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The BSC and a Giveaway

When Kristen shared her list of 10 Books that Changed Her Life, I was surprised to see that one of  my childhood/tween favorites made her list: The Baby-Sitters Club series. It sounds serious to call them life changing, but her reasoning was valid: it was the first series that really got her to fall in love with books. My experience with the BSC series was similar, and after her post, nostalgia ensued and a collaboration idea was born as we exchanged memories.

Kristen and I each took this quiz to find out which BSC member best represents us. When I read the books, I always felt like I was a Dawn-Stacey hybrid. According to my test results, I'm 40% Dawn Schafer, and we do have a few things in common like hair color, a California-connection, and we're both Aquarians. So why not see if I can create some Dawn Schafer-inspired outfits?

First up, I attempted Dawn's denim on denim from book #5. Personally, I think chambray paired with black is a little more foolproof, so I went that route. I also switched out Dawn's socks and loafers (because I do have some self respect) for my black Converse, and voila, meet Dawn Schafer 2015:
Chambray Shirt: J Crew Factory / Black Jeans: Express (Similar) / Converse: Nordstrom

I think I stopped reading the BSC series somewhere between book 25-30, so I haven't read this next book to know for sure, but I'm guessing Dawn's jacket in this picture belongs to her "older" boyfriend. Well, lucky for her it put her fashionably ahead of her time since varsity jackets are enjoying a moment now.
Jacket: Express (Similar) Tee: Old Navy / Jeans: Nordstrom / Converse: Nordstrom

When Kristen took the quiz, she found out she was most like Mary Anne Spier. Obviously these results are 100% accurate from a fashion perspective because they both wear blue striped sweaters:

And yes, that's the Striped London Sweater Kristen's wearing. I may have persuaded her to make that purchase but...#sorrynotsorry because she loves it and it looks great on her. I love it in gray and blue even when I don't want to dress like a baby-sitter (so....always):
Striped London Sweater worn with Leggings: Express / Burgundy Booties: Old Navy / Peep Toe Booties: Forever 21 / Silver Pendant: Stella & Dot / Gold Necklace: CCO

By the way, according to my calculations the original BSC members would be turning 42 this year. wouldn't it be fun to have a "where are they now" book? On Wednesday I'll be sharing outfits for the remaining original members (Kristy, Claudia and Stacey), but I had to save some room today for one more thing...

I'm collaborating with several other bloggers to giveaway a $590 e-gift card to Nordstrom. The giveaway ends January 18, 2015 (at 11:59PM Eastern) and is open to US and Canadian residents (e-gift card value will be based on USD).

I hope you'll enter using the Rafflecopter below, and good luck!

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  1. I didn't read these books but I remember seeing them around because my sister did. I also loved the movie. very creative post.


  2. I seriously love your London sweater. I am going to check it out this week. I didn't read those books but will have to look into them for my kids. Happy Monday, Gina!

  3. haha this was such a super cute and creative post. I loved it! I don't think I ever read BSC when I was younger. I was a Calvin and Hobbes girl haha! And the Goosebumps! lol Also, AMAZING giveaway! Thanks for hosting!

  4. Wow this got me interested - have to check out the series! But I am so in love with that B&W varsity jacket (is that what it's called? lol) you're wearing Gina!


  5. What a creative and fun post! I don't remember these books but I love how you styled the characters for today! That varsity jacket is fabulous!

    Doused In Pink

  6. Wow what a flash back lol! I definitely read a few of these books growing up! I love the looks you re-created, especially the vasity style jacket one! I'm a sucker for converses <3

    Hope you had a great weekend, girl!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

  7. Loving the striped sweater and the Denim shirt! Very creative and fun post. Have a great week, Gina!
    We Shop in Heels

  8. This is great! I remember I was really into Sweet Valley High. Love the recreations. You always manage to look cool no matter who you're recreating. Have a great week, Gina! ~Cynthia

  9. LOL Omg I am totally Mary-Anne with the matching striped sweater!! I just need a cute ribbon in my hair ;)
    I think I read all the way up to book 100 and I distinctly remember the bloody covers never matched the stupid story, so I doubt Dawn even wore a varsity jacket, you know? But on the cover she did, so... yep.
    I laughed so hard my tea came out of my nose at: because I do have some self respect. LOL!!
    I love this post so much girl!

  10. Oh my gosh, this is too funny!! I adored these books when I was younger (these and anything Judy Blume)! What creativity to pull inspiration from such great memories!!! :-)
    Kellie @

  11. Holy crap- 42??! That was a time check for me! And I love how the chambray has been relevant for as long as we could dress ourselves. Except there was a good decade when I didn't wear them. Sigh. All that time lost! And now I gotta take the quiz!! Http://

  12. I love how you can find inspiration anywhere!! This is such a great series. I loved it too. Love those old navy booties. I almost bought them and then tried to remind myself that my boot collection is already out of control..

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  13. You are so awesome finding inspiration from book covers! I used to love these books.


  14. The author who started my love for reading is Judy Blume! I absolutely loved her as a child and read every book of hers I could get my hands on! I really love how you find inspiration from any and everything! It makes your post so fun to read!

  15. I never read these, and will look into getting these for my daughter, who loves to read. I was a strange girl growing up because all the books I read was by R.L Stines. When I got older though I stop reading horror books and started reading everything.

    Cute remake of these outfit. You added a nice modern twist to this outfits.

    Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

  16. What a cute post! Love the interpretations!

  17. Your posts and outfit ideas are always so fun and unique, Gina. Thanks for so much inspiration and a great giveaway. So nice seeing your pretty face on the giveaway pics, also. =)

  18. LOVE that striped top! I need that in both colors in my closet STAT! XO

    -Lisa @ Showered With Design

  19. I used to LOOOOVE the BSC books! My gosh... so many memories of staying up late reading those when I was little. Then I remember the tv show came out, but it just wasn't as good as the books of course.

    Loving that striped London sweater, I almost picked it up last week but thought it'd be too warm here in FL. Maybe I was wrong!

  20. Gina I was so EXCITED to see this post as The Baby Sitters Club has definitely made its mark in my tween/teenage years!! I remember eating up the books, as far as reading one a day at one point. Loved they progressed over the years, got boyfriends etc. :-)) What a cool post idea!! You do have the Dawn look for sure, and love how you styled the casual/sportsy outfit inspired by her. I need to find and take that test now to figure out my BSC character match. :) Have a wonderful week, XOXO, Elif

  21. I just LOVE these books growing up, they were the BOMB!! hahaha!! Great outfits, I loved the striped top! ;)
    Thanks for the Link up!

  22. Ahh I loved the BSC! (Espeically the movie where they make a Summer Camp haha!) Thanks for a great giveaway, crossing my fingers!

  23. I never read these books, but my sister did. I remember the covers. What a fun and creative post. You can find inpiration anywhere! Really, you are too good.

  24. So I've read your blog for months now, and I think I've commented maybe like once ever, if even that, because I always read from Feedly on my ipad and it's just such a pain to comment via ipad. ANYWAYS. Today I decided to read from my computer so I could actually comment and lo and behold- best post ever. I LOVED the Babysitter's Club. Seriously, I idolized these girls. I wanted to be them so bad! And I'm pretty sure I thought Dawn with the coolest. I'm taking this quiz right now... ok done. The results won't load. Lame. I'll check later, haha. This is the longest comment ever, but I just also wanted to say that even though I'm a slacker on commenting, I love your blog and I definitely get so much style inspiration from it! Thanks!

    1. Aw, well this just made my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Sorry the quiz wasn't working for you! You'll have to report back when you take it and let me know who you are!

  25. I've loved the BSC growing up! I read them and Nancy Drew religiously. This is such a fun and creative post (as usual). The varsity jacket/boyfriend inspired outfit is my favorite!

    Nicole to the Nines

  26. This seriously may be my favorite thing you've ever posted! I was obsessed with the BSC! I'm definitely a Stacy!

  27. I'm a claudia-fan all the way - can't wait to see the inspired outfits! And I never read far enough into the "older boyfriend" years either LOL! By the way - I think I've read posts imagining what the BSC girls would be up to now - it was pretty funny!

    Oh wait - found it:

    MY BLOG: ♥♥♥ Ella Pretty ♥♥♥

    1. Oh my gosh, that was too funny. I think they were spot-on about Kristy! haha. I'm a little sad with the direction they took Dawn, though!! I think she'd be opening some kind of vegan or gluten free bakery in San Francisco by now!

  28. Omgggggg, the Baby Sitter's Club! These books were MY JAM as a kid! My friends and I even started our own little BSC in our neighborhood, although we were never quite as successful as Kristy and her pals.

    Awesome idea to style Dawn-esque looks- I love the varsity jacket!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  29. I love everything about this post! Thanks for bring back my childhood! BSC were the best books!! I'm loving your varsity jacket!!

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  30. The loved the babysitters club but it has been many years since I read one of the books. Sounds like a fun quiz and I love how you recreated the looks and made them so modern and chic!


  31. There clearly is no end to your creativity- you are amazing! I LOVED the BSC and read all of those books! Who knew the fashion of today would translate to so many years ago!?!?! Love this!

  32. I hadn't heard of the babysitters club but I do remember what I used to love reading Michael Hardcastles childrens books about football. . He got me into reading at a young age. Great post, I tried the quiz but I couldn't answer all the questions :-)

  33. I also liked love the BSC books, the show, and the Movie. I love how you created those Dawn and Mary Anne inspired looks!

  34. OMG I love this post! How cute to take inspiration from these books and make them so now! Love it!


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