August Budget

August 2016 Budget
Chambray Shorts$19.99 $9.99
Cuffed Shorts, $27.99 $13.98
Old Navy Swing Dress & Clogs, $67.88 $40.73

Total Spent: $64.70
Total Saved: $51.16 ($115.86 – $64.70)

Anyone else find shopping in August super tempting??! Stores start getting their fall inventory, which means discounts for all the summer stuff that’s still totally wearable (I see you, September heat wave.) I mean, I saved almost 50% off my purchases this month. I desperately needed denim shorts, and now I have a dressy and a casual option. My love for clogs is well-documented, and well these aren’t as great as my original brown pair (last seen here), I’m excited to add them to my rotation. Also, this dress is the comfiest thing, even though it gives me no shape (as swing dress are wont to do). Should be fun transitioning it to fall!

We’ll see how my birthday shopping goes. Any fun additions to your closets?

~ Sarah

A Spring Sweater & Some Skulls

LOFT Cardigan and Victoria Emerson bracelet

I know it can be dull to start every outfit post with a weather update, but I’ll defend it — after all, if you’re practical, the weather can play a big part in how you dress. So with this bizarre warm winter we’ve been having, I’ve been wanting to dress for spring. That’s where this cardigan, which was actually part of LOFT’s fall collection, comes in.

LOFT Cardigan and Victoria Emerson bracelet

I mean… are the colors not perfect? The cardigan is super warm and cozy, so it’s perfect for those warm winter days when I don’t want to rely on a peacoat yet again. Now if only I could keep my chambray from wrinkling. No judgment zone, right?

LOFT Cardigan and Victoria Emerson bracelet

My mornings get so hectic with the dogs and trying to make breakfast and/or lunch that I’m starting to accessorize with just one or two pieces. I love my wrap bracelet from Victoria Emerson — once I figured out how to put it on (it’s adjustable), it makes a big impact. When they asked me to collaborate, I had the hardest time choosing just one bracelet — I considered this one and this one, but I ended up choosing this cool skull bracelet! (I was obviously in a ~serenity~ type of mood.)

LOFT Cardigan and Victoria Emerson bracelet

I used to be obsessed with Pirates of the Caribbean, so I just tell myself this is a more grownup way of showing off my fandom. (And maybe adding some edge? Just kidding… I am so not edgy!) I expected the bracelet to be distracting when I’m on the computer at work, so I was pleasantly surprised when this was not the case. It’s definitely less annoying than typing with bangles! Want to try your own wrap bracelet? Victoria Emerson is generously offering 20% off your first order (through Friday, March 4) with the code shades20. #treatyoself

~ Sarah

Cardigan: LOFT (similar on sale)
Chambray: Old Navy (this year’s — mine is pretty old!)
Pants: Amazon (they’re lined with fleece!)
Boots: Kohl’s (similar)
Bracelet: c/o Victoria Emerson

Dressing Up The Cover-Up

Global Print Skirt

Denim Jacket – Easy Pickins (similar); Tank – Old Navy (girls’ section, similar); Skirt – Five Below (similar); Flats – Burlington (similar).

Global Print Skirt

So unlike yesterday’s featured skirt, this is an example of what not to wear to a picnic, though it did the trick for a quick meal at Applebee’s with Nick and his mom.

This skirt (ok, technically it’s a beach cover-up!) always feels a little bit shorter to me than it looks, so I like to stay covered up where I can. When I styled this in the fall, I wore riding boots, and this time I opted for a denim jacket. Gray’s one of my favorite neutrals, but I think next time I’ll try a little harder for some more color and less denim. Any ideas?

And if you were wondering how to add just a hint of some girliness in an outfit, ballet flats do the trick, always.

~ Sarah

P.S. These photos looked better to me on Safari than on Chrome, so I’m not sure what’s up with that! Rude.

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