Thursday, September 4, 2014

August 2014 Shopping

August 2014 Shopping

Forever21 camis (here)
$1.90 x 3 + tax = $6.20
I love wearing a cami as an extra layer of warmth. I originally thought the camis were included in the store-wide 10% off sale, but they weren't and I was too embarrassed to say I didn't want them anymore, so I just purchased them.

H&M Floral Pattern Dress (similar)
$21.90 + tax = $23.12
I thought my wardrobe needed a dress lift and I've been eying this cute dainty floral one at H&M all summer. I took the plunge and wore it throughout my time in Los Angeles. 

J.Crew Chloe Loafers (here)
$150 -30% sale - 15% student discount + tax = $97.06 - $35 from my brother's contribution = $62.06
My Target flats I purchased last year needed replacing since the beginning of 2014. I couldn't decide on whether I wanted to repurchase something I know is comfy out of the box, but damages quickly or search for a new replacement. I ordered the Emmie flats, but those hit the back of my ankles as I walked. It was between the Kiki flats or the Chole loafers. Since I will be in the hospital more often this semester and I have a whole rack of black ballet style flats (I don't have the heart to throw them out - hoarding, I know) I thought I'd change things up a bit and pick out a pair of loafers instead.

Joe Jeans via Nordstrom Rack (similar)
$89.90 + tax + $10 hem = $109
I am always on the hunt for a nice fitting pair of jeans. I am a huge sucker for jeans in fact. While some women prefer skirts, dresses or leggings, my preference are dark, sturdy with some stretch denim. I don't mind pay a little more for something I know that will get continuous wear. As for the hem, it's just easier for everyone around me if I just paid someone to do it - sewing is so hard! 

August Total: $200.38
ThredUp cash out: $33.51
Left for the year: $460.43 - $200.38 + $33.51 =  $293.56

Yikes! $275.35 left for the year?  I need to start cutting back and really think about my purchases if I want to make it through the next four months!

Linking up with Budgeting Bloggers

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Scarves in Summer

Loft tee (similar) Banana Republic sweater blazer, H&M infinity scarf
William Rast jeans, Corso Como flats, Bulova watch

Believe it or not, I can wear a scarf during the summer and still be a bit chilly.
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." - Mark Twain*
*there are rumors out there saying Twain never said this.

Well, summer is over for me. I had three weeks of summer break total, one week before summer school began and two weeks before school started. Thankfully I finished (online) summer school a week early so I could give myself a little break. In all honesty, I prefer going to summer school. It keeps me busy. Although it may suck from time to time, especially when all my friends get to go out and do fun activities whereas I have to factor in time for school work, it's not all that bad. I was still able to travel (NYC and Los Angeles twice). Besides, I am not sure what I'd do with all that free time if I'm not at work.
Los Angeles, August 2014

The fall semester begins on Tuesday. Hopefully this will give me more opportunities to actually get dressed in something other than yoga/sport wear.

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Magic of Disneyland

There's something truly magical about going to Disneyland. I've been there multiple of times and even to Disney World. You would think someone who visits at least every three years would get bored of this place, but you're wrong!

The day before my departure, I triple checked my suitcase to make sure I brought my Minnie Mouse ears (last time I forgot). The car ride I was pretty excited and talked about all the "fun" rides and delicious food (corn dogs and churros) that we could go on. I was basically bouncing out of my seat.

For this trip, sweet boy and I took his 12 year old sister who has never been to Disneyland. She's been asking for the past two years and we finally found the right moment to go. (However, I much prefer going off season in attempt to avoid long lines and/or the heat). The day before the trip, her excitedment must have been contained in a box somewhere and she must have forgotten to bring it with her. There were no smiles, no willing photos, and minimal number of rides rode. Maybe it was the heat and the long lines that make people seem grumpier than they truly are. Or possibly, unfortunately, the magical place of Disneyland isn't for everyone.

Monday, July 28, 2014

July 2014 Budget

 July 2014
 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

I've noticed during the summer I spend less money on clothing and shoes. This may be a good thing, but this is the time where I do majority of my traveling since I am on summer break. However, this summer I am taking two online summer classes which allows me to travel and turn things in ahead of time.

Madewell skirt (on sale)
40% off with code ENDLESS until Monday 7/28/2014
$52.50 - 40% off + tax = $34.26
I just purchased this online yesterday. I have been looking for a simple black skirt that I can dress up or down. I haven't seen it in stores but other reviewers love it. I am hoping for this to be a keeper. If not, it'll go back.

Zella Reversible Leggings via Nordstrom (on sale)
Originally $52, on sale $33.90 + tax = $36.87
I love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale since the items are from the Fall collection. Last year was my first year shopping the sale. This year I opted for Zella leggings. They're reversible! They have over 1,300 reviews with 99% of them positive. I originally wanted the Zella Barley Flare Booty Pants, but half of the logo on the back left leg would have been chopped off to hem to the perfect length. I contemplated keeping them, but I felt like it looked as though I forgot to rip off the sticker on my new pants and the long length is sold out system wide. Therefore I opted for the black leggings. Do I need them persay, no, but my friend convinced me. So far the leggings hold all of me in. They're not see through when you bend over or bend your knees. I machine wash and hang dry to extend the life of the elastic. So far they're holding up well, but hey, it's only been two weeks!

Navy Blue Ikat Dress via Ross
$10.99 + tax = $11.95
I really like maxi dresses, but I love unique maxi dresses in addition to plain ones. Stores like Ross is a great place to find unique maxi dresses that the rest of ladies in our city do not have for a very resonable price. The photo above is not the exact dress. Mine is navy blue, with a pink and white ikat design. I just need a little hemming and slimming and it would be ready to go.

Nike Elite Socks
$5.99 + tax = $6.51
I love a good pair of socks. I can't bring myself to spend $10+ on one pair of these cozy Nike Elite socks. When you think about it, you can get a bag of socks for under $10! Thankfully my friend filled me on the secret stash that are popping up in Ross stores. I picked up a pair and love the feel of it. I like to think my shoes are getting less of my feet sweat when I work out (TMI?). The only down side is that I prefer ankle length socks.

Zella Black Socks
Originally $22, on sale $13.90 + tax = $15.12
I purchased the white set last year and loved them so I thought I'd get a black set this year. The whites are a bit less white now, but still work as though they're new! To keep the life wear of the socks, I hang all my socks to dry. I think the dryer fries the elastic of the socks.

July Total $104.71
Left for the year: $565.14 - 104.71 = $460.43

Be sure to hop over to Franish to check out other budgeting bloggers!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

My Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversay Sale 2014

Nordstrom 2014 Anniversary Picks
1 // 2 // 3 // 4
5 // 6 // 7 // 8

Last year I was introduced to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that typically occurs around this time. This year I reserved my money for leggings and socks (more on this tomorrow). I am also saving up for a pair of nice fitting jeans, something I know that will gets its wear's worth. Unfortunately I didn't find anything at Nordstrom that complemented me that was within my price range.

Nordstrom lets their shopping buy online and do in-store pick up. I love this feature! This lets me get in and out without window shopping too much. The best part is that I can get my stuff instantly instead of waiting for it in the mail. Plus I still get my eBates cashback benefits! It's a win-win all around. If you haven't signed up for eBates, you can sign up here*. It's so simple to use. Just search your store you would like to shop at and then click "shop now" and you'll be on your way to receiving cashback. eBates pretty much make this cashback system effortless.

*This is a referral link and I will receive a $5 reward after you make your first purchase through eBates.