August budget

August 2016 wardrobe additions — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Phase 3 wool floppy hat via Nordstrom (seen here): $21 (originally $38)
Halogen 'Owen' lace-up flats via Nordstrom (seen here): $49 (originally $90; used $15 gift card on $64)
Madewell pocket jean vest (seen here): $51 (originally $79.50; used gift card)
Madewell sleeveless chambray shirt: $30 (originally $65; used gift card)

August Total = $70

$450 (quarterly budget) - $105 (June) - $227 (July) - $70 (August) = $48 left over

I added two more buys from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale—the hat and the shoes—and two new pieces from Madewell this month. I had plenty of gift cards to Madewell to pay for those purchases, so I didn't end up going over budget. Even though I have a bunch left over, I'm not going to put it towards next quarter's budget; August was an expensive month for me so I'm going to put that towards other expenses. I think I may end up decreasing next quarter's budget to $400, but we'll see how this next month plays out life-wise.

I've already featured the hat, shoes, and vest in outfit posts this month, and I plan to feature the sleeveless chambray soon! I love the color of the floppy hat and plan to wear it a lot this fall and winter. At first, I wasn't quite sure if I'd be keeping any of the pairs of the Halogen lace-up flats that I ordered, mostly because none of the colors went with my entire closet. Then a switch flipped, and I decided that I have other pairs of shoes that don't go with everything, so I opted to hang on to the pewter flats since I love them with darker colors (black, burgundy, grey). I bought them in my usual size 7, and they fit perfectly. The leather is pretty nice quality for the price point. I did find that they rubbed the back of my heels, but I forgot to use my Bandaid Friction Block Stick. I may put moleskin on them where they rubbed to prevent it from happening again. Also, the laces come undone fairly easily; I had to really pull the double knot to keep it from untying!

I featured the Madewell vest in a recent wishlist post, and that same day, I stopped by the store since they are (or were) offering a 20% student discount instead of the usual 15%. The vest was on promo and I was able to stack the student discount on top. The shirt I found in the sale section. It had been on my wishlist for a while, but my usual size XS wasn't in store. The XXS fit well, so I ended up getting it! I look forward to layering with it this fall and winter.

As far as what I'm buying next month... I have no idea! But I'm sure I'll have something to share, especially since it's my birthday month. ;) I love shopping at this time of year!

Linking up with Franish & my fellow budgeting bloggers

Link Love, vol. 3

Navy Coach 'Court' bag + Taylor Swift Red Tour Keds — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

{via Instagram}

It's been a while since I shared a batch of links! I've got some good ones this time around. ;) I hope you've had a great weekend so far! I don't know about you, but I'm already looking forward to my long weekend next weekend.

  • In one of her recent weekend link posts, Kaity shared these financial planning tips at every age. After a more-expensive-than-usual month, I'm feeling pretty down about my financial situation, but I plan to get serious once I find myself a real job after graduation.
  • Fran shared tips for how to grow and improve your blog that are perfect for bloggers at any stage.
  • I can't get enough of this palm print skirt on Nicole!
  • Did you see this? A Southwest plane had an engine failure in flight. I'm glad everyone was okay, and I can't wait to read about how that actually happened.
  • Recently, I've been rethinking having kids because of the state of the world, especially environmentally. Here's an article via NPR about having kids in the age of climate change. It's a kind of long but really good read and something worth thinking about.
  • My mom's garden has been producing pounds of jalapeños, so I've been searching for recipes using them and this jalapeño guacamole with kale sounds interesting! Do you have any good (not-too-spicy) recipe suggestions?
  • Young the Giant recently released a new album titled Home of the Strange, and this is one of my favorite songs.
  • And a quick shopping list: this striped peplum top from Madewell (I recently tried it on and if I get it, I might try one size up from usual; it was tight in the shoulders); this henley tee from Amour Vert (right now, get 25% off your tee or tank purchase with code TREELOVE); black leather chelsea booties by Frye (love this style); and these cropped flare jeans by Old Navy (might be worth trying if you're interested in the trend but don't want to spend a lot of money).

Two is better than one

Everlane black silk top, Grana black silk shorts, Madewell 'Billie' boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Rompers are one of those articles of clothing that I never really understood. I have owned exactly one in my lifetime, and I hardly wore it because it fit me kind of strangely, the inseam was way too short and I'm pretty sure my butt hung out the bottom, and it was kind of weird to undress myself every time I used the restroom. Ever since I got rid of that one romper, I basically swore them off...

Until now. Just kidding. This isn't a romper. ;) I love how it looks like I'm wearing a romper even though I'm not. When I got my black silk Grana shorts, I had a feeling they'd go with my silk top from Everlane perfectly. I actually can't tell at all that the pieces are by two different brands; can you? They feel very similar in quality, too. I completed the look with my Madewell 'Billie' boots because black and cognac is one of my favorite color combinations. I felt very "pre-fall" in this outfit. ;)

P.S. Don't mind the slightly screwed up necklace string... I really thought I had fixed it before we shot photos. Oh well. That's what it looked like for most of the day, haha. #reallife

Faux romper: Black silk top + black silk shorts — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane black silk top, Grana black silk shorts, Madewell 'Billie' boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Faux romper: Black silk top + black silk shorts — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane black silk top, Grana black silk shorts, Madewell 'Billie' boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Everlane top / Grana shorts (last seen here; get 10% off your first order with my referral link) / Madewell boots (new version) / ModCloth necklace (similar from Forever 21) / Moorea Seal sunglasses (similar by Steve Madden)