Thursday, August 28, 2014

August 2014 Budget

$2300/year, can add in gift cards and eBay sales.
No more than 45 items this year and must fit in with my shopping questions.

Spent this month: $588.39, $15.54 in eBay sales.
Totals: $1888.59 out of pocket, $246.71 on gift cards, $319.88 on returns and eBay earnings.
$411.41 left for the year out of pocket.

40 new items entered my closet this year so far total. I can buy or receive up to 5 more items this year.

What Came In:  12 items

Isola Suri Red Pumps $49.99
I've thought about purchasing these since I bought them in taupe back in May. These fit great and are the perfect pop of color I've been wanting! 9.5/10
Nine West Green heels, $39.99
These are great heels- fit well and the color works very well with my wardrobe. 9/10
WHBM Scroll Print Top, $45.60
This top's print has black, white, and burgundy. I love the colors and the top fits very nicely (I have this top in black from last season). Perfect to wear belted and fitted jeans out, or under a blazer or cardigan to work. 9/10
WHBM Flounce Back Pencil Skirt, $56.89
This skirt is the most amazing skirt I have ever found/put on/owned. Period. It fits me high-waisted RIGHT exactly where my waist is smallest, and it's super sexy but professional to boot. 10+/10
WHBM Leopard Print Blouse, $70.38
This blouse is pretty awesome. It looks great with slim jeans un-tucked, and I LOVE it tucked into the skirt above. 9/10
WHBM Geometric Cardigan, eBay, $40 (including shipping costs)
This is a cardigan I missed out on when I did a shopping ban last winter. I really liked it and searched for it for a long time, finally discovering the right size on eBay and pouncing upon it after watching it for several weeks. 9.5/10
WHBM White Cardigan, eBay, $36
This cardigan is much nicer in person than in this picture, I cannot say enough how happy I am I purchased it. 9.5/10
Ankle boots, DSW $62.35
I bought these boots when shopping at the mall with my friends (only a 1x-2x a year event). I'm worried I made an impulse purchase here, as they don't have a lot of ways to style them- but I really like them and the way they look, so time may tell. In real life they appear shorter than in this picture. 9/10
NY&Company Trench, $62.35
This coat is the only other thing I purchased at the mall. It's darker and more teal in person (just perfect). It's replacing my coral trench and it fits really beautifully. 9.5/10
White House Black Market Burgundy Top, $42.78
I ordered this top (and returned) in Black and Ivory before getting this color. The fit is great, but the other colors were wanting. This top should get quite a bit of wear and I really enjoy it. The fabric has a slight sheen to it and I really like how it looks on. 9.5/10
White House Black Market Black Cardigan via eBay, $26.35
I have been looking for this cardigan for a long time. I missed out on it back when, and finally was able to scoop it up. I have a sparkly black cardigan, but really have felt the need many times for a more simple one. I rated it slightly lower than usual because the buttons need to be fixed (stray threads). 8.5/10
WHBM Burgundy Jacket, $71.25
This jacket is pretty spectacular, so much so that I have been eyeing the black (which I do not plan on purchasing at this time). I really love how it looks from the back- it has a great little peplum-ish ruffle and is very flirty and feminine.

I went overboard this month, no surprise after my few last posts I'm sure. However, I am really getting to a good place in my wardrobe now. I'm happier than I've ever been, and can say with confidence that I only have a few more things this year I want to get and I project getting MUCH less next year! I overspent by quite a bit- total of $603.93. I still have 2 back-ordered items set to arrive sometime next month, a top and a cardigan totaling $122.52. If I keep them, that leaves me with only $288.89 left in the budget to spend for the rest of the year and 3 items left in the item limit. I honestly feel a little relieved at reaching the end of this. I won't be able to shop- maybe this is what I need to recharge and change my habits.

Next year the budget will be at the same level but my item limit will be cut in half again- so $2300 on only 10 clothing items and 10 accessories/shoes. It's inspiring to me- I'll have to be very selective and careful, especially about identifying what needs replacing, but I still can buy 1-2 items a month or 5 items each season, and can spend a pretty penny on them if I want to. It's quite exciting- I'll work harder to trim down my wardrobe and reach my limits to minimalism in my wardrobe. As of today (last item arrived last night) I have 81 pieces of clothing and 71 accessories and shoes, to a total of 152. I am sure I can continue to trim the numbers down- my goal is a true project 333 wardrobe, or less than 132 items total. I'm not too far from that goal, which is really exciting.

Purged: 32 Items

I apologize for not posting the purge posts as I had planned. I've purged a lot of items and don't have time to go back and list from the last time, but here's what I purged this month and what I sold:

PJs/Outdoor clothing:
2 pairs of too-tight but like new PJ shorts, 1 pair of PJ pants with holes (trashed), 1 pair of too-tight denim shorts, 1 aqua net sweater.


Silver round cutout earrings: I never wear because they remind me of Christmas! I won't keep anything that isn't versatile anymore, so goodbye!
Grey Flower Pendant Necklace and matching colored earrings: I bought these on my trip in Germany, and while I loved them then I never wear either now. Just a bit too juvenile I think.
Orange chandelier earrings: These were a gift and I never wore them.
Aqua Cut-out earrings: These used to be my favorite earrings. They're again a bit too young now.
Blue waterfall necklace: Heavy, clunky, and super noisy- while pretty I never wanted to wear it for these reasons.
Long silver necklace: Another from the 'too young' category, I bought this in Aeropostale YEARS ago.
Twisted Hoop earrings: A gift I never wear.
Paisley scarf: Pretty but I finally admitted scarves are not my thing, unless literally for warmth. I prefer neckalces.
Teal floral scarf: Ditto to the above.
Aqua drop earrings: I have better similar alternatives to this- too much duplication.
Tiny mint earrings: Another gift I don't wear.
Chain link earrings: Yet again ditto to the above.
Burgundy tiny earrings: Can we see a pattern? Ditto to the above.


A pair of too-worn leopard flats and too-worn gray winter snow boots were both purged.


WHBM Color-block Sheath Dress: This dress never fit correctly and was never worn. I even had it altered, but finally have admitted it was too tight at the hips to ever wear.
Reiss Dusk Blue Sheath Dress: This is truly sad. I was finally ready to wear it and washed it on delicate, dried for a short time on delicate. Well, the damn dress shrunk a whole size- but the lining didn't. Completely ruined. I only wore this twice, $97 wasted!!!!!!!
Velvet Leggings: 'Downgraded' these to wear around the house. I only had one outfit I could wear these with, and really I don't think I would wear it again. But they're warm, comfy, and look good on- so around the house I'll be stylin' I suppose :)
Gray Jeggings: These were always too tight and I finally admitted it.
Color-block cardigan: This was replaced with the printed cardigan above. It was low quality and had imperfections in the fabric that always bothered me.
Geo print ruffle blouse: This top was always too short for me, and too baggy at the bust. I tried to make it work a few times but sadly it wasn't meant to be
Black bow sweater: This top was great when I first bought it after having the baby, but it is now fully a size or two too big for me and is not flattering anymore.
Blue V-neck sweater: I don't know why I ever bought this sweater. It was always too long and the sleeves were too long. It was not flattering at all. I wore it only a handful of times!
Dusk Open Cardigan: This was a gift to me from my SIL. I loved it when I first got it (again, just post-baby) and it looked great when I belted it. Now it's too big and overwhelming, even when I belt it. Time to let it go.
Gray Short Trousers: Again, pants I wore just after having the baby. My feet couldn't tolerate heels for about a year and these were necessary. Not anymore! They never get worn anymore even though they still fit (apparently my back end isn't much smaller almost 2 years post-baby).
Tan Short Trousers: Same as above, except these also shrunk and fit too tightly now.

Sold: 1 Items

A plaid shirt that is juvenile and not my style. I was trying different things, and only bought this because the husband liked it on me. I wore it once for a Halloween costume (cowgirl). What a waste of $- I paid probably $34 for it.


  1. Love the blue trench, such a great color. Great job purging so many items; tough to see the money that went to waste but hopefully those will be good lessons for next time you are faced with purchasing something you shouldn't.

    1. Thank you Megan! It's been a challenge, especially now because I'm not ready to let some things go yet. I have very few things left to purge! I agree, I need to make a point of learning lessons from what I do let go. Some of it couldn't have been helped, between growing up and my body changing, but some of it could have been prevented and I should focus on doing just that!