november 2017 budget

As I’m sure you all have noticed, shopping season has begun! With so many great sales already going on, it’s tempting to buy EVERYTHING. I didn’t quite do that, but I did spend more this month than I think I have all year. Scroll through to see what came home with me in November!

the keepers

olive pants {Loft} $42 ($69.50 + 40% off promotion) These are in fact the same pants I bought last month, just in a different color. In case you haven’t noticed, I wear my olive pants all the time, so I figured it would be nice to have a slightly dressier version on hand. My rockstar mom also hemmed them for me already, so I have a few outfit ideas for them during the holiday season.

cognac booties {Dolce Vita via eBay} $7 (retailed for $140) This is another “multiples” purchase. I bought these exact mule/booties last month in taupe. I loved them so much that I tracked them down on eBay in this lovely cognac color (another hue I wear often). They were marked as “pre-owned,” but I think they must have been a store return, as they are in excellent condition. Seen here and here.

black sunglasses {Quay via NYGlass} $45 ($55 discounted to $49.99 + 10% off coupon) Admittedly, I am a bit of a sunglasses hoarder–I own several pairs now. Nonetheless, I have yet to find a pair of quality, all-purpose black sunglasses. I really liked the matte finish on these, and they’re over-sized but not costume-y.

camel cardigan {Gap Factory} $15 ($39.99 on sale for $18.99 + extra 20% off discount) I’ve been hunting for a long, camel cardigan all season long, but really haven’t found many options in the under $50 range. This one is definitely what I would consider a “layering” cardigan in that it is quite lightweight, which isn’t ideal. The color is just what I was looking for though, so it was a nice (inexpensive) compromise.

leopard crossbody bag {Margot via TJMaxx} $64 (retailed for $130) For most of my adult life, I’ve lugged around large totes as my “handbag,” but these days I’m appreciating the convenience of a crossbody. I love my tan and black ones! I thought a leopard print one might be a fun way to add a little more interest to my more neutral looks. I came across this one on the TJMaxx website a few weeks ago, and I liked that it would be big enough to fit my Hobo clutch wallet. Plus, it’s genuine leather. It was a bit more than I am usually willing to spend on a bag, but I bit the bullet when I got an e-mail indicating that there was low stock (which was true apparently, as it’s now sold out).

tile stripe dress {Loft} $11 ($79.50 marked down to $59.99 + 50% off promotion + $20 rewards) I tried this dress on several months ago and liked it, but I didn’t like it well enough to pay full price or even 40% off full price. $11 I can handle though! It’s a nice thick texture, and I think it will coordinate with a lot of other items in my closet.

ivory blouse {Lush via Nordstrom} $39 (full price) Ivory is a color I wear quite frequently, but I don’t seem to have much to choose from in terms of winter appropriate clothing; all my ivory tops are sleeveless or short sleeved. This blouse seems like a good option in that it’s simple enough to be versatile but not too boring. I’m actually wearing it now as I type this post! It’s a little sheer, so I do wear a camisole with it, but obviously that wasn’t a deal-breaker for me.

black tonal stripe clutch {BP via Nordstrom} $12 ($25 + 50% off sale) I have had this clutch on my radar for over a year now. In fact, I had in my my Christmas list last year. When it was marked down to 50% off a few days ago (making it a very reasonable $12!), I decided to just gift it to myself. It has gotten great reviews, and I am in agreement. It’s a good size and seems well-made. It comes in a few other colors (ivory, silver, burgundy) if you’re interested!

the returns

After a few months of copious returns, this month didn’t have any! Perhaps that’s why my total spent is a bit higher than usual…

the extras

I have an extra $550 in my “allowance” now due to winning an award for my research and also selling a few items to ThredUp. I haven’t determined what exactly I’ll spend that cash on yet, but I’m thinking it will go toward replacing wardrobe staples that either don’t fit or are worn out. In particular, I need a new light chambray shirt and a pair of leopard pumps.

November total: $235

2017 total: $1775

Remaining budget: $225

I’m confident that most of this month’s purchases will end up being worn. I bought the booties at the beginning of the month, and I’ve already worn them 7 times! That’s already at $1 cost-per-wear! I’ll try to incorporate the other items into a few outfits in the coming weeks.

I’m trying not to shop too much in December, as I do have a double-whammy birthday and Christmas on 24th and 25th. That being said, I do have my eyes on several items, including this gorgeous coat, this  necklace, and these sneakers.

What did you buy in November?

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5 thoughts on “november 2017 budget

  1. I’m still holding out hope you find the perfect leopard pumps and flare jeans!

    Are those mule pumps really that comfortable because I see you wear them everywhere! I saw they have a 3 1/2 inch heel. If you can wear that comfortably then you can pretty much do any heel casually!

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    • I actually just got a pair of leopard pumps in the mail today–I’ll report on them in next month’s budget post if they work out!
      These mule booties really are comfortable! The chunky heel definitely helps, plus the soft suede is pretty cushy too.

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