Thursday, September 5, 2013

2013 year budget: August


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

August is such a fun month: my birthday, back to school shopping, a transition of seasons.
I was very blessed this month to have received so many wonderful presents from my family & friends. Tyler hit it out of the park with these Kate Spade earrings (my day job is researching frogs), my parents gifted me this camera bag & I used cash presents to purchase this purse I have been drooling over for months!
I also picked up some really special wardrobe staples with some of my yearly clothing allowance. I have already worn my stripe skirt with the ShoeMint pumps & can't wait to rock my new classic Converse sneakers!
Purchased:
J.Crew Factorypom pom dot sweater ($47.70) // stripe peplum top ($24.80) // stripe skirt ($38.00)
Converse sneakers (outlet store, $33.99) // Tory Burch resin cuff ($40.00) // ShoeMint Bess pumps ($79.98) 


Birthday presents:


Returned:
(I loved all of these pieces, but when I got them home realized that they weren't as versatile with my existing items as I had expected, and their price points didn't warrant keeping them around)

Amount spent in August = $264.15


So how is my year budget of $3,000 panning out?
- January  $149.94
- February $241.71
- March $245.50
- April $187.37
- May $222.71
- June $405.46
- July $89.98
- August $264.15
Remaining = $1,188.52
(leaving ~$300/month for the remaining 4 months)

As you requested in last month's budget round-up, I am disclosing my gifted items from August. I know that this can come off as a humble-brag or be a huge turn-off, but it is my hope that I can approach this topic in a positive way. These are all pieces that I love, ones that I was fortunate enough to select myself, & things that I can't wait to show you in my wardrobe outfits multiple ways!
(even bloggers that I consider to be "top of the line" struggle with this side of blogging, read another blogger's perspective here.)

Gifted:

How did your shopping budget hold up in August?

14 comments:

  1. Oh, you got so many goodies in August–those frogs are really too cute!

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  2. SO many goodies! Love that striped skirt!!!

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  3. Ohhhh August was a good month for your closet! Love them all!

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  4. You picked up so many wonderful things this month Jessica! I love that gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff.

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

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  5. so annoyed that I couldn't get that J.crew sweater. There was ONE left in my size but it was damaged:(

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  6. looks like you got some great stuff this month! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com

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  7. That cuff???? Love it!


    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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  8. I actually didn't spend a single penny on clothes in August. But now I'm going a bit crazy and want to shop EVERYDAY! Uh oh...

    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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  9. So many adorable goodies!! I love your Rebecca Minkoff bag! AND, I'm so glad you posted about those Old Navy booties... I've been looking for a black pair of suede booties and love these (and the price tag)!

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  10. August was good to you, my friend! I want so many things you got- jealous!! And I LOVE to see what other fashion bloggers have gifted. I love the humble brag, honestly! It's interesting to compare who gets what in fashion blogland :)

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  11. Bummer! J.Crew Factory is notorious for bringing things back ... so it might be a worthy stalking target :)
    xx

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  12. If it weren't for my birthday I probably would have been able to forgo shopping in August, but September is when I love to hit up the sales! Happy shopping dear!
    xx

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  13. haha, thanks for not being annoyed by my "humblebrag"... disclosure of gifted items is just one of the behind the blog things that I wish everyone was more transparent about :)
    xx

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