1. Floral heels via DSW: $15
2. Joe Fresh shirt via Plato's Closet: $4
3. J. Crew blouse (NWT) via ThredUp: $18
4. Forever 21 cardigan via Plato's Closet: $2
5. Old Navy shorts: $5
6. The Limited blouse: $18
7. LOFT utility blouse: $21
(#1) I had a birthday coupon to spend at DSW and originally got these flats, but they were just too bright, so I exchanged them for these floral heels instead. I really do like them, but I'm trying to get away from buying things that I will (realistically) only wear for work. Possible return.
(#2 & #4) I had a coupon for Plato's Closet and of all the things I tried on, couldn't walk away from the flannel shirt and striped cardigan. A print cardigan has been on my wishlist for this year, so it's a triple win: thrifted, great deal, wishlist item.
(#3) I sent some stuff off to ThredUp last month, made some money, and placed an order. This is the one piece I decided to keep. (Post about the order forthcoming.) I really do love it, and am especially looking forward to throwing it on with a pair of black pants for teaching (once the weather settles). (FYI: You can get $20 shopping credit just for signing up!)
(#5) Recent and gradual weight gain over the years means that I need to replace some of my basics, including white shorts. After the success I've had with Old Navy's soft shorts, I've come to realize I need to only buy shorts with roomy legs. I'm happy to have a pair of white shorts that fit.
(#6) After an incredibly rough session of summer teaching, I felt I deserved a treat. So with a birthday coupon in hand, I went to The Limited and bought some great items (this red skirt, this pendant necklace, this sleeveless top, and the pink blouse). Go figure a few days later, I had buyer's remorse and/or realized I didn't love them enough to justify keeping them. Realistically, I should return the pink blouse. It's so pretty and such a great length, but I haven't been excited to wear it. Return?
(#7) Wishlist item found! I've wanted a soft white blouse for well over a year, but have never found the perfect one. (Specifically I wanted one that buttoned up all the way, was long enough, not too sheer, and was affordable.) Enter LOFT's utility blouse. I highly recommend it and would buy another if I ever needed one.
All in all, I'm satisfied with this month's purchases. Of seven items, three were thrifted and two were from my wishlist. I'm going to try to limit shopping in September, but I know I'll want and need another pair of black stretchy work pants. I ordered these from J. Crew and am incredibly impressed with the quality and fit, but if they stretch out any more, then they will be too big. So do I take the chance, or do I go with Limited's Exact Stretch (which I know to be a solid choice)?