you’ll never believe where I bought these pants.

LEI skinny jeans


Billabong graphic tote

Bucco riding boots

Remember the polka-dot skinnies I made with Anne a while ago? When we went to Wally World to find cheap black jeans I could paint all over without fear or regret, we also found a display full of L.E.I. knit pants in an assortment of really great colors for — ready for it? — $13.00 a pair. They call them “jeans,” but there’s really nothing jean-like about them; they’re more of a thin stretch twill that fit like a jegging. I worried a little that the color would wash out in the first spin cycle, but they’re impressively colorfast! And super comfy. I wear them more than I ever expected I would, so my cost-per-wear is probably somewhere around a buck by now and these babies still have a lot of mileage left. Thirteen bucks well spent.

Does anyone else remember rocking L.E.I.’s through middle school? Is it weird that I felt a little nostalgic standing under the bad super-center-florescent-lighting, holding up a pair and remembering all the ways I wore my super flares back in the day? Which my mom paid way more than $13 for, as I recall. I imagine this is how kids of the 80’s felt when Walmart started selling O.P.

Sidebar: A special thanks to all you little magic healers for your great home-remedy advice on recuperating from a cold last Monday! I walked through the grocery store on Tuesday with my phone in one hand and a tissue in the other, reading through your suggestions and tossing nearly every one of them into my basket. I’m happy to report that with your help, I’m on the mend and almost back to 100%. My immune system — and my husband and staff who had deal with me through aches and pains and fever-induced mood swings — thank you!

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  1. 12.4.12

    I totally had L.E.I.s in middle school…forgot about them until now! Haha! Excellent find…Wal-Mart scares me.

    Sarah’s Real Life

  2. 12.4.12
    nchanel said:

    So going to Walmart for those!

  3. 12.4.12

    Reblogged this on DownEastChic.

  4. 12.3.12

    Wow! what a great deal on your pants!! BEautiful color too!! It is my dream to pull of colorful pants like yours… thanks for giving me the inspiration!!

    Have a great week!

  5. 12.3.12
    rhonda grimes said:

    I have a purple pair and red pair of LEI “jeans” from Walmart…and I actually wear them way more than my more exensive colord skinnies. They are SO comfortable and super affordable1 LOVE!

  6. 12.3.12

    Great color combo!! XO

  7. 12.3.12
    alyssa said:

    giiirl, i just bought two pairs of no boundaries skinnies from wal-mart last night. one in teal and one in dark purple. less than $10/pair. aside from my too-thick-for-juniors-clothes calves being sausaged into them, they’re ah-mazing. i saw the l.e.i. ones, too, but was so blinded by the no boundaries color selection that i didn’t pay much attention to them.

  8. 12.3.12
    Terri said:

    Well done! I haven’t gotten clothes from Wal-Mart in YEARS!

  9. 12.3.12
    rhiannon said:

    what a deal! i am gonna have to check out wal-mart this week!

  10. 12.3.12

    I love the outfit!!

  11. 12.3.12

    I can’t believe your pants were only $13.. that is amazing! I also love that sweater, it looks so cozy!

  12. 12.3.12

    Love those, especially paired with those boots and bag!

  13. 12.3.12
    ehug11 said:

    I love the jeans and really go well with all the items of clothing , especially the tan boots!!!

  14. 12.3.12

    Hello from a new blogger! I love your blog. And yes, I remember when L.E.I.s were THE jeans to have (and Mudd, of course.)

    I always love when I get a compliment on something I’m wearing, and I can respond with “Thanks. They’re from (totally unexpected place) and they were (a super low price.)”

  15. 12.3.12
    Madeline said:

    I got the same (or a similar) pair in plum. I luuurve them. Though I do find the rise to be a little low.

  16. 12.3.12
    cuckoo said:

    Wow!! Congratulations.