I bought this dress for a friend’s wedding in May, but I couldn’t wait to wear it. So much, in fact, that I braved the freezing temperatures to take a few snapshots before a trip to the tailor. The straps need to be adjusted (the woes of having a small bust), which should take care of the extra fabric wrinkling on the sides. Fingers crossed.
Right now, I’m coveting:
- New throw pillows in a lovely shade of mint
- A bold, earthy necklace made of amazonite and quartz
- Rose-colored sunglasses
- A pretty floral cuff for $20 (in gold or cream)
- A breezy dress that’s destined for the beach
- This vintage pitcher
- Makeup that’s almost too pretty to use
- Mixing and matching barware in rectangles and stripes
My “quality over quantity” New Year’s resolution isn’t going that well. I’m actually a little embarrassed by how much I spent in February, but I’ll pretend it didn’t happen if I don’t fess up. Changing my mindset about shopping is difficult with so much temptation and emphasis on fast fashion. I’ve been trying to use the first half of the month to research items, but then my self control fizzles mid-month.
Here’s the rundown with taxes, shipping, gift cards and discounts accounted for:
Vintage Clutch – $28
There are a lot of designer raffia and straw clutches this season, but you can find vintage versions on eBay for a fraction of the price. I love the floral one I came across (and I kind of adore that the flower clasp reminds me of the Mulberry one).
J.Crew Tee, Shorts – $71
I thought this tee would be adorable with this pair of green shorts. And it is. And it’ll look cute on vacation this spring. (And I wish I had a better reason for purchasing them than that.)
Banana Republic Factory Store Scarf – $25
I didn’t need this scarf; I just liked the pattern.
Not Pictured: Sam Edelman Sandals – $44
I wore my Sam Edelman’s “Gigi” sandals (in almond patent) nearly everyday for the last two summers. My old pair is looking pretty ragged, so a replacement was necessary.
Not Pictured: Banana Republic Factory Store Sweater – $20
During a shopping excursion, Dave and I inadvertently purchased his and hers striped sweaters (here’s the Instagram). The last thing I need is another striped shirt, but the red color blocked top made it interesting.
Not Pictured: Ann Taylor Shoes – $41
A classic pump, pretty color and interesting texture. How could I resist? I didn’t, especially after using a Christmas gift card to cover most of the cost. I hadn’t worn Ann Taylor pumps before, but they’re incredibly comfortable. (You can see more photos here.)
Not Pictured: Gap Underpinnings – $50
I was all set to overhaul my lingerie drawer last month before I discovered that Victoria’s Secret discontinued my beloved Biofit bra. I’m trying Gap’s uplift bra. So far, so good. I also bought a lime green lace bra and matching boy shorts.
Total Spent: $279
Not Included in the monthly budget: Ferragamo Flats – $448
A pair of Ferragamo flats was my annual “Tax Return Splurge” and, as you’d expect, my most loved item of the month. I had a major Cinderella moment when I slipped them on for the first time. The fit is perfect and the creamy red patent leather makes for a classic, versatile flat. This pair of shoes is my inspiration to stick with my New Year’s resolution … at least for March (baby steps).
Indulged in a magenta bag. Dressed up as a sleepy Holly Golightly. Layered on baubles. Found a brilliant pea coat at Ann Taylor LOFT. Sipped an afternoon beer. Cheered for the Badgers. Baked Halloween cupcakes. Looked forward to Christmas with a new ornament. Adored bouquets from Dave.
Sampled an array of pumpkin microbrews. Lingered over lunch. Added vintage gems to my collection. Admired fall color. Enjoyed fall’s simple pleasures. Relished wearing pink. Relied on the classics. Tucked lipstick into a foxy bag. Donned a new ring courtesy of Gorjana.
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I bought this dress from J.Crew years ago and it has since become a frock I reach for repeatedly each fall. It’s a simple, a-line shift, but the ruffles on the bottom keep it from looking too mundane. It’s also the perfect canvas for this Ann Taylor jacket.
Dress: J.Crew (similar) // Coat: Ann Taylor // Bag: Coach (vintage, but current version here) // Shoes: Kate Spade (similar) // Bracelet: Gorjana // Earrings: Jeweliq (no longer available, but the necklace version is here) // Nails: Revlon “Peachy”