Tuesday, March 31, 2015

olive pants, finally

For over two years now, I've had olive pants on my wishlist. During this time, I've heard great things about Old Navy's Pixie pants. I was skeptical that they would work for me. When I came across this pair online, I was tempted to order a pair to try, but I had no clue what size to order, so I didn't bother. A couple of weeks ago I was in Old Navy and decided to try the pants on. I'm so glad I did because they were great. Not perfect, but great.

I'm usually in the camp that you shouldn't buy something unless it's a perfect fit, but I think there's an exception to the rule: if you've wanted that thing for a really long time and you know that you'll get a justifiable amount of wear from it. Here I am anticipating that I will get a good amount of wear from it. Only time will tell how well I can see into the future.



Scarf: The Limited | last worn
Sweater: Lou & Grey via LOFT | option
Pixie Chinos: Old Navy | exact
Flats: Steve Madden via DSW | same style

Monday, March 30, 2015

Make it Work: lavender cardigan

On Wednesday I managed to wear two neglected items by pairing them together. Today I'm showing you how I made another neglected item work - my lavender cardigan. How did I do that? By keeping it simple. I was really surprised looking back to find out I've never worn this cardigan with solid black pants. I was also pleasantly surprised by how great I felt all day in this outfit. (Note to self: keep it simple more often! Instant confidence with minimal effort.)

It's a funny thing how items can get neglected for so long. I remember loving this cardigan so much that I splurged on it, and yet, end up only reaching for it once a year. But then as soon as I put it back on, I love it again. I mean, just look at this color! So pretty and so perfect for spring! 



Cardigan: J. Crew | almost exact
Lace top: The Limited | similar
Necklace: via Groopdealz | same style
Exact Stretch Pants: The Limited | exact
Flats: Christian Siriano via Payless | option


Side note: I accidentally put this cardigan in the dryer. It came out almost half the size, but I was able to almost fully restore it with water and hair conditioner. One bucket of water + one big squeeze of hair conditioner = one almost original sized cardigan. I could have (should have?) stretched it out more while I laid it out to dry (which I did by laying a towel flat in the bathtub, and laying the cardigan on the towel). At least it's good to have this in mind just in case I accidentally shrink another merino sweater or cardigan down the road.


[linking up with Molly and Laura]

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Budget Rewind: March 2013



Good:
  • Kohl's white jeans:$17 - As mentioned in a recent post, these jeans are my best sale purchase ever. Enough said. 
  • Target denim jacket: $30 - This is one of the few full price purchases I have ever made, and I don't regret it. If and when I retire this one, I will opt for a longer style next time.
  • Kohl's glitter belts: $3? - These came in a two-pack, and I didn't keep track of how much these cost - I probably had store credit, but I remember that they were really inexpensive. I don't wear the silver one much, but the glitter one has got enough use to qualify as a good purchase. 
  • The Limited sunglasses: $12 - These have gotten so much wear over the past two years. The frame actually just cracked last week, but I had my husband hot glue them back together. So far, so good. (But this is why I can't have nice things.)
  • The Limited black elastic belt: $0? - I didn't keep track of how much I paid for it, but I think I had a rewards card that let me walk away with it for next to nothing. 

Medium:
  • Old Navy purple sweater: $9 - While it's made it to the blog 5 times, I would consider these a medium purchase because it's too short and the neckline is too open. This one might end up going to consignment next year.
  • LOFT parrot top: $18 - I saw this one on the clearance rack, immediately fell in love, and then got my heart broke when I found out it was the last one left and it was a petite. I'm not a petite. But I bought it anyway. I really shouldn't have, especially because I've only managed to wear it 4 times. But it's still such a great print! 

Bad:
  • Chinese Laundry black heels: $14 - While they were a great deal and I loved them standing in front of the mirror in the store, they are not meant for walking, and they are definitely not meant for teaching, either. I always feel like a baby giraffe when I wear them. I was going to take them to the consignment shop, but there's mud I need to clean off the soles.


It seems that with every budget rewind I do, I come up with at least one item that I'm determined to wear and make work again. This time, it's the LOFT parrot top. With the warmer weather coming it, I'm sure it won't be hard to do. (Although I'm always open to outfit suggestions!)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Budget Rewind: March 2014

I like easy rewinds. 


Good:
  • Old Navy pants: $12 - blogged 5 times, and I know I've worn them off the blog, too. I would say I have gotten my money's worth. Even if they're not my favorite pants ever, they are great to have as an alternative to jeans.

Honorable mentions:
  • J. Crew Factory white blouse: $25 - I regret returning this one. I was worried at the time that I wouldn't wear it that much, and that if I really regretted returning it, I'd be able to find something similar without much trouble. Well, one year later, I have wanted to wear a blouse like this countless times, and I haven't found anything comparable -- and not even close to this price. Lesson learned.
  • J. Crew Factory Peter Pan tee: $32 - I'm happy I returned this one. I really wanted it to work, but had I kept it, I would have been forcing it to work for me. It wasn't a good fit. I don't regret returning this one (especially at the price!). 

While it was a good month spending wise, I am still beating myself up over returning that blouse. I am, however, still hopeful that I will find something similar one day.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March Budget


1. Old Navy sleeveless top: $15
2. Old Navy Pixie chinos: on promotion, $25
3. Gap striped tee: [no longer available online] $8
4. Kate Spade crossbody handbag [EDIT: RETURNED]
5. Target crossbody handbag: on promotion $22 - $5 gift card = $17 [EDIT: RETURNED]

= $48 - $21 clothes sold = $27

Olive pants have been on my wishlist for nearly two years, so I'm beyond happy with the purchase.
- I brought the sleeveless top with me to the dressing room and I ended up loving it. While I rarely pay full price for anything, I'm okay with this one since I can see myself wearing it a lot this summer, and it's not even available online in pink to buy for a cheaper price.
- The Gap tee was a "qualify for free shipping" addition, but it was my favorite part of the order -- and the only part I kept. (The other items I returned are no longer available online.)
- I probably don't need the Target bag. I thought it was a keeper, but now I'm on the fence. Go figure.

A lot of shopping took place this month that didn't make it to the official March Budget either because those items are in the mail or because they were returned. I reported some of those purchases last week. At the time I wrote the post, I planned on keeping this chunky cardigan and this print scarf, but I've since returned them because I just didn't love them.


Items in the mail...
  • Years ago, I found the best shorts at Old Navy. A respectable inseam length, not too tight, great colors, and affordable. The only problem is that those are now uncomfortably tight on my thighs, so I ordered a few pairs (black, white, pink) in my new size.
  • I've also found that boyfriend fits are 'regular' fits for me. I generally have a problem with denim shorts suctioning to my thighs, so I'm hoping these boyfriend shorts avoid that problem.
  • While I've been wanting a white blazer to replace my safari jacket, I decided that a sleeveless blazer may make more sense given the weather. So I ordered this one and this one from Forever 21. Hey, when you have store credit and free shipping, why not?

Items returned:
  • Neither the navy heels nor the black heels I ordered worked out. The navy pair kept slipping off my feet, and I really couldn't justify one more pair of shoes I only saw myself wearing for teaching. 
  • I've had my eye on these black booties for moooonths, finally ordered them, and they dug into the front of my shins, so they went back, too. 
  • I'll be traveling a bit this summer and want some comfortable shoes for walking that are not as big and clunky as my Asics. I tried this pair of Nikes (in white), but my husband said they looked like orthopedic shoes. While he was joking, I was afraid he had a point. I'm considering trying this pair of Converse in white. I feel like they would work better under a maxi skirt than the Nikes. Plus, I can vouch for them as I used to wear them when I worked at summer camp. But I haven't ordered them yet, and I'm not sure what my hesitations are. (Is it because I really just wish I could romp around in these all day, every day?)

So... yeah.... a heavy shopping month, but somehow not that much damage done... at least not yet. How did you do this month?


[Linking up with Fran for Budgeting Bloggers]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

solid blouse + print scarf = obvious

Putting together my budget rewinds for January '13 and February '14 made me want to get more wear out of certain items such as my red silk blouse and watercolor scarf. Pairing them together just seemed obvious. But that was weeks ago, and I have since been waiting for the right weather to actually wear them. (Tell me I'm not the only one who will wait for "the right weather" to wear something??) Today it was finally cool enough to wear jeans and warm enough to wear flats. I'm not convinced that these flats were the right choice, though. Maybe these striped flats would be a better option? Or these espadrilles?? [Most reviewers said they had to size up. When I tried them on, I had to size down. What?!]



Scarf: The Limited | option*
Blouse: J. Crew | save, splurge
Jeans: LOFT | exact
Flats: J. Lo via Kohl's | option

*I almost bought it, but figured it was too similar to the one worn today



[Linking up with The Pleated Poppy]

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pinspired: stripes and a full skirt

Yasi's blog (Hello, Gorgeous!) is such a great source for outfit inspiration. Recently I was perusing her archives, and came across this outfit. Immediately I spotted that I had the pieces to recreate the outfit, and decided that today would be the perfect day for a Pinspired look. 

I didn't like the way my leopard scarf looked with my turtleneck, so I opted for this scarf instead. A friend gave it to me last year, and she recently mentioned that she needs to buy some scarves, so I offered to give this one back to her. I wanted to wear it one last time before I did. 



Turtleneck: Old Navy | exact - now $3.50!
Scarf: borrowed from a friend
Skirt: The Limited | option
Belt: The Limited | option
Flats: via Target | almost exact


Bloops!

I don't often mix patterns or prints, but I'm okay with how this turned out... excluding the placement of the scarf itself. My husband asked me while taking these pictures if I was intentionally wearing a cape. The scarf went all the way down my back. I sure hope that the scarf wasn't like this all day long.. Have you ever had any outfit bloopers?



[Linking up with Laura]

Monday, March 23, 2015

TTT: favorite sale item

When Bri announced that this month's Third Thursday Threads theme was "favorite sale item", I got really excited. I rarely pay full price for anything, which essentially means I had my entire closet to choose from. But when it came time to pick my favorite sale item, I was stuck. What is my favorite sale item, and more importantly, why is it my favorite?

It took two weeks to decide, but it finally dawned upon me when I was trying to get dressed this weekend and went to my closet to grab my white jeans, but they weren't there. I swore I just wore these out to dinner on Monday! I eventually found them in the clean-and-folded-but-needs-to-be-put-away laundry basket. 

My white jeans are my favorite sale purchase. They have Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants power. In all my weight fluctuations over the past two years, these jeans have never not fit me. What the what?! Yeah. On top of that, they go with pretty much anything and everything, and they were $17. I'm pretty sure I've gotten the cost-per-wear down to $1 by now. hashtag favorite sale item



Scarf: via Target | exact
Sweater: J. Crew Factory | last worn
White Jeans: Apt. 9 via Kohl's | almost exact
Flats: Steve Madden | exact

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Old Navy, lately

I had an hour to kill this weekend, and so I went to Old Navy and tried on half the store. Here are my favorites... two of which came home with me... and the rest which might after April 12th (Super Cash!):
This dress in white. Love love love. I just need a Tall (as discussed last month) and a deep discount. Realistically I probably won't get it because there are only a few weeks of the year where it's not too cold or too hot to wear it. But it's still hard to resist!
I nearly forgot I had these shorts on while I was in the dressing room. They are so light, they are perfect for hot summers. I was drawn to the tan pair, but I could have been convinced to buy the blue pair. The only drawback to these shorts is that I couldn't see myself wearing them with anything but a basic tank or tee. I'm not sure why that is a drawback, but it seems like it is.
While it's just a basic top, it would be ideal if I get a summer teaching gig (fingers crossed!). If I do, I'm buying this top in white (and maybe a few more colors) and wearing it with an a-line or maxi skirt every class.
This top was also available in pink in store; I tried both and had to use all my self-control to not go home with both. It's got a split back - so cute - and so perfect for summer.
Does anyone know how to get widgets to show up in the color you want to? I have never tried any of the pants from the Pixie line, but after hearing enough great words about it, I gave it a shot. The olive chinos are pretty much what I've been looking for for the past year and a half. The grey ones are tempting, too.


Honorable mentions:
dress in apple guava  //  seersucker shorts  //  soft pants  //  graphic tee

- The dress is light and comfy and makes you want to twirl in it. I think my shoulders are slightly too broad for it, but if it drops to $5, I'll make them fit.
- The shorts are a great print option, but I like the linen ones mentioned above more. (Hence the honorable mention.)
- The pants are so soft, but I can't realistically see myself wearing them anywhere but around the house and maybe running errands. (Read: a clear sign I don't need them.)
- Because I need another graphic tee. But really, if the heather oatmeal tee didn't remind me so much of a Magic Eye... 



Have you been to Old Navy? What's catching your eye? If you have Super Cash, what are you holding out for? 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

shopping, lately

I'm taking a brief hiatus from posting outfits on account of not wearing real outfits. I somehow wound up with an eye infection and have been unmotivated from doing anything in public until today. On the bright side, I've had ample time to get some grading done and mull over some recent purchases.

I love the black and white print of this scarf. I can definitely see myself pairing it with neutral colored bottoms and a colorful top, or any solid colored dress, or, dare I say, with thick stripes? But do I really need another scarf? (Please tell me the answer is always 'yes'.)

I thought I really wanted this cardigan to work. If it hadn't been so tight on my arms, I would still be thinking about it. I already returned it and am glad I did -- it's a piece I would probably regret down the road.
I tried these in black as a more dressed up alternative to the joggers I already have (here).  Mine are too casual to dress up, and I would love a more dressy pair. However, they were just too tight around the ankles. (At least the reviews were helpful; size up if you're going to try them.)
When Old Navy offered 35% off any order with two day free shipping, I immediately ordered this cardigan in black and white. I had my eye on a similar one from Target, but in a waterfall style. I felt like the waterfall style didn't work with my body type and I'd ultimately be happier with the length of the one from Old Navy. I'm on the fence, especially because it's so much more over-sized than pictured. I also probably wouldn't wear this until next fall, but at the same time, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to find one for $20 next fall either.
I found this scarf on the clearance rack. If you know me, you know I have the hardest time resisting $7 scarves. Even while I was in line to buy a pair of 50 cent boxers for my husband, I told myself I probably shouldn't buy the scarf. (Apparently one really can get buyer's remorse before actually buying.) This one is going back. I like it far less than the first one from this post.
This week, Target is taking $5 off accessory purchases of $25 or more. With an extra gift card earned from buying a lot of dog food, I managed to walk away with this handbag in red for nearly half its original price. I think I love the idea of it more than I actually love the bag itself. I've been more interested in bags and shoes lately than I have with clothes. I don't have a colorful bag like this, and I envision it being perfect April thru August.



But here's the thing. Of all the things I've bought this month, nothing compares to what I found this morning at TJ Maxx:


While it's not the handbag I foolishly passed up last week, it's what I had in mind when I bought this little one from Target. If I had to choose between all the other stuff or this bag, I'd choose this bag, with only a brief pause. I see myself trying to buy the chunky cardigan as well as the black and white scarf down the road... and maybe the red/coral handbag, too...  so shouldn't I just keep them all now since I got them at discounted rates?

What do you think? (You can see additional images of the above handbag here.) Should I return everything and keep the bag? Or would I be justified to keep the bag, the scarf, and the cardigan (and the other bag, too)?

Friday, March 13, 2015

the more you know

I'm jumping on the Ten Things You Don't Know About Me bandwagon! [Alissa, Fran, Danielle]

1) I love bears, but I'm really picky about bears on my clothing. Don't just buy me anything with a bear on it and think I'll automatically love it just because it has a bear on it.

2) One of the best gifts my parents gave me was my smile. It was a result of appliances (retainers) to fix a massive overbite, braces, rubber bands, and retainers. I rarely wore my rubber bands, and that's why I still have an overbite. I seldom wore my retainers, and that's why my bottom teeth aren't that straight anymore.

3) In fifth grade, I played the cello. I hated carrying it to and from school, so I quit and took up the violin instead. I quit the violin in eighth grade. I hated tuning because I was so afraid that the string would break and take my eye out. I also played the piano off and on for years. Piano was my favorite of all the instruments I played. 

4) I studied French from 7th grade through my freshman year of college, Latin from 9th through 12th grade, and Italian for all four years of undergrad. Serbian and English are my native tongues. 

5) What do a baker, an architect, and a CIA agent all have in common? They're all things I wanted to be when I was younger. Once I got to high school, I said I would be an English teacher in Italy. Now I want to teach philosophy.

6) I spent my summer breaks in college working at a youth camp (which I went to as a kid). My mom insisted I get an internship or something that would look good on a resume. I rebelled and hung out with kids all summer for pocket change instead. I also met my husband at that camp (the last summer I worked there). 

7) While I love nearly every item from a breakfast menu (biscuits and gravy excluded), I rarely ever go out for breakfast. I hate hate hate spending money on breakfast food.

8) I'm a closet Bachelor/Bachelorette fan. It's almost as contrived as it is asinine (or almost as asinine as it is contrived?), but it's a guilty pleasure. I've considered doing weekly commentary on the blog, but my first (unpublished) attempt ended up being a long hate-filled rant. 

9) Vacuuming is another weird guilty pleasure I have. The feeling I get after vacuuming a room and seeing how clean the carpet is (no dog hair, no dirt, no dust!) is indescribable.

10) I secretly love when my husband goes out of town or won't be home for dinner because that means one of two things: stuffed crust pizza or fast food (McDonald's or Taco Bell, most likely).





Dress: Anthropologie
Cardigan: (c/o Mom) LOFT
Necklace: Forever 21
Flats: Steve Madden

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

transitioning to spring

Despite the pleasant surprise of 70 degree weather this week, I'm not quite ready to don my summer garb as it's still technically winter. (Is it just me, or is wearing a dress or skirt without tights for the first time in months really awkward? I can't help but feeling I forgot to put pants on.) So how should we dress when the calendar says it's winter, but the weather says it's summer? I say by opting for a neutral canvas with the addition of colorful accessories. How do you transition from winter to spring?




Scarf: H&M | option
Cardigan: The Limited | option
Dress: Old Navy | exactshort sleeve version
Wedges: Dexter via Payless | option


See how I wore these items last:
cardigan  //  scarf  //  dress


[Linking up with Laura, Lindsey, Alice, Tara, and Liz]

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

lessons learned

This past weekend I went to TJ Maxx with a friend so she could return a scarf. I perused the purses as I often do (especially lately as I've been on a hunt) and I found the most perfect purse I've ever seen in my life. (For record, it's the Kate Spade Cove Street Goldie.) After waffling for at least ten minutes, I decided I wouldn't buy it but if I regretted my decision, I'd come back and get it. The main reason I didn't get it was that I felt I didn't deserve a treat like that. I've been really behind in my research process, and an expensive purse is the last thing I need. (Even though it honestly is everything I've ever wanted in a handbag.)

Well, I came home that night and decided I had made a terrible decision. I went back the following morning and the purse was gone. I looked up and down and all around three times over, before asking for help. I had told my friend that if it wasn't there, it wasn't meant to be. But now I'm almost seriously considering buying one off eBay. Any input on what I should do?

I guess the moral of the story is to buy right away, and think later? Here are some other lessons I've learned lately:
  • What clothes look like on hangers aren't necessarily what they look like on the body. (I swear this outfit looked so much better on the hanger.)
  • Remember to look at your feet before going to take outfit photos. (I had nude heels on all day, changed into flats to take the dogs out, and forgot to switch back into heels for outfit photos.)
  • I'm easily affected by weather. I've spent more time outside in the past three days than I have in the past three months. I also feel like I've been more productive... except when it comes to my research.
  • Donating and selling clothes feels good. I got rid of ten things this weekend, and I can't wait to pare back my closet even more. It's a slow process, but I can see the return of who I really am in the distant future.






Top: The Limited | last worn
Cardigan: The Limited | save, splurge
Ankle Pants: Gap | exact
Flats: Steve Madden | exact
Nude heels I actually wore: Payless

Monday, March 9, 2015

last call for layers

Last month, I scored a great deal on this sweater from LOFT. I've managed to wear it a few times without getting any photos. When I found out that spring was on its way, I wanted to get in one more layered look before it was too late, and make sure I actually got this sweater on the blog.

Now that spring is here (60s all week!), I will start putting away my heavy sweaters, exchanging them out for summer gear. I'll have a hard time putting away my new sweater, but I'll be happy to see it again come fall (or so I hope!). Are you getting ready to take out your summer clothes? Or do you keep all of your clothes in sight year round? 




Sweater: LOFT | exact
Shirt: The Limited | option
Necklace: via Amazon | exact
Jeans: The Limited | option
Flats: J.Lo via Kohl's | option


Thursday, March 5, 2015

10 things v.1

1.     I wanted to wear my giraffe sweater today.
2.     I seem to not be able to wear this sweater with anything but navy.
3.     Did you know that the inventor of the K-Cup regrets his invention
4.     Did you know that the bee population is declining? And that this matters? 
5.     This is the funniest thing I have seen all week. If you don't laugh, I'm sorry.
6.     This is the second funniest thing I have seen all week. If you don't laugh, I'm not sorry.
7.     I may or may have not finally bought these booties after waffling for the past six months.
8.     I may or may have not also bought these heels in navy and these heels in black.
9.     I'm so excited for spring. It's like Christmas, part two. I want everything on this page.
10.  My wallet is scared for spring. I think I may have to hide my credit cards for the next six months.




Sweater: Banana Republic | save, save, splurge
Shirt: The Limited | similar, similar
Pants: The Limited | similar
Wedges: via Payless | similar


[linking up with Alice and Tara]

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

last call for winter?

Last night, the weather forecast indicated that the next ten days would include a series of 50+ degree days, with the exception of Wednesday and Thursday. This means one of two things: either spring is officially around the corner, or spring is going to come in, make us fall in love with it, and then leave us for another few months. (What a tease!) I'm really hoping it's the former. Just in case this is the last we'll see of winter, I pulled out all the winter tropes: boots, chunky scarf, cozy tunic sweater.

Back in November, I raved about this tunic sweater. It's so cozy and so comfortable, and best of all, it's long enough to be worn with leggings! The downside? It's not very flattering. (Trust me, I chose the best picture.) I didn't know it until after I had worn it a bunch. So, I've saved it for an office hours/possibly last week of winter kind of day. Sincere sympathy goes out to those of you who won't have such wonderful weather this week.



Scarf: random stand from mall | similar
Tunic Sweater: SO via Kohl's | exact
Skinny Jeans: The Limited | similar
Boots: (gift) Madden Girl | option


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

two become one

This outfit was a result of looking at two previous outfits of mine and putting them together. (This one and this one.) Have you ever created an outfit by mixing two outfits together?

In other news, I need to take a moment to sing praises for Old Navy's striped skirts. I'm very tempted to buy this one in red stripe. While part of me wants to hold off until it goes on sale, another part of me knows that I will get my money's worth even if I buy it at full price. I see the same being true about the sweater I'm wearing today. If I didn't already have enough sweaters, I'd consider buying it in camel, too. 






Sweater: (c/o Mom) J. Crew Factory | exact
Necklace: The Limited | love this one
Belt: The Limited | last worn
Skirt: Old Navy | same style - only $12!
Flats: via Target | exact


[linking up with Laura, Lindsey, Liz, and Laura]

Monday, March 2, 2015

Budget Rewind: February 2013

I did a terrible job keeping track of my purchases in February 2013. And I did a terrible job of shopping in February 2013.




Medium:

  • The Limited striped maxi skirt: $20 - While in theory this skirt should get worn a lot, it doesn't. I constantly reach for it during spring and summer weekends, but usually end up tossing it aside because I can't figure out what top to wear with it. That, or I just pair it with the same white v-neck tee. Plus, it's too heavy for the 90+ degree summers I have to deal with.
Bad:

  • The Limited sequin cardigan: $?? - I remember loving the way it looked on me in store, but not having as much flexibility with it as I thought I would have. If you have any styling ideas, please let me know!
  • Old Navy floral shirt: $10 - I think I saw a similar version at J. Crew and thinking I had to have a floral shirt. The more that time goes by, the more I realize that I'm not a floral print kind of person, except in small doses. I was, however, pleasantly surprised to see I've worn it almost ten times on the blog. This one might get one more try before it makes its way to the donation pile.
  • Forever 21 ikat dress: $?? - I swear this dress has gotten shorter as time has passed. I don't feel comfortable wearing something that short anymore, even when paired with tights. Off to consignment it goes?
  • (not pictured) Forever 21 rings and bracelets: $?? - I didn't write anything other than "rings" and "bracelets" in my spreadsheet so I'm not sure what this refers to. Judging how little I wear my rings and bracelets from Forever 21, it's easy to see these were bad purchases.

I was dreading recapping this month. 4 of 5 purchases were bad?! That's just terrible. I honestly can't even say what I was thinking. The silver lining of this recap is that I never even considered getting rid of any of these items, but now I'm comfortable getting rid of some of them (at least the dress and the shirt).
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