Category Archives: Budgeting

Budgeting Bloggers // November 2014

It’s that time again, and man, was I a good girl!

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What I Bought

1. J. Crew Factory Leather-Sleeve Tee // $26.39 (orig. $68, on clearance for $32.99 + extra 20% off clearance)

2. Toms Herringbone Desert Wedges // $89

3. J. Crew Perfect Boyfriend Flannel in ‘Rock Salt’ // $34.50 (orig. $69.50)

Total Spent: $149.89 (orig. $226.50) – $94.92 in Poshmark earnings = $53.97

Savings = $76.71 + $94.92


Thoughts

In terms of quantity, a pretty good month for me! The price of the wedges was steep for me, but I decided to transfer over some Poshmark earnings to cover them so I didn’t feel so bad about dropping the dough so close to Christmas. They really are my current favorite shoes, so I know I’m going to get my money’s worth over the cold months. These were the only thing I had planned on purchasing for myself this month, but a J. Crew Factory sale email had me Christmas shopping for Brett. I then stumbled upon the flannel shirt I had been wanting for a year, and THEN when I saw that the leather-sleeve top would only be $26 after an additional discount, I caved. Again, this month, I bought quite a few things from Stitch Fix, but I haven’t been adding those purchases because I’m still trying conceptualize some sort of separate post. It’ll happen one day. 


Do you own any of the above purchases? I seriously can’t recommend the wedges enough!

As always, I’m linking up with Franish’s Blogging Budgeters – check out all the other amazing budgeting goddesses!

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Budgeting Bloggers // October 2014

Time for another Budgeting Bloggers post! As with most things on QB these days, it’s been awhile, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy putting these posts together.

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What I Bought

1. Merona Knit Shift Dress // $12.49 (orig. $24.99 – on clearance)

2. Merona Oversized Plaid Scarf – multicolored // $8.49 (orig. $16.99 – on clearance)

3. Mossimo Texture Moto Vest // $22.39 (orig. $27.99 – 20% off Cartwheel deal)

4. Merona Oversized Plaid Scarf – blue // $16.99

5. Mossimo Boyfriend Cardigan // $15 (orig. $19.99 – sale)

6. Merona Leopard Tassle Flats // $21.99

7. Mossimo T-shirt Dress // $9.98 (orig. $19.99 – on clearance)

8. Seychelles Sophia flats // $13 (orig. $78 – amazing score on Poshmark!)

Total Spent = $120 (orig. $227)

Savings = $107


Thoughts

Pretty typical month for me. Most items were bought on a whim on random Target trips, and of course I had to hop on the plaid scarf bandwagon this year since I missed out last year. None of the items I purchased were necessity with the exception of the mustard cardigan and leopard loafers, two items I’ve been wanting for awhile now. The real score of the month was the Seychelles flats! I think I’ve mentioned before that I don’t have much experience with buying on Poshmark because my objective is to purge and make money, not shop; however, I saw the flats for $15 and thought maybe. When I got a notification one evening (after a few pumpkin ales, I will admit) that they had dropped to $13, I pulled the trigger. I’m not sure how much I’ll wear them before spring (though we’ve had some pretty gorgeous days here this week), but I just couldn’t resist. Other than what’s listed above, the only other items I’ve purchased have been from Stitch Fix, but that’s for another post.


What about you? Are you loving mustard this season like I (always) am? Have you hopped aboard the Plaid Scarf Express, too?? 

As always, I’m linking up with Franish’s Blogging Budgeters – check out all the other fab budgeting wizards!

Budgeting Bloggers // July 2014

So it seems what I saved in June, I definitely made up for in July…

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What I Bought

1. Mossimo Sharkbite Tank // $16.99

2. JustFab Grazia Pump // $39.95

3. Mossimo Kacie Peep Toe Bootie // $29.99 (orig. $34.99 + $5.00 Target mobile coupon)

4. Lucky B Boutique Striped High-Waisted Flare Skirt // $32 (orig. $34, used giftcard – see Lucky B necklace below)

5. Forever21 Ditsy Floral Headwrap // $3.80

6. Mossimo Rolled Cuff Tee // $17.99

7. JustFab Marina d’Orsay Flats // $0 (orig. $39.99 – I had a credit from months ago)

8. GAP Colorblock Stripe Sleeveless Shirt // $9.99 (orig. $45.95, on sale for $19.99 + 50% off)

9. JustFab Brayden Bootie // $0 (orig. $39.99 – BOGO promo with Grazia pumps) ** I’m selling another pair of these in my Poshmark closet – If you’re an 8, check it out!

10. Xhilaration Zip Back Tank // $16.99

11. Another Mossimo Rolled Cuff Tee (in hot coral) // $17.99 (not pictured)

12. Lucky B Boutique Green Linked Epoxy Statement Necklace // $0 (orig. $12, used giftcard) (no longer available – here’s something similar)

13. GAP High-Rise Skinny Jeans // $7.79 (tag doesn’t have orig. price, but GAP jeans are usually around $60 – these jeans had a $12.97 sticker + 40% off) (not pictured, and I can’t find them at all online)

14. Another Forever21 headwrap // $3.80 (I can’t find the exact one, but here are all their adorable headwraps)

15. JustFab Arleigh Sandal Heels // $39.95 (I did not include these in my collage because I’m trying to sell them in my Poshmark closet. They’re too big, they don’t have the size I need, and I can’t return them. These are a 7.5, but run way big, so if you’re a size 8, check them out – brand new!!)

16. Forever21 Studded Black Flats // $4.98 (orig. $24.80, on sale for $9.99 + 50% off) (cannot find these anywhere online, but they’re Valentino inspired – here’s the real deal)

Subtotal = $242

BUT THERE’S MORE!

I’ve talked about working out and being healthy before (here and here), but now that I’m in one of the most health conscious cities in the country AND I have a Vegas vacation/wedding at the end of September, I’ve really buckled down. I started a P90x/T25 hybrid on Monday July 21, and so far I’ve been going strong! In order to motivate myself, I decided to purchase some new workout clothes because obviously intrinsic motivation does not work for me. I decided to make my fitness purchases into a separate collage because I may have gone a little overboard this month.

July Fitness Purchases

What I Bought

1. C9 by Champion Jersey Short w/ Mesh Insert // $12.99 (of course now they’re on sale for $9.74)

2. Jockey Bike Short in black // $7.99 (orig. $22) (got mine at Marshall’s)

3. Kyodane Herringbone Design Capri Yoga Pants // $19.99 (orig. $22.99) (I got these at Marshall’s, and I can’t find them anywhere online except Ebay)

4. Blogilates Side Scrunch Booty Shorts // $21.50 (I’m not a huge fan of the cheesy saying on the back, but I love wearing these shorts!)

5. Blogilats Twist N Shout Crop Sweater // $23 (orig. $29.50)

6. C9 by Champion Sports Bra // $5.99 (orig. $12.99) (This is not the same bra I purchased; I found mind at Marshall’s – same brand and similar style)

7. Jockey Bike Short in grey // $7.99 (orig. $22) (got mine at Marhsall’s) (not pictured)

Subtotal = $99


Subtotal 1 ($242) + Subtotal 2 ($99) + Stitch Fix purchases ($102) 

Total spent in July = $443 (orig. $695)

Savings = $252


Final thoughts: Though I scored some major savings, my only thoughts are, “Girl, you need to reel it in!” I spent waaaay too much for our current financial state (ie: my unemployment…but I got a job, so yay!). Looks like August will have to be another dry month.

 

As always, I’m linking up with Franish’s Budgeting Bloggers! Check out the other lovely ladies!

 

Getting my [Stitch] Fix #1

photo1 (59)Let’s Be Friends: Instagram // Twitter // Pinterest // Facebook // Bloglovin // YouTube

If you read any other fashion blogs, then I’m sure you’ve heard of Stitch Fix, as its popularity has been doing nothing but growing. If not, here’s the rundown: Upon signing up, you will fill out a style profile, in which you disclose your lifestyle, sizes, likes, dislikes, and any particular clothing items or accessories that you may be looking for. Each Fix is $20, and you choose which date each month you’d like to receive it. Don’t want it each month? No problem. This is not a subscription service that is recurring every month (unless you want it that way); you pay nothing until you tell Stitch Fix you want it!

Once you’ve scheduled your Fix, a real life human stylist will read over your style profile as well as anything else you’ve included (Pinterest board, Linked In profile, your own blog, etc). The stylist will learn about you and your preferences and will then hand pick five items for you. These five items are then shipped right to your door for you to try on. Afterwards, you will fill out a checkout survey, where you can explain in detail what you liked and what you didn’t like and why, thus allowing the stylists to tweak your Fix for next time! Rinse and repeat. Oh, and that $20 styling fee? It goes towards the items that you keep! And if you didn’t think it could get any better, if you keep all 5 items, you receive 25% off the entire Fix!

Here is what your box looks like when you receive it:

stitch fix directions

stitch fix box

stitch fix card and letterYour stylist writes you a personalized note with each Fix!

I know you’re impressed by amazing editing skills.  😉

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I almost didn’t want to rip the adorable sticker. Almost.

Stitch Fix pink floral blouse style cardEach item comes with a styling card to help you visualize different ways to wear the piece. Cute!

First, before I show what you I received, here is the note I included to my stylist in my style profile: “My outfits tend to contain neutrals with pops of color, and I love stripes. I tend to always gravitate towards blues, navies, and teals, but I’m open to expanding my color horizons.  🙂 I love print mixing and color blocking; I also like a good tunic every now and then, but I hate tie-backs. Thanks so much!” Considering this note I left, plus the other things I noted in my style profile, I’m pretty impressed with what my stylist picked out for me! So, without further adieu, here’s what I got!

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Initial Thoughts: Yes! Jeans! I hope they fit! I seriously have the worst luck with jeans. Very rarely in my twenty-eight years, have I had jeans that have fit me perfectly. My waist is far smaller than my hips and booty, so you can imagine. Therefore, I was a little nervous about these jeans, but…they fit! Oh, did they fit! I almost couldn’t even believe it. I didn’t feel like I was constantly tugging them up, and they seemed to almost mold to my butt.

Stitch Fix jeans tried on

Final Thoughts: The only things I did not like about these jeans are the slight bunching around the knees (a perpetual problem of mine), and — I don’t know if you can see this — see how it flares out ever so slightly from the ankle? For some reason, that bothered me; I wanedt it to be completely tapered. So, while I was ecstatic over the fit, I couldn’t justify spending the pricier amount (well, pricier than I would normally pay for jeans) on a pair of jeans that doesn’t fit all my qualifications. I’m confident though that eventually I’ll get that perfect pair.

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Initial Thoughts: Hmmm, pink. I almost, almost put “no pink” in my style profile, but then I thought maybe it would be good to expand my color horizons. And really, upon first look at this shirt, I didn’t hate it; I just have a predisposition to turn my nose up at the color pink. I’m working on it.

Stitch Fix pink floral blouse tried on

Stitch Fix pink floral blouse tried on 2

I also tried it tucked into a skirt…

Stitch Fix pink floral blouse tried on with skirt

Final Thoughts: So actually, looking at these pictures makes me like it on me better than in person. Weird. I love the way it looks tucked into a skirt, and I’m really digging the way it pairs with the stripes in the skirt; however, I did not like the way it looked on me worn untucked. I reasoned that although it is an adorable shirt, for the price, I needed it to be more versatile for me, and since I only liked it worn one way, it didn’t seem to fit the bill. Plus, again, it’s pink.

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Initial Thoughts: Oh dear, I love stripes. So much. But do I need another striped top? This was the only piece that, off the bat, I was not excited to immediately put on my body.

Stitch Fix striped tank tried on

Final Thoughts: It’s cute; it really is. But…I have so many striped tops that if I add any more, they need to be really special or unique. I did like that my stylist suggested I tuck this into the skirt that was included. Girl, you know me too well already!

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Initial Thoughts: A swing skirt! I really don’t buy myself that many skirts, and I don’t know why. I guess I’m just picky. I have what we like to call…junk. In my truck. Therefore, a-line, swing, and skater skirts (especially skater skirts) tend to be way too short in the back. However, I don’t like my skirts to be so long that they feel matronly on me. Oh, #FWP.

stitch fix skirt tried on

Final Thoughts: It covers my butt, is seeeeveral inches from the knee, and is in my favorite color palette? How can I resist?

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Initial Thoughts: Hello, gorgeous! Get on my neck! Seriously, I have a statement necklace addiction. I probably have too many, yet I never feel like I have enough.

Stitch Fix necklace tried on#blurrypic

Final Thoughts: I’m never taking it off.

 

So what exactly did I keep? Hold your horses.

Before I show you, I want to reiterate that Stitch Fix is such a cool thing. I can’t recommend it enough! I know I’ve read around the interwebs some reviews from girls who have been disappointed in their fixes, but from what I can gather, do yourself a favor and be as specific as possible. Do what I did and create a Pinterest board just for Stitch Fix ideas and then give it your stylist. If you want them to hit the nail on the head, then you have work with them, too! 🙂

Also, as another note, this is NOT a sponsored post! Nobody asked me to write this. I was just really excited to get my first Fix and share it with you guys! I do, however, receive credit in my account for every gal who uses my referral link, so help a sistah out! You’ll get this too when you sign up! 🙂

Now, I’m sure you’re about to pass out from holding your breath in protest over having to wait to see what I kept. Okay, three-year-old, here you go:

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This probably wasn’t a huge shocker to you, based on my comments. I really was on the fence with the pink shirt, but in the end, with still being unemployed, I couldn’t justify the cost unless I 100% loved it unconditionally.

I seriously cannot wait for my next Fix! Any other Stitch Fix clients out there? What do you think? Have you tried it? Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions!

Budgeting Bloggers // June 2014

It’s been a slow shopping month here at QB…

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I still did not give myself any sort of budget this month, but I kept myself under control due to still not having a job. You’re welcome, husband.

What I Bought

1. Dorothy Perkins Tomato Bardot Dress // 21.00 (orig. 28.00, now on sale for 9.00!)

2. Mossimo Tipper Sandal // 19.99 (worn here)

3. Dorothy Perkins Navy Gingham Smock Tunic // 9.00 (orig. 39.00)

4. Audrey Brooke Quillan Platform Pump // 49.95 (orig. 75.00)

 

Total Spent = $90 (orig. 162.00)

Savings = $72


Thoughts

Not much to say this month. Had I not randomly been searching around for Vegas party dresses (I’m going in September), I would not have stumbled upon the two Dorothy Perkins pieces. When I saw the tunic was only $9, I knew it was meant to be! Can I just say, too, that I’m a little annoyed that the Bardot dress is now down to $9. Don’t you hate it when that happens? My leopard sandals are my new favs, and really the gold pumps are bridesmaid shoes for the wedding I’ll be in in September (did I mention…Vegas?!). I guess technically a bridesmaid purchase wouldn’t affect my personal shopping budget, but since money is tighter than normal this month, I felt I should include them. 

Linking up with Franish’s Blogging Budgeters – check out all the other lovely ladies!

Budgeting Bloggers // May 2014

You guys, it’s time. Time to start budgeting. I think I’ve always needed a budget, but I’ve never implemented one because it’s never been a serious problem. Well…now I’m literally unemployed, and our rent will be almost three times what our mortgage in Indiana was. So…it’s time.

I’ve always enjoyed reading other bloggers’ budget posts, mainly to see what they’ve purchased and to steal gather inspiration. Additionally, I like seeing how cleverly they stay under budget (or, sometimes more realistically, their excuses for why they’ve gone over budget). Therefore, I’m taking the plunge and joining Fran in her Budgeting Bloggers Brigade (I made up the brigade part).

I didn’t have a budget for May, so I’m not really over or under any dollar amount; however, I’m using this post as a way to round up my purchases to gauge how much I’m really spending. This will help me come up with a figure in the next coming months, which may flucuate, depending on when I get a job. So, here are my May purchases. One thing I feel I must note is that this is going to look like an ad for H&M, as most of my purchases were from there. The reason for this is because H&M (and Zara) is the closest shop within walking distance from my hotel, so it’s really the only place I went this month. I don’t normally shop there that much, and this post is NOT sponsored by anyone! 🙂

may 2014 budget

 

What I Bought
1. H&M gold braided belt // 5.95
2. H&M lime braided belt // 5.95 (not pictured – worn here)
3. H&M leopard print scarf // 6.95
4. H&M fit and flare dress // 24.95
5. Zara black/white striped tank // 9.90
6. Zara grey/white striped tank // 9.90 (not pictured)
7. H&M black belt // 5.95
8. H&M floral ballet flats // 12.95 (worn here)
9. Target yellow beach tote // 9.99
10. H&M jeweled ballet flats // 24.95 (worn here)
11. H&M white sweater // 34.95 (worn here)
12. H&M striped wedges // 34.95 (worn here)
13. Zara printed t-shirt // 24.90 (not pictured because I literally could not find it on the internet)
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Total Spent = $209 (nothing was on sale)
Most of these items were purchases on only two separate trips (more like sprees). Living in a hotel has left me reallllly bored, so I definitely went a little overboard; however, I did find a few staples that I’ve been wanting/needing, such as the leopard scarf, skinny black belt, and floral ballet flats. It’s helpful for me to know that I spent around $200 this past month. I definitely should not be spending that much money per month, but I’m hoping I’ll be working in the next couple of weeks, which will cut down on my boredom and time to shop. This information has give me something to think about, and I should be able to come up with a realistic budget to set for next month!

What I Received
1. Eshakti gold crushed silk maxi dress // 129.95

Thanks to Eshakti, I received this beautiful dress free of charge. It’s definitely a very large purchase that I normally would not have been able to make, so I’m very grateful to them. Stay tuned for a review post featuring this dress!


Again, I’m linking up with Franish’s Blogging Budgeters – check out all the other lovely ladies!

 

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