Friday, May 30, 2014

What I Bought This Month: May Haul

Y'all, I'm not even going to pretend that I stayed on budget this month. I guess it was the warm weather getting to my head that gave me "buy all the things" syndrome. I didn't even completely tally up all my purchases yet because I'm nervous. And also, what's pictured above isn't even all of it.... so yeah. This month, I decided to show everything I've worn so far, and then post the rest in June.

My plan is to go on a shopping ban for June and July. I am going to total everything up eventually so I'll know what I spent, but I'm pretty sure that if I lump May, June, and July's budget together, I'll break even. I won't lie, I'm embarrassed to post this since I've previously posted a series about shopping your own closetshopping on a budget, and being a smart shopper. I need to learn to take my own advice!

As for what I've been buying? A lot of white, blue, and floral. Oh, and sandals. Lots of sandals.

Here are the details:

1. White Bow Tank (Forever 21)- All I want to wear lately are white tops! Worn here.

2. Navy Lace Skirt (H&M, sold out)- I love this skirt. I wish it was still available online so all of you could get it too! Worn here.

3. White Skirt (Nordstrom, sold out)- Loving this skirt too. It's different that my typical pencil skirt cut and I love that about it. Worn here.

4. Statement Necklace (Baublebar, sold out)- When I bought this necklace, I wasn't sure how much I'd get to wear it, but it actually matches everything! Worn here.

5. Floral Maxi Dress (Forever 21)- Worn here.

6. Red Striped Tee (J.Crew Factory)- Totally necessary for all the nautical inspired outfits I plan to wear for summer. (Well, maybe not totally necessary, but I totally wanted this tee.) Worn here.

7. Nude Heels (Zara)- Somehow I didn't really own any plain nude heels! These are great and pretty comfortable considering the heel height. Worn here, here.

8. White Shorts (Old Navy)- I bought white chino shorts from J.Crew, but they were completely see through! It surprised me that these were much higher quality. I'm really tempted to buy these in baby pink and baby blue too. Worn here.

9. White Bucket Bag (Lori's Shoes)- Love, love, love this bag. It fits everything and I love that it's white. Seen here, here.

10. Perforated Sandals (Lulu's, same here)- I first purchased these in white, but realized I had another very similar pair. So, logically, I bought them in nude...even though I bought two other pairs of nude sandals this month...hmmmm. But at least I love them all. Worn here.

11. Boyfriend Jeans (Forever 21, sold out)- These are the perfect boyfriend jeans, found unexpectedly at Forever 21! Worn here.

12. Embellished Sandals (Just Fab)- Worn here.

13. Floral Skirt (Forever 21)- Worn here.

14. Chambray Shirt (Sosie, sold out)- I own like eight chambray shirts...but the sheer floral sleeves on this one are so fun! Worn here.

15. Blue Tee (J.Crew)- Worn here.

16. Tan Sandals (DSW)- Yes, I bought three pairs of nude heeled sandals in one month, but these are great for more casual occasions and are incredibly comfortable since they have a block heel. Worn here.

17. Fedora (Forever 21)- I wasn't sure I could pull off a fedora, but it was only $7, so I decided to try it. I've already worn it several times! Worn herehere.

18. Gray Sweater (J.Crew)- I already owned the tan version of this and I love it, so I got the gray as well on super sale. Worn here.

19. Blush Skirt (Sosie)- I haven't bought as much pink lately, but I couldn't resist this fun blush flared skirt. Worn here.

20. Blush Leather Jacket (Sosie)- ...also couldn't resist this blush leather jacket! Worn here.

21. Aztec Sandals (Target)- These will be super cute with a basic solid tee and shorts for the summer.

22. Sandals (Old Navy)- I was so bored of my two and three year old basic braided strap Target sandals, so I got these in black and tan. Unfortunately both colors are sold out online.

So there you have it. My very poor justification of why I purchased all of this stuff.

See my previous hauls here: January | February | March | April

Linking up with: Budgeting Bloggers | Favorite Fashion Friday | Friday's Fab Favorites | Passion for Fashion

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Work Wear: Nautical Inspired

 Jacket- c/o Sheinside, Tee- J.Crew Factory, Skirt- H&M (similar), Heels- Zara, Necklace- Lulu's, Watch- Fossil

Nautical inspired outfits are a no-brainer for summer casual wear, so I figured why not incorporate the trend into my workwear? This navy lace skirt was probably the best thing I've ever found at H&M. I wish it was still in stock online so I could link it for you! I added this printed jacket from Sheinside to add just a little more detail and print mix to my look made up of otherwise basic pieces.

Yesterday, I posted on Johanna's blog about the nine closet staples you need for summer! Check out the post here.

Linking up with Three-for Thurdsay | Spotlight of the Week: Jacqueline & Elle
Tres Chic Thursday |  Mix and Match Fashion

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memoral Day Whites

Top- Forever 21, Shorts- Old Navy, Wedges- Banana Republic (similar on sale $19), Bag- c/o Jane, Hat- Forever 21, Sunglasses- Forever 21 (similar)

It's finally time to wear white since Memorial Day has come and gone! But let's be real- I've been wearing white year-round. I think most fashion rules are meant to be broken, especially ones about which colors you are allowed to wear at different times of the year. There is something especially nice about wearing an all white look in the summertime, though!

I think all white looks need a pop of color, and I loved carrying my new mint Celine-esque bag I got from Jane with this one. This bag is going to be really fun for summer, and it was under $25! Haven't heard of Jane? It's a daily deal site that has some seriously good stuff. From clothes to accessories, bags, and even home decor, Jane posts new items daily from all the boutiques you already shop at, at incredible prices! You can sign up for their email list to get all of the new deals in your inbox each morning so you won't miss any of their great offerings.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Work Wear: Printed Pencil

Blouse- J.Crew, Skirt- J.Crew, Heels- Asos, Bag- Kate Spade, Watch- Fossil

I wear the button-up/pencil skirt combo to work a lot, but it's always more fun to wear something other than a solid skirt. I managed to pick this one up in the store for only $25! I love the fun print, and that it has blush pink in it so I can wear it with my favorite button-up blouse.

Linking up with Three-for Thurdsay | Spotlight of the Week: Jacqueline & Elle 
Tres Chic Thursday | Mix and Match Fashion

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Boyfriends

Tee- Forever 21 (similar), Jeans- Forever 21 (similar), Wedges- Banana Republic, Necklace- Baublebar, Bag- David Jones, Sunglasses- Forever 21

Boyfriend jeans have been on the top of my wishlist as of late, and I finally found the perfect ones... at Forever 21 of all places! I happened across this pair while browsing in the store recently, and was so glad they actually fit the way I wanted them too. It's funny how boyfriend jeans are supposed to be a casual, easy to wear style, and yet it took quite a while for me to find some that actually looked good on me. I wanted to try pairing them with a t-shirt, but I'm excited to try dressing them up! They are a  nice change from skinny jeans and will be much easier to wear during the hot months.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Purple Flowers

Dress- Forever 21, Jacket- Forever 21 (similar), Wedges- Banana Republic (similar), Bag- Francesca's, Sunglasses- Forever 21 (similar)

I love a good maxi dress for spring and summer, and I really liked the purple floral print of this one. I was also intrigued by the slit since I don't have any maxis that have one. I've seen quite a few skirts and dresses lately with thigh high slits that are too much for me, but since this one hits right above my knee, it's perfect. It makes the dress extra breezy so I can keep wearing it even when it's hot out.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Spring Wedding Attire

Dress- Cynthia by Cynthia Rowley, Heels- Zara, Clutch- Target, Necklace- Lulu's (similar), Bracelet- Francesca's, Earrings- Dorothy Perkins

This was my Easter dress, but I decided to wear it again for a friend's wedding last weekend. I love the idea of wearing something bright and fun for a spring wedding, especially if it's a daytime event. I was happy my fuschia clutch picked up on some of the pink in my dress, and nude sandals rounded out my outfit nicely. I honestly have no idea how I didn't have any nude shoes in my closet until now! I'm looking for nude pumps next.