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october 2015 budget

For once, this month’s budget was slightly blown but I only bought 3 items. This is a new thing for me, as I usually thrift so I end up with a lot of items for little money.

But honestly, I’ve found myself buying clothes or accessories that I wear once or twice and and then donating or consigning them. For October – December’s budgets, I’m focusing on fewer items with better quality.

So, here’s what I got:

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  1. Hotcakes Designs Necklace (black cat)
  2. Hotcakes Designs Ring (girl holding black cat)
  3. Gap jeans ($3 from a thrift store)

Total = $138. I only went over my budget by $38 but I got a necklace and ring that are gorgeous and hand made and that I’ve wanted for a LONG time. Also, cats.

Your turn to spill the beans….How did you do this month?


As usual, I’m linking up with Franish.


july 2015 budget

Wow, I can’t believe it’s August already, y’all. Time to confess: July was a big shopping month for me. I really needed a new tote to haul all my work stuff and laptop, and I needed a pair of casual sneaker type shoes for the weekends. And then I ended up with a few other things, oops.

Here’s what I got this month:

  1. Durham Bulls jersey tank, $30
  2. Rough and Tumble tote, $50 [available here]
  3. Rockport Rock On Air Comfort Slip-On Flat, $52 from Amazon [still available]
  4. Talbots lemon print tee, thrifted $1.49
  5. Turquoise tunic tank, gift from my mom
  6. Grey tunic, from local boutique $26
  7. New York & Company black and white jumpsuit, $20 from Clothes Mentor
  8. Michael Michael Kors tank, thrifted $1.49
  9. Moschino I love 70s watch, thrifted $1.99 [sadly it doesn’t keep time, even after a new battery]
  10. Cable necklace/bracelet, thrifted $3.00
  11. Turquoise & metal bracelet, used consignment credit
  12. Magnifier necklace, thrifted $5.00
  13. Vintage whistle necklace, thrifted $4.00
  14. Vintage turquoise & sterling silver necklace, vintage jewelry store $40

-$106 from blog income
TOTAL = $127.47
july 2015 budget
july 2015 budget

Well, I guess considering, I didn’t go too far off my $100 monthly budget, plus I got lots of nice items.

Now it’s YOUR turn to spill the beans…how did you do this month?

As always, I’m linking up with Franish, so you should go check her blog out if you haven’t already.

thrift style thursday – happy halloween!

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I didn’t have a clue what to wear until I realized that my photographer friend Rachel’s Gatsby photoshoot was this weekend and that I could use Halloween to test out hair, makeup, and outfits. Also, we found out that 2 of our models couldn’t make it, so I have to fill in as a model, which will be fun but scary!

So, here I am, all dressed up as a flapper, fancy 1920s lady for my work Halloween contest. I didn’t win like last year (our group costume won 2nd place) but that’s ok because I had a great time. By the way, styling long hair like this (finger waves) is a LOT harder than it looks. The make up wasn’t too bad, I even penciled in my eyebrows to make them appear longer and thinner.


Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Thrift Style Thursday crew:

Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Zhenya Being Zhenya
Martyna at Spoolish

Costume Details:
Dress: J crew factory ruffled dress, thrifted $14 (it was new with tags!)
Lace + fringe overlay thing: thrifted $5
Fur Coat: Borrowed from my mother in law
Shoes: Naturalizer t-straps, old
Long Beaded fringe necklace: shopgoodwill.com auction
Gloves: Borrowed from my mother in law
Earrings: Forever 21, old
Headpiece with feather: made by me from scraps and feathers
Lace Pantyhose: Anne Klein, Marshalls $10 for a pack of 2 [these are really cheaply made, I would not recommend them]

florals in the fall

Like many of you, I hate the idea of not wearing bright colors or summery florals during colder months.

Who says you can’t? Just add tights, leggings, a jacket, a scarf, or just boots for a fall twist on your favorite warm weather frocks. North Carolina has a very mild fall / winter so I like to wear some of my clothes throughout the year.

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I couldn’t resist another picture of my sweet orange tabby cat, Ulysses 🙂


Outfit Details:
Dress: New York & Company dress, consignment store ($0 with consignor credit)
Belt: Brighton belt, thrifted $2
Shoes: JustFab Remington bootie
Bangle: Thrifted, $2
Necklace: Ann Taylor necklace, consignment store ($0 with consignor credit)

happy friday! summery dress + high heels

Here I am again trying to wear my summery dresses before it’s too late for the season. I felt very “resort-chic” in this dress, probably because of the shoulder-bearing sleeves + heels.

Speaking of heels, I found out yesterday after years of back pain, that I have 2 bulging discs in my lower back. I am not sure what this will mean for me, although I understand that many many people have them and go on to live normal lives. But I am weary that high heels will make the discs worse, so I’ve decided to wear them only very sparingly.

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Outfit Details:
Dress: En Focus Studios, thrifted $5
Shoes: Sole Society Elisa pump, join HERE!
Necklace: nautical charm necklace, ebay $4
Bracelets: all thrifted
Plus my Pyrex again!

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY and a wonderful weekend!