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-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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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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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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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

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One: Cutout Suede Boots

Two: Butterfly Sunglasses

Three: Blue Suede Crossbody

Four: Neutral Cardigan

Five: Black Leather Crossbody

Six: Free People Crossover Sweater

Seven: Cowlneck Shift Dress

Eight: Clarisonic Skin Cleaner

The Nordstrom Anniverary sale is open to the public on 7/22 but you can sneak a peek and if you want to buy early, sign up here! Here are my picks!

  1. Love this ankle boot with the cutouts and the nice neutral color. I am obsessed with suede in general and this is perfect for fall.
  2. Been liking Marc Jacobs designs lately and this tortoiseshell color complements my skintone. Since I have a round face, the shape compliments it well.
  3. Did I mention I love suede?  And super happy that it’s become a popular material again. I’ve always loved Rebecca Minkoff and have this crossbody in pink and this cornflower blue is just divine!
  4. Cozy neutral sweater cardigan-yes please!
  5. I am into small crossbody purses and have purged my full sized wallet for a smaller one and minimized to carry keys, lipstick, chapstick, phone, done! This black leather one from my fave Tory Burch looks very upscale with the gold chain.
  6. I am always wanted to try Free People clothing but I am not quite into the boho look but this sweater caught my eye as the front crossover is a little different. Very cute!
  7. I am apple shaped (read middle gut) and always on the lookout for shift style dresses and this is super cute and love the boot for a romantic fall look!
  8. My friend has this cleaner and swears by it and I have been eyeing this cute pink one!

Did you pick up anything from this sale?

Style with a Budget- March

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One: J. Crew Factory / Striped  Button up-LOVE

Two: LV / Croisette (similar Michael Kors)

Three: New Balance/ 515 Pique Navy  , Similar, Similar (Hurry as it is almost sold out everywhere!)

Four: Kohl’s / Stripe Coverup

Five: Old Navy/ Floral Dress (size down one size)

Six: Old Navy/ Shift Linen Dress

Seven: J. Crew Factory / Blue Earrings

Can you tell I like blues! Haha! Remember last month when I said I didn’t need to buy any more things in the next few months? Ha! We’ll the warm spring weather strikes and so does my excitement for warmer weather clothing and I couldn’t resist!!

In March (which feels like forever -5 weeks), I ended up buying the LV Favorite MM bag that I’ve been lusting for since October 2015! Well… until I saw this bag the Croisette that was just released. It holds more items and how could I turned down the cute tassel and dreamy strawberry pink lining! Plus it has a top handle and crossbody strap-versatile as an everyday bag. So back to the mall I went as I certainly don’t need 2 white bags!

It was definitely a reward as I’ve been buried in paperwork to get business licenses, marketing together, website up, and get out applications for certifications for my design business! It’s been REALLY hectic but I am almost over the hump and really excited for the future and what may come! My biggest accomplishment over the last 4 months is I applied for the Tory Burch Fellows Foundation Competition and I made the top 30! SOOO excited and need your vote to make it to the top 10 and go to NYC (scroll down below).

 

I heart this bag!!

LV Croisette

Look at the gorgeous pink lining!

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Budget:

Let me preface this with “what budget”?

Honestly I’m one of the most frugal people you may know. I am the coupon queen and spend countless time using them at the grocery stores, finding travel deals, coupons for airport parking to dinner out, go to consignment sales for some of my kids clothes, etc. I buy things on Ebay because it is cheaper, won’t buy on Amazon because it tends to be more expensive, and buy gas cards at the grocery so I can earn 6% cash back on my AMEX! Yes, I am that person!

I am usually very good at keeping a budget. I grew up in a family with 4 kids and we only received clothes from Goodwill and my Mom would split a piece of Wrigley gum 4 ways to share! And this is not because we were poor. They socked away money like no one’s business one penny at a time. That frugality or should I say value has stayed with me to this day.

But, I’ve been wanting to celebrate my little victories these past few months or really last few years! It’s been a long path and journey throughout my career, married an amazing man, expanded my family with 2 munchkins, moved into a house that we built to raise our kids, and gosh darn it, it’s time to celebrate!

Summary

This month I sold 2 handbags: $295 (back to the budget) and returned the flip flops ($12) from last month (I didn’t like the plastic around the toe)

Total budget is $577 (see last month’s post) + $295 +$12- $2058 (spent)= deficit of $1174  (yikes!)

Total 2016 Budget is $2400+ $408 (purse sales/ebates/$45 credit from last year)-$2058 (spent for the year) = $750 leftover

I guess I can’t say I’m a budget blogger anymore! Ha! Oh well!

 

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I applied for the Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Competition which is a woman’s entrepreneur contest (actually found it while browsing the Tory Burch website-LOL) in January and out of 500 applicants, I made the top 30 as a Finalist! OMG! I am over the moon! The next step is get enough votes to move on to the top 10  which includes a 3 day workshop in NYC and $10,000 for business education. The top 10 vie for the 1 spot to win $100,000 for your business! Holy Cow!

Voting ends April 22!

Please vote here for me daily :) and I’ll be forever grateful for your help!

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Linking up with Franish and the Budget Bloggers!

Shopbop Sale

Don’t forget about the Shopbop’s Spring sale this weekend!

Spend $250+ Save 15%
Spend $500+ Save 20%
Spend $1000+ Save 25%
With Code: BIGEVENT16

You can score some great deals off major designer brands!! My picks:

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1.Nude Miller Sandals | 2. Blue Suede Flats | 3. Matte Gold Mini Pashli

 4. Blush Mini Pashli | 5. Rose Gold Aviators | 6. Spring Blue Floral Dress (on sale!)

7. Light Wash Denim Dress

Spring is just around the corner!! Can’t wait and have a great weekend!

Girl Crush

I admit I have a girl crush or two to be exact! I have admired them from afar but obviously have never met either one. Kristin Cavallari and Tory Burch!  Why?

Kristin Cavallari

I watched Laguna Beach and the Hills when it aired back when. It was my guilty pleasure as I am not in their age bracket at all!  Kristen is indeed gorgeous with her blonde locks and California girl vibes but it’s her strong character that gets me. She knows what she wants, doesn’t put up with crap, loyal to her friends and family, and has an overall style that is so simply classic and fresh that I just love it!!

 

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Check out his lovely black ensemble with leather leggings and sweater with Chanel bag! Very sophisticated without overdoing it.

 

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Love this look! Simple white T (I need a new white T) with navy blue blazer, jeans and navy boots! And cute dog too!

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What Style?

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The journey to finding my style started two years ago when I realized that I was just getting dressed and putting on clothes that was comfortable and cute. I browsed the shops and things attracted my eye whether a bright pink cardigan or practical khakis (which I thought every lady was supposed to have in her closet as a staple item) . I hate khakis! I didn’t have a wardrobe because it was just a bunch of clothes that was “cute” and “on sale”.

Every morning it was the same old “I have nothing to wear!” Sleeveless cotton shells and white cardigans didn’t pair well with pinstripe dress slacks and black mules. I tried to buy dresses that were fast fashion but they ended up not being me. Two babies later, I was even a more of a mess with style especially with the weight gains and losses. Ugh!

Coming from a design background, I was good at home decorating, sewing and things crafty. But fashion was not on my radar. When I got laid off in the dreaded recession in 2013, my wardrobe changed from business casual to just casual. I started an at home consulting business and  I googled “fashion” and found all of these bloggers that showed me how to style and dress for casual yet put together looks. Real people.  Bingo!

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  1. Uniqlo /Denim Leggings 2. Jcrew /Striped Waffle T  3. Jcrew/ Crystal Burst Earrings 4. Tory Burch/ Red Satchel 5. Jcrew/ Colette Suede D’Orsay Heels

 

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