Friday, January 18, 2013

Mystery Sweater

Chambray shirt: Target
Sweater: Calvin Klein
Skirt: Forever 21
Boots: Steve Madden

I can't even remember when I bought this sweater or where. I'm PRETTY sure I bought it when I was still in college, which was at least 7 years ago. I've only worn it a handful of times because the length was shorter than what I liked, and the little beads that are sewn down the front annoyed me, so the sweater sat unworn in my closet for years.

Now that I've recently fallen in love with layering sweaters and button-up shirts (I didn't own any button-up shirts until the last two years due to my lifelong hate of ironing), I decided to try out the sweater again. With the extra layer underneath, the shorter sweater length is perfect now! Though I haven't decided if I want to cut off the beads or not. On one hand, I feel they give the plain black sweater a bit of character, and on the other hand, they're scratchy and I could do without them.

Also, the winner of my $50 gift card giveaway from last week was Brynn! Congrats, lady! Check your email :) Thank you to everyone who entered! I absolutely LOVED reading all of your responses and was cracking up over some of the entries that read like personal ads :) You guys are all so smart and awesome and I'm so happy that you've found my blog in one way or another, though I can't believe so many of you dislike buttered popcorn Jelly Bellys. THEY ARE THE BEST.

27 comments:

  1. Totally love this look. I, too, am wearing a chambray shirt today under a sweater. You have given me confirmation that I made the right choice. And popcorn jelly beans are my absolute favorite!

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  2. I love buttered popcorn jelly bellys too! So the shirt doesn't peek through the sweater? Those are beads? I like the layered look too. Sweater is too short to be worn alone until you're wearing a high waisted skirt or something. Happy Weekend!

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  3. So cute, Kimmie! Love the beaded sweater, but I am with you on the scratchy thing. :)
    Hope you have a great weekend. :)

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  4. I wore chambray and a black sweater today too! (but you can't see mine until Monday)

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  5. I'M SO MAD I WANTED TO WIN. no shopping for me now :(

    also, I've tried layering with my chambray shirts and it never works. Why does it look so good on you? 

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  6. witheachpassingdayJanuary 18, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    I like the beads. The beads make the sweater unique. 

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  7. I love your budgeted clothing! 

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  8. Happiness At Mid LifeJanuary 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Popcorn jelly beans?!  They just sound not so tasty and not something I need to go to the store and buy :)

    The sweater looks great with this outfit - glad you found new life in it again.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  9. I'm with Fran.  Congrats to Brynn, but I wanted to win! ;)
    As a recent owner of a chambray shirt, I appreciate a new idea to style this shirt that it seems I am wearing multiple times a week.  Itchy or not, you look great!

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  10. Such a lovely outfit, its so well put together! 

    Its nice to reuse some old sweaters and make it new again with layers! 

    xx, 

    www.loveandcompanyblog.ca

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  11. I'm so excited I won your giveaway :)  Thank you!!!

    I love your skirt - that color is one of my favorites.

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  12. Just found your blog from the lovely Miss Lynette Marie's (obv I'm her stalker, too!) and LOVE this concept! Can't wait to follow along with your bargain finds and your adorable style. :)

    Morgan
    seemomogo.blogspot.com

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  13. Hello! I just found your blog through putting me together & just wanted to say i love it!!!! And i agree, buttered popcorn jelly bellys are THE best!! So good! Keep up the great blog, from a happy to have found you new follower! :)

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  14. Just found your blog :) I also love layering sweaters with button-up shirts, I think the best part about it, like you said, is that there is no iron action, since all you need is a crisp/clean collar (and you end up looking pulled together)!

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  15. Great layering!  Nothing beats a Chambray shirt :)


    XOwww.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  16. Hi Kimmie! I just stumbled upon your blog through another blog and I love it! You're different from other bloggers because you have a set budget and I think I could learn a lot from you:)! I'm you newest follower on GFC and Bloglovin:)! It would be great if you could check out my blog too. Thanks:)!

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  17. Yay! I'm glad someone else likes popcorn jelly beans. And chambray/sweater combos :)

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  18. The annoying thing about this sweater is that it's not like, cropped length, its just slightly short. I guess I'm just used to wearing longer sweaters!
    And yes, they're little beads sewn on :)

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  19. It's not as though the sweater is scratchy (can't stand those!), but the beads have sharp edges. I was holding my daughter and I left a little scratch on her face! Felt so bad :(

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  20. I love how you paired yours with a colorful necklace and jeans! I will have to copy your look one of these days! :)

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  21. Sorry, Franny. I'll hold another giveaway and "randomly" pick you to win, okay? YOU WIN MY FRIENDSHIP WHICH IS WORTH MORE THAN ANY GIFT CARD IN THE WORLD.

    Oh, I have a wonderful chambray shirt layering trick. I saw it on Pinterest or some random blog I think (was it franash? franosh? franush?), but you layer a tank top UNDER the sweater and over the chambray. It's genius, really.

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  22. You've never had popcorn jelly bellys?! Ok, you are totally missing out. We used to buy the giant Costco sized tubs of jelly beans and would pick out the popcorn, root beer, and pear flavored beans. All my favorite!

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  23. Thanks, Ana! It wasn't that the sweater was itchy (it's not! it's super soft) but the beads had sharp abrasive edges that would scratch everything in front of me (including my poor daughter). :(

    Also, I've been super busy lately so haven't had time to work on your stuff, but hopefully I'll have some free time this weekend! Sorry it's taken me so long!

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  24. Yes! I saw her linking to your blog a few times, and NOW I KNOW WHY. You are totally adorable and I'm following along with your blog now! :)

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  25. Thanks for stopping by! And thank goodness I'm not the only one who loves the buttered popcorn jelly bellys. I guess it's one of those love it or hate it kind of things ;)

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  26. Haha, yes! As long as the collar is ironed, no one will know that the rest is not :) Confession: I used to "iron" the collars and lapels of my button up shirts with a flat iron because I hated getting out the ironing board/iron so much. It's not really that much easier, so I've stopped doing that :)

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  27. Wow! That sounds like a really neat trick!! I normally just hang my shirt in the restroom while I shower ;)

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