*The first eyelet band is in a saucy location, so you’ll need a half slip with this dress. I’m wearing this one.
Memorial Day (and, ahem, my birthday weekend) marks the unofficial start of summer. It often feels as if I’m constantly counting down to my favorite season so that I can break out my arsenal of summer dresses. But can you really fault me for that? Lightweight dresses are the perfect canvas for layering jewelry like these rings from www.MoonstoneShop.com. I’ve been a fan of moonstone for as long as I can remember, but it was solidified when I visited Moonstone Beach in California years ago and spent well over an hour sifting through stones on the beach to find the iridescent beauties. I had intended to have the stones I found polished and set in a ring, but let’s be honest, going straight to the source for genuine moonstone jewelry is so much easier! The shop carries an array of petite rings that are perfect for layering a few statement-making pieces to sprinkle into your collection. You can also find moonstone earrings, pendants, and bracelets.
ASOS dress | Soludos sandals (available in various sizes here, here, here, and here) | Karen Walker sunglasses | Sea & Grass tote | J.Crew scarf | Emma McKinstry earrings (c/o) | Larimar cuff (c/o) | Moonstone Magic rings (c/o) available at www.MoonstoneShop.com
With a house purchase on the horizon, to say my budget is getting an overhaul would be an understatement! We put together a comprehensive budget that allows us the opportunity to add money back to our savings accounts and travel fund, save up for home renovations and furniture, and still allow ourselves monthly indulgences. My allotment is $200 per month for “fun” purchases. This will include anything that’s just for me, so it goes beyond clothing and incorporates things like splurging on fresh flowers. It’s definitely going to be a change of pace, but getting our house in order is our biggest priority right now and if that means I have to wait an extra month to purchase something I have my eye on, so be it. The upside of this is becoming more aware of how I’m spending my money and really focus on quality over quantity. There’s a temptation to stretch a monthly budget as far as possible with clothing items, but that doesn’t always leave me with things I’m excited about the next year. I’d love to get to the point where I’m buying just one or two thoughtful pieces each month.
Cutting costs on this line item certainly makes saving for big ticket items more difficult, which is why I opened a new Capital One 360 account to save for a designer splurge. (Right now, this Gucci bag is headlining all of my sartorial dreams.) I’m planning to deposit just $25 per paycheck (an amount I won’t notice is missing) and any money I earn from blogging. Sure, it might take awhile to save up for an expensive piece, but at least I’ll know that the classic item I do purchase eventually won’t be done on a whim.
Second Quarter Budget: $685 ($850 with a $165 deficit from last quarter)
Spent in April: $298
Spent in May: $216
Amount Remaining: $174
See all of this year’s sartorial purchases here. I round the prices to the nearest dollar amount and reflect any discounts I applied.
As always, I want to be transparent about what I’ve received from companies for review or as part of a collaboration.
DIDN’T WORK OUT
Things I tried and didn’t love.
The items I just might add to my wardrobe next month.
Linking up with Fran!
Two fantastic sales started today: the seasonal Net-a-Porter sale and markdowns at Tory Burch. I’m keeping my spending in check (house purchase and all), but if I were to snag one thing, it’d be these Elizabeth and James pom pom earrings. However tempting they may be, my money is going toward home items for the foreseeable future. I actually picked up these glasses with a $50 coupon the brand sent to me for my birthday. (Evidently I spend too much there.) They’re perfect for at-home margarita nights. And I have a collaboration with Minted in the works for new art for our house. I’m debating between the print featured here and this one.
1. Diane von Furstenberg Pleated Voile Mini Dress | 2. Minted “Santa Monica Blues” Print | 3. Madewell Enamel Fringe Earrings | 4. Soludos Platform Gladiator Sandals | 5. Glossier Invisible Shield | 6. Tory Burch Fleming Micro Shoulder Bag | 7. Miguelina Angelique Mini Dress | 8. W&P Design Pineapple Tumbler | 9. Marc Jacobs Ball Chain Earrings
When I bought these sandals in March, I knew I wanted to wear them with a polka dot dress from ASOS that I received from a collaboration with the company a couple of years ago. I hadn’t worn the dress in awhile and had almost considered donating it since it didn’t meet the “wear at least once a year” rule. I’m glad I kept it. The sandals have given me a renewed interest in the frock and reminded me of just how fun it is to wear it. Situations like these are exactly why it’s so difficult for me to get rid of items in my closet. I never know when I’ll want to reach for an item again. So, instead of abiding by the “one in, one out” rule or the advice to keep only pieces worn within the last 12 months, I keep any piece that feels special. If my heart can’t bear the thought of losing it, then I know it’s a keeper and that I’ll eventually make my way back to it. I know there’s a lot of pressure with blogging to only keep the newest items that have current affiliate links, but it’s so much more satisfying to revive an old piece with a new accessory.
ASOS dress (c/o; old, but I also love this knife-pleat dress and this polka dot dress) | Zara sandals | Ann Taylor earrings (sold out, but I also love these oversize straw earrings and these raffia hoops) | Tory Burch bag (old; similar) | Karen Walker sunglasses