March 2017 clothing budget

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Another month, another clothing budget post. Here’s what I got this month.

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1. ASOS LEMONADE Elasticated Ballet Flats ($12, originally $31)

Ballet flats aren’t really my style but I’ve always wanted to try them. I didn’t want to spring for a nice but expensive brand without knowing if I could wear ballet flats on a daily basis. Working in a wet-lab means I’m often running around during the day so it’s critical that my shoes are comfy. When I saw this pair on super sale, I thought they were a great pricepoint to try a new style. I also like the slight heel and lack of toe cleavage due to the high vamp. I usually wear a size 6.5M in shoes that don’t require socks but the 7M fit fine due the elasticated heel backing.

2. Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Parka in olive ($54.90, originally $79.90)

I have the jacket version (no hood) of this parka and will be selling it once this parka arrives (I have a one in, one out rule for my winter wardrobe). It’s just too damn windy here to not have a hood when the weather calls for a down jacket. The olive color of the parka is currently marked down more than the other colors and I jumped at the chance to get this at such a discounted price. Currently still on sale for $49.90!

3. Everlane Gia Tee in navy/white ($16.25 via eBay, originally $35, now sold out)

While I think Everlane has great prices on their basic tees, I didn’t think the Gia collection was worth the higher price point despite really liking all the stripes so I refrained. But when I saw this tee on eBay for a fraction of the price, I couldn’t resist. The material feels different from their other cotton tees; it feels somehow lighter and slinkier. I was initially worried would highlight all the bulges and bumps but it actually falls beautifully. Can’t wait to wear it when it gets warmer. Protip: lots of gently used/new Everlane items often pop up on eBay and Poshmark at even cheaper prices; it’s especially worth checking these sites if you’re looking for an item or collection that’s now sold out.

4. Everlane Cotton Box-Cut Tee in heather grey ($16, used credit)

Used some of my credit to try some of the new tees by Everlane. The only one I kept was the the box-cut tee in grey. I really like the original box-cut tee but have never been a fan of the front pocket so I’m happy they came out with a pocketless version. I don’t have a basic grey t-shirt so this is perfect for the warming weather.

I also tried the scoopneck tee and love the cut of it. The neck isn’t as constricting as the crewneck shirt but definitely not as revealing as the u-neck style. Unfortunately, the white version I got was a little too see through for my liking so I sent it back. Will probably re-order it in black. As always, thank you to anyone who has ever used my referral link to purchase an Everlane item! I’m in the process of compiling a review of all my Everlane items but it’s proving more complicated than expected (waiting for more consistent day light before taking photos!).

Budget: $100
Spent: $83.15

In addition to keeping under budget, I sold a bunch of items in my closet that I never wear and am super happy about that.

I think for next month, I’ll up my budget to $150. I’m on the hunt for a new pair of ankle length black skinny jeans to replace my 4-year-old Madewell pair (my favorite pair of jeans) that’s literally hanging onto life.

Linking up with other budgeting bloggers at Franish!

February 2017 clothing budget

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I managed to continue to keep my clothing spending below $100 which is a huge achievement for me. Here’s what I got this month:feb 2017.png

1. Independent Trading Co. Unisex Zip Hooded Sweatshirt in black via Amazon – $19.50 (originally $31.50, also here)
2. Baggu Duck Bag in black via Poshmark – $18.49 ($30 at Baggu, $26 at Nordstrom for old patterns)

Budget: $100
Spent: $37.99

As a graduate student, I own about four to five hoodies and all but one of them are from Independent Trading Co. I first discovered this brand when I bought a Jack’s Mannequin hoodie at a concert back in high school. I loved how soft the fleece-y inside was and upon a quick Google search, found the manufacturer produced hoodies and sweatshirts in a ton of colors and thicknesses. I pretty much live in hoodies all year around; they’re my outer layer in spring/fall and fit under down coats in winter.

Independent Trading Co. are my favorite hoodie brand, and I have been buying from them for about ten years now and the quality has been consistently good for over a decade. I’m actually on my third black hoodie of this style which means each one has an average lifespan of ~3 years which isn’t bad at all considering they get worn at least a few times a week. My 3-year-old hoodie still looks black and not gray. The area that wears down the fastest for me is the cloth where the zipper is attached. I’ve gotten holes in this area on two hoodies but the holes are usually accompanied by thin patches all over. I get a small in the unisex style for an oversized comfy fit. I’ll probably be buying my hoodies from them until they no longer sell them.

It was also time to replace another staple in my wardrobe. I absolutely love my Baggu Duck bag. It’s the perfect everyday school bag for me. It holds an astounding amount of stuff (think Hermione’s magic bottomless bag), is the perfect length and the adjustable long strap is great for shorties like me. There’s a small pocket where I usually keep a pen, chapstick, a flashdrive, keys and hand sanitizer. I have a desktop computer in lab so I don’t have to bring my laptop to campus. My laptop would fit snugly in the bag but is awkward to carry. On days I have to bring my computer, I use a backpack.

I’ve had my maroon Baggu Duck bag for about 3 years now and the durable canvas is beginning to show signs of wear and tear at the bottom corners. The tiny holes don’t affect the bag’s utility at all but I’ve been thinking about replacing it for a few months now. Baggu comes out with different colors every season so I’m bummed the maroon color is no longer available but thought black will go with everything. The Duck bags used to be $26 but recently went up to $30. I was able to find a brand new one on Poshmark for cheaper but if my quick search didn’t yield any results, I would’ve just bought it at full price considering the resulting cost per wear.

That’s all I bought in terms of clothing (and accessories) this month! Both items were replacements.

I feel like I’m on a roll and am going to try and keep it up with this $100 clothing budget for next month. I’ve ordered some stuff to try (they haven’t arrived yet so keep an eye for next month’s post about what items I keep). I’ve been mostly on a makeup and skincare kick and have found some new favorite things I might make a post about in the future.

As always, linking up with other budgeting bloggers over at Franish!

January 2017 clothing budget

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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:
january-20171. 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)

Budget: $100
Spent: $70.55

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.

As always, check in with other bloggers who budget over at Franish!

December 2016 clothing budget

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It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these, but I have been trying to stick to a monthly clothing budget for the last year. I’ve been fairly successful staying within budget month to month and since I’ve been keeping track of purchases on my phone via Google Sheets, I thought this is a simple enough post to write up.

In anticipation of buying presents for people, I decided to decrease my personal clothing budget down to $100 or less this month. Which would have happened if not for the A.P.C. sale that’s currently happening.

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1. H&M knit hat – $4.99 (originally $9.99)
2. H&M sweatshirt – $9.99
3. A.P.C. Gregoire wallet – $117.50 (originally $235, sold out at A.P.C. but also on sale here)
4. Uniqlo Heattech v-neck top – $9.90 (originally/now $14.99)
5. Uniqlo Heattech crewneck top – $9.90 (originally/now $14.99)
6. Everlane cotton u-neckΒ  – $14 (originally $20, used credit)
7. Everlane medium stripe crewΒ  – $14 (originally $18, used credit)

Budget: $100
Spent: $152.28

A friend and I spontaneously decided to go to the mall and shop the After-Christmas sales. I ended up picking up the two H&M items above. I’ve wanted a soft knit beanie for a while especially during the recent blasting cold winds and this one is super soft and I don’t find it itchy at all. I’ve also wanted a simple black sweatshirt for a while and this one was a great light-medium weight and soft and the right price. I’ve tried staying away from fast-fashion brands but I’ve come to the terms that it’s not easy to pass up the prices when living on a graduate student stipend. I picked up a few other items but due to long fitting room lines, didn’t try them on but am planning to return those things after trying them on at home.

I’ve been using a Skagen half-zip leather wallet for the better part of a year and it’s getting a bit beat up. The Comme des GarΓ§ons Zip-Around Wallet is the wallet of my dreams but they’re never on sale and I can’t bring myself to spring $285 for a wallet. I thought about the Everlane Square Zip Wallet but couldn’t find any reviews online about the quality and decided to pass on it for the moment. I was casually browsing the A.P.C. sale online (as one does) and saw the Gregoire style wallet in black leather in the men’s sale section. I hemmed and hawed before finally pulling the trigger. I decided it would be my Christmas present to myself for the year. I’m hoping the A.P.C. brand name proceeds itself and the wallet will hold up for a while.

It got really cold really quickly about a month ago and I wasn’t prepared. I only have one Uniqlo Heattech shirt and wanted to get a few more as undershirts for sweaters so picked up two of them during a promotion.

Lastly, thank you to anyone who has made an Everlane purchase with my referral link. I was able to pick up two t-shirts using credit during their expanded Choose What You Pay range. I’m a fan of their crewneck shirts even though they’re a little long on me and have wanted to try one of the striped ones (love the red!). I’ve also been wanting to add more gray basics to my closet and picked up the grey/white microstripe in my favorite Everlane t-shirt style: the u-neck (reviewed here).

Going to try and keep my clothing budget under $100 for January since I don’t feel like I have any major gaps in my closet at the moment and need to recover from buying presents for friends and family πŸ™‚

Linking up with Franish and other budgeting bloggers here.

New York: the shopping

I took a much needed break during “spring break,” a term which technically applies to the undergrads but since we’re first years, our schedules are still “school-esque,” to go to New York!

This was the third time I went to New York for fun and first time I traveled with this particular friend. We had similar priorities… shop and eat, eat and shop. And maybe a museum.

And we did a lot of shopping… but even more eating. πŸ˜‰ I thought I’d break up the trip into a shopping post and an eating post starting with the shopping post.

We were in New York from Monday night to Thursday noon and we allotted the entirety of Tuesday for shopping, in and around SoHo.

The two stores we wanted to hit up were & Other Stories and COS, both of which are owned by the H&M Group but only recently came to the US, with physical stores found only in New York. We spent about half of our shopping day in & Other Stories and COS. Amazing. Simply amazing.

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part of the shoe section at & other stories

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October 2014 Clothing Budget

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Serious, serious damage was done this month, people. The shopping addiction that I managed to curb last year is back and rearing its ugly head. I’m a bit disappointed in myself for going way over my clothing budget especially since I overspent in other categories too. Some household supplies were needed and ordered, and a Costco haul happened since my roommate and I planned and hosted a Halloween party for some of our fellow grad students. On the positive side, I feel a lot closer to these people now that I’ve seen them drunk. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, onto the purchases. The final prices listed include tax and shipping where appropriate. Since I bought so much, I decided to include my main favorite purchases (noted by a *) in the collage.

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my tired brain originally called this “November Favorites” but it’s been corrected. sorry for any confusion! lol

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September 2014 Clothing Budget

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This month, I realized my school’s basic (free) health insurance plan provides more than enough services for my needs so I’ve decided to add the $50 I was planning to set aside for insurance to my monthly clothing budget resulting in $200/month. Also, in my August budget part 2 post, I gave myself a lump sum of $350 for the next 3 months to buy winter gear, and I’ll be including those purchases in this post as well.

Here’s what I got this month:

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September 2014 purchases

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