March 2017 Budget

Well, this month’s clothing purchases ended up being a bit of a hodgepodge. I had had my eye on about half of these items for a while, and they happened to go on sale. The other purchases were a bit more impulsive…

the keepers

blue ruffle henley {Loft} $15 ($54.50 marked down to $49.99 + 50% off promo + $10 rewards) I had seen this top around blogland for a few months now, and while I loved it, I really couldn’t justify paying much for it, considering its similarity to this jeweled version already in my closet. The right combination of sales and rewards cash occurred, and I decided to go for it. I’m not quite ready to get rid of the aforementioned bedazzled version of this top, so I put it in storage for now. If I don’t feel compelled to bring it out of storage in the next 6 months or so, I’ll sell or donate it. Such intricate compromises are examples of my efforts to whittle down my wardrobe…

white ruffle henley {Loft} $10 ($49.50 marked down to $39.99 + 50% off promo + $10 rewards) I have no idea why the white version of this top is $5 cheaper, as it seems identical to the top above, just in a different color. Anyway, I saw infinite layering possibilities with this top, so I added it to my order at the same time that I ordered the one described above. It is a bit sheer on its own, but considering its inevitable function as a layer underneath cardigans and such, that aspect doesn’t bother me so much. I have the same dilemma with its similarity to another item in my wardrobe–the blingy version of this top that I already owned is also banished to storage for awhile. See it on IG here. 

black crossbody bag {Sole Society via Nordstrom} $50 (full price!) After stalking this bag for months and it never going on sale, ultimately I ended up going with a different bag. I read the reviews for the BP bag, and it seemed that it had a few issues: namely, the strap is too long and opening the bag is a little fussy. Considering the fact that I’m usually juggling a 15-month-old and all his accouterments when we’re out and about, the idea of a bag that’s not easy access was not appealing. So the clever marketing wizards on the Nordstrom website directed me to this bag instead. It has plenty of room and feels pretty sturdy. Plus, I like the cute braided zipper pulls. Consider this wishlist item fulfilled.

striped peplum tee {Old Navy} $12 ($19.94 on sale for $19 + 40% off promo) I included this top in my recent Old Navy review and was undecided on keeping it at the time. It was originally added as “order filler”–you know, the items you add just to get free shipping with the intention of returning. But, as luck would have it, it’s the only item I liked from the order. I kept thinking about it when I went to get dressed in the morning, so I decided that was a sign that I should keep it. I’ve already worn it multiple times in the few weeks I’ve had it! See it on IG here.

black rain boots {Hunter via eBay} $45 (retail for $140) As usual, Alabama has seen quite a bit of rain this winter, so I’ve had plenty of opportunities to wear my other pairs of rain boots–six times since January 1st, to be precise. As much as I love my green Hunters and my glossy red Joules pair, I’m discovering that sometimes it would be nice to have a plain ol’ black pair. Just out of curiosity, I thought I’d check eBay for a good deal…and I found one! The pair I found were brand new in box, for less than a third of retail price. SOLD. These were not a “need” per se, but I’m pretty confident they’ll get good use.

monogrammed pullover {Marley Lilly} $40 ($79.99 on sale for $39.99) This was another item I’d been stalking for months, hoping it would be discounted to a reasonable price. I love a monogram as much as anyone, but that alone is not enough reason to pay 80 bucks for a pullover! It was finally included in a 50% off sale, so I decided that was a sufficient discount for me to order it. It’s not exactly the chicest item in my closet, but I think it will be in regular rotation on the weekends. As a bonus, it’s a near perfect match to my New Balance for J.Crew sneakers 🙂

the returns

Lots of online orders didn’t work out this month. First, I’ve been trying to find a pair of decent quality cubic zirconia stud earrings. I tend to wear my pearl pair almost daily, so I was looking for something similarly versatile and simple. Apparently, I have abnormally small earlobes, because everything I tried looked gigantic on my ears, including this pair from Nordstrom. So, back they went.

I put in an order at Loft that was all returned. I tried this trench in both a 0 and a 2 (the 2 fit best), but ultimately, I decided I want something that’s at least water resistant. The floral lining sure is cute though! I also tried this top and this top in my never-ending search for a blush blouse. Both were too sheer for my liking, and I’d rather not have to wear a camisole underneath considering how hot it gets around here in the summertime.

Finally, I also returned this coat, this top, and this dress from my Old Navy review. I’ll spare you the details to avoid being redundant, but feel free to click over if you’re interested.

the extras

I had explained my dilemma regarding the cubic zirconia studs to my mom, and being the clever lady that she is, found this set of three at Belk and gave them to me. She said they were something like 70% off at the time too. She’s a shopping ninja, I tell you.

I sold a few things on Poshmark, and I put the profits toward a like-new pair of red leather flats and a replacement black peplum top.

March 2017 total: $172

2017 total: $422

Remaining budget: $1578

Most of my purchases this month were relatively well-considered, so I’m feeling pretty satisfied with the results of my shopping for March. As for next month, I’m really hoping I end up finding a trench that works for me. I tried shopping for one in person (a rare occurrence these days) but with no luck. I’m very close to pulling the trigger on this one or this one. Pricey, yes, but that may be what it takes to get a weather-proof trench that will last. Plus, I have a few items on consignment at ThredUp, so with any luck I might have some extra funds to play with.

What did you buy in March?

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