This month I went on a little closet splurge after not buying much throughout the summer. I am shocked at how much I spent! This is the damage done in less than two weeks and Black Friday is not even here yet! I feel that if I made this public, it's more real and keeps me honest on how much I spend. This way I cannot hide the reality and will be prepared when the bills come floating in, not that I am a shopaholic.
(I totally love Kimmie's $600/year clothing budget, but I don't know how discipline I am to stick to it.)
- H&M blazer $30
- 2 basic cotton tanks from H&M in black and white $5.95/each = $11.90
- American Rag black and white striped peplum top via Macy's $6.50
- Bloom (not Kendi's Bloom) black peplum top with a lace back panel $11.80
- H&M maroon skinnies $gifted +10 hem
- Forever 21 blouse with front-tie bow $17.80
Macy's statement necklace $9.80Returned
- Sam Edelman Maddox Booties $75.99 (after store credit + exchange)
Mee Too Kaden black capped toe flats $69.95Returned after 3 months of "break-in" I still got blisters.
*does not include 8.5% tax
H&M blazer - I've been wanting a structured casual/semi-formal blazer for quite some time and this fit the bill making it resistible. I didn't need to size up since the sleeve length hit me right at the wrists.
H&M basic cotton tanks - I decided to invest a bit more in my "under clothes" as I noticed that the camis I usually get for $2.80 just do not hold up as well. The straps stretch out and before I know it, I'm pulling up the straps that are sliding down my arm. How annoying is that? I figured with the amount of money I spend on the camis I can get a couple stretchy and non-strap sliding undershirts that will cost less in the long run.
The two peplum tops was an impulse buy. I've been wanting a peplum top so I thought why not. It's a super reason price for this fashion phase.
H&M Maroon Skinnies - I've been wanting a pair of color jeans for the.longest.time.ever for what seems like years and I finally found a shade I absolutely adore for a very reasonable price! (Then again, anything that is a"gift" is of course reasonable, but I'd still get them even if they weren't.) H&M answered my skinny pants wish. I've been on the hunt for a maroon and/or olive pair of skinnies. I've tried on multiple pairs of Old Navy Rockstar jeans and other H&M colored pants (the one with the side zipper and no butt pockets), but unfortunately they did not complement my body at all. I did not want to sacrifice look and feel for a trend and I am glad I waited.
Forever 21 Blouse - Honestly, I've been really frustrated with many companies because of their blouse designs. Often times I'd find the "perfect" blouse in the correct shade and price range but it is the high-low cut or too sheer in which I automatically chuck it back to the racks. This F21 blouse is the perfect length and thick enough to just wear a nude bra without any problems.
Macy's statement necklace - After much deliberation, I gave in. I wanted a statement necklace. Now I want more statement necklaces!!
Sam Edelman Maddox Booties - I've been thinking about purchasing a pair of booties since September and when I saw them at Nordstrom I tried them on and fell in love. I didn't buy them that day. Instead I went home and thought about it for two weeks. Then conveniently, I returned a pair of flats to Zappos after receiving painful blisters and opted to order these. These booties are the perfect height for heel-beginners (2 inches) and are very comfortable. I was able to walk all over downtown San Francisco without prior break-ins.
Mee Too Kaden Flat - I am always on the hunt for new black flats. Last year I bought four pairs of black flats in less than two weeks (here) but ended up returning two pairs a few weeks later (Macy's and Marc Fisher). I wore the Report flats down to almost the ground. Black flats are my everyday staple and since I'm on my feet more often than before, I needed a pair with more support and comfort than what my previous flats provided. Yes it costs a bit more, but I figured I would get my money's worth in the long run and possibly minimize future back problems.
Readers -- Do you have monthly/year spending shopping budget? If so, how do you keep yourself honest?