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As for my budget, for the first time in a months, I got really close to going over budget. Since my last post, I’ve been increasingly thinking about my purchasing choices. I’ve been doing a lot more online browsing of sustainable and ethical clothing as well as spending more time on eBay and Poshmark trying to sell some of my clothes… however I end up looking at a lot of tempting things I want to buy but don’t necessarily need.
I’ve also been trying to replace a few items in my wardrobe so I think the more-than-average Googling and online window shopping has brought back some of my more impulsive behaviors. However, that being said, I’m happy to report that after months of searching, I think I’ve found a pair of replacement black jeans for a good price as well as my perfect leather tote bag.
Here’s what I got this month:
1. Genetic Los Angeles Mid Waist Crop Skinny Kate in obsidian ($59.50, originally $119)
Like I mentioned last month, I used the coupon code IMBACK to get 50% off my Genetic Denim order (the coupon still works at the time I’m posting this). I ordered these cropped jeans in a size 26 and 27 and kept the 26. The wash of the jeans are the perfect jet black and I’m curious to see how it’ll wash. The fabric is the perfect denim blend of 98% cotton and 2% elastane and is stretchier than compared to my Madewell jeans of the same material composition. These fit really snug but because they’re stretchy, I’m assuming they’ll stretch out and mold with some wear so I kept the 26 (my usual size) because the 27 was already a little loose in some areas (knees and bum). I’m not sure if I’d be able to always pay $119 for jeans but the discount definitely makes them affordable while being on par with the quality of higher end denim. The 27″ inseam is also perfect for my height (5’2″). On top of it all, these jeans are incredibly flattering on my lower half, if I say so myself. Bonus: these jeans are made ethically and sustainably in Los Angeles.
I’m hoping they’ll come out with a cropped dark-blue pair because I would definitely be interested in since I haven’t been able to find a suitable replacement for my favorite pair of Madewell dark blue skinny ankle jeans for about a year now. I’ve had my old pair of Madewell black ankle skinnies for about four years, and I wonder how these Genetic denim ones will last in comparison.
2. The Stowe Mini Katie in black leather ($41.49 via Poshmark, retail $339)
I’ve come across The Stowe on Need Supply Co. but their bags (designed and ethically made in Montreal, Canada) are way out of my price range, even when on sale. My current style crush is Lee from StyleBee and she has a bag by The Stowe that’s a slightly unusual but cool shape, so I always notice when it makes an appearance on her blog. The Mini Katie tote in particular has been probably on my “pine but can’t afford” wish list for a while. I was browsing the Cuyana section on Poshmark the other day and ended up finding a user who was selling her used Mini Katie in black leather. For $40. I actually made an offer of $35 to test the waters (I honestly would’ve gladly paid more than $40 for the bag but I had just bought my jeans and was trying to stay within budget as much as possible) which was accepted. I legitimately nearly screamed.
It finally arrived after getting lost somewhere in the USPS mail system and you guys, it’s so beautiful. There are a few nicks here and there (but you can’t really tell unless you’re an inch away) and the inner cloth pocket has a small rip but the bag is completely functional and I like to think the wear and tear gives it character. Like all my leather bags and shoes, I’ve given the outer surface a nice coat of Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam (also approved by Katrina of The Demure Muse).
Some background: I’ve been on the search for a leather tote for about five years. I’ve tested the Madewell Transport Tote in the past, and they’re so large they completely overwhelm my petite frame (the tote ends up hanging past my butt and is about twice the width of my side profile). The Cuyana totes aren’t able to stand up on their own. Totes by other handmade leather brands end up being a little too utilitarian in style for my liking. The Stowe’s Mini Katie tote is the perfect simple design and roomy enough to hold a bunch of stuff but is still a manageable size. The brand name is embossed but it’s not in your face. I’m actually in love. Can’t wait to take it out for a whirl. Praise be (I’ve also been obsessed with The Handmaid’s Tale).
3. Gap Poplin Print Sleep Shorts in poppy print ($12.08, originally $19.99)
With summer approaching, it’s time for me to update my PJ shorts game. I have an old pair of these sleep shorts and they’re perfect so I couldn’t resist picking up another pair (in a gorgeous poppy print) when there was a discount code. Obviously unlikely to be ethically or sustainably made.
4. Old Navy Classic Flip Flops in black ($2.50, originally $3.99)
While I hate socks and wearing shoes, I have constantly sweaty feet so I dislike walking around my apartment barefoot because I end up with the dirtiest feet. To combat this, I wear flip-flops that exclusively stay indoors. These flip-flops serve that purpose; I always have a back up pair in the closet for when my current pair gives out (I go through about one pair a year). Same as the Gap shorts on the ethical/sustainable front.
5. Tai Mini Gold Trim Post Earring in turquoise ($24, originally $30)
I was browsing a local boutique and stumbled upon these turquoise studs on sale. I’ve been casually looking for turquoise earrings for the last year and while these are a little smaller than what I envisioned, it was not a deal breaker. They’re super adorable and can’t wait to wear them all throughout summer. Clothing-wise, I usually wear two colors (three on an adventurous day or when laundry day is approaching) so these are a nice pop of brightness. I’ve never heard of this brand but I did some digging and the founder is of Thai origin and the brand employs and supports Thai artisans which I can only applaud.
That’s it for this month! A few necessary items and a few not-so-necessary purchases. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I still need to replace my increasingly beat up Vans slip-ons so that’s definitely going on the purchase list for next month. I’d also love to find a pair of cropped boyfriend-fit jeans since it’s getting warmer here, and I only have one pair of looser fitting jeans (shorts are not allowed in lab), and I’m not really someone who’s comfortable wearing a skirt or dress in lab. Also casually looking for a lightweight/packable rain jacket.
Going to lower my budget back down to $100 for next month. As always, linking up with other budgeting bloggers over at Franish 🙂