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december 2014 budget

Hi there friends! Well, another month has (almost) gone by and it’s time to analyze the fashion purchases for the month.

December Fashion Budget

Here’s what I got this month:

  1. Brown Ralph Lauren full skirt, $11 from Pennies for Change Thrift Store
  2. Karen Kane black with embroidery dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
  3. Rough & Tumble large clutch [made in the USA], $56 from Sofia’s Carrboro, also available on Etsy.
  4. Rough & Tumble 1909 messenger bag in waxed canvas & leather in ipad size [made in the USA], $188 from Sofia’s Carrboro, also available on Etsy.
  5. Olive green studded jacket, thrifted $4.59 from Goodwill
  6. Matisse leather sandals, $5 from North Raleigh Mission Store
  7. Mia wedge boots, $10 from DRM Store
  8. LOFT polka dot tee, $3.39 from Goodwill
  9. Rafaella black ruffle tank, $3.39 from Goodwill
  10. Poncho, $17.20 from ThredUp
  11. Kate Spade pink packable tote bag, $5 from Goodwill
  12. Black Gallery coat, $8 from Goodwill
  13. Turquoise and sterling earrings, used consignment credit
  14. Lilly Pulitzer blue ruffle sweater, $4.59 from Goodwill
  15. Banana Republic factory bird print blouse, $9.70 from ThredUp
  16. Apt. 9 olive green sweater, $3.39 from Goodwill
  17. Old Navy black sweater $3.39 from Goodwill
  18. Vintage brown Coach crossbody purse, $8 from Goodwill
  19. [Not pictured] 2 pair of cat socks, $15
  20. [Not pictured] long summer/beach dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
  21. KITTY: Mr. Ulysses

-$255.00 consignment payout
TOTAL = $109.82 [only $9.82 over my budget]

As usual I did a ton of thrifting (and a little ThredUp-ing) this month. I love what I got and I feel as though I’ll wear all of it (except maybe the vintage Coach bag, I plan on selling it). My favorite item is the Rough & Tumble bag that I’ve been crushing on for years. I finally made enough money from consignments and decided to treat myself. We’ll see how I do in January but it’s my birthday month so I might treat myself a little extra 😉

What about you? How did you do this month? What’s your plan for January?

Linking up with Franish!


november 2014 budget

Hi friends! I can’t believe that tomorrow is December! It seems this month has gone by quickly and thriftily. I guess I’ve been rebitten by the thrift bug this month because I’ve just not been able to stop thrifting! I even went thrifting with my mother-in-law for Black Friday.

Here’s what I got this month:

november 2014 fashion budgetLeft to right:

1. NYDJ black slacks, $6 from Salvation Army Store
2. NYDJ skinny damask print pants, $5 from Salvation Army Store
3. Eileen Fisher stretchy pants, $3 from DRM Store
4. Sweatpants (grey), $3 from DRM Store
5. Terry sweatpants (black), free from DRM Store (buy 1 get 1 free offer)
6. NYDJ leather panel denim leggings, $30 from Marshalls
7. Karen Kane black slacks, free from DRM Store (buy 1 get 1 free offer)
8. Levis Demi Curve jeans, $4 from DRM Store
9. NYDJ jeans, $3 from Pennies for Change Store
= $54 on pants

SHOES & Accessories!
november 2014 fashion budgetLeft to right (top to bottom):

1. NAOT sandals, $1.75 from DRM Store
2. Stuart Weitzman patent and cork sandals, $3.59 from Goodwill
3. Stuart Weitzman kitten sandals, $3.59 from Goodwill
4. Clarks sandals, $3.59 from Goodwill
5. Sanita professional clogs, $3.59 from Goodwill
6. Vintage Dooney & Bourke All Weather Leather red and brown leather crossbody bag, $7 from DRM Store
7. Bass sandals, $3.59 from Goodwill
8. Worth New York leather belt, $10 from Goodwill
9. (BELOW) Charles Jourdan shoes, $5 from NRM Thrift Store
= $41.70 on shoes etc.
november 2014 fashion budget - charles jourdan shoes DRESSES!november 2014 fashion budgetLeft to Right:

1. (Top horizontal) Eileen Fisher t-shirt dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
2. Lands End chambray dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
3. Ann Taylor navy stretchy sheath dress, $6 from Salvation Army Store
4. Boden jersey dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
5. Eileen Fisher black dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
6. Lands End purple and white polka dot dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
7. J. Crew white and navy polka dot dress, $4 from DRM Store. Ok so the story about this dress is that I couldn’t leave the store without it but it’s a size too small. I’m planning on getting back on track low carb-wise and losing a few pounds and hopefully it will fit. If not, then I can see if my tailor can let it out. If not then I’ll consign it, but it’s a great dress!
= $32.95 on dresses
november 2014 fashion budget - j crew polka dot dress
TOPS and whatnot!
november 2014 fashion budgetLeft to right (top to bottom):

1. French Connection striped sweater, $4.59 from Goodwill
2. Chevron tunic, $3.39 from Goodwill
3. Ralph Lauren leopard print button-down, $2 from Pennies for Change
4. Lands End Canvas eyelet shirt, $2 from DRM Store
6. Lily Pulitzer white tank top, $2 from DRM Store
7. Dana Buchman silk top, $2 from DRM Store
8. Polka dot chambray shirt, $3.39 from Goodwill
9. Old Navy skirt, $2 from DRM Store
10. Worthington jacket, $4.59 from Goodwill
11. J. Jill jacket, $2 from DRM Store
12. (NOT PICTURED) long open sweater cardigan, $25 from insta-shop
13. Turquoise necklace, $3 from DRM Store
=$55.96 on tops and misc.

TOTAL = $184.61

YIKES! Ok, so I spent almost $85 over my budget! But, I got a lot of GREAT staples, including the Sanita clogs, which I LOVE and wear almost every day! I’ve also got a bunch of stuff to consign and donate because I don’t want to have too much stuff, I want to have just the right amount of stuff, so I’m trying to get rid of stuff if I buy new stuff!

Ok friends, it’s your turn…how did you do this month? Did you do any thrifting or shopping for Black Friday at all?

LINKING UP with Franish for budgeting bloggers!

October 2014 budget

Hi friends, another month has gone by and it’s time to share all my fashion-related purchases. Well I have to come clean, this month was not a good month for me and I’ll tell you exactly why. I’ve had a tough month stress-wise and I use thrifting to unwind and relieve stress. And the source of this extreme stress? Work. I hope it goes away soon.

Anyway, these are the lovely thrifted haul for the month:

october budget
october 2014 fashion budget

What I got this month (in no particular order):

  1. David Kahn Lauren jeans, ThredUp – $22
  2. 2 pair Gap jeans, Salvation Army Store – $12 for both
  3. EMU Ballina shearling boots, thrifted – $18
  4. Gap jean jacket, consignment store (used credit) – $0
  5. Jennifer Lopez cream polka dot blouse, Salvation Army Store – $4
  6. Halogen tie neck blouse (NWT from Nordstrom), Salvation Army Store – $5
  7. Old Navy polka dot beige cardigan, Salvation Army Store – $4
  8. Gap striped tee + Lands End zip up hoodie + AE tee + black stretchy pants (not pictured) + H&M striped tee, all thrifted – $20
  9. Gap geometric print blouse, ebay – $20 includes shipping

TOTAL = $105

I guess that’s not bad considering how many pieces, including some lovely weekend lounge wear, I got.

So for the past few months, I’ve been trying to keep my budget around $25 but I think that’s just not going to happen. I’m going to go back to my $100/month budget but I’m going to try and do the ‘one piece in, one piece out’ philosophy to try and keep from accumulating too much.

Well, it’s your turn to spill the beans, how did you do this month?

I’m linking up with Franish for the monthly budget posts, so don’t forget to check her out.

july 2014 fashion budget

So it seems that July was a GREAT month for me, budget-wise. A combination of not buying a lot of stuff plus selling lots of stuff = YAY not spending a lot!

So here’s what I got in July:

1. Vintage Dooney & Bourke bag. OK, this bag was very expensive (for me) but I just love the bright blue color, plus you all know I’m a sucker for vintage leather goods. $115 (incl. shipping) from Poshmark.
2. Coach Janice’s Legacy bag, thrifted $13
3. Coach light green wallet, thrifted $8
4. Gap leather belt, thrifted $1
5. Herve Chapelier tote bag, Clothes Mentor $14
6. Liberty London for Target floral blouse, ebay for $16
7. Liberty London dress, consignment store for $10
8. Clarks sandals (so comfy!), consignment store for $18
9. Silver right, consignment for $13
10. [Not Pictured] 2 bras and a tank top from Nordstrom on sale, $105 … I really need some new bras.

-Selling $75 worth of clothes at Clothes Mentor and $200 in consignments

=TOTAL (after selling clothes and consignment credits) $38

Ok so here’s the deal though, we just bought a new car since I gave my mom my old car to take to California with her when she moves there for her new job. But as you can imagine, having a car payment after many years of not having one means extra expenses. Plus I’d love to save up for a new couch. That means that I’m taking my monthly fashion budget from approx. $100 per month down to $25. My plan is to use this money to put toward the car payment or the new couch.

Well, I hope you all enjoyed my July budget breakdown. Now it’s time for YOU to spill the beans….how was your July???

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:)

floral blazer3
floral blazer1
floral blazer2
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 =/

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 🙂


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