January 2015 Budget

A new year, a new budget! I’m pleased that I was able to stay in budget last year, so let’s see if I can do it again in 2015. Here’s a look at the first purchases of the year:




  • ivory + dark green luxetouch tees {Banana Republic Factory} $11 each seen here I’ve proclaimed my love for Banana’s LuxeTouch tees before, so suffice it to say that they’re awesomely comfortable. I love the ribbon detail on the collar too!
  • black lace circle skirt {Banana Republic Factory} $15 This was a clearance rack gem I found during the after-Christmas sales. To be honest, I don’t have a specific reason for owning it, but it fits well. I think it will be versatile enough to wear several different ways.
  • red blazer {H+M} $35 I bought a red blazer a while ago from Twice, but it wasn’t fulfilling my needs. The fact that it was wool and really didn’t fit that well limited its use, so I sold it and bought this lighter weight one instead. H+M’s blazers fit me really well, which is amazing considering my disproportionately broad shoulders. I ordered it online without trying it on, so I got lucky!
  • red vest {Crown + Ivy via Belk} $25 seen here I keep collecting vests. Don’t judge me.
  • gray quilted dress {Loft via eBay} $25 seen here This was another replacement item–my old gray dress was just too short and revealing for me to feel comfortable wearing it. I like the cut and fabric of this one much better!
  • black + gold glitter sneakers {Keds} $40 These were a total impulse purchase. I’ve always admired the Kate Spade glitter Keds, but I just can’t justify spending 90 bucks on a pair of sneakers (at least ones not intended for running). These are very similar, but cost much less! I think my 3-year-old niece likes these just as much as I do 🙂
  • tortoise bow belt {Banana Republic Factory} $5 I’m a big fan of tortoise anything, and the bow on this belt was just too cute to resist. I really need to wear this, pronto!
  • champagne wedge flats {CL by Laundry via Amazon} $18 I’ve found that metallics make for really great neutrals, which was the reasoning behind this purchase. They’re a little more understated than my gold glitter pumps, so I could feasibly wear these to work.

January total: $178

2015 total: $178

Remaining budget: $1822

I think I got a good mix of work staples (the dress, blazer, and skirt) as well as some fun splurges (the sneakers!). I’m a little concerned that I haven’t worn many of these items yet–hopefully they end up being wise purchases! I already have my eye on several items for next month, including a boucle jacket (like this) and a gold chain necklace (I’m waiting for this one to go on clearance).

How did you do this month?

Linking up with Fran for Budgeting Bloggers.


11 thoughts on “January 2015 Budget

  1. oh, i love those metallic wedges, caroline – and they are the perfect mini wedge height! thanks for linking to them, i may definitely consider purchasing myself a pair as i have a few items sitting in my amazon shopping cart right now and you are right about how versatile that subtle metallic would be!

    and how did i not know there was a BR factory store online??


    • I just discovered the BRF site recently too. I haven’t ordered online yet, as I’m lucky enough to have a store really closeby. But it might come in handy when I’m trying to find an item that’s out of stock in store!


    • I know, the glitter Keds were kind of an out-of-the-ordinary purchase for me too. They’re pretty fun and go with most colors. I think they’re even further discounted now on the Keds website, if you’re interested!


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