February 2017 Budget

Somehow, the end of February is already upon us, which means it’s time for another budget update. I promise that some day I will buy something other than jeans and flats…but that day is not today. Details below!


the keepers

blue ankle pants {Loft} $35 ($69.50 + 50% off promotion) Remember my beloved cobalt blue ankle pants? I wore those pants all the time during my internship year and continued to do so since then. Sadly, they’re showing their age these days, and are a bit too big to be professional anymore, so I bought these as a replacement. I think this makes my fifth pair of the Essential Skinny Pants? I managed to get some sort of greasy stain on them the first time I wore them (#momlife), but Shout Wipes came to the rescue. So they get bonus points for durability. *PS These are now in the sale section, so you could get them for even cheaper than I did!

nude scalloped flats {Sam & Libby via Target} $24 ($24.99 + 5% off REDcard discount) I never did manage to find the leather version of these that were released last fall. If I ever happen upon a pair, I would snap them up in a hurry, but this synthetic version that Target introduced for spring will do for now. I just really needed a pair of round-toe, go-with-everything flats. These are comfy and match my skin tone pretty perfectly (no really, I’m that pale).

black turtleneck {Mossimo via Target) $13 ($19.99 on clearance for $13.98 + 5% REDcard discount) I recently came to the realization that I have very few solid color, long-sleeve tops. No wonder I have trouble layering in the winter. This flowy turtleneck gets good reviews, so I tried it out. I like the fit and the stretchy material. I’ve worn it once thus far, and I’m not sure I’ll get many more wears before the weather warms up. Minor drawback: Seth says it makes me “look Amish.” I guess he’s not into turtlenecks. *This has also been further discounted since I bought it–get it now for less than 10 bucks!

medium wash skinny jeans {Gap} $26 ($69.95 + 50% off promotion + extra 10% off with GapCard + $5 rewards) I tend to gravitate toward dark washes for my jeans, but I’ve recently been pinning a few looks with medium wash pairs, so I thought it might be nice to have some variety in my denim. It didn’t hurt that I had some rewards cash burning a hole in my pocket. When I tried them on (Instagram snap here), I was a little worried that they were a bit too skinny, but I think they’ll end up just fine. I won’t be wearing them to work anytime soon though.

boyfriend jeans {Gap} $27 ($69.95 on clearance for $29.99 + extra 10% off with GapCard) I have been struggling to find a pair of boyfriend jeans that fit properly ever since my favorite Loft pair became too big. It’s hard to tell from trying on for five minutes whether a pair of boyfriend jeans will end up stretching so much that they stop being “fetchingly oversized” and start being a potato sack. I’m hoping this pair will actually stay up on my waist with wear…

black leather sneakers {Keds via Stage} $22 ($65.00 marked down to $22.49) I wasn’t kidding last month when I said I wanted these sneakers in another color! I wear the cognac ones pretty much every weekend, so I went hunting for a good deal on the black pair. I’d never heard of this store before, but they happened to have these sneakers for 65% off (!!), so I ordered them. I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a fan of buying multiples of things I love.

the returns

I made a few returns this month. First, I tried that turtleneck above in a blush pink color, but when it arrived, it was a drab shade of pink that was really not flattering on my skin tone. I’ve also been hunting for a classic pair of black leather flats since my current pair is just plain uncomfortable. I tried this beautiful pair of Frye Regina flats in both a 9M (too small) and a 9.5M (too big). There seemed to be a big difference between the two sizes, and for $80 it wasn’t something I was willing to overlook. The search continues…

the extras

No extras to report this month, as Seth and I decided not to exchange Valentine’s gifts this year. Well, really, we just forgot. Whomp, whomp.

February total: $148

2017 total: $250

Remaining budget: $1750

My purchases this month weren’t all that exciting, I’ll admit–but I think they all fulfill some level of “need” in my wardrobe right now. I’ve worn everything already, which is usually a pretty good indicator that I’ll get my money’s worth out of the purchases. That being said, I promise to stop buying jeans for a while. Between last month’s haul and these two pairs, I should be set in the denim department for a while!

My spending thus far in 2017 has been pretty moderate, but I have a feeling that that will change in March. I’ve already got in an order at Loft for a few ruffled shirts (this one and this one), and I’m thinking of trying these flats. I’m also still eyeing this bag, and I might as well throw in these earrings while I’m ordering…

What did you buy in February? 

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