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!