Forever 21 Shopping Haul

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about how it’s been such a long time since I’ve posted any type of shopping haul post. So I thought with having so much rainy weather this week and the fact that I recently bought a few things at Forever 21 and Nordstrom, now would be the perfect week to post some shopping haul posts. Plus, by the time I wear and post an outfit on the blog my clothes are usually sold out so this gives you all a chance to snag the same items before that happens.

First, lets talk about this sheer mesh smocked crop top pictured in the upper left corner. I stumbled upon it while looking for a similar top for one of my previous outfit posts, and as much as I try to avoid shopping while creating content, I just had to add this beauty to my cart. Plus I knew I had a 20% coupon from signing up for the Forever 21 credit card that would expire at the end of the month that I didn’t want to go to waste. Because it’s smocked, I was a little afraid that it would run small like my gingham dress and this floral dress that I’ll talk about next, but the reviewers said it fit well. I stuck to my usual size and bought a small and it fits perfectly. The fabric also feels nice and well made for something that is only $15.90. With Forever 21’s prices the quality of their clothes can be a hit or miss, and this was defiantly a hit. I can’t wait to wear it with high-waisted shorts and skirts!

Next is this floral smocked mini dress pictured on the bottom. The reviews are a little mixed, so I followed the product measurements listed on the lefthand side of the page and I’m glad I did. I bought a medium because the page says the chest and waist are 21″ wide, which I think is pretty small, even for something with elastic. The medium feels pretty snug on me, but a comfortable kind of snug, which is something I really appreciate in strapless dresses. I feel like I could spend the whole day in this dress and never feel like I have to keep pulling it up or re-adjust it. Something that most of the reviewers did agree on and that I would agree with too is that it is of surprisingly nice quality. The skirt is lined which you don’t always see in dresses under $20, and it has pockets which I think we can all agree is a big plus. I’m planning on wearing this for my birthday in July and possibly later in the summer to a carnival in a nearby town.

Next up is this structured faux leather crossbody bag pictured on the upper right corner. I was extremely happy to have found this bag when I was looking for something else to add to my cart to get free shipping. If you’ve read my Splurge vs. Save post on designer hand bags from March you can probably guess why. If you haven’t, I really like the look of the Prada Cahier crossbody bag, but the dupe I found didn’t quite meet my own standards, so I felt pretty lucky to have come across this bag for less than $20. It’s quite small, so small that my iPhone 7 doesn’t fit, but I’m not the kind of women who always carries a bag wherever she goes. So for me, this is just big enough to carrie everything else I need besides my phone, and if I’m being totally honest I’m on my phone so much that I don’t really need it to fit in my bag anyway.

Lastly, I’d like to talk about another dress I bought but did’t include in the picture because I’m returning it. This lace-up tiered dress I bought in burgundy. The reviewers are right when they said it was kind of sheer. I was okay with this and was planning on wearing a bralette and skirt slip under this dress. I bough a size small and it fit me just fine, but unfortunately the little line at the center of the neckline that makes the V was a little off kilter. Looking at the dress while I wasn’t wearing it, it almost looked unnoticeable, but since I have scoliosis and one of my shoulders sits higher than the other I felt the flaw was even more noticeable while I was trying it on. I was hopping it would be a great casual dress I could just throw on for errands this summer and also wear it for the 4th of July, but I guess I’ll just have to plan to wear something else.

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