Buying clothes on a budget

Buying clothes on a budget 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Sweater – Lilly Pulitzer // Jeans – Old Navy // Clutch – DaisyFayeDesigns c/o // Ballet flats – Metallic Gold Tieks // Watch – Wristology c/o // Bracelet – Etsy // Sunnies – 7 For All Mankind (similar here)
7 months ago I made a decision to make a huge change in my life.
I decided to quit my job.
I decided to quit my job as a secretary at a local middle school to be a stay at home mom and work for my cousin on the side to help bring in a little income.  Fast forward to now, I am absolutely IN LOVE with my job and have brought on two more clients, whom I truly adore with all my heart! 
Now that I am home full time I have learned to watch my money very closely.  I was never one to save money and would pretty much blow most of it on things I didn’t need, and owning a fashion blog definitely didn’t help the old bank account.  After sitting down and having MANY heart-to-heart talks with my husband about our future, our kids future, and our lives in general we decided that we really couldn’t wait any longer to start saving money, and saving hard.  My sweet husband has always been so incredibly smart with our money and I am so very thankful that he’s always been the opposite of me. Even in just half a year I’ve done enough saving that I just sent in my last car payment, a FULL YEAR early! I couldn’t have been prouder than when I dropped that letter in the mailbox.
Saving is hard, especially with three kids who are involved in a lot of stuff, and growing like weeds.  I’ve been very mindful of all my purchases and try to save any way I can.  While in TJMaxx last week I fell in love with a pink Ralph Lauren cable knit sweater and knew it would be perfect to match a lot in my wardrobe, but it was $29.99.  Did I really need to spend $30 on a sweater that I REALLY didn’t need? I’ve been so busy with everything lately that I’ve really let Shaw Avenue fall by the wayside so I really couldn’t justify that as a good reason to buy it.  And I know what you’re thinking, it’s just $30, but that could go toward a tank of gas or new ballet shoes. Not a sweater.
I didn’t get it……..but I went back a few days later to get it…but I still.couldn’  We’ve been doing so good and even though I really wanted it, there were more important things to buy.
A few days later while I was cleaning my closet and was straightening the sweater shelf when it hit me, I need to look on eBay for a pink sweater.  When on eBay I always head straight to looking at Lilly Pulitzer stuff, because it’s my favorite.  Not even a minute into my search was this beautiful coral sweater. I am a very careful buyer and make sure I know it’s a great purchase before I buy.  I looked over every photo, no wear and tear, no pilling, no fading, and it looked pretty darn perfect.
Y’all, I got it for $3 + $4 shipping.
Just $7 for this beautiful sweater that is just as gorgeous as the $30 RL one.
I am so so thankful for eBay and the wonderful people who I’ve been able to buy from.  I’ve had just a tiny few not-so-good purchases, but the rest have by far made up for those.
Are you a lover of eBay?  What great deals have you scored?
If you haven’t ever bought from eBay and find it a little intimidating, I’m always here to help!  Just email or message me!  I’ll be more than happy to help you.

Snow days + monograms

Snow days + monograms 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
Being the weather geek that I am, when I saw a snowflake icon pop up on my weather app earlier this week I was GLUED to my tv to see if we were going to get a snow day or two.  Coming from working in the school system, we take those little icons VERY seriously.  Our local weatherman, whom I LOVE, was not mentioning it but The Weather Channel was giving us hope. Even yesterday morning our local news was really brushing it off, saying it would stay in Georgia and wouldn’t be a problem in Tennessee.  My son spent all morning saying, “We’re going to get out!  We’re going to get out!”.  I was still very skeptical and told him to forget about it because it wasn’t going to happen!  My youngest child had a field trip and I was on my way to meet her class for lunch when the text came over…
Of course I was at the bare minimum in the pantry so I ran to Publix, bought all the junk food, and ran to get kiddos.
Not only were we going to get to play in snow and eat hot chocolate but a beautiful box of goodies from Shari’s Berries was on the front porch when we got home!
Let’s just say the kiddos (and the Hotness) were in heaven!
Thanks to Shari’s Berries for sponsoring this post!

Outfit diets:
Vest –  Amy Anne Apparel c/o // Sweater – JCrew (similar here) // Chambray top – JCrew (similar here) // Jeans – Levi’s 710 super skinny // Boots – Frye “Melissa” // Necklace – Marleylilly c/o

Shop small business and make a huge difference!

Shop small business and make a huge difference! 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Thank you PayPal for sponsoring this post. Shop small merchants with PayPal to make your holiday shopping a breeze.

 Hello Love!
It’s really hard to believe that this little blog has been around almost 3 years already.  Have I ever told you that before I started this I was a small business owner?  I don’t think I’ve really ever talked about it but I owned a little gift shop in my hometown.  Retail has always been in my blood and I knew that I was going to make a career out of it.  My lifelong goal was to be the owner of a Hallmark store and my parents actually own one now!  Unfortunately, it’s a 45 minute drive from my house so that’s why I don’t work there now. I owned my little shop for almost 8 years and it’s pretty much where my babies grew up!  My son was about 8 months old when we opened, I got pregnant with our middle a month after that, and the little came a few years later. It was a wonderful little shop but was just too hard to run and manage all that our little family needed, so I sold it in early 2015.

 Owning a small business isn’t for the faint of heart. Whether it’s clothing, food, or even running a blogging business, you’re in it to win it and it isn’t always a walk in the park.  It takes a lot of time, patience, and money to keep it afloat so that’s why I have a H U G E heart for my fellow entrepreneurs. Whenever I’m buying new things or reaching out to companies to promote here at Shaw Avenue, you’ve probably noticed that most are shops just like this! Choosing to shop at a small/local business gives you more options to buy for your loved ones this time of year and is so so great for supporting your local community.
When finding content to post here on the blog, I’m always searching for great, unique items at great prices that anyone can shop.  It’s not easy to get out and shop with three kiddos so being able to shop from home is also a huge plus.  One online company that I LOVE is Pink Blush! I had found out about them through another blogger’s website but I had assumed it was just a maternity website. I’m so glad I checked it out anyways because they have the cutest stuff! I first found the little gray sweater shown in the pictures below but when I stumbled upon the light pink booties the clouds parted and the Angels sang!  Aren’t they AMAZING?!  I cannot get enough of them.

My favorite part of the whole process?
They take PayPal.

I’ve been to many a site to buy things and have left after realizing they don’t take PayPal as a form of payment. I know that I can make secure purchases when I see that yellow PayPal clicker in the checkout page.  Are you the same way?  Not only can you make secure purchases but did you know that PayPal offers Return Shipping On Us (up to $30 in return shipping costs per order and 12 orders per calendar year), offers digital gift cards, and, my favorite, offers One Touch, where you can pay for your items without having to enter credit card or billing information.  I can purchase all my favorite things at a click of a button!

Shirt – Pink Blush // Jeans – Levi’s // Booties – Pink Blush // Purse – Rebecca Minkoff // Scarf – Daisy Faye Designs

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Favorite Chambray Dress

Favorite Chambray Dress 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
I love nothing more than a denim dress.  They’re so versatile and I love that I can wear them with anything in my closet.  You can add tights or a sweater to give it different looks and they look good with all shoes, from dressing it up with heels or wedges to dressing them down with a cute pair of sneakers or converse.  
When my girls at Rysa Ruth Designs asked to team up with me again you know I was game!  I have two other dresses, a seersucker and a black & white dress, and no one makes dresses like Wanda & Rysa! They’re perfection!
Dress – RysaRuthDesigns c/o // Boots – Frye Melissa // Handbag – Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 // Raincoat – Charles River Apparel c/o // Watch – JORD c/o

Donuts + Pink Walls

Donuts + Pink Walls 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
This week is bittersweet because my babies go back to school on Friday.
Wait, what?! School’s back in session already?  YES!  I cannot believe this summer is already gone.  I feel like these last few weeks have been so busy that it’s just slipped by us.  We’ve had football practice almost every morning from 7-9 am, swim lessons, baseball lessons, baseball tryouts, dance…it’s been pretty jammed packed!
While the Bubs was at football practice one morning, the girls and I ventured to our local Dunkin’ Donuts to grab some of our favorite donuts and lots of coffee for the Momma.  During our drive back we found this awesome pink wall on our Baskin Robbins!  We had to pull over and snap a few photos because you have to take photos in front of a pink wall, amiright?!
I wanted to share a little with you about a new company I recently discovered called Agnes & Dora.  I’m all about clothes that are easy to wear, not so trendy to where you only get one season out of them, and are at a price point that anyone can afford them.  The company was started by a mom out of her garage and I love to hear stories of small businesses that start like that!  I was contacted by local team, Agnes & Dora by Flucy & Lucy and we teamed up to show you my favorite piece from their collection, the frill sleeve top! The fabric is so incredibly soft and I love how versatile this piece is!  I can’t wait till cooler weather when I can pair it with my favorite jeans and olive army vest! Be sure to check them out and shop their dresses, leggings, tops, skirts, and cover-ups!
Shirt – Agnes & Dora by Flucy & Lucy c/o //  Pants – JCrew // Shoes – Gizze Handmade c/o // Scarf – Daisy Faye Designs c/o // Watch – JORD watches c/o

Tips from a shoe addict

Tips from a shoe addict 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
Did you know that if you wear a size 7 in women’s shoes, you can wear a 5 in girls? 
I know, RIGHT?!
I scored these adorable Cat & Jack sandals for only $5.98 the other day at Target in the clearance section!  Our clearance sections are always a hit or miss, especially in the kids department.  My girls LOVE Target shoes but we always have a hard time finding them in their sizes.  I didn’t even think to try a 5 on myself to see if they fit!  They usually have very cute colors and styles for girls so I’m glad I can take full advantage of it now!  They had a lot in size 5 to choose from too!  
So 7 women = 5 girls
6 women = 4 girls
5 women = 3 girls
Let me know if you’ll be able to use this awesome tip and if you score any great deals yourself!

Shirt – Velvet Heart (similar here) // Jeans  – KanCan // Shoes – Cat & Jack (Target) // Sunnies – RayBan (similar here) // Tumbler – SWIG c/o

all about that modest swimwear

all about that modest swimwear 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
Before I had kids, I wouldn’t have dreamed of ever wearing a one-piece bathing suit. 
Nope. Yuck. Eww. 
My, how times have changed. 😂
My insecurities win every summer as I try to find the perfect suit to cover up all the parts of myself that I hate; the extra fluff around my waist, the fact that I have a terribly flat chest, all those things that most women struggle with this time of year.  
This year, I decided that I just don’t care…somewhat.

First up is this amazing bikini & swim romper set from Doliray Swimwear c/o.

My sweet IG friend, Karli over at everyday_ellis (whom I love because she’s all about modesty), posted about an amazing swim set and I knew I had to have one.  I’ve worn this set a lot and have received more compliments on it than any other swimsuit I’ve ever had.
Romper // Bikini bra top // High-waisted bottom

The second awesome suit I got was this awesome two-piece from Beverly Swim c/o.
It’s the perfect match for comfort and cute!  I love that there’s a little bit of skin in the middle but it keeps that muffin top in check. 😉✅ There’s a lot of great padding in the top to help us flat-chested girls look like we got a little sumthin’ sumthin’ up there!
She had so many great suits that it was hard to choose one.  I fell in love with this geometric floral print but these are some of my other favorites!
Last but not least is my good ol’ one-piece.
I found this LaBlanca number at TJMaxx and it’s pretty much perfect.  Paired here with my LuLaRoe Bianka from my dear friend Lisa Rossiter, it’s perfect for walking the shore collecting seashells.
Suit – LaBlanca // Kimono – LuLaRoe from Lisa Rossiter // Sunnies – Leather & Wood Co. c/o

For the love of summer

For the love of summer 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!!
The school year is finally coming to a close.  
It’s been a long and stressful year and I’m ready for summer break to be here and stay. We’re just a few weeks away from our Florida vacation and I’ve already started packing my suitcase (full of Lilly, of course).
Y’all know my love for LuLaRoe and this beautiful Carly was a piece I received free for hosting a party a few weeks ago.  The weathered teal is absolutely beautiful and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen it quite a few times already.  Have you tried a Carly?  I love the flowy comfy feel of this dress and I have it in 4 colors.
Let’s talk about this bag for a second.  Cross body bags  When juggling three kids hands, I ain’t got time to juggle a purse on my arm or shoulder.  When my dear friend Kim at DaisyFayeDesigns created this Rifle Paper crossbody, I knew I had to have it.   It is super soft and has multiple pockets.  It’s so lightweight, you won’t even realize you’re wearing it.
Do you have plans for summer?  I’d love to know what you’ve got planned!
I’m going to try to squeeze a trip out to LA to see Angela Lanter too!

Dress – LuLaRoe // Sandals – Birkenstocks // Watch – Jord // Purse – DaisyFayeDesigns // Necklace – Boutique //Bracelets – Boutique // Sunnies – RayBan

How to style a LuLaRoe Carly

How to style a LuLaRoe Carly 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
I hope you aren’t getting tired of my LuLaRoe posts because they aren’t stopping any time soon. 😁
You’ve seen me post the Carly dress a few times, here and here, and it’s definitely my favorite LLR style. The versatility of this dress is really it’s greatest feature.  I love how it can be worn straight down or tied in various ways.  I found many different tutorials on Pinterest that showed me how to style it and it gives it such personality!
This lovely dress is my newest purchase and I could’t wait any longer to wear it.  This awful cold snap has been a big huge bummer for our Spring Break so I broke out my favorite long sweater and blue jeans and went to town!  I absolutely LOVE how this look came together!

Dress // LuLaRoe Carly
Sweater // TJ Maxx (similar here and here)
Jeggings // Gap
Ballet Flats // Matte Black Tieks
Purse // Louis Vuitton Speedy 25


Terriers + Gingham

Terriers + Gingham 150 150 Jenn Pennell

Hello Love!
I found this AMAZING sweater this weekend at Belk in their Crown & Ivy section.  I fell in love with almost EVERYTHING in there. This adorable Boston Terrier sweater was $32 & 1/2 off!  I couldn’t resist.  I need all the pieces!  I could seriously wear them everyday!
Find this sweater and many other cuties here!
Here’s the outfit deets:
Button down //  J. Crew
Sweater // Crown & Ivy (similar here)
Pants // Gap
Ballet flats // Matte black Tieks
Necklace // Judson & Co. (similar here)
Clutch // OohBabyDesigns