.      H&M Black Flats ($12.95) – Okay, this pick is going to take a little bit of work. I recommend these flats and then heading to Michael’s and making some shoe clips with vintage earrings or brooches and bows (I’ll tackle that at a later date)

5.      Kate Spade Earrings ($21.99) – These earrings are versatile enough for everyday wear…and on sale!

6.      Pink Sharpie ($1.00) – I only write with Sharpies.



7.      Old Navy Chambray Shirt ($24.95, now 20% off at $19.96) – My chambray shirt count is up to six – I wear these with black pants, colorful jeans, skirts, under jumper dresses – these shirts work the hardest in my closet!

8.      Old Navy Black Blazer ($34.94) – Heading into fall, I’d use this blazer as a coat or paired with a tank as an outfit.

9.      Anthropologie Necklace (29.95) – Randomly, my list is very black and white, so to brighten things up, I’m going add in this yellow necklace. Added fall bonus – yellow matches my high school and college alma maters and any Pittsburgh sports team!

10. Carbon Crusader Resolution Pencils ($8.00) – I love school supplies and I love the different pencils from this Etsy vendor. Check out the “What Would Blair Woldorf Do” and “Mean Girls” themed sets!  

11. Wanted Flats from Piperlime ($19.97) – Bedazzled flats under $20? Heck yes!  

12. Lilly Pulitzer Planner ($17) – I can’t start the new school…err..work year without my trusty Lilly planner. I’ve wrote about it here before, but I love that this planner has the full month and then week-by-week breakout (I typically go with the medium planner)


13. Lululemon Tank ($29.00) – Sometimes reader Trish got me hooked on Lululemon and I really don’t want to talk about my obsession. A myth about the store is that they don’t have sales…that’s false.

14. Anthropologie Chevron Tote ($19.95) – This would serve as my “backpack.”

15. WVU Pink Shirt ($19.50) – Gotta have some WVU gear if I’m going back to school…to tailgate! I’m super excited about the WVU item that I purchased writing this post ; )


As I reflect on this list, I’m rather shocked at how much I was able to “get” for $300! I’m sure some of my readers could do better, but regardless, this was a fun challenge! I'd use that remaining $8 for some more Sharpies and of course a binder! 

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