June Budget

June Shopping Budget
Merona Pineapple Button-down, Target, $17.00 (originally $22.99)
Old Navy Pixi Pants, $29.99 (originally $34.94, on sale)
Old Navy Ponte Dress, $12.00 (originally $34.94, similar pictured)
Old Navy Belt, $6.99 (originally $14.94, clearance)*
Old Navy Cardigan, $19.94*
Old Navy Skirt, $24.94*
Joe Fresh for JCP Blouse, $10.99 (originally $29.00, clearance)
Printed Blouse, Marshall’s, $16.99 ($32.00 MSRP)
Dollhouse Sandals, Ross, $12.99
Nine West Purse, Ross, $29.99 ($64.00 MSRP)
Elephant Ring, Farmer’s Market, $5.00

* “Super Cash” purchase; saved $20 off  with super cash for purchase of $50 or more (clocked in at $51.87)

Total: $181.82 – $20.00* = $166.82 out of pocket
$101.58 over my budget of $60.24 (24¢ carryover from May)
Retail Value ≈ $290.68
Savings ≈ $123.85 (Est. Retail – Out of Pocket)

Yeah…that was a lot of math, but there was a lot of shopping this month! (Obviously, my Polyvore set is not a complete representation of my purchases.) I had a good reason for it though: a new job! After being in a casual workplace for a year, and having interned at places where trendiness was appreciated, I was certainly looking for some more business casual pieces, with an emphasis on business for once. A new wardrobe and budgeting challenge for sure.

The silver lining? I added a few key pieces to my closet (professional-looking satchel, a light summer cardigan, blouses) and I still managed to save over $100. Sometimes I’m not able to avoid paying full-price if I’m on a time crunch, but “Super Cash” (something I usually avoid, since you still have to spend a minimum amount of money first) and shopping at retailers such as Ross and Marshall’s softens the blow.

Anyone else face similar struggles once starting a new job?

~ Sarah

Linking up with Fran and other budgeting bloggers.

Night Market Fashion Essentials

Philadelphia Night Market Outfit It’s finally summer, which means it’s Night Market season! The second installment of this year’s food truck festival is Thursday, so it’s time to get our tummies and outfits ready. The perfect Night Market outfit is two things: cute and comfortable. Here are some easy tips to keep in mind:

  • Consider a dress, but avoid long hemlines. It will be crowded and you don’t want your dress to be stepped on. A fun print, like the one on this Aeropostale dress, will also disguise any food stains. Plus the fit-and-flare shape leaves room for your food baby to expand in comfort. If you’re prone to chilliness, grab a dependable denim jacket.
  • Make the sneaker trend work in your favor. It wouldn’t be Night Market without long lines. As a rule, I avoid wedges whenever I’ll be walking or standing a lot. Sandals are an option too, but with all the food and drinks likely to be spilled, play it safe with closed-toe shoes (these Vans are super fun).
  • Keep your hands free with a cross body bag. All the better to eat lots of delicious tacos and cupcakes with — seating is always limited at these things. Wearing a trendy bucket bag will allow you to hold your food and Instagram it without too much hassle. Also don’t forget to bring cash for the food trucks!

What are your Night Market fashion essentials?

~ Sarah

A #SkirtWeek Wishlist

There’s one skirt you won’t be seeing me style as part of Skirt Week: the maxi. I have a couple of maxi dress that I love, but I haven’t purchased a maxi skirt just yet. I was originally a bit weary of the silhouette, but I think I’m finally game. This is probably my dream maxi skirt outfit:
Trend to Try: How to Style a Maxi Skirt

Shop: Target Skirt; The Limited Tee; Forever 21 Pendant Necklace; Target Sandals.

It’s a little bit preppy (navy and white stripes), a little bit bohemian (the pendant necklace and sandals), but looks a whole lot comfortable. And let’s be honest, isn’t that the main appeal of maxi skirts and dresses in the first place?

Check back later tonight to see how I styled a very different type of printed skirt!

~ Sarah