April 2017 Budget

This month has been busy, so I haven’t been particularly good about tracking my shopping. So I’m pretty sure this is where the budget stands…better get back to using my spreadsheet to keep myself accountable! Anyway, here are a few things I added to my closet in April.

black leather flats {BCBGeneration via eBay} $42 (retailed for $69) After a few failed attempts, I finally found a pair of black leather flats, which have been on my wishlist for a while. I actually own these exact flats in two other colors: nude leather and black suede, so when they popped up in a desperate eBay search, I ordered them immediately. For those who are curious, they are called the “Nassau” flat, and I highly recommend them! Just be sure to order up a half size.

scalloped tank in rose {eri + ali via Anthropologie} $48 ($58 + $10 off promotion) I don’t typically shop at Anthropologie, but there’s a location near my house, so I wandered in there looking for housewares one day and happened upon this brand. The material is a thick jersey, so it’s not see-through at all–a rare find for pale pink items, it seems. I initially bought this top, but the “swing” shape was way too exaggerated such that it looked like a maternity top! I opted for this one instead. It’s a bit more limited in its versatility, but I think it will be nice to have throughout the spring and summer.

striped tulip sleeve striped tee in whisper white {Loft} $24 ($39.50 + 40% off sale) I’ll admit, this was something I admired on others’ Instagram feeds, then promptly bought it for myself as soon as a good sale came along. I never met a stripe I didn’t like, and the fun detail on the sleeves make this tee a little extra special. I’m seriously contemplating buying it in red as well…

striped pom-pom tee in smoke heather {Loft} $17 ($39.50 marked down to $35 + 50% off sale) Gray is increasingly becoming one of my favorite neutrals (in fact, I’m wearing a gray peplum top as I type this post). The pom-pom edge was just too cute to pass up when Loft had its 50% off + free shipping promotion over Easter weekend. I have a feeling this will become a weekend favorite.

studio tee in ivory/navy stripe {J.Crew Factory} $13 ($29.50 on sale for $12.95) Yes, I bought two blue striped tees in one month. To be fair, my current navy striped tee was a thrift find from four years ago and is starting to show its age.

the returns

This was yet another month with several returns. I returned the aforementioned Anthro top, as well as this top and these pants (in jungle green) from Gap. The top was way too big and the pants were way too form-fitting to be professional. Inconsistent sizing much? Oh, well.

the extras

I made some cash by sending in a few bags to ThredUp, so I am planning on use those extra funds to purchase this trench coat (yes, I’m still searching for the perfect one!). Here’s hoping this one is what I’m looking for, as I’m getting tired of this fruitless hunt.

April 2017 total: $144

2017 total: $566

Remaining budget: $1434

Despite not keeping very close track of my purchases, it wasn’t a very spendy month, evidently (unless I’ve forgotten something, of course). Tees with special details are my jam lately. For better or for worse, I’ve embraced academia’s casual dress code and let myself wear jeans on days I don’t have important meetings or participant testing visits. As a result, “fancy” tees are what works for my current lifestyle, and that’s what I’ve been buying. I’m SO happy to have found the black leather flats I so desperately needed. I think I’ve worn them ten times already.

As for next month, I’m due for another wishlist post. The only thing I can think of that’s lacking in my wardrobe right now is flat sandals. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not much of a heels girl anymore, so the wedge sandals I’ve relied on in summers past are not looking all that appealing. I might hit up Target one of these days to see what they have to offer, although I always prefer genuine leather when it comes to footwear.

What did you buy in April?

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