Jeans & My Affliction


I suffer from a condition called thighrubitis.  This condition’s symptoms are the rubbing of thighs so much that you literally walk a hole into your pants, which basically means if you are a frequent wearer of a particular pair or 2 of pants then you’ve got thin fabric on your crotch area or even a hole…ay dios mios!  So how do you deal with a condition such as this when you are living the Fashion Under 20 lifestyle?

Let’s focus on jeans, shall we?  As much as I love getting dolled up, I absolutely love wearing a pair of jeans.  However, my thighrubitis makes it where I can rub a hole into a pair of jeans at or around the 6 – 12 months mark.  Although I have quite a few jeans in stock, there are a few that I fall in love with and tend to wear A LOT.  One particular pair was my Gap 1969 Real Straight jeans.  Oh how I loved wearing those jeans, but after 6 months I was back to the Gap spending $60-70 for a new pair…OY!  So when I began practicing my Fashion Under 20 lifestyle I happened upon an article by a fellow blogger, Patrice (Looking Fly on a Dime), about her favorite pair of jeans.  Little did I know that skinny people also suffered from thighrubitis, but that is neither here nor there, anywho I was very surprised to find out she absolutely loved her Forever 21 black skinny jeans.

It took me a while to make it to Forever 21 but I finally went.  Can you believe that I purchased 2 pairs of jeans for $30?  They had great jeans for $14.80!  Various washes and cuts…SCORE!!!  I purchased gray skinnys and a dark wash. They’ve been worn dressy and casual.  I’ve had my jeans for almost a year & have no thinning in the crotch or holes…YEAH BUDDY!!!

Crazy to think that for years I have been spending all that money on jeans when I could have gone to Forever 21 and purchased a few pairs for the price of one. Lessoned learned!

Alright, now it’s your turn!  It’s up to you to find a great pair or 2 of jeans for $20 or less.  A pair of jeans that will not succumb to thighrubitis.  When you find those jeans, be sure to share it with your FU20 family!

‘Til next time,



Not Bad for Under $100

The sacrifices I make for my FU20 family!  I decided to give up my Friday to do research (aka, go shopping).  I gave myself a budget of $100 for this research project.  Although I’ve been living this Fashion Under 20 lifestyle for a year now, I have never actually given myself a budget so this was going to be a true experiment for me.

The stores I ventured to were Forever 21, Ross & JC Penny.  The haul included 2 miniskirts, 2 dresses, 3 t-shirts, a pair of pants & nail polish.  Not bad for less than $100!

$98 shopping victory

At the end of the day, I think I did pretty well with my budget experiment.  Now it’s your turn!  Set a budget for your shopping adventure & see what all you can get for that amount and then share it with the rest of us.  Send your pics & I will post it here.  You never know, I might be so impressed with your haul that I may just give you a surprise for being so flippin awesome!  I’m serious about that!

‘Til next time,


$35 Fabulous

$35 Fabulous breakdown_wm

Yes, I really did just post about “A Bright Summer” and now here I am looking like I’m mourning.  Well, there is an explanation for today’s look, it’s raining her in Dallas.  That’s it, that’s my explanation for the dark colors.  However, I’m sure you’ll be bright & cheery when you find out that I paid less than $40 for today’s look.

Yes, my basic black t-shirt + gray jeans + shoes = $34.79!  Insert applause now.  When you add the cost of my accessories & my lipstick, you’d be happy to know that I spent less than $50 to complete my entire “rainy day look!”  Doing my happy rain dance now…WOOHOO!!!

Here is the breakdown:

  • T-shirt – $5.99 at JC Penny (Regular price $12, but I bought it during their Memorial Day sale)
  • Jeans – $14.80 at Forever 21 (I wear these jeans everywhere with everything.  I love the fit & the price is oh so nice)
  • Shoes – $14 at Steve Madden (Got these on clearance. Sometimes Steve Madden will place certain styles on clearance when they are down to just a few sizes.)
  • Accessories – Necklace (Birthday gift from my friends Chris & Dana), Earrings ($8 Charming Charlie), Bracelets ($6.99 Charming Charlie)
  • Lips – NYX Pandora Lipstick ($4.99 Beauty Supply Store; also available at Target)

All was not lost on the color aspect of things because I was able to incorporate NYX’s Pandora lipstick into my makeup for that pop of color every stylist & fashion guru is always talking about.  I am currently on a bright color lipstick kick.  Every time I am in the local drug store or near a department store makeup counter I am on the hunt for a new color.  Glad I found this purple number.  Consider it my ode to Prince’s Purple Rain with purple lips.  I don’t know, I’m just rambling now.

Anywho, being basic and being fabulous shouldn’t cost you an arm & a leg.  You can always jazz up the basic jeans & t-shirt with a pair of fun shoes, jewelry & gorgeous makeup.  Give it a try!

‘Til next time,


Me & My Jellys (Mel for Forever 21)

Me & My Jellys (Mel for Forever 21)

A couple of weeks ago I told you about the fantabulous collaboration between Forever 21 & Melissa shoes. If you’ve slept since then & don’t remember what I am talking about, how about you take a gander at this. Anywho, when I wrote the post I also mentioned that I would be heading to my local Forever 21 to cop a pair or 2 & that is exactly what I did!

I purchased 2 pairs of the comfortable & cute numbers & recently wore the blue gladiators yesterday to run errands. I AM IN LOVE!!! These are so comfortable & really cute. They go well with just about anything from a sundress, which I wore yesterday, to shorts & jeans. Even my picky, conservative, older sister complimented me on how cute they are.

For $22.80, this adorable number is really worth it. I like them so much I may be wearing them most of the summer.

There are different styles & colors so check them out & buy a pair or 2 or 3 or more!

‘Til next time,


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