workwear wednesday – casual polka dots

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Hi friends! I’m sure you’re having an amazingly busy December, too. In the past week, I’ve had 2 holiday parties, lots and lots of work, and lots of house cleaning. I’m super tired but also kind of sad I didn’t get any cute pictures of my party outfits. Instead I’ve got one picture of me being tired and super casual. Here it is:

polka dot chambray shirt, NYDJ damask skinnies, Rockport truewalk zero welt oxford

Well, friends, I hope you’re all having a wonderful wWednesday

And don’t forget to check out Justine’s #WorkwearWednesday post at The Thrifty Girl’s Guide!
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Outfit Deets:
Shirt: Polka dot chambray shirt, thrifted $3.39
Pants: NYDJ leggings, thrifted $5.99
Shoes: Rockport TrueWalk Zero Welt Oxford, last season

workwear wednesday – navy & denim

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Hi friends! I hope you’re having a good week so far. I’ve been looking forward to today – it’s the day that we (and by we I mean all the folks at the office) move across the street to our new, shiny, much bigger office. I’m excited because we’re bursting at the seams!!

Anyway back to workwear wednesday – here I am wearing some NEW clothes (not thrifted this time, lol) including a top that my mom got me for Christmas as well as leggings/skinnies that I found at Marshall’s and couldn’t resist…both in one of my favorite colors – navy.

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What about you, friends? Would you wear navy on navy or navy on denim? Or is that too much blue?

And don’t forget to check out Justine’s #WorkwearWednesday post at The Thrifty Girl’s Guide!
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Outfit Details:
Top: Adrianna Papell blouse, gift from mom from Marshall’s
Jeans: NYDJ leather and denim leggings, $30 from Marshall’s
Necklace: Jewelmint
Boots: Cole Haan, hand me downs

workwear wednesday – lovely birds

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As I’ve said before, I enjoy animal prints on just about everything. And with my obsession with ThredUp, when I find something cute with a bird or cat or whatever, I have a hard time resisting. Enter this new Banana Republic bird print blouse:

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Well that’s it friends! I hope you like my new shirt and if you’re not already a customer, you should check out ThredUp, it’s an online resale store. Get $10 off your order now!

And don’t forget to check out Justine’s #WorkwearWednesday post at The Thrifty Girl’s Guide!

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Outfit Details:
Top: Banana Republic ruffle bird print blouse, ThredUP for $9.70
Skirt: Old Navy midi skirt, thrifted for $2
Shoes: Etienne Aigner mary jane pumps, thrifted
Necklace: Melinda Maria moon star necklace, gift from hubby

november 2014 budget

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Hi friends! I can’t believe that tomorrow is December! It seems this month has gone by quickly and thriftily. I guess I’ve been rebitten by the thrift bug this month because I’ve just not been able to stop thrifting! I even went thrifting with my mother-in-law for Black Friday.

Here’s what I got this month:

PANTS!
november 2014 fashion budgetLeft to right:

1. NYDJ black slacks, $6 from Salvation Army Store
2. NYDJ skinny damask print pants, $5 from Salvation Army Store
3. Eileen Fisher stretchy pants, $3 from DRM Store
4. Sweatpants (grey), $3 from DRM Store
5. Terry sweatpants (black), free from DRM Store (buy 1 get 1 free offer)
6. NYDJ leather panel denim leggings, $30 from Marshalls
7. Karen Kane black slacks, free from DRM Store (buy 1 get 1 free offer)
8. Levis Demi Curve jeans, $4 from DRM Store
9. NYDJ jeans, $3 from Pennies for Change Store
= $54 on pants

SHOES & Accessories!
november 2014 fashion budgetLeft to right (top to bottom):

1. NAOT sandals, $1.75 from DRM Store
2. Stuart Weitzman patent and cork sandals, $3.59 from Goodwill
3. Stuart Weitzman kitten sandals, $3.59 from Goodwill
4. Clarks sandals, $3.59 from Goodwill
5. Sanita professional clogs, $3.59 from Goodwill
6. Vintage Dooney & Bourke All Weather Leather red and brown leather crossbody bag, $7 from DRM Store
7. Bass sandals, $3.59 from Goodwill
8. Worth New York leather belt, $10 from Goodwill
9. (BELOW) Charles Jourdan shoes, $5 from NRM Thrift Store
= $41.70 on shoes etc.
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1. (Top horizontal) Eileen Fisher t-shirt dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
2. Lands End chambray dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
3. Ann Taylor navy stretchy sheath dress, $6 from Salvation Army Store
4. Boden jersey dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
5. Eileen Fisher black dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
6. Lands End purple and white polka dot dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
7. J. Crew white and navy polka dot dress, $4 from DRM Store. Ok so the story about this dress is that I couldn’t leave the store without it but it’s a size too small. I’m planning on getting back on track low carb-wise and losing a few pounds and hopefully it will fit. If not, then I can see if my tailor can let it out. If not then I’ll consign it, but it’s a great dress!
= $32.95 on dresses
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TOPS and whatnot!
november 2014 fashion budgetLeft to right (top to bottom):

1. French Connection striped sweater, $4.59 from Goodwill
2. Chevron tunic, $3.39 from Goodwill
3. Ralph Lauren leopard print button-down, $2 from Pennies for Change
4. Lands End Canvas eyelet shirt, $2 from DRM Store
6. Lily Pulitzer white tank top, $2 from DRM Store
7. Dana Buchman silk top, $2 from DRM Store
8. Polka dot chambray shirt, $3.39 from Goodwill
9. Old Navy skirt, $2 from DRM Store
10. Worthington jacket, $4.59 from Goodwill
11. J. Jill jacket, $2 from DRM Store
12. (NOT PICTURED) long open sweater cardigan, $25 from insta-shop
13. Turquoise necklace, $3 from DRM Store
=$55.96 on tops and misc.

TOTAL = $184.61

YIKES! Ok, so I spent almost $85 over my budget! But, I got a lot of GREAT staples, including the Sanita clogs, which I LOVE and wear almost every day! I’ve also got a bunch of stuff to consign and donate because I don’t want to have too much stuff, I want to have just the right amount of stuff, so I’m trying to get rid of stuff if I buy new stuff!

Ok friends, it’s your turn…how did you do this month? Did you do any thrifting or shopping for Black Friday at all?

LINKING UP with Franish for budgeting bloggers!

workwear wednesday, well not really

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Hi friends, I really wanted to show you what I wore to work yesterday because it was really cute, but I didn’t get a chance to snap pictures because hubby and I had reservations for our anniversary dinner and I had to rush to change and get ready after work.

So, here’s us at Angus Barn for our 5th wedding anniversary. It’s become tradition to celebrate our special day at that restaurant and I’m ever so thankful that I got to spend a lovely evening with hubby eating steaks and sipping wine. The whole place is decorated like a Christmas village.

Unlike me who technically doesn’t have a work outfit, Justine does! Don’t forget to check out Justine’s #WorkwearWednesday post! Check out The Thrifty Girl’s Guide!

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I wish all of you that celebrate it a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING! Love and kisses, Nout

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Outfit Details:
Top: Tracey Reese/Target/Neiman Marcus sequin top, insta-shop for about $20
Pants: Misook, gift from my MIL
Shoes: Really old Naturalizers
Hubby: Priceless

workwear wednesday: jeans and a nice top

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Hey there friends – hope you’re having a great week so far and thanks for checking out another workwear wednesday post! Today, I was wearing one of my favorite go-to outfits for work which is jeans and a nice top. It’s so easy to just throw on your favorite jeans (I like these Levi’s curve jeans because they’re comfy and they make my butt look nice, haha) and a nice blouse or top for a casual yet put-together office ensemble. Plus who doesn’t like mini polka dots?

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Would you or do you wear jeans to work? How do you style them to be office appropriate?

Don’t forget to check out Justine’s #WorkwearWednesday post! Check out The Thrifty Girl’s Guide!
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Outfit Deets:

Top: Nine West mini polka dot blouse, thrifted $3.39
Jeans: Levis curve, thrifted $4.50
Boots: Gift from my mom
Necklace: Jewelmint

workwear wednesday: more black and white

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Y’all, I can’t get enough black and white.

There, I said it.  I know most of us go through phases of colors – one year I’m really into green. The next year I’m really into purple. Well, this year if you look at my closet – black, white, blue is what you’re going to see a lot of. I wonder how it’s going to look next year…

black eileen fisher maxi dress, gold belt, booties

black eileen fisher maxi dress, gold belt, booties

worthington tweed blazer, eileen fisher maxi dress, gold belt, booties

I hope you’re all having a great wednesday! What did YOU wear to work today?

Check out Justine’s #workwearwednesday post on her new blog – The Thrifty Girl’s Guide!
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Outfit Details:
Jacket: Worthington cream tweed blazer, thrifted $4.59
Dress: Eileen Fisher long black rayon dress, thrifted $4.59
Necklace: from Jane.com a while ago ~$12
Belt: shiny sash, american apparel $12
Booties: JustFab Luxe, last season

newly thrifted: polka dot dress & stuart weitzman heels

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Hi friends, I hope you’re having a good weekend so far. I did some thrifting today and found nothing :( but last week I made out like a bandit and I want to share a few of my favorite finds: a sweet Lands End polka dot dress, a stretchy Worth belt, and OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE I FOUND THESE – almost brand new Stuart Weitzman kitten sandals. I’ve seriously lusted over this brand for a while and the shoes were either WAY too expensive or not my size. So of course, these SW sandals are my new favorites – the heel is about 1.75″ so they’re super comfortable and yet still stylish.

See what you think…

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So, what have YOU found thrifting lately? Anything good?

xo,
Nout
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Outfit Details:
Dress: Lands End, thrifted $4.59
Belt: Worth New York, thrifted $10
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Huarache nubuck heels, thrifted $3.59

workwear wednesday: convertible dress for fall

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Hi friends, it’s no surprise that I really like convertible dresses and so of course when Henkaa tweeted me about their fall contest, I was in. Plus hubby took the pictures of me outside (please excuse our janky deck, it really needs some work) when the trees in our backyard were in full color-changing splendor.

The nice thing about convertible dresses is that you can also wear them as skirts, which is what I did for this outfit that I wore to work last week. I love the Henkaa fabric, it’s super smooth and luxurious and was fun and comfortable to wear the dress as a skirt!

Don’t forget to check out my #workwearwednesday buddy Justine’s (formerly of the TheTwoCentChick) newly branded blog – The Thrifty Girl’s Guide
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Well that’s all friends, hope you’re all enjoying the lovely fall weather!
xo
Nout

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Outfit Details:
Top: The Limited, from a few years ago – was about $20
Jacket: Gap jean jacket, consignment store – used credit
Skirt: Henkaa Sakura convertible dress worn as skirt – bought from Henkaa store in Canada a few years back
Shoes: Cowboy boots – gift from mom
Bag: Vintage Coach, thrifted – $18

October 2014 budget

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Hi friends, another month has gone by and it’s time to share all my fashion-related purchases. Well I have to come clean, this month was not a good month for me and I’ll tell you exactly why. I’ve had a tough month stress-wise and I use thrifting to unwind and relieve stress. And the source of this extreme stress? Work. I hope it goes away soon.

Anyway, these are the lovely thrifted haul for the month:

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What I got this month (in no particular order):

  1. David Kahn Lauren jeans, ThredUp - $22
  2. 2 pair Gap jeans, Salvation Army Store – $12 for both
  3. EMU Ballina shearling boots, thrifted – $18
  4. Gap jean jacket, consignment store (used credit) – $0
  5. Jennifer Lopez cream polka dot blouse, Salvation Army Store – $4
  6. Halogen tie neck blouse (NWT from Nordstrom), Salvation Army Store – $5
  7. Old Navy polka dot beige cardigan, Salvation Army Store – $4
  8. Gap striped tee + Lands End zip up hoodie + AE tee + black stretchy pants (not pictured) + H&M striped tee, all thrifted – $20
  9. Gap geometric print blouse, ebay – $20 includes shipping

TOTAL = $105

I guess that’s not bad considering how many pieces, including some lovely weekend lounge wear, I got.

So for the past few months, I’ve been trying to keep my budget around $25 but I think that’s just not going to happen. I’m going to go back to my $100/month budget but I’m going to try and do the ‘one piece in, one piece out’ philosophy to try and keep from accumulating too much.

Well, it’s your turn to spill the beans, how did you do this month?

I’m linking up with Franish for the monthly budget posts, so don’t forget to check her out.

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