february 2015 budget

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Hi friends!
Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, and I really miss it. It’s been a really tough month for me and instead of spending time on activities I enjoy, such as blogging and thrifting, I’ve become withdrawn (and I’m also binge watching the entire The Office series).

I haven’t been spending a lot of time shopping, and you can tell from this post, because I normally meet or exceed my monthly budget of $100.
February 2015 fashion budget

What I got this month:
1. Arrow print headband (locally made), $12.50 from local store
2. Made in NC Chameleon Clogs, these were pricey at $170 including tax & shipping but I used my Christmas money for them so they don’t count toward my budget :) And I must say, they are so incredibly comfortable and were custom-made to my size and color preference.
3. Madewell sandal heels, $7 from thrift store
4. & 5. 2 Rough & Tumble purses, made in Maine, both in gorgeous black leather. Ok, so as you know I did not necessarily need more purses. But I was in the market for a bigger bag that would fit my work laptop, and when I found these babies on eBay for an incredible price, I could not resist. They were $200 for both bags. I am completely and totally obsessed with Rough & Tumble bags and their designer, Natasha Durham. I used my birthday money for these so they don’t count against my monthly budget either:)
6. Misook tank top, used consignment credit ($18)
7. Watch necklace, used consignment credit ($16)
8. J. Crew flats, used consignment credit ($18)
9. Light blue vintage Coach purse, $7 from thrift store
10. J. Crew sleeveless dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
11. Soft Italian made pajamas (so comfortable), $3 from Goodwill
TOTAL = $34.09 (minus consignment credits & holiday/birthday money)

Y’all, I think this is a record for me. I did so well (but I wouldn’t have if I didn’t have gift money to spend).

How did you do this month?!?!?! And also, please let me know how you all are doing and what’s going on in your lives. I feel like I’ve missed so much and I don’t like it :(
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As always, I’m linking up with Franish!

january 2015 budget

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As expected, January was a month where I went a little crazy. I mean, it was my 30th birthday month, I had my arm surgery and 2 weeks off work (so lots of thrifting to avoid boredom), etcetera etcetera…

All excuses aside, I think I got some cute things:
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All items thrifted unless otherwise stated:

1. Talbots Black and white full skirt $3.39
2. Yellow maxi dress $5
3. Gap maxi dress $4.59
4. Etcetera blouse $4
5. Denim dress $4.59
6. Caslon striped sweater $4
7. Talbot’s striped sweater $6
8. Black polka dot shirt $3.39
9. Dooney & Bourke vintage blue crossbody purse $24, Poshmark
10. Supermaggie elephant pullover $50 (birthday gift to myself), local boutique
11. Daniel rain print blouse $1.50
12. Cole haan flats $4
13. UNC fleece house slipper boots $2
14. Olive & Oak blouse $3.39
15. Dooney & Bourke Alto Double Gusset Red Leather briefcase $50 (birthday gift to myself)
16. Jones New York leopard print tee $4
17. Pink and orange polka dot button down $4
18. Red polka dot shirt $3.39
19. Knitted scarf $6
20. Patagonia fleece $3
21. Mountain hardware hat $6
22. Clarks originals Mary Jane flats $10
23. LL Bean fleece jacket $6
24. Etcetera tweed and leather trim blazer $4
25. Knitted flower beanie $8
26. Levis jeans $4
27. Lands End lemon lime dress $4.59
=$232.83

Not pictured:
1. Suzi Shin for Maggie boutique dress $5
2. Lands’ End coat from ThredUp $17
3. Returning Thredup stuff $15 (sad – this makes me think I won’t be shopping at ThredUp as much; they got rid of their free shipping option)
4. Lafayette148 button down shirt $4
5. Nixon Kensington watch $15 from Piperlime [worn HERE]
6. Ralph Lauren sweatpants $3.50
7. Gap sweatpants $1
9. Talbots slacks $2.50
=$63.00

TOTAL = $295.83 – YIKES!!!!! that is insane. I went WAY over my budget of $100. But I DID sell some stuff on ebay and I have some birthday and Christmas money left over – we’ll see how I do next month =/

Now it’s your turn to spill the beans! How did you do this month??

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As usual, I’m linking up with Franish!

pattern mixing plus new bag and watch

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Hi friends! Happy Monday! Today’s post I’m showcasing two of my birthday gifts (that I gave myself because I’m a diva like that and I like to treat myself) AND mixing fun prints.

I found this lovely Dooney & Bourke briefcase from the Alto collection at a strange, large thrift store in Winston-Salem. It was a bit more than what I wanted to spend but as a bag aficionado, I couldn’t part with it.

The Nixon Kensington watch was a little treat to myself from Piperlime. I had gift cards plus a birthday coupon so I got it for $15. Sad to hear though, that Gap Inc is closing Piperlime in April. I had no idea that the store wasn’t performing well. Anyway, I’m loving the sleek watch and am loving its larger size.

Daniel Rainn blouse, Etcetera skirt, Clarks classics ballet flats Daniel Rainn blouse, Etcetera skirt, Clarks classics ballet flats Daniel Rainn blouse, Etcetera skirt, Clarks classics ballet flats Nixon Kensington Watch, Dooney & Bourke Alto Briefcase Red Nixon Kensington Watch Nixon Kensington Watch

Well I hope you’re having a great day and I hope you like my silly outfit!

Outfit details:
Top: Daniel Rainn, thrifted $1.50
Skirt: Etcetera, thirfted $3.39
Necklace: Tiffany & Co, gift
Shoes: Clarks Originals, thrifted $10
Bag: Dooney & Bourke Alto double gusset briefcase in red, thrifted $50
Watch: Nixon Kensington, Piperlime $15 after gift certificates and coupon
Bracelet: Jewelmint, old

chevron & olive green, a #workwearwednesay post!

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Hi friends! Happy Wednesday. I’m finally back to blogging more (hopefully). A lot has happened in the past few weeks:

1. I had my arm procedure and 2 subsequent weeks off work (it was nice to get a chance to relax)
2. I turned 30. WOW, I can’t believe that time has come. I’m feeling somewhat bummed but somewhat excited. It’s a strange feeling.
3. I returned back to work, although part time for a few weeks (doctor’s orders!).
4. I did A LOT of thrifting with my mother-in-law during my off time, because not being able to drive and being home alone is boring! So of course my January budget has been blown.
5. I finished reading a book!!!! I had hoped to read 3 but actually finishing one is good; I’m a habitual non-book-finisher. BTW the book I read is Laura Shapiro’s Something From The Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America. It’s quite good!

Ok, now let’s discuss the good stuff, my workwear Wednesday outfit:

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I hope you liked it! What are you wearing this Wednesday?

Outfit Details:
Top: New Directions chevron tunic, thrifted $3.39
Jacket: DG by Diane Gilman olive green jacket, thrifted $4.59
Jeans: NYDJ jeggings, Marshalls $30
Shoes: MIA grey wedge boots, thrifted $9
Necklace: Jane.com, $12?
Scarf: leopard print, thrifted $1.39

workwear wednesday: private school uniform?

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Hi friends and happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a great week so far. I’ve had a nice week – yesterday I had a minor procedure for elbow tendinitis. I’ve got 2 weeks off work to recover:) I’ll be taking it easy with blogging and life in general (as if I don’t do that anyway).

Here’s a picture hubby took of me last week. I sometimes think I attended a private school in a past life because I find myself wearing uniform-esque outfits and feeling quite comfortable ;)

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Thanks for joining me for another #WorkwearWednesday and don’t forget to visit Justine at The Thrifty Girl’s Guide for her Workwear Wednesday post!

Outfit Details:
Top: J. Crew polka dot chambray shirt (men’s), thrifted $3.39
Sweater: Old Navy, thrifted $3.39
Skirt: Simply Vera, consignment $0 (used credit)
Tights: old
Shoes: Sanita clogs, thrifted $3.39
Necklace: Groopdealz, ~$10
Bag: Natasha Durham Rough and Tumble waxed canvas & leather 1909 messenger bag (I used my consignment earnings to pay for this bag cause it’s expensive! but I love it!).

december 2014 budget

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Hi there friends! Well, another month has (almost) gone by and it’s time to analyze the fashion purchases for the month.

December Fashion Budget

Here’s what I got this month:

  1. Brown Ralph Lauren full skirt, $11 from Pennies for Change Thrift Store
  2. Karen Kane black with embroidery dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
  3. Rough & Tumble large clutch [made in the USA], $56 from Sofia’s Carrboro, also available on Etsy.
  4. Rough & Tumble 1909 messenger bag in waxed canvas & leather in ipad size [made in the USA], $188 from Sofia’s Carrboro, also available on Etsy.
  5. Olive green studded jacket, thrifted $4.59 from Goodwill
  6. Matisse leather sandals, $5 from North Raleigh Mission Store
  7. Mia wedge boots, $10 from DRM Store
  8. LOFT polka dot tee, $3.39 from Goodwill
  9. Rafaella black ruffle tank, $3.39 from Goodwill
  10. Poncho, $17.20 from ThredUp
  11. Kate Spade pink packable tote bag, $5 from Goodwill
  12. Black Gallery coat, $8 from Goodwill
  13. Turquoise and sterling earrings, used consignment credit
  14. Lilly Pulitzer blue ruffle sweater, $4.59 from Goodwill
  15. Banana Republic factory bird print blouse, $9.70 from ThredUp
  16. Apt. 9 olive green sweater, $3.39 from Goodwill
  17. Old Navy black sweater $3.39 from Goodwill
  18. Vintage brown Coach crossbody purse, $8 from Goodwill
  19. [Not pictured] 2 pair of cat socks, $15
  20. [Not pictured] long summer/beach dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
  21. KITTY: Mr. Ulysses

=$364.82
-$255.00 consignment payout
TOTAL = $109.82 [only $9.82 over my budget]

As usual I did a ton of thrifting (and a little ThredUp-ing) this month. I love what I got and I feel as though I’ll wear all of it (except maybe the vintage Coach bag, I plan on selling it). My favorite item is the Rough & Tumble bag that I’ve been crushing on for years. I finally made enough money from consignments and decided to treat myself. We’ll see how I do in January but it’s my birthday month so I might treat myself a little extra ;)

What about you? How did you do this month? What’s your plan for January?

Linking up with Franish!

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.
november 2014 fashion budget - charles jourdan shoes DRESSES!november 2014 fashion budgetLeft to Right:

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?

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