august 2017 budget

It is currently 100 degrees outside as I type this post…but you’d never guess that based on the items I bought this month. I am more than ready for fall to arrive, and my shopping habits reflect that. Fall is probably my favorite season to shop for, so I have a lot to share with you today!

the keepers

leopard blanket scarf {BP via eBay} $18 (retailed for $45) OK, this might seem a little weird, but I’ve been wanting this scarf for two years now. It was part of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale a few years ago, and I didn’t grab one before it was sold out…and I’ve regretted it ever since. I came across it (new with tags!) on eBay a few weeks ago and ordered it on the spot. Leopard is one of my favorite ways to add a little interest to my outfits lately, so I’m sure it will get good use!

black skinny jeans {Wit & Wisdom via Nordstrom} $45 ($68 on sale for $44.90) This was one of my NSale purchases this year, which I reviewed previously (read that post here). I haven’t gotten a chance to wear these jeans yet, since it’s still hot as ever here, but I have no doubt they will be on regular rotation in the fall/winter.

black knit blazer {Caslon via Nordstrom} $40 ($59 on sale for $39.90). This was the other item I purchased during the NSale (full review here). Again, layering is still out of the question, so time will tell on the versatility of this blazer. I’m having second thoughts about sizing though…I might order a size up for comparison’s sake.

faux suede skirt in light maple {Sanctuary via 6pm} $28 ($79 marked down to $27.99). I’ve tried the suede skirt trend before, and I got burned the last time around (read about that mistake here). This time, I went with something returnable and much less expensive. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and the gorgeous “maple” color. I can’t wait to wear it with some boots and an ivory sweater!

mustard crossbody bag {3.1 Phillip Lim for Target via Style Encore} $30 (retailed for $34.99). As I’ve mentioned before, I’m on a bit of a mustard/marigold kick these days–I just love it as an accent color to my otherwise neutral outfits. I consigned some clothing at my local Style Encore and spotted this bag while I was waiting. It’s the perfect size–big enough for my hefty wallet but still much smaller than a diaper bag!

gray suede moto jacket {Levi’s via Poshmark} $38 (retailed for $250). In continuing the second-hand theme of this month, I found this wishlist item on Poshmark. Although I love the blogger-favorite BlankNYC jacket, I knew that by the time it went on sale again, the cold weather would already be half-way gone. With some Googling, I found this genuine suede jacket available on Poshmark and was able to negotiate the price down a bit. It fits well, maybe slightly on the big side, but that will just leave extra room for sweaters and thicker shirts.

the returns

I made a lot of returns this month, y’all. First up, the beautiful, but too expensive boots I mentioned in my NSale review. Sniff, sniff. I’m also hunting for medium wash jeans and tried this “sculpt” pair from Old Navy, but they were insanely tight, and the fabric seemed too thick and constricting for my taste. I like my jeans to feel like pajamas–is that too much to ask? In that same order, I tried this dress to satisfy another wishlist item, but no luck. It fit, but the arm holes were a tad too big (so you could see my bra at some angles), and the material didn’t seem like it would last more than a season. I’m thinking Ann Taylor might be a good place to look for a quality, gray sheath dress. The final ON purchase was this jacket (which I posted about on IG), and as of this writing I am undecided on keeping it. If I sell my J.Crew field jacket, I might allow myself to keep it…

the extras

As I mentioned above, I consigned some clothing this month. Mostly I just cleared out some blazers from my closet that were always a tad too big. I used some of those funds to buy the smaller size (second-hand) in the black one. I’d also like to replace the camel one in a similar fashion.

August total: $204

2017 total: $1202

Remaining budget: $798

Perhaps I was feeling guilty for the “fast fashion” pieces I bought last month, because half of my purchases this month were second-hand items. You would think that that strategy would have lowered the monthly total…but apparently not. This was a heavier spending month for me, as I rarely hit the $200 mark. But, I’m fairly confident that I won’t regret any of these purchases. Plus, I still have almost $800 for the remainder of the year.

As for next month, I’m contemplating trying the same jeans I bought this month but in this medium wash. I’ll likely have to pay full price, but I’m willing to do so to find a pair of jeans that I love. I’m still searching for an all-seasons gray dress and still stalking this bag.

What did you buy in August?


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