Budgeting Bloggers: July Budget

Budgeting Bloggers, hosted by Fran, is a great way to hold myself accountable for my clothing purchases each month. It helps to track my spending habits, identify trends, and streamline my wardrobe with more intention. Check out what other bloggers purchased this month!

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Not too much to physically show you for this month’s Budgeting Bloggers, but I am really excited about what I was able to get and how little I spent! My goal at the end of last month was to treat July as much of a no-spend month as possible. Given that I was able to get SUCH a good deal on everything listed below, I don’t have any regrets! Check out the goods:

LOFT:

3/4 Sleeved White Tee – $1.06
Long Grey Dangling Stone Cluster Necklace – $1.52
Gold and White Dangle Earrings – $1.06
Striped Glasses Case – $1.54

Total thanks to $15 Birthday Coupon (discounts reflected above) + tax: $5.47!

I almost had to pinch myself with how much I absolutely scored at LOFT. Perks of final sale and coupons! Each of these items are things I will wear or use regularly, so I am ridiculously pleased.

Goodwill:

 

Express Sleeveless Silk Bow Tie Blouse – $2.54
Express Gray Ruffled Cardigan – $3.39
Express Short Sleeved Collared Wrap Blouse – $3.39
Charlotte Russe Striped Blouse with Lace Neckline – $2.54
Old Navy Gray Crewneck Sweatshirt – $3.39
The Limited Black BlazerElle Striped Peplum – $4.24

Total: $22.88

Yep. I got some really good stuff here for obviously great prices. I’m looking forward to finding ways to style them with things already in my closet.

Old Navy:

Striped Zip-Back Jersey Top (plus) – $9.99

I really should enroll in a recovery group for striped top addicts, but I just can’t stop.

 Total Spent in July: $38.34

That number feels good. If only every month added up as such . . .

While I totally forgot to include a cotton dress in last month’s budget (that I used as a bathing suit cover-up), I also ended up returning the Target bathing suit top I bought in June since I never was able to find a bottom to match. We’ll pretend that it’s an even exchange for now :)

How did you do with your budget this month? What did you bring in and what did you let go of?

What’s Pink, Blue, and Chambray All Over?

Break up an all denim and chambray look with a colorful scarf

Chambray: J. Crew Factory (c/o J + K)
Jeans: LOFT
Scarf: Francesca’s (c/o Ashlie)
Shoes: Ked’s via Kohl’s

I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve attempted to tuck my shirt into a pair of jeans since 1997. Granted, it’s a half tuck, but for my pear shape, it’s a pretty daring move ;) Looking at it in pictures, I’m not sure it was the right move or not, but I really liked this outfit for a tiring day at work. Pittsburgh is going through a rather cool spell these past few days, so this was the perfect outfit to combat the wind but stay summery. Gotta love my squinty eyes.

It’s days like these that remind me how much I love the fall and especially dressing for fall. It’s so easy to look put-together with layers and saturated jewel tones, while the summer can be a lot of worrying over appropriateness and style vs. beating the heat. What’s your favorite season of style?

On another note, after what was a phenomenal weekend, I encountered some really startling and hurtful news on Monday. It really took me by surprise and I have been really upset with what it all means for me and my future. If you could all say a prayer, I would really appreciate it.

Use a patterned scarf in a bright hue as a statement accessories

Linking up to: What I Wore WednesdayI Feel PrettyRandom WednesdaysYour Whims WednesdayWhatcha Wearing WednesdayWhat I Wore WednesdaysBeautiful YouColor Brigade

Sunday Best: v.7

Pair a bright hue with a neutral striped skirt for a summer look
Choose styles such as a bow tie blouse and a-line cotton skirt to stay cool
Blouse: Land’s End
Skirt: LOFT
Sandals: T.J. Maxx
Sorry for the delay in posting this week’s Sunday Best, but I will blame it on an exhausting but AMAZING birthday yesterday! I usually try to post pictures from at least a few days prior, but I obviously didn’t have my act together so I’m sharing what I wore during the day yesterday! I really love this ensemble because it’s breaking out of the typical blue I usually pair this skirt with and it’s definitely my kind of style. My closet is mainly composed of two things: stripes and bow-tie blouses. It’s kind of a problem. But I love it. This outfit was really simple to throw on and still look put-together for a nice lunch on a beautiful summer day.
I am still just beaming from my fun birthday yesterday. After a very busy and active week, I slept in a little and went thrifting with my parents at this really cool barn that is just packed with hidden treasures. I ended up getting this flashy gold clutch FO’ FREE, which really excites me. (Now, just need an occasion to actually use it for . . .) Then, we ate lunch at probably my favorite restaurant in town, Narcisi Winery. It’s classy (but not stuffy) with a complimentary wine tasting and the food is phenomenal. After dinner, I changed into a black cotton dress with a cut-out back (a la LOFT) and my new striped Keds and headed out for an evening of swing dancing with friends!
Even though I’ve gone swing dancing a few times this summer and have loved every second of it, it just seems to get better and better! I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what I want my life to look like–what kind of activities would I do or opportunities would I pursue if there weren’t any fears or “what ifs” or obstacles blocking my path. Often times, a lot of those obstacles are things like “no one will go with me.” While there’s certainly an element of importance associated with this concern, I’m trying my hardest to push through those obstacles and chase after those things I really want. And going dancing regularly is one of them. What would you do if there weren’t any of those tiny objections in your head?
Sleeveless bow tie blouses are great for looking put-together and staying cool in the summer
By the way, I’m really loving all of the looks you’ve linked up to Sunday Best the past few weeks! Keep them coming! I thought it would be a great idea to share a featured look from the previous week:
Check out the look that was clicked on the most last week. It’s Kelsey from A Slo Life in a super versatile floral blouse and white shorts–the ideal summer look:
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Let’s see YOUR Sunday Best:
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Sunday Best is a weekly link up where you can share your favorite look from the previous week or the week to come. Join me and my stylish friends, share your outfits, gain inspiration, and discover new blogs! To join, simply add your link at the bottom of this post, link back to The Modern Austen (or add a button), and visit the other participants! Link party opens on Sunday mornings around 8:00 AM EST–please, only one style/outfit-related post per week.

Linking up to: Funday Monday, Monday Bloom, Mix-It Mondays, Style to Inspire, Watch What I Am Wearing, Fashionably Employed

Today I am Twenty-Four

Reading over the blog posts I wrote when I turned 22 and 23 makes me very aware of the very new place I am in life and of the new woman I have grown into. It’s not to say I don’t hold on to various aspects of my 22-year-old and 23-year-old selves–I’m not that different–but on either of those birthdays, I don’t think I ever could have imagined that I would be where I am and who I am today.

I feel like I am really coming into my own and I actually feel just a little bit older and certainly wiser. My 23rd year was half unbearably painful and half wonderful–much like that feeling in the winter when you plunge your frozen fingers into hot water; it aches and burns to the bone until it slows ebbs away into a sigh of relief and comfort. Though I’m sure there will be many repeated moments of this same kind of pattern (numbness-pain-relief), I feel confident in this time of relief and know I am much stronger as a result of it.

And let’s be real. Saying you are 24 sounds so much better than saying you are 23. It’s still considered the “early 20s,” but it doesn’t include as much uncharted territory. I have a feeling this year will also include more changes, but I feel excited about them rather than apprehensive.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives and to share my heart with all of you. To celebrate these 24 years, here are some blog moments I’ve loved oh so much from the past year, thanks to you! (Commence picture overload–sorry!)

The Color Run 1

“Running” my first 5K didn’t go exactly according to plan, but the response so was so positive and encouraging! Now I’m attempting another one almost a year later in August!
the truth is 4

Life got really hard. I didn’t know how to talk about it, but I gave it a shot in this point. And I discovered that the truth is, you are stronger than you believe and if you surround yourself with good people who care, things will get better.

Embellished Sweatshirt Oxford Black Pants 2

I attempted a fun and inexpensive DIY project to recreate the pricier embellished sweatshirts I had seen in all of the stores.
Literary Decor 6

I made my apartment as homey as I could with literary decor that would appeal to any bibliophile!

Let's-Blate

I went on my first (of many) blates with Kristin and learned the power of blogging friendships and how in-person conversations really will never get old.

What-Does-It-Mean-To-Be-A-Modern-Austen

This year I took some time to reflect on what this blog–this brand–actually means. I’m pretty proud of the Jane who continues to teach me to be my best self and the blog that gives me a platform on which to share this journey.Decorate-Your-Desktop_Honorable-Beautiful-Highest

I brushed up on some “design-ish” skills and created some fun wallpapers for computers and iPhones. It became a daily reminder of what to strive for each day. AOT.

5 Ways to Simplify

In a world where the “glorification of busy” is nearly unavoidable, it’s important to take some time to simplify and free up some of that time to just be.Pantone-Inspired Spring Color Challenge Round Up1

Heidi and I hosted two more successful Pantone-Inspired challenges–in the fall and spring–and they were a fantastic opportunity to maximize our closets and make new friends.

If-we-were-sharing-a-bottle-of-wine

Sometimes a bottle of wine and real and raw conversation between friends is the best medicine for an unsteady and worrisome heart.

Pretty dresses in pretty corners

I “redesigned” this space in May and felt it really reflected my aesthetic and made it easier to navigate. I love calling this little blog my home!

Blogging can help when changing industries

It still amazes me how many opportunities have evolved as a result of blogging (and everything that comes with it: writing, editing, collaborating, working with brands, financial planning, organization, networking, creativity, etc.). This, though, is a highlight.

 

Easy Thrifting with ThredUp

I believe in being transparent when appropriate and I believe in learning ways to save money. Combine these two into a thorough review of ThredUp.

 

Turning in the Keys

Lastly, I recently talked about those things in life that need turned in. Put away. Left behind. Closed up. Thrown away. Whatever it is and whatever you need to do about it–go on and do it. Letting go is a means of moving forward. And my darling, you were meant for what lies ahead.

It’s been a year of years. Thanks for being a part of it. <3