Nov 29, 2011


Remember, a long time ago, when I said I was looking for a new purse? Well, I finally found one. Never rush a new handbag, sweet friends. It will come to you when it comes and not a moment too soon.

My new purse came to me last week. I decided on a cross-body bag. I've never had one before and I wanted to give it a try.

Here's one thing you should know about me, I hate names and labels on purses. On most clothing really, but especially on purses. Whether it says Liz Claiborne or Coach, Prada or Faded Glory, I hate it. Maybe it's because my purse will never say Prada or Coach and I'm bitter, but I don't think so. I just don't want someone else's name on my purse. If it says "Jen" fine, but no one else is allowed!

Second thing to know about my purse selection... I like them bright. My clothes are usually fairly muted and neutral, so I love having a bright purse for a pop of color. In the recent past, my purses have been mustard yellow, peachy orange and bright orange. Bring it. I don't think I've had a black or brown purse in at least five years.

But finding a purse that is stylish... with no labels... in a fun color can be a chore. So when this little beauty flashed before my eyes last week, I was sold almost instantly. Well, after a little trial in the only mirror I could find in the store to confirm that I wanted to switch from a regular mid-size shoulder bag to a cross-body style....

This one or that one???

But I crossed over in more ways than one last week. Here's one more thing to know about me... I kinda pride myself {bad, I know} on not being a clothing snob. I don't care about labels and I can happily say that I am willing to shop at almost any store if they have cute clothing to buy. I've spent the last few years of my life trying to convince my friends that Kohl's has great business casual clothes. Don't get me wrong. I love Nordstrom and Banana like the next girl, but Kohl's and Target are on the list too. However, if I am really honest, I don't really shop at just any store. There are a few stores that I completely avoid. Sears, KMart, and JCPenney come to mind...

Except the other night I found myself in JCPenney for the first time in years. I was looking for new bedding and rumor has it they have cute home products. I actually found amazing bedding and then on my way out of the store, I spotted this cute little green bag. It was so perfect that I pushed the JCPenney stigma out of my mind and tried it on...

Sweater :: Banana Outlet // Cords :: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's // 
Boots :: Steve Madden // Headband :: Whippy Cake

Humbled. JCPenney is legit.

And now you'll probably find me shopping at Sears or KMart next week...

Merry Christmas!

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pleated poppylollipops



  1. Erin11/29/11, 11:29 PM

    You are just too cute! Ha ha I am always the first person to comment...what does that say about me?! I know...I am NOT SLEEPING....EVER! It's 12:30 again...what the hey am I doing Jen?! I know you are probably awake too. I love your new bag! :) You are too cute! Thanks for linking up. Loveeee you!

  2. Erin11/29/11, 11:30 PM

    ha ha oh my gosh...I had to comment again. I just left the first one...went to my homepage..and there it was...a comment from you at the same time! Ha ha! I am forcing myself to go to bed now!

  3. Flor11/30/11, 12:10 AM

    found you at pleated poppy! oh my, that is such a cute purse! I use that same style (cross body) and I love it. You're making me re-think JcPenneys :)

  4. Lisa @ MMT11/30/11, 6:33 AM

    Cute purse and cute outfit! I love the color of your cords. Makes me want to switch from the normal jeans!

  5. Ashley11/30/11, 6:48 AM

    I always find myself surprised at what I can find at JCPenny and other similar stores. Love the new bag and your cords! Cute!

  6. [email protected]11/30/11, 7:01 AM

    Very cute bag! I love crossovers...they mean hands free shopping! I have found a couple cute things at JCPennys lately, they are stepping up their game!

  7. Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia}11/30/11, 7:02 AM

    LOVE that cross body bag on you! You look adorable. :)

    Stopping in from WILW!

  8. My Songbook11/30/11, 7:20 AM

    haha this is too funny. And I'm the same way about logos on clothes or purses-they bug me!

  9. Kate @ TheAnniversaryHome.com11/30/11, 7:31 AM

    Truer words never spoken: "Never rush a new handbag, sweet friends. It will come to you when it comes and not a moment too soon."

    I've rediscovered some clothing places that I'd sworn off in the past. Kohl's is always a winner, love me some TJMaxx and Marshall's and hey, Pennies isn't too bad these days!

  10. Jessi11/30/11, 7:40 AM

    I love the color. Definitely a great pick!

    One of my favorite purses is from JCPenny. I saw it when shopping with my mom once and a few months later she gave it to me for a birthday present.

    And I'm like you with labels. We grew up wearing Mervyn's and Target so I never cared. The only reason I buy labels now is because I only thrift for clothes and I often find them for a steal. So now, my closet has a lot of labels.. but all second hand!

  11. denise* paper angels11/30/11, 7:58 AM

    gorgeous outfit!!! you look great! loving the headband :) xx

  12. AllyceR11/30/11, 8:13 AM

    That purse is really cute! Fun and practical!

  13. Eisley Rae Clothing11/30/11, 9:40 AM

    CUTE purse!! I love it. I've NEVER been a JCP fan either, until the past couple of years. I don't buy much there, but have found some great things at GREATER prices!

  14. Meredith11/30/11, 11:35 AM

    Taking your time really paid off...that purse is CUTE! I never buy bright colored purses, but I should pull it off perfectly :)

  15. Nessa @{Casa Braaflat}11/30/11, 12:24 PM

    super cute bag. and i seriously do find some good things are jc penney. just don't tell anyone where you got those things...oops.

  16. Kassi @ Truly Lovely11/30/11, 12:43 PM

    I am SUPER picky about purses too! So I'm loving your whole 'let it come to you' approach! :) I haven't actually tried the cross bag either, but it looks great on you!

  17. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living11/30/11, 4:35 PM

    Cute outfit. Love your boots! (and the purse too) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  18. alanna rose11/30/11, 4:38 PM

    Cute! I just swapped to cross-body far I love it, very easy to carry while wrangling my little monkeys.

    My "won't shop at" list is the same as yours ;)

  19. Momma of The B.M.C. Report11/30/11, 7:09 PM

    "Never rush a new handbag"... love that! Visiting from The Pleated Poppy!

  20. Heather11/30/11, 10:34 PM

    I have GOT to get my hands on those chords! Love them!
    And I love side-shoulder bags! Obsessed! You look adorable!!
    It's so funny because you 100% NAILED my top-3 least favorite stores... BUT you might have convinced me to stop by JCPenny's because that purse is too darn cute!!

  21. Jody Lynn12/1/11, 9:21 AM

    I just bought my first cross body bag too and I love it! I got it from Target...when I took my trip to Seattle actually! I hate travelilng and having to keep up with a purse so that is why I finally gave one a chance. It was the perfect size to stash my ipad in too.

  22. Brittney12/1/11, 7:39 PM

    Love the one you picked!!! SO cute!

  23. Alicia Blogs12/1/11, 8:44 PM

    Love the purse! I am the same way when it comes to labels/name brand splashed all over the bag. I hate that also and won't buy purses that have obvious labels. And I love fun colors too!! My current is a deep pink/purple lol. I don't own a black bag, all mine are colors lol.

  24. Bad Joan12/1/11, 11:33 PM

    Love the olive bag!


  25. lori12/3/11, 9:00 PM

    i love that crossbody bag! i havent been to jcp in years, maybe i should give it a go as well!

  26. Mr. Taylor and his Lady12/5/11, 12:13 PM

    ha, i adore this little post! it's so true, the best bags are worth the weight. nothings worse than buying a bag and not really liking it.
    oh, and nothing beats crossover bags. love!
    xo TJ

  27. Jennifer @ Just A Girl12/7/11, 9:47 AM

    What a super cute purse!

    I worked in JcP and Sears my senior year of high school and first year of college. Sears did not have cute clothes when I started working there, thankfully! Unfortunately JcP had the cutest junior clothes ever, so most of my paychecks went right back into their pockets! LOL

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