Thursday, April 5, 2012

I think it might be time

Pearl's new H&M hat I bought on our shopping adventure.
I took Pearl on a little mall outing yesterday.  I attempted to navigate through the racks of clothing at Forever 21 with my giant stroller, and I realized something.  I was older than most of the shoppers there.  Like 10 years older.  I have always wondered when women decide to move on from stores for "juniors" to buying clothing for women.  I think I am at that point.  I'm not 21 anymore (or lets be honest, 16) and I have no desire to "forever" look like I am trying to be.

Have any of you decided to leave stores like that behind? If so, where do you shop?
I would love to support more local brands and/or small businesses so if you have any suggestions along those lines, it would be especially appreciated.

And...I have Instagram now!
I have an Android phone so I had to wait for what seemed like forever.
My username is kiralynnpdx
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  1. Ah, I had that moment of realization right after Ellie was born too! There's something about trying to navigate a stroller in that store, and hush your crying baby around the 16-20 year olds that are shopping there that just doesn't feel right! :-)
    ♥ Kyna

  2. aw, i'm so happy that android users have instagram now. honestly, you will become obsessed!!!
    although i enjoy me some forever 21, i'm all about jcrew, madewell, banana republic. now if only i had all the money in the world!! ha
    xo TJ

  3. I know what you are saying.. I am the almost (i can't believe I am going to say it..) almost 30 year old who shops and delia's.. and I have no intention of stopping.. I think it depends on styling.. also my biggest problem that I am the size of a middle schooler and I have size issues when I shop in the womens section.. even the juniors some times.. I bought my pj bottoms from the girls section the other day.. I think they were meant for an 8yr old.. but because of how uncomfortable I sometimes feel while shopping with my toddler I usually by online.. different sizes, different colors.. model them for M and then return what doesn't make the cut..

  4. Yes, I totally agree. The stroller only adds to it too! But I must admit going in there by myself is worse...I feel REALLY old then!

  5. I've been having the same problem lately...I don't know where to shop. I was recently in Forever 21 and I felt OLD...the stroller and crying baby doesn't help matters any. ;) But I did find a shirt that I love. It's hard because all the "grown up" stores are so much more expensive and sometimes BORING. Let me know if you figure out where to shop!

    Found you on instagram!

  6. I can't bare going to the mall, I avoid it at all costs ;) I'm a big fan of thrifted clothes and try not to buy new unless it's handmade/local. i also really want to teach myself to sew, how cool would it be if you wanted a certain something and you could just make it!

  7. I went through nearly the same thing one day with the stroller and X. But, I don't want to spend a ton of money on trendier clothing like that at Forever 21. I'll spend good money on basic pieces that I wear all the time. But, when I want to try out a trend I just can't afford to drop a lot of money on it. Which is why I've been getting a lot of Old Navy, Target, and H&M for that type of stuff. When I want a little bit nicer I go for Gap, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Loft. I have a huge wishlist from ModCloth, Anthropologie, and other such on-line stores. I want to do more handmade, but my size is a difficult one to find. Good thing I can sew when I really want something!

  8. oh man! i hear you! i also love when the teenagers in the store give you and your stroller annoyed looks. i have found that h & m has things that are less teeny-boppy. i buy a lot of my clothes thrifted at estate sales or thrift shops, goodwill even will have amazing find. although i must say the goodwills in the city get pretty well picked over so you have to venture out to the burbs to the better finds. having some sewing skills helps for easy modifications on otherwise awesome vintage finds.

  9. Its just so hard to leave the great prices behind but I agree sometimes I feel like an old lady in there!


  10. I know exactly how you feel! I love stores like forever21, but sometimes I feel way too old to be shopping there with my baby and stroller. Love the blog! Your little pearl is gorgeous! Xo

  11. I shop on forever 21 online - it's easier to look through the close and weed out the really young stuff! you can also buy from their sub "older" sub brand, the mens and kids all from one site - I love it!

  12. I am having the same problem! I feel like I'm too old for juniors clothes but too young for women's!!! I do have lots of luck at New York and Company though. Great clothes and the prices are pretty good too!

  13. i used to love F21, but i'm kind of with you. the clothes are so cheaply made and everyone in there is like 12. i feel much less like an old lady when i shop at h&m and old navy and the prices are still good. i would love to shop at nicer local places, but with my stay at home mom budget, that just isn't going to happen anytime soon. if i had more options though, i would shop j.crew and madewell, as well as frances may...i covet everything in frances may, but can't afford any of it. i also like isaac hers. both are local, but isaac hers is much more affordable.

  14. Everyone there is really really young. And really super skinny. (I'm neither)

    But, I do like to find some things there...and I saw a lady shopping there the other day that had to be 45, and that made me feel not so old. Ha. I just push my stroller in and shop along. ;)


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