Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Budget Post

Budget post time we go!

Starting Budget:



J. Crew Factory Shift Dress ($42)
J. Crew Factory Flutter-Sleeve Top ($34)
J. Crew Factory Fleece Sweatshirt ($25)
J. Crew Factory Basketweave Shorts ($25)
Anthropologie Ombre Midi Dress ($10 -- on sale for $50, used $40 gc)
Diba Kora Lee Flats ($11)
Banana Republic Tunic ($17)

Total: $164

Easily under budget, which is a nice change.

I was really loving some J. Crew Factory this month. I had such high hopes for this easy shift dress  when I saw it online and was relieved that I ADORED it in person. The pattern is so vibrant, and this shade of green is super flattering. This probably sounds strange, but my only criticism is that it is lined -- sure, it improves the overall quality of the dress and probably helps it fall a little more smoothly, but it makes the dress a bit heavy for summer (and sadly, it would not work well as a bathing suit coverup as I had originally thought). But it is easy and fun and I'll wear it gladly!

I've been looking at this flutter-sleeve top for a while (great shape, and I couldn't resist the color), so I was happy to grab it at a great price. I added this cozy looking sweatshirt on a whim and of course, I love it. I already have too many lounge-y now I have too many plus one.

Finally, I've mentioned these shorts a few times and after I fell in love with them in my theme park post so I picked them up in a flash sale. Great buy -- I'm excited to do some fun pattern mixing this summer.

Best bargain of the month was this watercolor ombre dress at Anthropologie, picked up for a song. My brother is getting married this summer in a simple outdoor wedding and I've been looking for something special but not too over the top. I loved it at full price and was shocked to see it on the sale rack for such a bargain. In typical "me" fashion, I had to make it a bit more complicated (several trips to the store were involved for exchanging sizes and digging out an old gift card I really wanted to use), but I think it is a great buy.

I also picked up these great flats at a local resale shop. I've really lucked out there with shoes that seem to be completely unworn. And who can pass up comfy practical shoes that are also super cute?

I'm pretty glad that I ended up with fewer pieces than previous I'd hoped, I focused on quality, not quantity, and I really love all of these pieces to...well, pieces!

As for May, I suspect I'll be pretty busy and may not do a lot of shopping. Or maybe I'll see what everyone else bought and go on a late night binge! As usual, linking up with Fran and the budgeting bloggers -- you should check them out, and also let me know great buys you've made lately!

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