August is such a weird month for shopping. I’m terribly excited about all knits and woolens, but I don’t want the warm weather to go away! I find myself scooping up deeply discounted dresses to wear these last weeks of summer (just ordered this one to try), while wish-listing beautiful fall items that are out of my price range (like this gorgeous coat). What I really need to do this month is cut myself off so that I can splurge in September on a piece I’ll wear throughout the season and well into winter.
1. A.P.C. Marianne wool-blend jacket | 2. Zara beaded minaudiere | 3. DIFF Rose 55mm polarized mirrored sunglasses | 4. Astley Clarke Marcel oval hoop earrings | 5. H&M cotton shirt | 6. Lele Sadoughi sugarbush petal ring | 7. NARS dual-intensity eyeshadow | 8. H&M textured skirt | 9. Loeffler Randall Lock faux fur-trimmed shoulder bag | 10. Eddie Borgo Orissa gold-plated hoop earrings | 11. Tory Burch Loretta velvet platform sandals
I can’t believe it’s already August! With the house purchase and move, I feel like I haven’t been taking enough time to enjoy my favorite season — and it’s even harder to relish these last summer days with the temptation to shop for fall pieces! (I’m looking at you, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.) So, you’ll have to bear with me as I daydream about transitional items to bring my closet into autumn. Topping my wish list is this cropped jacket from J.Crew. It looks like such a cute piece to throw on with jeans or a fit-and-flare skirt and sneakers over the weekend.
1. Ellery Anthology gold-plated earrings | 2. Aaryah Naz Two Finger Ring | 3. Prada cat-eye sunglasses | 4. Three Graces London Mirinda striped linen and cotton-blend dress | 5. Target Windson wood arm chair | 6. Kate Spade Kelley pillow | 7. Rag & Bone Keaton flat crisscross canvas slide sandal | 8. J.Crew cropped jacket | 9. Nate Berkus brass hexagon end table | 10. Tory Burch rope knot stud earrings | 11. Madewell Devon fringe sandals
At this point, a formal budget post gets tricky with how we’re allocating money now that we have a house and we’re adjusting to our new financial plan. As I mentioned last month, we gave each other an allowance of $200 per month to spend on whatever our hearts fancy. Additionally, any blog revenue I earn is going toward my monthly purchases or in a savings account for a splurge-worthy item. It makes a monthly budget fluid and I feel like I need to over-explain where the money came from. So, we’re just going to go back to a monthly wardrobe update for awhile. I still think there’s value in sharing monthly purchases with mini reviews and fit tips, plus I’m nosy myself and they’re my favorite posts to read on other’s blogs!
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.
It’s moving week! And, as I’m sure you’ve guessed it, there won’t be a lot of content on the blog — again — as we finish up packing and move into our house on Thursday! It’s been a whirlwind lately and I can’t wait to finally be living in just one spot. We carved out some time for fun this weekend and headed down to Chicago to explore the city for a couple of days. We really didn’t do a whole lot other than wander around and pop into some of our beloved bars and restaurants. We added Homeslice to our growing list of favorites. The place looks like a log cabin and they serve your beer in a koozie! (Our server let us take a couple of them home!) On the sartorial front, I’ve been living in pajama-esque clothing lately. It’s been far too hot for anything form-fitting and clingy! This impulse-buy from LOFT is one of my favorite ensembles lately. The cami and shorts look cute with other items, but they’re better together as a more practical take on a romper. (The cami runs true to size for your bust, but the midsection is flowy, and the shorts run large.)
LOFT cami | LOFT shorts | Ann Taylor sandals (old, but I love these) | Target bag | Julie Vos bracelet (c/o) | Wendy Mink earrings (c/o; old, similar and I also love these) | Karen Walker sunglasses (c/o)