10 American Made Jeans Under $100

10 American Made Jeans Under 100 via @poorandpretty feature

10 American Made Jeans Under 100 via @poorandpretty

Now that I’m 27 and can no longer fit into the jeans I wore in high school (hello, hips!), I’ve been on a mission to fill my wardrobe with American-made jeans. I absolutely want my dollars to count toward ethically-sourced cotton and fair-wage practices, but I’m not going to pay couture pricing. Some companies really jack up their prices unnecessarily. After a little bit of hunting, I found 10 pairs of jeans made in the USA priced under $100.

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1. On a Roller Derby Jeans by Angry Rabbit, $60. (via ModCloth)

2. Stretch Bull Denim Side Zip Pant in Dark Teal by American Apparel, $92.

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3. Matchstick by Bluer Denim, $95.

4. Vera Skinny Jeans, $73. (via Ruche)

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5. Gotta Jet Set Jeans in Red by Angry Rabbit, $60. They’re also available in Black. (via ModCloth)

6. Pencil Jean in Black & White by American Apparel, $94.

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7. On The Road Skinny Jeans, $69. (via Ruche)

8. Front Row Fashionista Jeans by Angry Rabbit, $60. (via ModCloth)

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9. Downtown Date Skinny Jeans in Blue, $69. Also available in Black. (via Ruche)

10. Zip On By Jeans by Kancan, $60. (via ModCloth)


Don’t forget to check your local consignment shops, too! I’ve found so many great American-made clothing deals at my favorite thrift stores.

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Shop Mieux: the sweetest online consignment shop ever

Okay, ladies. You know how much I love consignment shops, right? (Peonies, Plato’s Closet, and Uptown Consignment are my Connecticut faves.) Well hold on to your stylish pants! I just found the sweetest online consignment shop ever: Shop Mieux. That’s French for “Shop Better,” which is pretty spot-on. (Edit: Mieux & Mieux officially changed their name to Shop Mieux this past December.) Here are just a few of the fun things you’ll find there:

Mieux & Mieux dresses via poorandpretty

Pretty dresses from Solemio, Kensie, Free People, Bebe, Zara… and more of your favorite brands, at crazy awesome prices. That Kensie dress is over 80% off. Seriously.

Mieux & Mieux tops & bottoms via poorandpretty

Tops and bottoms from J. Crew, Citizens of Humanity,  Fendi, 7 For All Mankind, all up to 90% off!

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And of course, shoes. From Ann Marino to Umberto Raffini and everyone in between, all in fantastic condition.

I must admit, I was a little nervous trying out online consignment. I have a hard enough time as it is finding clothes that fit (who doesn’t??). But Shop Mieux has a 14-day return policy (that’s 14 days after receipt, not 14 days after purchase), so I gave it a shot with this fabulous French Connection bow shirt:

French Connection bow top from mieux & mieux via poorandpretty

It was originally upwards of $150. I got it for $16. And I think you will agree, it’s perfect. I’m wearing it today! (I blame my wild hair on the windy walk up to the building this morning. Did I tell you our parking lot is ¼ mile from the office? Mmhmm.)

Here’s a slightly closer shot:

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I would have never been able to afford something from French Connection if it weren’t for Shop Mieux! They have a physical location in Dallas, which I’m sure is a beautiful little boutique. If you’re in the area, stop by!

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Yesterday’s Threads: The high-low skirt

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Yesterday was one of those magical days where I woke up late and still somehow managed to throw together a really great outfit during my rush to get ready for work. I knew I wanted to wear my new high-low skirt. Then I grabbed my go-to pink v-neck tee. Nude tights? Boring. My diamond-textured turquoise ones are bolder, more daring!

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I pulled out my yellow bow belt to divide the skirt and shirt and strapped on my bright, chunky, Timex watch to match the belt. My geometric wooden ring from Helveta Vyotlag is the same color as the tights, so I slipped that on, too.

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Not one, but two headbands to match the black and white stripes in the skirt….

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… And my Mary Jane wedges to give me a little height. It was fantastic, especially when I twirled:

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Outfit details: Headbands: CVS, $6 for a pack of 5. Pink v-neck: Bozzolo, Marshalls, $6. Striped high-low skirt: Poof!, TJ Maxx, $14 (similar). Yellow bow belt: Forever 21, $5 (similar). Watch: Timex Camper, courtesy of Timex.  Wooden ring: Helveta Vyotlag, $35. Turquoise diamond tights: Marshalls, $4 (similar). Mary Jane wedges: Bongo, Uptown Consignment, $6.

I’m kind of embarrassed that the most expensive part of my outfit is a wooden ring. In fact, it’s almost half the cost of my outfit. Without it, the entire outfit cost only $41! Oh, and big thanks to Dave for the photos. :)

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Crafty inspiration: For the Makers

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Have you heard of For the Makers? I think they put it best when they say, “It’s one part magazine, one part coolest craft store ever.” It’s a craft subscription box which, for only $29/month (including shipping), gives you everything you need to make 4 DIY projects. Four things you’ll actually want to use or give as gifts. Oh, and “they” are founders Katie Covington and Janet Crowther, who used to work for kate spade new york, Anthropologie, and Marc Jacobs, so they know how to source and make pretty things.

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Before committing to a subscription, you can buy kits for individual projects like I did. I went for the Field Poppy Pouch kit ($18, above) and the Sorbet Pocket Notebook kit ($16, below).

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I was impressed by the quality of the supplies, so I signed up for a subscription immediately. I’m glad for this monthly reminder to step away from the screen and make physical things, especially ones that I can turn into gifts. I’ll post once I’ve finished my projects, too!

For the Makers is my first subscription box. Are you subscribed to any monthly boxes? Which ones? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Be Organized: DIY framed pegboard organizer


As promised, here is my tutorial on how Stan and I made a framed pegboard organizer for my office! I am loving how much we’ve been crafting, decorating, and home improving together in the new condo. This was a fun and fairly easy collaborative project. It’s pretty fantastic, and has lots of potential to clear clutter from my desk.


Step 1: First, you’ll need a frame. We picked this one up at a Goodwill for $8. There was one of those awful “inspirational” quote posters in it, which we immediately removed and recycled.

Step 2: We brought the frame to Home Depot, where a very helpful employee cut pegboard down to size for us. (Perfect, since we don’t have a table saw at home!). The pegboard — originally a 2′ x 4′ sheet — was only $8 and we picked up a package of short locking pegboard hooks for another $4.


Step 3: Before inserting the sized pegboard into the frame, I gave the frame two fresh coats of leftover trim paint to cover up its few imperfections.


Step 4: The frame I picked had those handy little metal things in the back to hold the pegboard in place, so placing the pegboard into the frame was a cinch!


Step 5: Next, I positioned the pegboard against the wall (with a few things in it because I was so excited to start using it!) in order to find out where to put the screws.


Step 6: Stan checked that it was level with a leveler, then drilled three holes: one through the middle top hole of the pegboard, and one in each top corner hole. If you’re doing this in your own, I suggest marking the holes with a pen or pencil before you drill. You can see the left-most and center holes above.


Step 7: We then inserted plastic drywall anchors ($2 for a pack of 10) into the holes. This keeps the drywall from becoming loose around the screws. Place them in as far as you can, then hammer them to get them to be almost flush with your wall.


Step 8: Re-position your pegboard against the wall, with the drywall anchors peeking out behind those holes you used to determine where your screw should go in step 6 — the middle top hole, and the top two corner holes. Then, screw in your screws with a screwdriver or drill. Leave about ¼ inch of room between the screw and the pegboard (see above). If you screw the pegboard too close to the wall, you won’t be able to position hooks in the top holes.


Pull the pegboard forward on the screws, and you’re done! It’s ready for things! Just don’t hang anything too heavy on it, like pots and pans. If you’re looking for something suitable for the kitchen, I suggest checking out Emma’s DIY Kitchen Pegboard tutorial on A Beautiful Mess.


This was so fun to put together, and inexpensive, too! The whole project cost less than $25!

Happy organizing!