Thursday, August 28, 2014

August 2014 Budget

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.

Comments
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.

Accessories:

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.

Shoes:

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

Clothing:

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.

2 comments:

  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.

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    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!

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