Budgeting Bloggers: May

May budget breakdown!

Can you believe the month is over? I’m going to guess you said “no,” so I’m going to say “me neither!” As expected, my May budget was much smaller than the past couple months (check out March and April if you missed them). But what I didn’t expect was the fact that I would get graduation gifts to help fund a nice tote bag and new work clothes (for when I need them, which is hopefully soon).

I got monetary gifts (look, I sound like an attorney already) from my parents and grandparents, and I decided to do the responsible thing and put those in savings. But I also got checks from the in-laws that were specifically designated for adding to my lawyerly wardrobe. Well, it would be rude not to shop with that money as instructed, right? Right. ūüėČ

For the sake of this post, I’m putting what I bought with my graduation¬†money under the “what I received” category so you can differentiate what I spent my “real” money on. So here we go…

My Budget:

  • +$166 (starting budget $150, plus $4 unspent in April, plus $12 for a return)
  • +$123 (sold old clothes)
  • +$55 (blog income)

      = $344

What I Spent:

      = $368 (total retail value: $605)

I went $24 over my budget, so I’ll subtract that from my starting amount for June. It was the midi ring at the art fair that put me over the edge, but supporting the arts is good so I forgave myself pretty quickly and so should you.

What I Received (graduation gifts from family & gifts from brands):

A big thank you to the brands who let me try some new things for free, and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people (whom I actually know) that gave me gifts this month! You all helped me have a little more fun. Because to me, fun=new clothes.

As always, I’ll be linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers group! Be sure to check them out and prepare to be impressed. If you’re new here, follow Sarah’s Real Life to see how I’m wearing all this crap and to see all the additional crap I will undoubtedly buy next month!

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Same Old Thing

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On May 29, 2012, I posted my very first outfit here on Sarah’s Real Life, not knowing anything about blogging or if this endeavor would even last more than a month. Now here we are, 2 years and 600+ posts later, and looking back, I think it’s clear…that I have gotten marginally better at blogging. Go me!

Last year for my first blogiversary post, I did a retrospective of 12 outfits (1 from each month). Well, last year I wasn’t studying for the Bar, so this year is a little more simple. I’m just doing more of what I’ve been doing nearly every day for the past 2 years: a real-life outfit post.

No hidden brand sponsorship, no fancy camera tricks, no picking out something I didn’t really wear, no going out of my way for a cool background. Just me standing in my friend’s backyard while having some fashionable but practical fun in a polka dot romper at a Memorial Day cookout.

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I didn’t even realize it¬†at the time we took these photos, but this outfit was the perfect one¬†to share on this special occasion. My very first post featured what I wore to a Memorial Day cookout in this same neighborhood with many of the same friends. A lot has changed in our group over the past 2 years, but some things stay the same: we still love to share a vat of homemade guacamole, and I’m still that weirdo that puts pictures of herself on the internet.

Thanks to all my friends (new and old, real and virtual) who have followed along and supported this silly hobby of mine. If you’d like to give me a blog birthday present, please send¬†a donation directly to my student loan account at Sallie Mae. (Or you can just share your favorite outfit of mine on Pinterest or Facebook so I can earn some new readers. That works too.)

similar Romper // Hat // Necklace // Sunglasses // Bag¬†(on sale) // Lips¬†“Plushest Punch”

Chambray & Aliens

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I really love this shirt, but I’m now realizing I probably shouldn’t wear it tucked in like this. Because as soon as I move at all, it looks like there’s a little alien inside my ribcage¬†that’s trying to escape through my skin and take over the world.

Well…now that you have that lovely image in your head…have a great day!

similar Top // Jacket // similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Necklace* // similar Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses

Nothing new here! This jacket, top, necklace, & skirt are all on repeat. It’s the Real Life Remix…

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*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Skin Deep

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I don’t even feel conceited when I tell you that I felt like a total babe in this dress. And for the record, it¬†shouldn’t¬†make¬†any woman feel stuck up or narcissistic to make herself¬†feel gorgeous and confident and to acknowledge that feeling. You hear that, ladies? Maybe other people will notice; maybe they won’t. It doesn’t matter. When I wore this on Saturday afternoon, no one told me I looked good, but I felt amazing, and I’m glad I have this blog so I can relive that feeling now!

Part of the reason I’m gushing so much is that it’s a pretty rare occurrence for me to wear something strapless, much less feel confident in something strapless. Or a halter top, or spaghetti straps, or even fettucini straps.¬†I’m pretty insecure about my skin – it’s always blotchy and breakout-prone, and those things are a lot more obvious on someone with fair skin like me. So when my chest and back are showing, I feel self-conscious.

I realize my skin looks totally normal in these photos…I swear I’m not crazy, and I didn’t Photoshop these. We have some flattering light and a not-too-sharp focus to thank. You’ll just have to trust me when I say that this is a pretty special occasion and a pretty special dress. Since I love it so much, I should probably give a shout out to the company that sent it to me: Kika¬†is a mother-daughter business in Los Angeles that sells American-made, eco-friendly clothing. If this dress is any indication, their stuff is insanely soft, comfortable, well-made, and pretty.

So. Life lesson of the day is: Wear what makes you feel great, and stop worrying about perfection. I’m mainly talking to myself here, but if it resonates with anyone else, even better.

Dress* // Hat // similar Necklace // Shoes // Sunglasses (on sale) // Clutch // Lips¬†“Lip Bomb #2”

*Dress provided courtesy of Kika.

Complimentary

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A fine arts degree is useful for very few things: impressing your friends at museums, answering Jeopardy questions, and knowing all about the color wheel. Unlike the first two, that last one is actually useful on a regular basis. I love wearing¬†complimentary colors because it’s way more fun than ¬†just matching your colors or pairing a bright with a neutral.

In case you’re a total color wheel novice (maybe you majored in one of those practical¬†subjects¬†like philosophy), complimentary colors are sets of one primary [red/yellow/blue] and one secondary [green/violet/orange] color that are across from each other on the color wheel. So they’re sort of like opposites, which means they make each other look brighter.

I loved the pattern of this chevron scarf, so to make the blues really stand out I decided to wear it over an orange sweater. Thanks, college.

Scarf // similar Sweater* (under $20) // Jeans (on sale) // Bag // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (under $20)

*Sweater purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Liz Lemon

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My sweater has lemons on it. So there’s only one thing to do, and that’s make a list of¬†my favorite Liz Lemon-isms.

“I want to go to there.”

“Who’s got two thumbs, speaks limited French, and hasn’t cried once today? This moi!”

“BLERG!”

“Workin’ on my night cheese!”

“It OK. Don’t be cry.”

“Why are my arms so weak? It’s like I did that pushup last year for nothing!”

“Ain’t no party like a Liz Lemon party, cuz a Liz Lemon party is MANDATORY!”

Feel free to keep the list going in the comments. Have a great Sunday!

Sweater // Shorts // Shoes (on sale in silver) // Bag // similar Sunglasses (under $10) // Necklace* // Bracelet // Lips

*Necklace provided courtesy of oNecklace.

and then…

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I started Bar review classes this week after 10 blissful, study-free days. You didn’t think I was¬†actually done, did you? Don’t be ridiculous! Becoming a lawyer in¬†just¬†three years of school would be way too easy. I figured this shirt was appropriate for the first day of this next stage because it feels like there’s always an “and then…” with law school. You make it through a semester, and then there’s finals. You make it through a year, and then there’s another one, and then another one. You graduate, and then you have to study for the Bar, and then take the Bar, and then find a job so you don’t feel like you’ve wasted your life and spent tens of thousands of dollars for nothing. No pressure though.

similar Jacket // Jeans // similar Shoes // Bag¬†(tons of great colors!)¬†// Shirt* // Sunglasses¬†(on sale) // Lips¬†“Unapologetic”

*Shirt provided courtesy of Redbubble.

Art Fair

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OK, here’s what happened while I was getting this post ready: I was resizing these photos and saving them under new file names. I wore this to the Broad Ripple Art Fair over the weekend, so I was naming the files “artfair1,” “artfair2,” etc. Meanwhile, in my head I was thinking of genius things to write (per usual).

Then apparently my fingers got ahead of my brain because¬†I typed¬†“fartfair” for one of the file names, and I laughed so hard that all my genius ideas disappeared. I think you’ll¬†agree that’s a totally normal adult response, so you’ll forgive me for my lack of relevant commentary today.

similar Dress // similar Jacket (on sale) // Hat // Ring: purchased at the fair from artist Sally J. Phillips! // Sunglasses // Necklace* // Bag (on sale) // Shoes (on sale in lots of colors)

*Necklace provided courtesy of oNecklace.

The Basics

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I’m always looking for stand-out pieces, whether it’s bright colors, patterns, unique shapes, or other little details. But I do in fact have “basics” in my closet. I don’t usually wear this many of them at one time, though. It’s not so bad. It feels very French, n’est-ce pas? Maybe I should try it more often.

I wore this on Saturday to head down to Bloomington for a friend’s graduation party. Not knowing what kind of party it would be, I thought some casual but classy basics (and some snazzy shoes) would work. I guess they did because no one kicked me out. If you need¬†someone to wear casual but classy basics to your next party, I’m available and looking for practice. Parties that serve lots of good¬†cheese and/or cupcakes will have first priority.

Jeans¬†(on sale) // similar Shirt¬†(under $25)¬†// similar Jacket* (under $15) // similar Necklace¬†(on sale) // Shoes¬†(also in yellow which I’m seriously considering!)¬†// Sunglasses // similar Bag // same Bag in black // Lips¬†“Lip Bomb #2”

Basics & Snazzy Shoes on Repeat. It’s the Real Life Remix…

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*Jacket purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Beneath the Cap & Gown

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So I graduated law school several days ago. Did I mention that was happening? Maybe like 100 times over the past month? Yep. I was so busy sharing my post-graduation Chicago vacation outfit photos that I forgot to show you what I wore on the big day! So here it is.

This skirt came in the mail a couple days before graduation and I decided it would be a good option. It’s got this kind of youthful but elegant look to it. You know…like something a brand new lawyer would wear. ūüėČ

These shoes were not the most comfortable things to stand around in for two hours while we were waiting for the processional, but my gown was so freaking huge I felt like I needed the extra height. Can we talk about the cap and gown for a second? Great. Thanks. There was one size gown for everyone up to 200 pounds. I don’t know if you can tell from all the photos you’ve seen of me, but I weigh somewhat less than 200 pounds. They asked for my height (which is 5’3″, by the way) but I’m not sure it made a difference. I was essentially wearing an inflated, depressing looking maxi dress. And that silly hat. I put mine on ahead of time, but it looked so ridiculous I thought I¬†must have done it wrong. So I took it off and waited until I checked in at the ceremony location so I could see everyone else’s. Nope. It’s really supposed to look like that. Sigh. I know there’s historical significance to these stupid outfits, but someone really needs to update the graduation look. Like maybe Diane von Furstenburg.

OK, after all that complaining, you probably want to see what I looked like, don’t you? If you must:

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The oversized look is “in,” right?

Top¬†(on sale) // similar Skirt // Shoes¬†(on sale)¬†// similar Necklace* // Lips¬†“Plushest Punch”

*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.