Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July Budget 2014

1. Gemstone Silk Top- Originally $118, on sale for $38
2. Jeweled Stripe Sweatshirt- Originally $88, on sale for $46
3. Keeper Chambray shirt- Originally $78, on sale for $40
4. Marc Jacobs Messenger Bag- Originally $348, on sale for $232
5. Printed Linen Cotton Mini- Originally $69.50, on sale for $25
6. Polynesian Stone Necklace (similar)- Originally $138, on sale for $42
7. Photo Floral Sweatshirt- Originally $65, on sale for $15
8. Merino Mesh Knit Sweater- Originally $79.50, on sale for $15

Original total: $984
Total with sale prices: $455
Total saved: $529

After coming in way under budget in June (I actually made more off eBay sales than I spent!), I gave myself a little more room to play in July. I don't always do that, but the sales were just too. damn. good. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is obviously the mecca of all sales, but I kept myself relatively under control and only purchased a classic Marc Jacobs bag that I'd been eyeing for awhile. Don't get me wrong- I could have easily spent waaaay more, but most of the items I liked still came with a hefty price tag. I like the idea of spending a little more and investing in one classic, quality piece each year that will stand the test of time. (Last year, I bought Tory Burch boots that seem like they're going to hold up for a looong time.)

The J. Crew sale prices also got crazy good towards the end of the month. I tend to online browse a lot, and, when I like something, I'll put it in my online shopping cart and hope it goes on sale. It's a bit of a game since you obviously run the risk of having it sell out, but the frequent "Additional 40% off sale price" promotions make such a huge price difference that I think it's worth it. Another tip: sold out items will frequently reappear on the site 1 or 2 times before finally being gone so it's worth checking back every day! That's how I found both the Gemstone top and Photo Floral sweatshirt in my (previously sold out) size. I got really lucky this month and was able to score a number of saved items on major discount. 

I'm happy about my purchases this month because I think they'll be great transition pieces heading into the fall, and many will continue to make great layering pieces in the colder months. I'm also glad I finally snagged a simple black bag that will (hopefully) last for years!

How did you do this month?

Obviously linking up with Fran over at Budgeting Bloggers!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Pattern Crazy in Love

Top- J. Crew (dress version) / Denim- Loft / Sandals- Tory Burch / Bag- Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom Anniversary sale price) / Earrings- J. Crew (love these) / Sunglasses- Ray-Ban 

When this top first popped up on the J. Crew website, I wasn't immediately smitten. I love color as much as the next girl, but this is a lot of color mixed with a lot of pattern. I wasn't sure how it would fit into my real world wardrobe, but I absolutely loved how Shelby at Glitter and Gingham styled it in such a fun yet wearable way. I've been gravitating toward simpler looks recently, and I love that I can wear this with minimal jewelry and accessories yet still pack a punch. White jeans seemed like an easy choice for a fun summer look, and I picture layering it with cardigans and jackets in the fall. The best part? I snagged it for $35 versus it's original $118 price tag. Can't beat that! (It's no longer online but check stores!)

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine was busy but so so good. A brief rundown in no particular order-

-Got my first blow out at Drybar (above is the 2nd day look!)
-Went to brunch Friday AND Saturday 
-Had dinner Friday night with Denny's best friend (and now Best Man!)
-Went out Saturday night with two of my favorite ladies from college and grad school
-Stayed overnight in the city (hellooo hotel king size bed)
-Spent a few hours sipping cocktails with my Maid of Honor in her tres chic apartment
-Purchased a bottle of 3 Olives vodka that came in a koozie with a built-in speaker (what?)
-Toured potential wedding venues
-Decided on a wedding venue (well, 99% sure)

I know that last one is what most of you want to hear about it, and they did not disappoint. Where to even start? I think the most important thing to mention is that Beyonce is not human. It's not possible. Who can actually move like that?? She was in-cred-i-ble. Dance moves, costumes, soaring vocals- Queen Bey definitely covered all the bases. I won't lie though- I was almost more excited to hear Jay-Z's songs. Whereas Beyonce's songs remind me of those end-of-high-school years, Jay-Z's take me all the way back to 7th grade. Um, hello Big Pimpin! I think the best way to sum it up was when I turned to Denny and uttered the sentence "Colleen had the edited version of this song on her Napster account." They performed for a full two-and-a-half hours and covered 43 songs. If they're headed to your town and you're on the fence about buying tickets, here's the set list. It just might sway you...

1. “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”
2. “Upgrade U”
3. “Crazy in Love”
4. “Show Me What You Got”
5. “Diamonds are Forever”
6. “N—as” in Paris”
7. “Tom Ford”
8. “Run the World”
9. “Bow Down/I Been On”
10. “Flawless”
11. “Yonce”
12. “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”
13. “Big Pimpin’”
14. “Ring the Alarm”
15. “On to the Next One”
16. “Clique”
17. “Diva”
18. “Baby Boy”
19. “U Don’t Know”
20. “Ghost”/”Haunted”
21. “No Church in the Wild”
22. “Drunk in Love”
23. “Public Service Announcement”
24. “Why Don’t You Love Me”
25. “Holy Grail”
26. “Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit”
27. “Beach Is Better”
28. “Partition”
29. “99 Problems”
30. “If I Were a Boy”
31. “Ex Factor” (by Lauryn Hill)
32. “Song Cry”
33. “Resentment”
34. “Love on Top”
35. “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
36. “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me)”
37. “Single Ladies”
38. “Hard Knock Life”
39. “Pretty Hurts”
40. “Part II (On the Run)”
41. “Forever Young”
42. “Halo”
43. “Lift Off” (instrumental)

Yeah, pretty fantastic. 

How was your weekend? Busy but fun? Low-key and relaxed? I think after this weekend my next one will definitely fall into the latter category...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lilac & a Bold Bauble

Tee- J. Crew / Denim- Loft / Sandals- J. Crew / Necklace- J. Crew (on super sale!) / Sunglasses- Ray Ban 

There are times you pick your outfit and then find a few great accessories to go with it. And then there are times you become totally fixated on a bold accessory and plan your entire outfit around it. This was definitely one of those times. I've wanted this necklace ever since it came out back in the spring, but I wasn't willing to drop the money on its $138 price tag. J. Crew has been having some crazy sales recently so I kept an eye on this piece hoping it would get down to a reasonable price. Once it hit $89 with an additional 50% off I couldn't say no! The mix of colors make it surprisingly versatile, and I'm excited to find new ways to style it!

Well, it may only be Thursday, but I'm already in full weekend mode. I'm heading to the Jay Z and Beyonce concert tonight which should be ***Flawless (see what I did there?), and then Denny and I are checking out wedding venues this weekend. I've realized by way of internet searching that I'm incredibly picky so I'm a little anxious that I won't like anything, but hopefully that's not the case! Truthfully, I just want to get the venue locked down so I don't have to do anything else for a few months and can finally have an answer to the "When's the wedding??!" question. (I don't know, okay?? I don't know!!) Sooo... here's hoping I like something!

What are you ladies up to this weekend?

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My One Nordstrom Anniversary Steal

Blazer- Loft (similar) / Tee- J. Crew / Denim- Loft / Sandals- Tory Burch / Bag- Marc Jacobs (Anniversary sale price) / Necklace- J. Crew

I don't know how I did it, but I exhibited some self-control at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale this year. There were a lot of pieces that caught my eye, but I knew the one hole I really wanted to fill in my wardrobe was a basic black bag. I've been a fan of the Marc Jacobs designs forever, but I didn't necessarily want to shell out the money (especially given my other bag purchases this year...). This bag is small enough that it's easy to carry day-to-day, but it fits all of my essentials. If I was only going to buy one thing at the sale, I'm glad this was it!

Okay but let's be real the sale is going on for another 2 weeks so I can't promise the damage is done. I'm still thinking of this, this, and this...

Happy Shopping!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Paper Bag Skirt

Top- J. Crew Factory (similar) / Skirt- J. Crew Factory (similar) / Belt- J. Crew / Sandals- Tory Burch / Bag- J. Crew (similar) / Sunglasses- Ray-Ban / Bangles- Charming Charlie

I've heard this skirt affectionately referred to as the "paper bag" skirt. I'm assuming this has something to do with the crinkling at the top, but I really have no idea. And, when it's this cute, I really don't care! I tried this style a few years back and didn't love it, but I think the fit must be different or I've lost weight since then... Yes. Yes, it must be the second one :)

This skirt has recently been on mega-clearance for about $25. It's no longer available online but check stores!

Happy Shopping!

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

Thursday, July 17, 2014

An Oldie But a Goodie

Shirtdress- Gap (another great option) / Bag- Kate Spade / Sandals- J. Crew / Earrings- J. Crew Factory 

Apparently, my ankle is triple-jointed in that last picture. Seriously, what is happening? Isn't it amazing the things you capture on film when you spend so much time taking pictures of yourself? Perhaps some things are better left unseen... 

I found this dress last summer in Gap's clearance section for the bargain price of $10. Yes, seriously, $10. I couldn't believe it either. I love a simple shirtdress, and the green gingham is such a fun pattern. 

Do you have any great pieces in your closet that were a ridiculous steal?

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Navy Simplicity

Top- J. Crew (similar) / Shorts- J. Crew / Sandals- Tory Burch / Sunglasses- Ray-Ban 

I love a simple navy and white outfit. No muss, no fuss. (Also, what kind of word is muss? Or did I just get the saying wrong....?) I'll also say it for the millionth time- these shorts are one of the greatest purchases ever. Elastic waistband. Head over to J. Crew to score them on massive sale!

Happy Shopping!

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