Mar 31, 2014

February & March 2014 - Where My Dolla Bills Went

Welcome back to another installment of Where my dolla bills went. I write these posts in an effort to be transparent and show that I don't think it's necessary to spend a lot of money on clothes in order to dress cute decently.

 I didn't do a budget post in February because, well, I didn't buy anything in February. And yes, it felt so good. I bought a few things this month, but I mostly used gift cards I had been hoarding. Oh yes, I am a gift card hoarder. I've written about it once... no twice before, so I won't go into it too much except to say I've had the Francesca's card since Christmas and the Anthro card for a year. A year. I'm weird.


1. I finally made it to Anthropologie to spend my gift card and of course I ended up in the sale section. This skirt was $19.99, which is pretty much insane for Anthro. It was originally $158 (what?) so it pretty much forced me to buy it.

2. I had a gift card to Francesca's that I got from taking back a gift I got for Christmas. I've never shopped there before (I feel like most of the stuff is a little young for me) but I was excited to spend my free money. I got earrings really similar to these that I love. They were $12, but, you know, free money.

3. I am a dress person. I love skirts, and dresses are just so easy to wear (one piece and you're done!). I fell in love with this pretty navy fit-and-flare dress. It fits really well and I don't own a navy dress so it felt like a good purchase. It is on sale for $69.95, but I used my giftcard.

4. And the final Francesca's purchase: this maxi dress. I mentioned on Friday that I am loving cutout dresses (the kind that are not too flashy) and I found this pretty dress on Sunday, so it was meant to be. I am kind of obsessed with maxis (again, that whole dress - one piece thing) and I am so excited for it to get warm so I can wear them again! I will probably wear it to work this summer (with a cardigan of course!) so I feel like I will get a lot of wear out of it.

Total: $149.94
Total spent from budget: $0 (victory!)

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34 comments:

  1. Holy cow! An Anthro skirt for twenty bucks?!? Lucky girl!

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  2. I have two gift cards to J Crew (which I love to hate, because their clothes are SO expensive) from Christmas and my birthday, and I spent $30 yesterday on an on sale pair of shorts. Every time I go in there I look at something I love and think "I would never spend $85 on a shirt!" even when I have double that in gift cards!

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  3. The maxi dress you purchased is absolutely GORGEOUS!

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  4. I don't even go into Anthro anymore because of the prices. But that skirt? I am in love! Can't wait to see you wear it! The navy dress is such a great closet staple, too!

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  5. Wow, such cute pieces! Nice job holding onto those gift cards, they served you well this month!

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  6. oh that navy dress. i think i am in love :)

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  7. That skirt is beautiful, such a great find! The colors are so rich, I'm looking forward to see how you style it. Anthro always has such unique pieces.

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  8. gift cards are magic! I'm also a hoarder of them!

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  9. So jealous! I'd hoard gift cards if I had them, too. I can't wait to see you wear these pretty new things!

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  10. all of these items are gorgeous -especially the navy dress. pretty! i couldn't hold on to a gift card for more than 24 hours to save my life. lol!

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  11. Wow, those finds are all so pretty!! I can't believe full price at Anthro though -- "what" is right.

    I'm currently hoarding a Sephora gift card -- partly because I've never been!

    ~ Sarah, Shades of Sarah

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  12. THAT SKIRT. I mean, how often is it that anyone can walk out of Anthro spending under $100, let alone under $20? Love.

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  13. Lovely purchases! And I also hoard gift cards, so I don't think that's weird at all :)

    Jen @ Librarian for Life & Style

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  14. Love that you are a gift card hoarder too! I think I have at least five right now that I haven't spent in months. I'm giving up shopping for lent and it's been really, really good. LOVE that Anthro skirt you got!

    Jen
    www.lifeunrefined.com

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  15. All of those pieces are so pretty. I love that skirt and maxi and can't wait to see them on the blog.

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  16. I love that Anthropologie skirt! Such a great deal too. I have got to shop their sale rack more often!

    Katie | Style Diary

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  17. oooh, that anthro skirt looks lovely! i tend to hoard gift cards too just because i feel i should use them on something "special." i know, it makes no sense!

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  18. I wish I could be a gift card hoarder. I can barely get them open before they are spent… Love the Anthro dress! So adorable!!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  19. I got the same Anthro dress! Love it :)

    xo Kimi
    www.twentysomethingsimple.wordpress.com

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  20. You did AMAZING! I totally get the gift card hoarding mentality, you want to make sure that what you're getting is just right and worthy of using it on. I looove #1 and #3 especially.

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  21. SUCH a victory. No spending in February and basically no spending in March. You're my inspiration!

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  22. Love the scalloped edge on that Anthro skirt- gorgeous! And the navy dress looks like a great investment piece. So remixable and goes with a lot. Great purchases!
    Valerie
    www.the-style-files.com

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  23. You totally scored on that skirt!! How awesome is that!? Love the earrings you picked up, too!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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  24. You did such a good job this month. I need to be more like you! I also love the title of this post. :)

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  25. You scored some DEALS! I'm jealous. :)

    Great post!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  26. WOW, this is your best shopping month yet. I love everything you got and all so pretty for Spring/Summer. I love the Colors Green and Blue especially for the warmer weather (I know you do too). As a matter of fact my recent Outfit I posted (yesterday) has lots of Green and Blue in it. =) The Maxi Dress is my most favorite piece but the Skirt is a close second. I would never ever pay $159 on a Skirt. I think $70 is the most I may ever paid for a skirt which was wool, lined, midi length and Dona Karan. You got yours for a steal. I have never shopped or even set foot at an Anthro and for the first time ever, last year when I was in the States I shopped at a Francesca's. I have definitely seen many people wear Anthropologie or seen their clothes online. While some are truly beautiful and unique, almost none are worth the big bucks. I actually think they have similar styles with Francesca's. though Francesca has way better prices and sales. I loved their jewelry, especially.

    Anyway, to curb my shopping and remix my closet, I am starting the infamous 30 for 30 challenge today. Read more about it on my post, today.

    Happy Tuesday Night! Ada. =)

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  27. Nothing beats the thrill of an amazing find, especially at Anthro. I'm STILL talking about a pair of Current/Elliot jeans I scored at their SoHo store for $19.95 last fall. What the what?!?!

    That navy dress is so cute, and I'm a bit bummed out that I've never seen a Francesca's before, because I'd literally get that same dress.

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

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  28. Giftcard shopping is seriously the best. I think you found some amazing items. Francesca's is a dangerous place for me because everything is super pretty and also costs more than I typically like to spend on clothes. The fact that you found an Anthro skirt fore $20 is a win in itself!

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  29. I don't know why but I love reading this post. It's always fun to see what things you found. :)
    I've been on the hunt for a khaki skirt and I can't find one anywhere! I've been looking since fall, so if you come by one, I'd love it if you'd shoot me an email! :)

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  30. I don't know you personally, but just from following your blog for awhile I would have seen that skirt in a store and instantly thought of you. Love all your shopping picks this month and appreciate a less expensive shopping budget. Some of the blogs I follow have a $300 per month clothing budget which is COMPLETELY unrealistic for my stay at home mom/work super part time lifestyle right now. So it's fun to see what you can do with less!

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  31. Wow! You did so good! I love everything you bought! That Anthro skirt is a steal and I cannot wait to see how you style it! I bet you make it so cool! Staying on budget is a hard thing to do! You are so inspiring! Kudos! : )

    Jenni

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  32. Man!! Gotta love spending giftcard money!! And that skirt for $20 is an awesome deal!

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