Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Budget 2014

Target Leopard flats: originally $24.99= on sale for $19.99 
J. Crew Posey bracelet: originally $78 + 25% off= $58.50 + $50 rewards= $8.50

Total spent: $28.49
eBay sales= $73.96

Final total: +$45.47

Ohhh August. You've been so full of ups and downs. For every trip to DC to visit an old roommate, there have been 5 days of pure chaos adjusting to a new school year. With everything going on, I just didn't think much about shopping. I checked out a few of the new fall arrivals from my favorite stores, but I didn't feel compelled to buy very much. Once the school year got underway last week, I barely had time to breathe, let alone shop. I'm still eyeing a few pieces from my "Early Fall Wishlist" post so maybe I'll add this skirt and this dress to my closet in September. I also ordered these pants today during the big J. Crew sale, but it's my first foray into J. Crew pants so I'm not sure how they'll work out. 

While I didn't buy very much this month, I've been wearing the crap out of what I did buy. These shoes have proven perfect for work and play, and the bracelet has added a nice pop of color to my summer wardrobe. So there you have it- a small but useful purchasing month!

How did you do this month?

Obviously linking up with Fran over at Budgeting Bloggers!

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Casual Florals

Sweatshirt- J. Crew / Chambray- J. Crew / Denim- Loft / Sandals- J. Crew / Bag- Kate Spade / Earrings- J. Crew  

Had I worn this outfit today, I probably would have died of heatstroke. But for some of the cooler weather days we've had?... Well, probably still too warm. Honestly, I was just trying to come up with some ways to style it for the upcoming months. I was worried that having a print on top would make my upper body look too wide, but I think layering it with the chambray draws the eye downward and lengthens my torso. I may only have one look so far, but it's a start! And now I'll turn to my best-kept secret- all of you! How would you style a top like this?

Well, the kiddos haven't even shown up to school yet and I'm exhausted. It's funny how two weeks off gets your body completely off schedule. I went to bed at 9pm last night just so I could get through another full day of inservice meetings today. I guess you do what you gotta do?

Happy Shopping!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School, Back to School

Top- J. Crew / Denim- Loft / Scarf- J. Crew / Sandals- Tory Burch / Sunglasses- RayBan / Bag- Kate Spade / Bracelets- J. Crew (on sale in store!)

Today marks the first day of a new school year. I try not to give too many details about my working life on here just because I've heard too many "social-media-ruined-my-job" horror stories, but I work in a school for kids with autism. I started last year in mid-September so this will actually be my first year being there from the get-go. To be honest, it's totally bittersweet. A lot of my favorite kiddos moved up to new classes, but I'm excited to get some new ones. Fingers crossed the year starts off well! I can't wait to go back to my daily uniform of t-shirts, low ponytails, and undereye circles.

Now for what you're really concerned about- does this J. Crew Chambray Keeper shirt live up to its reputation? I'm so glad you asked! You can obviously walk into any store nowadays and find a chambray shirt, but I'm really picky and have been unhappy with a lot of the ones I've tried on. Too much distressing, too much detailing, too tight on the chest- I've complained about it all. I read about the Keeper shirt a lot, but I also saw some reviews that said it ran small. Luckily, I've found that it runs pretty true to size and doesn't pull across my chest. I also love that it has a casual vibe but can be dressed up with a skirt and accessories, too. I'm quite sure it will be getting a lot of wear as the weather cools down!

Is anyone else working in the school system and headed back to work soon?

Happy Shopping! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Early Fall Wishlist

I'm sorry to be talking about the F word when there's still precious summertime left, but a few things have been caught my eye lately and I wanted to share! 

Kate Spade Booties- I stumbled upon these the other day, and I. am. obsessed. I passed up on a short pair of Frye boots during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale because they didn't wow me, and now I feel like the universe wanted me to wait for these. The bow just kills me, but I am a little hesitant about the height. I feel like I'd have to be wearing very skinny jeans or they'd look weird tucked in. 

J. Crew Factory Striped Knit Dress- I think this would be so easy to throw on with a jacket and boots. I love stripes, and this would be super comfy. 

Loft Knit Moto Jacket- I have some great casual fall jackets, but this could dress things up a little. I also love the blush tone. 

Kate Spade Planner- I've seen this thing all over Instagram, and I have to admit it's pretty cute. I have a terrible tendency of buying planners, filling them all out, and then only using them for a week. Maybe this one would keep me coming back!

J. Crew Factory City Mini- I finally took the plunge on this city mini, and I've been wearing it nonstop. I'd love to have a fall option, too. 

Target Leopard Sneakers- I'm sure people have very mixed opinions on this comeback style. Personally, I think they'd be a comfy, stylish option for when I'm at work and on my feet all day. 

J. Crew Geometric Necklace- I always have a hard time styling necklaces when I have a blouse layered under a sweater. This necklace is so long that I think it would work perfectly!

Kate Spade Wallet- My Target wallet has put up a good fight, but I think it may be time to invest in a grown up wallet that actually holds all of my cards. 

Have any fall pieces caught your eye?

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Destructed Denim Shorts

Top- Old Navy (similar) / Denim- Gap (similar) / Sandals- J. Crew / Earrings- J. Crew (love these)

One of the biggest challenges I've faced with blogging has nothing to do with my blog at all- it has to do with finding the time to keep up with all of the other fantastic blogs I love to read! I feel like I've become genuine blog friends with a number of great ladies out there, and it kills me when I fall behind on reading and supporting what they've got going on. However, I've noticed a few ladies (I'm looking at you Alissa, Inge, and Kristina!) who do an amazing job of consistently reading and commenting on my posts (you guys are the best!) so I know it's possible. 

Well, enter the one blogging tool I've completely failed at using- Bloglovin. I'm not sure if that's how those ladies do it, but I only just realized how easy it is to group my favorites together and comment on them right there as opposed to jumping around from blog to blog. Now, I'm sure many of you are sitting there with mouths agape going "Kaitlin... you seriously just realized this?" I know. It's incredibly embarrassing given that I've been blogging for two years now. ("You mean Bloglovin isn't just there to make you obsess over how many followers they have??") But this is coming from the person who doesn't like putting music on their phone because it's too convenient and consistently starts all their work documents from scratch instead of working from a template. I don't know why I choose to make things more difficult for myself, but it's a frequently repeated pattern. Although now that I'm finally taking advantage of this shortcut, I hope to do a better job of reading and keeping up with all you ladies! Better late than never?

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stripes on Repeat

Sweatshirt- J. Crew / Denim- Old Navy / Boots- Hunter / Bag- Tory Burch 

You know the phrase "misery loves company"? I think complaining about weather is the Chicago native's most unifying conversation topic. Six months later, I still find myself talking about the past year's horrendous winter at least once a week. It's like we can't stop commiserating and yet we all refuse to leave. (Yes, Chicago in the summer is that good.) 

When I woke up to 60 degrees and rainy this morning, I should have been bemoaning the loss of a precious "summer" day... and yet I was too dang excited to throw on a jeweled sweatshirt and pair of wellies. My body may hate the cold, but my mind loves cooler weather fashion. I sincerely hope we have at least one more month (or three) of warmer weather... but I'm okay if that warmer weather stays around 65 degrees.

Do your favorite clothes dictate your preferred weather?

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Breaking the Rules

Dress- J. Crew Factory (love this for fall) / Belt- J. Crew / Sandals- J. Crew / Bag- Marc Jacobs 

I read a great post awhile back by Fran (thanks Tracy!) on all the "fashion rules", and stripes were the first thing that popped into my mind. I feel like I knew by middle school that you shouldn't wear horizontal stripes unless you fall into the waif-like category (or so magazines would say), but I could never help that I was smitten with stripes- boobs and all. I can look at the pictures above and see that I might benefit from throwing on some statement necklaces or layering with a jacket to distract from my top half- but I still love the stripes. So rules be damned! This is one fashion faux pas I'll happily continue making. 

What are your "dressing rules"? Or, better yet, what are your favorite rules to break?

Happy Shopping!

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