Monday, May 14, 2012

A Forever Friend

Top:Lauren Conrad @ Kohl's | Skirt:Forever 21 | Shoes:Lucky Brand | Jewelry:Forever 21
If you have been reading my blog, you know it's no secret or surprise that I have a slight addiction to Forever 21. Many of you have commented that you don't ever have any luck shopping there.  I am not sure if it's because the one close to you doesn't carry a large selection or if it's because yours is too big and you don't know where to start.  I also think people tend to shy away because there is a perception that Forever 21 is geared toward teens, women in their early twenties, for the super slender and is not well made...for lack of a better term, cheap.

I am here to defend my shopping mecca.  I have numerous pieces that I have purchased from there that still look brand new.  In fact, no lie, I have a khaki pencil shirt that I purchased there nearly five years ago. Yes, my friends, Forever 21 actually carries timeless, classic pieces. 

I receive more compliments on a $29.00 dress I get from there than an $100.00 one from Banana Republic.  It never fails and people always seemed shocked at the fact that it came from Forever 21.

And their accessories, I almost refuse to shop for jewelry anywhere else.  I am not going to say that I have never had a necklace break or a ring discolor my finger slightly, but for the most part their jewelry is pretty durable and you just can't beat the prices.

I can't stress enough that with all their different lines, there is something for every lady, no matter your size or shape. The best part, being the budget shopper that I am, is I can walk out of there with a bag full of goodies for $100 or less.  

If you don't have a Forever 21 close buy; their online store is pretty fabulous.  I have found the accessory section to be much larger online than in stores.  Take a peek, you just might be surprised at what you find!

I will hold this store dear to my heart.  We have a very strong bond...somewhat of a monogamous relationship. Well, I say that until the day (hopefully in the VERY near future) that H&M finally opens in Austin. Then, I will have to seriously rethink my relationships.

What store could you be a spokesperson for?  

41 comments:

Danavee said...

I love their jewelry too! Their clothing racks send me into a state of insanity.

Head to Toe Chic said...

Love your shoes and skirt! You look gorgeous my friend! I really love forever 21 but the one near me is always hit or miss. I have definitely found some amazing things though!

Xo,
Angela

Tara St said...

I usually have better luck with accessories at Forever 21. I think the accessory racks are just better organized than the clothing racks. I'm always disappointed in there because I see something in the window on a mannequin and it's not in the store AND the employees refuse to undress the mannequin for me...haha.
PS - when I saw the thumbnail of your photos I thought you were on a runway.

Tara
Penniless Socialite

Morgan Stone said...

First, I LOVE your outfit, I love your hair, and the background of these pictures is awesome. Second, I agree. I do think that some of their pieces can look cheap, but what makes them look cheap is the way a person wears them. Just like if you wear a $100 BR dress the wrong way, you can make it look cheap. It certainly takes some patience to rummage through the store, but it's definitely worth it for some great finds!

Fanciful. said...

LOVE this and LOVE you!! You are too cute for words!! And I cannot get over how the sidewalk actually goes perfectly with your ensemble! PRECIOUS!
xo, Jess

Kristin said...

Looking adorable as always!!! Loving your arm party :) Forever 21 is an obsession of mine as well, I cannot get enough of that store! Have a great day lovely! xoxo

Simply Sarah said...

wow - just wow. you look stunning in these pictures, LOVE you with your hair up too! This might just be my favorite look on you...so simple yet gorgeous and chic! And I LOVE Forever 21. IT has really come a long way from when I first went there; I'd even gander to say the quality has increased as well. It can just be overwhelming if you don't have the time for it. PS you won my giveaway at Simply Sarah! Check your email <3

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Alissa said...

I do like to shop at Forever 21. There are two near my house; one is huge, and the other one is manageable.

I just hate when I find something and it's not in my size. I have to search the whole store to see if I can find it again.

Great pictures!

Always Maylee said...

Shanna, you look gorgeous! This might be one of my favorites so far. Ok, so I too, LOVE F21 and I have so many things from there, some new, some old, but all totally awesome.

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

TheTinyHeart said...

You look so sophisticated today, Shanna! I love all your gold accessories and your hair looks so pretty! I too am a huge F21 fan. So much of my wardrobe has come from there! I really don't mind sifting through everything because it's always organized by color.

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Jes said...

I love everything about your outfit today!!! Especially how in the first picture the walkway coordinates with you. Christian would approve. I just know it.

Sabrina said...

I really need to buy something from their online shop!I really like to order at NewLook and H&M.By the way-you look absolutely stunning :) xx

two birds said...

i love shopping there, and i am nowhere close to 21! you don't have to feel guilty about buying trendy pieces because it's so cheap! i love your shoes. and your hair look magnificent!

JMc said...

I went into F21 for the first time ever about 3 months ago. I was one that thought forever 21 meant you needed to either be 21 or want to look 21 to shop there, lol. I find a lot of stuff but it does take some serious time to go through everything and try on different pieces together. Love this look and love your hair here. It looks so sophisticated but easy at the same time.

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

Looking mighty fabulous Shanna! Love that color combo. The nearest F21 from me is about 50 miles so I don't get there nearly as often as I like, but I love it too!

Laura Burtis said...

Seriously! I LOVE me some F21!! In fact, it's probably a slight addiction! I love that I can go there every other week {Okay, most times it's weekly ;)} and they have a whole new collection to check out! I also love that I can get so many unique pieces for such a great deal! Love it!!

You look ADORABLE! LOVE that skirt!! The color looks beautiful on you!!

Ashley K said...

I've always wanted to buy things from Forever 21 but I feel a bit overwhelmed when I go in there. Everything feels jumbled and I just dont know where to start I have been looking at many pieces online lately tho and find myself browsing their site when I'm bored wishlisting practically everything. I must say I am a little concered about their sizes tho I dont think I've ever bought bottoms from there and my hips are not my friend haha.

I love the majority of things H&M carries when I first found them I swear they were the only store I bought from for like 6+ months they always have such new and cute find. I do find some of their pieces have quality issues tho but the nicer thicker fabrics from them hold up very well.

BmoreLoveLeigh said...

Cute outfit!

I am a Forever 21 believer too. You have to be selective, but there are some gems to be had!

I could be a spokesperson for Neiman Marcus Last Call. It's just about the only place I ever shop anymore!

Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

This outfit is what dreams are made of, you look SO great!

XO,
Erin
http://erinscurrentlycoveting.blogspot.com

Raquel said...

I definitely have to agree with you, I love Forever21! I have quite a lot of pieces that have lasted me years and years and years!

Their jewelry is also really fashionable and very affordable!

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

I love Forever 21 too! I am definitely addicted to their jewelry section!! You look adorable BTW! :)

EverythingPrettyGirls said...

First of all, I love your outfit. You look so lovely!

And, i couldn't agree more on Forever21. I have this dress I bought there for $29, and i get compliments on it ALL the time - people are shocked when i tell them i got it there. Other than that, I really LOVE H&M - i bought a few dresses to wear to weddings this summer, and they are beautiful.

xo everything-pretty.com

Ashley said...

I am a huge fan of their online store. The actual store is a big overwhelming, especially when you have two little boys in tow!

Rachel said...

Loovve! You look sooo good this outfit is too cute!! I love F21- so much cute stuff! Sometimes it falls apart on me though :(

xo Rachel

www.glamhampton.com

TaraMixandMatch said...

OK your earrings are totally awesome...and loving the skirt on you!

Katie said...

love this outfit! and your accessories and hair - so pretty!! i could be a spokesperson for old navy or target!

tara said...

i looooooove this outfit!!!! i have serious anxiety in forever21. its just overwhelming. i did go this weekend and got a belt for $1.50 and sunglasses for $5! success!

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

Besides the other outfit i was going to steel, this could be one of my favs! Love it S!

Debra said...

I'm a Forever Friend too! I always get compliments on whatever I buy there. And ladies....I am 46 yrs. young & shop there. :)

Debra@ Stylewisebydebra.blogspot.com

PS: You look great in this outfit.

Sara Jessica Berman said...

Love your stacked jewelry! I have been posting quite a few of those lately!
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ashlyn williams said...

you are friggin adorable! absolutely LOVE this outfit on you. & i have fallen in love with forever 21 more & more. i have to agree there are some forevers that absolutely stink & others rock my socks. but i could go in there & try on a 100 things and leave with 5, it really can be hit or miss! but i found a whole bunch of stuff last week for work & can't wait to wear it all!

p.s. can you share you closet with me!? :]

xx. LS.

Jake&TayB said...

OOOHHH my Favorite outfit so far!!!! You look gorg!!! Love this look

Erica said...

What a pretty outfit! So feminine :) I could definitely be a spokesperson for Express, Old Navy & Target LOL

http://theprettyfactor.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Love your outfit today!

I have really been struggling to find things later lately. I think I need to try harder and not go on a Saturday, ha!
You have encouraged me to try again soon!

Jessica @ Here(and)Now said...

You are a Forever 21 shopping goddess... and I LOVE that you match the sidewalk... so cute!
xx
Here&Now

Stephanie said...

So pretty! Love your hairstyle! I've found some great items at F21 although it definitely requires patience and time to go through all those racks!

Marie Martell said...

Hey Shanna! Hope all is well. Beautiful look, love the blouse! I need to get to Kohl's, LC line is super pretty. Hope your having a great day!

Emma said...

I have to say, this is one of my top fave outfits you've posted! I'm a sucker for those colors. You look super pretty!

Emma said...

I have to say, this is one of my top fave outfits you've posted! I'm a sucker for those colors. You look super pretty!

The Sweet Life said...

I absolutely love everything that you are wearing in this post. So very stylish.

Haley Flores said...

About 90% of my closet is from there, ha! I get more compliments from xxi stuff than anything else, too. Also, I shop forever online, mostly, and they have better options on the site, IMO.

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