Creating a Budget + December 2013 Budget

It is about time. I decided after my no shopping ban in December (that worked out sooo well – just kidding – I cheated so many times) that I would go ahead and start setting a budget for my clothing/shoes/accessories purchases. I decided on an amount of $250 per month (not including gifts or gift cards). This is based on a whole bunch of various factors but is a good number for my personal and professional life.

December was my test month to get the budget ready for the new year (2014!…how are you here already?), and I think it is really going to work, and the nerd in me loves tracking the spending/savings and listing out each and every purchase. IT is almost exciting, guys (almost). Obviously, you’ll see some of these purchases through Target Haul posts, but some of the items will be from other stores that I shop at. I love reading these posts and was inspired to do this thanks to Fran from Franish and her Budgeting Bloggers. So hopefully, you’ll enjoy hearing about what I am adding to my wardrobe each month starting with the below post for December 2013.

December 2013 Budget
+ Grey Boyfriend Sweater; Old Navy – purchased for $18 (original cost: $27 – 40% off – here)
+ White Boyfriend Sweater; Old Navy – $14 ($27 – ~50% off – here)
+ Black Turtleneck Sweater; Target – $11 ($15 – 25% off – here)
+ Red/Blue Geo Sweater; Target – $12.50 ($25 – 50% off – here)
+ Black Oxford Blazer; Target – $25 ($35 – 30% off – here)
+ Striped Tee; Target – $8 ($12 – 33% off – here)
+ Printed Dress; Target – $8.50 ($28 – 70% off – here)
+ Kadence Wedge Ankle Boot – Chestnut; Target – $25 ($35 – $5 off coupon + $5 gift card – here)
+ Mossimo Kodi Ankle Boots – Black; Target – $25 ($35 – 30% off – here)
+ Merona Premium Opaque Tights – Dark Red; Target – $10 (regular price – here)
+ Mossimo Fit and Flare Dress; Target $17.50 ($25 – 30% off – here) -> ordered online and haven’t received this yet, but I think I am going to like it, so including it here
+ Houndstooth Oxford Blazer; Target – $14.50 ($35 – $10.50 (30% off at my local store) – $10 giftcard – here)
+ Merona Burgundy/Navy Striped Tee; Target – $7 ($12 – on sale in stores – here)
+ Striped Silk Scarf; Ann Taylor – $8 (thrifted)

Goal: $250
Total Spent: $204
Amount Under/Over: +$46 = $250-$204
Carryover: $ –
Total Saved: $125 = $329 (if not on sale) – $204
Item Count: 14

Lots and lots of items, I feel like. It is pretty clear what I like upon viewing this post: classic, clean looks and lots of black, white, navy, and dark red. In all, not bad for the first budgeting month, plus I already wore 3 items from this list on Monday. Now onto January’s money!

Linking up with Franish’s Budgeting Bloggers!

What I Wish I Wore, Vol. 7 – Here’s to 2014!

Plaided Stripes
*So a feature that I am going to run on Wednesdays (possibly along with a daily outfit post) is called “What I Wish I Wore Wednesday.” I’ll be piecing together an outfit on Polyvore (which I have never used before blogging, but I really like it) with all Target items to show you what I wish I was wearing and just how easy it is to look cute on a budget.

Cheers to 2014! May you be full of an awesome wedding (April 2014), two awesome vacations, fun blog posts, and 365 days of love and laughter.

I’m in a little bit of recovery mode today from attending two New Year’s parties last night, but I am excited to have another day off from work and another day to hang out with The Fiance. This is what I wish I was wearing, as I run some errands, possibly do some online shopping (new month, new budget) and just chillax (that’s a recognized word now, right). The plaid in this jacket echos this week’s post on being plaid-tastic, and I think it works with the black and white in the striped shirts. The red pants add a pop of color and some interest, while the black boots and necklace keep it grounded.

Happy 2014, friends!

Cheers to 2014


A little bit of love, hope, and cheer…all wrapped up into one lovely quote. Wishing you all the best in 2014, dear readers! Cheers to the New Year!

Target Haul, Vol. 9

Last Target Haul post of 2013, and a quick recap of the damage that I did at Target with B today.

My mom and I went shopping after Christmas, and she commented that I didn’t have this houndstooth blazer yet from Target (don’t worry guys, I have all the rest of them). I tried it on with her and told her that originally I thought it looked a little old lady-ish. She said it didn’t and that it was a classic and timeless print.

Well, for the one millionth time in my life, she was right. I couldn’t stop thinking about the blazer and how great it would look on (and in my closet). I tried to find it at my local Target, but they only had one left (hanging all by itself, but not in my size!). I used Target’s item finder on their website and found out that there was a whole bunch left at another Target nearby (perks of living in a fairly big city = lots of Targets). I headed there after work and found out that all the blazers were on 30% clearance now. Score! So I picked this guy up and never let go! So thanks Mom (double thanks since I used the giftcard from my parents to purchase part of it)!

I love navy. I love red. I love stripes. I love $7 shirts. I love comfy tees. (I love lamp?) Therefore, this little guy had to come home with me today.

Love me some good deals from Target lately!


Stripes, Dots, and Good Karma for the New Year

The cutest, most awkward thing to ever happened to me occurred today, while wearing this outfit. I took a half day at work to finish up the rest of my vacation days and met my friend, B, for some shopping. We did some damage at Target and headed to our local thrift shop since we hadn’t been in forever. We walked in the door and hadn’t even been there for more than 45 seconds before a sweet middle-aged woman walked over to us. This is what went down:

Woman: “You! Can you do my a huge favor? This might be weird, but are you about six foot tall?”
Me: “Ummm. Sure? Maybe in these heels, I am about that?”
Woman: (holds out this cute black dress with gold sequins on top) “Can you try this on? My daughter is about your height and body type, though her shoulders might be broader. I want to get her a present and wanted to see if this would work.”
Me: “How sweet! Sure?!”

I hand my Starbucks to B, go to the dressing room with the dress, and put it on. However, I can’t reach the zipper in the back to zip it up all the way. The lady asks permission to zip up the dress the rest of the way, and I say yes. So she zips me up. The dress fit so well (so much so that for four seconds, I contemplated stealing it from her), and she was so excited and happy that it worked.

Woman: “It works! It fits perfectly, though my daughter isn’t as busty as you.”

And that is how my last afternoon of 2013 went. What a way to go out! I’d like to think the playful combination of stripes and polka dots drew this lady to me, but in all likelihood, it was the fact that these ankle boots make me a giant. Here’s to this sweet and courageous lady (seriously, how much guts did it take to ask me to do this…I love that she did!),her daughter, and all the good karma coming to me in 2014 for this tiny good deed!


  • On Target item: Merona Oxford Blazer (exact)
  • Tee: J.Crew (thrifted; similar)
  • Necklace: Target (old; similar)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)
  • Shoes: Target (exact)