Back to Mom Shopping at JCPenney


I took myself “back to school” shopping and found a few things I’m pretty excited about…

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jcpenney fall style shift dress

My 4 year old and I went school shopping, (I can’t believe I have a kid in school!) and after an afternoon with his sister and g-ma and g-pa, we decided to take another trip back to JCPenney, just he and I for a little retail therapy. And with little sister gone, it made for some good bonding time. After spending the afternoon there looking for clothes for just my son, I was itching to go back to try a few things on that I saw for “mom school…” {cough}.

This amazing Liz Claiborne bag and this shift dress might have been my favorite of the haul. Such a fun match and I could wear them all the time and never tire of the fun and bright colors!

liz claiborne bag and shift dress from jcpenney I remember school shopping days with my mom growing up. It felt special to get a bag of new things and to go home and try them out a million ways. I felt like a rock star. So, I won’t lie. I had almost forgotten what that was like! I haven’t shopped for myself like this in a while, mostly because, well, two kids! I tried on that shift dress {first pictured} and thought of my mom who really wanted me to own a shift dress. I LOVED it thought it was my favorite find. Then the pleated chiffon skirt was so fun and when Boss saw it, he told me “you HAVE to get this mom, it’s so so beautiful!” And I’m not really one for arguing OR confrontation…

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And I scored a top or two in pretty fall colors that I love like the mustard one below with a pretty scalloped edge and this other mustard chiffon blouse I love here. One of my favorite things is grabbing a few bold colors for fall to mix with prints and other colors, especially when they are unexpected colors. Like a burgundy with that teal skirt above would be pretty, or an olive or burgundy print skirt with this mustard top. {The polka dots are from my line and only on instagram right now.}

JCPenney has a fall lookbook that is fun to look through because it features empowering women in fall fashion that fit their personalities. I think it’s fabulous! I am in love with the idea that JCPenney is really working toward empowering women toward their own style. Sometimes it’s hard for a mom to find the reason to have style at all. So often we think, “what’s the point, I’m not going anywhere or doing anything important.” But the truth is, I dress the way I WANT to feel, and then everything follows! Some days I simply dress up BECAUSE it has the potential to be a crappy day. And you know what? My plans change.

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So, I want to know, what do you wear when you want to have a killer, make-crap-happen kind of day?

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158 comments on Back to Mom Shopping at JCPenney

  1. Erika
    September 16, 2015 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

    Wearing black, and adding some red lipstick, is what makes me feel super confident.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Michelle
    September 16, 2015 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

    Such a great giveaway!

  3. Lindsey
    September 16, 2015 at 11:06 am (2 years ago)

    I never win anything, but I’d love to win this!!!!!!!! I need some bright pops of color for fall!

  4. Lisa S
    September 16, 2015 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

    I always feel confident in something bright and a killer pair of shoes!

  5. Carrie H
    September 16, 2015 at 11:18 am (2 years ago)

    That pleated skirt! I need it!

    Being a stay at home/work at home mom I tend to get way too comfy in yoga pants and a tank. It’s pretty amazing what I can accomplish though when I take a few minutes of self care and do a little make up and put on real clothes. I always seem to get more of my to do list tackled.

  6. ColleenMarie
    September 16, 2015 at 11:24 am (2 years ago)

    I like to wear a nice suit, with a pair of heels.

  7. Emali
    September 16, 2015 at 11:25 am (2 years ago)

    I put on something clean and a top knot and I am set!

  8. Bren
    September 16, 2015 at 11:29 am (2 years ago)

    Something new that goes with my 20 year old electric blue doc martens

  9. Jamie B
    September 16, 2015 at 11:30 am (2 years ago)

    I wear red lipstick! But a fabulous outfit would help too. Hope I win!

  10. Lisa
    September 16, 2015 at 11:33 am (2 years ago)

    I’m usually a pretty casual dresser…jeans and a tshirt are my go-to uniform. But when I wanna feel a little extra awesome, my black skinnies are always my choice…paired with a pretty top to hide my mom tummy, I’m set for the day!

  11. Alexandra
    September 16, 2015 at 11:35 am (2 years ago)

    I have to feel comfortable to feel confident and get stuff done, so usually that is my comfy jeans or yoga pants and a t shirt. I definitely need to up my style game though so I don’t look like a teenager picking my 5 year old up from Kindergarten! 😉

  12. Laura davis
    September 16, 2015 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    I love a killer pair of jeans with some amazing heels.

  13. Macey
    September 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Honestly, jeans and a top. But I love the skirts here. The polka dot is fun and looks comfy and usable for lots of occasions!

  14. Katie Thompson
    September 16, 2015 at 12:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Always always always feel more productive in one of my favorite floral tops. I am a SUCKER for floral tops, loved that first top in your video, Meg! Thanks for sharing! I always forget about JCPenney! I’m going to have to go check them out soon!
    xoxo
    -Katie

  15. Lindsee McKinnon
    September 16, 2015 at 12:42 pm (2 years ago)

    A statement necklace! Always makes me feel put together….even when I am not. (PS–I hope I win!)

  16. Landon
    September 16, 2015 at 1:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Red lipstick and a sassy graphic tee 😉

  17. Lisa
    September 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm (2 years ago)

    If I need to make stuff happen I go for workout clothes. That way I’m more motivated to move, and I’m ready for anything life (or my kid) throws at me!

  18. Amee
    September 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

    That time I commented and won….wha? :)
    I think you and all the biz you do are simply FAB!

  19. Katie
    September 16, 2015 at 1:46 pm (2 years ago)

    I loved your finds! All mom’s deserve a little spree every now and again! My go to is always a great pair of skinny jeans and a flowy top.

  20. Kim Y.
    September 16, 2015 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I throw on my skinnies and a bright top!

  21. Alicia
    September 16, 2015 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I wear colored skinny jeans and a cute top. I’m ready!

  22. Molly
    September 16, 2015 at 3:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m all about basics. Maybe too much. I always feel classy and confident in basics. Please bless I win!

  23. Tami
    September 16, 2015 at 3:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I throw on a favorite outfit and it certainly brightens my day!

  24. Kim Beaulieu
    September 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve I’m kicking butt at home then it’s fancy jammie bottoms and tanks. I work at home so I’m rarely in anything but jammies.

    When I’m out in the world kicking butt I wear my one and only pair of skinny jeans with a long sweater and killer knee high boots. Sometimes with a fedora or pageboy hat, because why the hell not, right.

  25. Bridget
    September 16, 2015 at 3:56 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the skirts!

  26. Laura
    September 16, 2015 at 4:36 pm (2 years ago)

    A stretch pencil skirt! Casual enough to get anything done and to chase kids but makes me feel a little done up. PS JcPenny is my secret weapon store! Everything I buy there lasts and I always get compliments on those item so. Such great classics.

  27. mikell
    September 16, 2015 at 5:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Combat boots and eyeliner. Gets s*** done!

  28. Holly
    September 16, 2015 at 6:14 pm (2 years ago)

    K, first of all Meg, I’m pretty sure you get prettier with age. And since you already started out as a babe…whoa momma. :)

    And I was seriously just thinking about this very thing today. I was having a slow, totally unproductive morning until I stopped to do my hair and fix my face a bit. Then, I pushed up my sleeves and rearranged all of the bedrooms until I suddenly have a room free to turn into a cute playroom! (Then, I went and gave my makeup bag a hug. Haha, JK). :)

    And thank you for a fun giveaway! Honestly, if I win this, I’m getting a babysitter and taking my husband surprise-shopping. He just went back to school to get his masters, and I want the other kids to like him! Haha, no, just kidding again. But really, going back to school after being out of that world for a time can feel a little daunting, and I’d love to get him some new clothes that give him that little extra boost of confidence we’re talkin about. I think boys feel it, too. :)

  29. Malisa Whiting
    September 16, 2015 at 7:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Goodness my wardrobe could use a new boost! I have a favorite shirt with bright hold stripes that is of a relaxes fit paired with a pair of jeans. Also if I really want to get creative I have a bright orange skirt that is perfect for the upcoming months.

  30. Brittany
    September 16, 2015 at 8:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Typically I’d put on my favorite pair of skinny jeans, and a cute blouse and cardigan, if the weather permits. But, those jeans don’t fit right now. Baby weight is not my friend right now. 😉

  31. Kim
    September 16, 2015 at 10:25 pm (2 years ago)

    I start with taking a shower! Just putting on real clothes and getting ready for the day helps me feel 10 times more capable 😀

  32. Lisa Brown
    September 17, 2015 at 4:33 am (2 years ago)

    i will wear more color, nice top, my nicest pair of jeans and heels to make me feel better.

  33. Lisa Brown
    September 17, 2015 at 4:34 am (2 years ago)

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  34. Julie Wood
    September 17, 2015 at 5:49 am (2 years ago)

    I always like to wear my gorgeous red dress with red lipstick and a killer pair of black pumps to give me a hot look!!

  35. Julie Wood
    September 17, 2015 at 5:50 am (2 years ago)

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  36. Natalie
    September 17, 2015 at 6:22 am (2 years ago)

    I love to wear tight leggings and cute ankle boots!!

  37. Katie
    September 17, 2015 at 6:44 am (2 years ago)

    I swap out my functional go-to flats with my favorite pair of canvas wedges. I’m still stable enough on my feet to chase two small children, but the extra height makes me feel like a skinny babe instead of a frumpy mommy!

  38. Elena
    September 17, 2015 at 9:15 am (2 years ago)

    I wear skinny jeans and high heels

  39. Amy C.
    September 17, 2015 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

    Dark wash skinny jeans and riding boots make me feel confident during my day!

  40. Stacey Valle
    September 17, 2015 at 10:27 am (2 years ago)

    I love fashion! The one with black shirt and a long skirt look great!! I most particularly love wearing long skirts, even though I’m 4’11. haha, I would have to wear heels or wedges with that!

  41. Lindsey Marcus
    September 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Black pencil skirt, bright top tucked in, fun sweater or blazer, and wedges!

  42. steve weber
    September 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I wear my killer pin striped suit when I want to get things done

    groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

  43. CR Williams
    September 17, 2015 at 2:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I would wear my LBD and a nice pair of shoes.

  44. Gunjan
    September 17, 2015 at 3:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I am totally in love with your concept of back to mom shopping. Mom’s need to get back on their spending spree as well. :)

  45. Will G
    September 17, 2015 at 3:15 pm (2 years ago)

    A button down shirt.

  46. Rachel
    September 17, 2015 at 6:58 pm (2 years ago)

    A pair of heels with a pencil skirt make me feel confident.

  47. mita
    September 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Skinny jeans and high heels

  48. Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    September 17, 2015 at 10:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I love all those clothes, but especially that skirt!! I totally want to go get one! I really want to go “back to school” shopping myself now. :)

  49. Ashleigh
    September 17, 2015 at 11:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Such great looks, I love them all! I think I need that bright skirt!! Thanks for sharing!

  50. Jamie | Makeup Life and Love
    September 18, 2015 at 4:20 pm (2 years ago)

    You found some AMAZING pieces. I totally need to head to JC Penney. Great colors and options. I am obsessed!!!

  51. Mami2jcn
    September 19, 2015 at 10:02 am (2 years ago)

    Some bold accessories help my confidence.

  52. Mami2jcn
    September 19, 2015 at 10:02 am (2 years ago)

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/645281831546449920

  53. Henria O.
    September 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm (2 years ago)

    A smart black dress and heels.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  54. Kelly D
    September 19, 2015 at 6:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to wear a pretty dress on a special day.

  55. Jessie C.
    September 20, 2015 at 8:37 am (2 years ago)

    I wear white tee, black straight leg jeans when I want to have a killer, make-crap-happen kind of day.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  56. Jessie C.
    September 20, 2015 at 8:38 am (2 years ago)

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  57. latanya
    September 20, 2015 at 1:09 pm (2 years ago)

    a maxi dress

  58. Madeline
    September 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I wear a cute skirt and my best jeans with my favorite boots.

  59. Laura Royal
    September 20, 2015 at 7:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I wear my favorite pencil skirt b/c it’s super flattering and makes me feel very confident!

  60. Mary
    September 20, 2015 at 9:31 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s hard to be confident in any outfit when I’m only 7 weeks post baby, but lately I’ve been loving the boho-chic look because it’s comfortable and stylish. You’ll probably see me in a lot of boho looks this fall as they hide the mama belly and are perfect for the warm AZ fall weather.

  61. Trina
    September 21, 2015 at 8:42 am (2 years ago)

    I put on a pair of heels… The higher, the better… Haha :)

  62. Shelby
    September 21, 2015 at 11:37 am (2 years ago)

    My “Jayme” skirt with some comfy shoes 😉 no problem being stylish and comfy!

  63. Deb
    September 22, 2015 at 8:09 am (2 years ago)

    Love those pics! The outfits and colors looks perfecto on you. Especially love the chiffon skirt👌🏻

  64. Amy Tong
    September 22, 2015 at 9:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I would wear my sheer blouse, flare jeans and high heels. :) One of my favorite and confident style.
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  65. Shannon K
    September 23, 2015 at 5:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I wear a great red dress and black heels! sns91981 at gmail dot com

  66. starla b
    September 23, 2015 at 10:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I am seriously loving that dress! It looks so pretty on you! I love to wear my pixi pants from J Crew when I need to get crap done! They are so comfortable, can be worn dressed up or down and I don’t have to worry about being uncomfortable! I also love throwing on a t-shirt dress and some converse! SO easy! xo

  67. Tina m
    September 26, 2015 at 5:11 pm (2 years ago)

    A nice shirt, skinny jeans and high heels!

  68. kjasus
    September 27, 2015 at 5:17 am (2 years ago)

    i wear what i normally wear: killer jeans

  69. rachel
    September 29, 2015 at 10:47 am (2 years ago)

    My knee high boots, black leggings and a slimming tunic top that makes me feel in charge!

  70. Rebecca
    September 29, 2015 at 6:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I love wearing cardigans and comfy maxi skirts with boots.

  71. Rhonda G
    September 30, 2015 at 6:54 am (2 years ago)

    I love wearing a nice skirt with a button up silk blouse when I want to make it happen!

  72. sandra
    October 1, 2015 at 10:05 am (2 years ago)

    bold colors

  73. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly
    October 1, 2015 at 9:28 pm (2 years ago)

    I am such a New Yorker, our uniform for ‘making crap happen’ everyday tends to involve all black – so either an all black pantsuit by day followed by an L.B.D. by night and then use accessories for the pop of color like the red handbag you show in this post! Thanks for the great giveaway and the chance! :-)

  74. LAMusing
    October 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I wear heels because taller makes me feel confident (but not too high so my feet won’t hurt!). With jeans, a blazer and a piece of “statement” jewelry I’m ready to go!

  75. Norma
    October 2, 2015 at 3:14 pm (2 years ago)

    All I need is a cute outfit and lipstick!

  76. heather
    October 2, 2015 at 6:13 pm (2 years ago)

    When I want to make crap happen I love to wear a trendy pair of shoes.

  77. Kristen
    October 2, 2015 at 9:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I wear a colorful dress with tights, boots, and some cute earrings.

  78. Stephanie Phelps
    October 3, 2015 at 11:04 am (2 years ago)

    I wear a pant suit with red blouse on that day when I want to make things happen.

  79. Janice Cooper
    October 4, 2015 at 8:47 am (2 years ago)

    A pair of dark skinny jeans and a fitted top with riding boots

  80. Margaret Smith
    October 4, 2015 at 4:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Usually a nice pair of pants, a nice blouse and comfy shoes. Thanks so much.

  81. Katherine
    October 7, 2015 at 3:16 pm (2 years ago)

    A classic skirt with a pop of color and a pair of heels

  82. maria cantu
    October 8, 2015 at 7:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I love sweaters.

  83. Susan Smith
    October 10, 2015 at 11:49 am (2 years ago)

    I like to wear a nice suit, with a pair of heels to feel confident.

  84. Erica Best
    October 10, 2015 at 5:26 pm (2 years ago)

    fall dress and boots

  85. Linda C.
    October 11, 2015 at 3:54 pm (2 years ago)

    A cute skirt and big earrings!

  86. Carolsue
    October 12, 2015 at 12:14 am (2 years ago)

    I would wear a classic black dress and knee high black boots with a gold watch.

  87. Denise L
    October 13, 2015 at 12:09 pm (2 years ago)

    When I want to make crap happen I wear red!

  88. Kerry
    October 13, 2015 at 4:44 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite pair of jeans and a cute and comfy sweater.

  89. ELIZABETH P
    October 13, 2015 at 4:51 pm (2 years ago)

    I wear boots! Knee high boots that are comfy but so fashionable.

  90. shelly peterson
    October 14, 2015 at 12:55 am (2 years ago)

    I rarely dress up so a cute top, jeans and boots would do it for me.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  91. Ellie Wright
    October 14, 2015 at 5:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to wear a feminine dress and a pair of kick butt boots.

  92. D Schmidt
    October 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I put on my favorite hoodie, jeans and boots.

  93. angie
    October 15, 2015 at 7:50 am (2 years ago)

    I have my go-to cargo capris and v-neck t-shirt. Super comfy and I know I look good in it!

  94. amanda sakovitz
    October 15, 2015 at 9:24 am (2 years ago)

    I wear skinny jeans, a sweater and boots

  95. Laura J
    October 15, 2015 at 9:40 am (2 years ago)

    I would resort to my all time favorite…that black dress! I would add a fall sweater or cardigan over it….always works!

  96. Tara
    October 15, 2015 at 10:24 am (2 years ago)

    I wear skinny jeans, and a flowly top! I look cute and I feel comfortable!

  97. Thomas Murphy
    October 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I wear a suit.

  98. Chelsea
    October 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Jean and heels with a cute top! :-) (that happens maybe twice a month) Thanks for the great giveaway!

  99. Natalie
    October 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I am obsessed with my LuLaRoe Cassie pencil skirts. I wear them with t-shirts and sparkly sandals for days when I need to get stuff done and still be comfy.

  100. Julie M
    October 15, 2015 at 5:43 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m a SAHM so a shower and putting on some jeans is a good way to start! Add a cute top and I could tackle anything!

  101. Jennifer
    October 15, 2015 at 7:03 pm (2 years ago)

    A comfy linen tunic and black pants!

  102. Harmoni
    October 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm (2 years ago)

    My mustard yellow skinny jeans!!

  103. Deidra
    October 15, 2015 at 8:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I feel most put together when I wear jewelry. :)

  104. Tarissa
    October 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Plaid shirt with blue jeans. It’s my awesome outfit that I can always feel comfortable and productive in.

  105. OFG
    October 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Boots! Big, tall ones!

  106. Jenna v
    October 16, 2015 at 7:39 am (2 years ago)

    I wear my cowboy boots jeans and a cute bright top.

  107. Roxy Tomkinson
    October 16, 2015 at 8:39 am (2 years ago)

    I think every mom deserves to go school shopping I love the finds you scored so super cute!

  108. Betty C
    October 16, 2015 at 10:16 am (2 years ago)

    I wear my favorite jeans that fit absolutely perfectly with my favorite top that is a perfect complement to my skin tones and add the makeup I normally don’t wear. That makes me feel like I can conquer the world.

  109. Tabathia B
    October 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I wear something tight and slinky and some heels

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  110. Kathryn C
    October 16, 2015 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

    #SweepstakesEntry – comment

    honestly- for me, its all in the right shoe. If I can wear a comfortable, stylish shoe that makes me a tad bit taller but that I can comfortably walk in, then I can create a killer outfit from that!

    KC
    kacor7@hotmail.com

  111. Gina M
    October 16, 2015 at 5:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I wear a sharp pair of black pants, a nice blouse, and a great fitting blazer.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  112. Gina M
    October 16, 2015 at 5:07 pm (2 years ago)

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