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i'm a fraud

i'm a fraud

So, here I am, my big thing is buying quality things that you wear over and over, right? And, when I got married, instead of buying a dress that only had one use, I bought a white cocktail dress that I could wear again and again. And I love this dress. I want to wear it all the time. But when I put it on, like I did this year for our fifth anniversary dinner, it feels like too much. Too dressy or too conspicuous, or too bridal. Even though it's not. I just don't feel right in it, not like I did the day I wore it to get married in. Is it because I have it tied to a certain type of event in my mind? Is it really just too dressy for the average nice St. Louis restaurant? Not sure, but I do know that I wouldn't advise anyone else to wear something they didn't feel good in. So this year, like several other times, I've changed out of the dress and into something I felt better in. So maybe I didn't achieve the impossible, a wedding dress that can be reworn. Or maybe it just hasn't been the right time. Either way, best to go with your gut.

mindful closet rewearing your wedding dress

This is what I wore instead, almost all second hand, so at least these items are getting second lives! Dress: InWear via Crossroads Trading Company, The Limited belt (similar), Loeffler Randall bag via Scholar Shop, Nine West shoes via Buffalo Exchange (similar). Much happier. ;)

Have you ever tried to rewear something that just wouldn't work?

june clothing budget

june clothing budget

In April and May, I felt a little gluttonous in terms of my shopping. I stayed within my budget ($200/month), but just felt as though I was buying a lot. I gave it a bit of a rest in June.  

Here's what I bought (from top left): two necklaces from Goodwill: $4.50 total; Michael Kors shibori tie-dye caftan top: $30 at TJ Maxx; necklace $6 at Savers; Michael Kors beaded maxi dress $50 secondhand at Women's Closet Exchange; necklace $7 at J.C.Penney. You guys know that I could pretty much wear only black, denim, and cool necklaces for the rest of my life, so I was excited about these thrifty finds. I also spent $49.50 on underwear and sleepwear (exciting, I know), for a grand total of $147. If you don't count the underwear (which, really, it's so not fun!), it was only $97.50! I'm really itching to invest in some quality pieces soon, so it's good that I stayed under budget to give me a bit more next month.


Of course, as always, there were a few try-and-returns. Next month is my birthday month and I am going to splurge a little on a gift for myself (subsidized by the husband), so I ordered this pouchette from Loeffler Randall and this Vince shift dress from Ebay. The pouchette was gorgeous, but I wanted something to use everyday and the snakeskin was a little too delicate. I still want this Vince dress, but it's sold out everywhere and the one I ordered from Ebay was too small. The hunt continues!

Check out Franziska's budget (my inspiration for this series), as well as the rest of the budgeting bloggers here

Here are my May and April budget posts. 

How did you do? 


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