October budget

  1. J.Crew Sweater: $38 (originally $75)
  2. J.Crew Pants: $56 (originally $98)
  3. ModCloth Cardigan: $40 (originally $50)
  4. Madewell Belt: $19 (originally $45)
  5. Kate Spade Earrings (via Nordstrom Rack): $30 (originally $38)

October Total = $127 (plus $56 in PayPal funds from Ebay sales)

$365 ($500 quarterly budget - $135 overspent) - $150 (September) - $127 (October) = $88 left for November

I didn't really notice the dark color theme I had going on this month until I was putting together this collage! I guess it's just that time of year, eh? I'm loving black, grey, and navy (it's hard to tell, but the sweater is navy). I'm even loving them together. It fits the weather, and in some cases, it fits my mood--when I'm feeling sassy and unstoppable, that is.

I'm actually quite proud of myself for only picking up a few things AND not maxing out my quarterly budget after only two months. I will admit that I would have purchased more had Madewell cut the price on a couple of flannel shirts I have my heart set on. Alas, maybe November... I'm dying to have them but refuse to spend full price. Such is life as a frugal grad student!

As far as my new additions go, I'm seriously in love with the J.Crew pants. They're the Pixie pants, and OMG! I highly recommend them. I am very much against the leggings-as-pants trend, and these are the closest I will get to that. They feel like leggings yet look like pants. They are ridiculously comfortable, and I got them for a steal. I'm tempted to purchase them in the other colors. The only bummer is the fact that they are constantly hairy--the downside of living with three white/partially white fur balls. ;)

The navy cropped sweater is perfect for layering and wearing with skirts and dresses. The quality is not as good as I would have liked, but I think it was still a good buy. I haven't washed it yet, and even though the description says "dry clean", I'm going to try washing on delicate in cold water/hanging dry since it is cotton. Fingers crossed nothing bad happens to it!

The grey cardigan is huge and wonderful. It's so cozy and I love it! To be honest, I haven't been as crazy about ModCloth lately as I was a few months ago. This is the only item I've really wanted. I'm glad I love it as much as I do because I really dread having to send items back since returns aren't free anymore (boo).

I also picked up a couple of staple accessories. I grabbed the belt in store when it was on sale. I really want this belt in the cognac color, but my store doesn't have any and it's sold out online. It's the perfect cognac color with the gold hardware and I haven't been able to find a comparable one anywhere, of course. The earrings I just added to my wardrobe this past weekend. I've been on the lookout for basic black earrings for a while and fell in love with these at Nordstrom Rack. They will be featured in an upcoming outfit post!

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