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August Clothing Budget

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Somehow it's the end of August already, and time for another clothing budget round up post. I got a lot of items this month. I didn't spend too much because I got some crazy amazing deals at Goodwill and garage sales. I also earned a $25 eBay gift card through Influenster and won $30 to spend at thredUP through a contest on their Facebook page. So here we go with what I bought!



August Purchases by gracenote30 featuring old navy jeans
eBay Gift Card
Mossimo Cardigan - NWTMerona Print BlousePink Necklace (not pictured)Old Navy Gingham Button Down (not pictured, didn't fit) I had such a hard time spending this gift card. I was so overwhelmed with all of the options available! I love the cardigan and have worn the pink necklace a few times. I am looking forward to wearing the red blouse this fall and winter.

thredUP credit (affiliate link)
Old Navy Black Sweetheart Skinny Jeans - NWT (replacement piece for me)Old Navy Teal Boyfriend Cardigan - NWTMerona Striped Tee (not pictured, …

What I Wore: Layers

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So it's mid-August, but it's starting to feel very chilly in the morning and evening around here. I don't mind it, but I am already bringing out some of my fall clothes, including jackets and cardigans.

Sorry for the funny cropping! This outfit is fun because the whole thing was bought second hand except for my shoes and jewelry. :) I won a $30 credit to ThredUp from their Facebook page and got the black skinnies (new with tags, Old Navy Sweetheart). I also got a $25 eBay gift card from Influenster and got the rust colored cardigan (new with tags, Mossimo). The shirt is Apt. 9 purchased from a garage sale for $1. :) Necklace: Avon, Shoes: Payless I'm linking up! I Feel Pretty at Get Your Pretty On What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy
Has it been cool enough to start wearing fall clothes in your area or is it still really hot?

Book Review: Captured by Love

Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund is a historical fiction novel set on historic Mackinac Island, once called Michilimackinac Island. The book takes place in 1814, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812. This location in northern Michigan was strategic in the fur trading industry and the Americans and British fought for control over this region. This novel tells the stories of Angelique MacKenzie and her childhood friend Pierre Durant, a fur trader who has been away from the island for years.

I always like reading historical fiction novels because I enjoy learning more about various time periods in history and these types of books bring pieces of history to life through their stories and characters. It is so interesting to realize how rural this area was during the early 1800's and how difficult it was for the people living there to survive. Angelique has been helping Pierre's mother, who is blind, to stay alive as there is very little food available on the island due to th…

What I Wore: New Thrifted Finds

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I've been wanting to share a few of my recent garage sale/Goodwill fashion finds, so when Caitlin at Greater Than Rubies posted about her thrifty wardrobe, I thought it would be a good time to share some of my new closet pieces!

I recently wrote up a new closet wishlist, so I was thrilled to find this bright blue blazer from my list at Goodwill last week. I couldn't wait to wear it this weekend!

Blazer: JCP via Goodwill ($5.50), White Crops: LOFT via Goodwill, Gray Tee: Old Navy ($1.50 after coupon), Sandals: Payless, Necklace: JCPenney Here are a few other new pieces!
Print Skirt: Old Navy via Goodwill - $4.50


Black Dexter Wedges via garage sale - $3
I have these wedges in dark red already and love them!



Black Houndstooth Merona Skinny Pants via garage sale - $3.50 (still had tags on them)


Close up of the pattern


Print Style & Co Tunic via garage sale - $2 (new with tags)

I also got some cute stuff for my daughter via Goodwill and garage sales this summer, including som…

Summer Remix: Final Thoughts

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Here we are at the end of the summer remix challenge! I made a collage of all my looks, but I can't get the image to load. You can take a look at all the looks together in this Polyvore collage.

I learned a lot from the challenge. Overall, I was surprised that I didn't mind wearing the same pieces during the time frame. I am glad that my wardrobe is a in a better place and that I am happy with the vast majority of what I have.

I loved that I had some great skirts and dresses to wear. I did get rid of one of my skirts after the challenge was over - I've had it a few years and just didn't love most of the outfits that included the skirt, so decided it was time to weed it out of my closet.

My most worn pieces were my white cropped pants, boyfriend jeans, black tee, and chambray shirt. My mint cardigan got a lot of wear, too. I also loved the denim vest and really enjoyed wearing my shorts!

I have actually been considering utilizing a capsule wardrobe more often - picking…

Late Summer and Early Fall Simple Wreath DIY

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I made a sunflower wreath and have been using it for several years. It was starting to look a bit worn, so I knew it was time to make a new one. My inspiration was this hydrangea wreath from One Little Momma. The directions there were great, too. I have never used hot glue for a wreath before - it worked really well!



When I got to the store, the hydrangeas were fairly expensive. Joann Fabric was running a special on their spring/summer florals - 70% plus 20% and I had a 25% off coupon, so I decided to take a look and see what might work for a late summer wreath. I ended up buying the following supplies. All prices are after coupons/discounts.
One bunch of hydrangeas at $5.25Three bunches of cream roses at $1.80/each, $5.39One 18" grapevine wreath form at $3.74A pack of 30 glue sticks for my glue gun at $2.25 Approximate cost = $16.50


I had a gift card that covered most of the cost. I did buy some additional flowers that I didn't need, so I am returning a few things as well.

What I Wore: Print Shorts

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I haven't been sewing as much lately...it's been tough to get into a good routine and lots of other things have taken priority. Last weekend, I was inspired by the Shorts on the Line event at Imagine Gnats and decided to make myself some shorts!

I have been wanting print shorts all summer, so I thought it might be fun to go through my stash and see what fabric I had that would work. I ended up choosing a piece of grey and cream home decor weight fabric that I had picked up as a remnant awhile back.

I used this tutorial to sketch out my pieces and added a simple elastic waistband. They obviously aren't the fanciest in terms of sewing, but I really like how they turned out - and I keep thinking of ways to wear them, so they are very remixable, too! I liked them so much I wore them to church last week. :)

They're a bit rumpled after being worn all day, but here are a couple close-ups.


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