Wednesday, October 1, 2014

a few of my favorite things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens are great and all if you're Maria, but they're not a few of my favorite things. If we want to get technical, my version of the song would replace those lyrics with "touches of leopard and baseball style tees, feminine details and neutrals, yes please!" Now these are a few of my favorite things. 

Top: The Limited | exact
Necklace: The Limited | option, option
Skirt: The Limited | option, option
Flats: Christian Siriano via Payless | option

I know it's hard to tell in these photos (sorry-- I took them too late into the evening) but the sleeves are a dusty blush/pale pink (see a good quality photo here). I'm wearing pink in support of Amy's Blogging for Breast Cancer Awareness (BBCA).

(Also linking up with Because Shanna Said So and The Pleated Poppy)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

fallification: blue dress

Even though it's still warm enough to be able to wear this dress on its own, I thought I'd take a stab at fallifying it. I picked a cardigan and scarf, and voila: the fallification of my blue dress.

Dress: J. Crew Factory | very similar, similar
Cardigan: Merona via Target | almost exact
Scarf: The Limited | option, option
Heels: Apt. 9 via Kohl's | exact

Monday, September 29, 2014

September Budget

1. The Limited lace front sweater: originally $60, on promotion $19
2. Forever 21 classic woven joggers: $23
3. Apt. 9 Two-Piece heels: originally $60, on sale $40 - coupons & store credit = $5
4. Forever 21 woven fringe scarf: $5

= $52

I haven't yet worn the lace sweater but I'm going to make myself do it this week or return it. It's just so pretty that I don't want to ruin it! I've been on the fence about joggers for the past year, but in the past month or two I've been on the hunt for a pair that would work for me, and I finally found that pair! I mentioned in August that these heels would probably make September's budget, and when they went on sale and I had coupons, it happened. The scarf was actually on my wishlist, so I feel fine with that. Plus, it was only $5. (I had store credit to burn at Forever 21, but I've included the prices in my budget since the store credit came from a previous item I had returned that wasn't included in previous month's budget.)

And then there may be some things waiting for me to make a decision on... 

Mossimo wedges: originally $35 - $10 store credit = $25
Chinese Laundry suede wedge: originally $40 - $5 reward = $35
BCBG suede pump: originally $60 - $10 reward = $50
J. Crew Factory jeans: originally $80, on promotion for $28
The Limited gingham shirt: originally $50, on promotion for $16

Of the few pairs of booties I've had my eye on (1, 2, 3), these seem like the best option. I'd like to think they will work through fall and even into winter with skirts and tights. I'm probably going to pass on the navy wedges. Even though I have had navy wedges on my list for more than a year, they're more than I want to spend for navy wedges. I love the fuchsia heels, but again, the price is steep. The jeans are a great deal, and they fit well (most of the time) but they need to be hemmed. And who knows how much that will run. The shirt is such a perfect fit, and I love gingham, but do I really need another shirt? If I were to keep 4 of 5 of these things, I'd run up an entire month's budget. I was also hoping to get a replacement pair of cognac boots, a chunky sweater cardigan, and a berry puff vest this winter, but with two more shopping months, it's clear to see I'm not going to get everything I want. (wahn wahn)

Any advice? How'd you do this month?

[Linking up with Fran for Budgeting Bloggers]

Saturday, September 27, 2014

lucky five

They say fifth time's a charm... right? Because this is the fifth time I've worn my open knit top on the blog, and it's also my favorite way I've worn it. I don't know if it's the orange and navy, or the "I'm here to watch y'all peer edit your papers" attitude I wore with it, but it worked. Have a great weekend!

Top: The Limited (gift) | option
Skirt: The Limited | similar, option
Flats: Steve Madden via DSW | exact

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pinspired: gingham + navy

Some mornings I wake up and say, "Pinterest, inspire me." I was lead to this outfit. One of my colleagues told me my outfit looked very well-crafted. I didn't tell him that it was all thanks to Pinterest. So instead, I'm telling you, and hoping that that counts for something.

Also, it's the last day of Skirt Week (co-hosted by Andi and Inge) so be sure to join the fun (and the link up party), and to see how everyone has been wearing their skirts this week! 

Gingham Shirt: Old Navy | similarsplurge
Belt: Old Navy | exact
Skirt (c/o Mom): Tommy Hilfiger | option
Wedges: via Payless | option
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