A couple weeks ago, I was running some errands (read: eating barbecue and going to Target), when I came across a sidewalk sale at Rue 21.  Rue 21 is one of those cheap junior stores that I rarely go in except to look for trendy accessories and cheap sunglasses.  I happened to need cheap sunglasses, so I ventured inside and came out $21 poorer, and 4 items of clothing richer.  (No sunglasses, though – apparently, I’m picky about my $5 glasses.)

You have to be careful at stores like Rue – yes, the stuff is cute, trendy, and cheap.  However, the vast majority also looks cheap.  It’s hit or miss and takes a lot of weeding out.  But, if you put in the work, sometimes you’re rewarded.

This cute cropped top is one of my finds – it cost me about $7, the highest tag item of the day. Because I’m over 22 and weigh more than Taylor Swift, I didn’t want my stomach showing, so I added a high-waisted skirt.  I think this is one of those trends guys don’t understand, because at least one of my friends called a different high-waisted look, “mom-waist”.  But, whatever.  I like it.

I also like this top because the black and white pattern makes me think of a coloring book.  Like, seriously – don’t you want to take markers the color of my necklace and fill it in?
1 - black and white paisley cropWhat do you think of my coloring-book blouse?  A good $7-find or a waste of two cups of coffee?  How about the high-waisted trend?  Mom-waist or worth trying?  I’d love to hear from you!