Style with a Budget-July

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Gucci Belt | Floral Mules (similar) | White Linen Shirt | Destroyed Jeans (similar)

Well thank goodness that August is here cause I was trying to catch up for July and not spend too much to keep me on track with my budget. If you are new to my blog, click here to see how I got started seeking my fashion style. Of course it’s always evolving but for the most part, I feel at home with classic and simple styles. I figured out that I could pop my look with a fancy bag and interesting shoes!

 Orchid Kitten Heels (similar style) (similar color) | Velvet Mules  (similar)| Preloved Gucci Mules

This month, I technically bought these 3 items along with some eyeliner. AND my brother came back from Paris so course I made him bring me the LV Cles and Gucci Belt-major heart eyes. Luckily I still had my luxury accessories budget otherwise I’d be well over my annual budget.  I did a major shoe purge (10 to be exact with a few more to be sold) below to help fund some investment shoes. I am currently eyeing some Dior Slingbacks, Dior Kitten Heels, or Valentino Flats. Decisions, decisions!

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I still have the black wedge sandals (size 6.5) and silver flats (size 7)available  so let me know if you are interested :) Can you tell that I love Jcrew? Haha!

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Gingham Dress |Earrings

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I get a box of jewelry from Rocksbox and obsessed with this current order. If you haven’t heard of Rocksbox, it’s a fun styling service ($21/month) that sends you gorgeous jewelry to try on and wear. If you love and want to keep any of the items, the $21 design fee credit goes towards the item. Pieces range from $40-$90 including Kendra Scott. If you love all 3 pieces, you get an extra $10 off the whole box! If you don’t love the jewelry enough to keep, you can wear them and return the box for a new set. Shipping both ways is included. Easy peasy! It is a really neat service as I need to up my jewelry game and they have trendy pieces and classic high quality pieces as well! Use coupon code limelightlanexoxo for your 1st month for free. Cancel anytime!

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Velvet Mules (similar)

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Can you tell I like shoes? Haha. I got these pink rain boots (similar) for work as I go to construction sites and my old 12 year old boots started leaking. So of course my clients are going to love these pink babies! (probably not, but who cares-teehee) These boots don’t count towards my budget since they are for work, right?

 

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Preloved Gucci Mules

 

Thoughts on what I bought:

  1. Velvet Mules (similar)–$5: I saw these Prada velvet mules last year and been drooling for them ever since. When I saw these from Cape Robbin, I jumped on them. I bought these from Ebay with $10 credit-the total was $15 and a steal!!
  2. Jcrew Dulci Heels-$42: These also came from Ebay preloved. They have very little wear on them and almost new. I loved my other kitten heels so much that I had to get the orchid ones when they popped up in my size.
  3. Gucci Mules$0: I know what you are thinking. Preloved shoes? Well we all know how many shoes we have in our closet than may have been worn once. These mules retailed for $500+ and got them for in great condition for $65 (I used some funds from my shoe sales). I am obsessed with Real, Real for preloved luxury goods. Check them out!!

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Budget Summary

Total Budget: $2400

This month: $74

Spent Year to Date: $1486

Left for the Year: $914

Luxury Handbags (2 per year): 2/2 (eek! that went fast)

Luxury Small Goods (2 per year): 2/2 (and we are done for the year)

Thanks for visiting my blog!!

xxoo, Chau

 

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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My picks for the Nordstrom sale! Great fall pieces and you guys know I love shoes!! Especially lately! It’s hard to even consider fall right now in the middle of July but these prices are really good and better to get them now! I don’t have a Nordstrom card but definitely considering it!!

My tops faves:

  1. Joe’s Black Skinny Jeans-Joes’s jeans fits my body type the best (apple shaped) and I wear a 29. Love the stretchy without the muffin top :) And since destroyed jeans are fine in the summer, I thought I needed a more “adult” look for fall and winter. Plus I don’t own any black jeans-if you can believe it. The angle hems are so cool and the inseam is 28″ with is perfect for me at 5’2″!
  2. Leopard pointed mules-these are super cool! I saw them on Rachel so of course anything that she wears is golden :)
  3. Blue and white striped bell sleeve-I also saw this on Merrick and it looks so pretty without being over the top! And I love blue/white stripes period!!

Happy Monday ya’ll!!

Day to Night

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Watermelon Tank | Ruffle Striped Skirt | Gucci Marmont-small (preloved size medium)

Hi lovelies! I was inspired to do a fun post today about styling from day to night! You know  I love to maximize my wardrobe! Since maintaining a budget is key to cultivating a classic timeless closet, I love the versatility of clothes for both day activities like running errands and casual work meetings or at night for a date night with my hubby or girls night out!   Simple and classic styles with a kick of color make things exciting! I truly believe in investing in shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories to really elevate an outfit and keep my clothing items more basic.

My day casual errand running outfit:

Fun Pom Pom mules | Ring | Necklace | Earrings 

And changing my top and heels for dinner out! So easy! And perfect for summer!

 

Black Linen TopNude Heels | Ring | Necklace | Earrings

Investing in 14K gold jewelry is something that I’d rather spend my money as they are timeless pieces. And what girl doesn’t love diamonds? Major heart eyes! These pieces are so gorgeous yet simple enough to wear both during the day and in the evening. I know I can pass on these pretties to my daughter as well!

Take a look at AUrate’s complete earring collection. You’re sure to find something to complement any look!

AUrate NY is offering 10% off using code: AurateExclusive10 

Hope you all had a great 4th of July!

xxoo, Chau

Style with a Budget-June

 

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Hi guys!  Looks like I have a love affair with ruffly skirts, pinks, and orange this month! Seeing it all laid out on a board like this is apparent of what I am thinking. Ha, ha! We went to the Dominican Republic for a early summer break getaway and it was fabulous!!

 

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Strapless Bathing Suit | Denim Shorts | Straw Hat | Coverup Dresses -hands down fave even when wearing out for errands (different colors) | Gold Sandals10

Vera Bradley Tote (similar)

I bought this Vera Bradley Tote from the Factory outlet store. Similar pattern but not exactly but I love VB as the fabric is so sturdy, washable and super light with plenty of pockets to store things. Perfect for traveling especially with kids!

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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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How to Buy a Luxury Bag

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It has been awhile since my first post on How to Afford a Louis Vuitton Bag and it was so popular that I decided to followup and update the post as my collection has definitely grown from my single and original 1994 Alma Bag I bought from Ebay for only $200.  I have certainly been bit by the luxury goods market and absolutely adore all of my purchases over the last few years! But, these babies costs ALOT of money and are no joke people! So, if you are considering a bag vs other necessary, definitely read my first post!  If you feel that you want to splurge on something you adore, value, and will last and become an heirloom piece that you can pass on to your daughter, then read on!

 

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Vintage LV Alma PM Monogram

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Valentine’s Day

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Fragrance | Chanel Wallet | Tiffany Pendant

Earrings| Watch

It’s coming up on that special day in February and for me, I love Valentine’s Day as it is a reminder to love your family, your friends, your significant other, and yourself! We hustle every day to get work accomplished, kids are taken care of, dinner is served (or determined :) every night, household is in order, figure out time to exercise, and sometimes it is just darn exhausting and forget to really take care of ourselves and our relationship with our significant other!

When you are married or in a dedicated relationship, you sometimes take it for granted and don’t connect regularly with the hustle and bustle of life. This relationship is the root of YOUR family unit  and should be the MOST important thing in life because really at the end of the day, your unity is what really matters and is the foundation of support that everyone needs and makes life grand!

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Bow Flats |Pointed Flats | MB Python Heels| MB Lace Heels

My husband and I decide to plan a date night regularly (lately it’s been monthly) as we need to reconnect and love spending time together and either get together with another couple for date night or we plan a date night with just the 2 of us! We love our kids immensely, but yes I will admit that it’s nice to just to relax sometimes without jumping up constantly !  And sometimes we just giggle and want to stay at home to veg out and cook a nice “adult” meal and sit by the fire to cuddle and catch up on TV shows.

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Pink Blouse (similar) |LV Speedy B 25 | Black Leggings

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February is special so for a special occasion, we like to elevate our date to make it really special, exciting and FUN!

  1. Book a nice restaurant intown. We live in the suburbs and my hubby tends to want to go “around” the corner for convenience. But for special dates, we plan something in Buckhead or Midtown which is 30 minutes away so it truly is an event. Our fave that we recently dined for hubby’s birthday is Fogo de Chao a Brazilian steakhouse with the best salad bar on the planet!
  2. Dress up. We both work from home and I will admit that leggings and a sweatshirt and casualwear is the norm except we we both go to meetings a few times every week. I love getting dressed up so putting on heels and layering the jewelry, pulling out the fancy wallets, and dotting on some perfume is so much fun and gets me excited for the night! I make hubby put on his nice pants and dress shirt and let me tell you he is one fine looking man dressed up!
  3. Book a fun car with Turo. Have you heard of Turo? It’s like Uber for rental cars! We both have normal cars: truck and sedan so when we  head “intown” and have to valet the car, it’s fun to roll up in some fancy wheels! My friends with mini vans KNOW that feeling-ha!  So we head over to Turo and select an exciting car like a Porsche Panamera or Range Rover! These cars are owned by individuals like Uber and you can just rent for the day! Isn’t that cool! And they bring the car to YOU! Now that is seriously awesome!!
  4. Enjoy your special time.  And order appetizers AND dessert! Yes!!

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Remember to celebrate with your spouse, your family, and your friends BUT don’t forget to pamper yourself with a special something (uh, you know I am all about that) this Valentine’s Day!!

The idea of this post was given to me by Turo. All expressed opinions are my own.

Style with a Budget -January

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It’s a new year!! My budget will stay the same at $2400 for 2017 and that includes clothes, makeup, undergarments, and shoes. I have come to realize that I love handbags in a MAJOR way so I have a created a 2 luxury handbags, 2 accessory items (wallets/mini bags) max limit per year to account for my purchases.  I work hard, tend to my family, and meet other financial obligations so splurging on a few handbags is my happy place :) Visit this post on How to Afford a Louis Vuitton Bag and since this post was so popular, I’ll have an updated one in the near future.

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Style with a Budget-November

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Hello everyone!! Hope you are stuffed to the gills with turkey and burned off those extra calories shopping at the Black Friday sales! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as we get to spend time with family and I get sooo excited about making my Mom’s asian stuffing recipe. I also made pecan pie and yes homemade is seriously better than store made! Mmmm!

Did I mention I like shoes?  Haha! #shoeaddict Well, I bought all of these things during the Black Friday madness and there’s a high chance of returning a few if they don’t fit. I have been a major internet buyer these days as it takes so much time to go from one store to another to find what I need. The details aren’t obvious at the stores so I find it easier to just order online easily hopping many websites, narrowing my target items (eg midwash skinny jeans with midrise, and 29″ or less inseam-that’s not a tall order right ;) and try on at home with my wardrobe in front of me, and return as needed.

I thought I’d post for November since technically I haven’t received most of these items, but I have a major big heart eyes for a few of them!!!

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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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