TOTAL = $302.96 … y’all, I totally blew though my budget. Ugh. Again. I think the stress of my mother’s illness and the new job is not helping, and I’ve been shopping more to cope. Honestly, I do not want to be spending this much! I’m going to try and do better in March. Wish me luck.
How did you do this month?
I missed out on the linkup with Franish, but you should go check out her February budget post anyway 🙂
I know February’s more than halfway done and I’m just now getting to my January budget post. Y’all, it’s been crazy the past month. I started my new job (btw it is still crazy) which I love. Unfortunately mom has been ill and we just found out this week that her breast cancer is back. This has been quite the blow for my family, as my mom and I are very close.
Anyway, I don’t think you’d be surprised to hear that I just haven’t had the time or energy (or been in the mood) to blog. And I wasn’t even in the mood to take pictures of my purchases this month. This is a LAZY budget post.
But I just wanted to post my budget post to keep this habit going (one that I’ve kept up since 2013). Also, holy crap, I did a lot of thrifting last month:
Comptoir de cotonniers jacket 4.59
Yoana Barachi jacket 4.59
41hawthorn blouse 3.59
Banana Republic striped cardigan 4.59
Theory thermal top 3.59
French Connection green and white dress 4.59
Talbots lemon skirt 3.59
Timbuk2 bag 2.99
Boden shorts (2 pair) 4
Durham bulls tee 1.50
J crew button-down tunic 4
Brooks Brothers button down 2
Karen Kane maxi dress 3.50
Li’l Bub tee 2.25
Sympli dress 4.59
BCBG floral print dress 6
Oh my gauze top 3
Rough and Tumble small tote 5
St John skirt 3.79
Danskin bottoms 3.79
Llbean cropped sweatpants 2.79
Loft leggings 2.79
L.L.Bean denim blazer 4.59
J. Crew pink skirt 3.59
Michael Stars brown tee 3.59
Karen Kane black lace dress 4.59
St. John jacket $80 (consignment)
J. Crew factory pink cardigan $3.59
Kate spade polka dot wallet $13
Vionic Minna flats $70 – used $ from selling Frye boots
Madewell bag – used gift card at Clothes Mentor
Ted baker dress – used gift card at Clothes Mentor
Lands end dress – used gift card at Clothes Mentor
Lands end green cardigan $4.59
Karen Kane top 3.59
Kate Spade tank top 3.59
Eddie Bauer coat $13
Milly blouse $5
Socks $10 – used $ from selling boots
Express pineapple print portofino top $14 (Poshmark)
Adriano Goldschmied jeans $0 consignment credit
Longchamp wallet black $4
Longchamp wallet $4
Piazza Sempione dress $14
Caslon blazer $2
Mogo bracelet $2
Alright y’all don’t judge me…it was my birthday month
TOTAL: $263.84 … eeeeeeeeeeeeek
Y’all I went a bit overboard last month. But I got so many nice new work clothes so there, I’m justifying it!
#1: Brooks Brothers Supima cotton five-pocket jeans, $62 on sale (plus $15 for tailoring) – no longer avail.
I was really excited about these made in the USA jeans. When they arrived I tried them on immediately and they fit well. After wearing once, they got so loose, they almost fell off. Additionally, the indigo dye got over everything. It was super annoying (even though we expect at least a little bit of this). I took them into Brooks Brothers for tailoring, figuring out that they know their products best so they’d tailor them nicely. Well, they did a bad job tailoring (the tailor never even took measurements or made markings on the fabric and the actual sewing is SO messy, as if done my a small child), even though taking in the waist isn’t that difficult. So much so that when I picked up the jeans, the waist was sooo small.
Verdict: I’ve lost a few pounds so the waist fits well and I’m keeping them but I still regret spending $77 on the jeans. I will not be buying Brooks Brothers jeans or using their tailoring services again.
These pants were a hot mess from the get-go. They were loose and sloppy-looking even though they were new. I washed them over and over again but couldn’t stop the dye from getting all over EVERYTHING, including my hands, shoes, and tops. After wearing them for an hour or two, they became baggy and loose. I’m glad I only paid $13ish for these jeggings because if I had paid the full GAP price, I would have been mad. These pants made me really rethink buying GAP jeans because the quality was so bad.
I loved the print and look of this shirt but it never really fit me well. I was clearly between two sizes. Because of my slightly chubby arms, I had to size up even though my waist is a bit on the slimmer side. So that means it was super loose in the waist area and the sleeves were too long – it just looked not great. I can’t really believe I spent $46 on this shirt. It’s okay but it’s definitely not worth that much.
Verdict: Now that I’ve lost weight the shirt actually looks comically large on me. I plan on consigning it, because I only wore it maybe twice and it’s a nice shirt.
#4: NYDJ Briella Roll-Cuff Jean Short, $28 (on sale at Amazon)
I had such high hopes for these shorts. When I first put them on, they felt really good and looked really good. However, after a few hours on, they got so loose. Then after wearing them once, the stitching on the pockets began to unravel. Everything about these shorts screams “meh” and the quality is not at all what I would expect from NYDJ. I needed them for a trip this summer so I just kept them and wore them all summer (saggy butt and all) but I doubt they still fit now. Also I was disappointed that they’re made in China and not in the US like many of NYDJ’s other products. Thumbs down.
Verdict: I’ll try them again in the spring and see if they’re worth fixing up (I still really like how high-waisted they are). Maybe for $15 I can get them hemmed and get the waist taken in. If not then they will be donated and I won’t be buying any more of the NYDJ not made in the USA stuff.
What do you think? Do you have any regrettable purchases from the last year? Tell us about them in the comments?
Happy near year, friends! I know it’s super cliche by now, but can.you.believe.it’s.2017.already? Yep, this is goodbye to you, 2016, and good riddance. I hope y’all had a great holiday and new year! Here’s to hoping that 2017 brings happiness, peace, togetherness, and super amazing thrifted goodies.
December was a fun month. There was a lot of thrifting and a lot of shopping, both Christmas/holiday and otherwise.
Hi friends! I’m here to tell you all about the stuff I bought in November. And before you go thinking that I live under an enormous pile of clothes, purses, and shoes, I’d like to explain something. At least once every month or so, I go through my closet and donate or consign multiple items. This month I’ve already consigned 15 items and have another 15 more ready to go. So, here’s my explanation that I’m not yet at hoarder status (although I could use some decluttering).
Anyway, back to the list…
Holly Aiken messenger $36, consignment
Dooney & Bourke backpack $32, thrifted
Dooney & Bourke weekender $65, thrifted
LC Lauren Conrad Disney Snow White Lace Collar Top, $4 after Kohl’s Cash
Jodifl tee $34, local boutique (top)
Madewell skinny jeans $3.60, thrifted (bottom)
Ann Taylor tank top $1.50, thrifted
Pure + Good tank top $1.50, thrifted
Athleta sweatshirt $3.60, thrifted
Express Portofino shirt in very berry, on sale for $20 (top)
J. Crew striped pink and grey skirt $3.60, thrifted (bottom) <– I’m not sure I’m going to keep this skirt. It’s really cute but pretty short, even for me.
LOFT navy linen cardigan $3.60, thrifted (top)
Ralph Lauren navy cotton slacks $3.60, thrifted (bottom)
Boden blue and white dress $4.60, thrifted
Lands’ End polka dot blue wrap dress $1.50, thrifted
Eileen Fisher navy blue jersey dress $4.60, thrifted
TOTAL = $222.70. Yeeeesh, that’s steep. The only thing that might help me out here is my consignment income. But I haven’t actually made anything yet.