Friday, 29 August 2014

Year-long Closet Shopping List: August and September Purchases

It's purchase year-long budget recap time again! As a quick refresher, this year I outlined my clothing budget to add closet basics to my wardrobe each month, putting together a list of items I need to help fill in the holes in my closet and assigning each item to a particular month of the year. I've capped each month's budget at $200 total. Here's what my calendar looks like:

Year-long Closet Budget

Typically I post these recaps at the end of each month, but I'm doing it a bit different this time. One, did you catch my updated July budget? I ended up returning a couple pairs of shoes and replacing them with black pants and a chambray top...check it out here!

And two, I've finally decided to commit to a capsule wardrobe for fall 2014 (Sept/Oct/Nov)! More to come on that topic, but in order to pull together the capsule, I needed to buy my allotted items for September at the beginning of the month rather than throughout the month, so I decided to show you everything all in one post! Here goes:

August Purchases:

August 2014

Price: free with gift card ($61 MSRP)
Notes: I've been hoarding a Lulu's gift card since Christmas (#willpower) and when I saw this simple but pretty dress with fun zippers, I pounced. I think ideally the person wearing it would be a bit taller than me (I'm 5'4" and it hits me right under the kneecap, not right above it like on the model) because it's a tough length to pull off--I'll always have to wear heels--but it's really comfortable and can be dressed up or down. 

Price: $45 $22 (originally $45)
Notes: Thank God for Pinterest, because otherwise I would never have found this cute sweater (or the patterned maxi dress I wore to weddings all summer)! This is from American Eagle, which I typically walk by at the mall but never enter because I'm not 14 with itty bitty hips. I'm glad I made an exception, because it's super soft, comfortable, flattering, and runs big (I got an extra-small and I don't think I've EVER worn an extra-small in that store--even when I was in their target age demographic!).

Edit 9/3/14: Sometimes it pays (literally) to keep an eye on prices of items you've just bought. This sweater (and everything else at American Eagle) is 40% off right now, plus I had a 15% off coupon. AEO granted me a price match, saving me $23 :)

Aldo Allie black leather booties
Price: $120
Notes: I've been hunting for the perfect leather booties for over a year now. I finally settled on these simple but chic leather ones from Aldo. I love that the heel is not super tall and that the boot is cut low in the front--boots that are cut mid-ankle are suuuuuper unflattering to me. To be 100% honest, these are not as comfortable as I was hoping--I first wore them to a party where I was standing for several hours, and my feet were sore by the end--but I'm hoping that if I add a foot liner, they'll wear more comfortably.

EDIT 11/17/14: These never got more comfortable and the strap ended up breaking, so I returned them (for store credit). I wouldn't advise purchasing these, although they look super cute!

Other purchases: Madewell Staccato Studs
Price: $8 (originally $18)
Notes: I needed a really simple pair of everyday earrings to wear constantly and never take off, so this pretty Madewell pair fit the bill. They're tinier than I would have expected but so simple and easy!

August Budget Total:
$165 for $165 worth of items (freebie gifted dress doesn't really count ;) (0% savings)
Over/under for August budget: -$35
Over/under for year since March: -$734
Total spent since March: $486
Edit 9/3/14:
$142 for $165 worth of items (14% savings)
Over/under for August budget: -$58
Over/under for year since March:-$757
Total spent since March: $463

September Purchases

September 2014

Price: $90
Notes: So I know that these look a bit strange in the pic, because of the blocky heel....but that's also exactly why I love them. They are super comfortable and stable and not high at all, which is now an increasingly important factor for me post-hip surgery (old person problems...). Anyway, I've been looking for cute, comfortable leopard print shoes to wear to work for a while now, so I splurged a bit :) the hell do you say the name of that shoe?

Edit 8/31/14: Kelly & Katie Dorotha Leopard Pump
Price: $50 (regularly $69)
Notes:  Ok so I lied, I didn't end up getting the Aldo pumps, because I wandered into DSW a few days later and found these cute, comfortable pumps for almost half the price. These pumps come in lots of colors and had great reviews as long as you don't have wide feet.

Price: $38
Notes: I stumbled on this Etsy shop and think you should all check it out too. Cute scarves, boot cuffs, leg warmers, etc. Take a look!

September Budget Total: 
$128 for $128 worth of items (0% savings)
Over/under for September budget: -$72
Over/under for year since March: $806
Total spent since March: $614

September Budget Total:
$88 for $107 worth of items (18% savings)
Over/under for September budget: -$112
Over/under for year since March: -$869
Total spent since March: $551

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