Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September Budget

September is rapidly drawing to a close, so it's time for another budget recap! This month, I am recapping the items I bought, as usual, but I am also including "gifted" items. I received some money as a gift this month and decided to treat myself to a few staples, so I thought it was only fair that I include that in my budget post as well.


1) Tee | Target | $8 I love maroon and stripes, so this tee was a natural choice! I've worn it several times since I bought it, and it even made it onto the blog last week! It's a great closet staple.

2) Dress | Clothes Mentor | $16 I've mentioned in the past that I've been looking for solid-color professional dresses, and this one is a keeper! It's stretchy but fits like a dream.

3) Jeans | LOFT | $41 (exact) I am in love with all my jeans from LOFT. I have a pair in dark wash, a mid wash, and white jeans from them that are in constant closet rotation. I have been keeping an eye out for them to make my favorite jeans in black for years now, and I was so excited to find them on their website!

4) Heels | Clothes Mentor | $11 I just think these shoes are so fun and fabulous. You may remember them from my CM Remix feature this month!

Gifted:

5) Bag | Target | $28 (exact) I've been eyeballing this bag since July, but it was $40 and I was having a hard time pulling the trigger. So I waited for the Labor Day sales to hit, and I struck!

6 & 7) Blazers | Target | $25 each (exact, exact) Target blazers are pretty much the only blazers I'll wear. I've been looking for a basic black blazer for a while, but this pretty plaid one caught my eye, so I bought that one as well! Definitely a fun contrast to all the basic solid blazers I currently have in my closet.

Starting amount: $75
Amount spent: $76
Total items purchased: 4
Average cost per item: $19

On This Date:
2015: KC Fashion Week Night 1

Monday, September 26, 2016

Lucky Blazer

Over Labor Day weekend, I bought this super-cool plaid blazer. I had a plan to write a post about how this blazer makes me feel like some guy from the 70s, but then something WAY more important happened on the first day I wore it--I got a promotion! I knew it would happen sometime, but it came much earlier than expected and was a real surprise!

So, from here on out, I'm dubbing this my lucky blazer. Here, I styled it with a lace top in cream and a maroon pencil skirt to match one of the colors in the plaid print. I'm already thinking of other ways to wear it next time I need a bit of extra luck!




Top: JC Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Blazer: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)

On This Date:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Blogging Besties: Old and New


Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile's Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week's outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This "take one, pass it on" challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

Last week Selah was the queen of interesting pairings: masculine with feminine and old with new.


I admit I was in a bit of a bind getting this post done so I wasn't as creative as I would have liked with Selah's prompts.  I wanted to attempt mixing masculine and feminine but I ultimately decided to go with "old and new!"

I'm wearing the absolute newest piece in my closet, this fun baseball style tee from LuLaRoe.  Have you tried LuLaRoe yet?  I'm totally addicted! I will be doing a fun post about the company soon complete with a giveaway.  Make sure you stay tuned!  Anyways, I paired my new top with my favorite, old jeans.  They are so old, in fact, that they need to be replaced soon!


So I have a good reason for working on this post at the last minute.  It's Homecoming week in my district.  Along with teaching, I have so many commitments as cheer coach that my head is spinning! At least we get fun dress-up days to lighten the mood!  I wore this outfit for Hawaiian Day!

So Alex, your prompts for next week are: a raglan tee, Hawaiian, Converse or your oldest jeans!

On This Date:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pumpkin Spice

It's September, which means pumpkin spice lattes, muffins, and other tasty goodies can be found just about anywhere. And as you may know from my August budget post, I recently acquired a pumpkin-colored cardigan. One of the first times I styled this cardigan, it reminded me of a pumpkin spice latte, what with the muted orange hue and white accents reminiscent of whipped cream.




Tank: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (exactsimilarsimilar)
Sneakers: Converse (exactsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: Target, thrifted via Plato's Closet (similarsimilar)

On This Day:
2015: Chilly

Monday, September 19, 2016

Red Friday

In Kansas City, on the Friday before the first Chiefs game of the season, we celebrate "Red Friday."  People wear red or Chiefs gear to work or school or whatever they do, it's pretty fun and it's a thing our city does together. Now, I'm not really a Chiefs fan and I don't really follow the NFL at all, so Red Friday was not on my mind when I was getting dressed that morning. But when I arrived at work and saw everyone walking into my building wearing their red Chiefs paraphernalia, I realized that I, too, was wearing red. Not because of the Chiefs--just because I like maroon. Good enough for me!





Tee: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Vest: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (exactsimilarsimilar)
Booties: Forever 21 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Watch: JORD (exact)

On This Day:
2013: Trendy

Friday, September 16, 2016

Blogging Besties: Layered

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The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015 the series expanded to include Maricel @ My Closet Catelogue and me, Selah @ A Bibliophile's Style. It's based on the idea of "take one, pass it on," but we're passing on an element from another blogger's outfit. It's a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Maricel showed off her sewing skills with this amazing book print skirt:



The prompts she gave me were "a midi skirt, a silky top, or something layered."

The calendar says September, but it's still 95 degrees and humid in the Southeast, so I'm going to show off some Summer "layering" - in the form of a double layered blouse, consisting of lace and georgette. I paired this ultra feminine blouse with brand new boyfriend jeans and old kitten heels.


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Next week, I challenge Whitney with: masculine and feminine, old and new, lace, and aqua.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Be Royal

As I finally debut this royal blue skirt which I have worn several times but is just now making it to the blog, I couldn't resist using the slogan of my hometown baseball team, the Kansas City Royals! :D I found this lovely, bright pencil skirt at Clothes Mentor and it has become one of the funnest professional pieces in my closet. I immediately thought to style it with my striped button-down, but as I was looking to accessorize the outfit, I became drawn to the combination of the blue and blush pink. I finished it off with a cardigan because c'mon, it's me we're talking about here.





Top: J. Crew Factory (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: New York & Company via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Loafers: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: That's Mine Boutique (exactsimilarsimilar)

On This Date: 
2013: Ink.