shopping budget: january 2014

Ann Taylor LOFT January 2014

Earlier this year, I resolved to take control of my spending habits and set a monthly shopping budget of $350.  So far, the challenge has helped me evaluate the items I add to my wardrobe and avoid any tempting distractions.  At the end of each month, I’ll share my purchases with you and review my remaining budget for the year.

January started off slow.  I brought home a hefty holiday shopping haul and felt sartorially satisfied for most of the month.  Then came along a special reason to splurge (more on that later), plus two huge sales from Ann Taylor and LOFT.  Sales on sales galore!  I scored some majorly discounted finds and won a $30 gift card from a shopping event hosted by Sam of La Petite Pear.  In the end, I saved over $500 in discounts and came out $25.75 under budget, so I’d say that’s a win!

PURCHASES
Texture-Diamond Shirt: $24.75 (was $49.50)
Pleated Skirt Dress: $44.75 (was $89.50)
Cotton Flannel Skirt: $29.75 (was $59.50)
Scalloped Dress: $44.75 (was $89.50)
Contrast Striped Skirt: $34.75 (was $69.50)
Tuxedo Blazer: $24 (was $169)
Jeweled Neck Halter Top: $36 (was $109)
Leather Piping Blouse: $12 (was $59)
Ponte Zip Leggings: $39.50 (was $79)
Cap Toe Kitten Heels: $64 (was $128)

TOTAL SPENT
$354.25 – $30 gift card = $324.25

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party plumage

Feather & Fringe Skirt

I can’t believe we’re nearly one week into 2014.  Last week, I rang in the new year in this little fringe number.  It was my last, but perhaps favorite purchase of 2013.  I had been looking for an affordable feathered skirt for ages, and while this one isn’t made of actual plumage, the omrebe fringe is like a light replica.  It’s now nesting happily in my wardrobe and I can’t wait to hatch up another outfit with it!Feather & Fringe Skirt Sequin Embellished Shoulder NYE Party Outfit Lace Clutch & Feather Fringe Skirt Lace Clutch & Feather Fringe Skirt

WEAR
Top: Zara
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Clutch: Prabal Gurung x Target
Bracelets: Gorjana & Griffin (c/o); Juicy Couture
Shoes: Old Navy

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Tracy Davis

fall friday.

Oh hey friends!  Just swinging by for a quick hello today.  The weekend is here, but I’m more excited for what’s to come afterwards.  Fall foliage is ready to peak, new opportunities are on the horizon, and the boyfriend coming into town next week!  For the first time in my life, I’m ready for the weekend to fly by.  Blasphemy, right? Oh well, cheers!

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Necklace: Spike the Punch
Bag: Coach
Watch: Michael Kors
Shoes: J.Crew

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