Monday, March 31, 2014

the damage: March 2014

I didn't shop much in January, & not at all in February, for reasons that included wedding costs, leaving grad school, having a case of style paralysis & taking time to really figure out what I would need for my new day job as a middle school teacher. I haven't put together a shopping budget as I am in this transition period & know that things will change once I start getting my teacher paycheck & Tyler & I have a serious talk about combining our finances once we are Mr. & Mrs. (in just a few short weeks!!!) So I am still operating by my ~$250/month allowance, & focusing on items that work equally well for work & the rest of my life (ok the leopard booties are just down right ridiculous for any setting, but I love them & scored them for cheap on eBay!) Next up on my shopping wish list - the perfect dress pants, I am going to suck it up & go try on every option at the mall!

In March, I stayed right at my budget & brought home:
{1.} J.Crew Factory tie neck dress - my new favorite for work or play! purchased on sale for $41.65

{2.} J.Crew Factory polka dot blouse (runs super big, I had to switch out the S I ordered for an XXS!) purchased on sale for $45.45 

{3.} Pour la Victoire purse via Nordstrom Rack originally $338, Rack price $119 (received a $100 gift card from Nordstrom Rack)

I also ordered this pair of booties to test out. You can see the two pairs side-by-side in this Insta. I ended up keeping the ones I did because the heel was about a quarter of an inch higher & the leather was softer. Oh & I got them for only $59.95 using a $10 DSW rewards card (got it when I signed up!). If you are in the market for a pair of your own, I've also heard really great reviews about this pair

{5.} J.Crew grey merino tunic sweater - I want it in every color so I can wear it everyday! purchased during a 25% off promotion for $66

{6.} ShoeMint grey heels - adding to my rainbow of classic pointed toe pumps. Retails for $79.98 but I took advantage of a $40 off promotion combined with $29.99 of Mint credit, thereby only spending $9.99!

{7}. Coach bleecker bag - now on sale! (gifted by my local Dillard's)

{8.} ShoeMint Jolly leopard wedges, via eBay $12.99 - I have been wanting these for ages & finally got around to tracking them down on eBay! If you are between sizes, round up!

This month I was also gifted a fun gold foil heart tee from Style Lately, this gorgeous emerald necklace from Accessory Concierge & the 501 shorts from Levi's that I am going to wear the heck out of this Summer! 

Any great purchases for you in March? Anyone else working on figuring out a clothing budget?


  1. That purse! (swoon!) And the sale price is amazing! I have had the pink one on my mind for a while… I may have to pull the trigger!

  2. You did amazing this month! I did NOT do amazing this month because I bought a super expensive plane ticket. Have a great week!


  3. Loving the dotted shirt!



  4. Oh man, i blew my budget OUT OF THE WATER this month. oops?

  5. OH! Love your shoe picks this month, so so SO amazing! Also, the purse of course... LOVE

  6. I need to figure out a clothing budget. I hadn't shopped for months, but I took advantage of sales this weekend and bought a bunch of jeans that needed replacing in my wardrobe (I wrote about it today too!). My fave purchase was a pair of high-rise jeans from Gap that I scored for $18!

  7. So many pretty items. I love that Coach bag and that polka dot J. Crew top.

  8. Oh & I got them for only $59.95 using a $10 DSW rewards card (got it when I signed up!). If you are in the market for a pair of your own, I've also heard really great reviews about this pair. http://qr.net/rGQc

  9. Loving all of these picks. Can we share!? I'm also working on readjusting my clothing budget for spring. I definitely need to spruce up my closet, but must figure out the most cost effective way to do it first. Definitely an #adultproblem.

  10. I bought heels just like those gray ones this month! love it when my fashion purchases are reaffirmed by a great blogger. gray is the new black for me this Spring, I think! they go with everythingggg. and those booties- woah! can't wait to see how you style them.

    ♥ perfectly Priya

  11. awesome buys! I was contemplating purchasing the Jcrew dress myself!

    from – The Lion's Den

  12. You got some amazing pieces this month! I love those open toe booties!

  13. You got some great stuff this month! I love that J. Crew Factory dress, but I know the neckline won't work with my chest boo. Can't wait to see how you style it! I'm in the process of retooling my budget as well. I'll actually be making more this spring and summer thanks to some extra tutoring and babysitting jobs outside of work, but I'm saving up for my London trip in June! I'm also not crazy about spring and summer styles so I'm hoping to focus more on investing in big pieces (classic bag, watch) that will work in every season!


  14. Great buys Jess! That Coach bag is so nice. I need a new basic black bag but am being super-picky and wondering if I should wait for outlet shopping in Vegas to purchase one.

    I'm also doing monthly purchases posts, here's my link for March: http://glitterarygirl.blogspot.ca/2014/04/my-monthly-purchases-march-2014.html

    Have you ever considered doing a link up for monthly purchases? They are my favorite posts to read!



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