Thursday, February 28, 2013

1/6 of 2013 in the bag

For 2013 I am budgeting my clothing allowance based on the entire year. Sound crazy? Read more about it { here }

This month's spending is the result of frittering.

I think I had a mild case of the Winter blues, & the only cure was more cowbell shoes.
No, I did not get "the bag"... but more on that in another post. 
Top Row: Yellow "Sadie" satin heels // Leopard  "Carol" pony hair heels
Middle: Shoe Dazzle Pumps Red & Silver "Carine" heels
Bottom: Target peplum top
Seriously every shoe company that has my email address tempted me & tempted me with sales until I gave up & admitted that every single pair was cute, but bringing home more than 4 in one month would surely be a sign that I had a shoe problem. 

It is my dream to own a pair of classic pumps in every color. Ty says my dream is silly, but seriously what do boys know!? Dreams are dreams people!

So what did my budget get me this month?
I picked up 2 pairs of shoes from the ShoeMint Sale & have already worn the Leopard pair worn here.
(each originally $79.98, 50% off = $79.98 total) 

I also scooped up 2 pairs of shoes from the ShoeDazzle Sale. Adding red (worn here) & silver (worn here) heels to my dream rainbow pumps collection.
(each originally $39.95, 30% off + VIP discount = $43.76 total)

I had been stalking this Lands End Canvas Sequin Skirt since the holidays & scored it for a great price 
(not in collage, but worn here // was $90, on sale for $54.99, now in limited sizes // similar style on sale)

The ultimate reason I didn't get "The Bag" this month was because I realized that I wanted every single item from the Prabal Gurung for Target Collection! I ended up showing some rare lady-like restraint & walked away with a pair of lace up booties $39.99  (worn here) & a Target peplum top $22.99  (because we all know you can't leave that store with just one thing!)

And how much did I spend?
Actual retail price = $392.84
Total paid = $241.71 (a 40% savings!!)

Year total $3,000
January  $149.94
-February $241.71
Remaining = $2,608.35

Sooo, not great, no wardrobe staple holes filled - although I am pretty much obsessed with the new peplum top, you will be seeing much more of her in outfits to come!

How did your shopping conquests go this month?
Did you stay on budget? Get any super scores?
No judgement here (I bought 4 pairs of shoes, I definitely don't get to judge!)

I am linking up with Franish for her "Budgeting Blogger" series, check it out, & enter too... if you dare! 


  1. Wow, you got some great finds!! I need to do a real budget, but I'm afraid that then I'll have to stick to it LOL


  2. I LOVE those animal print shoe mint shoes - too cute! I kind of love that you bought 4 pairs of shoes in one month haha :)


    The Other Side of Gray

  3. I just bought a black peplum top too so I'm looking forward to seeing how you style it! I'm loving all the shoes...the yellow ones are SO fun!

    The Tiny Heart

  4. You got some great things! I kind of want to do the same thing now, great budgeting idea!

  5. I need new shoes so badly- that's what I'm going to try to focus my budget on for spring!

  6. That peplum top is perfection! The ones I saw at Target recently were flimsy - I am glad they have a structured option. I may have to (again) break my no-shopping month...

  7. I am posting mine later today... :| I have some major "yikes" moments too :)

  8. Well I must say that while I don't want to be another form of temptation during your no-shopping month, this peplum top is my favorite that I have seen/tried on so far. It looks and feels of a much higher quality than its price tag suggests!

  9. Jessica- drooling over all the shoes, I think my favorite are those red pumps! I don't think heels in every color is silly, I mean, great heels that can last the rest of your life?! You're gonna need every color at some point! I think that peplum top is classic too. My shopping philosophy lately has been do as little as possible, because I don't have much space/money. BUT a graduation/real life job/new apartment is in my near future, and then all bets are off!

    perfectly priya

  10. I am obsessed with ALL of your shoes! And it's not a silly dream... DO IT DO IT DO IT! Can you tell I am just as shoe obsessed as you?! :) And that peplum top is adorable :) It's okay, I didn't really fill in any holes in my closet this month either. I did get some more winter outerwear, which is good!

  11. love this! you have the best taste..

    love following your darling blog!! xo the well-traveled wife

  12. Love this year budget idea , shoes lasts for a while though so its always a good investment .

    xo Meg<3

    Meghan Silva's Blog

  13. I linked up with Franish too...I ended up being $30 under budget! But I stayed away from the mall ALL month, which I don't think will happen in March!


  14. I'm loving those leopard heels! I think you are doing fantastic with your shopping budget. And I would say red heels are a wardrobe staple, don't you think! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  15. Yeah, I bought it. I am going to restart my no shopping month today. I couldn't resist that top (plus a couple other things I found). Target it so great.

  16. I bought a ton of shoes in February also, but on great brands, at seriously killer prices! Thank goodness for the Macy's downtown clearance rack, it was pretty epic this month. And I even came under budget, too!

  17. Great buys, those yellow pumps are awesome.


  18. Talk about no judgement - I bought seven - yes, SEVEN - pairs of shoes this month!! I feel like I get to give myself a pass because 2 were Prabal for Target and 2 of them were $20 combined and I would have been a fool to pass them up. So you definitely get a pass on a mere 4 pairs. :)

    The Blue Hour

  19. Gah - I love that peplum top! I actually tried it on at Target, but due my strangely long torso it just didn't look right :(

    I only bought one pair of shoes this month, but they were a major splurge so the cost is pretty much equal to your 4 pairs! I hate going over-budget, but sometimes it's worth it! :)

  20. I don't make it to the mall nearly enough to catch the good sales - I should start giving that more of an effort, we have great stores right here in town. Online shopping is my crutch!

  21. I have worn it a bunch lately, but none of those outfits have made it on to the blog - next time I wear it I will document the outfit and dedicate it to you my dear :)

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