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 sale $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? [EDIT: RETURNED]
5) Pikachu teeoriginally $20, on sale 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 sweatshirt: originally $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. [EDIT: RETURNED]
8) The Limited shirtdress: originally $80, on sale 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.  [EDIT: RETURNED]
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. [EDIT: RETURNED]
11) Target embellished sandalsoriginally $23, on sale w/coupon code + gift card $7 - 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 $25 - 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". [EDIT: RETURNED]
(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.

= $127

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Budget Rewind: May 2014

  • H&M floral scarf: $13 - Awesome purchase. This is one of my favorite scarves. While it's only been on the blog four times, I know I've worn it more than that, as I took it on vacation once, and have worn it at least three times in the same outfit over the past few weeks. Whoops. 

  • Gap gingham shirt: $15 - I got suckered in to thinking that I was getting a great deal on this shirt. Since it's a really light pastel mint color, I don't reach for it in the winter. It's really just too short. I suspect I'll try to wear it a couple more times before sending it off to consignment.
  • BC flats: $30 - I've only worn these a couple times. Their color makes them so hard to wear. I really should have put more thought into these before buying them. [ETA: I took these on vacation and ended up wearing them on our non-strenuous walking days. I feel slightly better about them, and think they could make their way up to a "medium" purchase in the future.]
  • Gianni Bini jacket: $48 - I hate that I don't wear this jacket more often, but it's too restricting to teach in, and since it's cropped, it's limiting. I've seriously been considering trying to sell this one to eBay.

Honorable mention:
  • Target triangle dress: $15 - I got this dress because I had passed on another triangle dress from another store and thought it would be an adequate replacement. I ended up returning it because I didn't love it.

This is probably one of my worst budget recaps in a long time (or maybe I'm just being too critical?). I remember vividly when I bought the three items that ended up in the "bad" section. I had this thought that I shouldn't worry about price and just buy whatever I like. That philosophy just doesn't work for me. Price does matter to me because it ultimately ends up determining how much guilt or buyer's remorse I'm going to have. Oh well. You live, you learn, right?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

May Budget

(ETA: I just realized that I put this post together before taking my blogging break, but never got around to publishing it. Oh well. Better late than never, right?)

1) Old Navy sleeveless top: originally $23, on promotion $14 - I've had my eye on this top for months, and so when it finally dropped below $15, I ordered it. I will be working this summer, and so I envision a top like this helping keep me cool, but maintaining a level of appropriateness.
2) J. Crew Factory scarf: originally $47, on clearance $6 - Part impulse purchase, part replacement. Totally justified though, as I've worn it a few times already (though only once on the blog). 
3) J. Crew Factory puffer vest: originally $98, on clearance $40 - I put this in my online cart as soon as I saw it. Sure, I won't wear it until October, but I get so much wear from my other vests that I know this is a good purchase.
4) Old Navy tank: originally $15, on promotion $10 - This was one of those "add to cart in order to qualify for free shipping" purchases. It ended up being my favorite of the order. It's so comfortable and I can easily see myself wearing it ten times this summer. (ETA: I already have worn it that many times.)
5) J. Crew Factory printed tee: originally $65, on promotion $20 - The mistake of the order. The print was too great to pass up. Unfortunately it has such a terrible fit. This top was sewn with the intention of arms staying at one's side. As soon as I move my arms, the entire top moves, too. I'm debating it taking it to the tailor. I think if the seams under the armpit can be sewn higher, I'll feel more comfortable. Or maybe I'll just return it. [EDIT: RETURNED]

= $70

I can't say that I have my eye on anything this summer. I've been tempted countless times by these sandals, and I may get them because the glitter sandals from two years ago have seen better days. I honestly hope to make do with everything I have in my closet for this summer, but since I'll be working this summer, I may need some more hot weather work appropriate clothing. 

I haven't decided yet whether I will try to dress up for work this summer, or whether I will take it easy in maxi skirts and graphic tees (like this maxi and this tee), or fall somewhere in between with lightweight dresses (like this one or this one). Decisions, decisions!

Monday, June 22, 2015

my new maxi

When I was a kid, key chains were my go-to souvenir. Any time my family and I went somewhere new, I had to get a key chain. As an adolescent, key chains were replaced for t-shirts. I can't tell you how many t-shirts I have from cities around the world. And for a short time, I collected coffee mugs. But on this latest vacation, I didn't come home with key chains or t-shirts. Instead, I came home with a maxi dress and a scarf. What kinds of souvenirs do you collect? If you don't collect them, why not?

Dress (c/o Mom): H&M [exact]
Necklace: gift from grandma
Sunglasses: via Kohl's
Bag: The Limited

[linking up with Laura]

Friday, June 19, 2015

one month later

It's been one month since I last posted. I've been meaning to post, but I haven't been able to figure out where to start. Here are some things that I've been contemplating writing about:

  • I bought a Garmin Vivofit in May. Without a doubt it has had an effect on me.
  • One reason why I've been MIA lately is because I've been on vacation. 
  • For two weeks, I basically only wore two pairs of bermuda shorts and a few tops (including my favorite tank). It made getting dressed so easy, but I also got "same old, same old" syndrome.
  • I have more items in my online shopping carts than ever before. (And more in the mail than ever before. At least I can make a review post out of it? Or is it time for an intervention?)
  • This blogging break has been great. It was just what I needed. 
  • School has taken over my life again, but I want to finish my closet clean-out this summer. 

Maybe I'll just write about all of these things in the next few weeks? In the mean time, I'll try to catch up on what I missed in the blogosphere, but realistically, that will be limited to what has happened this past week. So since I've been unplugged for a month, fill me in! Have any new trends popped up or disappeared? What are you loving and/or hating? What have you been up to? 
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