october 2017 budget

I’ll be honest, friends, and admit that this month was a little rough for me. With the completion of my PhD becoming more of a reality (hopefully) and Caleb getting surgery this month, I’ve been feeling stressed both at work and at home. It’s times like these that I need this little space to escape to and write about something that brings me joy…so what better time to update you on my shopping adventures this month?!

Once again, there were a lot of purchases and returns in October…check out the details below!

the keepers

burgundy pants {Loft}  $35 ($69.50 + 50% off promotion) I can’t resist a well-fitting work pant, particularly in a pretty color! The Common Threads Challenge has definitely renewed my love of the color burgundy (due to the fact that I’ve been remixing my burgundy skirt). In terms of fit, these are a tiny bit long, and a little big in the waist. I tried the petite size as well, but those were too short. Fortunately, my mom offered to hem the pants for me, so I’ll just have a little extra room for the occasional mid-day food baby 🙂

chambray dress {Old Navy} $28 ($34.99 on sale for $28) I’ve gone through several chambray shirtdresses over the years, mostly because I keep settling for versions that are almost right. I get annoyed by chest pockets with buttons, and I need my dresses to be an appropriate length for work. Oh, and I don’t want the wash to be too light or too dark. Is that too much to ask?! I think I found a winner with this one though. I tried in both the regular and tall lengths, and I ended up keeping the tall version–and I’m only 5’6″! I feel like Old Navy has been making its dresses shorter and shorter lately…See how I wore it here.

red + blue plaid shirt {J.Crew Factory} $20 ($59.50 on clearance for $19.99) I love plaid shirts, particularly around this time of year (see here and here!), but I really don’t love flannel. It’s just so impractical for our climate, so I seize the opportunity when JCF and other stores offer lightweight, woven plaid button-ups. A red and blue plaid shirt seems like a classic wardrobe item, so I bought this one when it hit the clearance rack. It was final sale, and I took the gamble that the extra-small would fit–and it does! The “boy fit” must translate to a bit more room in the shoulders and bust.

taupe booties {Dolce Vita via eBay} $10 (retailed for $140) I’ve never really been happy with my old taupe booties. The inset in the front made them more flattering, but it made them harder to wear with pants. So, I sent them off to ThredUp in hopes of finding a more versatile pair. I found these cute mule-booties on eBay for a steal (new in box), and they are perfect! The heel is just high enough, and the toe is in between pointed and rounded. See how I wore them here and here.

skinny jeans {Wit & Wisdom via Nordstrom} $68 (full price) For some reason, I’ve just been kind of hating all of my jeans this fall. The material is too scratchy, or the length isn’t quite right…I just need to invest in a few pairs that fit me well. I technically bought the black version of these exact jeans during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale but then returned them. So, I was familiar with the fit and decided it was worth it to pay full price for what I wanted. I think this medium wash will be plenty versatile, but I’m also contemplating getting a dark wash pair or maybe the gray.

dark wash denim jacket {Lee via Amazon} $41 (retails for $58) Yes, I did just buy a denim jacket last month…but this one is in a different wash. For someone who wears denim jackets as often as I do, I feel somewhat justified in having more than one. I was a little concerned about sizing based on the reviews, but I ordered my normal size, and it seems to fit fine; there’s maybe a little extra room for layering should I be so inclined.

the returns

There’s a lot to get through here! First, I ordered this shirt from J.Crew Factory in addition to the one above, in case it was too small. I wasn’t as wild about this particular type of red and blue plaid. It was slightly longer than your average button-up shirt though, so it might be worth a try if that’s something you’re looking for. I also ordered this top in ivory, but it was slightly sheer, and a bit too boxy. As I mentioned above, I tried the burgundy pants from Loft in both regular and petite sizes, and the petites were a definite no–return! I also ordered these sneakers, but they felt just a bit too plastic-y and the fit was odd on my (very flat) feet. Finally, I thought this dress would be so cute with a quilted vest and booties, so I threw it into an order I was placing for Caleb at Old Navy. When it arrived, it was much too short for my taste, and I really don’t feel like exchanging it for the tall size…so I’m letting it go for now.

the extras

I sold some clothing this month, so I used those funds to buy a few second-hand things, including a pair of black mule booties and a forest green quilted vest.

October total: $202

2017 total: $1540

Remaining budget: $460

I’m pretty excited about all my purchases this month–that’s a good sign, I think! I’m sure everything will get a lot of use in the fall and winter months.

My birthday is in December, so I will be making a wishlist soon. A few general ideas include an open-front camel cardigan (these are surprisingly difficult to find!), a watch with both brown and black (like this), and a little black dress with sleeves.

What did you buy in October?


4 thoughts on “october 2017 budget

  1. I think you should try the flare jean trend and pair them with heels for his fall and winter. Flare has made a comeback and I think they would look amazing with your long legs! (Your legs would look a mile long if you add a heel with them!).


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