July Purchases and Budget

Monday, July 28, 2014

It feels more like October here today, but we're almost to the end of July! Time for a quick budget roundup for clothes and accessories this month. I did buy quite a bit this month, but most of it was bought second-hand. :) I don't have pictures of everything, but here's the breakdown of what I bought.

July Purchases and Budget

Garage Sales:
  • Denim jacket - $5 (made into a vest)
  • Striped dress - $2
  • Apt. 9 polka dot blouse - $1 (so excited about this one!)
  • Style and Co. long-sleeve tunic/dress - $2 (still had the tags on it)
  • St. John's Bay brown and tan striped cardigan - $2
  • Anne Klein print tunic blouse - $3.25
  • Axcess print wrap dress - $5.68
  • Light green 3/4 sleeve tee - $3.50
  • Gold cross earrings - $2.10
  • Print scarf - $5.34
  • Camel colored belt - gift card
  • Light green NY and Co pants - $6.16
Plato's Closet:
  • Dark olive GAP stretch ankle pants - $1.07
  • Ankle boots - $13.83
Total: $52.93

I am pleased I was able to find some pants and dresses this month. Those are always tough for me to find. I also really like the ankle boots.

I'm trying to figure out a shopping strategy for August. This will be the last month for garage sales around here, so I definitely want to keep an eye out there. That being said, I need to pay attention to some of the core pieces I still want and the replacements I'd like to get. Some of these items include a gray tee shirt, black skinnies, and cognac riding boots.

I'm linking up to Budgeting Bloggers at Franish!

Summer Remix: Outfits 25-31

Friday, July 25, 2014

If you're following along -this is it! The last set of outfits in the 20x30 remix. I'll save most of my reflections for next week's round up, but honestly, I really didn't feel burned out wearing my pieces until the last couple of days, which is pretty good in my book! Here are the last 7 outfits!

Outfit 25: Mint Cardigan + Blue Tee + Jeans (I added this as my 20th piece, but only wore it once.) + Colorful Flats Necklaces

I actually changed into this outfit one day after work because it was so chilly!

Outfit 26: Tan Pants + Navy Striped Top + Floral Scarf + Metallic Sandals

Outfit 27: Black Tee + Black Shorts + Mint Cardigan + Colorful Scarf + Metallic Sandals

Outfit 28: Gray Tee + Boyfriend Jeans + Tennis Shoes + Floral Scarf
This wasn't my favorite outfit - maybe the shoes? - but it made a comfy travel outfit on a cool rainy day.

Outfit 29: Chambray + White Crops + Metallic Sandals + Colorful Necklace

Outfit 30: Plum Tee + Gray Maxi Dress + Cognac Wedges + Lilac Necklace

I liked the look of this and it basically looked like a skirt and tee. My daughter thought this was such a cool "trick". She kept talking about it.

Outfit 31: Black and White Striped Dress + Black Tee + Metallic Sandals + White and Gold Necklace
I was kind of desperate on the last day for a work outfit, so I did the dress and top combo again. It worked, though, and I was comfy and dressed appropriately for work, so it worked!
I will be back next week with a round up of all the looks and a few final thoughts. :)
Thanks for reading!
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Target Clothing Clearance Finds - July 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I have a $5 Target gift card burning a hole in my pocket. :) I've been online browsing the Target clearance - we have a red card, so I get free shipping on any order. Here are a few items I'm considering:

Target Finds July 2014

Do you have a favorite? Which one should I try?

Summer Remix: Outfits 17-24

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Here are 8 more outfits in this summer's remix challenge!


Outfit 17: Striped Dress + Mint Cardigan + Metallic Sandals + Necklace

Outfit 18: Lime Green Tee + White Crops + Metallic Sandals + Scarf

Outfit 19: Black Tee + Boyfriend Jeans + Metallic Sandals + Colorful Scarf 

Outfit 20: Chambray + Plum Tee + Denim Shorts + Brown Sandals

Outfit 21: Gray Tee + Maxi Skirt + Metallic Sandals + Necklaces

Outfit 22: Pastel Button Down + Boyfriend Jeans + Metallic Sandals

Outfit 23: Striped Dress + Chambray Shirt + Cognac Wedges + Turquoise Jewelry
 Outfit 24: Blue Tee + Denim Vest + White Crops + Metallic Sandals + Necklaces
Reflections and thoughts for this week:
  • It's been cool here, so layering with cardigans and scarves has worked well.
  • I tried knotting my shirt in Outfit 21 (thanks to your suggestions!) and it added some shape to the outfit, I think.
  • I also wore my chambray knotted over my dress, trying to give it a skirt/top look.
  • I won a really cool Origami Owl locket and I bought the Target scarf in Outfit 19 for $5.24. It's been fun to have some new accessories to add to outfits.
  • My boyfriend jeans and white crops were both thrifted and I love them both.
  • I wouldn't mind a new pair of shorts (colored or print) and another pair of pants in a really versatile color. Pants are so hard to find!
  • My favorite looks were 19, 22, and 24.
If you're participating in the remix challenge, how is it going? We're in the home stretch!
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Summer Remix: Outfits 9-16

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Here are the next 8 outfits in the summer remix challenge!

Outfit 9: Lime Green Tee + Boyfriend Jeans + Sandals + Long Gold Necklace (Avon)

Outfit 10: Black Tee + Tan Pants + Scarf (Gift, new with tags at garage sale) + Sandals

Outfit 11: Gray Tee + White Crops + Mint Cardigan + Metallic Sandals + Necklace and Earrings (Avon)

I managed to get my hair in a bun!

I tried to get a pic of some of the outfit details. I am not great with those kinds of shots. :) I just got this necklace and the matching earrings and I love it. I've been wearing it a lot as you will see below.

Outfit 12: Navy Striped Top (1st wildcard addition) + Denim Shorts + Necklace + Boat Shoes (Target from last year)

Outfit 13: Chambray + Black Shorts + Leopard Scarf + Sandals + Gold Hoops

Outfit 14: Gray Maxi + Denim Vest + Cognac Wedges + Necklace and Earrings Set

Outfit 15: Boyfriend Jeans + Blue Tee + Sandals + Scarf (Thrifted)

Outfit 16: Floral Skirt + Black Tee + Metallic Sandals + the same jewelry :) :)

Halfway point plus remix thoughts:
As I am writing this, I am wearing outfit #20 using my remix pieces, so I am 2/3 of the way there. I can tell I will need to be a bit more creative for the last few looks, but overall I've been really pleased with my pieces. A couple observations/comments about the challenge so far -
  • It's not been super hot here, so I've had opportunities to wear a lot of my scarves as well as my cardigan. This next week looks cooler, too.
  • I like mixing/matching blue, gray, tan, and black. These are my favorite neutrals!
  • It's been a lot easier to get dressed with fewer pieces. The night before, I usually take a look at the weather, think about my day (whether I work, have church, meetings, day off, etc), and then refer to my list of ideas and see what outfits are left. Overall, I haven't had a major "getting dressed crisis" in awhile.
  • I haven't felt inclined to wander around and shop quite as much. I got the necklace set above, and I have been looking for pants and riding boots for fall. Hoping to get a good sale price on boots before the fall collections come out! Any suggestions about where to shop?
  • I've been wearing shorts and feeling pretty comfortable in them. It's been quite awhile since I've worn shorts consistently.
  • I don't have a lot of versatile prints in my wardrobe.
  • I've been pretty much wearing the same two pairs of sandals all summer.
**The Avon links above do link my online Avon store. If you're ever interested in buying or selling Avon, please send me a message. Thanks!

That's all for now! If you are participating, how is your remix going?

I'm linking up:

Greater Than Rubies

Sunday Best at The Modern Austen

I Feel Pretty at Get Your Pretty On
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