Clothing budget recap: July 2017

clothing budget recap: July 2017
The month of July has been a really incredible one! Thanks to being out of the country for majority of it, shopping was kept quite light. I had originally intended to see if I could avoid adding to my closet altogether this month. As luck would have it, the bottom of my everyday backpack (the one in this post), purchased in the Summer of 2015, was starting to wear a hole. This started my hunt for a new backpack!

Purchased new
1. RAINS minimalist waterproof backpack: $100 (exact)
It took me a while to chase this backpack down. After passing a handful of people on the street during my commute to/from work carrying this backpack, I knew it was the one for me. The outer shell is vinyl, making it perfect for the rainy Seattle days. The design is so sleek and holds the contents in really compactly, which will be awesome for riding the bus on busy days (my previous backpack bulged as soon as any item was placed in it). There’s a laptop compartment and one zippered pocket on the backside by the straps, which is the perfect size and location for my wallet, keys, etc.

Thrifted
1. ASOS ruffle sleeve top – $6 (similar)
I can’t say the ruffle neckline tops have been a bit hit in my personal books this season, but I’ve been really loving the silhouettes of the ruffle sleeves. Right before heading to India, I found the top in this post and added it to my luggage just a couple days before heading out on the trip. This top ended up being perfect for the hot days while still being work appropriate.

2. J.Crew airspun baseball sweater tee – $4 (similar)
This half linen, half cotton sweater was again purchased for the India trip. I really wanted to find work appropriate tops with sleeves that would be breathable for the hot and humid days. This sweater tee was perfect for just that!

3. LA Cotton wrap sweater – $2.50
The sweater pictured isn’t exactly the same style as the one I purchased, but close! Instead of the wrap bottom, there’s a banded hem. While I won’t be able to wear this sweater any time soon, I’m excited to have another mohair sweater in my closet for the cooler Fall/Winter days to come. Off-season thrifting brings out a ton of gems!

I was really hoping to avoid shopping in July, but here we are… On the bright side, I’ve still managed to stay under my $200 budget! Check out previous clothing budget recap posts here.

Snippets from New Delhi

It’s been over a week since I’ve been drenched in 30°C (86°F) weather in India! While I’m here for work and time isn’t quite my own, it has been awesome to find small pockets of free time to play tourist in New Delhi. One of the top things on my bucket list was a visit to the Taj Mahal. While the picture below isn’t of the grand marble wonder itself, I think it summarizes my experience.

Beautiful grand structure that we all dwarf in comparison to.

That feeling encompassed in the statement above is exactly how my time in India has felt so far. Getting to see a small sliver of people’s lives in a totally different country with different cultural priorities makes me extremely introspective and reflective. Things are very, very different here. Day-to-day life feels so foreign from what I’m used to in North America. It’s not every day that I get to share the roads with a herd of cows, or witness life under a metal-sheet-covered-concrete-box home, or haggle for fruits on road-side carts, etc. I’m humbled and looking forward to spending a few days decompressing once I get home to really hunker down and reflect on the whole experience.

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summer-paisley-pants-ruffle-top-outfit
outfit details:
ruffle sleeve top: ASOS via thrifting (similar)
paisley cropped pants: c/o J.Jill (exact)
sandals: Crocs (exact)
crescent necklace: Fresh Tangerine (similar)

With the weather here is not exactly the friendliest during this monsoon season, I’ve had to get creative with my outfits. I brought a lot of flowy, breathable pieces. This top was thrifted just days before leaving for India, and these printed paisley pants from J.Jill’s July collection were too cute to pass up on. Also, could you tell these sandals are Crocs? Didn’t think so. ;)

Summer stripes

This season’s outfits are nothing short of basics being worn over and over and over again. It took a lot to muster up the courage to take outfit photos (this was the first set taken since May!) because I’ve been feeling like my style is quite plain and uninspiring in the Summer. I’m a lady who loves layering and layering is not exactly a friendly practice in the warm Summer sun.

I purchased this top from the Moorea Seal store in June and have been wearing it weekly ever since. It’s super comfortable and I love the longer length. It’s great to wear tucked into the waistband or to be knotted in the front (like styled in this summer stripes outfit post).

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outfit details:
striped top: Moorea Seal (exact)
destroyed boyfriend jeans: Topshop (similar, also styled here)
block mules: c/o J.Jill (exact, also worn here)
gold stacking rings: Fresh Tangerine (exact classic, exact twisted)

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Hope you’re outside enjoying the sunny rays!

Style codes you could live by for any occasion

How often have you spent hours scouring the wardrobe just to find the perfect dress to wear? Or perhaps trying to mix n’ match various accessories?

At times being fashionable can be challenging with many of us still facing the struggle of choosing or creating our OOTD. For this reason, we’ve compiled a set of style codes which can work for any occasion.

Remember the primary colors and their families

Even one color faux pas can ruin the whole outfit. It’s easy enough when talking about shades as the basic thing to remember is contrast – light vs. dark. But if all the other colors come in, that’s when everything becomes tricky.

To make things easier, think back to when you were in kindergarten studying primary colors: red, yellow and blue as well as the whole color wheel. Every time you’re choosing multiple colors to wear, envisage the color wheel or have a photo of it saved as a good reference point.

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(image: Wikimedia)

Here are some guidelines you can follow:

1. Color pairs at opposing ends of the wheel that compliment each other.
2. Colors that are side-by-side can work, but only with the right contrast (lightness or darkness).
3. You can use various shades of the same color for a layered effect.
4. Never use too many colors. The ideal combination would include no more than three different hues.

It’s important to note, however, that your complexion also plays a role in this process. For instance, Style Doctors explained in a previous post ‘How to Wear Pink’ that different shades of pink have their own respective matches of skin color. Do a quick test by taking the dress and pairing its color to your skin.

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Clothing budget recap: June 2017

It wasn’t intentional to have back-to-back clothing budget recap posts, but here we are! Turns out that June was a much more productive (and less event-driven) month of filling holes in my closet. After doing a bit of recon on my Summer wardrobe earlier this month, it turns out that I’ve outgrown majority of the shorts and tops from previous Summer seasons. This month was spent trying to prep the closet for the warmer days to come.

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Purchased new
1. Moorea Seal Kyla Top – $42 (exact)
This top has been flying off the shelves of the Moorea Seal store since it first came out! There was recently a restocking of this super cute button down shirt and I am so excited to finally add it to the closet. All sizes were just restocked, so if you’re looking for the perfect Summer button down, now’s your chance (and we can be twinsies!)!

2. Adidas Originals Grey Superstars – $25 (exact (but sold out), similar (but not on sale))
I really didn’t need these shoes, but with such an incredible sale, I couldn’t say no! ASOS was having a crazy sale on all their casual wear earlier in June, which put all of the Adidas Originals shoes on sale. I somehow managed to snag this pair for $25 (regular $100) and am so excited for them!! This specific colour combo has since sold out, but there are other pairs on sale right now!

3. Crocs – Lina Dorsay Flat Sandals – $27 (exact)
Almost positive I once said, “I’ll never own a pair of Crocs!” and here we are. Who knew Crocs made such cute styles of sandals? These wedged sandals are really cute and super comfy. The only downside is that they’re only made in full sizes. As someone who is in between a size 8.5 and 9, the reviews recommended going half a size up, so I went with a 9. They’re a tad bit loose, but not unbearably awkward.

Thrifted
June was such a fun month for thrifting! I had a lot of really incredible finds, especially after coming up with nothing in May. Here is my June haul:

1. Philip Lim for Target green button down – $2.50
I had actually purchased this button down a few years ago while the collaboration line was available in stores. I ended up returning it in favour of the floral printed version of the button down instead. At $2.50, I couldn’t say no and am really glad I added this back to my closet years later. The colour is so vibrant and super out of my comfort zone, but the design and cut make it such a fun and interesting piece to wear.

2. L.L. Bean Vintage Cable Cardigan – $8 (exact)
This sweater is currently on sale on the L.L.Bean website for 50% off ($50 after sale) and I am so glad I snagged it from the thrift racks for even less than that. As a huge fan of the quality of clothing from L.L.Bean, this cardigan was a no-brainer. Thrifting for off-season items is one of my favourite things to do because you can find the best gems!

3. Merona chambray shorts – $2.50 (exact)
As it turns out, one of the Goodwill stores that I like to frequent is the hub for Target overstock. There were so many pairs of new with tags shorts that made picking one pair difficult, but I’m glad that I ended up picking a pair up! The chambray material is definitely way out of my usual comfort zone, but they’re so soft and were a steal. I was pleasantly surprised to see them still for sale online (only $12!) considering that there were at least a dozen or so pairs already on the racks at the thrift store. The pair I linked are the 9″ length ones, which are the ones I purchased… I accidentally used a photo of the 3″ pair for this post (which are also on sale for $12 right now).

Total for June: $107

Although I stayed under budget for June, looking back at the purchases, I think I should’ve come in even lower. I really didn’t need those Adidas Superstars, but they’re cute and will get worn this season!

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