Monthly Archives: February 2016

what I spent this month {february budget}

Hey friends, it’s that time again. Time to figure out where I spent my clothes budget. And zip! Another month GONE! I can’t believe how quickly time flies when you’re having fun when you’re super busy. As I said in a previous wishlist post, I really needed some blouses for work. I decided to forego the usual thrifting and actually get what I really need, plus a few extra things that I couldn’t resist.

I really love everything I bought this month and feel like even though I spent a good amount, I got a lot of really great basics that I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of, especially for work.

What I bought in February: LOFT dotty blouse, NYDJ lipstick blouse, NYDJ hearts blouse, LOFT skinny pants, Beija Flor Nicole Jeans, Vintage Coach bag

Here’s what I bought this month:

  1. LOFT Dotted Plaid Utility Blouse, $46 {find it here}
  2. NYDJ Lipstick Love Print 3/4 Sleeve Blouse, on sale at Amazon for $45 {find it here – no longer on sale}
  3. NYDJ Sea of Love  Print 3/4 Sleeve Blouse, on sale at Amazon for $45 {find it here – no longer on sale}
  4. LOFT Essential Skinny Ankle Pants in Julie Fit, $54 {find them here}
  5. Beija Flor Nicole Skinny (dark blue) jeans, used for $28 via eBay {find them here}
  6. Vintage Coach bag, hubby found at estate sale for $35

Not pictured:

  1. Adidas t-shirt, thrifted for $2
  2. Dana Buchman printed blouse, thrifted for $4
  3. Sejour hi-low top, thrifted for $4

Subtotal: $263.00
-$100 blog income
-$30 Amazon gift card {Thanks, Justine!}

TOTAL = $133 … not great but I did buy mostly NEW stuff this month, which is usually not the case for me.

I had $224 left for the quarter…which means I now have $91 left for March. I’m going to try really hard to stay in my budget but I can tell it’s going to be hard because I’m going to visit my mom in California in March and she loves to shop!

Now it’s your turn to spill the beans–what did you buy this month?

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As always, I’m linking up with Franish

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pretty tights {workwear wednesday}

I love tights! What makes skirts and dresses wearable during cold winter days? TIGHTS. Colorful tights are a fun way to add a pop of color to any outfit. I think this might be the last time you see tights on my blog because spring will be here soon (I hope).

Cynthia Rowly dress, Halogen polka dot button down, HUE mustard tights Cynthia Rowly dress, Halogen polka dot button down, HUE mustard tights Cynthia Rowly dress, Halogen polka dot button down, HUE mustard tights Cynthia Rowly dress, Halogen polka dot button down, HUE mustard tights

What about you? Do you like tights? What colors are your favorite?

Like tights? Check out Justine’s post on The Thrifty Girl’s Guide for more workwear wednesday fun.

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Outfit details:

Top: Halogen polka dot button down shirt, thrifted
Dress: Cynthia Rowley, gift from Justine
Tights: HUE, gift from mom {similar here}
Necklace: Ann Taylor, consignment
Shoes: Frye Veronica Short boots, Nordstrom Rack {similar here}

1 pleated skirt 3 ways {workwear wednesday}

I’m not going to lie, when I think of pleats and clothes, I think of pleated khaki pants that our dads wore in the 90s and might even still wear today. I don’t have a lot of pleats in my closet and the ones I do have tend to show up on skirts, which is not bad.

I didn’t get a chance to showcase my favorite pleated skirt in a brand-new work outfit so instead I’m showing off 3 previous outfits featuring the same skirt.

workwear wednesdaypleated skirt + polka dot blousegap bug button down, black skirt, trotters t-straps

Want more pleats? Need more pleats? Go check out Delightfully, Kristi and The Thrifty Girl’s Guide for more workwear wednesday goodness.

Do you wear pleats? How do you wear them?

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Outfit deets:
#1:
Top: J. crew polka dot men’s shirt, thrifted
Sweater: Old navy, thrifted
Skirt: Simply Vera by Vera Wang, consignment
Bag: Rough & Tumble (saved up my consignment money to buy this one)
Necklace: Groopdealz? old
Tights: gift from mom
Shoes: Sanita clogs, thirfted

#2
Top: Apt. 9 polka dot blouse, thrifted
Skirt: Simply Vera by Vera Wang, consignment
Necklace: Jewelmint, old
Shoes: Franco Sarto mary janes, thrifted

#3
Top: Gap bugs shirt, gift from mom
Skirt: Simply Vera by Vera Wang, consignment
Shoes: Trotters, very old

Valentine’s day is for friends too

Happy Valentine’s day, everyone.
I just wanted to say how much all of you mean to me. Fellow bloggers, friends, family, acquaintances, and the like. Without you, life would be lonely. And on a day like today, it’s easy to forget your non-romantic connections. But I always consider V-day to be a special day, for lovers AND friends.

Also, I wanted to show off my brand new heart-print top. It’s so cute!

NYDJ hearts PRINT 3/4 SLEEVE BLOUSE, LOFT Julie fit skinny pants (black), chameleon clogs NYDJ hearts PRINT 3/4 SLEEVE BLOUSE, LOFT Julie fit skinny pants (black) NYDJ hearts PRINT 3/4 SLEEVE BLOUSE, LOFT Julie fit skinny pants (black), chameleon clogs

I hope you have a great day! Lots of love <3.
xo, Nout
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Outfit Details:
Top: NYDJ Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Henley Pleat Back Blouse, Sea Of Hearts Vanilla (size XL). On sale at Amazon {exact here}
Pants: LOFT Essential Skinny Ankle Pants in Julie fit (color: black, size 12 reg) {exact here}
Shoes: Chameleon clogs custom made
Necklace: Tiffany and co., gift {exact here}

a little bit of valentines {workwear wednesday}

I really wanted to wear something super cute (preferably with hearts all over or something pink and red) today for this week’s Workwear Wednesday since the theme is Valentine’s day. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out any cute mix of pink and red and didn’t have any heart print clothes to share.

So, I went with my old standby, polka dots. Plus I zazzed it up with red tights. Super fun, right? Maybe not. Oh well.

polka dot sweater, black skirt, red tights, Frye Jackie Rivet Short Boots polka dot sweater, black skirt, red tights, Frye Jackie Rivet Short Boots polka dot sweater, black skirt, red tights, Frye Jackie Rivet Short Boots
I did end up going to a birthday dinner last night and changed into my new FAVORITE pair of jeans and my heart plastic flats, which I think deserve a special mention here.
Beija Flor Nicole Jeans + Mel by Melissa Pop Heart Jelly Flats

And there’s more! Go check out Delightfully, Kristi and The Thrifty Girl’s Guide for more awesome #www outfits!

Happy Valentines day to everyone (with special mention to my lovely mama, who gifted me almost everything in this outfit)!

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Outfit details:
Top: polka dot sweater, old gift from mom
Skirt: dress that got turned into skirt, old gift from mom
Tights: HUE, gift from mom
Boots: Frye Jackie Rivet Short Boots in black, on sale at amazon {exact here}
Necklace: Hotcakes design
2nd outfit:
Sweater: JNY striped sweatshirt, thrifed
Jeans: Beija Flor Nicole skinny jeans, gift from mom {find them HERE}
Shoes: mel by Melissa pop heart jelly flats, old