No J. Crew or BR? No problem! Sunday, May 16 2010 

In honor of my renewed strength in my vow to break out of my preppy (and boring at times, if you will) style rut, here is a completely J. Crew and Banana free wish list. Of course, I’m still relying on some old friends… Urban, Anthro, and Nordie’s, but it’s all about baby steps, right?

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Tie-dye is apparently my new favorite thing. This all started with the darn J. Crew Wednesday skirt. I’m also sort of feeling this Love21 top from Forever. Only $22.80 too! … and it has a bow!

Forever 21 at ShopStyle
Steve Madden at ShopStyle

I need a pair of basic perfect neutral pumps. I’ve needed them for awhile. Does that make these a must have? I’m thinking YES.

Me Too at ShopStyle

By some miracle of miracles, I actually want something that’s on SALE. I’m thinking that makes these a must-have too. Red flats are pretty in right now, and I’m thinking these would be adorable with black skinnies and a neutral striped top (think this, which I’ve lusted after but held off on forever, if only I hadn’t given up J. Crew..), no?

Urban Outfitters at ShopStyle

Why are you back ordered until mid-June? I want to wear these every day with a bright colored American Apparel deep-v, a metallic skinny belt, and cute simple flats.

Urban Outfitters at ShopStyle

Yes, I have roughly 6,894 scarves. Yes, it’s getting warmer and warmer outside. Butttt, I adore mint green, I can’t get enough of these solid colored pashmina scarves until it hits about 85 degrees outside, and it’s $9.99. I spent more than that treating my baby brother to Starbucks this morning. Another miracle has occurred because now we’re up to TWO things that I want that are on sale.

Kimchi & Blue at ShopStyle

Is this going to look awesome on my well-endowed hips and thighs? Probably not. It’s still just so pretty, pretty, pretty..

Urban Outfitters at ShopStyle

I am honestly, genuinely lacking summer dresses (although I did just put Glee Season 1 back on the shelf at Target to justify this purchase last weekend), and I just LOVE this. Nothing more to explain.

Last but not least, these are the three things I am hoping and praying that Anthropologie will have marked down their big anticipated sale this Tuesday morning!

Anthropologie at ShopStyle

I actually held this in my hands as I stood in line once before I realized that nononononono, no matter how pretty the lace is, I just couldn’t spend over $100 on a sweater with unflattering horizontal stripes. The lace detail is still so pretty though, and I do love stripes despite their unflattering nature, so if this could just get knocked down to half of it’s price or so, I would probably pull the trigger.

Anthropologie at ShopStyle

I’ve been watching you for awhile too, but have been torn between colors and spending $90 on a t-shirt. $39.95, anyone, please?

Anthropologie at ShopStyle

Me and the stripes again. This has been around a little while and hasn’t gotten all 5-star reviews so I’m thinking there are decent odds of it being marked down to a decent price this week.

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A day without the UPS man at my doorstep is starting to feel incomplete. Thursday, May 6 2010 

So, I swore that this pretty little bag, and the gorgeous tie-dye Wednesday skirt were going to be last J. Crew purchases until Fall… at least.

Well, I got sucked in to two orders in less than twenty-four hours thanks to new spring markdowns and the 20% off knits + free shipping promos. I am powerless. Here’s to hoping most of it doesn’t fit and has to go back.

J.Crew at ShopStyle
J.Crew at ShopStyle
J.Crew at ShopStyle
J.Crew at ShopStyle
J.Crew at ShopStyle

I swear, after these uhhh two packages come in the mail, it’s a summer without any new J. Crew or Banana pieces. I’m going to be all about saving money.. and when I can’t resist, the goal is to branch out and have a little bit more fun with my clothing choices.