Wednesday, May 29, 2019

May Budget

Every month I post about my clothing budget. My budget per month is $350, which may seem like a lot to some and a little to others, but feels just right for me. You can read my thoughts on my 2018 budget here.

Can you tell I'm planning a summer as a stay at home mom from this budget post?? Lollll. It's the month of the sweatshirt! I even bought one more pullover that is meant to be sleepwear so I'm not including it here, but also it's the softest thing ever so I might end up wearing it out of the house haha. I've been loving all of the pullovers, front-tucked into some denim shorts they make the perfect warm weather casual look.

I also have been shopping for my brother-in-law's wedding at the beginning of July. Normally I would pull a dress out of my own closet to wear, but since we haven't had many weddings lately I decided to treat myself. I literally ordered and returned over $1,000 worth of stuff to the Nordstrom last week. Yes, you read that correctly. With the little girl it's so much easier to order a bunch of stuff to try on at home, and Nordstrom has such a great return policy that I just went with it.

Here's the damage for May: 

Eliza J Dress - $158.00. Eliza J's dresses are beautiful and come in extended sizes now, almost everything I ordered to try for this wedding was from Eliza J! I looooove this one, it's so flattering, but I also still have this dress in my possession and think it would be so fun for a July 4th wedding. It just is too low cut and I'd need to put in a hook and eye or sew the top shut or something. But I'll keep one or the other, they're both the same price.
J.Crew Colorblock Sweatshirt - originally $65.00, on sale + used rewards $40.50. One of those things I saw and needed, and it is so cute in person! Definitely size up in this one, I got an XXL. You can see it here.
Lou & Grey Striped Sweatshirt (also available here) - $39.50. I went for a quick wander by myself while my MIL was babysitting, and ended up walking out of Lou & Grey with this. It's so funny, I would never buy something full price online, but in person when I'm in a bit of a rush? Yep, happy to do it haha. I grabbed this to try on and it's so cute, the perfect light sweatshirt material for summer lounging. The sales girl said just about every girl who'd been in that afternoon walked out with one.
LOFT Striped Romper - originally $89.50, on sale $44.75. I don't usually love a romper, mostly because it's always so tricky to find one that fits your body type. This one is gorgeous though, I would love to dress it up with some pretty espadrilles and rattan earrings (would be so cute for a bachelorette if you're a bride-to-be!) and the fit is perfect with the little waist tie.
Universal Thread Slide Sandals - $19.99. I bought these in brown last month and loved them so much I snagged them in gold too! They are insanely comfortable, I've had zero issues with blisters and I wore them for a mile walk over the weekend. I love the gold for a dressier summer option.
Aerie Striped Beach Fleece - originally $44.95, on sale $31.46. I saw a few girls on Instagram talking up this shirt so I had to give it a try. The fabric definitely surprised me, I thought it would be soft fleece but really it's more like terrycloth. Not quite as soft as I thought it would be, but I'm hoping it will get softer in the wash like the reviews suggest. It's the perfect summer weight to pair with shorts when you want your skin covered when it's hot or for a cool summer night.

Total Spent: $334.20
Total Saved: $82.74

And here's what I bought that I returned:

J.Crew Striped Popover - Just not as flattering as I thought it would be. For some reason I thought this was tunic length too, and it is not.
LOFT Floral Romper - I thought this would fit just like my polka dot romper from last summer, but it's different, somehow way less flattering.
J.Crew Factory Floral Midi Dress - Not flattering around the midsection, way too much fabric at the waist.
Sanctuary Floral Jumpsuit - I had a hard time deciding on this one, sometimes I thought it was cute and flattering and sometimes not.
Lou & Grey Chambray Jumpsuit - This jumpsuit is actually pretty cute, but the back dips a little too low to wear a regular bra.
Gal Meets Glam Midi Dress - I think all of Gal Meets Glam's dresses are beautiful, but when I actually put them on they're a little too buttoned up for me. Plus this one felt like too much fabric around the waist.
Gibson Eyelet Top - The tiers on this didn't work on my bust. Too bad because it is beautiful!
LOFT Floral Dress - So cute in person but it runs small and the buttons gaped a lot.
LOFT Linen Cardigan - I hated the fabric of these, not soft enough for me.

In June, I'm on the hunt for some great nude sandals with a thick heel to wear to this outdoor wedding (hoping this pair or this pair will work! I also ordered these as a flat option.) and some more summer denim - maybe these?

Did you find anything awesome this month? Let me know!

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