Friday Find Under $50

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LOFT dress, $47.70
(use code LOVEMOM to take 40% off the original price of $79.50)

This shift dress has a lot going for it: pockets (!), a bias-cut inset that creates flattering lines, and it comes in saturated hues of violet or navy. It’s under $50 with the current promotion, which is a steal for a dress that goes from the workweek to the weekend with ease. 

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Bauble of the Week

A statement pendant is a key layering piece for summer and I love the colorful rhinestones crowning the top of this one. It’s a steal at just $24 with LOFT’s current 40% off promotion. 

Giveaway Reminders:

  • Win two bangle bracelets (your choice!) from Sequin. Enter here.
  • Win a $40 gift certificate to NOVICA. Enter here.
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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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Outfitted

Usually anything that shimmers or glitters tops my list of sartorial standouts, but this pair of "Joanna" heels from ShoeMint have the added perk of being versatile. (That’s not an adjective you’d expect for metallic, bow-topped shoes, right?) They effortlessly polish a cocktail dress or elevate a pair of worn-in jeans.

They’re also my first experience with ShoeMint. If you’re unfamiliar with ShoeMint, here’s the overview: ShoeMint is basically a subscription-based shoe store. When you sign up, you’ll take a style quiz to identify the options best suited to you. After you make your first purchase, you’ll receive a monthly credit for $79.98 (one pair of shoes). However, there’s no obligation to make a monthly purchase and you can cancel at any time. (Bonus: new members receive a 20% discount.)

Even with the opt-out option, I was still hesitant to give it a whirl without seeing the quality first-hand. The ShoeMint team graciously sent over a pair for me to try and you know what? I had nothing to worry about. These shoes are absolutely gorgeous. I suspect a second pair will be on their way soon enough.

(You can also see the "Joanna" pumps at Christine in Color in teal.)

P.S. You’ll have a chance to win a pair of shoes from ShoeMint during the 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

Sartorial Summary
Coat: LOFT // Skirt: J.Crew Factory // Tights: Hue // Shoes: c/o ShoeMint // Earrings: J.Crew

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