The Little House

Floral & seersucker at The Little House -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Garden house -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

In addition to their beautiful, picturesque house, my grandparents own the cutest little house (lovingly referred to as "The Little House") with a lush, full garden of flowers and vegetables that my grandma tends to. I just had to get outfit photos in front of it! It's not finished inside, but it does have a working toilet so that's something. ;) I bet it'd be the most adorable thing if it were completely finished, but it does need a lot of TLC inside! The previous owner punched many holes through the walls which have since been covered with various cupboard doors.

This is what I wore to the big 50th Anniversary Bash: my seersucker dress with my floral blouse layered over it. It was hot outside but quite chilly inside the venue with all the fans, so I was glad for the extra layer! My cousin, Kathryn, braided my hair for me for something a little bit different and fun. This was a great outfit for a day and night in the South Dakota summer!

Floral and seersucker -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Floral blouse over gingham dress -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Garden house -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Floral & seersucker at The Little House -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Floral blouse and statement earrings -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Garden house -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Garden house -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

LOFT shirt (old; last seen here), earrings (last seen here), and sunglasses / Uniqlo dress (on sale in white; last seen here) / Madewell sandals (similar from ASOS) / Zoya nail polish

July budget

July budget -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
  1. J.Crew Shirt (seen here): $37 (originally $79.50)
  2. J.Crew Factory Shorts: $21.50 (originally $49.50)
  3. H&M Dress (unavailable online; seen here): $25.50 (originally $30)
  4. J.Crew Factory Shirt: $27 (originally $64.50; paid with PayPal)
  5. Victoria's Secret Bikini Top: $35 (originally $44.50)
  6. Victoria's Secret Bikini Bottom: $14 (originally $24.50)

July Budget = $133

$378 ($500 quarterly budget - $122 overspent) - $188 (June) - $133 (July) = $57 left for August

I did much better this July than I did last July! I'm really glad that I've been buying fewer items lately. I know I'm getting more content with my wardrobe, and my purchases reflect that, I think. August is going to be tough, but I have high hopes that I can stick to my budget (but of course I'll be trying to sell things on eBay and Poshmark like crazy!). 

The striped J.Crew shirt and H&M dress were my favorite purchases of the month. I didn't think I would keep the J.Crew shirt when I ordered it, but I ended up falling in love. It's just so effortless and exactly the vibe I'm going for. The H&M dress is my first shirtdress and the perfect summer dress. I'm so excited to transition both pieces to fall!

I did end up purchasing the green shorts featured in my summer wishlist, but I didn't like how they fit (loose around the waist, tight around the thighs), so I returned those and ordered these from J.Crew Factory. I would have preferred a 4" inseam, but I'm happy with this pair overall. They fit into my wardrobe seamlessly. I also decided to place an order for the navy gingham shirt, one of the pieces I was hoping to add for fall. The price was right, and I'm excited to think about what my fall wardrobe is going to look like (even though it is still hot as hell here).

I really didn't want or plan on buying a new swimsuit, but I misplaced the two suits I wore regularly (one was purchased last April). I'm so bummed about it. I actually haven't worn this suit since I got it, but I have it just in case I'm invited to a pool party, haha. I've been wanting to add a black suit to my collection (which is now very small and sad), so now was as good a time as any. The top is supposedly a push-up but unless I bought a size or two too small and wanted to be uncomfortable, it's not actually a push-up. One thing I realized with VS is that their "push-up" bras/bikini tops are only really push-ups if you're in the wrong size.

Looking ahead to August, I'll likely be adding at least one Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchase to my wardrobe and possibly more. I plan to think some more about what I want to add to my fall wardrobe and hopefully not find anything perfect until September, when my budget resets for the new quarter. I've been eyeing a few items at Uniqlo recently (so many good pieces), and there's a pair of shorts at Madewell I've wanted to be reduced in price for MONTHS so maybe next month will be the month it happens. We'll see!

Linking up with Franish & my fellow budgeting bloggers

On the prairie

On the prairie -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Here's another look from the trip to South Dakota. This time, Chris and I drove a bit outside of town to find the perfect-looking prairie. You'd think it'd be easy, but there are a surprising number of farms in the area...and I didn't exactly imagine shooting outfit photos in front of corn. This probably is a crop in and of itself (wheat maybe? Or just cheatgrass? Does anyone know?)*, but it looked enough like the prairie to work for me! We almost gave up on finding something like this and when I turned down a gravel road to head back to town, we drove right up to this. Fate, I'd say.

Now normally I would not shoot outfit photos in direct sunlight, but there were few clouds to be found on this day (two days after I wore this outfit would have been the ideal overcast day--who knew!), so I sucked it up and sweat for a few minutes in the heat and humidity. I was smart and wore my linen tee. The color palette I stuck with for the trip was made up of mainly navy and denim with some grey and red for variety. I knew I was bringing my navy sandals with me so I included my navy shorts to go with them. It's not the best color to wear in heat, but I really wasn't outside that much at all, haha. Also, how cute are the mosquito bites all over my legs? The mosquitoes were relentless! I smelled like bug spray the entire time we were there.

* My step mom told me that it is a pasture of grass to feed cattle. :)

South Dakota prairie -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
On the prairie -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
South Dakota prairie -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Grey linen tee on the prairie -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Grey linen tee on the prairie -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
On the prairie -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
South Dakota prairie -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Madewell tee (similar) and necklace / J.Crew shorts / Salt Water sandals (exact) / LOFT sunglasses