Summer budget

Summer 2019 wardrobe additions — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

& Other Stories straw circle bag (sold out; seen here): $40 (originally $79)
Madewell cropped button down shirt (seen here): $41 (originally $70)
Madewell simple pouch belt bag (seen here): $41 (originally $68)
Uniqlo linen blend short sleeve blouse: $27.75 (originally $30)
Uniqlo AIRism UV cut seamless stole cardigan: $27.75 (originally $30)
Uniqlo fluffy yarn fleece full-zip jacket: $27.75 (originally $30)
Uniqlo flannel checked long sleeve shirt: $27.75 (originally $30)
Everlane cotton twill shorts (review here; seen here): $51
Everlane day crossover sandals (seen here, here, here, here and here): $93
Everlane baseball caps in off-white and olive (off-white seen here): $46.50
Everlane link-stitch crewneck sweater: $79.50
Everlane lightweight French terry shrunken hoodie: $42.50
Everlane cotton scoopneck muscle tank: $19
Everlane air ruched blouse (c/o; review here; seen here and here)
Everlane straight leg crop (c/o; review here; seen here and here)

+ $169 on the 9seed Tangier long sleeve caftan (one size)
+ $95 on the Summersalt Causeway mesh cut-out one-piece swimsuit (size 2)
+ $94 on the KORE Nyx side plunge swimsuit via Amour Vert (exact style from Saks; size XS)
+ $51 on a J.Crew ruffled beach tunic and striped high-rise bikini bottoms (both size XS)
+ $67.50 on Everlane day heels in velvet via Poshmark (size 6.5 but too small; will be re-listed)

Summer 2019 Budget = $500 ($1,041 - $75 Everlane credit - $50 Everlane gift card - $30 gift card - $436 earned from Poshmark sales)

$500 (quarterly budget) - $886 ($174 June + $401 July + $311 August) + $436 (Poshmark sales) = $0 left over

Whew. Okay. I went way overboard with my clothing purchases the past few months and didn’t even realize it until I was counting it all up over the past couple of weeks. Eep! I can’t even blame the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this time because nothing in the collage is from the sale. Thank goodness for Poshmark sales! My sales slowed down this summer but hopefully they’ll kick back up again as we head into fall. (FYI: I wrote a post with a bunch of tips for selling on Poshmark!)

I bought a number of items (mainly swim-related) that aren’t included in my collage because they’re not technically wardrobe additions (not things I’d wear on any given day), but I still included them in my budget because I allow myself one new swimsuit a year and already bought one this year. Now I have three new suits! I also picked up a couple of new cover-ups. The 9seed caftan was my absolute dream caftan and I wasn’t going to buy it because of the price…but then I decided to splurge and I LOVE IT. I’m so happy I went for it! Now I need to wear it and everything else, haha. :) Soon…!

What I kept:

  • & Other Stories straw circle bag (sold out): I had my eyes on this bag since it was released and pulled the trigger when it went on sale in June. I love the contrasting straps which allow the bag to be worn on the shoulders.

  • Madewell cropped button down shirt (available in more sizes from Nordstrom): I went into the Mall of America store hoping to find this shirt but alas, the only one I saw was on the cashier! I had it shipped to my house instead. The cashier recommended a size up from my usual, so I got a small, and I’m happy with it. I think an XS would have been restricting in the shoulders.

  • Madewell simple pouch belt bag (also available from Nordstrom): I almost bought this bag in the spring but didn’t (obviously). I love it so far! It can fit my iPhone 7+, a small card wallet, lip product, and keys. I bought XS, my usual size in Madewell clothing.

  • Uniqlo linen blend short sleeve blouse: Linen and navy, what’s not to love? I ordered this in size XS because of the boxy fit.

  • Uniqlo AIRism UV cut seamless stole cardigan: I’ve been cycling through the same two cardigans all summer so I figured it was time to add another to the mix. I really like how this one has UV protection! I ordered size XS because most reviews say it runs big.

  • Uniqlo fluffy yarn fleece full-zip jacket: I fell in love with this jacket a year ago but it sold out before I could get one, so I’m glad I got one this year! (I would have picked the light brown “natural” color but it wasn’t an option a couple of weeks ago.) I ordered size S to allow for some light layering.

  • Uniqlo flannel checked long sleeve shirt: I definitely have fall on my mind! I ordered this blue plaid flannel in a size S so my shoulders aren’t constricted. I do wish the flannel was thicker than it is; I’m not sure that I’d even call it a proper flannel shirt. Madewell and L.L.Bean still have the best/thickest flannel shirts, in my opinion.

  • Everlane cotton twill shorts: I wanted a new pair of white shorts and ordered these to try along with another denim pair. I ended up loving these the most! The size 0 fits perfectly, and I’m a fan of all things high-rise now (if that wasn’t super obvious!).

  • Everlane day crossover sandals: I love the rose color; it matches my skin tone almost perfectly! And the leather is butter. They don’t have much in the way of support on the sole but I don’t even mind! I wear these so often. I bought size 7.5 after my size 7 order got cancelled. I think either size works but I like that my heels have some extra space at the back.

  • Everlane baseball caps: I was wearing my Seattle Mariners cap so much that I pounced on the off-white and olive colors when they were released. They make perfect outfit toppers!

  • Everlane link-stitch crewneck sweater: I already have a very similar sweater by Madewell, but it’s not my favorite fabric so I was thrilled to pick up this one. The sweater is quite heavy and will be great for the cooler months. I took my usual XS which is still comfortably loose.

  • Everlane lightweight French terry shrunken hoodie: I love this as a casual light layer, especially for travel. I bought size XS for a more fitted feel.

  • Everlane cotton scoopneck muscle tank: These sold out before I could get one the first time around, so I was happy to see some pop back! I bought XS. I do find it to be more sheer than I was hoping it would be, so I’m not sure how often I’ll wear it as a standalone tank out and about.

  • Everlane air ruched blouse (c/o): I had a partnership with Everlane in June and got to select a couple of items to style in outfit posts! I selected this blouse for its airiness and summer ease. I originally tried my usual size 0 but ended up sizing down to a 00 which fit better all around.

  • Everlane straight leg crop (c/o): I also chose the straight leg crops and opted for the size 0 in short (I also have the wide leg crops in short). These ended up being borderline too short on me, but I do love the high-rise fit!

What I tried and returned:

  • ABLE Estefani knotted wrap heels: I mentioned that I purchased these heels in my spring budget post. Unfortunately, they ended up being too tight around the balls of my feet so back they went.

  • Madewell perfect vintage high-waist jeans: This was the one (non-gift) item I ordered in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. As predicted, everything on my wish list was sold out by the time public access started. I waited until the end of the sale and caught these when a pair was returned. I ordered size 26, but they fit too large around the waist and legs. However, they’re on sale again (for less than the NAS price!), so I ordered a size 25 to try because I love the style.

What’s on deck for fall:

  • Nisolo Lucia block heel sandals: I placed my first Nisolo purchase for these gorgeous sandals in nutmeg, which were included in their recent end-of-season sale. I bought my usual size 7 so fingers crossed they fit! The reviews seem really mixed about sizing. It feels slightly silly to buy sandals so close to fall but I’m hoping we get a few more summer days in September.

  • Everlane texture cotton crop cardigans: My favorite pastime (or bad habit?) is religiously checking Everlane’s coming soon page. I saw these cardigans and knew I had to order at least the cider color (so perfect for fall!), but when they were released I ended up loving the bone color, too, and ordered both. Gah. I’m hoping I’ll love one color way more than the color but I have a feeling I’ll love both. LOL. (If my parents are reading: Everlane gift cards are an excellent birthday gift idea!)