Saturday, August 20, 2016

Summer to Fall Transitional Wardrobe: 2016 Edition

We still have a month left of summer on the calendar, but here in Ohio, we're already feeling a bit of a weather shift. It's still quite hot and humid, but mornings and evenings are cooler. I've always had trouble with the change of season in terms of what to wear (see my 2015 transitional capsule here and some winter to spring transition tips here) so this year, I immediately recognized the need to pull together a transitional capsule.

I picked an overall color scheme of gray, black, denim/chambray, orange, green, and purple. In looking at last year's capsule, I definitely see some similarities and six of the pieces are exactly the same! Here's what in the summer to fall transitional wardrobe for 2016.


Starting with casual bottoms:

  • Merona nutmeg polka dot shorts*
  • Old Navy boyfriend jeans*
  • Boston Proper dark wash skinny jeans*
  • Sonoma medium wash skinny jeans
  • Stylus black skinnies
  • Ann Taylor LOFT denim shorts* 



Work pants:

  • Old Navy lilac Pixie pants
  • Ann Taylor LOFT white crops*
  • Talbots tan dress pants*
  • Old Navy striped Pixie pants*
  • Gap coral dot skinny minis*
  • Old Navy gray Pixie pants*
  • St. John's Bay olive pants*
  • J. Crew chambray skirt*


Tops:

  • Merona purple print blouse* 
  • Merona 3/4 sleeve striped tee
  • Mossimo gray stripe tee
  • Mossimo gray tee
  • Kiara orange chevron blouse*
  • The Limited fuchsia ruffle tee*
  • Merona dark green cap sleeve top
  • Merona leopard shell
  • Old Navy polka dot chambray*
  • Mossimo coral tee




I swapped out the green tee in the upper left hand picture for the floral Ann Taylor LOFT button up* in the photo above. I loved the colors; it's very lightweight, and I thrifted it for $1 at our Goodwill outlet!


Completer pieces and dresses:

  • Christopher and Banks olive vest*
  • Denim jacket
  • Orange cardigan*
  • Stylus gray cardigan
  • Croft and Barrow purple cardigan
  • Apt. 9 gray and black print dress*


  • Liz Claiborne chambray dress* (just thrifted, I've been looking for a chambray dress forever!!)
This capsule has a total of 32 pieces right now. This represents approximately 1/3 of my total wardrobe. I am flexible with my capsules and reserve the right to shift things in and out if something isn't working. I also have a new piece coming from Elegantees that I can't wait to share with you - it will work perfectly with this capsule! Of the 32, 20 pieces (62.5%) were purchased secondhand (or gifted from my #thriftgiving box!) from Goodwill, Schoola, Plato's Closet, garage sales etc. Five of the items were only $1 from our Goodwill outlet!!

I'm sharing my #summertofallcapsule outfits on Instagram if you're interested in checking them out!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Book Review: A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

Time for a new book review! I recently finished reading A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson, book 2 in the Sapphire Brides series. You can see my review of book 1 in the series here. In A Beauty Refined, Phoebe Von Bergen is the daughter of a German count. She is visiting America for the first time with her father as he is buying sapphires in Helena, Montana. While at the Broadwater Hotel, Phoebe meets a lapidary (gem-cutter) named Ian Harper. Ian realizes Phoebe's father is not a truthful man, and his secrets threaten to endanger his daughter's faith in her father as well as her safety.

Set in 1907, at first glance this book is a historical romance. On a deeper level, this book contains a great deal more mystery and action than I anticipated. The cover of the book is gorgeous. I really liked reading about the food and clothing in the book; I might be weird, but I always enjoy that aspect of historical fiction.

I think my main issue with this book had to do with the plot. Obviously, novels typically contain a number of "serendipitous" events that seem unlikely to occur in real life. I felt like the main premise of the book was extremely far-fetched and so the plot of the entire book was a stretch for me. This book also contained domestic violence, so if you have any trouble reading about these scenarios, I think it's important to know there are scenes where domestic violence is described.

Overall, this was an interesting book, but not my favorite title I've read recently.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.

Monday, August 1, 2016

July 2016 Clothing Budget

It's been a couple months since my last clothing budget, and this month I did some shopping at Goodwill, garage sales, Schoola, and some retail stores. I overspent my budget for the month by about $10, but I've only spent around half of my $600 budget for the year, so I'm in pretty good shape. Here's what I bought this month:

July 2016 Clothing Budget



Goodwill:

  • J.Crew chambray skirt and DexFlex striped flats - $10
Garage sales:

  • Charlotte Russe dark red maxi skirt - $1 (NWT)
  • Jellypop Elsa black flats - $1 (NIB)

Target:

  • Denim espadrilles - $12.66
  • Woven tote - $5.76

Schoola:

  • Merona plaid button up - $5.16
  • Apt. 9 print blouse and Boston Proper skinny jeans - $0.75 (I ordered a pair of white jeans that were not in great shape from Schoola and they refunded the full amount of the jeans and gave me a $10 credit to spend. I was really pleased with their customer service!)

Kohl's:

  • 2 Sonoma tanks and a pair of Sonoma skinny jeans - $10.15

The Fabulous Female:

  • Tagua shell earrings - $13.87 (This is a local boutique.)

Total spent: $60.35

I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers at Franish!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Summer 10x14 Remix: Recap!

I wrapped up my summer remix challenge last Thusday. I managed to create 14 different outfits using 10 pieces. Here's a look at my outfits;


Summer 10x14 Remix

Summer 10x14 Remix by gracenote30 on Polyvore

Overall, I enjoyed the challenge. As usual, I leaned heavily on shoes, scarves, and jewelry to make the outfits look more unique. I wore 9 different pairs of shoes over the course of 14 days. :) I would have liked a few more layering pieces - I missed my denim jacket and cardigans! I also would have liked another option or two for really hot weather. My favorite part of the challenge was knowing exactly what I was going to wear every day. I liked this so much...that I am doing a 20x21 remix for most of the month of  July. It's hosted by teachthriftwear on Instagram. Check out our capsule outfits on Instagram!

Summer Style with Schoola

If you've read this blog for any length of time, it's no secret that I love thrifting and purchases that give back - purchasing with purpose is my favorite! I bought my first items from Schoola a little over a year ago and have purchased several times since then. If you're not familiar with Schoola, here's a little background: Schoola provides a unique way to fundraise for schools. People send in their new or gently used clothing to Schoola, and instead of receiving money back from those clothing items, 40% of the proceeds from items sold are donated to the school of the donor's choice. Individuals that buy from Schoola get to an environmental, ethical, and educational impact with their purchases as well.

Recently, I reached out to Schoola to collaborate on a blog post, and they graciously sent a box of goodies for myself and my daughter! Our favorite pieces from the box were perfect for festive Fourth of July looks!




My daughter fell in love with this red, white, and blue sleeveless blouse by Piper that Schoola sent her. We layered it over a red lace-trimmed tank and paired it with some jean shorts (made from Levis we got from Goodwill for $2.29). This outfit was perfect for tumbling with her dance studio at a local parade today. (You can see her tumbling in action over on my Instagram!)



This navy and cream cap sleeve top from The Limited was my favorite piece I received. I added some thrifted Old Navy boyfriend jeans, paper bead necklace from Lot2545, and denim espadrille slip ons from Target (mine were on sale for $12.50 in store). I like this top so much, that I'm using it as one of my 20 pieces in a 20x21 remix for the first three weeks of July!

Schoola tips and tricks:

  • Schoola runs some great promos. They often run free shipping, percentages off, etc. These promos typically do not include new with tags items.
  • If you do select free shipping, be aware that shipping time for that option is longer. I believe it states 14-21 days. I usually order, forget about it, and am pleasantly surprised when my items arrive. :) I'm currently waiting on an order containing white Lands' End pants and a blue and red Merona plaid button up.
  • There are tons of items for women, men, and kids on the site - the search feature is your friend! Restrict by size, color, item type, condition, etc. to narrow down your results.
  • Right now, Schoola is offering $20 off new orders when you sign up using a referral link (mine is featured in this post). I will get a $20 credit as well when you place your order.
Take a look at Schoola, and let me know what you think! I have been pleased with the condition of all the items I've purchased from them. Have you bought anything from Schoola before?

**I received clothing items from Schoola in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.




 

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