Friday, June 27, 2014

june budget

1. Loft Chambray Blouse [seen here]: originally $55 + 40% off = $33
2. ASOS Blouse [seen here]: $60
3. Forever 21 Necklace: $5 + giftcard = $0
4. Loft Pleated Blouse [seen here]: originally $50 + 40% off = $27

June Spending: $120

Quarterly Budget: May ($110) + June ($120) = $270 left for July

My plan for the summer was to spend a bit less in May and June, and save up for July, and I think I'm doing alright! We are going to Seattle in two weeks, and I'm visiting a college friend in NYC the week after, so I wanted to save up for all the shopping experiences I will have there that aren't possible where I live.

That being said, I'm very excited about the pieces I decided to keep from the large orders I put in online. I did decide to keep the lace/crochet top after trying it on with a pencil skirt - I definitely see myself wearing it a lot as it has a higher neckline, which will be great for patient contact days this coming school year and beyond. The necklace was a style I've been looking for for a long time, so I was excited to find an inexpensive option, especially since I had a gift card from when Forever 21 opened in our mall here (it replaced the Gap though, so I'm not too excited about that!).

In addition to my budget purchases, I also purchased this watch. I wanted to gift myself a little something for finishing my first year of medical school, and I originally bought this dress from Madewell but it ended up being a dud on me (although they have shorts in the same pattern that are currently on sale that I am so tempted by!). Since I've wanted this watch for so so long, I finally decided that it would make sense to get something I would actually use for many years to come. The watch was out of my intended price range of $150 or less, so I found this guy on eBay for $150 less than retail price. To say I'm madly in love with it is a slight understatement ;)

So looking towards July (and unfortunately the end of summer!), who knows what will happen. I'd love to visit some smaller boutiques in both Seattle and NYC to get something unique that will always remind me of those trips (if you have any suggestions, please comment below!). I also just ordered both this glittery and this pair dual tone pair of sandals from Target to try on - I love that type of simple sandal and I find they wear well, especially for the lots of walking I anticipate. Target is currently having a buy one, get one half off sale if you are interested in getting a pair (or two) for yourself!

I hope you did alright sticking to your budget this month. If you blog, please link up below (and make sure you link back to this post so your readers can read other people's shopping adventures) and if you don't, I'd still love to hear how you did, what steals you found, and how temping those holiday sales are ;)


21 comments:

  1. This month so far I did ok I did my Summer shopping, and I also got a couple of items that I've been coveting for a while. They were a bit over what I usually spend but I'm happy with them. You did excellent in July, I need to take it easy for the next few months as well as I may have to travel a bit.
    xo
    ​PinkSole​

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  2. You will love the Target sandals...or at least I did (and bought them this month)!

    Katie @ Style On Target

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  3. I am getting so much better about returning things... before, I just kept things to avoid hassle. Now I feel like my closet is improved because I sell/donate more and bring in less.

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  4. I tried to save this month and last to spend more in July as well. I have last year's version of the glitter sandals and I still wear them a few times a week!

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  5. I have been doing great with sticking to my clothes and shoe bans.

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  6. Love the chambray and pleated blouse! Gorgeous additions to your closet this month!

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  7. Of course the week after I buy some Target sandals, they do BOGO! Not that I need another pair, but it would be fun! I don't have any advice for places to shop in NYC, but I'm excited to see what you find!

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  8. I think you made some great purchases! I love that white lace and pink blouses! They are so versatile!

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  9. Oh I did terrible with my budget this month, but I love everything I got. Also... saw the watch on IG. That purchase will be with you for years to come. It's beautiful. You have incredible taste.

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  10. While you're in Seattle, you should try Momo in the International District. It's one of my favorite boutiques! The clothing is on the expensive size, but they have so many cute things to look at. It's just a really well curated shop, especially if you love stationery jewelry and unique gifts. You should definitely try the pastries at Fuji Bakery down the street too! Seattle is one of my favorite places to visit--I hope you have an amazing time!!

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  11. The watch is gorgeous! Definitely a good choice as a reward for all your hard work!

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  12. I went to Loft yesterday, and I think I got the same blue shirt as you. I could not resist. It's so lovely! I was doing pretty well until then, ahh. Curious--do you include sales tax in your totals?

    xo Kimi

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    1. Oh, and you might like Moorea Seal while you're in Seattle! She has a super cute storefront that I can't wait to visit. She also has a website so you can peruse ahead of time/find where it is if you like it. :)

      xo Kimi

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    2. I do include sales tax - I just round up to the full dollar amount to make it easier on everyone! Thank you for the Seattle suggestions - can't wait to try them out!

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  13. Love the watch - you'll get so much use out of it. I've been so bad about making budget posts the last few months but it's because I'm hardly buying anything! it's so unlike me, but good for my wallet hah.

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  14. You did a great job on the pieces you decided to keep!
    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  15. Ah I LOVE the watch!! I'm definitely eyeing a Michael Kors or Marc Jacobs when the Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts next month... Love all the things you got!

    Kaitlin
    www.teaandsequins.com

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  16. The Fremont neighborhood in Seattle has some cute shops that's worth a visit. Fremont is about a 15-20 minute drive from downtown. Also if you go on a Sunday, they have the Fremont Sunday Market. I've never been, but I heard they have a antiques, clothing, art, etc.

    If you are looking for the Gap, LOFT, AEO, Anthropologie, H&M, F21, etc. that's all downtown by Westlake. They also just opened a new Zara a few months ago, it's right next to Macy's and Nordstrom. :)

    I hope you enjoy your visit-- we've been having some nice weather lately!

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  17. Ooo congrats on finding that watch at such a steal!! You made some great, classic purchases.

    Kristina does the Internets

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  18. You did a great job of picking pieces that look like they belong in your closet! I looove that pink LOFT blouse that you got - the color is gorgeous, and I really like the pleats on the front. I like the necklace as well - this style of necklace is exactly what I love and what my closet is missing :( I'm trying to not spend my money on clothing for a year while I try to pay off my student loans, which is why I'm not linking up this month. I am allowing myself to replace a couple of items (like my black boots in the fall) and use gift cards on clothing, but I haven't spent anything yet. When I do, I'll be sure to link up again! :)

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