Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Random Winner



This is what I wore on Friday to work and then to dinner and Motown.  It was a very randomly thrown together outfit, but I absolutely loved it.  The thought process went something like this:

Hmm... it's cold outside, I should wear jeans.  No, I want to wear a dress for the show tonight.  But I'm so tired of wearing boots.  I'll try my footless tights and flats and just let my ankles freeze.  Okay.  Now what should I actually wear?  All my dresses that fit are in the laundry except for this gray one - yeah, I like that one.  And it will look okay with black tights, just add a black belt.  Sleeveless, so I will need something warm to layer.  Scan through my cardigan drawer - ooh, stripes!  Well, now I'm all gray and black.  Quick add a bright scarf!  And done.

And now you know all my deepest secrets for outfit planning.

Cardigan: Gap outlet
Scarf: Charming Charlie
Dress: Loft Maternity
Belt: Limited
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Target

Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekend Recap



This weekend was busy!  This seems to be a trend lately - I guess we are packing in everything before baby arrives and then I won't do anything for a few months!  Anyway, here's what happened...

Friday night, I went to dinner and Motown with my MIL and SIL.  The show was so good!  Maybe my favorite of this season.  The sound was a little off at the very beginning, so I was worried, but they got it sorted and then the rest of the show was fantastic.  The music was just so fun - all the old songs everyone knows!  

Saturday I slept in way late because I am so tired lately, then I got a few things done around the house.  In the afternoon, I went to a tea party.  Seriously, because my friends are ridiculous and awesome.  The hostesses did an awesome job and it was quite a fancy little occasion.  Plus it was really fun to catch up with everyone.  After that, I met up with John and his parents for dinner.  

As dinner was finishing up, I started to get some pre-migraine feelings, so we went home and I just took it easy for the rest of the evening.  I never got a full blown migraine, but I woke up Sunday morning feeling pretty terrible.  So Sunday was spent mostly trying to not get a real migraine while still accomplishing a few things.  

Anyway, that was my weekend.  And this outfit is from about a week ago when we had a random 80+ degree day.  I'd really love it if we could settle into a couple months of 70 degrees all the time.  So, let's do that, okay?

Cardigan: JCF
Necklace: F21
Tee: Target Maternity
Skirt: Gap
Shoes: Sperry

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Budget Rewind - March 2013

March Purchases

Let's go back and see what I bought in March 2013.  (note - this collage contains some February items.

Good
  • J.Crew Denim Shorts: $31 (originally $58.50) - I love these shorts!  I have worn them a lot, mostly in casual non-blog outfits, but I'd guess I've totally gotten my money's worth.  And they were getting a little snug last time I wore them (blame early pregnancy?), but I hope they will fit again and I can keep wearing them.  
  • Merona Cardigan:  $11.50 (originally $23) - Impulse purchase, but it turned out well for me. Really, a green polka dot cardigan is just so me.  
  • Merona Floral Tank:  $10 (originally $15) - I'm definitely under the $1 cost/wear goal on this top.  I still love it, but it is starting to look a little faded, so I might have to retire it soon.  

Medium 
  • Xhileration Ruffle Dress:  $7.50 (originally $25) - I don't know what to say about this one.  I'm sure I've worn it more than 8 times, so the cost per wear is good.  I think it's a little too short in the front, and I'm not 100% sold on the high-low style.  So not quite bad, but not quite good.  
  • Gap Cardigan: $16 (originally $45) - at the time, I think this was a dumb purchase (I had a 40% off coupon and really wanted to buy something), but I've been wearing it a lot more lately, so it turned out okay.  

Ugly
  • J.Crew Corsage Tee: $9 (originally 39.50) - I think I wore this a couple times, but the flower thing just looked terrible after I washed it, and I couldn't figure out how to fix it, so I removed it, and then it was just a striped tee.  And then it inexplicably got some purplish stains on it (still don't know how that happened), so I just sent it to Goodwill.  Definitely didn't get $9 out of it.  

Other 
  • Prabal Gurung Sandals: $15 (originally $30) - I returned these.  I liked them, but the straps hit my feet in a weird spot and they weren't very comfortable.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Budget Rewind - March 2014

March Shopping

With a year of possible wears, let's see how my March 2014 purchases are holding up:

Good
JCF Mint scarf: $10 (originally $35) - blogged 4 times, but worn many more times.  I'll definitely be wearing it more this spring!  
JCF Yellow Cardigan: $12 (originally $55) - I just can't get enough of these JCF Clare cardigans.  
Gap White tee: $9 (originally $30) - something about a white tee with a little bit of interest is just perfect.  I really love the subtle floral pattern in this one.  
Gap Blue camisole: $4 (originally $20) - I mean, it's an undershirt and I wear it all the time.  

Medium
F21 Gingham shirt: $20 - after searching high and low for the perfect gingham shirt, I found this one.  And then it shrunk the first time I washed it.  I'm still making it work as a layering piece, but it isn't wearable alone (too much button gaping across the chest!)      
Gap Blue/white printed blouse:  $14 (originally $40) - I really like this top, but I've hardly worn it.  I'll try to make it up!  

Bad
Old Navy Polka dot blouse: $12 (originally $33) - it seems like I have only worn this once.  That's terrible.  I do still like it, but maybe it's time to send it to a better home?  

Other
Printed shirt: $15 (originally $65) - I returned this shirt.  It was just too weird, even for me.  So hooray for realizing that before I wore it! 


Not a great month, but not terrible.  For what it's worth, I'm finding these budget rewind posts really help me think about what I am buying - like what will I think of it in a year?  I think that's a good perspective, so I'm going to keep at it!











Thursday, March 26, 2015

All That Shimmers



You can't really tell, but this shirt is all golden shimmery.  I bought it back in January, and haven't worn it at all so far.  Oops!  But now that I'm running out of things that fit over my giant belly, this tee might get a little more action in the next (plus or minus) 6 weeks.

Can anyone even believe it is almost April?  Or am I the only one in denial that the year is 1/4 over?

Cardigan and Shoes: Target
Tee: Loft Maternity
Jeans: Old Navy Maternity

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Shopping


March is coming to an end, so let's see what I bought this month.  I think there's just one Loft online order, one Target online order, and one mall trip to account for:


Gap scarf:  $9 (originally $45)
Old Navy Maternity white jeans: $17 (originally $35)
Old Navy Maternity striped tank: $5 (originally $13)
Loft Maternity black shorts: $6 (originally $50)
Loft Maternity turquoise shorts: $6 (originally $50)
Loft printed chambray popover: $15 (originally $60)

Target:
Black sandals: $20 (used giftcard)
Pink Flats: $13 (used giftcard)
Black/White flats: $9 (used giftcard)


Total spent: $58 (originally $253)

I kind of hate buying maternity clothes, because I know I don't have much time to wear them, but I feel pretty good about what I have purchased, and the prices I have paid.  The shorts were so cheap, and I assume I won't be back to my pre-pregnancy size for most of the summer, so I think there's a good chance I will wear them a lot.

The shoes, well, some of my favorite pairs of shoes are getting pretty worn out.  Since Target was running a BOGO sale, and I had some giftcards, I decided to get a few things.  I have the sandals in cognac and LOVE them, so I think the black ones will be great for this summer.  I kind of miss my old pink shoes, so I felt like a replacement pair would be fun.  The striped flats are just really fun, and since my black/white polka dot flats are starting to wear out, I think these will fill that hole in my closet.  Hopefully they all work out when they show up in the mail!  

At this point in the year, I'm $100 under budget.  I'm really going to try not to shop in April unless I start to be desperate for clothing that fits.  If anything, I might need some more short sleeve maternity tops, because most of my normal tops aren't long enough anymore.  But with only a month or so left in this pregnancy, I hate to be spending money on much!  

How'd you do in March?  Link up with Fran if you want to join in with the Budgeting Bloggers!  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Birds of Prey



Who wants to hear a funny/weird story?  My sister told me this, after seeing the crib mobile I made for the baby's room.

At Target, the cashier guy told my sister a fun fact about mobiles.  Babies aren't entertained by them.  They actually think that birds of prey are circling and will swoop down to eat them at any moment, so the baby's survival instinct kicks in and he will be quiet and still to avoid capture.  So yeah, it is pretty effective, but parents have no idea that their newborns are terrified.

I mean, what?  Extensive research (I googled it) shows that this is not true, but I think it's ridiculous that the Target guy was sharing crazy theories!  I assume actual doctors or researchers would have figured this out and no one would use mobiles if this were the case.  But no, random Target worker, you seem to be a super legit baby expert.

Anyway, there's a random story for your Tuesday!  (and a random outfit)

Cardigan: Gap
Tunic and Jeans: Old Navy Maternity
Shoes: Target