Thursday, July 11, 2013

Shopping for Back to School Clothes....for Me!

I was at the mall today with my two girls, and just about every store I looked at were advertising a Back to School Sale. I wanted to run into each one and scream "NO - not yet!" but instead I just calmly walked on by - trying to convince myself that our August start date wasn't that close. That is until I came to The Limited. No where did they mention Back to School savings but instead had a big window display that showed clothing on sale as low as $6.00. Now that is my kind of sale!!!

When it comes to buying myself clothes, I don't do it as often as I once did. It seems like a very long time ago that I used to go out shopping all the time for clothes but now with two little girls any shopping I do for clothes is typically for them.  I'm all about buying Kenzie (who just celebrated her 2nd birthday on Monday!) and Kaidyn the most adorable outfits.....but for myself - not so much.  I'll let you all in on a little secret.  I'm very concious about my body now.  After giving birth to two beautiful and healthy baby girls, as recently as 3.5 months ago, my body is no longer what it once was.  I'm still working to lose the baby weight that I gained for my youngest.  I'm down to the last 8 lbs.  And when I say I'm "working" to lose it, what I really mean is I'm hoping it will just disappear.  I mean, who has time to work out?  I'm busy chasing a two year old and carrying around my 3 month old who weighs in the 95 percentile!  I mean come on!  Shouldn't that alone be enough to get the weight off?!?!

I know....I know. I have to work for it, if I want it to go.  I'm working up the motivation. I did buy the Post-Partum workout videos. I've "looked" at them.  But whenever I have time to do the workouts, I find other things to do.  Like nap. People always say, when the baby sleeps, you should sleep. I still follow that rule. :-)  But anyway I digress, my lack of working out is another conversation for another day....or not! ;-) What I want to talk about today is what I DID BUY FOR MYSELF!

My style is not really one of the latest fashions but more what looks cute and most importantly feels comfortable (and is easily cleaned since the chances of my little ones rubbing something disgusting on me is pretty darn good!).  I especially love stores like Banana Republic, The Limited, The Loft and NY and Company who offer teacher discounts!!!  Teacher discount is like music to my ears.

So I did go into The Limited today and found some really great stuff all for only $49.  They were having a 40% off sale on top of their already discounted clothing.  Plus I then got an additional 15% off of that (yes - they will give it to you even on sale items).

I don't typically like to put up pictures of myself but wanted to share my purchases. Just excuse the poor lighting, my super white legs and junky photography.  :-)
White V-Neck T

Black V-Neck T
Front of dress

Love this dress!
For work I like to get staples that I can dress up or down depending on the circumstance.  So stretchy V-neck T's are fabulous in my opinion.  So of course, I scooped up three of them today in black, gray, and white.  All for only $10 a piece.  Then I needed a dress because my little girl, Kaidyn, is getting Christened this Sunday so I found this awesome green dress for only $18 (originally $98!).  This dress will be prefect for Sunday but also for Back to School night too I think.

A week ago, I hit the Outlet stores in Arizona while I was visiting family. I got there of some great button up dress shirts from Banana Republic and a light weight white sweater there.  Also all of that for under $50 too.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with my finds!  Where do you shop for Back to School?  Any great stores that you know of that offer discounts for teachers?


  1. I purchased some clothing recently, too... with a gift card I had. I was able to find a dress that had a multitude of turquoise hues with a matching necklace for Open House (to wear with my white sweater). And-- besides that, you look great!

    1. Sounds like a great buy, Victoria! Having a gift card is even better. And thanks for the compliment. :-)

  2. Looking good Mrs. Lyon. I especially love the green is a great color on you! I'm still not ready for "Back to School" shopping! Miss you!

    1. Why thank you very much, Mrs. D! :-) I know....I'm not ready either. But shopping for clothes is fun. But I have not done school supplies or anything just yet. haha

  3. Love the green dress! Looks great :) No post-baby lookin' in sight!

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    1. Awww - thanks Lauren! I think we tend to be hardest on ourselves. But I definitely love the dress because of the color and the wrap style of it. :-)

  4. You look FANTASTIC! The dress is the BOMB! Well done on your shopping purchases. I don't even think about shopping any longer. I have a 13 year old and limited resources, so I like you, tend to spend on my kiddo! I did find 3 pairs of what my husband calls "stretchy teacher pants" at Walmart. They were only $15.00 each and they are not all that different than the ones you get at NY and Company, and those are $45 each! Keep posting your fab finds!

    1. Thank you!!! I can't imagine when my girls are teenagers....they are only 22 months apart so I really will NEVER have money for my own clothes. haha I'll have to go check out the stretchy pants. I've own a few pairs from NY and Co. so I know exactly what you are talking about. They are comfortable and yet look nice too. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks a lot for blogging this, it was unbelieveably informative and helped me Views

  6. I love the green dress and you look great! I just had a little boy almost 2 months ago and I also have a 2 year old little girl. I am struggling with dressing my postpartum body.... well mainly the upper part :) I will be linking up to the 1st day outfit linky soon but know that you look good!


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  7. It is very nice.I am very interested in it.Thanks for your sharing.

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