June 2016 Budget

We interrupt this Red, White, and Blue Week on Style On Target to bring you a very important announcement:

June’s budget! Aka the birthday month budget…aka where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter (any Whose Line Is It Anyways fans out there?)!

Now that we have those disclaimers out of the way, be sure to check out June’s budget below to see the damage:

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June 2016 Budget
+ J.Crew Factory Navy/White Stripe Skirt – $26 ($80 originally – discounted price – 40% clearance sale – here)
+ Sam & Libby Black Block Heel Sandals – $0 ($33 originally – 25% off sale – gift card – here)
+ Merona Black/White Printed Sleeveless Blouse – $16 ($23 originally – 30% MemorialDay sale – here)
+ Target Coin Necklace – $11 ($17 originally – 30% Memorial Day sale – here)
+ vintage Coach “Court” Purse – $33 ($200+ originally – via Poshmark – get your own here!)
Loft Denim Shorts – $5 ($44.50 originally – $25 shorts sale – $20 Loft earnings coupon – here)

Not Pictured:
+ Forever 21 White Eyelet Skirt  – $11 ($23 originally – Memorial Day sale pricing– here)
+ Loft Navy/White Embroidered Shorts – $36 ($60 originally – 40% off Memorial Day sale – here)
+ Merona Black Mini Wedge Sandals – $18 ($25 originally – 25% sandal sale – here)
+ Loft Navy/White Dotted Dress – $22 ($69.50 originally – 40% off sale – reward coupon – here)
Loft Navy Open Cardigan – $18 ($49.50 originally – 40% off sale – birthday coupon – here)
+ Merona Cognac Brown Knotted Belt – $0 ($17 originally – gift card – here)

Total Spent: $196

Goal: $200
Amount Under/Over: $4 = $200 – $196
Total Saved: $429= $642 (if not on sale) – $196
Item Count: 12
Carryover to Next Month: $226 = $222 + $4

Not a ton of things to talk about, but some really good “staple” or “foundation” pieces were picked up this month: gold pendant necklace, black sandals (cough…two pairs…cough), denim shorts, brown belt (obsessed), navy cardigan, and another classic and vintage leather Coach purse (oh how I love the “Court” style so much)!

I added some “fun” pieces in too. A striped skirt, a pair of embroidered shorts, a polka dot dress, and a white eyelet skirt that somehow by the grace of God, I have not spilled anything on it…yet.

Yes, I just knocked on ALL the wood in my house. Including every baseboard in every room in the entire house.

And no, it probably won’t be enough to save me! ;)

Birthday Presents to Myself

I make up new rules every year on how my birthday budget will work, and this year was no different!

I had all of the four below pieces on my wardrobe wishlist for some time: a crisp white shirt, a new dress that would work for work AND a wedding that we’re attending this weekend, beige suede sandals, and a button front jean skirt (click on any of them to be taken to the specific item)…so as a birthday treat, I decided to buy them all for myself!

And you know, not count them against myself in my monthly budget. ;) Happy Birthday to me indeed!

Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ This pom-pom embellished tank from Old Navy – I actually loved this tank, but because the details are so subtle, it didn’t really make it different than a regular black tank…that I already own.
The world’s worst white dress from J.Crew Factory – Nope. Just nope. Wrinkly, thin (aka see through), thick (aka bunchy in all the wrong places), and cupcake shaped. Pass.
+ This pretty red floral print tank from Loft – Dang! I really wanted this one to work, but it was a bit too oversized, scratchy, and I couldn’t think of many different ways to wear it. Back it went…though I love the print!

In July, I don’t know how much shopping I will end up doing, unless there are really good Fourth of July sales…then I might eat my words! I also plan on cleaning out my closet, which is apparently needed because The Husband has recently accused me of stealing “his” hangers. Finders keepers, y’all! ;)

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

May 2016 Budget

Yes, there is like another full week of May left, but I am posting this blog post today, because to me that means the June budget is here…and why is that so important? Keep reading, my friends!

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

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May 2016 Budget
+ J.Crew Factory White Crew Tee – $16 ($22.55 originally – sale – here)
+ Loft Black/White Palm Print Circle Skirt – $25 ($50 originally – 50% off sale – here)
+ Loft Red/White Print Circle Skirt – $25 ($50 originally – 50% off sale – here)
+ Merona Red Wedge Sandals – $20 ($25 originally – 20% sandal sale – here)
+ Wicker Clutch – $10 ($60 originally – via Poshmark – similar here)

Not Pictured:
+ Coach Red City Bag Purse – $25 ($200+ originally – via Poshmark – similar here)
+ J.Crew Factory Stripe Crew Tee – $16 ($22.55 originally – sale – here)

Total Spent: $137

Goal: $200
Amount Under/Over: +$63 = $200 – $137
Total Saved: $293 = $430 (if not on sale) – $137
Item Count: 7
Carryover to Next Month: $285 = $222 + $63

Okay, suspense over! June is my birthday month, so it is the one month that I don’t really “make” myself follow the budget. So you may see increased spending during June. And reporting the May budget early annnnddd starting the June budget a week early? All part of my evil plan…bwahaha.

And it turns out vacationing in the middle of the month definitely curbs your spending! But back to May’s budget and the few, but exciting things I purchased!

A good white tee is hard to find. That’s why you need to run, don’t walk, and buy these J.Crew Factory tees! Completely NOT see through, soft, and fairly affordable. I would much prefer if they had been $9-10, but the $16 I paid was worth it for them not being completely sheer like every other white tee I have ever tried on! They come in a ton of solid options (here) and three different stripe versions (here).

Another thing I can’t get enough of is the thick jersey circle skirts from Loft the past few years. Loft, you keep making ’em, and I’ll keep buying them. Free advice for the Loft executives (who most certainly DO NOT read this blog): make one in vertical stripes and one in black/white gingham, and you’ll sell out!

The wicker clutch was a random purchase, but I was looking for a good summer clutch, and my negotiation skills apparently worked on Poshmark. Score. Another killer Poshmark purchase was yet another Coach bag. I am apparently (subconsciously) replacing ALL my purses with vintage Coach bags, but I love finding a new one and you really can’t be the price and quality if you put in the time to scour the Internet for one that you want!

Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ This H&M white/navy stripe sweater – boxy, baggy, and slightly see-through. Three adjectives that will get you sent straight back.
+ This white pintuck swing blouse from Old Navylooks AMAZING on Nicole here and looked AWFUL on me. A great example of why clothing companies make all different styles of tops for all different styles of people!
+ This black Loft tassel skirt – really wanted to like this one, because I love a good black skirt with interest, but it just seemed too flimsy and too thin for a $70 skirt that was only 40% off.
+ This white gauze cami dress from Old Navy – a touch see-through, so the quest continues for both white jeans and a white summer dress!

Next month’s budget should be a fun one, as Memorial Day sales are right around the corner and are actually some of my favorite sales to shop! Plus, I’m sure I’ll manage to treat myself to a birthday present (or two), so you know it will be a great month of shopping!

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

April 2016 Budget

April showers, bring May…skirts, apparently here on Style On Target. Four skirts out of eight items this month! I guess we know what I’ll be wearing on repeat this spring and summer!

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

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April 2016 Budget
+ Chaps Navy/White Polka Dot Skirt  – $30 ($70 originally – Kohl’s pricing – 20% off sale – here)
+ Who What Wear for Target Floral Print Scarf – $11 ($16 originally – 30% off clearance – similar)
+ Old Navy Striped Linen Dress – $12 ($33 originally – Old Navy’s pricing – 30% off sale – here)
+ Nine West Yellow Saddle Bag Purse – $20 ($90 originally – via Poshmark – similar)
+ Loft Black/White Chevron Skirt – $25 ($50 originally – 50% off sale – here)
+ Chaps Blue Gingham Skirt  – $30 ($70 originally – Kohl’s pricing – 20% off sale – here)
+ Loft Vintage Floral Print Tee – $15 ($30 originally – $15 tee sale – here)

Not Pictured:
+ Banana Republic Red Skirt – $11 ($90 originally – via Poshmark – similar)

Total Spent: $154

Goal: $200
Amount Under/Over: $46 = $200 – $154
Total Saved: $293 = $449 (if not on sale) – $154
Item Count: 8
Carryover to Next Month: $222 = $176 + $46

The prettiest blue and yellow haul I ever did see…if I do say so myself! Full of stripes and perfectly flared skirts (obviously a silhouette that I know and love).

And those Kohl’s skirts? Obsessed. I’ve already worn them both this month, and I can’t wait to wear them again and again and again. I have been looking for a navy/white polka dot skirt like this for a long, long time. So if you’ve been looking too, be sure to snag this one before it is gone! It also comes in a navy floral print (here), but I thought the print was just too busy to work for me, but you might love it!

The yellow purse from Poshmark was kind of an impulse buy, but I had been longing over this Coach purse for too long, and I knew I was never going to spend the $400 on it. So I’m pretty happy with my similar find on Poshmark that cost me only $20!

The linen dress from Old Navy (practically Madewell style for $12, yes please!) and the vintage floral print tee from Loft will easily work now with layered looks and transition perfectly on their own to summer! I seriously love these two pieces, but yes, I love the polka dot skirt more. ;)

Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ This denim skirt from J.Crew – It was so so so close to working, but for the price, I wanted it to be perfect! I also wanted to wear shirts tucked into it, and it just didn’t look right.
+ This green “flare” skirt from Uniqlo – Nope. Just nope. Wrinkly and cupcake shaped. Pass.
+ The pretty chambray blazer from Loft – Dang! I really wanted this one to work, but it was a bit too oversized, and the one button placement was way too low. Back to the store it went.

I wrote in March that I expected my Whole30 (read more about the program here) might affect my shopping habits, but I really don’t know if it did. I would guess that I likely had less time to shop, since I was always out grocery shopping or cooking!

In May, we’re headed to Utah to see my brother and do some hiking, so I definitely won’t be shopping then. I still want to order these espadrilles (in the denim color), since Target didn’t have a good sale on them last month, and I definitely have my eye on this red patterned Loft skirt (or this black palm print one…decisions)! What are you looking to purchase next month?

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

March 2016 Budget

Marching into April (sorry, had to do it) with some new items and sharing what I bought all month long after some great sales and some budget finagling! And let me tell you, I feel like I am really honed into my budget recently and continue to make smart decisions and purchases. #gome!

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

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March 2016 Budget
+ Merona Floral Print Silk Scarf – $10 ($13 originally – 20% off sale – here)
+ Merona Yellow/Navy Stripe Boatneck Tee – $10 ($12 originally – 20% off sale – here)
+ Michael Kors Jet Set Crossbody Purse – $0 ($148 originally – via eBay – thrift store savings – similar here)*
+ J.Crew Factory Crystal Necklace – $25 ($55 originally – J.Crew Factory pricing – 30% off sale – here)
+ The Limited Red Blazer – $50 ($100 originally – 50% off St. Patrick’s Day sale – here)
+ H&M Beige Blazer – $35 ($35 originally – here (and way cuter on than it looks online!))
+ Old Navy Black Cross Slides – $12 ($23 originally – 50% off in stores – here)

Total Spent: $241

Goal: $200
Amount Under/Over: $58= $200 – $142
Total Saved: $145 = $386 (if not on sale) – $142 – $99 (for the Michael Kors purse)
Item Count: 7
Carryover to Next Month: $176 = $118 + $58

Blazers and accessories this month, apparently (and the quintessential stripe tee from Target, naturally…)! But no Loft utility blouse, so I broke that streak of 4 months in a row! And I was able to knock three items off my spring wishlist (see which ones here)! Including the world’s most wonderful red blazer…seriously score it while you can, because there is a shortage of red blazers in the world…and this one’s legit!

*Last month, if you remember, I bought a red Coach crossbody purse, but I realized it was a little too big for the purses that I normally carry. I sold it (for profit!) at a local consignment shop (Simply Chic for you Indy folks), along with some other items, and used all of that money to buy my Michael Kors beauty (which is why I reported it as a $0 purchase). See, cleaning out your closets does make a difference! I already use my Colts blue one a lot (last seen here), and Jess from Here & Now wears her red-orange one with everything, so I got the same color via eBay.

And it should be noted that during this month, I bought nothing (except two candles) when at the outlet mall earlier this month with my best friends…what is wrong with me?!

Don’t worry, I made up for it by buying the most perfectly red spring jacket from J.Crew (here). I waited patiently for it to go on sale (though I did order before my size was sold out), and I don’t count outerwear in the Midwest as part of my budget (because you have to have it to survive the seasons…and I’m a budget cheater).

Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ These polka dot shorts (in beige/black) – In theory? Super cute. On me? Not so much.
This white eyelet dress from Loft – gorgeous, comfy, and really good quality, but I just couldn’t shake the “First Communion” dress vibe that I felt when wearing it…maybe a jean jacket could combat that? I would love to see it in a navy or red though! ;)
+ This pair of pants from Loft – This was my own fault, because apparently I can’t read. These clearly say cropped online, but I just thought it was regular ankle pants. So much nope. I had to double check the tag three times to make sure I ordered the tall length. I did. These are just practically capris. Boo, Loft, boo.
+ These Old Navy white jeans. I am still on the hunt for a pair of white jeans that 1.) aren’t see through and 2.) aren’t sausage-casing-skin-tight. I’ve tried on dozens of pairs at this point, and have another few coming from Loft, but I’m about to give up. Any other pear shaped ladies have any suggestions for this.

In April, I’m actually working to complete my first Whole30 (read more about the program here), so I’m interested to see how that might affect my shopping habits! More or less…we’ll find out! I currently have my eye on these espadrilles (in the denim color) and this vintage floral tee! What are you looking to purchase next month?

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

February 2016 Budget

Minimal budget buys to report this month! February was a whirlwind of vacation travel, Super Bowl celebration, around the world in Epcot drinking, Valentine’s Day celebrations, and concert going! I guess that left very little time left for shopping!

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

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February 2016 Budget
+ Loft Green Floral Utility Blouse – $26 ($60 originally – 40% off sale – 25% code – here)
+ Merona Red/White Stripe Tee – $0 ($12 originally – giftcard – here)
+ Mossimo Supply Co. Navy Sneakers – $17 ($17 originally – here)
+ Old Navy Blue/White Stripe Dress – $15 ($27 originally – Old Navy pricing – 30% off sale – here)
+ Merona Black/White Stripe Wedge Sandals – $19 ($25 originally – 25% off President’s Day sale- here)

Not Pictured:
+ Old Navy Black Dress – $15 ($27 originally – Old Navy pricing – 30% off sale – here)
+ Coach Red Vintage Crossbody Purse – $30 ($300 originally – bought off Poshmark – similar here)
+ Coach White Vintage Crossbody Purse – $25 ($200 originally – bought off Poshmark – similar here)

Total Spent: $147

Goal: $200
Amount Under/Over: +$53 = $200 – $147
Total Saved: $521 = $668 (if not on sale) – $147
Item Count: 8
Carryover to Next Month: $118 = $65 + $53

Stripes, red, navy, and fit-and-flare dresses? Yes, please! This month was filled of seven classic Katie pieces, which made me really happy when I was looking over all the items that I had purchased this month.

Second month this year with a vintage Coach purse purchase…and this month, I ended up with two of them (and I’d love to find a yellow crossbody one, to be honest)! I just can’t get enough of the amazing leather and quality of these vintage bags. Maybe it’s because I’ve always bought Target purses? But I love that you can get a gently used vintage bag for $30-40 on Poshmark, Etsy, or eBay…versus a new bag from Coach for $400 (this is the one that I’m dreaming of)! Also, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a white purse before, but they might be a game changer…so bright and fresh!

This is also the third or fourth month in a row of buying a Loft utility blouse! What can I say? I know what I like? They are perfect for work and weekend, and I can’t gt enough! The green floral beauty that I bought this month is still available here, and you can find some other options here or check yesterday’s post (here) for more great similar blouses!

Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ This mixed stripe dress from Loft – On the model? Super cute. On me? Not so much.
This suede midi skirt from Target – gorgeous and really good quality, but I just can’t bite the bullet on the midi trend yet. Highly recommend this one though!
This pair of striped pants from Target – again, really cute and SUPER comfortable, but I didn’t think I was artsy/cool enough to wear them. Great for my fellow tall ladies though! They were the only pair of Target pants that has ever been long enough for me.

Things That I Ended Up Receiving
+ This month, I was fortunate to work with Uniqlo on a post where they provided merchandise to me. I think it is important to disclose this (especially since I got to pick it out on my own, so it was kind of like shopping!), so here are the items that I received.

March has historically been one of the bigger budget months here on Style On Target, so it is probably a good thing that I didn’t spend my whole budget this month. Especially since my besties, B and C, and I are headed to the outlet mall next weekend! I’m guaranteed to buy something there, and I love the spring collections that are slowing showing up online and in-store. Oh, and I’m almost guaranteed to buy this spring jacket in March.

Wallet, watch out!

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