The Great Pants Experiment of 2013

I’m about to pack away all the winter clothes for the season, which reminded me that I was thinking of doing a quick blog post on how my boys pants experiment of 2013-2014 went, in case anyone cares? Probably no one does, but whatever. IT’S MY BLOG I DO WHAT I WANT.

So for Eli’s first year of school (Kindergarten) I bought most of his school clothes at Target.  Not on purpose, really, just because they were there and they were cheap and it was really easy to throw a couple of pairs of khakis in the cart when we needed milk and he was running low on pants.  However, none of the pants I bought there made it all the way through the school year.  ALL the jeans had holes in the knees and both pair of khakis ripped right in half at  the seams.  So when he started first grade I thought I’d see if it made any difference if I looked for slightly better school clothes.  I had no idea if $25 jeans were any better than $14 jeans but I figured it was worth a shot, especially since once you’re past wearing a 5T at Target Shawn White ruins your life and all the clothes are terrible.

So  here’s all the stuff I bought and how it fared.  Spoiler alert: The experiment was a success.  Nothing but the finest in pants for all of us from here on out! And by the finest in pants I mean pants from the Gap on sale.

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These jeans are from Crewcuts, I think I paid $22 each.  (You have to keep your eyes out for them to go on sale.) You can see there’s some slight wear at the knees, but nothing terrible, and it’s much less obvious when they’re being worn. I could absolutely hand these down.

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These are Gap Cargo pants and Gap khakis.  The cargo pants were around $34.95 but I am sure I used a huge discount code on them.  They wore like IRON.  I could probably even resell them, except that they use the dreaded dry erase markers in school, and fun fact, dry erase markers don’t wash out of clothing! Grrrrrr.  The khakis also wore fine. I don’t know that I’d buy such a bright color again because I found them hard to match, but maybe I’ll keep them out for the summer and make him wear them rolled up with flip flops and a fun t shirt.

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These are pair of embroidered pants from Janie and Jack ($no idea, but certainly overpriced) and some Levis khaki jean type thing ($19) I threw in the cart on a whim at Target.  The embroidered pants are a little tattered at the bottom, but Eli literally wore these for YEARS and there’s no other signs of wear.  The Levis also wore well although the color means they are a bit stained in the knee.

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These are Lands’ End Iron Knee Jeans. I think they were around $20 on sale.  They actually have patches on the inside of the jeans, which the Crewcuts jeans do not.  You can see some VERY slight wear in the knee area, but again, not when they’re on, and I could absolutely hand these down.  Supposedly if they do get holes in the knees they will replace them for free, but we didn’t have that issue so I can’t comment on that.

I also bought tshirts/sweaters/dress shirts at various places, obviously,  but I thought that would get a bit much for this post.  Suffice it to say my favorite t shirts were from the Gap, my favorite polo shirts are still Target, the only thing I will buy from Old Navy are dressy cotton shirts, and I liked the sweaters from J. Crew better than any of the ones from the Gap, although I got a few rare decent ones from Target that I also liked.

Hit me up with any questions! Happy shopping!

 

Books I Read: March 2014

Thank you for all the lovely comments and emails and tweets on my last post.  I really appreciate it.

(And I closed comments on it simply because all my comments close automatically after five days, otherwise every “What I Wore” post ends up getting three or four late comments from people I have never heard of telling me they hate my shoes or my dress is too short.  I assume this is due to Google or else just because people are awesome.)

Anyway, here’s what I read this month, although it’s not much because mostly what I did this month was watch Veronica Mars.  It ruled.

20. Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers

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Let’s maybe not go into why this was recommended to me right this minute, and just say that I found this book very helpful. It was a quick read and I had several “light bulb” moments both while reading it and afterwards. Recommend.

BTW, I have a HUGE stack of self help books that I’ve bought or checked out from the  library and I have been having a really hard time getting around to reading them.  My normal reading time doesn’t lend itself to tomes about damaged families.  However I used to go to therapy once a week and now I am only going every two weeks, so on the  non therapy weeks I still leave the house at 5:15, but I just take a self help book and go to a coffee shop or Panera.  It’s like therapy, and it gets me out of the house, and I get time to read my self helpy hoo ha, but it’s free! Ish.  Also recommend.

21.  Claire of the Sea Light

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Intellectually I can recognize that this book was really beautifully written, but unfortunately it was also really boring.

22.  One Tiny Lie

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As smutty books go, this one was better than average.  Oh, I’m sorry, I think I’m supposed to be calling this genre “new adult” now. Klassy.

23.  The Summer I Found You

the summer I Found you

I think it’s important to note that at no point do any events in this book take place in the summer.  There are no scenes set in summer, no one is named summer, there’s no themes having to do with summer.  Literally no summer whatsoever. Also the main characters name is spelled at least two different ways throughout the book, possibly three.  I guess “The Spring I Found You” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but come on, man.  Slap an umbrella on that cover and spell check your characters name.

24.  Panic

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I REALLY liked Before I Fall, although I didn’t care for the whole Delirium/Pandemonium/Harmonium/Condominium series.  Panic was good though.  It was pretty YA and awfully predictable BUT I still enjoyed it.  It was my favorite book of the monthium.

Also, apropos of nothing, Erik pointed out that this cover looks like an attempt at a hip redesign of boxed hair dye, and now I can’t unsee it.

25. I Feel Bad About My Neck

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Nora Ephron is my spirit animal, and this book 1. Made me laugh 2. Made me watch When Harry Met Sally for the billionth time and 3. cost me approximately twelve thousand dollars in face cream.

26. Ten Tiny Breaths

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This comes before Smutty Book Number 22 in the series, but this one was not as good, imho.  That or I grew tired of the Tried and True Smutty Book Formula by the time I read it, because apparently you can only read so much of “she’s a virgin or basically a virgin because that one time she did do it, it wasn’t that good and also kind of an accident, but then she meets a bad boy but he’s not actually bad just SUPER hot and rides a motorcycle and then there’s some kind of super stupid misunderstanding about how one of them did something that no person on earth would ever actually be mad at someone for doing like being in the car when his drunk sister drove and then they take 200 pages to work out what a stupid reason that is not to make out with each other.”  I like to read about girls kissing boys but I grow weary of these shenanigans.

27.  Best Kind of Broken

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See “Tired of Smutty Book Formula”. Sorry, New Adult.  Except it’s actually completely The Same Old Adult.