Imitation is the Greatest Form of Flattery

Most of us read blogs and magazines to get inspired. Whether you’re looking for make up or hair advice, exercise, nutrition, or home decor inspiration you’ll find a plethora of options. I mean, really, how did we ever survive without Pinterest? I often think what a different childhood my own sons would have had if Pinterest had been around when they were little. What I love about blogs is the clothing and styling ideas I get from the bloggers I follow. What I am sharing today is the result of being inspired by two of my favorite bloggers.

Months ago I saw this cute dress on Andrea over at Living on Cloud Nine. Although it was from a site I’d never ordered from before I placed my order, the price was too good to pas up and it was so cute! When I received it and tried it on it was a little too short for me to wear as a dress so I thought I’d keep it and wear it as a cover-up.

A few months later I almost gasped when I saw what looked like the very same dress /tunic on Jennie at A Pocketful of Polka Dots. Better yet she paired it with denim and espadrilles! I was thrilled to find a new way to wear my tunic! In fact I left her a comment telling her I’d be copying her outfit! Take a look at my inspiration:












So call me a copycat but here I am:





The denim I am wearing I purchased right before I went on vacation.  White House Black Market had just started their big sale and I was shopping with a friend.  I hadn’t planned on purchasing anything (famous last words) but I couldn’t pass these up!  I paid a whopping $10 after an extra 50% off the sale price and applying my birthday reward.  They were originally $94.  Score! My exact pair are here. They have this tuxedo stripe down the side and a step hem. I am seriously considering trimming off the step hem because I’m not sure about it.  But the best news is that you can still purchase this dress for under $17. I was thrilled to see it is still available!  Wear it with denim, as a dress, or as a cover up and it comes in other colors, buy it here.

And that my friends is exactly why I follow so many blogs.  I love seeing real women wear real clothes in real life.  I hope Jennie is flattered by my attempt at imitating her outfit!

Since my self-imposed shopping ban went into effect you’ll be seeing me shop my closet and share recreations with you.  I hope you enjoy this! Have you recreated a look based on what you saw in a magazine or on a blog?

Later this week the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will begin for cardholders. If you’re unfamiliar with it basically it’s a sale of new Fall and Winter items and as soon as the sale ends on August 6 the prices will go up. It’s a unique sale in that these are not end of the season items; they’re new, fresh fashions. It’s a great time to get premium denim, designer bags, shoes, and jewelry. If you’re not currently a cardholder go here to fix that by getting either a credit or debit card. As a bonus you’ll get a $20 Nordstrom Note to spend! Want to preview the sale catalog? Go here. The sale opens to the public on July 21st so if there’s something you’d really like it is worth it to become a cardholder and get early access. Items do sell out!

So before the BIG SALE starts, I picked out a few things I’d buy right now at Nordstrom if I had a little extra money right now and I wasn’t on a spending freeze.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, This Blonde’s Shopping Bag is going to stay empty for awhile but I promise I am full of inspiration!

Shop links below:

Step Hem Straight Crop Jeans • White House Black Market • $59.99
Distressed Skinny Crop Jeans • White House Black Market • $56.40
Embellished Skimmer Jeans • White House Black Market • $59.99
Tuxedo Straight Crop Jeans • White House Black Market • $39.99
Distressed Skimmer Jeans • White House Black Market • $49.99
Umgee USA Dip-Dye Tunic Top • Umgee USA • $36
boohoo Clare Frill Sleeve Dropped Hem Tunic Top • Boohoo • $16
WHITE MARK White Mark Yanette Tunic Top Plus • $31
Neiman Marcus 3/4-Sleeve Split-Neck Tunic, White/Orange • Neiman Marcus • $42.50
Free People Violet Hill Printed Tunic Top in Charcoal • Free People • $33–35


Linking up with:Patti for Visible Monday, The Blended Blog, Royally Waiting,Get Your Pretty On, Moda Thursday,Not Dressed as Lamb ,
Confident Twosday ,
A Pocketful of Polka Dots , Lady in Violet Fashion Should Be Fun Shelbee on the Edge


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