Style with a Budget-May

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Hello lovelies!! Is it already almost June? Can’t believe the school year for the kiddos are almost over! My oldest gal will be in 2nd grader and little man will be in Pre-K next year (sniffles as they are growing so fast!) Anyway, May shopping is a little mixed with no theme whatever. I thought I could make it a month without a shoe purchase but you know that never happens :) I had a fun girls trip for a couple days to Panama City Beach and will be packing shortly for a family vacation in Punta Cana! Can’t wait!!!

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Retro Blue Hat

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Linen White Tie Front Shirt | Denim Fray Shorts (similar)

Coral Flip Flops (only $10 and I buy one every year!! Love them!)

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Style with a Budget-April

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Hello lovelies!! Last month obviously was a shoe festival, so of course I had to get back on the clothes train! As a lover of classic styles, I picked up a few items with a twist! Literally (insert laugh emoji)!!  I wanted a few breathable items for spring and summer and couldn’t resist a great sale on the tweed jacket. If you like blazers but feel weird in them as being too formal, lady jackets are your friends!!!

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Gingham Shirt | Destroyed Jeans | Speedy B 25 (preloved)

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Style with a Budget-March

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After looking at this post, I think I may have a shoe problem (#shoeaddict) ;0) I did buy a few bras too but didn’t think it would be exciting to show! Haha! Anyway, as you can see I bought a bunch of designer shoe dupes this month! I am a big fan of real leather shoes vs faux leather so I try to purchase higher quality real leather dupes if possible!

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Blush Bag| White Block Heels (similar)

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Style with a Budget-February

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White Lace Blouse 

 

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Gucci Marmont Bag

Hello everyone! February was a very slim month for the budget. I knew that I really had to recoup from January’s budget as I overspent then so had to pull in the reigns this month (sort of). It’s been a VERY trying month for me as I’ve been working on an RFP (Request for Proposal) for a large project and had to pull together a team of other firms to pursue this major project. We’ve been working days, nights, and weekends since January and I really WISH I had time to shop.  We had our big interview with the selections committee last week and hoping for some good news this week. Pick us please-fingers crossed.  Anyway back to fashion :)

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Style with a Budget-December

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Hello everyone!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and holiday! We took the kids on a cruise over Christmas and had a blast spending time together visiting Turks and Caicos, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, and San Juan! And of course Santa found us on the ship so the kids were just so ecstatic as they were worried he would go to our house in Georgia :)

Since December is all about giving, I didn’t buy too many things for myself but of course the deep sales lured me in for a few items! Haha! Hubby and I didn’t do presents either since we didn’t to spend it on the vacation but Santa did bring me something small :) See way below.

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Office Holiday Party

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One: Festive Red Chain Bag

Two: Pale Pink Stone Studs

Three: Black Lace Dress

Four: Velvet Neutral Heels

Five:Wool Scarf

Six: Fancy Men’s Watch

Seven: Wrinkle Free Men’s Shirt

Eight:Navy Velvet Blazer

Nine:Cotton Men’s Pants

Ten: Brown Men’s Shoes

It’s that time of the year with all of the holiday festivities gearing up!  Thanksgiving is coming up and then we’ll be in full swing with Black Friday sales, holiday parties, office holiday parties, kids holiday parties and finally Christmas and New Years! It’s such a whirlwind of events but love to spend time with family and friends to reflect on the year and give thanks!

I have a pretty casual office environment so I love to get dressed up whenever I get a chance! My hubby likes to get dressed up too but is more casual in his picks. And an office party is the perfect time to pull out that fancy gear and celebrate! My hubby and I don’t have a regular date night since we have hectic schedules and 2 young kids so when we do, let’s say we are all giggles!!!

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Instagram Roundup

Hi everyone! I’ve been busy posting like crazy on my newly opened Instagram account and never what a hashtag really meant until I started using them! But it’s been fun to instantly show pics on a daily basis so I wanted to share them here on the blog!

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Love this light chambray on denim look and added in a cozy oatmeal sweater for a 2nd look! Mix and match fashion is what I love! So versatile!

 

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And this military olive green field jacket is so amazing and kind of edgy with the standup collar. I have used this jacket pretty frequently as the color is just so versatile when mixing with any neutral outfit! Olive is the new black! Loving my LV Mono mini Pochette as well! It holds so much for such a small accessory bag and I keep my lipstick, lipgloss, and carmex chapstick for easy reach! I’ve also been known to stuff receipts in there too :)

 

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Hello chilly fall! Pulled out these bad boys and gray suede booties. Did I mention I am obsessed with booties (similar)? They are perfect to wear with skinny jeans!! I am thinking I need a gray matching bag, oui?

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I took the kids to a baby shower in Tybee Island (near Savannah, GA) and they had a blast on the beach playing in the sand. If you haven’t noticed that these sneaks are a fav of mine and seriously I thought they were sold out but found them for only $49. Someone grab it please before it sells out!

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You know I love a bargan and especially items for free. I signed up with Madewell and I turned out to be my birthday month and they sent me a $25 credit! Woah, that’s alot! So I searched their site and been dying to get a frilly,girly, furry keychain for my purses but haven’t pulled the trigger as they are a little expensive for the nicer quality ones. Well, Madewell to the rescue and got this and some low profile socks!

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And I’m actually in Boston for a entrepreneur business program this week and prepped some styles for the week. I am obsessed with navy and black together and combined with neutral colors galore! Blue is a neutral right :)

Outfit 1: Sweater, Vest, Pants, Heels (similar)

Outfit 2: Striped shirt, Navy Blazer, Gray Legging Pants, Navy Suede Heels

Outfit 3: Navy Blouse, Similar Scarf, Denim Legging Plants

Outfit 4: Striped shirt, VestVestVest, White Legging Pants, Suede Beige Flats

 

 

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And of course due to the frenzy of a crazy week, I forgot my contacts and Apple Watch-sigh! We’ll at least I have my glasses and killer heels to cheer me up! BTW, I think I’ve gotten more comments on how people love these heels! They are slightly taller than 3″ but super comfortable at least for sitting in class all day. Love the Isabelle Heel and they make them in so many colors each season!!

Style with a Budget-October

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One: Striped Navy and White L/S 

Two: Navy Slim Fitted Blazer

Three: Gray Slip ons (these are great too!!)

Four: Navy Utility Blouse

Five:Oatmeal Tunic Sweater

Six: Black and White Striped T

Seven: White T

Eight:Black Suede Pointed Flats (similar)

Hello everyone! October has been a fun month especially since it was my birthday month :) I went to New Orleans for a conference and ate beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde and tons of cajun food. If you are in NOLA, Emeril’s restaurants (Emeril’s and Meril) were both amazing! Cooked perfectly! Also I hit up Bourbon street as an “adult” and not college student and totally different experience :) I bought lots of basics this month and it feels so good to mix and match easily!

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White T, Nude Heels, Navy Blazer, Striped T, Tory Burch Robinson Bag (similar)

For tips on how I shop J.Crew, see this post!

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How to Shop J.Crew

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J.Crew Factory Schoolboy Blazers: Navy, Blue Herringbone, Wedges

Hello everyone! I love a bargain to say the least and created this blog with a budget to keep me in check. I used to buy things on “sale” or “cute” but either the shirt or pants never fit my wardrobe or that pretty $20 sweater just wasn’t worth it due to the poor quality/ poor fit and ended up in the donation pile and money down the drain. I changed my tune and decided to figure out my style that I felt most comfortable in and spend more money on quality items that were classic and lasted. (see this post on how I got started)

As time progressed, I discovered that my style was classic and fun! I wanted quality over quantity and loved saturated colors! When I stepped into J.Crew and J. Crew Factory-I felt at home with their clean classic styles and vibrant colors using high quality fabrics and material like suede and 100% cotton/silk. BUT, this comes at a high price tag! So, I figured out a way to purchase items I loved on SALE! Woohoo! Here’s how I do it.

How I shop at J.Crew online (or any other store) without breaking the bank:

  1. Preshop: Scroll through the site and add items you are thinking about. Read the details, material, reviews, how it fits -slim fit, oversized, create an account and ADD your item to the WISHLIST. Yes, it’s not on sale but be patient and EVERYTHING goes on sale at some point. Some hot items do sell out but that’s the risk I take unless I want to pay full retail (not usually :)

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I’ve been wanting this Regents Blazer as it is so flattering and such nice quality material!

2. Try it on in store: If  you don’t know how J.Crew fits, go to the store and try it on. I am usually a small or 6 in most tops/sweaters or 8 in jackets, blazers, skirts. I love my Painter shirts to have more room so anything that says “slim fit” I upsize to Medium :)

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Tipped Rhodes Blazer, Ray Ban Aviators, Tory Burch Leather iPhone6s Case (leather)

3. Wait (patience, patience) for emails to announce a good “sale” (30% is good for retail and current styles, and 40-50% under the marked down categories). Holidays are the BEST days to score anything and remember there is practically a holiday every month-Columbus Day, Labor Day, etc. Be patient as sales codes change every day or over the weekend!

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4. When the price is right, go for it!! Add the item to cart, use the sale code for the discount and boom here it comes! Sometimes J.Crew offers free shipping but more often than not, I add an item I am thinking about to fill the cart to $150+. There’s always filler items if needed under the sale tab and sort by price (lowest to highest).  I NEVER pay for shipping, period! And return anything in store that I don’t LOVE/need.  I’ve noticed that Tuesdays tend to be hot sale dates with free shipping involved for J.Crew Factory! J. Crew tends to be Mondays following sale weekends where they offer free shipping.

***note a final sale will be indicated on those items (in the sale section and they are usually steeply discounted at 50% off). Be 100% you want it as it is final sale!

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5. Returns? Dance around in joy. Fabulous!  Your items are here. Try it on with your current wardrobe. Prance around and be excited you scored a great deal. BUT if you don’t love it, doesn’t fit perfectly, doesn’t fit into your wardrobe or lifestyle, then back it goes to be RETURNED. Don’t keep anything you won’t wear or hesitate on as really it’s a waste of money and adds to the whole theory of fast fashion in landfills. It’s OK, no one will judge you at the counter and really people do it everyday!!! If you love it, then you’ve scored an amazing piece ON SALE!!! Yes!!

6. Final Sale: Speaking of final sale, look at this white linen blazer originally  $178 with sale code for 50% off, this beautiful linen blazer is only $40. WOW!!! I could use this next summer :)final-sale

*Not sponsored by J. Crew but I truly love this store!! Happy shopping!

 

 

Style with a Budget-September

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One: Oxblood Blazer (similar, similar)

Two: Tweed Jacket, (similar)

Three: Off White LS Drapey T

Four: Suede Navy Blue Heels

Five: Legging Pants

Six: Tweed Flats

Seven:Military Style Field Jacket

Eight:Navy 3/4 Sleeve Shirt

Nine: Nude Patent Pointed Toe Wedge

I should point out that I bought A LOT of things in September!! Holy cow, yes it’s true and I thought I wasn’t getting into fall yet. Funny I literally bought everything last week! I am headed to Boston for a business program-by the time you read this I’ll have been there for 3 days and I have no professional clothes! I think I ditched that look over 11 years ago when I changed jobs so I pretty much had nothing. Sooo, I went on a major haul getting blazers, more leggings pants (my staple fall/winter gear-LOVE these), and I guess I have a thing for shoes!! Haha!

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Oxblood Blazer (similar, similar) , Black Leggings, Nude Almond Flats, Louis Vuitton Favorite MM

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