Clothing budget recap: May 2017

The month of May totally snuck up on me and seemed to have flown by just as quickly! This month was the first month I spent my full clothing budget ($200). It was really surprising because I didn’t expect to buy anything, but as luck would have it, I ended up splurging on some new pieces.

Having to attend a wedding earlier in May, I realized that my go-to shoes for weddings got trashed after the last wedding they were worn to. I had a great pair of wedges from Shoe Dazzle that attended all of last year’s weddings and barely survived the last one. Having to replace these wedges was a bit of a pain, but I found a great pair on sale at Nordstrom.

Here’s my clothing budget recap for May:

budgeting bloggers May 2017: clothing budget recap

Purchased new
1. ASOS embellished cold shoulder dress – $120 (exact)
This dress was too pretty to pass up on. I actually bought one of each of the ASOS embellished floral dresses (maxi, pencil, and cold shoulder versions) and ended up returning all except for the cold shoulder version. I had a really strong vision for the outfit I wanted to wear to our engagement photo shoot, but it went in an entirely different direction after I saw this line of dresses on ASOS. One thing to note if anyone’s going to pick one of these dresses up, the sizing is a big snug. I ended up having to size up because the underbust was really fitted.

2. 1.STATE Kayley sandal – $80 (exact on sale)
Thank you to everyone on Instagram who helped to pick these out! After realizing that my go-to shoes for weddings were kaput, I had to scramble to replace them– literally purchased this 1.STATE pair on my way to the airport! Since I didn’t have time to break them in before the wedding we attended, I asked the wonderful Nordstrom shoe staff to help find a pair that would be comfortable enough to stand in for 6+ hours. Although these are much more embellished than I usually like to go with shoes, they were super cute and surprisingly comfortable! This was the first time I didn’t take my shoes off after hours of being on the dance floor already ;)

Thrifted
Nada! Turns out when you’re in and out of the city every weekend for a month, there is no time to go thrifting. Aside from the dress and these new heels, I really didn’t have any closet holes to fill in the month of May.

Coming up in June, I’m hoping to amp up my Summer tops collection. I’ve always struggled with dressing for the Summer because of the fact that I love to wear layered outfits and the warmer weather doesn’t work quite well with that approach. As of right now, I have 3 t-shirts that I absolutely love and 2 crop tops, which was not exactly work appropriate.

Check out how I’ve fared in previous months of sticking to my clothing budget here!

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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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Clothing budget recap: January 2017

With today being the last day of the month, here’s the moment of truth on the clothing budget recap! As mentioned in my goals for this year, I’ve given myself an allowance of $200 each month as a clothing budget. If the full amount is not spent, the remainder will not be carried over to the next month.

Budgeting Bloggers: January 2017 budget recap

Purchased new:
1. “Could’ve danced all night maxi dress” from Lulu’s – $49 (exact)
After years of great experiences buying maxi dresses from Lulu’s, I couldn’t pass this one up. It’s currently on mega sale (marked down to $49 from $98) and will be used as a backup dress for a special event. *wink wink*

2. Topshop destroyed boyfriend jeans – $55 (exact)
After outgrowing my favourite pair of destroyed boyfriend jeans 2 years ago, I never replaced them. I’ve been living in skinny jeans (or leggings) for the past couple years and figured it’s time to hop back on the boyfriend jeans train. Even though I ordered these online at the beginning of January, they still haven’t been received thanks to some mail delivery fails… Adding this to the list even though I have no idea if I’ll keep them or not. *fingers crossed* that they fit whenever they decide to arrive!

Thrifted:
1. Bisou Bisou v-neck zippered sweater – $6 (similar)
I purchased the black version of this sweater (could only find photos of the white version online) and have worn it almost once a week since! I really like the fit and cut. Bonus points for the fact that the yarn is 100% acrylic, so no need to dry clean– so easy to toss into the laundry pile with everything else!

2. Vintage Coach crossbody purse – $35 (similar)
Again, couldn’t find a photo of the black version of this purse online, but this is the exact style that I thrifted. It was in slightly rough condition with dried patches of leather and some worn edges, but nothing that was a deal breaker for the price. I’ll most likely share a tutorial on how to restore vintage leather bags in February, as this is something I’ve learned to love doing after thrifting my entire collection of vintage Coach purses.

3. Billabong beach cover-up top – $5 (similar)
It’s been really rainy and gloomy all year (haha it’s only January…) and I’m already thinking about a sunny vacation. Despite the fact that a sunny beach vacation has yet to be booked, I know it’ll happen this year, so I’m prepping my closet for it! I haven’t been on a “lazy, beached whale” type vacation in a while, so I couldn’t pass up on this top when I saw it. Bonus: it was 50% off!

Not pictured: 2 of the same Banana Republic shawl collar sweaters – $3.50 a piece

Total for January: $157

Not too shabby for the first month of the year! The biggest surprise purchases were the maxi dress and the vintage Coach crossbody purse. While neither were on my shopping list for this month, sometimes a good sale or happenstance find at the thrift store just happens to fit perfectly within the budget and is too good to pass up on.

Linking up with the budgeting bloggers for the first time this year and cannot wait to keep the recaps coming!

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