December 2016 Budget

This past week (okay, and month) has been a blur of brightly colored lights, piles of presents, sheets of cookies, and dozens of candy canes, but I couldn’t be happier! I love this time of year and spending all the time I can with my family.

I’m off work the rest of the week to hang out with my family and spend all my Christmas cash! But before I do that, let me tell you about how I spent my December dollars! ;)

Check out December’s budget below to see the damage:

December 2016 budget | Style On Target blog

December 2016 Budget
+ Mossimo Supply Co. Tan Hiking Boots (here)
Merona Navy Fair Isle Sweater (here)
+ Mossimo Beige Long Cardigan (here…so warm and cozy!)
+ Boden Black/Gray Houndstooth Print Skirt (here)
+ Sam Edelman Tall Slouch Boots (here)

Bonus Items:
+ Target Brown Faux Fur Scarf (here)
+ Target Layered Statement Necklace (here)

*Update from last month, I ended up not loving the Gap multicolored stripe sweater (here), so back it went. I did end up purchasing another J.Crew corduroy blazer (here – this time in navy) for a very-affordable-can’t-turn-away-price ($60!) during Thanksgiving/Black Friday, so I swapped it into the sweater’s place!

So just as a reminder, during November and December I said I was going to be limiting my budget just to five items per month, not counting all my “loop holes” (outerwear, accessories that aren’t purses or shoes, and/or thrifted items). I held true to this plan last month (check it out here), and this month it was even easier (I think Christmas/presents had something to do with that as well)!

The Boden skirt (here) is stunnnnnner, and piece that will work in my closet for years to come! I already wore it here, but I’m excited to wear it without tights too…actually anything without tights, please!

The two sweaters from Target were actually inspired by other bloggers’ outfits, but trust me when I say that their options were much, much more expensive (the similar cardigan was over $450…gasp!). These are actually two of the best sweaters I have seen from Target in a long time and are not thin by any means. Highly recommend, especially since I got the fair isle in gray for Christmas, so I have both color options of them now!

And lastly, I can’t get over these Sam Edelman boots, and how great a deal I got for them from Amazon (under $80!). Now to get a suede protector spray for them!

Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ This Gap stripe sweater – as mentioned above, I thought I was going to look this one, so I included it in my November roundup, but it ended up being too crazy and too weird fitting to keep!
+  This Limited blazer – I have a ton of blazers, and this one wasn’t a winner because it was too thin, but I seriously love the print if you don’t mind a ponte blazer!
+ This Loft black scallop lace top – I really really really wanted to love this, because it is exactly what I have been looking for and the quality was great, but the shape was very trapeze style, and that just doesn’t work for my body top, so back it went!

I honestly have no idea what I plan to add to my closet in January…which probably means I don’t need much or at least consult my winter wishlist post (here). Maybe a small red crossbody purse? Or a pair of printed work pants? Definitely no more brown boots, hah!

How did you do this month on your budget? I’m linking up with Franish’s Budgeting Bloggers, and you should too!

  • That long Target sweater looks so cute and cozy! I’ve been realizing that I don’t have enough warm and cozy sweaters, so I may need to investigate that one with the Target gift card I got for Christmas! :)

  • Those boots look really comfortable.

  • Love all the things, but the boots are my favs. I really love the look of both, even though I mostly gravitate towards black. I might be convinced to change my mind!

  • Brown boots are a classic and both these pairs look really different so I can see why you got both! :)

    You got a nice selection of winter items.

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and you have a happy new year :)

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