Fall budget

Fall 2018 wardrobe additions — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Everlane wide leg crop pant (review here; seen here and here): $68
Everlane cashmere rib round crew sweater (review here; seen here and here): $154
Everlane lightweight French terry crew sweatshirt (seen here): $38
Everlane silk shell (seen here): $58 (originally $68)
Everlane authentic stretch high-rise skinny ankle jean (review here; seen here and here): $42 (originally $68)
J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater blazer (seen here): $88 (originally $138)
Amour Vert Mareike knit skirt (seen here): $83 (originally $98)
H&M chenille sweater (seen here and here): $31.50 (originally $35)
& Other Stories short faux fur coat (seen here): $142 (originally $149)
Marc Fisher Izzie shearling lace-up boots: $265
Madewell Regan boots (seen here): $160 (originally $178)
Grana pima modal tank: $0 (used credit on $9; originally $12)
Earth Keren boots (c/o; seen here, here, and here)
Earth Boomer sneakers (c/o; seen here)

+ $19 on a new size in the Madewell oversized flannel shirt I purchased this summer (via Poshmark)

Fall 2018 Total = $500 ($1,148.50 - $100 Madewell gift card - $548.50 earned from Poshmark sales)

$500 (quarterly budget) - $500 ($277 September + $223 October + $0 November) = $0 left over

Whew, I spent a lot of money the past three months. It kind of hurts to add it all up, lol. In my budget breakdown above, I mention how much I spend every month, but I only add it up until I hit my total quarterly budget which is $500. In reality, I spent $277 in September, $289.50 in October, and $484 in November—and none of that includes my Black Friday/Cyber Monday purchases. Yikes! Thank goodness for Poshmark sales. I’ve been learning some new tricks to hopefully keep those going. (I would not have spent this much if I did not have extra money to use!)

I find it interesting to group all of my purchases like this because you can see the colors I was drawn to. This quarter was full of warmer and darker colors, which makes sense since that’s what I tend to wear in the fall and winter. Read on if you’re interested in the details of what I kept, what I tried and returned, and what I purchased over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping weekend that will be included in next quarter’s budget if I decide to keep them! :)

What I kept:

  • Everlane wide leg crop pant: I’ve been wanting to try this style, and I’m so happy I finally decided to go for it! Even though these pants aren’t the most flattering, they are so comfortable and perfect for work. I purchased ochre in my true size 0 in the short length since I’m borderline petite at 5’4”. I plan to wear them this winter with fleece-lined tights or leggings underneath.

  • Everlane cashmere rib round crew sweater: I’m in love with the color and the style of this sweater. I purchased it in size XS and it’s the perfect fit: cozy and slightly oversized.

  • Everlane lightweight French terry crew sweatshirt: I returned the size XS I originally purchased and got a size small for extra arm length. I find myself wearing this a ton on the weekends, not surprisingly. I’m slowly working on improving the loungewear portion of my wardrobe. (This is also nice enough to wear out, too, of course.)

  • Everlane silk shell (on sale!): This shell is included in Everlane’s “exclusive” Choose What You Pay sale and is only accessible through the links here (unless you received an email directly from Everlane). I decided to order this in my usual size 0 and it fits well—not too tight but not too loose. I think (hope) it will be good to layer with in the spring and summer. It is slightly sheer.

  • Everlane authentic stretch high-rise skinny ankle jean: I wish they had released these last year! I prefer the stretch compared to last year’s version, and I was surprised by how much I liked the high-rise instead of the midrise. I took them in a size 26.

  • J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater blazer: I love my light grey sweater blazer so much that I ordered a second blazer in camel during the Labor Day weekend sale. I sized down to XXS.

  • Amour Vert Mareike knit skirt: I bought this because I figured a black midi skirt would be a good option! The fabric is very soft and a heavier weight that still somehow floats nicely. I bought size XS, and I need to tie it pretty tight to make sure it doesn’t slip down due to the weight. (And tying it is pretty tricky.) The wrap is a true wrap that will open up all the way if you let it!

  • H&M chenille sweater (sold out but check for returns): Found this on the rack when I walked in to donate clothes! I love the balloon sleeves and the color (heart eyes). I ended up purchasing it in a size small which fits perfectly. H&M is revamping their sizing to align better with American brands (honestly think it should be the other way around).

  • & Other Stories short faux fur coat: Obsessed doesn’t even begin to cover my feelings about this coat. I adore it! It’s slightly ridiculous, yes, but it’s so fun to wear. I feel like a socialite when I wear it, LOL. It’s probably because faux fur is super uncommon here so I stick out when I wear it. I decided to splurge on this since I earned so much from Poshmark sales. I ordered a size 4 (& Other Stories is an H&M brand, so the sizing changes apply there, too).

  • Marc Fisher Izzie shearling lace-up boots: This was another “treat yo’self” purchased I made thanks to Poshmark earnings. I’ve been wanting to upgrade my old pair of black combat-style boots and could not stop thinking about these even though they were expensive and full price. I ordered them anyway and was secretly hoping I’d hate them…but I love them! They’re exactly what I wanted. I ordered my true size and they are a little loose around the toes, but I’d rather that than too tight. I wasn’t willing to order two sizes, but lots of reviews suggested sizing down. They fit like my L.L.Bean boots do. They aren’t lined in shearling, but I prefer that because the shearling would likely stain when worn with dark indigo or black denim.

  • Madewell Regan boots: Isn’t it the dark cabernet color gorgeous?! I ordered these ankle boots with my birthday coupon and gift card back in September. I took my usual size 7, and they fit perfect! They’re gorgeous quality, easy to get on/off, and pretty comfortable.

  • Grana pima modal tank: I placed a big Grana order containing mostly items for Korri because I wanted this tank for myself and I wasn’t willing to pay for shipping, haha. It’s a simple tank that I have a feeling I’ll wear a lot when lounging or traveling since I wear my burgundy tank almost every time I travel!

  • Earth Keren boots (c/o): For my collaboration with Earth Brands, I chose this pair of ankle boots in olive. They fit true to size. The suede is gorgeous, and not surprisingly, they’re very comfortable and easy to wear all day. I tend to not wear them with even no-show socks because the shoe dips down around the ankle bones and exposes the socks.

  • Earth Boomer sneakers (c/o): Earth requested that one of the pairs of shoes I picked be a pair of sneakers since they are branching out more into athleisure. I have to say that like my pair of Vital sneakers, I’m impressed! The Boomer sneakers have a wool upper, which makes them slightly warmer than regular sneakers (no socks required, if you prefer). I took my usual size.

What I tried and returned:

  • Madewell Hollis double-breasted coat: I actually preordered this at the beginning of August and received it at the end of September. I ordered it in “classic desert” in my usual size XS. It actually fit well through the shoulders and arms but was slightly oversized in the body. After much debate (including an Instagram story poll, lol), I decided to return it because I was so on the fence. I’ve learned that it’s better not to keep the items that I’m on the fence about.

  • Madewell Rhyme top in garden party: I ordered this with the boots above because I was drawn to the print when I saw it in store. I ignored the reviews that suggested sizing down and stuck with my usual XS because I anticipated shrinkage when washed (it’s rayon which is prone to shrinking in water). I ended up returning it for a combination of reasons: didn’t love the fit, didn’t love the feel of the fabric (too rough), and didn’t think I’d wear it enough in the fall and winter.

  • Everlane modern boyfriend jeans (on sale!): When I saw these were included in the Choose What You Pay sale, I ordered them in the mid blue color since I love my light blue pair so much. Well, the mid blue color does not fit like the light blue. I took a 24 in the light blue, and they fit comfortably loose, but the 24 in the mid blue was tight like regular denim. I tried again with a size 25 but they still weren’t loose in the leg, and the waist gapped. Bummer!

  • Everlane authentic stretch midrise skinny ankle jean: I ordered these in size 25 along with the high-rise pair I ended up keeping (see my review). I ended up preferring the fit of the high-rise jeans over the midrise and returned these. I think a size 26 would have fit better, too.

What’s on deck for winter:

  • Uniqlo ultra light down vest: I took advantage of Uniqlo’s free shipping and promo on their ultra light down garments to order a second vest. I purchased this in navy a couple of years ago and decided to get a second in black because I often found myself wishing I had a black version. I size up to a small per reviews (hopefully it still fits the same as the version from two years ago).

  • Madewell flannel Sunday shirt in stripe: When my local Madewell store opened a few weeks ago, I came across new colors in their amazing flannel Sunday shirt and immediately made a mental note to buy them in the next promo. I waited too long to place my order, so unfortunately they sold out of size XS in the burgundy color (it’s back in stock now, of course), but I still ordered the striped version! They’re thicker than Madewell’s other flannel shirts and feature side pockets. Plus, the white isn’t sheer.

  • J.Crew ribbed beanie with faux fur pom pom: I couldn’t resist 50% off at J.Crew, so I browsed the site after their site issues were resolved and picked out this beanie in black. I love the contrast pom pom!

  • J.Crew solid cashmere scarf: I found this in the men’s section (pssh) and ordered it in heather oatmeal to go with the beanie. Can never have enough scarves to get through the winter!

Summer budget

Summer 2018 wardrobe additions — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

J.Crew Factory chambray tie-waist pant (seen here and here): $33 (originally $79.50)
J.Crew Factory striped cotton-linen midi skirt (seen here and here): $29.50 (originally $69.50)
J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater blazer (seen here and here): $88 (originally $138)
Madewell chambray cutout cami mini dress (seen here): $103 (originally $128)
Madewell flannel oversized side-button shirt (via Poshmark): $30.50 (retailed for ~$85)
Madewell high waist skinny jeans (via Nordstrom): $90 (originally $128)
Everlane denim shorts (seen here and here): $58
Everlane soft cotton square crew: $68
Hunter original gloss chelsea boots (seen here): $108 (originally $135)
Thread & Supply wubby fleece pullover (via Nordstrom): $55 (originally $78)
Le Specs Air Heart cat eye sunglasses (via Nordstrom; seen here and here): $62.50 (originally $89)
Earth Vital sneakers (gifted)

Summer 2018 Total = $500 ($725.50 - $225.50 earned from Poshmark sales)

$500 (quarterly budget) - $500 ($419.50 June + $80.50 July + $0 August) = $0 left over

We're nearing the end of summer, so it's time for another budget update! I purchased about the same number of items that I did this past spring. But, unlike spring, I spent way more than my allotted budget and only stayed "on budget" thanks to earnings from Poshmark sales. I still have some earnings left over to take with me into fall should I need it (and of course, I'm still hard at work trying to sell more items!).

Looking at my collage, it's funny how many items I purchased that are really for fall/winter/spring and not summer. I guess I can blame late spring sales and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for that. As you can probably imagine, I haven't worn those items that I have reserved for the cooler months, but I'm sure glad I picked them up because fall could arrive at any time. We've had a hint already the past few days! I leaned heavily into my love of blue and grey with my purchases but also added some color (olive *heart eyes*) that I can't wait to incorporate into my outfits as the temperatures start to dip.

What I kept:

  • J.Crew Factory chambray tie-waist pant (sold out but check for returns): I wasn't 100% sure about these pants when I first got them. They're wide—something I'm not used to! They're also not really cropped on me at all. I ended up keeping them because they're extremely comfortable and different. I took my usual 0.
  • J.Crew Factory striped cotton-linen midi skirt (on sale in limited sizes): I ordered this skirt in blue and red and ended up keeping the "safer" option for me: blue! It hits me at my knees so it's perfect for work. I sized down to XXS after reading reviews but I think the XS would have probably worked too since the waist is elastic.
  • J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater blazer: This was previously called the "new" lightweight sweater blazer. I ordered mine in heather grey, size XXS after reading reviews that said it ran a bit large. It fits perfectly, even on my broad shoulders. The sleeves are bracelet-length so they hit me at an awkward spot, but I cuff them once and like how it looks. I love this so much and I'm not sure what took me so long to order one! The camel color is on my list for the fall. 
  • Madewell chambray cutout cami mini dress (also available at Nordstrom and Shopbop in limited sizes): I ordered this dress for a wedding at a vineyard in late June after deciding that nothing I already owned would have worked. It's not something I typically would have picked for myself because I'm not a huge fan of thin straps and cutouts (and I knew I wouldn't be able to wear it to work), but I was surprised by how much I liked it! Now I just need more occasions so I can wear it again and again. I bought this in my usual 0.
  • Madewell flannel oversized side-button shirt (via Poshmark): I watched one of these on eBay for a while and then it sold, so then I placed an offer on impulse for one on Poshmark before browsing all the listings...and of course, my offer was accepted and I found other listings for way less than what I paid. Gah! Oh well. It isn't as thick and cozy as some of my other flannel shirts, and it's a little more worn than I was hoping it would be, but it's still nice. I stuck with my usual XS because it fits oversized, and it's just barely snug in the shoulders/short in the sleeves. If you're an XS, here are a couple other listings for less than what I paid: 1 / 2
  • Madewell high waist skinny jeans: I had olive jeans/pants on my list for the fall, so I was especially excited to see these included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I panicked when my usual size 25 sold out, so I ordered a 26, and then the 25 came back in stock so I placed another order for those. The 26 fit but felt just a little loose, so I ended up sticking with the 25. I haven't let myself wear them since it's still August but I can't wait to break them out next month!
  • Everlane denim shorts: Is it even summer if I don't buy a new pair of shorts? I couldn't wait to try these when they were released! I love the "vintage light blue" colorway, but I'm also tempted to try a medium wash if they are re-released next year. I ordered these in a size 24 first after looking at the size chart, and after not being able to get them over my thighs, reordered them in sizes 25 and 26. I took size 25 in their denim (my usual size in most denim), and when I tried on the 25s, they fit really well so I didn't even try on the 26s. Now, I wish that I had tried on the 26s because the 25s fit well when I'm not bloated. (#reallife) They're also not the most comfortable to sit in for long periods of them. So, lesson learned: Try on all the sizes I order. Haha.
  • Everlane soft cotton square crew: Yes, it's still summer (though I did get a chance to wear this yesterday after the temps dropped 20+ degrees), but I couldn't wait to order this after it came back in stock earlier this month. I went with size XS since it runs oversized, and it definitely is still a little bit oversized on me (the sleeves are long!) but I really like the fit—and the cotton is truly soft! Looking forward to wearing this all fall and winter!
  • Hunter original gloss chelsea boots: I added these to my boot collection because I wanted another rain boot option besides my tall yellow Hunters. I brought these along with me to visit my mom and step dad in rainy Washington and they worked perfect! The fit is snugger than my tall Hunters but I stayed with my usual size 7. My feet just don't have as much room. I also found that they can rub my ankles/legs if left exposed so I wear them with high socks and my skinny jeans tucked in to prevent that. I guess I need to build up some callouses. ;)
  • Thread & Supply wubby fleece pullover: This was another of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases. This was the only item that every blogger was shilling that I actually wanted to try for myself. I was honestly on the fence at first; it's so cozy, but it's super oversized! I ordered it in the smallest size available, a small, and it's still pretty big on me. I decided to hold onto it because I can see it being the perfect layer for when my office is unbearably cold in the winter.
  • Le Specs Air Heart 51 mm cat eye sunglasses: I ended up purchasing these in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale after seeing them on a blogger I follow, and I love them! You've already seen them in many outfit posts and I'm sure they will be in many more to come. ;)
  • Earth Vital sneakers: In exchange for some written and visual content for Earth's website, I got to pick a pair of shoes and these sneakers caught my eye. These are so comfortable! I took my usual size 7, and I wear them with beige ankle socks since they're hole-y (but I think black could look cool for some contrast).

What I tried and returned:

  • J.Crew Factory tie-waist midi skirt in gingham: I debated this skirt in my spring budget post, and I ended up returning it because I didn't think I would wear it enough. Plus, the tie was not removable and I could not get it to lay right. It fit great in my usual 0.
  • J.Crew Factory open-front sweater blazer: I bought the factory version of the sweater blazer in heather oatmeal, size XS. This one fit very similar to the J.Crew XXS. I ended up returning this one because I wasn't crazy about the color, and I liked how the J.Crew version kept its structure a little better; this one felt more casual (made of mostly cotton instead of wool). Plus, I decided I wanted a sweater blazer in camel instead.
  • J.Crew linen wrapped cardigan sweater (on sale!): I ordered this in ridge khaki along with the sweater blazer. Even though I like the look of wrapped garments on other people, this was definitely an impulse buy. I liked the idea of the wrap, but once I got it I didn't know what I would wear it with besides over sleeveless dresses. It was too thin to wear alone but too thin to layer over other garments. The fabric was also more shimmery than I expected. The size XS fit pretty well but the arms were short.
  • Cole Haan Piper loafer mule: I've been wanting to try a pair of mules, so I ordered two colors (cordovan leather and twilight mauve suede) in my usual size 7 in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (NAS). The leather mules were gorgeous but a little stiff. I think my feet had too-high of an instep for them because they dug into the top of my foot. The suede shoes appeared pink in photos but were definitely purple in person. They also felt maybe a touch too short. Both pairs were returned.
  • Treasure & Bond felt Panama hat (sold out): Another NAS purchase. This looked like a cute black hat option for the fall but the style did not look right on my head!
  • BlankNYC 'The Madison' straight leg crop jeans (sold out): These ended up being my most annoying NAS purchase due to so many order cancellations! When will they get that figured out? Anyway, I ordered my usual 25 without consulting the size chart, and I could not button them or zip them due to the lack of stretch. Definitely my fault. Then I ordered size 27 after looking at the size chart, but they were massive! If they had fit me right, they would have been so cute. Bummed but oh well; there will always be another pair of jeans I want. ;)
  • Wacoal 'How Perfect' no-wire contour bra: I don't include undergarments in my budget, but I wanted to mention this because it was another NAS purchase. I ordered size 30DD in cappuccino; my "true" size is 28E but I prefer 30 bands, so a 30DD is the sister size. It ended up being way too tight around my ribcage, and the cups flattened and pointed outwards so it wasn't my favorite fit. I kind of wonder how it would fit in the next band and cup size up but haven't pulled the trigger on another just yet!

What's on deck for fall:

  • Everlane lightweight French terry crew: I ordered this sweatshirt at the end of July in heather grey, size XS, but I decided to return it and reorder a size small. I didn't pay close attention to the size chart when I ordered, and even though I'd like this to fit slimmer than my slim classic French terry crew (seen here), the arms were already short and I was worried about it shrinking a bit in the wash. I loved it other than the sizing issue, and the replacement should arrive soon!
  • Madewell Hollis double-breasted coat: I preordered this coat with the $25 off coupon I received at the beginning of August. (If I had been patient and waited, I could have used my 15% off Insiders coupon... sigh.) It's the first time I've ever preordered something, and I really hope I love it as much as I think I will! I've been wanting a camel coat in my life since I decided to part with the one I used to have. I ordered my usual 0, and I'm hoping it's roomy enough for sweaters but not too oversized.
  • Madewell small transport crossbody (also available at Nordstrom): I've had a grey bag on my wish list for what feels like forever without finding anything I liked—until now—so I think I'm going to buy this one when my birthday discount arrives next month. I only wish this bag had a top zipper, but I realized that even with my zippered bags, the zipper is open most of the time...so I don't think it will be a huge deal. I may not end up traveling with it because of that, though.

Spring budget

Spring 2018 wardrobe additions — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Madewell flannel ex-boyfriend shirt (via Poshmark; seen here): $30 (retailed for $82)
Madewell Palisade button-front midi skirt (seen here): $78 (originally $98)
Amour Vert Kim dress (seen here): $110.50 (originally $138)
Amour Vert Salome top (seen here): $78.50 (originally $98)
Everlane kick crop jeans (review here; seen here, here, and here): $78
Everlane slim classic French terry crew (review here): $40
Everlane linen scoopneck tee: $35
Grana pima lindis wool wrap cardigan: $89
Grana French linen A-line dress: $79
Earth Ibiza perforated sandals (c/o; seen here and here)
Earth Tierra sandals (c/o; seen here)

Spring 2018 Total = $418 ($618 - $32 Everlane credit - $168 Grana credit)

$500 (quarterly budget) - $418 ($383 March + $0 April + $35 May) = $82 left over

After shopping lightly in the winter months, I purchased quite a few new items during the spring (and summer is already off to a spendy start thanks to Memorial Day sales, which you can read more about at the bottom of this post!). I managed to not go over my quarterly budget thanks to store credit at Everlane and Grana. I decided not to roll over the amount that I left unspent at the end of winter, and I don't think I will roll over what's left from spring, either. I'm glad I can stay under my self-imposed budget! I still have a ton of money earned from Poshmark sales that I can dip into if needed.

These past few months, I tended to buy things in multiples of two...can you tell? I got two things from Madewell, two from Amour Vert, two from Grana... I bought four items from Everlane but only kept three. Kinda weird how that worked out! Read on for the details on what I ended up keeping, what I tried and returned, what I recently received but am still deciding on, and what I recently ordered. It's a long one!

What I kept: 

  • Madewell flannel classic ex-boyfriend shirt in Akiva plaid (via Poshmark): I snagged this shirt in a size small when the seller put it on sale at the end of February. It's so dreamy! Madewell's thick flannel shirts are the best. I highly recommend this one if you find it secondhand (it's from a few seasons ago and no longer available).
  • Madewell Palisade button-front midi skirt (available at Nordstrom): I ordered this during a promo for Madewell Insiders back in March. I debated a while between this rust color and the indigo (chambray-like) color. I decided to be daring (for me, lol) and order the rust in my usual size 0. I surprisingly don't mind the length on me! It's slightly longer than my other midi skirt. The waist fits a bit tight when I tuck in tops, but it's not unbearable.
  • Amour Vert Kim dress (on sale!): I really only bought this dress because of the name, but I was also intrigued by the wrap and tie in front. I purchased the anthracite color in size small just so it wasn't too tight, and wow—it's basically my new favorite dress! It's so soft, and the wrap/tie in front is so flattering and camouflages my belly pooch. Highly recommend this, especially now that it's on sale!
  • Amour Vert Salome top: I mainly placed an order at Amour Vert for this top in particular, but the dress above ended up being my favorite from the order! I also got this top in anthracite but opted for a size XS, which is my usual size. It fits well, almost a little big. The fabric is soft and substantial (same fabric as the dress), so it's more weighted and less floaty over the body.
  • Everlane kick crop jeans: I was excited to see Everlane offer a new denim silhouette! I ordered the kick crop jeans in bone in my skinny jean size (25). At first they fit snug, but now they almost fit big, especially in the front around the zipper. I'm not a fan of the extra fabric. Mine also unravel a considerable amount every time they're washed, which is kind of a bummer, but I'm probably going to end up cutting them an inch anyway! You can read more in my review.
  • Everlane slim classic French terry crew: I'm slowly trying to upgrade my loungewear, and this basic sweatshirt from Everlane is a great starting place. I love the bone color; it's not harsh at all against my skin. I ordered it in a size small for a little extra arm length in case of shrinkage but I love the cozy feel of the larger size, too. I've worn this a ton on the weekends and even once to work when I wanted to feel particularly comfortable.
  • Everlane linen scoopneck tee: I love the heather grey scoopneck linen tee I purchased last year, so when Everlane released new colors I jumped on them! I'm really into the green trend going on right now, so I bought it in the surplus color in size XS. I wore it the day after I got it, so yep, it's another winner! :)
  • Grana pima lindis wool wrap cardigan: I used some of my Grana credit to pick up this cozy wrap cardigan. I picked the heather grey color in size XS. I plan to wear it over tees and tanks on cooler summer days (the arms are loose and breezy so I won't be too warm). I think it will also be worn a lot in the cooler months under long-sleeved tees.
  • Grana French linen A-line dress: What can I say? It's a linen dress! And it's green! This purchase was relatively impractical since I can't wear it to work, but I used credit so I don't feel so bad about it. ;) It's not my favorite cut (it doesn't cover bra straps at all pretty much), but I decided to own it and wear it with a black bra since it peeks out. The shape is perfect for when I do a lot of eating, and I love the length; it balances the A-line shape nicely. The major downside, of course, is that it's linen and wrinkles very easily. I don't let it bother me. I also got this dress in a size XS.
  • Earth Ibiza perforated sandals (c/o): I worked on a couple of outfit posts in collaboration with Earth again this spring and picked two pairs of sandals. The amber-colored Ibiza slide sandals were a surprising favorite! They're extremely comfortable and go with everything. I got them in my usual size 7, but I think a size 6.5 would have worked, too (they can sometimes feel loose when I'm walking).
  • Earth Tierra sandals (c/o): The multicolored Tierra sandals were my other sandal choice. These lean on the dressy side compared to the Ibiza sandals but are, of course, super comfortable and easy to wear. I also got these in size 7.

What I tried and returned: 

  • Amadi flared skirt (via Amour Vert): I ordered this skirt in navy along with the dress and top seen above, but I didn't keep it because it ran very small! I purchased an XS (my usual size in Amour Vert garments) but could barely breathe once I had it on. I decided not to exchange for a larger size because the tag said dry clean only and I'm trying to avoid dry clean only items right now.
  • Everlane linen scoopneck tee in black: I ordered this with the surplus linen tee above, and the black is surprisingly see-through. I think the surplus and heather grey colors I have (the latter purchased last year) are close enough to my skin color that my bra isn't noticeable, but it's super noticeable when I wear black. I don't want to wear a tank or other top under the tee, so back it goes... Wah-wah.

What I'm still deciding on:

  • J.Crew Factory striped cotton-linen midi skirt: I'm trying to beef up my midi skirt collection as we head into summer, so I ordered this skirt in both colors (red stripes and blue stripes) to figure out which one I liked the most. I sized down to XXS due to reviews, and they fit well but I think my usual XS may have worked, too. I have a feeling that it's going to be hard for me to pick one and that this is going to turn into an Instagram stories poll...HA.
  • J.Crew Factory tie-waist midi skirt in gingham: This was definitely an impulse purchase. I'm a fan of gingham in the spring/summer, black gingham is a classic, and it's a midi skirt I could wear to work. I'm just not sure I'll get a whole lot of wear out of it because it is such a statement piece. The tie in front isn't removable, which limits its versatility. I ordered it in my usual size 0 and it fits just right without anything tucked in (yikes, I need to workout!).
  • J.Crew Factory chambray tie-waist pant: Cotton-linen pants are the best in the warmer months (if you have to wear pants to work, of course), and since wide leg pants are trending, I decided to order a pair to try. I'm not 100% sold on them; I think I would need to have them hemmed for them to look right on me. I'm also not used to seeing myself in any pant leg silhouette wider than boyfriend jeans, haha. I ordered these in my usual size 0 and they fit just right.

What is currently en route:

  • Hunter original gloss chelsea boots: I've been holding onto a coupon for a couple of months now, debating between ordering the packable tour boots in green (I have them in yellow and WILL buy them in green someday) or a pair of short chelsea boots for the warmer months. After what was probably my most-answered (and closest) Instagram stories poll thus far, I finally decided on the glossy chelsea boots in navy, though I went back and forth between the glossy and matte versions for way longer than I'd like to admit! I ordered them in size 7, which is my normal shoe size and the size I have in my yellow boots. The yellow boots are a bit roomy so I hope these fit more true to size. We've been having such a rainy/stormy spring and it will be nice to have a pair of short boots, but you know that the rain and storms will stop as soon as my boots arrive haha!
  • J.Crew Factory open-front sweater blazer: I'm always looking for work-appropriate layers, and this sweater blazer got rave reviews. I ordered the heather oatmeal color in my usual XS, and then I realized that I already have a beige blazer (the linen blazer I purchased last year from J.Crew Factory), but I think they are different enough that it won't matter if I end up loving this one.
  • J.Crew new lightweight sweater blazer: Can you tell I'm all about the sweater blazers? It doesn't seem right considering we're going into the hottest months of the year, but the A/C at my work is fierce and these will be very appreciated! J.Crew's most recent version is made of a cotton blend, so it's lighter than their fall/winter version. I ordered it in heather grey, size XXS after studying the reviews. Really hoping it fits!
  • J.Crew linen wrapped cardigan sweater: I'm kinda into the wrap silhouette right now, so I ordered this cardigan in "ridge khaki", size XS. (Though I think the "dark seaweed" color is gorgeous!) I think it will make a perfect summer-weight cardigan over tank tops and pair especially well with midi skirts, high-rise jeans, and even dresses. I'm kind of worried that it will stretch out with wear like most linen tends to do, which is why I stuck with my usual size. Fingers crossed! :)