Well, if there’s one bright side to spending all of July studying, it’s that it kept me from blowing my budget! I mean there was no point in buying a ton of new clothes when I was spending most of my time at home in sweats. But let’s not talk about the Bar anymore – IT’S OVER! Instead, let’s take a look back at the good part of July: the shopping.
- +$93 ($150 starting budget minus $57 overspent in June…whoops)
- +$103 (blog income)
- +$32 (sold old clothes)
What I spent:
=$221 (total retail value: $581 (I’m awesome))
What I received:
- Rainbow pastel watercolor Moroccan tote bag courtesy of Redbubble
- Jeff Koons for H&M balloon dog bag courtesy of H&M
- I also won the orange suede sandals pictured above from Shoemint! Lucky me!
As usual, I’m linking up with the other Budgeting Bloggers at Franish.
Well, the time has come. I’m writing this the night before the Bar Exam. They say you should stop studying the last day and so something to relax, so I figured I might as well blog. Because I’m weird and I find blogging relaxing. Plus, I feel like I look pretty good in these photos from my anniversary date last week, so it also gives me a little confidence boost. I mean, that chick up there looks like someone who can kick the Bar’s ass, right?
So. If you’re reading this between 8am and 5pm on Tuesday or Wednesday, I’m taking the Bar Exam right now! No need to pray for me or anything…Something tells me God’s not a lawyer so I don’t think She can help me. But thanks so much to everyone who’s been wishing me luck during my studies! See you on the other side!
Skirt (on sale) // Shoes // similar Clutch* (on sale) // Lips
*Clutch purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.
On most days during the past 3 weeks, “getting ready for the day” has consisted of a face wipe, a new layer of deodorant, and the same sweats I’d been in for the past 24 hours. This might negatively affect your opinion of me, but I’m just keepin’ it real.
Last weekend I decided to actually get ready for the day, and Kristin and I had a picnic lunch on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I brought along my flash cards and book of practice questions and actually got some decent work done! It was a much needed break, even if it wasn’t really a break.
And in case you hadn’t heard, pineapples are the new lemons.
Tee // similar Skirt* // Hat // Shoes* // similar Sunglasses (under $20) // similar Clutch (on sale) // Lips “Whimsical”
*Skirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos; shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.
Last week I had an appointment at the chiropractor (or as I like to call him: my crack dealer), so I decided to use that as an excuse to look presentable and spend some time out of the house. The weather was absolutely beautiful (July? Who are you?!) so I grabbed lunch and ate it outside while I studied. Did it take my mind off the fact that I’ve spent the entire month glued to outlines, flash cards, and practice tests? Only marginally but it was better than nothing.
On a related note, I’d like to wish a happy 3rd anniversary to the person who is working a full-time job while still doing my laundry, putting dinner on the table every night, and keeping me sane. You’re amazing, babe.
similar Sweater (on sale) // similar Shorts // Necklace* // Sunglasses // Ring // similar Bracelet* // Shoes (on sale) // similar Clutch (on sale)
*Necklace provided courtesy of Max & Chloe; bracelet purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.
This outfit is actually from a couple weeks ago – the last day of my Bar review course. The day before, I had put absolutely no effort into my appearance and I was in a total funk all day. So the next day I wore this. I’ll be the first to admit I had absolutely no one to impress; all my fellow Bar-preppers were stressed and too worried about themselves to notice what I was wearing (I’m just assuming this based on the fact that I was stressed and didn’t notice what anyone else was wearing). But darn it if I didn’t feel a million times better about life.
However, now that we’re only a week out from exam time, please don’t ask me how I feel about life currently. K thanks.
Top (on sale) // Scarf // Shoes (on sale) // Jeans // similar Sunglasses (on sale)
Here’s where you’ve seen these outlook improvers before: It’s the Real Life Remix…
These sunglasses and this shirt are both from Madewell, and this skirt and these shoes are both from Ann Taylor. On any given day, there’s a good chance you’ll find me wearing one or both of these brands. Which is sort of interesting considering they’re so different. AT’s very “I’m going out for cocktails after my board meeting,” while Madewell’s very “I’m going out for beers after a music festival.” There’s probably something very deep I could say about myself here, but my brain is shot from studying, so I’ll leave it to you.
Have a great weekend!
Skirt (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Shirt // Sunglasses // similar Bag (on sale) // Ring // Necklace*
*Necklace provided courtesy of oNecklace.
This bag probably seems really random if you’re not a modern art fan. But do a Google search for Jeff Koons and it’ll start to make more sense. As an art history major, you might think I learned all about him in undergrad, but funny enough I actually learned more about him in law school (he gets sued a lot – those pesky copyright laws)!
So why do I have a handbag with Jeff Koons’ famous balloon dog on it? Because Koons has partnered with H&M to celebrate the opening of a new museum-inspired H&M store in NYC, and starting July 17, a limited number of these bags will be sold at select stores, on H&M’s website, and at the Whitney Museum.
I wouldn’t classify it as an “everyday” bag, but you have to admit it adds a little something unique and unexpected to this outfit! I’ll probably be sharing my bag with Kristin, because when she saw it she had the reaction of a small child who’s just seen…oh, I don’t know…a balloon animal.
If you want to get your own Koons for H&M balloon dog bag, they’re $49.99. I don’t know exactly how many there are or how popular they’ll be, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to stalk the website tomorrow if you can’t live without one. Or if you live in a major US city, they might be in a store near you (the info I have says Chicago, LA, and Dallas). Good luck!
Bag* // Top (on sale) // Jeans // Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace* // Lips “Unapologetic”
*Bag provided courtesy of H&M; necklace provided courtesy of Flourish Boutique.
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