Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Labor Day Packing List

Can you believe this weekend is Labor Day already? Byeeeeee summer!!

Last year we rented a house with a bunch of friends up in Wisconsin and had so much fun we decided to do it again. We're heading to Wisconsin Dells (I've never been - any tips?) for a weekend of boating, swimming, bonfires, and lots of wine. It'll be a pretty chill weekend so I don't need to bring anything fancy (bye statement necklaces!), but I still want to look cute, because duhhh. I'm also trying to pack light, because last year I maybe brought way too much and then maybe had to sit through a four hour car ride with stuff crammed on all sides of me and a dog on my lap. Here's what I hope to have in my suitcase:

Some of these are items actually in my closet, and some are close approximations. Except the hat. I want that hat. I've linked similar items for those already in my closet: 

The color scheme helps to make sure I'm always matching, and pieces like the chambray shirt can double as a swim coverup. The jewelry definitely isn't coming anywhere our water activities but will be nice to have the rest of the weekend. I'm going to try to fit everything I need into this oversized weekender - I've had it for a while now and get compliments on it everywhere I go!

Do you have any end-of-summer plans for Labor Day weekend?

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Monday, August 31, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Went to see Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field! We were with a bunch of our friends and some of Jeff's family, and had a blast rocking out - it was definitely one of the best shows I've ever been to! I slept until 10:30 am the next day which is crazy for me, I'm usually up around 7 on weekends.
...Had a little date night at City Winery again, but this time got to sit out on their beautiful patio. Usually I want to try somewhere new every time we go out, but there was so much on the menu I wanted to try that we had to go back.
...Went to a little housewarming party for some of our friends up in Lakeview, and discovered that chocolate dipped peanut butter Ritz crackers are basically the best thing ever. Must make!
...Looked at more houses!! Eeeeeeee this whole morgage thing is scary, huh?

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

August Budget

Every month I post about my clothing budget. My budget per month is $300, which to some may seem like a lot and to others a little, but feels just right for me. You can read my thoughts on my 2014 budget here

Happy Friday!! Can you believe it's the end of the month already? Where did summer go?!?

This was another month were I was 100% sure I was going over budget - I purchased about $500 worth of stuff and returned almost half. Some of the disappointments - this poncho (it was so oversized it just looked silly & sloppy) and that infamous J.Crew vest (the color is different this year and it just felt cheap). I think it's probably for the best though, the things I returned were trendier while I kept more classic pieces, helping me to build a wardrobe that will last.

The main benefit I've found to keeping a clothing budget and sharing it here every month is that it makes me much more thoughtful about my purchases. Instead of just getting something because it's cute, I think more about how it will fit into my lifestyle and whether it will fit a hole in my closet. Like these heels for example - I love them, but I just couldn't justify keeping them since I rarely wear heels and even more rarely require sparkly ones.

So what did I buy this month? Here's the damage for August:

Old Navy Skirt - originally $26.94, on sale $14.30. I wanted a skirt that could work for warmer and cooler fall days, and I think this one will do the trick!
Kate Spade Bag - $128. This was more of a want than a need, but I love that the stripes will add a fun element to any outfit I pair it with.
LOFT Colorblock Tee - originally $29.50, on sale $17.70. I'm excited to wear this now with shorts, and all through the winter with leggings and riding boots.
LOFT Drapey Tee - originally $49.50, on sale $29.70. This is basically the perfect blouse - it's a bit oversized but has the most flattering drape to it. I can see wearing it dressed up and dressed down. I love it so much I may have just ordered it in berry and black too ;)
Gap Skinny Jeans - originally $69.95, on sale $29.39. These haven't actually arrived yet but I'm guessing they're going to stick around, because dark wash skinny jeans are a must-have for me.
Old Navy Bowler Bag - originally $27.94, on sale $18.16. I have been wanting a larger cross-body bag that would match my fall & winter coats but was still large enough to carry my iPad mini for over a year now. I love the convenience of cross-bodies, but most of mine are too small for my iPad, which is sad because I like to read wherever I go. This coral bag does the trick for spring & summer, so I'm excited to get a lot of use out of this black one for fall & winter.
Banana Republic Factory Sweater (pictured here on the left) (similar-ish) - originally $54.50, on sale $38.15

Total Spent: $275.40
Total Saved: $110.93

Under budget again, thanks to all of the amazing sales this month! I'm pretty intense on monitoring sales - are sale updates something you would be interested in seeing in this space? They definitely help me stay on budget and get more for less.

In August I was clearly in fall mode when it came to shopping, and it's only going to get more intense in September. I'm going to be looking for a new pair of dressy black booties, but besides that don't have any particular purchases in mind.

Did you budget this month? How did you do?

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Groomsmen Gifts

I already shared the gift bags I gave my bridesmaids at our wedding, and now I want to share the boxes Jeff put together for his groomsmen. Someone let him on Pinterest (ahem) and he got really excited about the ideas he saw.

He started with these fancy engraved humidors from Etsy. He got each guy's name and college logo engraved on the outside and then filled it up with goodies. 

He added snacks, gum, some liquor, a 5 hour energy, groomsmen sunglasses to match our #teambride pairs, cigars, and matching socks & ties (not pictured). The guys seemed to like them ;)

Of course I personally preferred the bridesmaid bags, because, you know, I'm a lady, but I think this idea was so fun for the guys! And of course, they enjoyed consuming and utilizing their gifts throughout the wedding day ;) I'd better watch out for Jeff, he seems like he might fit right in to this whole blog community haha. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Those Summer Nights

Sweater (similar) and Shorts (similar) - J.Crew Factory / Sandals - Sole Society / Bag (similar) - Kate Spade / Watch - Wristology

One of my favorite parts of summer are those cool summer nights, when the sun goes down and the fireflies come out. I love the heat in the summer, but I also love when there's a slight chill so I can throw on a sweater with my shorts, like this fun crab sweater from J.Crew Factory. Sadly I waited so long to actually show it on the blog that it's no longer available, but don't worry, I linked a fun embroidered pineapple sweater instead. I know I've complained before about J.Crew Factory just releasing last season's J.Crew pieces, but in this case it worked out for me - I got basically the same sweater I found in J.Crew last year but for half the price. Win win win.

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Previously on KDTI - lots of white shorts & white sandals!


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Monday, August 24, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Spent a whole lot of time just hanging and relaxing! Jeff had a weekend-long bachelor party, and instead of trying to book the weekend full of activities with my friends I decided to just chill. I got a bit done around the house and finished up a whole lot of freelancing work. I also did some reading and knocked out a few things on my Netflix queue, including the Backstreet Boys documentary (so good!) and Wish Upon a Star, which was my jam back in the day when they played it on repeat on the Disney channel.
...Went to the outlet mall to return some things, and then maybe thought, "oh I might as well look around while I'm here," and then maybe made a purchase or two. Maybe.
...Had dinner up at my parent's house, and more importantly, got to hang with my new little niece. She's 7 weeks old now - I can't believe how big she is! I mean, parents & siblings, I love you too, but come on, there's a baby.
...Went to see houses (erm, condos) with Jeff and our parents! I think we're getting close to making a decision - eeeeeee!!!
...Watched I Am Chris Farley, which was so good. It made me laugh, it made me (almost) cry, and made me want to watch Tommy Boy again. So I guess it pushed me back into the arms of Netflix.

I hope you had a good one!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Our Wedding Video

I wanted to pop in to share our wedding video "trailer," we finally got it last week and I was so excited. Video was something I was planning on skipping, but then everyone I talked to who didn't have a videographer told me that not having video was their biggest regret so we decided to go for it. The company we went with is Smiling Toad and I thought they did an amazing job - of course, you can see for yourself!

We actually just got back the photos too but I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to go through all of them yet! They're in my Dropbox so I've been scrolling through every time I get a chance - hoping to be able to share a few of them here soon!

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