Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 2014 Budget

J. Crew Factory Classic Plaid Button-Down: Originally $64.50 + clearance price + 30% off = $30
J. Crew Painter Tee with Zips: Originally $49.50 + 30% off = $38
J. Crew Factory Funnelneck Sweatshirt: Originally $88 + 50% off = $44
J. Crew Factory Quilted Puffer Vest (similar): $100 via eBay
J. Crew Golden Plate and Crystal Earrings: Originally $35 + mark down + 30% off= $12
Kate Spade Cedar Street Lacey Wallet: Originally $178 + 25% off = $134

Total: $354
eBay sales: $143

Total: $211

This month I finally nabbed a few pieces that I had been hoping would go on sale. The wait paid off, and I was able to get almost everything on a discount. I say almost because the one thing I ended up spending more than the original price on? This damn vest. I had it in my online shopping cart for months but never pulled the trigger, and then it sold out. I wavered on getting it via eBay since I knew I'd be paying more, but I managed to make enough off my own eBay sales this month that I could justify it. I'm really glad I did because I've been wearing it constantly! As you can see above, I gravitated towards navy and red pieces this month, and the vest is a great pairing with both. It's also been perfect for our mild October weather here in Chicago.

I also crossed an item off my list that's been there forever- a new wallet. My Target one served me well for a few years, but it didn't hold very much and was on its last legs. Thanks to the Kate Spade Friends & Family sale I was able to grab this adorable leopard-print one that will work well with my bags. Because what kind of monster doesn't match their wallet to their bag?

How did you do this month?

Obviously linking up with Fran over at Budgeting Bloggers!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Chambray, Red & Leopard

Vest- J. Crew / Chambray- J. Crew / Skinnies- Gap / Scarf- J. Crew Factory / Booties- Old Navy / Watch- Michael Kors

I'm trying to come up with something witty to write about this outfit, but I'm too busy stressing out about all the work I have due this week. Come October, I'm ready for a break, but instead I seem to be drowning in meetings, reports, and progress reports. Sigh. I guess you have to take the good parts of the job with the bad. 

Hope everyone else's week is a little less stressful!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Funnelneck Sweatshirt

Sweatshirt- J. Crew Factory / Denim- J. Crew / Flats- Tory Burch / Earrings- J. Crew 

I guess there are more flattering outfits I could have worn in a blog post, but I'm so in love with this sweatshirt I don't even care. Here's my dirty little secret- when I get home from work during the week, I immediately change into leggings and a cozy knit. All that outfit planning and fashion stuff? Totally out the window. Now that the weather outside is dull and gray by the time I get home there's nothing I want to throw on more than a sweatshirt. The funnelneck on this one makes it just stylish enough that I don't feel like a total bum, but I can also take a very fulfilling nap in it. The best of both worlds?

Today I'm spending a few hours at a handwriting course to help best teach my kiddos how to improve their handwriting. I've been an occupational therapist for a full year now, but it's amazing how much you don't actually learn in school. I've taught myself a lot of the basics, but I'm pretty excited to find some new techniques and activities to make handwriting the not-most-boring-thing-in-the-world. (Have I mentioned most kids hate handwriting?) Plus, it only means 3 hours until the weekend instead of my usual 8-hour school day. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Buffalo Plaid x2

Sweater- J. Crew / Blouse- Gap (similar) / Denim- J. Crew / Scarf- Gap (similar) / Flats- Tory Burch / Watch- Michael Kors

I mentioned in a previous post that I love this buffalo plaid top, but it's a little shorter than I'd like. That became really apparent when I layered it under this sweater, and I was a bummed because I love the colors together. Then, I realized I had the perfect solution- layer it with a scarf I got from Gap in the exact same pattern last year. It was one of those great moments where my penchant for buying extremely similar items really paid off. So there you have it- buffalo plaid x2!

Happy Shopping!

PS- Linking up with Random Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I Liked It In Theory...

Trench- Gap (old) (similar) / Dress- J. Crew Factory / Boots- Hunter / Necklace- J. Crew 

 I think the idea of this dress is great (comfy, easy to throw on, striped), but my immediate reaction upon trying it on was "Well, this would be a perfect maternity dress... if I planned on getting pregnant any time soon." I carry my weight in my midsection, and it was just a bit too clingy around that area. I think the dress looks great layered under this trench, but I couldn't find any other way I liked to wear it. I've made a really concerted effort in the last year to only keep items that I can style many different ways so I don't think I'll be keeping this one. However, despite promising myself I'd never again order a "Final Sale" item, I did it again here. eBay, here I come...

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Linking up with Style Sessions and Trend Spin Linkup!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Top 3

Vest- J. Crew Factory / Tee- J. Crew / Denim- J. Crew / Scarf- Zara / Boots- Tory Burch / Earrings- J. Crew / Watch- Michael Kors 

I'm just going to say it- this is one of my favorite outfits ever. I'm not sure the etiquette on fawning over your own outfits, but I just feel so perfectly fall in this outfit. (That's a feeling, right?) My friend had a party over the weekend, and I guess the unofficial dress code was "vest" because we pretty much all showed up wearing one. I guess the whole layering-with-a-vest thing isn't original, but it's a welcome time of the year before temperatures necessitate the use of sleeves on outerwear. 

I also went a little domestic diva for the party this weekend, and I have to give a huge shout-out to Kristina for her Mint Oreo brownies. They were seriously the easiest recipe ever, and people (well, mainly the boys who got to them first) loved them. I also made this sangria and this sangria which were a great festive option. Add in the world's easiest buffalo chicken crock pot recipe and I seemed much more gifted in the kitchen than I actually am.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Happy Shopping!

PS- Linking up with  Mix It MondaysManic Monday, and Let It Shine!  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wardrobe Inspiration: Kate Middleton

When I saw this adorable picture of Kate helping Prince George take his first steps in public, I thought two things- 
1.) This is adorable.
2.) Kate's outfit is simple yet perfect. 

A striped tee, pair of jeans, and Sperrys are all it took to recreate the perfect day-to-day outfit. I find myself wearing it constantly- running errands, lunch with friends, shopping. There are some days I tell myself to dress it up a little more, but I just don't want to. Sometimes you just can't argue with simple!

 Jacket- J. Crew Factory (similar) / Tee- J. Crew / Denim- J. Crew / Shoes- Sperry / Necklace- J. Crew

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