Budgeting Bloggers: February

February Budget Breakdown

You guys. I ROCKED February shopping-wise. It was a good month: First of all, I had a healthy chunk of extra income to pump up my budget. Second, I managed not to blow it all, which is a miracle for me. Third, I got some really great stuff.

My biggest purchase was a dress from Madewell. I tried it on in the store on Feb. 1 and immediately fell in love, but I knew it was a bad idea for me to spend $130 that early in the month. I decided to wait at least 2 weeks and reassess my budget. I sold some old clothes so I had enough to buy it at full price, but I was hoping there would be a sale. I decided I would wait until Feb. 20 for a sale and if there wasn’t one, I would just take the plunge. I couldn’t risk it selling out! Lo and behold, on the morning of the 20th I woke up to see an email from Madewell: 30% off spring styles and free shipping. Like it was meant to be. It just came in the mail yesterday so you’ll see it on the blog soon!

I also got the final touches for my Barristers’ Ball (aka Law School Prom) outfit. The old Sarah probably would have made some excuse like “well, it’s a special occasion so it doesn’t count toward my budget.” But the new Sarah isn’t making any more excuses! The Ball is this Saturday, and I can’t wait to show off my outfit. If you want a preview before it hits the blog, just stalk me on Instagram this weekend.

Anyway, here’s the breakdown! You might remember from my first Budgeting Bloggers post that my budget is sort of a moving target. For more details on how I come up with my shopping budget, see this post.

February Budget

  • +$129 ($150 starting amount minus the $21 I overspent in January)
  • +$109 (sold clothes at local consignment and resale shops)
  • +$223 (blog income)

          = $461

What I Spent

          =$399 (retail value $650)

That’s $62 under budget, people! *pats self on back*

As for gifted items…

What I Received

So, how did the rest of you do this month? Have you just given up on shopping until the weather gets nicer and you can buy pretty dresses? That’s not a bad idea actually.

Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers

Think Pink

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Here’s my work look of the week! As usual, I went for one statement: hot pink pumps. Normally I’m not one for matching, but going all black and pink seemed like a good way to look slightly more mainstream while still rocking some Barbie-like shoes.

Check out the remix below to see how else I’ve worn the dress, blazer, and shoes.

similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Dress (on sale) // another similar Dress // similar Blazer (on sale) // similar Necklace

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She Wears a lot of Hats

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So I was heating up my lunch at school earlier this week and a girl I didn’t know walked up and asked, “Are you Sarah?” Turns out she’s a first-year student who got paired up with me for some help studying. How did she know who I was? “They told me you wear a lot of hats.”

Really? When did I become Hat Girl? I mean I don’t wear hats that often, do I?

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Touché.

Hat (on sale in pink) // similar Sweater // Boots // similar Coat // similar Bracelet

What, This Old Thing?

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The only thing I did on Sunday when I wore this outfit was meet someone for coffee at Starbucks (hi, Rachael). She was apparently very impressed at how put-together I looked for a Sunday morning. Lest you all think I spent more than 15 minutes getting ready for coffee, let me set the record straight: this put-togetherness is all an illusion.

I got my hair done the day before, so that’s why it looks pretty cute – I hold curl well. And there’s something about wearing all black that comes across as chic no matter what. As for the shiny shoes, I just picked them because the tips of my toes were still sore from dancing in heels the night before, and with a pointy-toed flat, there’s no toe/shoe contact.

There you have it. Now you know all my secrets.

similar Sweater (almost identical!) // similar Tights // similar Shoes // Necklace(on sale)

*Necklace provided courtesy of Loopsway.

Adult Swim

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Fun fact: Indianapolis is home to the largest children’s museum in the world. The only bad thing about the museum is that there are always a bunch of children there. Go figure. But in 2013, Adult Swim Indy was born. On this one night of the year, they open the museum up to adults only. Tickets are pricey because it’s a fundraiser, but thanks to the generosity of a friend (whose dad is a sponsor of the event), I got to go last year and again this past weekend.

It is…so. much. fun. Picture 2500 drunk grownups hula hooping and riding a carousel. There are tasty food samples from local vendors (beer cheese soup has changed my life), a DJ, and a drum circle surrounded by dinosaur skeletons. You can see a few photos from the night on my Instagram feed.

As an added bonus, Adult Swim has become sort of fashion show too! I think people really take advantage of the chance to wear something different from what they would wear on a typical weekend. I don’t know if you knew this about me, but I quite enjoy an excuse to put together a fun outfit, and this is what I came up with! I figured as long as I’m going to be at a children’s museum, I might as well act like a child and insist on wearing all my favorite things at once: plaid, leather, ankle boots, fun jewelry, red lipstick, and an unexpected hat that clashes with everything else. I’m a big girl…I’ll do what I want.

similar Shirt // similar Skirt* // similar Boots* // similar Hat // similar Necklace // Bag // Lips “Orange de Chine”

And as long as I’m being childish, here are some funny faces:

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*Skirt and boots purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Full Circle

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Isn’t it funny how things come full circle? When you’re a baby, you wear a bib so you don’t get food all over your onesie. Then you grow up and you wear a bib (you might wear a onesie too), but it might be more of a beaded flower bib, which doesn’t help so much with the food catching but it does help with the compliment catching.

Then you get old and decrepit and you probably wear a more functional bib again. Then you die and…well, I’m not entirely sure what happens at that point, but there’s probably a better forum for that discussion.

Necklace* // Chambray (under $20) // Jeans (on sale) // similar Sweater (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses // Lips “Plushest Punch”

*This gorgeous necklace was provided courtesy of Fresh Produce!

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Flare

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“I don’t really like talking about my flare.”

Office Space fans? Anyone? It’s late and I can’t think of anything funny to say so I figured I’d just quote a funny movie. Jennifer Aniston was talking about “flair,” not “flare” but…close enough.

I practically forgot that flared jeans were even a thing, but according to bottom of my closet, they were. Even though skinny jeans seem to have taken over, I don’t think flares will ever really be outdated. And even if they are, we’ll just say they’re retro. Problem solved.

Boots // similar Hat // Shirt (on sale) // similar Necklace (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale) // Lips “Crush”