Monthly Archives: September 2014

september 2014 fashion budget

Another month, another budget! 2 months ago, I tried to bring my budget down from about $100 per month to $25 per month. I knew I wouldn’t easily accomplished, but I just wanted to get down to a lower amount so that I could use the difference for a newly acquired car payment. Well, last month’s budget was totally demolished. Let’s see how I did this month.

Here’s what I got this month:
1. Eileen Fisher black silk tank top, $2 (thrifted)
2. Misook black and purple cardigan, $3 (thrifted)
3. Misook hooded jacket, $3 (thrifted)
4. JustFab Mandy Jumpsuit, used a JustFab credit – $40
5. Arizona Jeans light denim sleeveless shirt, $7 from ebay
6. Gap sleeveless denim shirt, $8 from ebay
7. Simply Vera by Vera Wang black skirt, free (used consignment credit)

= 8 items for $63 !
– Minus a $20 check from ebates (you should sign up if you haven’t already…it’s free and you get cash back!)
TOTAL = $43

I did go over my budget…but only by a little bit, plus I got some really awesome basics! I am still proud of myself that I was able to keep it under $100.

OK, now it’s your turn to spill…how did you do this month!?

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Linking up with Franish and Budgeting Bloggers!

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recent closet addition: denim sleeveless shirt

I’ve wanted a denim sleeveless button-down shirt for several months and have not had any luck at thrift stores or online. The shirts I found were either the wrong size or just too expensive. I recently found 2 denim shirts on ebay for about $7 each and am thrilled – the price was so good, I got one in a darker denim and one in a lighter denim.
gap sleeveless denim shirt, simply vera black skirt, flats

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Here I am wearing my darker denim shirt with a black skirt and flats. It’s somewhere between super casual and business casual 🙂 Also pictured: Hubby’s dart board with a bulls-eye, since he’s a pretty good dart-thrower and I thought it would be a cute prop.

I’d love your input: If you like/have a sleeveless denim top, how do you style it?

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Outfit Deets:
Shirt: Gap sleeveless denim shirt, ebay $7
Skirt: Simply Vera black skirt, consignment store (free because I used a credit)
Shoes: Flats, thrifted
Necklace: from Groopdealz, I think.

hello, fall

I can’t believe it’s almost fall here in NC. It has been a strange summer – much cooler than usual (but still just as humid and rainy). I am really excited about fall though – the beautiful fall colors, the cooler weather, apples, pumpkins, and of course – long sleeves, scarves, and boots.

Here’s what I wore the other day: a long-sleeved blouse, my leopard scarf, skinny jeans, and my favorite booties.

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I hope you are all enjoying the late summer/early fall weather. What’s your favorite thing about fall???

Outfit Deets:
Top: Thrifted, $3.59
Scarf: Thrifted, $1.99
Skinny Jeans: thrifted, $3.59
Booties: Franco Sarto, ideel (ideeli)

black & white polkadots & coconut oil hear treatment

Hi friends! I wanted to share with you a cute outfit I wore to work today – black and white and polka dots with my new favorite leather tote from Mill & Bird 😉

black & white | polka dots | merona polka dot peter pan shirt | whbm pencil skirt | lands end ballet flats | mill & bird racing kate tote

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OK, onto another topic. Have any of you ever tried using coconut oil as a deep conditioner for hair?

This past weekend my hair was feeling very dry, so I took 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil (from Costco) and warmed it up in my hands. Then I massaged it into the ends of my hair (and the middle). Then I put my hair up for about an hour before using a hair dryer on the ends (to open the cuticle…I think). The I sat for about another 15 mins then got in the shower to rinse. I didn’t rise very well though, because the next day my hair was pretty oily. This morning I got in the shower and really lathered up my hair with shampoo and rinsed 2-3 times.

My hair today was shiny, soft, and full of volume. So I think I’ll be deep conditioning with coconut oil weekly. It seems like a great way to keep my dry, curly hair healthy.

Outfit deets:
Top: Merona polka dot peter pan collar blouse, from insta-shop
Skirt: White House Black Market, thrifted
Shoes: Lands End ballet flats, thrifted
Bag: Mill & Bird, thrifted by still $$$