31 October 2014

one in, one out: october 2014

for each clothing, shoe, and accessory purchase i make this year, i am donating/selling/recycling a comparable item in an effort to better manage my closet.  check out my "one in, one out" tag for more of these monthly posts!

last month i mentioned how i was going to go on a shopping freeze during the month of october, and i'm happy to report back today that i did not make any clothing, shoe, or accessory purchases!  like i mentioned in that post, not a month has gone by in the past 4 years in which i haven't bought something, so this is a huge accomplishment for me.  i feel really proud of myself for setting this goal and sticking to it--and it was a lot easier than i thought.  i had to just immediately delete all of the store emails i received without even opening them, and this worked just fine.  there was one day when i thought i would make a purchase at oldnavy.com because their jeans were on sale for a decent price and i had a gift card i would have been able to use, but i didn't want to find other items to add to my shopping bag just to reach the free shipping quota and end up spending money on items i didn't need (all i really needed was the jeans).  so, i let that one go since i know jeans go on sale pretty regularly at old navy.


last month i spent $138.73 on a wintery patagonia jacket.  mid-month, i saw that the price dropped to $89.73 online.  i immediate re-bought it and returned the other one.  i am so glad i noticed this price change because $40 is a big savings!  i also added a skirt i purchased from anntaylor.com back in september for $17 to my spending spreadsheet.  it did not fit when it arrived and i thought i would be able to return it until i re-read my receipt and realized it was a finale sale/non-returnable item.  so, for now i'm hanging onto it.  finally, my sister bought me a pair of $1 halloween socks from that dollar spot area at target this month.  i included them in my spending tracking sheet that i keep for personal use because it is a new clothing item i brought into my closet this month (yes, i keep track of everything).  i tossed a pair of tights in return.

looking ahead:  i'm not sure if i want to challenge myself to anything the remainder of the year.  if anything, i'd like to be wiser about the purchases i make online...  and i think having this month off from online shopping will definitely help with that.  it is so easy to browse, fill your cart up, and justify something as being a good deal.  this is definitely a shift for me as i used to have this same mentality when i shopped at the goodwill.  i'd fill up a basket and justify the items within due to their cheap price tags.  neither methods of shopping are healthy.  even if it's taken me four years, i'm glad i've finally realized this realization!

28 October 2014

gray & mint.

old navy embellished sweater
cabi jordan almond pencil skirt {thrifted}
dexter claire flats   ·   simonson's jewelry necklace

this is an outfit i have had hung up in my closet waiting to wear for weeks.  i never thought i would be complaining about true fall weather (60s-70s) but it's prevented me from wearing tights lately.  i'm glad we had a cooler day today so i could wear this outfit as i imagined it.  i thrifted this skirt back in july but haven't worn it yet.  i know some people choose not to wear certain colors during certain parts of the year and one may think mint is a spring/summer color, but i kind of think any color can be worn year-round depending on what you pair with it.  anyway, i'm more open minded about permanent tights weather because it opens up my closet so much.  i definitely have more skirts than dress pants and i am sick of rotating through the same few pairs of pants that fit... so hopefully this outfit will inspire a shift in my dressing the rest of the week.  thanks for visiting!

16 October 2014

throwback thursday & beauty box.

banana republic dress turned blouse {thrifted}
gap true straight piped pants
chinese laundry nima wedges

today i'm again joining alice at happiness at mid-life and her throwback thursday fashion link-up series.  this blouse was actually a shift dress that i chopped off and hemmed to blouse length. i've only ever worn it tucked into a skirt because i did a poor sewing job but the last time i wore it was over a year ago (oh, hello long hair... hope you return soon...) so i figured it was time to wear it again!

so, did anyone else hear about and order the target beauty box recently?  i know a lot of fashion bloggers subscribe to monthly services like birch box that sends samples of health & beauty products... but i'm more of a big box store budgeted girl and have never seen the value in those services.  the target beauty box was only $7, and i got another 5% off with my redcard and free shipping.  not bad for the 5 samples included, since 2 were full sized!  here is what came inside: 
  • elnett hairspray - this is actually the perfect size because it takes me forever to use a can of hairspray!
  • fekkai dry shampoo - this also seems like a nice size!
  • laneige bb cushion - i honestly have never heard of bb cushions, but i guess it is similar to bb cream just in a pressed powder?  i'll find out!
  • nyx eye pencil - this came in white, which seems like an odd color for eyeliner, but i really like the smooth texture and how easily it applies, so hopefully i'll find some way to wear it
  • l'oreal colour riche lipgloss - this is a decent size gloss and a nice neutral mauve.  l'oreal is not a cheap cosmetic, so i was most impressed with this item.
anyway, i was pretty excited about this beauty box i thought i would share in case others are interested too... i mean, who doesn't like fun and inexpensive samples of new products to try, especially those you can run to target and pick up if you like?  i also got sucked into ordering the back to college care package for only $5.  can you tell i love samples of stuff?

thanks for visiting!

15 October 2014

baubles & lace.


j crew lace panel tee
old navy skinny boyfriend khakis
mossimo ona flats   ·   target necklace

do you ever put two words together to describe what you are wearing and think, "hey, that would be a good blog title!" ?  "baubles & lace" just sounds like it would be the title of someone's blog (and maybe it is) but nope, it's just what i'm wearing today.  i took a giant leap and instead of buying this shirt in navy & green, i bought the version you see today in black & gray.  i think the former would be much m ore versatile in my wardrobe, but i already have this navy & green blouse, so i made myself purchase the latter.  hopefully i'll find myself wearing it with non-black bottoms.

get the look:  exact shirt / exact khakis / exact flats / similar necklace

10 October 2014

throwback necklace.

j crew button down {thrifted}   ·   talbots blazer {thrifted}
j crew factory printed pencil skirt in vibrant currant
crown vintage tisha mary janes   ·   target necklace

every year i struggle with what color tights to pair with whatever top/bottom combo i want to wear and then struggle again with what shoes would look appropriate with that color tights. every year!  if i were wearing this without tights i may wear burgundy flats, but i didn't think that color shoe would look right with navy tights. so, i tend to match my tights with my shoes even though that eliminates a lot of shoes from my closet that can be worn over the winter months.  either way, i'm happy with the way this outfit turned out and i was glad to find another patterned skirt in my closet i could wear this green blazer with!

it is a bit of a stretch, but i'm joining alice at happiness at midlife and her throwback thursday fashion link up with this necklace. i've only worn it once (back in march) and figured it's been long enough to apply. plus, since i couldn't wear the burgundy flats i wanted to wear i incorporated that color into my outfit with my necklace.  thanks for visiting!

get the look:  similar button down / similar blazer / similar skirt / exact heels / similar necklace

08 October 2014

quilted vest.

old navy quilted vest, plaid, and jeans
mossimo kiriana booties

this is usually an outfit you'd see me post on friday or over the weekend, and i actually wore it last friday but just didn't get it posted.  so it may seem a little out of place to see it appear mid-week, but maybe not - either way, i loved this outfit and wanted to share it!  for whatever reason, i've wanted a quilted vest since this time last year and finally purchased this one from old navy with a % off deal and gift card after seeing it on katie (maybe i can blame her for making me want to buy a new plaid shirt to go with it!).  this type of outerwear has a shelf life of about a week where i live, but i'm trying to get a good amount of wear out of it layered with fun plaid button downs underneath because that just seems to work!  

is there any article of clothing you've been wanting to buy with the change in seasons?

get the look:  exact vest / exact plaid / exact jeans / similar booties

07 October 2014

hey, tights.

j crew factory eyelet front blouse
merona doubleweave skirt {via thredup*}
merona madeline flats
target gold circle necklace

it's reached the time of year where i live where pretty much anything goes. the morning temp when i leave for work may be in the low 40s but it has been getting up to at least 60 by mid afternoon when i'm heading home.  my rule for wearing tights is usually if the high is 55-60 degrees of lower, so even though i would have felt comfortable in bare legs today i opted for tights. i'm so visible at my work (a nursing home) that i really have to think about what i wear based on the comments i feel like potentially receiving from my residents. and honestly, i don't always like the comments directed toward me or the way i'm dressed - yes, even in an outfit like this - by male residents that verges on uncomfortable flirtation.  i thought switching over to tights would solve that, but not always.  

i wonder if anyone else encounters this issue based on the individuals they work with or see on a daily basis... like maybe teachers or professionals in a school setting who are around hormonal teenage boys all the time?  i don't even know.  do you alter the way you would like to dress to prevent any time of comments at all about what you are wearing or do you have crafted statements you respond back with that stop the comments?

* join through my referral link and get $10 to spend; i get $10 when you make a purchase.  yay!

01 October 2014

one in, one out: september 2014

for each clothing, shoe, and accessory purchase i make this year, i am donating/selling/recycling a comparable item in an effort to better manage my closet.  check out my "one in, one out" tag for more of these monthly posts!
so, this month of shopping was definitely a wake up call for me. sure, i spent over $100 on a new winter coat (a necessity where i live, so my mindset is "what are you going to do about it") but aside from that, i still spent so much money on so many online purchases. i do feel fortunate that an item was cancelled from all but one of the online purchases i made this month due to being unavailable, so i guess that helped my cause some.  and i have zero regrets about any of the blouses that i bought, which i definitely feel i needed in my wardrobe.  the one clothing item i either have to suck it up and wear with confidence or try to sell on ebay are the printed skimmer pants from j crew factory.  they fit wonderfully (so i will be keeping an eye on the 'skimmer' pants in the future), but i am not sold on the print.  they were a final sale/non-returnable item, so i figure i owe it to myself to wear them at least once before i decide.  anyway, here's my shameful collage of spending:

{what came in}

item purchased $ paid original $
j crew factory draped novelty top - polka dot (gw) 5.24
j crew geometric eyelet top (thredup/9.99) ppal 110
j crew orange lace 3/4 top (thredup/6.84) ppal
j crew factory lace panel tee - black 15.95 85
j crew factory floral eyelet top - melon 12.45 75
j crew factory printed cutaway top 12.45 74.50
patagonia r3 fleece hoodie - aloe green 138.73 199
j crew factory skimmer pants - green fuchsia 25.89 74.50
j crew factory ruffle collar tee - black hearts 23.79 69.50
c9 workout capris 16.61 34.99
c9 baseball hat 7.11 14.99
target $1 spot socks - teal triangles 0.67 1
target $1 spot socks - gray/white stripes 0.67 1
minnesota twins stocking cap 0 0
minnesota twins zubaz pants 0 0
ann taylor cotton sateen straight leg pants 14.95 89
old navy plaid flannel shirt - white/red plaid 13.70 24.94
old navy quilted zip-front vest - canvas 21.20 34.94
c9 workout capris 11.86 24.99
merona ponte fit & flare dress

10.39 27.99


{what went out}

no picture this month... sorry... i just get too anxious to get everything i am getting rid of in a donation box/bag so i did not keep everything separated out to take a picture, but i am staying faithful to getting rid of a comparable item for every one that i buy!

so, i do most of my grocery shopping at aldi and they always have pretty useful home items in addition to the regular groceries, but they are only available until they're sold out.  last week, i noticed they had boxes of 20 velvet slimline hangers (like huggable hangers) for $5.99.  20 hangers for $5.99!  i immediately bought 3 boxes, then went to two different aldis the following day to buy... well... i don't tell you how many more boxes of 20 hangers i bought.  but anyway, i took everything i own off the mismatched hangers i'd been using and transitioned to these slim velvet hangers (amazing) and in doing so, culled out quite a few additional things to get rid of this month.  it's also kind of amazing how much space these types of hangers do make.  i am really starting to love how  my closet looks and how it is organized, and i think when you reach that point you're more likely to "see" or appreciate the outfits it contains, don't you agree?

{looking ahead}

based on my assessment of my spending this month, i've decided to go a month without shopping in october.  since i started tracking my purchases in 2011, not a month has gone by that i haven't purchased something.  that just seems kind of crazy to me.  plus, i either delete or italicize the items that i have gotten rid of or re-donated over the years, and seeing all those blank spots on my spreadsheet was another good visual reminder that hey, maybe you aren't making the best purchases if you just end up getting rid of something a year or two later.

thanks for visiting!

30 September 2014

most complimented.

merona ponte fit & flare dress
dexter claire flats
ourworldboutique necklace

if i were to give out awards to the items in my closet, this dress may receive "most complimented" - and the funny thing is, today is my first time wearing it because i just bought it yesterday thanks to the 25% off women's clothing cartwheel that popped up this week.  now, don't misunderstand me... i'm definitely not saying that i was complimented, it was all the dress.  i love the thick ponte knit, the 3/4 sleeves, and the pockets (that i didn't even know existed until i put it on this morning).  is this not the perfect dress?!  i'm looking forward to going through all of my solid colored button-downs to layer underneath it matched with a coordinating necklace (you know me).

get the look:  exact dress {i have my eye on the solid green one too} / similar flats / exact necklace {get 25% off with code "heyoctober"}