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Like last month, I tried to keep my budget below $100 to try and recover from Christmas present shopping, and I was quite successful if I say so myself.
Here’s what I got this month:
1. Madewell Bedtime Pajama Shorts in Llama-Rama – $14.00 (originally $29.50)
2. Gap Cozy modal stripe mockneck top in black stripe- $8.98 (originally $29.95)
3. Gap Wide-leg crop brushed pants in true black – $13.19 (originally $59.95)
4. Gap Softspun fleece mockneck sweater – $14.39 (originally $49.95, sold out, similar: H&M, H&M, Madewell)
5. HUF Fuck It Black Leather Half Zip Wallet – $19.99 (via Zumiez, originally $29.95)
It may seem weird that I’m buying sleeping shorts in the dead of Michigan winter, but my apartment building is controlled by a central thermostat and is set by the landlord. My top-floor apartment happens to get sweltering hot during the winter unless I open the windows. I’ve been sleeping in shorts to avoid getting sweaty at night and needed a second pair. I saw these red llama-print shorts online during a promo. The fabric is thinner than I expected but great for not over heating and didn’t shrink when washed. I probably could’ve sized down to an XS in these due to the elastic waist but the roominess is nice.
I went a little overboard at Gap during a 40% off promo because I’ve been bored with most of my clothing but ended up returning most of my order. I ended up only keeping the items marked as final sale and therefore were non-returnable. I probably would’ve returned the mockneck top if I could’ve but it’s a nice soft slinky material so I’ll be using it for layering under sweaters because I hate wearing scarves. My neck is also quite short so mocknecks are a great way for me to get on board with the mockneck/turtleneck trend and still look like I have a neck.
Speaking of trends, I’ve also been wanting a pair of culotte-cut pants. Since it’s winter, most of the pants on sale are of thicker material which I don’t think would look flattering on my thicker thighs. But this pair are made of decently thick cotton but not as structured as others I’ve seen. With the good reviews, I decided to take a risk and get these for my trip to Taiwan which took place at the end of January. These were perfect for tropical winter weather: airy enough to combat the humidity but enough coverage to combat the “cold” (in the 60s but windy). I got the regular length, which reached above my ankle, rather than the petite length to avoid looking shorter than I already am. The fabric is also just swoosh-y enough to avoid looking too stiff and awkwardly wide.
My favorite item of my Gap order was this marled mockneck sweater. It’s fleecy and super cozy. It doesn’t have much stretch so it’s hard to push up the sleeves (which I always do even though it stretches things out) to avoid my sleeves from touching dirty surfaces when I’m doing lab work. I got lots of compliments when I wore it out which is always a good sign. Only thing that I’m worried about is how this item will wash. The exact item is sold out but I’ve linked similar items above.
Lastly, I returned the APC wallet I got last month after seeing it in person. The leather creased badly at the edge when the wallet is opened and the zipper stuck horribly at the corners. It looked quite beautiful but it just wasn’t up to the standard I was expecting. Also, knowing my clumsy tendencies, the smooth leather was likely going to be scratched within a week. After I returned the APC wallet, I did a spontaneous quick Google search for this HUF wallet I’ve been wanting since seeing it on a blog somewhere two years ago (which has been sold out since two years ago). Imagine my surprise when I actually saw it for sale and on sale! I bought it within five minutes. I know the embossed expletive won’t be to everyone’s tastes but it’s perfect to me. The lettering is small enough so that I’ll likely be the only one who knows it’s there and it serves as a perfect reminder that I shouldn’t take things too seriously or personally. The pebbled leather is also less likely to noticeably scratch. The zipper doesn’t stick and overall, the wallet is pretty much the same design as the old Skagen wallet I use now. I used my old wallet while in Taiwan but will be switching to this one once I get back to Michigan.
I was in Taiwan over Chinese New Year and despite getting quite a few red envelopes, I’ll be saving those funds or have them go towards rent instead. For next month, I’d like to keep my budget within $100 again. I just have too much stuff and will also continue purging stuff from my closet which I usually list on Poshmark.
I did buy a bunch of skincare and makeup whilst in Taiwan and will try to make a post about those items once I have a chance to try some of the things.
Hope everyone had a nice first month of this year despite all the insanity.
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