Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 2014 Fashion Budget

Hi friends, another month has gone by and it’s time, yet again, to recall our¬†purchases.

Here’s what I ended up with this month:

  • Marc by Marc Jacobs crazy cat lady necklace, insta-shop $22
  • Vintage Coach purse, Goodwill $40
  • Mephisto slip on shoes, Goodwill $4
  • Nine West Sandals, Goodwill $3.39
  • Banana Republic mustard sweater, Goodwill $4.49
  • Floral print linen shirt, Goodwill $3.39
  • Lafayette148 collar shirt, Goodwill $3.39
  • Van Heusen striped nautical tee, Goodwill $3.39
  • Talbots green jacket, Goodwill $4.59
  • J. Crew navy cropped pants, Goodwill $3.39
  • Classiques Entier cardigan, Goodwill $3.39
  • Forever21 Bird Kimono top, Buffalo Exchange in Charlotte $9.50
  • Mel by Melissa Pop Heart Jelly Flats, Lord & Taylor $24.69

Plus, I had been forgetting to “skip this month” for JewelMint so I ended up with 2 credits ($60 total, yikes). Here’s what I got:

  • Leading Legacy Necklace
  • Time Capsule Pendant
  • Gem Mosaic Necklace

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TOTAL Spent: $185.12. Well, I went $85 over my budget, mostly due to the frivolous jewelry spending. I did end up getting 4 necklaces, 3 pairs of shoes, 1 leather purse, 2 sweaters, 1 pant, 5 tops, and 1 blazer/jacket, which isn’t’ that bad if you think about it ūüôā¬†Oh well! Here’s to a better May.

Now it’s your turn, friends. Spill the beans…how do you do this month on YOUR fashion budget??

 

Linking up with Franish so don’t forget to check out her post.

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coral harem pants {my first guest blogger post!}

I am so excited to present my very first guest blogger, Steph. Steph and I have been buddies for many years (since high school). She is a veterinarian and currently lives in Australia.¬†She found some awesome harem pants (not sure if you’d call these bolero pants or something else??)… read on:

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To the Fans of SandPaperKisses:
G’day! My name is Stephanie; I am an old friend of Nout’s (circa high school) and one of her avid followers. I am (as I am sure several of you are) always inspired by the unique fashion combinations Nout manages to fabricate from thin air (and very impressively from thin wallet). I recently moved to Australia & have been struggling to appreciate/adapt to the local fashion, but I finally found the courage to branch out and try something out of my comfort zone last month. Back home, I would typically tend toward form fitting neutral solid clothing, but I couldn’t resist these loose coral inspired ( bolero?) pants. Thankfully, at $15 australian dollars (~$11 USD; 1/2 off sale) these pants were a comfortable steal, and while I think they are fabulous for the hot climate here, I wonder if they border on looking like pajama pants‚Ķ what do you think?
Thrilled to be Nout’s first guest blogger!
Steph
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I hope you enjoyed Steph’s post. Now tell me, do you like this style of pant? It seems like you could dress them up or down and they look very comfortable!

boho chic {thrift style thursday}

So, I’m not really one to dress “boho”-like but I did enjoy rocking with the 60s/70s vibe.
loose blouse + higher waist jeans + platform heels + bangles + long necklace + jean jacket (optional)
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What do you think of the boho  or hippie look?

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TST gals:

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Meg at Eclecticity
Sheri  at Confessions of a Refashionista
Martyna at Spoolish
Alex at Snippets with Alex
Lesli & Jacki at sistasfromcali!
Erika at Erika’s Style Diary!

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Outfit Details:
Jeans: Karen Kane, thrifted $3.39
Blouse: Violet + Claire, thrifted $3.39
Denim Jacket: J. Crew, consignment $13
Shoes: Miz Mooz platforms, old
Necklace: Art show
Bracelets: Thrifted
Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples aviators
Kitty: Ulysses

florals and flowers

Springtime means it’s time to break out the floral prints, sandals, and it’s time to take a break and smell the flowers:)

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So exciting!
floral blazer4Here are the new sandals I got at Goodwill, they’re perfect for spring! I love them but I’m glad that I only paid $3.39 for them because they’re already falling apart =/
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And here are some pictures I snapped while visiting Duke Gardens a few weekends ago. The tulip garden was in full bloom and so beautiful!

Have a great monday everyone! I hope you’re enjoying spring ūüôā

Xo,
Nout

Outfit Deets:
Jacket/blazer: Rafaella floral blazer, thrifted $3
Tank: Caslon black tank, thrifted (gift from Mom)
Jeans: The Limited (old), $20
Shoes: Nine West sandals, thrifted $3.39
Necklace: Melinda Maria moon star necklace, gift from hubby

cocktail attire {thrift style thursday}

Although I’ve never actually worn it out, this is one of my favorite thrifted items. It’s a lovely Trina Turk dress, and I found it at Goodwill for $4.59. I imagine it’s the perfect cocktail dress.
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What would you wear out to grab cocktails?

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TST gals:

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Meg at Eclecticity
Sheri  at Confessions of a Refashionista
Martyna at Spoolish
Alex at Snippets with Alex
Lesli & Jacki at sistasfromcali!
Erika at Erika’s Style Diary!
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Outfit deets:
Dress: Trina Turk Los Angeles, thrifted $4.59
Shoes: Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon Hearts, expensive =/
Necklace: Marc Marc Jacobs crazy cat lady, insta-shop, $33
Bracelet: Ebay, $7
Clutch: Thrifted $1.39