Thursday, March 19, 2009

Is The Love Affair Over?

We've established I can be somewhat fashion challenged. I wish I were a real life stylista like my lil sis Amanda or my friend Summer. Both have an amazing talent for accessorizing. Not only that, but they put together fantastic outfits on a budget. Somehow I missed this gene.


My super-beautiful, devastatingly stylish sister Amanda.

I didn't realize I was lacking in this department until college. There I was surrounded by sorority sisters who gave my tattered Target jeans and old sweatshirts sad looks of disapproval. After a while, I began purchasing jeans which I saw other girls wearing in hope that it would get me "in" with all the cool kids. (Such is the logic of a 19 year old...)


After my first year in college, I saved enough of my summer job earnings and bought my first pair of 7's. I couldn't believe I spent that much on a pair of jeans. It seemed rather ridiculous, but as I stood in front of the mirror I had an epiphany- my thighs actually looked slim! I had finally found a pair of pants that made the freshmen 15 look only like the freshmen 5. It was "beer money" well spent and I wore them like it was my job. They went without washings for DAYS.


My old 7's.

I spent so much time in in college in my 7's, they became almost like a boyfriend. They warmed me when I spent the night sleeping on a a friend's cold couch, they graciously stretched out to fit my hips when I went through my Mac and Cheese months, and they never complained when I spilt beer or wiped my Cheetos fingers on them. Hell, they were BETTER than a boyfriend.


It was all a wonderful affair until I fell in love with Paige. No, Paige was not a Katy Perry, "I Kissed A Girl" college fling, but a pair of fantabulous jeans that give you and an instant butt lift a la Jessica Beil. Those were my official party pants.

After Paige, there was Joe - more specifically Joe's Jeans. I had a long, but casual relationship with Joe. We were together long enough to produce two offspring capri's and a dark bootleg jean I still wear today.


This fall, with the skinny jean trend, I started a new relationship. I have been with "J" Brand for only a few months now, but they have been my most favorite of all. They actually have a zipper up the side of each ankle. How funtastic is that? I thought it couldn't get better than this.

Hillary Duff rocking the J Brand Skinny. Um, no, my legs don't look like that in them, but I still heart them anyways.


Now, please don't tell my fancy jeans, but last week I cheated on all of them. Here's what happened:


I went to Old Navy to pick up some new yoga pants (see, I do save, so take that my Nike and Adidas wearing gym mates). I was already feeling giddy because Noah was with his sitter and I had a Friends and Family 30% off coupon. This must have had me feeling reckless, because on a whim I tried on a pair of jeans. Holy mother of denim - they fit like a glove! They were on sale and with my coupon they would cost me (wait for it....) FIFTEEN DOLLARS. I dropped my overpriced Citizens on the floor and stomped on them - Bad jeans, bad! Bad for making me feel like I needed to spend that much to be cool and fashionable.


I have a new love in my life. It's the Diva pants from Old Navy. If you are in an unhealthy relationship with expensive/oppressive jeans, please, go out and buy some, it will do you a "wealth" of good.

22 comments:

Nicole O'Dell said...

LOL! YAY for Old Navy!

Beth said...

Hello. My name is Beth. I am a jeans-aholic.

Seriously, I have the hardest time with jeans. If they fit the rear, there is room for three more in the waist. Why can't they make jeans for women with hips?!

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

I couldn't stop laughing as I read your post! Fantastic. I actually can picture you stomping around the dressing room (jumping with both feet, hands clenched at your sides) on those 'old' jeans.

Lovely post! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

(And I do heart Old Navy jeans.)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Hilarious post! Love it! I'm going to have to check out Old Navy for jeans... :)

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

Express jeans are awesome too.

Kate Eckstein said...

LOVE this post and your blog! I, too, am an Old Navy-aholic. Can't beat $20 jeans that ALWAYS fit :)

I added you to my blog roll... check out my husband's and my "his and hers" blog about trying to conceive.

Kate Eckstein said...

oops, forgot to give you the link!

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Natalie said...

Oh what a great LOVE story! I love this post....great job!

Your blog always make me smile :)

angie said...

You know how I love jeans, and thus how much I LOVED this post! :)

Jen said...

I guess it is true the best things in life are free or really really cheep. :)

Candice said...

I've tried buying Old Navy jeans numerous times, but they never fit right. The crotch always comes up to about my knees. I don't know if I have really long legs, and abnormal torso, or a combination of the two.

I try, yet always come up empty handed because I can't be walking around with my ass crack hanging out.

Sigh..

Amy McMean a.k.a McSunshine said...

LOL. I bought some jeans at Old Navy 2 weeks ago when they were on sale for $19. So comfy.

Jodi said...

I'm glad you found some cheap jeans that you love! That makes for a good day!

Lump said...

I spend way too much money on jeans. it's an addiction. I have around 40 pairs and I can't even wear jeans to work. So basically I wear jeans on saturday only. that is if I even leave the house. :(

Noah's Mommy said...

Lol...I love this post....makes me feel better about my love affair with my Citizens...and Earnest Sewn....of course how I turned green when my Sister was able to find a pair of sevens at the Goodwill for oh a whole 4 dollars....and old navy....the best thing for the fashionista on a budget...truly...

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Hi! I'm just stopping over from...actually, I don't remember where.
Cute post and very well written...I was planning a trip to Old Navy this week and I'll be stopping by the jeans section to look for the ones you mentioned.

amanda said...

I cant believe you published me! I feel so naked! AWWWW! BUT, I have to say, I got a little teary eyed, at work no less. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You make me feel beautiful and I love you forever and ever and ever. You are the best friend a sister could EVER have, Im very lucky!

amanda said...

AND by the way..my Old Navy Jeans you saw a few weekends ago, were DIVA! Love them :) And they stretch at the hips too, so feel free to eat all the mac n cheese you please! love ya!

Ali said...

Ok, I'm in love with ON right now too! They are having an amazing Everything 5$ sale on baby clothes and it is working out well for them, b/c I've purchased about 25 baby items since the sale started.
I'll have to investigate the diva jeans because hiking up the maternity pants is not working for me.
PS - Your sister IS beautiful and stylish...but you are too! Your maternity clothes were my favorite to wear!

Deborah at Coco Bonbons said...

Love the writing style you have! It's so fun to read. I am going to have to get my overpriced jean butt down to Old Navy stat!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

too funny - I have 4 pair of these!!!!!! They are my favs!!!!!!!

Megan said...

Yes, Old Navy is a great place to get jeans. Only one time in my life have I spent $100 on jeans and that was for 2 pairs @ approximately $50 each (possibly a little more). I felt *so* guilty about it too!