Friday, August 29, 2014

August Clothing Budget

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

eBay Gift Card
  • Mossimo Cardigan - NWT
  • Merona Print Blouse
  • Pink 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 - NWT
  • Merona Striped Tee (not pictured, more worn than I prefer, sending to Goodwill)
Garage Sales
  • Merona Black and Gray Print Skinny Pants - NWT - $3.50
  • Dexter Black Wedges - $4.00
  • Plaid Keds - New in Box - $2.00
  • Black and White Striped Worthington Blouse - $1.00 (not pictured)
  • Mossimo Leopard Flats - $4.50
  • JCP Cobalt Knit Blazer - $5.00
  • Limited Drew Fit Pants - $5.00 (not pictured)
  • Old Navy Peasant Skirt - $5.00 (not pictured)
  • Target Mossimo Tees (2) - $10.72
  • Charming Charlie Scarf - $5.36
  • Charming Charlie Purple Earrings - $3.22
  • Old Navy Gray Tee - $1.44 after $5.00 rewards certificate
Total: $50.74

Like I said, I got a lot of pieces this month. In September, I need to focus less on shopping and more on wearing all these fun new items. :)

I'm linking up to Budgeting Bloggers at Franish.

Monday, August 18, 2014

What I Wore: Layers

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!

Has it been cool enough to start wearing fall clothes in your area or is it still really hot?

Monday, August 11, 2014

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 the current conflict. Pierre is a wanderer, content to be away from home, but he is shocked to realize his mother's plight, so chooses to stay home. He and Angelique begin to rekindle their childhood friendship. Angelique is conflicted about this relationship - she is engaged to Pierre's brother and Angelique is struggling with the conditions placed on her by her guardian Ebeneezer Whiley.

Overall, I really liked this book. The characters were well-developed. Each one struggled with the difficulties of living in a rural area defined by war. They truly needed to rely on God to survive this conflict. They had decisions to make regarding truthfulness and their own integrity. The only part of the storyline that I struggled a bit with were some of the way Angelique was treated by Ebeneezer. While it did help to establish how the storyline progressed, it wasn't my favorite part of the plot. I would recommend this book to those that enjoy historical fiction!

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

What I Wore: New Thrifted Finds

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 some Paper Denim & Cloth jeans, a Gymboree sweater, and more.

I would say at this point around 50% of my wardrobe is secondhand. How about you? Do you like to thrift for yourself or your family?

I'm linking up!

Sunday Best at the Modern Austen

I Feel Pretty at Get Your Pretty On

What I Wore Wednesday at the Pleated Poppy

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Remix: Final Thoughts

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 a set number of pieces and just wearing those for a month or certain time frame. It was so nice and simple to consult my list and pick an outfit to wear. It's been kind of overwhelming to have all my choices back again!!

The remix has also helped me to realize I need to focus on replacing some basics; I need a new grey tee; and I need to look for pants!

I'm linking up to Greater Than Rubies!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Late Summer and Early Fall Simple Wreath DIY

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 $5.25
  • Three bunches of cream roses at $1.80/each, $5.39
  • One 18" grapevine wreath form at $3.74
  • A 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.

I cut the flowers, hot glued them to the wreath form, added some of the hydrangea leaves, and put a ribbon on for hanging.

Overall, this was a fun and simple project that didn't take too much time or money!

What I Wore: Print Shorts

I haven't been sewing as much'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.

I'm linking up!

Sunday Best at The Modern Austen

I Feel Pretty at Get Your Pretty On

Fashion Friday at Musings of a Housewife


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