April budget

April 2017 wardrobe additions — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

J.Crew toothpick cords (sold out): $35 (originally $98?)
Salvatore Ferragamo 'Vara' pumps c/o Shopbop: $141 (originally $550; used credit on $412.50)
Grana pima v-neck t-shirt (review here): $0 (originally $15; used credit)
Grana denim boyfriend shirt (review here): $0 (originally $59; used credit)
Grana Turkish denim high-rise cropped skinny jeans (review here; seen here): $0 (originally $59; used credit)

April Total = $176

$400 (quarterly budget) - $126 (March) - $176 (April) = $98 left for May

I ended up keeping the J.Crew toothpick cords I ordered last month but was on the fence about since they aren't as skinny as I hoped they'd be. I figured they'd be a good option for winter workwear (can't believe I need to think about things like that, haha). I already have a blog outfit planned for them, so that's a good sign... Though I'm not really surprised about that because I still love my original pair of forest green toothpick cords and wouldn't have bought this pair if the original pair wasn't too tight on me!

The major purchase this month was my pair of Ferragamo 'Vara' pumps. I picked them up during the Shopbop sale and used the rest of my credit earned from my partnership last fall. I wanted to save the credit specifically for this exact purchase, and I'm so glad I did! I was very tempted by other less expensive items but knew that if I didn't buy these now, I probably would never get them unless another partnership opportunity arose. So, here they are! They're absolutely beautiful. I'm planning to wear them for one graduation event and also my dissertation defense (plus many other events to come!). I got my usual size 7 which I think will work well unless my feet swell too much (this is apparently a thing that happens to me that I never noticed until a couple of weeks ago, haha). I'm slightly worried about the regular width being too narrow for me.

I also grabbed some items from Grana using credit earned from referrals (if you haven't used my referral link, you can get 10% off your first order with it and I'll earn a credit). All three items ran true to size for me; check out my review post for more specific details on sizing and such! The jeans are a new favorite and I'm debating a second pair in another color...

I did make a purchase that unfortunately didn't make the cut: a burgundy velvet bomber jacket by AQUA. I was so excited about it, but it's huge on me in my usual size small (the brand fits more like juniors' sizing to me except for this jacket). It's listed on my Poshmark right now in case someone missed out, but it will likely be returned to Bloomingdale's. Bummed, but oh well—there will always be another jacket, right?

I really need to keep shopping light until I secure a post-grad job, but I've already got my eyes on some things next month. Everlane just released new linen items that I'm swooning over, and I made a purchase on Poshmark recently that will be included next month. I'll just be adding more to my own Poshmark and hoping I can counter any spending that does occur!

Linking up with Franish & my fellow budgeting bloggers

Pink (denim) lady

Blush pink skinny jeans outfit with navy swing top, gold flats, white bucket bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Striped navy swing top, blush pink jeans, white bucket bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spring outfit with navy striped top and blush pink skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
White bucket bag outfit with navy striped top and blush pink jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blush denim outfit with navy swing top, white bucket bag, metallic gold flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I couldn't wait to wear my new blush pink skinny jeans once I got them! I first wore them in this outfit for Easter festivities: a dinner party at my dad and step mom's house complete with a couple of egg hunts (one for the teenagers—which my boyfriend, my brother, and I got to do since there were only three teenagers—and one for the adults with mini bottles of alcohol). If you look really closely, you can see the very small mud marks on my knee from one of the egg hunts. It got intense!

I had a couple of outfits in mind for these jeans and ended up wearing an old striped swing top in navy and gold flats to liven it up. The perforated bucket bag keeps the whole look light and ties in the stripes with the color and the gold flats with the gold rings. I mimicked the look of the gold rings on the bag with the double circles in the necklace—my new favorite piece! I love how it all came together; it's a perfect spring palette.

Also...yes, I'm aware that these jeans are really close to looking like my skin color. It was something I was worried about when I fell in love with them in the first place. But, like I said—I love them, so I'm going to wear them anyway and hope that the wrinkles make it obvious that I'm not in the nude when I'm out and about. ;)


OUTFIT DETAILS

Anthropologie top / old; similar by ASOS (last seen here)
Grana jeans / exact (review here; use my referral link for 10% off your first purchase)
J.Crew flats / old; similar (limited sizes) or similar by Sam Edelman (last seen here)
Clare Vivier for & Other Stories bag / old; similar by Forever 21 (last seen here)
Shaya necklace / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Easy breezy

Windowpane skirt outfit with sleeveless chambray shirt and ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Sleeveless chambray shirt outfit with windowpane skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Sleeveless chambray shirt outfit with windowpane skirt and cognac ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Sleeveless chambray shirt + windowpane skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spring outfit with sleeveless chambray shirt and windowpane skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Like a typical Utah spring, we've had our swings in weather and temperature; we've had everything from chill, rain, and snow to sun and warmth (often times within a couple of days of each other). I wore this outfit on a particularly warm yet breezy day (the days prior to frontal passages are always the warmest and windiest; we can get a pretty gnarly southerly wind). This week is going to be pretty rainy and chilly, unfortunately! Hopefully that means we get a lot of warmth next month, right? (But not too much warmth too quickly or we'll have some major flooding to contend with...)

This is a pretty natural combination featuring some of my favorite items for the warmer days during this weird transitional period. I tucked in the shirt to give it some volume and define my waist at the same time (the skirt is structured enough that it doesn't show the shirt underneath). I could have easily substituted a long-sleeved chambray had the weather not been warm enough to bare arms and the overall vibe wouldn't change. I absolutely love pairing my ankle boots with dresses and skirts, and there's only a short window of time when the weather is appropriate for this without needing a pair of tights, too. I soak it up as much as I can! :)


OUTFIT DETAILS

Madewell shirt / similar by Mavi Jeans
LOFT skirt / similar from Nordstrom Rack (last seen here)
Madewell boots / new version (on sale in limited sizes)
Madewell earrings / similar
Moorea Seal earrings / old; similar by American Eagle Outfitters
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact