Monday, August 15, 2011

Lace Blazer Creates Convert

If I told you how long I have been staring at this blazer you may or may not think I had been hypnotized.  In the past week alone it was gazed upon no less than 10 times per day *cue 'Too Much Time on My Hands*, yet for one reason or another I just couldn't pull the trigger.  In all honesty lace has not crossed my mind much since Madonna was, ahem, much younger--and even then I was more enthralled with the piles of bracelets climbing her arms.  Lately however I'm kinda transfixed.

Cut to scene and there I was on Friday night indulging in the weekly ritual of margaritas and chicken tacos with my friend Kelly who proceeded to use dirty words like, oh, Forever 21 right at the table.  I'm just going to out myself:  I haven't been in Forever 21 in 9 years.  Yes you read that right.  Everyone goes on and on about Forever 21 and all I'm thinking is, 'I turned *cough* 25 last year so that one is out of the question."  Well friends, I would like to formally announce that as of Saturday at approximately 12:30pm PST I am now 21 again and it is feeling pretty good.

Kelly coerced me to a monstrosity of a Forever 21 that resembled a mini department store.  She's very sneaky too--after 15 minutes she had to depart, abandoning me in a sea of what appeared to be 7 million females between the ages of 10 and 52.  Is this post littered with numbers or what? Anyway, 2.5 HOURS later I emerged with stars in my eyes, hair still in my head AND a jackpot of finds in my bag, not the least of which was an amazing version of that lace blazer I had been stalking.  Examine the evidence:
~Forever 21-Blazer (not on site yet, but similar here), Free People-Romper (tank version here), 
Current/Elliott-Boyfriend Jeans, Steve Madden-Ruffled Leather/Wood Heel (last year?)
Yep.  That's the look of a giddy woman.  
Drunk on lace and savings, if you will.
There she is close-up.  I'm normally an extra small but this came in small through large, 
and I purchased a large to give it a boxier feel.  Rolling up the sleeves
worked perfectly and voila! 
  And on that note:  a big shout out to Forever 21 for making my lace blazer dreams come true.

Everything that happened before and most of what occurred after this purchase completely sucked (except the bbq with my friends you know who you are), but the blazer helped to ease the pain just a little.  Suffice it to say I will be returning to this mecca for further investigation.

63 comments:

Miss Caitlin S. said...

ummm, I'm glad the dream came true because you look AMAAAZZING, LOVE! And those jeans are insane.

Katie said...

F21 scares and intimidates me. The store and the website. I should probably get over that.

Megan said...

wow!! sometimes i want to hate forever 21 for giving us college skank skirts and things along those lines...but then i want to bow down to them when they give us something like this lace blazer which looks freaking impeccable on you!!!!

Living_in_aShoe said...

you look so chic! your blazer is beautiful!

Laura said...

ummm i need to make this lace blazer mine! the hunt shall ensue :) you look gorgeous!

Gracie said...

Ahh the lace blazer is amazing! Your whole outfit is just lovely. Glad your dreams were able to come true!

Lidiya said...

Your blazer is beyond chic, I adore the colour and lace is just ... WOW!
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Polly said...

That blazer is a wee bit special. I must say my one and only F21 experience was scary...I felt it was pop fashion on crack, I had no idea where to look and ended up feeling so overwhelmed I left!

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh love it! and I love and hate forever 21...haha...good stuff but its just so dirty in the stores near me...and some of the quality isn't the best :/
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Julie and Lauren said...

Total dream come true- such a cool lace blazer!

Stephanie Shepherd said...

okay, I am so glad to see how you styled this jacket (it looks great!) because I purchased a similar one just before summer and have yet to really wear it because I always feel like I have to dress it up or something...now I see how it's done! :)

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

That store overwhelms me. I need a tour guide. Another smile pic, loving this trend ;)

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

Great find! I love the blazer! I don't really go into Forever 21 much either, but I have been surprised by the some of the selections when I have gone in.

sherri lynn said...

This is an awesome blazer! And I like the outfit you put it with!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

girl i am SERIOUSLY THE only person who doesn't show Forever 21? - i always think their clothes are crap - WHY IS IT JUST ME!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Daisy said...

F21 is definitely hit or miss for me! funny though, I must have been in a coma last time is shopped there, because I was dreaming about this cool shirt i wish i bought and then one day saw it in my closet. (yea, I DID buy it and totally forgot.)

Josie said...

Ummm, you look amazing. I LOVE it. I've kind of gotten past my Forever21 embarrassment... For reasons just like this one.
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Taylor said...

F21 is always hit or miss....most times I just walk around people watching - it is the best there!! And occasionally you find jems, like this blazer!!! I found RED JEANS on Friday!!

lesouefsbrouilles said...

you are definitely rocking the lace carrie!

Corks + Caftans said...

uhm, hot. I think the ring is the tiny aspect that pulls the whole thing together! not your grandmas lace.

cheesy idioms are back! eh? right? no? meh.

xx
C

Debby said...

It looks so cute on you. I always feel that Forever 21 is too young but this is proof that a few pieces can be mixed in and they are so affordable! xo

Courtney Erin said...

Welcome back to the F21 fold! It's hit or miss there to be sure but when you hit on something it's epic!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.com

LyddieGal said...

Oh that blazer. It is gorgeous on you!
I totally understand why you've chosen to avoid f21. it is like some kind of monster, and you are pretty helpless to it once you step in.
you are bound to find something, so absurdly cheap, and so unmistakeably like that $$$$$ item you've been wanting... what choice do you have?

Chic on the Cheap

fshnonmymind said...

Perfection!! That's all I have to say about this outfit!! That is a fabulous new blazer.

I love F21 and stalk the website daily, but going into the store is a whole other experience. It's best to go in there with a focus and some time on your hands so you don't get too overwhelmed.

Ashleigh said...

Welcome back to the 21 club! This blazer is the hotness!!

I'm so happy to be back in reality and blog reading again. This was the perfect come back post!!

Dancing Branflake said...

Haha! I love how your blog title makes it sound like a newspaper headline. And I love how f21 made it. Seriously, that place is either a big no or a fat yes.

modanista junkie said...

Hahaha Carrie you always seem to crack me up everytime I read your posts!! You always make my day!

I seriously cannot believe it's been that long since you visited a F21 store. Well, I am glad you did because that is one HOT lace blazer! You look fantastic!


xoxo,
Mel

Kim said...

Love the new blazer! So glad you ventured into Forever 21, I find a lot of great pieces there! I will admit though, it can be an awful place, especially when you're trying to find something specific. I went looking for a lace top last week, that was in the damn WINDOW and no one had a clue what I was talking about.

Lily said...

So cute on you !! Forever 21 can have some seriously good finds...just takes a lot of time to find them and sometimes you walk out with nothing !!

xxLily
goldandgray.com

Torrie said...

I had a very similar F21 ahah moment this past year... Since then, I've got some great clothes- and accessories!

A little overwhelming though... kinda department-store-ish.

Leah said...

*sigh. That is a beautiful blazer. Forever 21 always seems to come in for the swoop and save the day.

xo L.

briannelee said...

Very cute! Love the rolled sleeves.

Marie a la Mode said...

You totally scored with that blazer! It's gorgeous! So I guess you haven't been to the F21 in West Ed then. You will have to go next time you're up for a visit! It's HUGE! I get so overwhelmed shopping there but I always find clothes or accessories to take home ; ).

Savvy Gal said...

love your jeans. I have a pair from True Religion like your jeans and love to wear it with casual tanks and flip flops.

Ms. Givens said...

I usually shop Forever 21 (and I am 43) online but I convinced my daughter to go with me Friday night. We didnt see that amazing lace blazer but I did get a fun poncho and a bright orange long sleeve tee. Sam got a spike ring and some tweed loafers. I saw a skirt I want to go back for.

Rachel said...

That lace blazer is to die for. Forever 21? Really? Hilarious. I haven't been in in probably 8 years myself.

www.sweetheartadventures.blogspot.com

Rach

Claire Kiefer said...

I love the lace blazer and I am not even a blazer kinda girl. I am, however, a lace kinda girl! And leather. ;) And sequins, and bling, and gold.

As of tomorrow I will no longer be a part of the decade that contains the number "21," but I still might check out the scene to see if I can score some similarly awesome & cheap finds!

Tanvi said...

What an amazing find!!! I can see how happy you are just wearing it!

♡ from © tanvii.com

la petite coquine said...

Oh no-shitty, impossible weekends for everyone! Thank goodness there are impossibly cheap goodies to be found at F21. It requires all of my patience, but victory can be yours.

Catita said...

It is the 2nd item from F21 I see a blogger wear that I WANT only in 1 day! First it was the suede skirt from SIncerely Jules and now this amazing beauty! Wish they had it here although we can order online it is never the same!
xoxo
Catita

heather said...

oh man forever 21. gotta get rid of that killer muffin top i have first, which would mean getting outside and actually moving.

i'm sorry the before and after sucked. transition, um yeah. wtf to do with it when you're in it. it's nicer to watch it from the sidelines!!!

Helena said...

Okay, I own A LOT of blazers, but do not own a lace one. That needs to change very soon after seeing how fab it looks on you. #obsessed

Alexa said...

God that blazer is just perfection! I adore it!
xo
Alexa
www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

PriscilaPetersDecor said...

The blazer looks stunning!

indie.electronic.alternative. said...

i want to scream every time i'm in that store as i get bumped into by tweens and have to listen to the obnoxious convo's of teens. but i always find something rad that makes it worth the trip. kick as blazer girl!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

JACKPOT!!! So glad you went...although it is quite the sh*t show, it always seems to be well worth it in the end! Definitely one of my faves...I think I say that every week! xo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

You are definitely rocking that blazer! I am a total lace lover but can't do forever 21 because of their shadiness. I am reminded that they make super cute things though (and I'll be stalking the other high street stores until themn).


xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

RosaLovesDC said...

Yeah, now I feel like I need a lace blazer!!! I totally get what you're saying about F21. Every time I go, which is not often, I have to take a nap and an advil for the horrible headache I get while spending time at the store.

Taylor said...

Ahh I love this. I hate hate hate hate going into F21, but I did get a really pretty lace top from there a few months ago.

Bonnie said...

I am sososososososososo glad that you bought this blazer because now you have introduced me to something glorious. i LOVE IT.
Hello, new obsession.

http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Tracy D said...

I would ruin this by going all corset and fingerless gloves with this...you pull off the retro/current, 'what this old thing' well!

Johanna said...

See! Look how happy you are...I'm proud of you, really, I am. Welcome to the dark side.

HeatherClark said...

that's a great find...i too currently have a lace blazer in my shopbop hearts I have yet to pull the trigger on that looks just like this one!

truth be told i haven't been to forever 21 in years either...so much to sort through...but they definitely do have some gems

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Wander.Lust said...

that IS a lovely find from F21! that stores both fascinates and scares me haha

Kristin said...

Welcome to the dark side...Forever 21 suits you lady! I've been seduced by their ridiculously cheap baubles for years!

DailyGlamour said...

i love forever 21 !
kisses

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Fabulous blazer & I love it with the distressed jeans!! :-)
http://fashiondiarylooks4.blogspot.com

Carlinn said...

The blazer is stunning! you look great in this outfit! :)

goodbadnfab said...

SOOO LOVELY! Please check out my blog when you get a chance!

http://www.goodbadnfab.blogspot.com
a fashion lawyer by day, fashion police by night...I play at red carpet events, shop all over town, and live life in the fab lane in LA!

The Blonde @ Stylish3 said...

Isn't it great how F21 always seems to have the exact trendy piece you're looking for? Only problem is you have to sift through tons of crap to find it...

Kara said...

Oh, I've been wanting a lace blazer too. That one is so cute- sometimes you find things in F21 but not online- they're very unpredictable that way, but I'll keep an eye out. Your hair looks fantastic here btw! xx

The Childlike Empress said...

oh wow!
the lace blazer is divine!

Emmett Katherine said...

the blazer you got and the one on shopbop are so similar! Nice!
Also, if you wanted to expand on your lace blazer collection H&M had some neat styles a bit different than the one you got.

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