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.

Vacation style with floral print pants

It’s been rather quiet here on the blog for the last week… If you’ve been following along on IG, you’ll know why! I had originally intended to have posts scheduled to trigger while on vacation, but as life would pan out, I was scrambling until the last second to even pack my suitcase for this trip and blogging fell on the back-burner.

After spending a week in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with the goal of being a beached whale every single day, it’s been nice to come back to reality. Being aware of needing “me time” (and some sunshine), unplugging – for the most part – and lounging on the beach every day was exactly what I needed to recharge.

J.Jill floral print pants
Vacation style
outfit details:
buttondown blouse: H&M (old, circa 2012)
floral print pants: c/o J.Jill (exact)
lace-up peep toe heels: Marco Republic (exact)

Floral print pants

This was one of my favourite outfits of the entire trip. I had originally packed a few pairs of shorts and summer dresses, but with the number of mosquito bites I received within the first few hours of landing (counted ~20 on my legs, no exaggeration), long pants were the way to go! These floral print pants from J.Jill were a lifesaver! They’re listed as ankle pants, but as you can see, they’re pretty long. Perfect for what I needed to keep my ankles from being bitten. ;)

Is it Spring yet?

After springing forward with time this weekend, it still doesn’t quite feel like Spring. Call me crazy, but the hail/rain/snow weirdness that Seattle is experiencing is really throwing my wardrobe planning for a loop! Every time I venture out with exposed ankles (or even shins, in this case) it happens to be beautiful in the mornings and then an absolute wreck when it comes time to trekking home later in the day. Mother Nature, please make up your mind so I can wear this dress out more often without getting “shin-sicles” (shins + popsicles = shin-scicles).

minimalist outfit idea: mockneck midi dress and moto leather jacket
outfit details:
cropped moto jacket: MISSGUIDED (similar)
mock neck maxi dress: c/o J.Jill (exact)
mixed media necklace: Maslo Jewelry (similar)
booties: Seychelles (old; similar pair)

maslo jewelry geometric mix metal necklace
minimalist outfit idea: mockneck turtleneck dress and moto leather jacket

I realize that I’ve been reaching for this cropped moto jacket every day that it doesn’t rain. It’s by far one of my favourite coats (worn in the Summer, Fall, and Winter) and I can only hope that MISSGUIDED releases an updated version of it this year for everyone who’s been asking about it!

Whistler weekend and gearing up for upcoming seasons

Last weekend, a handful of friends and I headed up to Whistler to enjoy the snow and beautifully laid out runs on the mountains. I’ve only ever been to Whistler one other time (back in 2012) and was so excited to revisit the beautifully laid out the runs and gorgeous scenery.

Back in 2012, my visit was right after a night of snowfall, so there were nothing but amazing pillows of snow to catch my falls. This would have been amazing if I had stayed on green runs, but a friend accidentally led us down a black diamond with moguls… let’s just say I ate a lot of snow that first time and hoped to not repeat history on the second trip.

Snowboarding gear for women going to Whistler - Helly Hansen
outfit details:
Powderqueen jacket: c/o Helly Hansen (exact)
neck cowl: Helly Hansen (similar)
snow pants: Burton (old)
snowboarding boots: Salomon (old)
snowboard: K2 (old)

Fast forward to 2017 and the mountains are still as beautiful as ever! With the sun shining and only doing green runs (for real this time… haha), I thought we were set up for a pain-free day. Sadly, with no fresh snowfall the night before, the ice pellets were not as forgiving. Despite practicing my S-turns after making it a goal to learn how to carve instead of always leafing down the hills (don’t judge!), I still left with a bruised bottom. Snowboarding is something that I really want to learn to excel at, especially since it’s one of the few sports that all my friends and I can enjoy together during the winter.

Whistler green runs
Helly Hansen W Powder Queen jacket review
With just over a month left in the snowboarding/skiing season this year, this is one of the best times to gear up for the future snow seasons to come! I first bought all of my gear in 2012. The jacket, snow pants, boots, board, and helmet were all purchased during a mid-season sale. Sadly, I also managed to outgrow some of it in the last 5 years. In the last couple weeks, I’ve scored some great deals at the Helly Hansen outlet store in Burlington, WA. I bought myself a new neck cowl for $10 (regularly $20), a new pair of baselayer pants for $20 (regularly $40), after being really impressed by the quality and performance of the HH base layers I got to try earlier this season.

Helly Hansen skiing and snowboarding gear
With a jacket being one of the most important pieces of equipment, I’ve rounded up a handful of Helly Hansen jackets that are going to keep you warm on the slopes (linked below). If you’re local to Washington, you’ll be able to find these HH beauties locally here:

REI – Crystal Jacket is currently 51% off! (here)- 222 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Burlington Outlets – 314 Fashion Way, Burlington, WA 98233

Fall wardrobe to winter

Here we are, the last day of February. What an insanely weird Winter we’ve had in Seattle where the temperatures would bring snow one day, almost-shorts weather the next, and then pouring rain for the rest of the week. I’ve been having a tough time trying to keep up with all the mid-season changes, but doing my best to roll with the punches.

With the goal of 2017 being quite light in clothing purchases in an attempt to stabilize my closet (and number of belongings, in general), I’ve been getting creative with the pieces that I already own in my wardrobe. A lot of the pieces in today’s outfit are reworks carried over from last Fall. The only new additions are the floral print shoes, which are part of J.Jill’s February collection.

Floral spring outfit via thedemuremuse.com
outfit details:
raincoat: c/o Helly Hansen (exact, also worn here and here)
wrap-front top: c/o J.Jill (old, also worn here and here)
Farrah high rise skinnies: AG Jeans (exact)
carnation print sneakers: SUPERGA c/o J.Jill (exact)

SUPERGA carnation print shoes via J.Jill
Spring floral outfit ideas
One of the biggest requests I received after making a post earlier this year about blogging more authentically was to share more “real life” outfits and show how pieces in my closet are getting reworked from season to season. All of the outfits shared on this blog are ones that I wear out and about in real life. It’s a little challenging when I only post an outfit once every 3 days or so, but I hope to keep showcasing what a real life, working minimalist closet, can be!

In the outfit details above, I’ve added links to old posts wearing the same pieces. As much as I love to read traditional fashion blogs that are geared more towards style aspiration, living in a city with small closets is not exactly conducive to owning a lot of clothes. Here’s to continuing to inspire one another to make the most of our closet and transitioning pieces from one season to the next.

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