Beary Cute


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bear top, skirt: Forever 21:: red cardi: Christopher and Banks::
bow wedges: Urban Outfitters:: cherry necklace: from Zoe!
black purse: Laura Ashley:: R2D2 & C3PO Robot love pin: local movie theater

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Ever since Lar started blogging about dressing more ethically, I have been consciously trying not to shop at large retailers. This is my last (to-date) purchase from Forever 21 bought a month or so ago, influenced by the lovely Marie's Panda outfit

I have to admit that even though my 6-month shopping ban has made me a more conscientious shopper, it's really hard to walk out of Forever 21 empty-handed, especially when they have so many cute and cheap clothes. But I'm trying my hardest and saving my pennies. 

I realize that most of my wardrobe is still made up of pieces from cheaper stores like Forever 21, H&M, & Urban Outfitters, but I am slowly integrating more thrifted pieces or handmade goods into my closet. It's just so darn expensive. >.<

66 comments:

  1. Seriously, you are like the cutest person I "know"...I try to balance chain shopping with thrifting as much as possible as well.

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  2. This IS Beary Cute! I Really Love that top!

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  3. OH this is so cute though! I love it!!

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  4. You. Are. Adorable. That is all.

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  5. Love that title...beary cute...sounds like one of those azn moms commenting on something beary beary haha! Ok i'll stop by being bad, I totally know what you mean. It's hard to walk out of H&M and F21 empty handed because of the price :)

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  6. You are toooooooooooooooooo cute!!! I just adore that tee and love the way you paired it with your cute skirt and red cardi. Absolutely perfect.

    <3 Cambria
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  7. Frickin' adorable. That tee is great and I love it paired with that darling skirt!

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  8. I agree with the title - Beary beary cute :)

    xo,
    janmloves.blogspot.com

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  9. This is such a darling outfit L! And I love your sandals!

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  10. How could you not walk out with that shirt. I need one too. Beary Cute!

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  11. That's such an adorable top! Total the opposite of what i'm wearing at the moment - a band top with skulls on. Ooops showing my dark side again!

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  12. This outfit is so cute!! And I adore those glasses. As soon as I have some extra cash (or if I ever do) I'm getting myself a new pair. A Forever 21 just opened near here, but I went in and nothing fits me. Things at H&M sometimes do, but rarely very well. I'm going through all of my clothes and working out which things I want to get rid of and donate and it's making me think - why did I buy this, I never wear it... so I am going to make a conscious effort to put more thought into purchases too.

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  13. Too cute! And I completely agree! So hard to practice self-control when inside F21!

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  14. You look ridiculously adorable, I love the wedges and that pin is too perfect. I know exactly where you going with trying to avoid shopping at the big retailers, I really wish I just went to thrift stores more often!

    <3Honeysuckelle

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  15. Your bear tee is way too cute! I know what you mean- there's so much temptation in Forever 21, but I'm trying to remember that I want quality over quantity!

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  16. I agree that you want to pick everything up at F21 because the it's so affordable!! I admire you for going on a 6 month shopping ban!! And your panda top is so so cute!! Looks adorable with the red cardigan and cherry necklace!!

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  17. This shirt is so cute! I love your heart pin, too. I'm starting to get into pins... and by starting I mean I've been thinking about wearing them for the past two weeks, haha.

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  18. NO WAY! Omg, I have the exact same shirt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D I love how you styled it! Does F21 still sell it? I got it somewhere else! It's the exact same thing with the red cheek things too! LOL

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  19. Super cute shirt and I love the colors you have going on here - red looks great on you!

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  20. INdeed a beary cute outfit, only you rock a tee like this! You always score in the cute-tology department. Red cardi and an adorable cherry necklace are just the perfect touches. I am surprise to hear that thrift stores can be more expensive than the big chain stores. That's pretty sad...

    mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  21. This is flipping adorable. I love everything about it. I too am forcing myself to be more conscientious when shopping. I'm not purchasing things nearly as much as I used to by just keeping myself away from temptation. I was foolish enough earlier this week to click-shop while online and almost really had a problem lol. Good luck with the continued thrifting and handmaking.

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  22. Why are you so dang adorable? I just want to squeeze you until your head pops off. Not in a weird way, though.

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  23. That top is so cute! I admit, I don't generally think about shopping in an ethical way, but I should probably start.

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  24. OMG!!! The bear top is adoooorable! I feel SO flattered that I motivated you to go buy a cute animal top like mine. (Gushing with happiness! YAI!). Now that I've graduated from college, I also feel that I should be investing in higher quality clothes. But stores like Forever21 always get me with their adorable pieces and affordable prices... hehe.

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  25. Your cherry necklace is adorable! One thing about thrift shopping is you leave with bulk for the price of one shirt even at Forever21 prices :) YAY! for thrifting!!!

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  26. I feel ya on the spendy stuff. Sometimes I look through my clothing and think I have too many things from budget stores, not the quality that will last forever. But when I go out to look for more quality items they're all so pricey. There's a lot of great coupons online for some stores, and I'm a total thrifting junky. I just bought some Frye boots super cheap at one of my thrifting haunts so if you search you can find the high quality great stuff.

    Loving your bear top, even if it is from F21!

    xo,
    Lindsay
    Lindsay Living

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  27. you look simply adorbs! Your shirt is wicked cute.

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  28. That is the cutest tee. Once you start shifting away from big box stores, it gets easier to pick fewer pieces for more cost/better construction imo.

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  29. Beary cute, indeed! I don't know how you manage to out-cute yourself, but you always do! :)

    100% agree with Megan Mae's comment.

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  30. So, I totally love this top.
    But, I absolutely know the feeling. I really try to shop ethically, but then your friend walks in with that cute new trendy dress. I think thrift store shopping gets a lot easier, but I still have back slides into the mass market production world.

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  31. You inspire me. Also, you are the cutest. Of all time. Fact.

    xo,
    Tracy

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  32. I rarely buy anything new or full price. Don't forget ethically also can mean made in the US or union made. If you want to go Full-Scale ethical buying, then I suggest looking up a few of the unions online and they give names of businesses and brands that are ethically made. I personally only shop at Goodwill, clearance racks, and the Salvation Army. Its especially great places to shop when you have a constantly growing toddler.

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  33. Laura, your beautiful and I love your blog, following :-)

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  34. I have tried to be better as of late with my shopping too. -Mostly because I am graduating law school this May and have many loans to look forward to :(


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  35. 6 month shopping ban!?!? i'm on half a month ban right now and DYING!!! hhehe love the bear!!

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  36. So cute

    Kiss kiss.*Jo
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  37. Laura, I may have a new favorite outfit from your closet! I love this one! This skirt is perfect! You see, this is the kind of skirt I've been dying to find but have never been successful. I love the "beary" cute shirt! You look adorable! :)

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  38. Oh !!! This bear is awesome !!! And the star war pin... so greaaaaat !
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  39. I looooooooooovvveee this top! You look too cute Miss Laura! xx

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  40. this outfit is just too cute! :)

    maybe it is a bit different thing, but i am starting to think having too many things could be also unethical and i know i have too many makeup items and surprisingly many pairs of shoes for a beauty blogger, etc. ;)
    i am going to donate again soon and will think twice before i buy anything.

    thanks for sharing your thoughts! :D

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  41. This top is sooo cute! :) I'm going to forever 21 this afternoon!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  42. Love this outfit! Your bear top is so cuteeeee XD

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  43. you look so adorable dear, so cute >< i love your top and major love on your cherry necklace <3



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  44. this is really cute <3

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  45. hahahaha this is ridiculously adorable!! "Beary cute" indeed. Love the top of course, and it looks lovely with the red cardi :)

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  46. love this outfit! the bear shirt is adroable! :) yes clothes are so expensive! i took a little break from it too.

    also, the bear reminds me a little of pikachu, which is also cool

    xo
    Anita

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  47. Aw you look adorable in your bear top! I love the red cardigan paired with it.

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  48. i want a pair of glasses like yours now haha. very geek-chic and so cute!

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  49. I think it's great that you're being more conscious about what you buy. I love vintage and thrift/charity shopping for most items when I can. That panda top is so adorable on you. :) Happy Monday dear.

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  50. Super cute look :) Yeah I try not to go to the big retailers too. But where I'm from there's not many places to chose from. I have to move to a bigger city :P

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  51. f21 is where i go when i want a quick fix. and you are right, it's hard to leave without something. but i have really gotten better over the years. this is such a CUTE top....how could you leave without it??

    [oomph.]

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  52. this is totally a laura outfit. and that is a most excellent thing.

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  54. Such an adorable outfit! I love you tee =) so so cute!

    Little Petite

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  55. So cute panda t-shirt c:
    I wish we had F21 in my
    country...

    xx

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  56. Aww you look so cute! :) I knew you would rock the cherries! ;) LOVE IT! Oh yes, it is much more rewarding to own vintage clothes! :) I haven't shopped in a 'normal' high street fashion shop in what feels like forever, and it feels good! :) I haven't been online in what feels like forever and I need to catch up on your posts! :) Zoë xxx

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  57. Ngaw that's such a cute shirt. What a cute outfit hehe
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  58. You look so cute! Love the necklace :)
    Creamy

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  59. Cute outfit, I love the necklace.=)

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