Friday, July 3, 2015

double stripes

I'm not one for print mixing, but there was something about the stripes on stripes combination that drew me in and made this outfit a thing. Or maybe I was just so eager to wear my new tee that I didn't even care what I paired it with. I actually bought it online for $20 because I liked it that much. When I went to the store to return other items that didn't work, this tee was on clearance for $15. With a 60% off clearance items discount and my student discount on top, it came out to $5. I was tempted to buy a few, but instead bought the necklace (for $10). I feel like there should be a name for two great deals in one go. Suggestions?



Necklace: J. Crew Factory
Tee: J. Crew Factory | exact*
*take 20% and get free shipping today w/code HOTSALE
Skirt: The Limited | option

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Budget Rewind: June 2013


Good:

  • SO via Kohl's white tee: $5 - I have a bad habit of buying a white tee about every other year. But for $5, I'm okay with that.
  • Gap coral tee: $5 - I forgot I only spent $5 on this tee. I can't say how many times I've worn it, but it's a lot. 
  • Old Navy tank: $5 - I honestly hate spending more than $3 on a tank, but this one has gotten a lot of wear, mostly layered. (I highly recommend Old Navy's perfect tanks. They really are perfect.)

Medium:

  • SO via Kohl's sailboat tank: $6 - I honestly bought this because I saw it on another blogger. It wasn't the smartest purchase in the world, but it's great for those miserably hot summer days.
  • The Limited ikat scarf: $13.50 - I really liked this scarf for a long time, but lately it seems to sit funnier than it ever did before. I still like it, though, and will try to make this work soon!


Yay! Another month with no bad purchases! It must be that I tend to shop less in June, knowing my birthday is the following month. (Excluding this year when I called everything "an early birthday present".)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Budget Rewind: June 2014



Good:
  • Old Navy skirt: $17 - While I didn't get as good of a deal on this skirt as I did on my first striped skirt from Old Navy, I'm on the way to getting my money's worth. At first I was reluctant about spending almost twice as much on this one as my first one, but I haven't thought twice about it. (If you don't have a skirt like this, I strongly recommend that you get one!)

Medium:
  • J. Crew Factory sweater: $22.50 - While it hasn't gotten much wear, this sweater is my favorite color, and has been part of some of my favorite outfits of 2014. I really wish I lived in a climate where I could wear this more often during the summer. 
  • J. Crew Factory sweatshirt tee: $17 - What started out as an impulse purchase has turned out to be a good piece for when I want to mix things up. I'm still on a mission to find new ways to wear it, so if you have any suggestions, throw them my way! 

Hooray! A month with no bad purchases! Hopefully there will be more no bad purchase rewinds in the future.

Monday, June 29, 2015

June Budget



1) R2D2 tank: $16 - It's R2D2. Apart from the Ewoks, R2's my favorite Star Wars character. [EDIT: RETURNED]
2) JCF striped photo teeoriginally $42.50, on super clearance $5 - I was ready to spend $20 on this tee (and I did in an online order). When I went to return a bunch of other stuff, I found this one for $15 - 60% - 15% student discount. For $5 I was tempted to buy a bunch more (you wouldn't believe how huge the stack of tees was!).
3) JCF endless summer teeoriginally $39.50, on clearance $15 - I almost bought this tee from J. Crew last year, but it was final sale and I wasn't ready to spend almost $30 on it (including shipping). When I saw it on J. Crew Factory's website, I bought it right away.
4) Joe Fresh x JCP linen tee: originally $29, w/coupon $15 - I'm on the fence about this one. I love the idea of it, but it feels meh in person. Maybe pairing it with a pop of color would do the trick?
5) Pikachu teeoriginally $20, on clearance w/coupon $2 - I have wanted a Pikachu t-shirt for years. I can't tell you how many times I almost bought one from Hot Topic, but the $25 price tag dissuaded me time and time again. When JCPenney sent me a $10 mailer (and I couldn't find anything else in store that piqued my interest), this tee was mine.
6) JCF teddie sweateroriginally $64.50, on clearance $19 - Impulse purchase, not gonna lie. I'll make it work... though I may have to wait until September for it to cool down enough first.
7) JCF eyelet sweatshirtoriginally $79.50, on clearance $24 - Another impulse purchase. At least I'm honest, right? It'll be easy enough to wear with jeans or a skirt.
8) The Limited shirtdressoriginally $80, on clearance w/gift card $16 - Summer employment in a hot climate means lightweight clothes. This shirtdress fits the bill for comfort, staying cool, and looking work appropriate. I'm just not sure whether I need another dress that will inevitably get neglected in the fall and winter months. 
9) Target floral print scarf: originally $15, on clearance $5 - I had my eye on this scarf and was just waiting for the day that it would get down to a reasonable price. In the mean time, I saw this alternative from Target on clearance for $8 and waited for it to get down to $5.
10) Target tribal print scarf: originally $15, on clearance $5 - When I found the above scarf, I was tempted by a bunch of other $5 scarves. I couldn't resist this one.
11) Target embellished sandalsoriginally $23, on sale w/coupon code $17- I probably don't need another pair of Target sandals, but the few pairs I have from years ago are on their way out. These will get plenty of wear, so I'm fine with the purchase.
12) JCF amelia flats: originally $98, on clearance $35 - I'm not sure whether I'll be keeping these or not, just because I'm not sure how much wear I'll get from them. If you have any ideas on how to style them, send those ideas my way!
13) JCF oxford shortsoriginally $44.50, on clearance $13 - My mom bought these same shorts for me in yellow last year. I love them, and they work better for my body now than Old Navy's twill shorts.
14) JCF geometric jacquard skirt: originally $88, on clearance $26 - I was really tempted to buy this when I first saw it, but couldn't justify spending almost $100 on a skirt. By the time it dropped (to $60), it was final sale. I gambled on this one since it was final sale when I bought it online, but I can see myself wearing it enough in the future. (A little hemming might be necessary.)
15) JCF jersey maxi skirt: originally $69.50, on clearance $21 - I've wanted to add another maxi skirt to my collection for a long time, and I see myself more likely to wear this one than any bold color instead. The only downside is its length. I guess when the description says "falls to floor", it really means "falls to ankles".
(not pictured) JCF dragonfly necklace: originally $57, on super clearance $10 - I wanted both this necklace (see it here) and this one (in coral), but I decided on the former because I saw myself wearing it year-round.

= $228


Obviously I went overboard this month. I got some early birthday cash, and I honestly just wanted to give my closet a face lift. I'll write more about that in the future.

I also blame this month's budget on J. Crew Factory's sales. I placed a huge order earlier in the month, and believe it or not, I've already returned a lot of things from that order, including these floral flats, these canvas flats, this tweed skirt, and this square scarf. (The floral flats were too big, and the canvas flats were just meh. The tweed skirt had too much glitter/shimmer in it. I had high hopes for the square scarf, but when it arrived, it was navy. I thought it was black. I already have a navy scarf, so I passed. (Part of me is still hoping that this scarf will go on super clearance some day.))

I'm still on the fence about this pencil skirt. I love the colors of this one, but I already have two striped skirts. Do I really need another one? And will I get as much wear from it as I do from the other two? The same goes with this scarf. Do I really need another scarf? 

Hopefully school will keep me busy next month so I won't do as much damage. How did you do this month? 

[Linking up with Fran for Budgeting Bloggers]

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Budget Rewind: May 2013



Good:
  • Old Navy striped skirt: $9 - One of my best purchases ever. Cost-per-wear under $1. Enough said.
  • Target glitter sandals: $10 - Another item with a cost-per-wear under $1. They've been a go-to sandal during the summer months. I may have to retire them soon, but I may get another pair from Target this summer before they're no longer in stock.
  • H&M black maxi skirt: $18 - I remember hesitating about spending $18 on a maxi skirt. While only featured 7 times on the blog, it's gotten a lot of wear off the blog (airports, traveling, running errands in the summer). I may have to replace this one in the future as it's starting to fade. Long story short: another great purchase.
  • Sophie Theallet for The Limited handbag: $11 - After missing out on a really popular purse from Target, I wanted to find something similar. I waited and waited until this bag went on super clearance, and scored it for $11. It has easily been used more than 11 times.

Medium:
  • The Limited oatmeal blazer: $36 - When I bought this blazer, it fit like a glove. Now I think it's slightly too short and too tight (despite the ponte knit stretch). I don't love the 3/4 sleeves, but I don't hate them either. In hindsight, I probably shouldn't have bought it. But that might be coming from a person who used to love blazers and now is just meh about them.

Bad:
  • The Limited hi-lo dress: $45 - I had a hard time deciding whether this was a medium purchase or a bad one. Based on feeling: medium. Based on times worn: bad. I loved the way I felt in this dress when I bought it, and I still have that feeling when I wear it, but I don't wear it that much. I feel like it's too nice to be worn on non-special occasions, which means that it gets worn once or twice a year. (And yes, I realize I am completely avoiding talking about the hi-lo trend.)

This was another month where I make some big ticket purchases that I end up regretting. I'm not sure if I'm just being critical, or if I'm trying to learn a lesson here. On the other hand, my good purchases this month are actually great purchases-- they're all things I would buy again if I had to do this month over again. That's a great feeling, and I'm hoping to replicate it for the upcoming June 2015 budget report.

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