Saturday, March 29, 2014

March Budget

To sum up March shopping in one month: meh. I thought the new spring collections would tempt me, but they haven't at all. I can't decide if that's because the voice of reason has finally taken over, telling me I already have enough, or whether I'm just so exhausted from school that nothing is drawing me in. (There may also be some body image issues I'm working through that are also keeping me out of the shopping mood, but that's for another day.)

1. J. Crew Factory Silk Two-Pocket Blouse: originally $95, on sale for $25 [EDIT: RETURNED]
2. Old Navy Women's The Rockstar Zip-Pocket Pants [seen here]: originally $35, on sale for $12
3. J. Crew Factory Peter Pan Collar Tee: originally $65, on promotion for $32 [EDIT: RETURNED]

= $69 = $12

I successfully sold some clothes this month and made $23, but I'm not subtracting that from my budget, since at the end of the day, I still spent $69 $12.

About the purchases:
I was really excited about the white blouse when I got it on super-sale, but it's been almost two weeks since I bought it, and I haven't been itching to wear it. It's a solid piece, versatile enough to be worn for teaching or for a casual lunch date, but do I really need it? I think the biggest problem is that I have a cream blouse (non button front, though) that I rarely wear, so I'm worried that I won't wear this one that much. I have less than two weeks to decide, so any input would be greatly appreciated!

I chose the pants because they were on super sale, but also because I was tired of basically wearing one pair of skinny jeans all winter long (on my non-teaching days). They're not the most perfect pair ever, but they'll get enough wear.

I'm on the fence about the Peter Pan tee. It's slightly shorter than I had expected and hoped it would be. I think it could be let out on the bottom, but I don't want to pay extra for that. I think for $32, a top had better be absolutely perfect. And this one almost is. I'm hoping it will go on sale even more, but I have my doubts that it will, especially because it's an online exclusive. I'll try to get a "reader response requested" post together this weekend

The other thing worth noting is that none of the items purchased this month are on my wishlist. Do you only buy things on your list, or do you let yourself deviate from it?

[Linking up with Fran for Budgeting Bloggers]


  1. Some months are just not all that exciting for shopping. The good thing about that? You spend less! I don't think you can go wrong with a white button-down shirt, unless you really feel like it would never get worn. It's hard to tell in the picture, but it is it a bit sheer? I've found that having to layer a tank underneath a white button-down get's old fast. Because you can always see the layer underneath. Also, staple pieces like that always want me to count on them to be simple and easy for an outfit, but having to always layer something under it makes it feel complicated.

  2. I decided to just pass on the peter pan collar tee because of all the mixed reviews around it. Too bad those pants aren't perfect because I really wanted them to be and it seems the consensus across the blogiverse is meh. It's admirable that you don't subtract what you make. I do, but because my budget is what I sell.

  3. i don't even have a wish list, kate, so you are ahead of me there! i didn't buy as much this month as i usually do but i still don't see much reason behind a lot of what i bought... just what i thought were good deals. i think that's why i have a harder time paying a lot of money for something... if it ends up not being perfect, it feels frustrating because you have a certain expectation relative to the cost (i felt this way about a j crew factory skirt i bought that was originally $80 but was unlined!) but you can deal with it if you thrifted it for $5. so i see why you are wavering about the peter pan collar top. could you re-buy it whenever they have a % off code? and i hope you find that you wear the white blouse a lot, i'm sure you'll find it to be a great layering piece or something to wear on it's own over time.

  4. I haven't been super impressed by anything in stores either. (I am blaming this lackluster weather and the very "spring" things in stores.)

    Ummm how weird is it that I have this Peter Pan tee in my cart at the moment. (To be honest, I filled my cart only because I want the Sylvia wedges in black now that I have them in nude and love them, but I don't want to pay shipping if I can avoid it.) I think I might have to delete that item from my cart because I definitely trust your judgment.

    To be honest, I think you'll like that white blouse more once official spring hits and not whatever this crap across the U.S. has been. Don't you have a pink blazer from Gap? If so, I think this white blouse would look great under that with navy pants and nude heels. For a weekend look, put on your military vest and these pants from your budget. Wear your red flats with it. (I may or may not have just checked out your blog on Pinterest to spark my memory bank and realize that you DO have a pink blazer from Gap.)

  5. My mentality lately about clothes and shopping has been that if I don't absolutely love it, then I don't need it at all. It has made me feel so much better about my purchases and about what I have in my closet. I'm going to take the extreme route and say that if you aren't sure, then you should return it!

  6. I totally let myself deviate from my list. There are fun things in stores that I'd never think to put on my list but really help expand my wardrobe possibilities. Although that peter pan collared shirt is absolutely adorable, I agree it's kind of a lot for something that isn't perfect.

  7. I definitely feel you on shirts not being long enough, so I'd probably take it back. I need to get better about only buying this that I love or need form my wishlist, so I'm glad that you mentioned that. Little reminders like that are helpful to me!

    Katie @ Style On Target

  8. Yep, I hear you loud and clear on the body image stuff. I don't want to wear a majority of what I currently own because it just doesn't fit me right now (damn the extra winter weight + no time to exercise)...but at the same time, I really don't want to go out and buy new things that might fit my body better. It's kind of frustrating.

    As for your purchases, I really like the white blouse, and have found white tops like this to be quite versatile in my closet. However, if you're not 100% in love with it or the gray tee, I recommend returning them. I get annoyed with myself when I keep things around that I'm on the fence with...because I know I'll never wear them. Just my 2 cents!

  9. Well, you know that I deviate from my wish list quite a bit. I think just one of my March items was from the list. Both of those tops seem really cute, but (as I'm learning for myself), if you are still on the fence after a couple weeks of purchasing them, they probably aren't worth keeping. Last year, I bought a white button-up shirt, because it's such a "staple," but I haven't worn it very much. So if you don't think you'll wear it enough, send it back!

  10. All great buys that would be really versatile! I hate it when my shirts are too short, so much so that I won't wear them. So if it were me, I would return the Peter Pan tee, but I'm pretty picky about shirt length.
    I hope you're able to work through your body image issues. I struggle with that A LOT when deciding what to wear--there are times I feel like my whole closet is completely unflattering.

  11. Hey girl! I have a similar silk two pocket blouse....but I don't wear it all too often (maybe twice a year). Mine is more on the sheer side and I have to wear a tank top underneath, so that's probably why. I love the Peter Pan collar tee...I say keep it. And rockstar jeans...I have a pair from Old Navy and it definitely gets a lot of wear!

  12. I have a hard time sticking to a list. I just find I get easily distracted in the mall and get frustrated when what I plan to buy doesn't pan out.

    Even though you didn't get a ton this month, what you did get is super cute!

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

  13. Too bad about the gray top because that is my favorite piece. Definitely keep the white blouse because it is such a classic and I am sure it's of great quality.

    I will be starting a 30 for 30 challenge tomorrow to keep myself accountable for not spending/shopping and remixing my closet. Have a Great New Week!

  14. The peter pan collar shirt and pants are so chic! Great purchases!

  15. I'm totally an ebb and flow type of shopper... I honestly wasn't too impressed with spring clothes either (I just had some gift cards to burn). I think I also know that things will go on sale in the next few months, so I am just too cheap to spend money now. Anyway, all that to say, I totally get it. The peter pan shirt looks cute though, but I have a long torso, so too short is definitely a deal breaker for me too!

  16. that top, peter pan collar - so freaking cute!

  17. aw, the Peter Pan collar top is too cute, but I totally get the long torso frustrations. I end up not wearing them because I get tired of trying to tug them down and willing them to grow.

  18. I think I need to make a for real wishlist to help guide my shopping - that sounds like a great idea! I wish I liked the Old Navy pants (they just fit me weird), because that pair is really cute! When I have shopping malaise, I like to check out new stores (NY&Co is a favorite of mine for pants and they have some really good sales). To be sure, shopping malaise can be good for the budget!


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