Spring budget

Spring 2019 wardrobe additions — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Madewell drapey paperbag pants (seen here): $59 (originally $85)
Madewell high-rise denim shorts: cutoff edition (seen here): $59 (originally $70)
Madewell popover courier shirtdress in textural rainbow stripe: $66.50 (originally $98)
Madewell Belgrave sunglasses: $53 (originally $65)
ABLE hammered circle earrings (seen here, here, here, and here): $22.50 (originally $30; now $34)
ABLE Iris hoop earrings (seen here and here): $18 (originally $24; now $28)
Everlane authentic stretch high-rise skinny button fly (review here; seen here and here): $82.50
Everlane cotton-linen crewneck sweater (review here; seen here and here): $63.50
J.Crew Factory linen-cotton drawstring pant: $25 (originally $60)
J.Crew Factory block-heel sandals: $38 (originally $80)
Minnie & George oversized circle crossbody bag (no longer available; seen here): $120 (orig. $185)
Uniqlo linen blend sleeveless blouse (seen here): $26
LOFT striped tie waist button front skirt (seen here): $37 (originally $70)
H&M ribbed top (seen here): $12
Earth Chestnut platform sandal c/o (seen here)
Earth Cedarwood convertible sneaker c/o (seen here)

Spring 2019 Total = $500 ($682 - $100 Madewell gift card - $70 Everlane credit - $12 earned from Poshmark sales)

I definitely did some shopping this spring… I added 16 new items to my wardrobe. Eep! I did sell a number of items on Poshmark which just about balanced out everything I added. After not shopping much in January and February, I was itching to freshen up my wardrobe for spring and summer.

In addition to everything in the collage above, I also added a few things that I didn’t count towards my budget. I picked up this insulated rain jacket by The North Face (see all the coats I was considering in this post) and have already worn it a number of times this rainy spring. I didn’t include this in my budget since it’s utilitarian and I knew I would get plenty of wear out of it. I also purchased black high-rise bikini bottoms from Madewell (made from recycled plastic water bottles). I tried three different tops. The first two (sport top and tie-front top) felt too small in a size small, which is a size up from my usual top size but what I usually buy in bikini tops…so I purchased the third (button-front top) in a size medium. It fits fine, but I really wish I had a size small to compare it to. Gah! I usually only purchase one new swimsuit a year (if that), so I don’t include them in my budget posts, but if I start going overboard with more purchases this year I may include them in future budget posts.

What I kept:

  • Madewell drapey paperbag pants: I love these for work! The length goes right to my ankle, and luckily, I didn’t have issues with static. They fit well in my usual size 0 but I would recommend taking your smaller size if you’re in between sizes.

  • Madewell high-rise denim shorts: cutoff edition: These shorts fit well in the waist and in the legs. They’re comfortable to sit in all day and will be a staple throughout the summer and hopefully in future summers. I took my usual size 25. The 26s I ordered were too loose.

  • Madewell popover courier shirtdress in textural rainbow stripe: I fell in love with Madewell’s latest rainbow stripe pattern and ordered this dress in the 20% off sale (I think there was an error with pricing when I ordered this). It fits perfectly loose in the midsection but not tight in the shoulders, so my usual size XS was the right choice. I didn’t notice how visible the pockets were in the product photos, and they’re just as obvious in person which is the only downside. I still love it enough to hold onto it and hopefully the pockets won’t bug me…

  • Madewell Belgrave sunglasses: I’m building up my sunglasses collection and really like these! I typically prefer oversized sunglasses, and these are a great size for my face.

  • ABLE hammered circle earrings: Love, love, love. These are perfect earrings! The only thing is that I have to be careful not to get a finger stuck in the hoop, lol.

  • ABLE Iris hoop earrings: Another great neutral pair of earrings! These are so lightweight that I forget they’re in. The downside to that is I sometimes accidentally push them up against my ear and the lack of weight means they’ll stay crooked until I fix them.

  • Everlane authentic stretch high-rise skinny button fly: I wasn’t too keen on the washed black color at first, but I decided that I liked that option as an alternative to my solid black denim. These jeans are amazing! They’re softer than my black denim, and the button fly is so fun. I took size 26 in the ankle length and they fit perfectly.

  • Everlane cotton-linen crewneck sweater: I’ve already worn this sweater so many times! It’s a great neutral for spring and summer, and it’s perfect to throw on in case of air conditioning. I purchased a size XS which was the right choice since it’s stretches out a bit with wear.

  • J.Crew Factory linen-cotton drawstring pant: These pants will be perfect for work this summer! The darker navy masks both wrinkles and the drawstring waistband. I took my usual size 0.

  • J.Crew Factory block-heel sandals: These sandals get excellent reviews so I had to give them a try myself! I have a pair of flat gold sandals already, but they’re looking a little beat up after taking them on beach vacations, and I’m glad to have a second, heeled pair to wear for dressier occasions that may arise…or just any random day. ;) I took my usual size 7.

  • Minnie & George oversized circle crossbody bag (no longer available): This was the handmade bag I ordered at the end of December and had to wait for while it was made. It was quite an ordeal to receive the bag (didn’t hear anything about my order for two months, reached out at the end of March, received shipping confirmation a couple of weeks later, tracking didn’t work for over a week…), but I finally received my bag and I’m very happy with it! I love the shape.

  • Uniqlo linen blend sleeveless blouse: I fell in love with the color, and the style is perfect for spring and summer, so of course I ordered it! It fits well in my usual XS. There is a lot of room in the torso as expected, but if I had sized down it would be too tight in the shoulders.

  • LOFT striped tie waist button front skirt: I hadn’t purchased anything from LOFT in forever! I stopped in store to browse and this skirt caught my eye, so I ordered it during the next 50% off sale. The stripes are black and white but I like that the black isn’t stark. It features side pockets and fits true to size (took my usual size 0).

  • H&M ribbed top: I stopped in store to donate a bag of old, worn out clothes and textiles for recycling and ended up looking around. I’ve been wanting to give the ribbed top trend a try; I hadn’t worn anything ribbed in probably close to two decades and it wasn’t a particular favorite of mine the first time around, haha. I bought this top in a size small since H&M adjusted their sizing recently. I probably should have tried it on in store since it’s a little snug over the bust.

  • Earth Chestnut platform sandal (c/o): I partnered with Earth again this spring to style a couple of pairs of shoes from their recent collection. I picked these platform sandals in black to replace a different pair of black sandals, and I love them! They’re not difficult to walk in, which is something I was worried about. I took my usual size 7.

  • Earth Cedarwood convertible sneaker (c/o): Earth is getting more into athleisure, so I picked these sneakers to feature. I love the white/silver colorway, and of course, they’re incredibly comfortable. I got my usual size 7 but I think a 6.5 would have fit better.

What I tried and returned:

  • LOFT marled tie back sweater: I ordered this sweater in both colors, pink and grey, in my usual size XS, thinking I would keep one…but I was not thrilled by the fit so back they both went.

  • J.Crew Factory block-heel sandals in saddle: Lots of people rave about these sandals in the saddle color because they’re a great neutral option, but the color didn’t look right on my skin tone so they were returned.

  • J.Crew Factory linen-cotton drawstring pants in faded moss: I thought I was going to keep this pair over the navy pair, but I ended up liking how the dark navy masked the wrinkles better. I was hoping these would match the green top I bought from Uniqlo but they are just different enough that it didn’t work. (Not surprising, since they’re different brands and all.)

What’s on deck for summer:

  • Everlane cotton twill shorts: I ordered these shorts in bone along with another pair of the denim shorts (also in bone) to compare them. I really liked these when I tried them on the first time, so I’ll likely hold onto these and return the bone denim shorts. They’ll end up in my summer budget post. I ordered size 0 in these and size 25 in the denim shorts (same size as my other pair).

  • ABLE Estefani knotted wrap heels: ABLE held their first online sample sale last week. I had been wanting these heels, so I picked up a pair in “paprika” (I think cognac would have been more versatile but they sold out of my size quickly). I placed my order before looking at the reviews, which said they ran small…so fingers crossed I can make them work!

  • I can’t think of anything specific that I plan to buy in the next couple of months, but I’m trying to keep my wardrobe plan in the back of my head since I was getting a little off track this season. The big Nordstrom sale will be happening in July, which is always tempting…but I may try not ordering anything and seeing if anything makes it to sale in September (because that always seems to happen haha). We’ll see!

Winter budget

Winter 2019 wardrobe additions — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Madewell flannel Sunday shirt in stripe (seen here): $66 (originally $88)
Madewell Esme bow boot in velvet (seen here and here): $98 (originally $198)
Madewell flannel Sunday shirt (seen here and here): $61.50 (originally $88)
Uniqlo ultra light down vest (seen here): $40 (originally $50)
J.Crew ribbed beanie with pom-pom (seen here, here, here, here, and here): $19 (originally $40)
J.Crew solid cashmere scarf (seen here): $48 (originally $98)
Lamini Carmine multi-stitch scarf via Amour Vert (seen here): $46 (originally $350)
Amour Vert Raelynn crew neck tee: $54.50 (originally $68)

+ $221 on a new size in the Charlotte Olympia Kitty velvet flats (originally purchased October 2016)

Winter 2019 Total = $500 ($654 - $25 Madewell gift card - $129 earned from Poshmark sales)

$500 (quarterly budget) / $599.50 (December), $0 (January), $54.50 (February) / $0 left over

Woo, first budget post of 2019! Once again, the December sales got me… I think I might try planning for that better this year. At least I do a quarterly budget, and since it restarts in December, I end up always using the bulk of it in December. Thank goodness those Poshmark sales kept me in line. I balanced out the spending in December by not adding anything to my wardrobe in January (though I did try…) and then only adding one item in February! I was much less keen on shopping. I was tired of looking at winter clothes while simultaneously not in the mood to buy for spring.

I purchased eight new items, seven of which were bought in December. Probably the most interesting purchase, though, was my ninth purchase: a second pair of Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ flats! The first pair I have are just slightly too big. I definitely wasn’t intending on ordering them in a new size right now, but they were on sale for such a good price (ha, they were my single most expensive clothing purchase of the past quarter!). I haven’t worn them out yet because I plan to get the leather soles reinforced like I did with my first pair. I’ll likely end up selling the first pair to try and recoup the cost of the new pair.

What I kept:

  • Madewell flannel Sunday shirt in stripe: These are my favorite flannel shirts by Madewell! I ordered this one way back in November during their week-long Black Friday sale. I took it in size XS because it fits slightly oversized compared to Madewell's other flannel shirts (in other shirts, I usually size up to small for my shoulders). I love the side pockets and the fact that the white isn't see through.

  • Madewell Esme bow boot in velvet: I took advantage of another Madewell sale in December, which was better than their Black Friday sale (of course), and picked up these boots along with a couple of other items. I was initially on the fence about these boots, but after pairing them with different items in my closet, I decided to hold onto them. They're not my typical "staple" boot color or style which is what threw me off. They go with a lot more than I thought they would, and the color is gorgeous! I enjoy having a more “exciting” pair of shoes.

  • Madewell flannel Sunday shirt: I wanted to order the burgundy flannel Sunday shirt along with the striped shirt, but my size was sold out! Of course, it came back in stock a few days later so I ordered it along with the ankle boots. I also took it in size XS but was disappointed that the sleeves shrunk a little bit after being washed.

  • Uniqlo ultra light down vest: I already had this vest in navy but often wished I had a black version. I ordered it in size small per reviews, and it fits like my navy vest does. It's a great layer.

  • J.Crew ribbed beanie with pom-pom: I placed an order at the end of J.Crew’s 50% off Black Friday sale that crashed the site when it first went live! I'm obsessed with this hat and wear it all of the time! It fits my head perfectly. The only downside is how linty/cat hairy it gets since it's black.

  • J.Crew solid cashmere scarf: I found this scarf in the men's section, naturally. It's a lightweight cashmere so not something I reach for on the coldest days, but I love how soft it is. I bought the beanie and scarf together and figured they would look good worn together.

  • Lamini Carmine multi-stitch scarf: Amour Vert hosted their first online sample sale at the end of December, and I ended up ordering this beautiful alpaca scarf by Lamini. It's softer than I thought it would be—thank goodness—and I'm a big fan of the mixed stitches to keep it interesting. Bonus: I often catch my cat, Sybil, sniffing it intensely with her mouth open. Ha!

  • Amour Vert Raelynn crew neck tee: I'm starting to think a little bit ahead and purchased this top in anticipation of spring/summer. It's a basic black top in a soft modal blend and has pleated sleeve details at the shoulder. I might end up tailoring the sleeves to be just a tad shorter. I ordered it in a size small but received a size XS, which still fits slightly loose in the body and isn't too snug in the bust like I worried about.

What I ordered and never received (order cancelled):

  • Madewell flannel tie-front shirt: I didn’t buy anything in January until the end of the month when I placed an order for this shirt. Well, my no-buy continued because Madewell oversold the shirt. (The annoying part was that the size I ordered was still showing it was in stock. Sigh.) I had ordered it in size small even though I really wanted to try the medium because the reviews said it ran small, so I guess it’s okay that it was cancelled. But the medium is likely gone forever!

  • Uniqlo ultra light down jacket: I ordered this in off white after the Everlane puffer I ordered didn’t work out (see below). This one looks more like the color I want, and I like that the zippers match. Sadly my order was cancelled, but I’ll probably end up ordering it again unless I find something I like better. Maybe soon if the cold weather continues! I ordered a size XS after studying the measurements. (Why don’t all retailers included garment measurements?!)

What I tried and returned:

  • Madewell Brady lowcut bootie: These booties look adorable on other people, but I did not like them on myself unfortunately. I also didn’t keep them because they’re definitely more of a fall and spring shoe, and the English saddle color didn’t match my other English saddle items. I sized down to a 6.5 per reviews (I’m normally a 7) and that was the right size.

  • Everlane ReNew lightweight puffer: This was my first ReNew purchase. I ordered this puffer in stone, size small. I wanted a lighter, whiter color to add some variety because I wear my black puffer all the time. The size was right, but the color was darker than I thought it would be (looks more champagne-colored to me in person). I also wasn’t a fan of the darker zippers, and the horizontal stitching next to the front zipper was not aligned…

  • Amour Vert Veta balloon sleeve sweater: I ordered this along with the crew neck tee, really thinking I would love this sweater the most out of the two. I ordered size XS after asking for measurements (of which I was only given body length and sleeve length…), but I didn’t love the fit on me. It wasn’t tight but felt like I’d constantly be adjusting it. I appreciated the long sleeves, but they were too long for being balloon sleeves and they bunched up around my wrists, kind of killing (deflating?) the balloon sleeve look.

What’s on deck for spring:

  • Nothing…yet! I’m waiting for an item I ordered at the end of December to arrive. It’s being handmade, and the maker closed that part of her business so she got a bunch of orders during her final sale. It’s hard to be patient! ;) I also have some items on my wish list: washed black denim by Everlane (either the button fly skinny or maybe the cigarette style?), a pair of boots from Nisolo’s Commuter collection (they have rubber soles!), and a proper rain coat (any suggestions for a warm/lined rain coat? I may go with a utilitarian brand like The North Face…).

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!