Currently Coveting

1. Elizabeth Cole necklace, $368 // 2. ASOS purse, $44.50 // 3. Melinda Maria earrings, $98 // 4. Pim + Larkin skirt, $79 // 5. Kate Spade purse, $448 // 6. Loeffler Randall flats, $325 // 7. J.Crew coat, $350

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Friday Find Under $50

ASOS swimsuit, $47.52

A figure-flattering swimsuit is an absolute necessity when the mecury rises. I’m fond of the waistline-whittling, color-block panels of this suit and the pure white inset that shows off a golden glow (faux, of course!). 

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Sartorial Spending: April 2013

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I think it’s fairly obvious by now that I don’t set a budget for my purchases. As long as I’m not in debt, I give myself the freedom to buy what I like. It’s the perk of not having major fiscal commitments yet. However, I would like to be more conservative with my sartorial spending since I’m looking for a new car. I currently drive a 2002 Honda Civic that needs love, attention and money that I’m not willing to spend. The air conditioner stopped working over a year ago and it leaks inside when it rains. (When it’s sunny, the steam rising from the damp floor makes it feel like a sauna. Who needs a spa treatment when you can just ride in my car?)

Here are my goals for May:

  • Um, buy a car. Whoa.
  • Ignore sale emails to help curb impulse spending.
  • Plan purchases. I know I’d like to buy a Lilly Pulitzer tunic in May. Focus on that before being distracted by other items. (I also want a full red skirt, but that seems terribly impractical.)

And, here’s what I spent my hard-earned cash on this month:

The Limited pants - $15 and $25
I have mixed feelings about this purchase. I love the pattern, they’re more flattering than I thought patterned pants could be, and I scored the first pair for only $15. It was too good to be true. My normal size stretched out at least an inch in the waist after just four hours. I’m a fan of feeling svelte, but that was a little much. I ordered the size smaller online for $25 and it’s better once it stretches to accommodate my hips. I’m a little annoyed that I had to purchase them twice, but $40 total for a pair of pants is still a decent deal.

Joe Fresh shorts via JCP - $20
Joe Fresh in the States - finally! This little section of JCP is further proof that the retailer is upping its game. I have enough pairs of shorts to get me through the year, but this pair had such a fun pattern.

J.Crew bracelet - $32 (plus a gift card)
There’s no way I would have purchased a neon green, plastic bracelet at full price and I don’t suggest that you do either. I had a Christmas gift card still tucked away in my wallet, which helped justify the frivolous purchase. It’s obnoxiously bright.

Marc Fisher flats - $60 
Confession time: the only pair of black flats I had previously were plastic rain flats. I think that’s all the explanation needed.

Erin Fetherston dress - $0  (thanks to another gift card; not pictured)
Erin Fetherston had their archive sale this month (read: final sale). I admired this dress, convinced myself I didn’t need it, then checked on it again and again. I don’t have many occasions to wear a cocktail dress, so I’m tucking this away in my closet for an October wedding (and maybe a date night before then). It’s a little large and needs alterations before I wear it. 

ASOS dress - $73
I’m still crazy about this dress (also featured here).

LOFT dress - $53 not pictured
Those friends and family sale emails get me every time! I bought this dress with our upcoming vacation in mind. A blend of cotton and linen should be comfortable for strolling through Charleston. 

LOFT shorts - $30
I know that LOFT runs large, but I was able to wiggle into a smaller size than usual in this pair of shorts. (I’m so vain.) They’re also great for pattern mixing with summer stripes.

Juicy Couture sunglasses - $30 not pictured
Who needs cat-eye sunglasses? Me. Obviously. 

Total: $338

Reminder! Win a pair of bangle bracelets from Sequin!

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Outfit: Mod Squad

I had this dress bookmarked for awhile, but was hesitant to pull the trigger since it’s unlike anything else in my closet. But that’s exactly what I love about it. The a-line shift style is unbelievably comfortable and the lightweight jacquard is a nice option for whenever the weather finally does warm up. (I put a coat on right after we snapped these photos.)

On another note, how cute are the Chloe sunglasses with the scalloped detail? DITTO sent them over for a review that will be up tomorrow!

Featured: ASOS dress // Kate Spade shoes // Chloe sunglasses (gifted by DITTO) // Diane von Furstenberg clutch (similar) // Kate Spade scalloped and polka dot bangles // pearl earrings (similar)

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Currently Coveting

Right now, I’m coveting:

  • A swimsuit in my favorite Liberty print would be a fun splurge for our upcoming vacation
  • A pair of delicate earrings made of Mother of Pearl and blue topaz
  • This carefree dress
  • A cheerful iPhone case
  • A colorful clutch that will go with just about everything you wear this spring and summer
  • A pair of emerald side chairs - I can’t afford this set, but it serves as inspiration for scouting garage sales
  • A white belt with a gold metal bow for under $14
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Luxe for Less: Under $100

With the holidays fast approaching, my “splurges” need to be more frugal. I admit that I’ve already ordered the plaid skirt for casual holiday gatherings, but the interesting cut of the Aldo pumps are next on my must-have list. (Let’s face it, there’s always something to love at a shoe store - especially when Aldo is taking an extra 30% off sale items.)

Shop It: Kate Spade pouch // Aubin & Wills mittens // Sophie Blake for Bauble Bar earrings // Juliet & Company necklace // Aldo shoes // J.Crew Factory skirt // ASOS belt

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Bauble of the Week

It’s hard to find a truly covetable statement necklace for under $100, but this option from ASOS comes in at just $70. It’s an irresistible mix of vintage glamour and modern design.

Reminder! Enter to win $100 to Shopbop!

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Color Crush: Emerald

Shop It: Jeweliq necklace // C. Wonder jewelry box // Swarovski ring // Kenzo top // ASOS earrings // Alice + Olivia shoes

Reminder! Enter to win a Breakfast at Tiffany’s eye mask.

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Top 3: Evening Bags Under $100

When I’m planning an ensemble for a special occasion, it’s usually the handbag that causes the most angst. I know I’m mostly to blame, waiting until the last minute after I’ve spent my budget on the dress, shoes and the can’t-live-without-it lipstick, but it really is difficult to find a beautiful and affordable clutch. Here are three to scoop up now in anticipation of the holiday season.

Shop It: Zara clutch // BCBG clutch // ASOS clutch

Reminder! Enter to win $30 to spend on INPINK jewelry. Thirty people will win! Enter here.

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Color Crush: Nude & Noir

Neutrals are anything but boring in graphic designs. Classic shapes give you the flexibility to experiment with patterns, like the well-placed colorblocking of this shell.

Shop It: J.Crew top // ASOS purse // Kate Spade belt // Red Valentino dress // Linda Farrow sunglasses // Tory Burch ring // Kate Spade shoes

Reminder! Enter to win $30 to spend on INPINK jewelry. Thirty people will win! Enter here.

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