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what is this feeling?

what is this feeling?

I'm having an odd feeling this spring. The feeling is that I don't really need any new clothes. Gasp. Two years ago I was developing this business and blog and felt some pressure to step up my game, last year I was starved for new things after pregnancy, but this year, I think I'm good. Dresses, check. Lightweight tops, check. Jeans that fit, check. Three pairs of shorts - probably three too many since I rarely wear them. Feels nice.

As usual, when the sun comes out, I add some color to my customary neutrals. But don't worry, only in my jewelry - I mean, I'm still me.

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Nothing new to see here - Zara necklace purchased last spring (here on ebay), COS top seen here, Twiggy from James Jeans and Sam Edelman boots. Plus some spring wind.

mindful closet spring wardrobe
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My old favorite striped trench from Ann Taylor LOFT (here's one on ebay!), old Old Navy flared jeans (yes, they're coming back, but skinnies aren't going anywhere), Forever 21 top, Franco Sarto boots. The necklace is from this etsy shop, and it's wooden beads on a knit cord, so it's pretty childproof.

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How's your wardrobe looking for spring? What items are on your wish list? Leave in the comments and I'll blog about them!

Have a great spring weekend!


what i wore: blogger dinner

Last week, I had the absolute honor of meeting up with four other bloggers (Liz, Alyssa, Lindsay , and Sara) at a dinner that Sara organized. It was the most amazing thing - we all write about very different things and all have pretty different lives/careers/families, but as soon as we sat down, conversation just took off and there were no topics (I mean, none!) that were off-limits. Of course, we could also talk about stats and social media methods and all that other stuff that no one else I know has any interest in. I had a great time and I'm looking forward to doing it again.

I wouldn't be a good fashion blogger if I didn't show you what I wore ;) 

I feel as though there's a lot of pressure to wear the perfect outfit when you meet people for the first time. Do you guys feel that way? You're trying to give an immediate impression of yourself that's accurate, yet approachable, yet that you feel comfortable in. No surprise this is what I ended up in: my staple Vince blouse, James Jeans, flea market necklace, and interesting shoes. Oh yeah, and I have another event tonight where I'll be meeting new people and I will most likely stick with this one again (sorry folk I'm meeting tonight!)

Do you have a go-to outfit for meeting new people? 


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what i actually wore: more rain and casual monday

what i actually wore: more rain and casual monday

As much as I would have liked to have enjoyed some lovely spring weather, that was just not in the cards for us here in St. Louis last month.

blouse: dvf; pants: old navy; boots: marshall's; sweater: ann taylor loft outlet (also worn here)

There's been lots of layering and water-resistant footwear. (This blouse is my only piece of Diane von Furstenberg clothing, although I'd love to add to the collection at some point. Have you read about how my friend Elise ended up with a vintage DvF dress?)

Left - tee: h&m; jeans: thrifted; boots: dansko; necklace: flea market find. Right - dress: h&m; necklace: flea market find; boots: nine west

As I've said before, I could probably get by with just wearing black with chunky necklaces for a very long time. Here's the proof.

Left - trench: h&m; tee: old navy; jeans: james jeans; shoes: target; necklaces: old navy and the other purchased in Paris.  Right - dress: old navy; necklace: thrifted target via goodwill; shoes: nine west (last summer)

I work at a performing arts organization, and on Fridays we need to be presentable, so instead we have casual Mondays. I've been so excited to wear my new James Jeans, however, I still need to hem them. I felt pretty creative when I layered these two necklaces a while back for a night out and it worked well for dressing up my casual Monday outfit as well. These sandals are so great because you can wear the most boring outfit, throw them on, and voila, something worthy of a blog post (I hope!).

april clothes spending

april clothes spending

After I started reading Franziska's blog, I decided to start tracking my monthly clothes spending. It may have been because it was the month after I starting blogging about clothes, or because I had spring fever, or some combination of the two, but I did A LOT of shopping in the month of April. The good news: I didn't go over budget. The (not so) bad news: I spent hours returning things I bought and decided against.

What was my budget? Well, my husband and I recently implemented the Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover plan. In our budget, we each have $100 per month for clothing (his will get spent all at once once a year). We each also have $100 of "blow" money, money that would go towards frivolous purchases like magazines, random toys, pedicures, etc. I decided I'd save my blow money for clothes this month. I also sold some clothing on ebay, which netted me $77, so in all I had $277 to spend.

Here's what I bought and kept:

1) A black trapeze dress similar to the one in this photo - thrifted, $6
2) Spring Festival Necklace - Madewell, $38
3) James Jeans Twiggy Legging - Shopbop, $91 after discounts
4) Leopard print cross body bag, similar to this one, but in canvas - thrifted, $7

Total: $142

The really interesting part is what I bought and returned:

1) N. Peal cashmere sweater - The Outnet, $154
My uniform in the winter is a cape-y sweater with skinny pants, and the one I currently have is from Forever 21 and is showing its cheapness. I thought that this sweater would be worth the price for the quality and the amount of wear I would get from it. Unfortunately, it was "one size fits all" and this one size did not fit me. The width of the sweater was about four times the width of my body. It went back.

2) Zero + Maria Cornejo Ilse blouse - ebay, $150
This one wasn't really a return. Maria + Zero Cornejo is one of my very favorite designers, but I haven't been able to afford anything of hers. I was watching this top, which I've had on my Pinterest board for months, on ebay. The top originally retailed for $495, it was on auction for $75, with a "buy it now" of $150. I stupidly thought I would see if I could wait out the auction and get it for less than the "buy it now" price. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Someone else was NOT stupid, and snatched up the piece before the auction ended, for the very reasonable price. I completely missed out and I'm kicking myself.

3) Tee - Madewell, $32
I saw this tee on Lauren's blog and loved it. The fit was great, but it is quite sheer, and one of my hard and fast rules is to not buy pieces that need extra layers underneath because I always feel uncomfortable when I wear them. 

4-7) Various summer sandals
I cleaned out my basement last weekend and pulled out my summer stuff that was in storage. I'm pretty happy with my current rotation of sandals and decided I really didn't need any new ones. None of these pairs was perfect.

8-9) Other jeans I tried from Shopbop that didn't fit.

10) Metallic plate belt - Zara, $25
I really like the idea of this belt, and I have a photo pinned to my pinterest board which is similar, but the plate itself didn't really conform to the curve of my waist, so it looked awkward.

You can see that if more of these pieces had worked out, I would have had some serious decision making to do or would have gone way over budget. For May, when I roll over what I didn't spend this month, I have $235 plus my $100 blow money to spend. I'm still working on my wish list, so I'll keep an eye out for those items. I also have a trip to California over Memorial Day weekend and I always like to shop while traveling.

To see how other budgeting bloggers did, check out the April post on Franish. Do you have a monthly clothing budget? How did you do?