Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January Clothing Budget

I haven't blogged all month! I started a couple posts, but never finished them. I have been posting outfits on Instagram and participating in style challenges there, which has been fun and more convenient lately. I'm hoping to continue posting on here at least for monthly budget posts and book reviews. I am also thinking of participating in the Shop Your Closet remix at Greater Than Rubies in February, but it remains to be seen whether I'll actually take photos of and blog about my outfits here. :)

I had a good month thrifting and shopping the sales and bought quite a few items in general. Here's what I got:

  • Quilted look black satchel - Meijer: $6.41
  • Black polka dot fleece gloves - Meijer: $6.72
  • Cozy one button boots - American Eagle: $16.01
  • Chaps gray and cream checked flannel - Goodwill: $4.58
  • Loft gray and navy tipped cardigan - Goodwill: $1.41
  • Sonoma mint cable sweater - Goodwill: $2.82
  • Charter Club pink and white gingham buton up - Goodwill: $2.30
  • Eddie Bauer long sleeve tee - Goodwill: $2.30 (not pictured)
  • Leopard tennis shoes - Target: $6.06
  • Chambray button up - Meijer: $4.80 (not pictured)
  • Ponte blazer - Sears: $7.46
Total: $60.87 - $20.00 in remaining Christmas gift money = $40.87 total

I was thrilled with my finds. Several, like the gingham shirt, checked flannel, and chambray, have been on my list for quite awhile. Unfortunately, I had to return the olive quilted vest from Sears yesterday - it completely fell apart. :( That was birthday money spent in December, so I will have that $16.00 to spend again.

I'm linking up to Budgeting Bloggers at Franish!

Friday, January 2, 2015

December Clothing Budget

It's here! The final budget post for 2014. Overall, the $50 a month worked pretty well for me. I sometimes had a little more if I had gift cards or sold some items, etc, but $50 was a reasonable limit for me each month. I may try the quarterly concept this year, just to see if that would help me in purchasing a larger item like a winter coat, boots, etc, but I would pretty much stick to the same yearly goal of $600.

Here's what I bought this month:

December 2014 Purchases

This month was a combination of thrifting, spending birthday money, and taking advantage of Christmas deals! I have photos of about half of my items.
Black Leggings: $5.00 - I bought these as a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal, and I was not impressed at all with the quality. They pilled up right away. They were from a "deal" site and were Steve Madden brand, but I am not thrilled with them. Any recommendations for nice leggings?
Target Midi Skirt: $14.93
Payless Riding Boots: $5.00 after my birthday money - This was a Black Friday deal and I really like these.
LOFT Sweater and Eddie Bauer Grey Cords (Goodwill): $7.75 - This was my deal of the month. I found this tunic LOFT sweater (pictured above) in Goodwill. Very comfy, cozy, and pretty - and such a deal!
Kent State T-Shirt: $6.64 - I got my Master's from Kent State and my parents went there for undergrad. I got my dad a couple Kent State items from Amazon for Christmas and picked this up for myself since it was a great price.
Plaid Shirt from Meijer: $6.95 after some gift money - I have been having the worst time finding a flannel shirt in the color and size I want. I found a pretty one at Meijer and am hoping it works well! I am adding it to my January capsule.
Leopard Scarf from Payless: $6.83 - I took advantage of the extra 20% off at Payless and got this infinity scarf after Christmas. It is my third leopard print scarf this year. The others haven't been great quality. Hoping this one hold up better!
Old Navy Striped Shirt (Goodwill): $2.30 - Thrifted this black and white striped tee on New Year's Eve and it was the half off color!
Wrap Cardigan and Tassel Necklace: Free after Kohl's cash - I belong to a Yes 2 You Rewards preview group through Kohl's and as part of this oppotunity, we were given Kohl's cash to spend. I got the cardigan pictured above in a pretty purple color and the tassel necklace above in gold. I love both pieces and they filled items on my current clothing wish list.
Lots of items this month! My total was $47.65 for the month. I also got some beautiful jewelry and scarves and Christmas presents as well as a sweater and some workout clothes.
I'm linking up to Budgeting Bloggers at Franish!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Book Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen is a mysterious historical fiction novel set in England in the early 1800's. Abigail Foster is the older sister - practical and supportive of her family. She feels tremendous guilt over a unsuccessful financial decision she helped her father make, which causes major monetary problems for their family. In her quest to right this situation, she and her father stumble upon temporary lodging in the form of an abandoned manor home called Pembrooke Park. Nothing can prepare the Fosters for the aura of mystery surrounding Pembrooke Park and the tragic events that occurred there over eighteen years ago.

The setting of this book (both time and place) are wonderful, especially for those that enjoy classic British novels. I found the book full of suspense and intrigue. There were many plot twists and turns. I found many of the revelations in the book to be unexpected. Harriet is a well-developed character and I found her to be both likable and relatable. The book is quite long and I did feel that it moved slowly in some parts as it was setting up various events and situations. If you are a fan of historical fiction with a Christian message, I would recommend this book as an enjoyable choice.

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

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Favorite Thrifted Finds of 2014

2014 was a good year for thrifting! I found some great pieces for my wardrobe, plus some new Pyrex. All of these favorites were from Goodwill or garage sales.

Favorite Thrifted Finds of 2014

In no particular order, here are this year's favorites!
  1. Leopard Flats
  2. Black and White Striped Tee
  3. Floral Shift Dress
  4. Black and White Polka Dot Button Up
  5. Daisy Pyrex Casserole
  6. Cobalt Blue Knit Blazer
  7. JCP Bird Print Button Up (Not pictured)
  8. Apt. 9 Boyfriend Jeans (Not pictured)
  9. LOFT Cropped White Pants
Are you a thrifter? Any favorite secondhand pieces this year?

Friday, December 19, 2014

November Clothing Budget (Really Late!) and a Quick Update

I'm still here! I know it is more than halfway through December, but I wanted to do a quick November budget post so I would have a record of the whole year on here.

My birthday was Nov. 30, so I got a few things for my birthday, bought some things on Black Friday, and had a couple of odds and ends during the earlier part of the month. I'm having trouble getting Polyvore to work, so I will just list this month's budget and expenses.

Mustard Mossimo Cardigan from Target: $5.13
Bird Print Blouse from Goodwill: $4.98
Plaid Mossimo Button Up from Target: $7.00
Plaid Scarf from Charming Charlie: $5.00
Olive Laura Scott Vest from Sears: Birthday money
Blue Sonoma Pants from Ebay: Gift card and birthday money

I also bought a couple of tops from Goodwill without trying them on (always a mistake!) and neither one worked so that was a waste of around $7.00

Total spent in November: $29.11 out of pocket

I am still posting outfit photos on Instagram. That seems to be working better for me convenience wise right now. I'd love it if you'd follow me there and leave me your Instagram name below! I am more or less still working with a capsule wardrobe. Each month, I select around 35 pieces to work with. I sometimes add or subtract items as needed, but overall I stick with my choices. It has been so helpful. It is much easier and less overwhelming when I get dressed each morning, and since the last couple months have been pretty stressful (my dad will be having more surgery in January and it's pretty major), it's been nice to take that (minor) stress off my plate. I find I still like to shop, but I make fewer impulse purchases. This month, I replaced my riding boots, found a solid midi skirt, thrifted a pair of gray cords, and got a cute gray embellished sweatshirt. I think I have a clearer idea of what I like to wear and overall I am picking things that get worn more often.

I have a book review and an Influenster box review coming up soon and soon it will be time for a roundup of December's purchases!


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