Aug 29, 2014

Where My Dolla Bills Went - August 2014

This was kind of a weird month for me as far as clothing purchases go. I am 28 weeks pregnant (!) and I am over spending money on maternity clothes. That is probably a bad sign, since I have quite a few more weeks to go... I actually have a lot of really cute maternity tops that friends have lent to me, but most of them are long-sleeve so I have yet to wear them. I was itching for something new to wear, but I just didn't want to spend money on temporary clothes. So, this is what I purchased this month:
1. Piperlime pleated maxi skirt   So, after I linked to this skirt in my post (I already have the skirt in green and it's awesome) I bought it. I mean, $14.95 with free shipping? I just couldn't pass it up. And I don't have a black maxi skirt already so it fills a nice little whole in my closet. I'm pretty sure I can get away with wearing it for a few more weeks too, so I didn't feel too bad about it :)

2. Forever 21 printed tunic  I don't have a lot of tunics... which is actually kind of frustrating now that I am pregnant. The length is really nice to cover my ever growing belly (and other... assets). This tunic cost  $16.02 (I used a discount code) and it's awesome. Actually, I am wearing it as I type this.

3. Striped knee length skirt  ($9.72) Okay, so this skirt is not really something that a pregnant lady can wear, but you might see me squeeze into it next week (remember the soccer ball in a tube sock analogy?). I have been wanting a striped pencil skirt for a while, and this one is a winner. It's a stretchy knit, but it's really thick so it lays really smooth and is not see-through. It's a great buy for the price.

4. Forever 21 button woven tunic  I bought this to wear while pregnant, but it will obviously be great afterward as well. I love the mustard color and I think the buttons will make it a great top for breastfeeding (But what do I know? I've never breastfed anything before.). I got it for $17.82.

5. Forever 21 beaded necklace  ($7.20)   Sooo F21 had a free shipping deal if you spent a certain amount of money and that is where this necklace came from :) 

5. Naturalizer loafers  Unfortunately, I couldn't find the exact pair of shoes I purchased online, but the picture is similar. They aren't really boat shoes, more just nice leather loafers. They are so comfortable (Naturalizer pretty much dominates in the area of comfort) and a great color. I'm sure they will be on the blog soon. I got them at the outlet for $35.

Total$100.71


 *linking up with other budgeting bloggers

23 comments:

  1. You got some versatile pieces and great deals this month! I ordered the black maxi after I saw your post the other day with the green one! Can't wait to see how you style it! The mustard top is such a great color for fall and I love the beaded necklace! Enjoy the long weekend!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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  2. Excellent call on the skirt...I couldn't believe the price! Great piece :-)

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  3. Buying maternity clothes is so annoying because you can only wear them so long. I gave up at like 32 weeks after I got some pants. Then I ended up buying shoes and accessories because they will always fit! ;) These are all great items! I love that mustard tunic!

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  4. It may seem like you are spending a lot, but none of these pieces seem maternity-exclusive, so I'm sure you will be able to get a good amount of wear from these things!

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  5. Awesome buys! I love the mustard tank and those loafers look SO comfy. I love Naturalizer shoes!

    xo Always, Abby

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  6. LOVE that mustard tunic! I might be making a trip to F21 soon!

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  7. I really like all of these items! You got them for some great prices too! I really like the mustard top- I can see it being a versatile top during and after pregnancy. And a great color for fall :)

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  8. Here is my suggestion re: maternity clothes. At the very end (when you don't even like clothes anymore) you're going to want a few things that are easy and fit you well, so plan on purchasing/acquiring a few things for then. Until that point my m.o. was to have a rotation of things for mid-late pregnancy that I planned to wear again immediately postpartum. I had hardly anything for those last few weeks and I put those away as soon as I got home from the hospital. But I had spent more money on the clothing for before that period that I also rewore for postpartum and as I transitioned back into my regular clothes. That set of newer clothes that worked well for my body at that time was a real confidence booster and helped my sanity during those newborn days. It's such a trivial thing in the grand scheme of things but someone made the suggestion to me while I was pregnant so I thought I'd pass it on :)

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    1. That is great advice, thank you! I have had a few people tell me to be willing to splurge if I have to on things that fit after giving birth because it makes you feel SO much better. And I agree - hopefully a lot of the things I have bought will be great transitional pieces as well!

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  9. haha, i spent so much money on non-maternity clothes with my first pregnancy...i refused to buy maternity. BUT, with my son, i splurged on a pair of designer maternity jeans (which i wore almost every single day!), a black maternity dress for work, and a pair of maternity denim shorts. if there's one thing i would spend money on, it would be a great pair of (stylish) maternity jeans!!

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  10. I love all of the items above. I have a F21 tunic just like that one. The stripe pencil skirt is so on trend plus I love the boho type necklace.Thanks for visiting my blog earlier, I really appreciate it. I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well.

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  11. I love #4! That mustard color is one of my favorite colors and it's perfect for fall. It seems like it would be perfect for breastfeeding, but I've never breastfed anything either ;).

    Tamara
    www.trulytamara.com

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  12. You know I loved the pleated green maxi. But a black maxi skirt needs to get in my closet soon. In love with all the F21 pieces you got this month, especially the tops. Cannot wait to see those on you.

    Have a Fantastic, Relaxing Labor Day Weekend, Ashley!

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  13. Well I certainly hope you've never breastfed anything before, that might be a hard story to explain! I can't believe the great deals you got on these pretties. You are making me want to put in a F21 order (I always wind up with some extra jewelry to get that free shipping haha)

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  14. You found some great deals! I love your green maxi skirt, so I can't wait to see how you wear the black one. Also, that necklace is so pretty! I hope you are having a great weekend!!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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  15. You did so well this month! I can imagine it being frustrating having to buy maternity clothes that you can only wear while pregnant. You made some great purchases that you can wear after you have your little one too which is perfect!

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  16. I love the colors and print of that tunic--I can see why you love it so much! I took advantage of that same F21 free shipping deal :)

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  17. When my sister was pregnant she refused to buy Maternity Wear and resisted until the last month! It can be done! Well, clearly you know that, because you've found some fabulous finds.

    love,
    a

    www.missdecaf.blogspot.com

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  18. Great finds this month! I can't wait to see how you style the necklace. :) I just had a baby in May and I completely understand being over maternity wear. I bought a couple of dresses, a few shirts and one pair of work pants and wore everything to death. I just changed out the accessories. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

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  19. You're allowed to spend more when you're preggo. Every preggo blogger I've been following this year has had a seriously hard time with maternity clothes and feeling good in them. That tunic and pleated skirt are perfect items.

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  20. I can't imagine maternity shopping to be any fun - especially when a season is about to start.

    It really does look like you got some nice things. I guess it's all about basics and fun accessories that you can wear post pregnancy too!

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

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  21. love that mustard tunic. i might buy it, maybe.

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  22. That mustard top is SO cute, Ashley! I'm excited to see it on you (both pre- and post-baby)!!

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