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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Style with a Budget-August

Style updated

One: Nude Strappy Heels (similar) (similar)

Two: Mock Neck Cream Sleeveless (similar)

Three: Mock Neck Navy Sleeveless (similar)

Four: Gel Eyeliner

Five: Baseball Style T (similar)

Hello everyone! It’s been a hectic month and I wanted to post other posts but didn’t get the time! I’m headed out to Vegas with my girlfriends next weekend and wanted to find some fun tops to go with my orange lace skirt. Gotta love TJ Maxx! I hadn’t been there to get clothes in forever and recently discovered my inner TJ Maxxtinista!

 

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Are they just gorgeous?

  1. I am hesitate about wearing heels due to the comfort level them but love the look. I have always admired this style which has a skinny strap at the toe and makes the legs longer and leaner but cannot wear 4″ heels, and the price is pretty high. I found these heels at DSW and wore them to a presentation and yay! LOVE and comfortable because my toes don’t get smushed into the front because they are sandals. I may go back for the black!
  2. Wanted to get some something fun for Vegas to wear with my orange lace pencil skirt and found this pretty top!
  3. Ditto with a nice navy sleeveless top that could dress up any outfit!
  4. HANDS DOWN the best eyeliner out there! At least from what I’ve tried. If I don’t wear any makeup, this is the item I must have! Goes on smooth and lasts ALL day without streaking. You have to try it!
  5. My friend was having a fundraiser with LuluRoe and I bought this Randy T. Honestly I just bought it to help out the charity-my friend’s Hope from Harrison but it is so soft and comfortable I may need to buy other shirts and dresses. If I ever find the elusive white t that is not see thru, I bet I’ll find it here. Check them out here!

Budget Summary

Previous YTD spent: $851

This month: $117 spent

Total Budget: $2400

Left for the year: $1432

Looks like I have lots of budget leftover for the year but really I bought a few-ahem (alot) of luxury items in Paris. I’ll post those in another posting!

How’d you do this month?

Linking up with Franish and the Budget Bloggers!!

Style with a Budget-July

Style updated

One: Neon Green Yellow Lace Skirt

Two: Black Suede Wedges

Three: Blue Floral Cutout Skirt

Four: Pale Gold D’Orsay Flats (these sold out –similar)

Five: Chiffon Blue Dress (or here)

Six: Blush Lace Sleeveless (similar, similar, similar)

 

As you can tell, I have been on a lace kick. I am loving feminine details lately especially with pops of color. It is clear that I am not ready for fall and haven’t purchased any fall items yet although the dress could work perfectly with some booties!

  1. I am in love with this cute skirt WITH pockets and only $15! Originally  bought the M but traded in for a small. It’s cotton and perfect alternative for dressy shorts.
  2. Last month I bought blush suede wedges and loved them so much that I ordered the same pair black from J. Crew. They were having megafinal sales so this ended up a steal at $28.
  3. The blue and floral had me at Hello! Only $28 too!
  4. This was my 2nd score for $28! The matte gold actually offers a subtle pop of bling to any outfit and especially with jeggings!
  5. Have I told you my new love for TJMaxx? They carry such cute and higher end items so I was browsing and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this dress from Free People. Not sure where I am going to where it but this calls for an occasion! This was last seasons but it may still be in store! Gorgeous!!
  6. My lace fest love continues with this blush lace top. I picked this up at TJ Maxx as well and couldn’t find it online so put this one up.

 

 

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OMG, look at that chiffon and taller neckline. Just beautiful! (Ignore the mess behind :)

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This is the sleeveless shirt that I actually got more in a blush color than the tan shows. Really pretty.

Budget Summary

Previous YTD spent: $674

This month: $177 spent

Total Budget: $2400

Left for the year: $1549

How’d you do this month?

Linking up with Franish and the Budget Bloggers!!

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-June

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One: Orange Lace Pencil Skirt

Two: Black Gingham D’Orsay Flats

Three: Blue and Pink Cotton T’s

Four: Striped Cotton T

Five: 1″ Compact Flat Iron

Six: Black Eyeliner

 

 

Bonjour! This is super late in the month for June as DH and I went to Paris for our 10 year anniversary and got back a week ago! It was so amazing and dream come true and I’ll post pics later but here is what I bought for June!

  1. I’ve been on the lookout for a dressy skirt and loving the lace trend but haven’t quite found the right piece for me until I saw this gorgeous skirt with elastic waist (hello, yes please!) Comes in white too.
  2. These flats are just super adorable HOWEVER I bought on final sale and still breaking them in. I know they can work in my wardrobe but kind of bummed that it’s taken so long and got blister city with the first wear. Any tips to break them in as they are fabric would be excellent.
  3. Looks like the pink is sold out but I’ve been wanting to get more nice quality cotton tees and love this style as they are thick, not really see thru, and have a longer body length.
  4. So I also bought it in stripe. $9 on super SALE!
  5. I have an old flat iron and with traveling to Europe, I noticed that I needed one that takes 220 volt and found a compact 1″ at TJMaxx for only $17. I can’t find the model I got online but this is very similar but a little more in price!!
  6. LOVE this eyeliner. I walked into Sephora to buy the Urban Decay one based on good reviews and the sales lady told me this Marc Jacobs is the BEST one and she is totally right! No streaking, goes on smooth and stays on ALL day. Wow, I need to get another color!

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I also picked up this gorgeous black lace dress with nude lining for our dinner cruise on the Seine at TJMaxx too for $20 (wow) and Calvin Klein racerback bra.  Here is a similar dress or love this one too.

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Also got these blush wedge sandals  which are incredible! Very comfortable while elevating my style. I am kicking myself as they have been reduced so much since I bought them that I picked up another pair in black in July for only $28!

Budget Summary

YTD spent: $674

This month: $290 spent

Total Budget: $2400

Returned: $213 earrings last month

Left for the year: $751

How’d you do this month?

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Style with a Budget-May

Style updated

One: Aquamarine and Diamond Earrings , (similar), (similar)

Two: Chambray Scarf

Three: Gingham Purple Washed Shirt

Four: Hot Coral Flip Flops

Five: White Thong Sandals

Six: Cream Foundation

Hello everyone!! This month I didn’t do too much shopping (although the earrings put me back a bit-heehee). Probably because I am preparing to go on a shopping spree at the end of next month when I am in Paris for my 10 year anniversary trip with my hubby-I am soooo excited! I’ve been once in college and I am not the sappy, romantic type but OMG Paris IS the most romantic place on earth!!!

  1. Earrings: For Mother’s Day, I decide to get myself a little gift ;) of these aquamarine and diamond halo earrings as I love stud earrings and lost a diamond earring from a set. I made the other into a pendant and thought these would be a perfect replacement pair! They are super cute with lots of sparkle and only $199 for 14K white gold and real pretty diamonds-yes please!!
  2. Scarf: I’ve been swooning over this LV Shawl and really I can’t justify spending the money for it as I read reviews that it snags easily. A girl can dream!  So I found something similar at the Gap and it’s super cute. I get tons of compliments from strangers all of the time!
  3. Gingham Shirt:I have several washed shirts from J. Crew and love the fit. When I saw this on super sale and free shipping-add to cart, checkout, done! You know you are a J.Crew addict when you have your cc number on file AND know the security code by heart :) I wear a 6 or 8P in J.Crew shirts BTW for size reference.
  4. Flip Flops:I bought 2 pairs of these last summer and when I saw them again, I “needed” the hot coral (is that even a color?) ones too! Super comfortable and they are B1G1 50% so I bought…
  5. White Sandals: these are cute too with the Birkin-style footbed without being clunky. Both were $25 total!!
  6. Foundation: I have super dry skin and not really a fan of liquid foundations and I ran across this one called e.l.f  Mattifying Cream (only $6) in a compact. I spread it with a foundation brush followed by a powder puff brush. This is exactly what I needed and it dries matte and no breakouts! Where have you been all of my life? Because I get really tan in the summer, I ordered the Caramel color (darker) to try on. I usually wear Buff but feel like I am looking ghostly these days. LOL.

 

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Wearing: Jcrew Striped Shirt-old (similar), chambray scarf, chambray skirt (returned as I didn’t love it), Jcrew crossover flats-old (similar)

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I also bought this custom Samorga from Korea for my LV SpeedyB Bag. It’s an organizer for your bag to keep things tidy in your purse and helps to keep the bag shaped.  I carry a wallet, pouch for chapsticks/lipstick, cell phone, keys, and wallet. Total was $50 including overseas shipping. Here is the website in case you are interested: http://www.samorga.com. It takes a good 3-4 weeks to get here so be patient as these are custom made! This color is like a robin’s egg blue. Love it!!

Budget Summary

YTD spent: $674

This month: $315 spent

Total Budget: $2400

Left for the year: $989

How’d you do this month?

Linking up with Franish and the Budget Bloggers!!