I have to say that I have pretty miserably failed the "5 pieces" challenge for 2014. I made the challenge on a whim and to say that I have had a hard time sticking to it is an understatement. Not sure how I feel about that (okay with it or disappointed in myself) but it is what it is I suppose. July is always a big shopping month for me with my birthday and with summer sales when summer is hardly over and this year was no exception. Let's take a look at the pieces…
J.Crew, "masterpiece tee", $49.50 on sale $19.99 (sold out, but similar)
J.Crew, Bateau Striped Shirt, $45 on sale $20.99
Gap, Scalloped Shorts, $39.95 on sale $29.97
J.Crew, White Embroidered Tunic, $98 on sale $ 41.99
J.Crew, Striped Maxi Dress, $110 on sale $53.99
Kendra Scott, Elle Earring, $52
Sam Edelman, Pacific Ankle Boots, $159.95 on sale $99.90
J.Crew, Cleo Loafer, $145 on sale $53.99
Gap, Boyfriend Gingham Top, $49.95 on sale $29.97
Total Spent: $402.79 (saved $346.56)
Birthday Gifts (not counted in the budget…)
*Warby Parker, "Banks" Sunglasses, $95
*J.Crew, Horn Hobo Bag, $268.00
Thoughts on the budget: For all the pieces I got I think $400 is fair… I actually saved almost 50% across the board. Not bad! The birthday gifts were from my husband and not included in the budget. But I included them here because otherwise I know you gals will notice these new pieces in outfits and wonder… you gals are on top of it!
Thoughts on the pieces: The sale items from J.Crew were especially good deals… and were on pieces that I had already had my eye on, so getting them on sale is a total bonus. It's definitely fun to add some new summer pieces mid season to keep things fresh and these pieces have already gotten a lot of wear. The boots and Kendra Scott earrings were little birthday gifts to myself - boots were too good to pass up with the Nordstrom Sale and I can't wait to wear them this fall. Then a few random Gap pieces are thrown in there as well - they are pieces I found while shopping for my kids. The Gap's late summer line was actually quite impressive (they've been a little ho-hum lately) and I love these two pieces… one fun pair of shorts and a gingham top that will be sure to get tons of wear. Over all a great month for shopping! Look for all of these pieces in outfit photos soon!
Do you track your shopping budget too? If so, leave a little link in the comments… I would love to see what you snagged this month!