december 2017 budget

Hello all! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas. Now that the New Year is almost here, it means that I’ve got another shopping update to share! Here’s what came home with me in December:

the keepers

buffalo plaid skirt {J.Crew Factory} $45 ($74.50 + 40% off sale) As I mentioned in this post, I’ve been eyeing this skirt for a while, and I finally decided to go for it when it was on sale for 40% off + free shipping. Sadly, it’s now sold out, but you might be able to find it on the clearance rack in some stores. I have all these outfit ideas for it, but it wasn’t exactly weather appropriate for much of the holiday season (wool seems a bit much for 60 degrees, right?). So I have plans to wear it to work beyond December…buffalo plaid is not just for Christmas, in my mind. See it here.

black dress {J.Crew Factory} $36 ($89.50 + 50% off sale + 20% off coupon) I’ve been on the hunt for a simple black dress, and this one seems to fit the bill. It’s not terribly exciting, but it’s comfortable and fits me well. I actually wore it to church on Christmas Eve with a sparkly necklace and some red pumps.

gold leaves necklace {J.Crew Factory} $20 ($49.50 + 50% off sale + 20% off coupon) I don’t wear much jewelry, but this necklace struck my fancy. I think I like that it is simple but still interesting. Here’s hoping it doesn’t just gather dust on my vanity.

ivory pom hat {J.Crew Factory} $16 ($39.50 + 60% off sale) This is the last JCF item, I promise! When we had our snow storm a few weeks ago, I realized that I don’t really have much in the way of winter hats and gloves. This one is very much in line with my current aesthetic, and it made a good stocking stuffer (from me, to me!).

two tone clutch {BP via Nordstrom} $15 ($25 + 40% off) I was so impressed with the BP clutch I bought last month that I decided to buy this versatile two-tone version. Considering how often I wear brown + black together, it seems like it well get good use. While it would be great for date nights and such, I’m also thinking of using it as a way to organize my (pocketless) tote bag–I hate having to dig for ten minutes to find my keys!

pearl cuff bracelet {Banana Republic} $12 ($48 + 40% off + $15 reward + extra 10% off) BR has lots of adorable pearl-embellished items right now, including jewelry. I love the simple elegance of this bracelet…and that I got it for such a steal.

Nike Tanjun sneakers {Macy’s} $49 ($65 + 25% off) Truth be told, I end up wearing sneakers much of the time on the weekends. But, I really don’t like to put extra mileage on my actual running shoes–gotta make them last as long as possible! So I decided to try out Nike Tanjuns as my non-running sneakers. As it turns out, Nikes are excluded from pretty much every promo in every store, but Macy’s randomly had these marked down by 25% a few weekends ago. They are really comfortable, but I’ve only had the chance to wear them around the house thus far.

the returns

The only thing I returned this month was this tulle-cuff tee. It was overall too big, and the sleeves seemed like an odd length. I could have tried a smaller size, but it seemed like a pretty seasonal item anyway. I’m not sure I would wear it at any time other than the holidays.

the extras

As I’ve mentioned approximately a thousand times lately, my birthday was this month, so there are a few extras to report this month. First, my mom got me this lovely camel coat (the same one I mentioned in my wishlist). My parents also got me this fun pink vest for Christmas (bringing my vest count to about 600), and I used some birthday money to buy this watch. I also have some gift cards to J.Crew, Target, and TJMaxx, but I haven’t found anything I’d like to buy…yet.

December total: $191

2017 total: $1966

Remaining budget: $34

Generally, I think all of December’s purchases were wise ones. I’m a little concerned that the Nikes won’t be worth the price, but we shall see. Perhaps I’ll embrace the athleisure trend?

Keep an eye out over the next few days for a year-end budget re-cap!

What did you buy in December?

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i voted!

In case you didn’t know, Alabama has been in the headlines a lot lately due to a special election for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. I won’t get overly political here, but let’s just say that the stakes were high, and I think it would have been pretty disastrous had the Republican candidate won. Accordingly, I did my part and voted! Here’s what I wore for the occasion.

Again, I apologize for the wonky lighting in these photos. The daylight hours are limited, and the time that I’m home is even more limited…which means I have to settle for photos with some kinda crazy shadows!

striped boatneck tee: Merona, similar, similar // denim jacket: Lee, exact, similar // burgundy jeans: Kut from the Kloth, exact, similar // cognac wedge booties: White Mountain, exact, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar, similar

december uniform

All month long, I’ve been wearing all the plaid and all the vests, usually together. It’s kind of become my December uniform.

Truthfully, this combination wasn’t my absolute favorite, but at least the colors were festive! My apologies for the weird lighting–it’s hard to find a time when the light is right and I can be home!

ivory blouse: Lush, exact, similar // red vest: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // plaid scarf: Merona, similar, similar // skinny jeans: Wit & Wisdom, exact, similar // cognac ankle boots: Jessica Simpson, exact, similar

black on black

I’m not sure why, but I rarely wear a top and bottom in the same color family. I just never think to go the monochrome route. When I saw this pin showing several different ways to wear a black tee, I decided to give it a try though.

I really like the look! The only thing I’m unsure about is the watch you see in the above picture. It’s technically “unisex,” but it looks so big on my wrist (40mm diameter). If only it were about 5mm smaller, it would be perfect! For the record, it’s the same one I featured in my most recent wishlist. I’m not sure it’s worth the trouble of returning it through the mail though, so I might just make it one of Seth’s stocking stuffers.

black turtleneck tee: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // black skinny jeans: Wit & Wisdom, exact, similar // cognac wedge booties: White Mountain, almost exact, similar // leopard blanket scarf: BP, similar, similar // black + tan watch: Timex, exact, similar