April budget

April 2016 wardrobe additions — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Who What Wear for Target floral tank top: $23
Amour Vert 'Julita' side-tie tee (sold out; seen here): $56 (originally $70)
Soludos leather espadrilles (via ShopBop): $59 (originally $79)
Gorjana 'Taner' bar necklace (via Poshmark; seen here): $38 (retails for $60; used Poshmark funds)

April Total = $138

$450 (quarterly budget) - $234 (March) - $138 (April) = $78 left for May

This month, I picked up a couple of pretty tops to add into the rotation. (Both tops are size XS for reference.) I also decided to give Soludos a try and ordered a cute leather lace-up pair during ShopBop's Friends and Family sale earlier this month. They're so cute and more comfortable than I thought they would be! I've only worn them once, though, and they're already stained somehow. I have no idea what got on them but something did... So now there are a couple of tiny dark spots on one shoe. This is why I can't have nice things. #sigh I bought the Gorjana necklace to replace my old BaubleBar one; I was very happy to find it on Poshmark so that saved me a bunch of money! I hope it holds up better than my BaubleBar necklace.

I also ordered a striped cropped rash guard from J.Crew (size XS) and absolutely love it even though I probably won't get to wear it at all this summer. It'd be perfect for paddle boarding! (I'm so ready to go back to Hawaii just to use it, haha.) I ordered the matching boy short bottoms, but my usual size XS feels a bit too tight; I ordered a size small, which were backordered until July but I got a shipping confirmation on them yesterday. In the meantime, I'm trying to decide between navy and white in this top and these bottoms; the stripes in the rash guard are ivory so the white doesn't match it, but I do have a white top the bottoms could go with maybe. Plus I just like how tan I look in white! The navy is nice, too, and would go with other suits I have... #decisions

I have a couple of last minute orders that won't arrive until this weekend or later that will be included in next month's post if I like anything. I ordered a linen shirt, a couple of tank tops, and silk shorts; I really hope everything works out! There's not a whole lot left on my wishlist thankfully (why do I feel like I say that every month? LOL). I still plan to order gold sandals, and I hope to also pick up the denim vest and chambray skirt seen in this Instagram. I'm going to have to be really frugal next month (and hopefully sell a lot more on Poshmark!).

Linking up with Franish & my fellow budgeting bloggers

Everyday casual

Everlane white box tee, denim shorts, J.Crew black 'Cece' flats, utility jacket — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

We had a couple of beautiful yet windy summer-like days at the end of last week, which was the perfect opportunity to pull out the most basic of basics: a white tee, denim shorts, black ballet flats, and a utility jacket (which was only worn in the chilly morning; this outfit ended up being another variation of this outfit from last week). In hindsight, I should have saved this look for my upcoming spring/summer '16 signature look post, but I guess that just means I can wear a different basic-tee-and-shorts combination for that one. ;)

While I would pick sandals instead of flats if I wore this in the dead of summer, I really like the look of ballet flats with shorts, and I will gladly wear them until my feet need to breathe in the heat. I've worn the look here in the past: see this look from earlier this month, this look from last spring, and this look from a mild summer day two years ago.

Madewell 'Outbound' jacket, Everlane box tee, denim shorts, J.Crew 'Cece' flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everyday casual outfit: Everlane white box tee + denim shorts + utility jacket — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane white box tee, denim shorts, J.Crew black 'Cece' flats, utility jacket — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane white box tee, denim short, olive green Madewell 'Outbound' jacket — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Madewell jacket (similar) / Everlane tee / J.Crew Factory shorts (similar) / J.Crew flats / Moorea Seal sunglasses

Sunday stripes

Black and white striped tee, light wash skinny jeans, black ballet flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I'm really quite fond of the way black and light wash denim look together, especially after this outfit (and this outfit I wore in NYC late last spring!). This is a different variation of the latter outfit, with long sleeves instead of short and ballet flats instead of sneakers. This feels like the quintessential spring outfit for those perfect 65°F days with cloudless skies and a gentle breeze.

I don't know about you, but I'm shocked that May is a week from today! We are almost a third of the way through 2016. Soon enough it's going to start feeling more like summer around here so I'm trying to enjoy every spring day I can. :)

Statement earrings + striped tee + light wash denim — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black and white striped tee, light wash skinny jeans, black ballet flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black and white striped tee + light wash denim + statement earrings — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

LOFT tee (similar) / Madewell jeans (similar) / J.Crew flats and earrings (similar) / Moorea Seal sunglasses