August 2016 Budget

Guys, did you know that it is the end of August already? How? Why? When? Where?

After you’re done answering all those questions for me, be sure to check out August’s budget below to see the damage:
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August 2016 Budget
+ Merona Wedge Suede Heels (both black and gray) – $45 ($30 each – BOGO 50% off – here)
+ J.Crew Factory Gingham Cardigan  – $25 ($70 originally – sale price – 30% off sale – here)
+ Banana Republic Black Belted Cardigan – $19 ($98 original price – 50% off for cardholders + $20 reward coupon – here)
+ Club Monaco Gingham Scarf – $25 ($60 originally – sale price – 40% off clearance – here)
+ Old Navy Black Floral Dress – $16 ($33 originally – sale price – 35% off sale – here)

Not Pictured:
+ Merona Green/White Stripe Boatneck Tee – $0 ($12 – gift card – here)
+ J.Crew Navy/Red Stripe Skirt – $20 ($80 originally – via Poshmark)
+ Old Navy Black Plaid Midi Skirt – $16 ($30 originally – sale price – 35% off code – here)
+ J.Crew Factory Horseshoe Cardigan – $25 ($70 originally – sale price – 30% off sale – here)
+ J.Crew Factory Striped Shell – $19 ($45 originally – sale price – 30% sale – here)
J.Crew Factory Striped Cardigan – $25 ($60 originally – sale price – 30% sale – here)
+ Zara Black/White Polka Dot Scarf – $13 ($13 originally – here)
+ Merona Navy Ballet Flats – $15 ($20 originally – BOGO 50% off – here)
Sam & Libby Maroon Scallop Ballet Flats – $30 ($35 originally – BOGO 50% off – here)

Total Spent: $293

Goal: $200
Amount Under/Over: -$93 = $200 – $293
Total Saved: $393 = $686 (if not on sale) – $293
Item Count: 14
Carryover to Next Month: $133 = $226 – $93

It’s no surprise to me that I went over budget for the month of August. August is the glorious month where all the stores start to bring out their fall apparel…and I lose my mind and control over my wallet.

Despite spending nearly a month and half…in one month, I’m in love with everything I purchased. Lots of red, lots of navy, all kinds of classic patterns, and tons of Target shoes…you know, basically my MO.

My two favorite items might be this belted cardigan from Banana Republic (such a good use of my rewards) and these scallop flats from Target (so comfy)! Both perfect for fall, though I’m already working on breaking in these flats!

I also somehow ended up with another green utility jacket (this one from Target)! In my defense, I was looking for a heavier, longer version than my J.Crew field jacket, and this one fits the bill! I don’t play by the rules (and I live in the Midwest…where the weather also doesn’t play by the rules), so I don’t count outerwear in my budget roundups!

Which is also why this polka dot puffer vest that I am DYING over also didn’t make a dent in my budget. #rulebreaker

Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ This nearly perfect skirt from Banana Republic – I really, really, REALLY wanted this skirt to work, because it is the perfect color combo for my closet. Unfortunately, it was just too short and too boxy. Super bummer.
+ This yellow dress from J.Crew Factory – weird material and bunching in weird places is an easy no for me to make.
+ This faux suede skirt from Macy’s – I had such high hopes for this skirt, and they were crushed by the length and the obviously fake material. Next.

I plan on buying ALL of the items from the J.Crew Factory roundup here next month. Just kidding, but Sarah suggested it…and it would be the greatest/worst idea ever! In reality, hopefully I will be slowing down my spending, but Labor Day sales might get the better of me!

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

July 2016 Budget

Honestly, guys. I’m shocked again that another month has passed by so quickly! I barely had any time to shop! It’s been scorching hot here in Indiana lately, so I haven’t felt the need to empty my wallet for too many new fall clothes yet, but you know that will change soon! #cannotwait

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

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July 2016 Budget
+ Old Navy Green Maxi Dress – $17 ($37 originally – discounted price – 40% off sale – here)
+ Merona Dog Print Shirt (from the men’s dept.) – $17.50 ($25 originally – 30% off Fourth of July sale – here)
+ Charming Charlie Red Wayfarer Sunglasses – $9 ($9 originally – here)
+ Merona Black Knotted Belt – $0 ($17 originally – gift card – here)
+ Merona Chambray Sleeveless Top – $16 ($23 originally – 30% off Fourth of July sale – here)
+ The Limited Lemon Print Skirt – $35 ($70 originally – 50% off coupon in the mail – here)

Not Pictured:
Old Navy City Graphic Tee – $5 ($13 originally – 40% off sale – reward credit – here)
+ Merona Chambray Long Sleeve Button Down – $16 ($23 originally – 30% off Fourth of July sale – here)
+ Zara Cap-Toe Block Heels – $40 ($40 originally – here)

Total Spent: $155.50

Goal: $200
Amount Under/Over: +$44.50 = $200 – $155.50
Total Saved: $101.50 = $257 (if not on sale) – $155.50
Item Count: 9
Carryover to Next Month: $270 = $226 + $44

Oh man guys, I ordered a ton of new things this month, and then disappointingly, returned most of it! I just am getting more particular about the things I want hanging in my closet or I just have too many things hanging in my closet. Probably both…depends on if you ask me or The Husband! ;)

Also this month in my shopping adventures, I met a blog reader when I was buying the sunglasses (hi Leah!), successfully conned my mom into hemming my green maxi dress (thanks Mom!), and bought and wore my first midi skirt (to be blogged later)! Woot woot!

I also cannot recommend those chambray shirts from Target enough! They are made with Tencel material, which makes them fluid and not stiff, which is EXACTLY what I was looking for in a new chambray shirt. And yes, I needed both the sleeveless and the long sleeve version. Because have you been outside in Indiana lately? #hot

The knot belt I bought last month was sooooo good in brown that I decided I need it in black. Because nothing is easier than a belt that knots itself…and that you bought with a birthday gift card. ;)

And yes, I bought a shirt that is from the men’s department that has little puppy dogs on it.  I don’t even care how many times I wear it…cost-per-wear be darned. I’m all about the cute animal graphic prints for life, y’all!

Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ This brown Old Navy dress – Super burlap sack fitting on me. Ick. That is all.
+ This floral print Loft dress – Umm. If you like pink, buy this dress. It is GORGEOUS. I do not like pink, and did not realize HOW pink it was going to be….which is why it did not stay in my closet. But it is still a SUPER pretty dress.
+ This gray tweed Loft dress – minus the pockets, I might have kept this dress, but the pockets added so much bulk to the bottom portion of the dress!

I’m sure next month will be the month that I buy ALL THE THINGS, because I love shopping for fall clothes, and I already know I have a few orders shipping in from Loft and Nordstrom that I didn’t count in this month (since my return rate has been so extreme lately).

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

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!