Friday, March 27, 2015

March Budget

So I basically hit my $300 budget right on the nose this month. I really thought I was going to go way, way over budget this month, but I ended up ordering a bunch of stuff I didn't like so I'm in the clear. Plus, I had a couple of gift cards from my birthday which definitely helped.

My favorite thing I got this month was this blue scalloped dress from Loft. My theory has always been to buy dresses when I find them, and assume I'll find an event to wear them to, versus shopping when I need something for an event, because inevitably I won't be able to find anything I like. This dress is absolutely perfect, from the cut to the color to the fun scalloped detailing. I can't wait to wear it to one of our ten (!) weddings this year, or maybe to a shower or even my rehearsal dinner.

I also was excited to find another pair of jeans. I wore this pair here, and while they're a straight cut they have the casual feel of a boyfriend jean. I discovered that there was a little wire sticking out of my favorite pair of riding boots that was basically shredding all of my jeans around the knees, so new denim was definitely in order.

I also clearly am on a spring kick - I picked up four dresses and a skirt even though it won't be warm enough to wear them for a couple more months here in Chicago. What can I say, I'm excited for this summer!

So anyway, here's the damage for March:

JCrew Factory Skirt - originally $69.50, on sale $44.50
Old Navy Dress - originally $34.94, on sale $24.38
Loft Jeans - originally $79.50, on sale $40.55, used giftcard $36.20
Loft Dress - originally $89.50, on sale $45.65, used giftcard $0
Forever 21 Maxi Dress - $32.90
Wristology Watch - originally $49, on sale $39, used giftcard $0
Sole Society Booties - $79.95
Sole Society Clutch - $44.95, used giftcard $0
JCrew Factory Sweater - originally $78, on sale $54.50
Forever 21 Dress - $27.90

Total Spent: $300.33
Total Saved: $285.81

For April I'm probably looking for more dresses for all of my events, as well as a pair of white shorts (my favorites are basically dead) and more jeans.

How did your budget go for March?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Neutrals

Sweater (similar) and Jeans - Old Navy / Booties - Sole Society / Necklace (similar) - JCrew Factory / Watch - Wristology

I wore this over the weekend, and accidentally matched with my friend. Seriously, we were basically identical, from our crystal necklaces to our suede booties. You know what they say, great minds think alike. Normally matching would be something that bothered me (especially when Jeff puts on the same thing as me after he saw me get dressed) but in this case it was so funny it was good.

Even though people wear white denim all year round now, not just from Memorial Day to Labor Day, I still don't tend to wear it in the fall or winter. You know, it's just not my style. As soon as the weather started to heat up I brought them back out into full rotation, and have worn them the past two weekends in a row. While I successfully made it through Saint Patrick's Day celebrations and a beer festival without any stain issues, last Saturday I somehow managed to drop my lipstick on them. I wasn't super freaked out because I've actually been looking for a new pair (for some reason I got a little excited and bought these smaller and longer than usual) but still tried get the stain out. While Tide to Go totally failed, two washes with Resolve Dual Action did the trick. This stuff is seriously amazing. I also once accidentally dyed this whole sweatshirt purple and somehow got it back to white. The trick is to check if the stain got out in the wash, and if it did not, to not throw it in the dryer - heat will set the stain.

Not to totally shift gears here, but tonight we're finally having our cake tasting for the wedding! This is the activity I was definitely most excited about. Instead of one big cake, we're going to do a bunch of little ones, so we get to pick quite a few different cakes and fillings. Cake for dinner, that's a thing, right?

Two more ways to wear white denim:


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Monday, March 23, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I…

…Went to the Burger Bar in our neighborhood for a couple of beers and a whole lot of basketball. Did you fill out a bracket this year? I have two, and for some reason I made the same upset picks in both. Rookie mistake.
…Tried to stalk out this cute section Alissa found, but none of the items were in my Target yet. And of course, dropped a hundy stick anyway because, well, Target.
…Went to Chicago Beer Festival, a big festival featuring a bunch of local breweries in the beautiful Great Hall in Union Station. It was fun to try a lot of new beers I'd never had before (and discover some new favorites) as well as people watch - a huge limbo party broke out about halfway through. I'm definitely going again in the fall, only next time I'll wear my own pretzel necklace.
…Bought and wrapped a whole lot of presents - next weekend I'm going to a bridal shower and a birthday party for my mom and sister.
…Met up with some friends at Racine Plumbing for, you guessed it, more beer and basketball.

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Good Listens

Since I started my job in September, I've been commuting somewhere between 45 and 75 minutes each way, four days a week. I tend to take the train on Mondays and Fridays to escape the really bad traffic, and drive or work from home the rest of the week. All of that time in the car has to be filled somehow, and while sometimes a good jam out to Taylor Swift is in order, most of my time is spent listening to different podcasts. I know a lot of people just started listening to podcasts a couple months ago when Serial was at it's height (P.S., did you hear Adnan was granted an appeal?), so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite listens:

The Right Reasons - Confession: I started watching The Bachelor after shunning it for years because of this podcast. The Right Reasons is about reality TV, and they cover my old favorites The Challenge and The Real World as well as get me hooked on new shows like Below Deck (although they haven't managed to win me over on Vanderpump Rules yet). I love the commentary, but also just listening to the banter between the hosts Jacoby and Juliette who I basically want to be my best friends. They tend to release new episodes on Fridays, and I get really upset if it isn't out in time for my commute home.

Stuff You Should Know - This pod makes the little nerd in me very happy, as the hosts answer the questions you never realized you always wanted to know, like why lefties exist, what the deal is with crop circles, the history of bars, and how the Muppets work. Plus the hosts are delightfully nerdy and sometimes get in disagreements over whose research is more accurate.

Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me - Do you love trivia and wish there were more places you could showplace your skills than down at the local watering hole on trivia night? Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me is a weekly news quiz show that covers news from the week through different games, like finish the limerick and Bluff the Listener, where you have to guess which truly ridiculous news story actually happened (like that a mayor in Italy actually used faux prostitutes to promote recycling to the men who tried to pick them up).

What podcasts are your favorites?

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

White Button Down

Shirt - Ann Taylor / Jeans - Loft / Booties - Sole Society / Earrings - BaubleBar / Necklace (similar) - JCrew Factory / Watch - Wristology 

I was getting ready to go out and grab dinner a couple weeks ago, and all the sudden felt frumpy in my button down/sweater combination. A little feeling of dread settled in the bottom of my stomach, because I knew as soon as I went into my closet to find something else to wear that I would hate everything and it would turn into an hour long affair of trying on and throwing everything I owned on the floor. But then I pulled off my sweater, and all the sudden felt perfect. A crisp white button down, boyfriend jeans, and ankle boots were all I needed to feel perfectly cool and put together. Crisis adverted, for one day at least.

Have I been all about that white button down lately? Here's two more ways to wear:


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Monday, March 16, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I…

…Celebrated the slightly warmer weather by dressing inappropriately and sitting in the sunshine as long as possible.
…Hit one of the neighborhood bars for wings and college basketball in true Kristina/Jeff fashion.
…Managed to cross a bunch of wedding things off our list, including picking up our rings (!!), getting suits for all of the guys, choosing all of the songs for the ceremony, and finding some fancy dancing shoes for Jeff. Oh, and you know, a whole lot of crafting.
…Went to a couple of St Patrick's Day parties during the day on Saturday, which included a whole lot of porch sitting and cheap beer :)
…Binged far too many episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, which is so in tune with my sense of humor that I'm convinced it was written just for me. All I have to say is, thank you Tina Fey. Thank you.
…Got bitten by some sort of crazed insect seven times while I was sleeping and subsequently spent a lot of time with my ankle elevated and iced. I had a bedbug situation in college and then another crazed insect situation in my last apartment in Chicago, and am now wondering if I am cursed, or just particularly allergic to spiders.
…Had brunch at Shaw's Crab House, which included a fantastic combination of regular brunch food and oysters, crab, and other seafood.

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, March 13, 2015

A Little Blush

Sweater (similar) - Loft / Blouse - Ann Taylor / Jeans - Gap / Flats (on sale!) - Vince Camuto / Necklace (similar) - JCrew Factory (gifted)

Happy Friday!! The weather this week has been freaking amazing (well, in comparison to the last few months anyway) and so I celebrated by putting away my black and burgundy and pulling out some blush instead. I also finally traded in my riding boots for some flats. It's funny, even though I know it's coming, every year I get so surprised by the onset of spring.

In case you're wondering, yes, my hair is looking a little different here - I have in extensions! People always think of extensions as a way to lengthen their hair, but I more wanted a set to add volume and help my hair hold a curl. I went in for a hair cut this weekend and finally remembered to bring in my extensions to get them cut to blend in better. They're now an inch or two longer than my hair and a shade or two darker, giving the look of lowlights. I don't plan on wearing them all the time, just when I want a little more oomph! Like, maybe for a little date night this weekend ;)

Two other ways to wear a white button down: 


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