Clothing budget recap: August 2017

august 2017 - clothing budget recap

This month was a pricey one! August is actually going to be my last month of sharing my clothing budget recaps (more on this next week) so I guess it’s ok to go out with a bang? haha! This is how I’m going to justify it, anyway. A few things contributed to impulsive buys: Nordstrom’s anniversary sale, Keiko Lynn‘s closet sale, and needing new work pants for the Summer because I couldn’t take the heat in jeans every day anymore.

Purchased new
1. Seychelles Dwelling Bootie – $90 $30 (exact)
These booties were on sale for $90 during the anniversary sale (currently back to regular price at $140) and I ended up using $60 in Nordstrom Notes to get them for $30. I absolutely love the simplicity of the design of these booties. The only piece I overlooked was the fact that they’re suede. Looking at the fabric contents, I had assumed they would be finished leather but they’re not. Currently debating returning these, tbh, because I don’t know if they’ll be good enough to hold up to the rainy Seattle Fall/Winters.

2. Paperbag high waisted pants – $18 (exact)
Been loving high waisted pants – mainly for their ability to hide food babies – and fell in love with this style when I saw a friend style a similar pair in khaki last month. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect for $18 on Amazon for these pants, but they really surprised me! The fabric is a bit on the thinner and stretchy side, which makes them perfect for the Summer.

3. Cropped culottes – $18 (exact)
Another cute pair of pants from Amazon ftw! I really love these and wear them more often than I care to admit (although somehow avoided taking photos of them styled all month). The only design miss on these pants are the lack of pockets! Otherwise, I love wearing these with a cropped tee or tucked in blouses for work.

Thrifted
These two dresses (or tunics? Not quite sure what to make of their lengths yet) were purchased from Keiko Lynn’s IG closet sale earlier this month. Keiko was one of the first bloggers I ever followed more than 10 years ago, so it’s always exciting whenever she opens up her closet for people to shop!

I picked up the Free People Tell Tale lace tunic (which was just rereleased as the Secret Origins Pieced Tunic, or in a sleeveless version) and the Free People Lou Lou babydoll dress (exact). Both of these dresses, after shipping, hit me at a $100 price tag, which is still waaaaaay less had I bought them at retail price.

August total: $166

Definitely did not mean to spend on anything beyond pants for work this month, but here we are. Impulsive purchases galore! Somehow still managed to come under budget (thanks to hoarding Nordstrom Notes).

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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.

june-budget

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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Clothing budget recap: April 2017

Oh boy… turns out April was the month for big spending! Between finally picking up the Stay Home Club shirts I’ve been eyeing for the last 3 years of my life, the blogger closet sale also did me in! Needless to say, I made it under budget just shy of $16… Let’s see what was in the haul, shall we?
clothing budget recap: April 2017

Purchased new:
1. Stay Home Club t-shirt – $25 (exact)
I have wanted this t-shirt for as long as I can remember. There are cats on it. Surrounding a lady. I finally caved…

2. Stay Home Club crewneck sweatshirt – $48 (exact)
As if the t-shirt version isn’t enough, I went ahead and splurged on the crewneck sweatshirt version of this print as well! On my first day of wearing this, my cat also decided to claw me and poked a hole in the sleeve! *cries* It’s ok. Still a cute sweater!

3. Striped tie-knot tee – $66 (exact)
After taking my beloved striped tie-knot tee in blue on vacation, I knew I needed another one of these. The fit is just so perfect! Thankfully, the Moorea Seal store stocked a white version of this top for 2017 and I managed to snag the last one in my size.

Thrifted:
1. J.Crew striped maxi tank dress – $5 (exact)
The jersey knit on this dress is unreal! If thrifting has taught me anything, it’s being able to feel the quality of materials before looking at brand tags. The fine knit jersey caught my attention on first touch and I knew I could not leave without the dress.

2. Zara high neck sweater – $10 (similar)
This was a great find at the Earth Day Blogger Closet Sale! Can you guess which blogger’s closet this was picked from? Rebecca of Blogger Not Billionaire had some of the best layering pieces and I could not leave without this sweater. I’ve already worn it twice and it’s barely been in my closet for a week!

3. Community ammonious sweater – $15 (exact)
This was another amazing find at the closet sale. This piece was from the founder of Fresh Tangerine, Kim’s, closet. With an almost fully monochrome rolling rack of pieces, it was hard to stop myself from buying everything from her closet!

4. L.L. Bean Bean Boots (8″) – $15 (exact)
My partner actually found these for me on our last date to the thrift store. He has the same pair which he thrifted a few years ago. While I already have a pair of the All Weather Bean Boots (worn in the apple picking post), the heavy liners are a little overkill for rainy days. Depending on how well these signature Bean Boots wear in, I may end up letting go of the All Weather pair. We’ll see!

Total for April: $184

While I still stayed under my monthly budget of $200, I spent a bit more than I thought I would. The Bean Boots were a bit of an impulse buy, but sometimes that’s the nature of thrifting! See how this month compared to past clothing budget recaps here!

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Clothing budget recap: March 2017

Spoiler alert: This month’s spending was really low for my clothing budget recap. Since March was vacation month, I tried to reuse as many existing Summer pieces as I could without buying anything that was not absolutely necessary. A few days before having to fly out, I realized that I didn’t have any Summer shoes and had to call in some help from Amazon and their 2-day Prime shipping to fix this. If it weren’t for the shoes, I would’ve spent under $10 this month!
budgeting bloggers: March 2017 clothing budget recap

Purchased new:
1. New Look macrame high neck bikini top – $7.50 (exact)
This bikini top was such a steal! I found it on clearance off ASOS (originally $27) and there was one left in my size. Guess it was meant to be! With this purchase I also bought this bikini set as well as this one with rose gold piping, but I ended up returning both of the sets because the fit on both of the tops were really unflattering.

2. Marco Republic “Berlin” peep toe gladiator sandals – $20 (exact)
Full disclosure: this is the first time I’ve ever purchased footwear off Amazon from a brand that I’ve never worn before. It was a complete leap of faith on fit and comfort since I had no backup open-toed footwear to bring on vacation otherwise. These Marco Republic shoes were such a surprise! They are true to size and were super comfy. I wore them every night for dinner when more-than-casual footwear was required. Truly surprised by the quality considering the price.

3. Bianca glitter jelly pointed toe flats – $10 (exact)
I haven’t owned a pair of jelly shoes since I was 8 and these were a pretty “grown up” pair to reintroduce to the closet! I was pretty worried about the “glitter jelly” because – for better or worse – I am super boring and don’t enjoy having glittery shoes. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be any “grown up” looking jelly shoes in my price range on Amazon other than these. Thankfully, the shoes showed up and there was no glitter be found! So if you want glitter jellies, don’t get these ones. These shoes were perfect for the beach, especially with the swirl jelly pattern that made shaking sand out of them super easy!

Thrifted:
Nothing!

With March being such a busy month and rarely having time to myself, I didn’t get around to thrifting anything for my closet. It all worked out because I didn’t need anything other than the items purchased above.

Total for March: $37.50

Now that we’re 25% of the way through 2017, I’ve started looking back at the previous clothing budget recap posts for what was purchased earlier in the year and how much has been spent in total. January was the most expensive month so far in the clothing department coming in at a whopping $157. February was almost 10% of January’s spending, coming in at $16.50.

Originally, $200 a month was budgeted for clothing. By now, I could have spent $600 but only touched $211. Super proud to have been staying true to my budgeting goals for this year and excited to see how this continues to trend in the upcoming months!

As always, linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers! Check out her post and all the other budgets for March.

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Clothing budget recap: February 2017

Welcome to the clothing budget recap for February! This month was particularly light. I was in and out of town for a couple weeks and completely avoided buying online (I don’t really know how this happened, tbh. I experienced so much insomnia this month and ended up abandoning a bunch of virtual carts halfway through the checkout process. Maybe they’ll be revisited in March? idk). Here’s what I ended up adding to my closet:

monthly budget February 2017

Purchased new:
1. Zara Woman high wasited dress pants – $10 (similar)
This purchase makes me feel pretty darn hypocritical. Earlier this year, I said I would be giving up fast fashion, and here I am posting about a pair of fast fashion pants. Argh. I know, I know. Before you start to side eye, hear me out on these. The pants were purchased while on a trip to Vancouver. I was in the downtown store, where it looked like a tornado swept through and there were piles of clothes – literal mountains of clothes – on all the tables (and some on the floor, tbh). There was no rhyme or reason to the sorting or display. My friends and I were all shopping together and I happened to put my hand in the pants pile and magically pulled these pants (similar to the photo above, but without the attached belt)! I wasn’t going to get them because I really did not want to feed into the cycle of fast fashion, but I also knew that this was the last leg of the liquidation sale for these pants (the were marked down 3 times after originally priced at $50)… I would either buy these in store or end up thrifting them later in life when they finally ended up being donated post-liquidation.

Thrifted:
1. H&M textured long vest – $4 (exact)
Similar to the Zara purchase above, this one is also an out of the ordinary purchase for me. I don’t usually pick up fast fashion brands while thrifting (or I try not to), but here we are. I loved the texture of this vest! Plus it was 50% off blue tag day and this vest was a steal… with the original H&M tags on it! After all is said and done, this purchase felt a bit better than the Zara pants, mainly because the vest was already in a thrift store and not purchased straight from the H&M racks.

2. Alternative Apparel draped maxi dress – $2.50 (exact)
This dress is so soft considering it’s made of an eco jersey knit and it’s the perfect length! I’ve been looking for a replacement Summer maxi dress after I shrunk my last one in the wash a couple years ago. The drape design on this Alternative Apparel piece is really flattering, especially for hiding food babies. ;)

Total for February: $16.50

Truth be told, I was quite uninspired while shopping this month. Every rack that I sifted through felt pretty unappealing, for the most part. Maybe it’s because all the post-Christmas sale items are still making their way through the main floors to the sale racks, or because it’s the lull period before the Spring merchandise launches. Either way, February was a very wallet-friendly month from the perspective of my closet!

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