Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Budgeting Bloggers: April 2014

I actually had a few Poshmark sales this month, namely a Coach bag and the resale of a J. Crew necklace I bought earlier this year.  There was a buyer who wanted it more than I did, so I sold it and recouped my exact cost.  Easy come, easy go!  Overall, this month I got some things I really love (Gap and Old Navy were awesome) and I hardly spent anything when you factor in my sales and blog earnings.


  1. LANY Meow Meow Bag in Green ($65 w/shipping):  When I saw the LANY cat bag that Kaelah got at WWDMAGIC, I knew I had to have one.  I followed LANY on Instagram to wait for it to come out, then became completely flabbergasted when there were a bunch of color options!  For a while I thought about the cobalt blue (I don't need black or brown) but settled on dark green because I thought I would wear it more.  It's the same color Kaelah got, but I figured we could be twinsies!
  2. Gap Legging Jeans (originally $70, paid $46):  I needed to replace my legging jeans in a size smaller (woohoo!) so I took advantage of an in-store sale where everything was an additional 40% off.  I like the midrise of these jeans, but the stretch means you do need to try a size down to find the right pair.  (Note: I did add tax to my Gap purchases since it's high in my area.)
  3. GapFit Train Racer Tank (originally $30, paid $13):  I spotted this on sale for $20, plus the additional 40% off in store.  I couldn't resist such a great deal on a workout top.
  4. Fabletics Outfit (FREE):  See review of these pieces here.
  5. Old Navy Jersey Faux-Wrap Dresses in Coral & Cobalt (originally $30 ea, paid $13 ea):  Wrap dresses are universally flattering it seems, and knowing I have a trip for work coming up in Florida, these felt perfect for warmer weather.  They were $15ea and then 15% off sale items.
  6. Old Navy Halter-Neck Maxi (originally $47, paid $33):  This dress was just beautiful, so I had to see if it worked on me.  It's a dream.  I wish I could buy more in similar styles without looking crazy.
  7. Old Navy Chambray Popover (originally$27, paid $14): Picked this top up when I was in store returning something.  It was on sale, and perfect for the warmer weather.  I liked the quality!
  8. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star in Red (originally $45, paid $35):  I had a $10 DSW reward, and I wanted some comfy kicks for a trip to DisneyWorld.  Instead of red Toms, I decided these would do.  They're classics, after all.
  9. Forever 21 Top ($30, not pictured):  Purchased a cream-colored top with long sleeves before my vacation/work trip.  I'm always looking for top with sleeves because hotel conference rooms are cold.  It was a bit impulsive, but it's a cute top!
$262 spent - $167 Posh/Blog = $95
$112 savings

Quarterly Budget: $500 - $95 April = $405 remaining

I would like to buy some cute vintage reproduction dresses for summer, as well as a couple of A-line or circle skirts as summer basics.  I am also thinking about a pair of shoes from b.a.i.t. footwear.  I am really loving vintage styles these days, something about the warmer weather.  I also find I am much more picky about what I add to my closet.  It has to be something I can wear to work, or something I will wear enough to make the purchase worthwhile.

As always, linking up with Fran's budgeting bloggers...  check out their hauls this month!

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18 comments:

  1. sometimes doing a switch like that, and then getting something even better is the best feeling! You'll probably get a ton more wear out of these items anyway

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  2. ModCloth has some really cute dresses. I think everyone succumbed to old navy and gap this past month. I know I did! Chucks are great for Disney. :) Hope you're having a magical time!

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  3. They have such good sales! And yes, I am having a magical time. Almost done with work, though some thunderstorms have literally been drenching Disney the past couple of days!

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  4. I am definitely leaning more towards things I believe I will wear more. i do get inspiration from bloggers like you!

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  5. For vintage looking dresses, I would definitely check out eShakti. Most of their stuff has a cute retro vibe (I think - with the colors and flared skirts)! And seriously, how adorable is that bag?!? I think I need one too!

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  6. Nice workout gear! And I love the stuff you got from Old Navy The dresses will be really nice for summer!

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  7. i really wish i didnt see that bag! i love it! i love both dresses you got, and that chambray is super classic. i want one like that, that doesnt button all the way.

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  8. Oh my gosh, that cat bag is so incredibly cute!

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  9. I've seen the storms! I'm glad you're surviving them!

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  10. Love it all... but that kitty bag? Oh, I just die! Too adorable!

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  11. It stinks because the pool time is limited, and it's hard to tell when it will stop or start. But that doesn't mean we aren't enjoying the magic!

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  12. Great tip! The cat bag is just awesome. It's a steal for the price and quality.

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  13. I wore both of the dresses this week during my trip to Disney World, and they were soooo comfy. I will probably wear them all summer until they're pilling. Very flattering too.

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  14. I figured out why all my chambray shirt purchases didn't work before... I needed the popover version! This Old Navy one is so great I'm tempted to buy another in another color.

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  15. I try to avoid coming off as a crazy cat lady, but this was too irresistible. I love it! It holds a laptop too.

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  16. I have long given up on not looking like a crazy cat lady, and have just learned to embrace it :) :P

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  17. Love the dresses you got! That maxi is adorable :)

    Katie | Style Diary

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