Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Confident Twosday: Grey Sheath Dress and Plaid






Plaid top-J.Crew Factory (similar, similar) | Dress-Gap, thrifted (similar, similar) | Necklace-ebay (similar) | Tights-Walmart | Boots-Etienne Aigner (similar, similar

Last week Susan from Charming Lucy asked me for a clarification on how I set my clothing budget. I don't think I've ever fully explained how we set our clothing budget and maintain it. 
First of all, it's not exactly a clothing budget. At the beginning of every month we set aside $150 each for spending or saving how ever we want. It could be a night out with friends, manicures, or clothing (that's how I typically like to spend it!). I even take money I spend on the blog (participating in group giveaways, subscribing to inlinkz, etc.) out of my budget. We created a separate account for our budget so it doesn't get mixed up with anything else and transfer money into or out of it as needed at the beginning of the month. 
I keep track of everything I spend on a spreadsheet on my computer. I keep receipts in my wallet until I enter the amount. That makes it easier at the end of each month when I do my budget posts, too! We also add any money we get from gifts, ebates, or any other money we receive and then roll over the amount we have at the end of each month. That way we can save up and buy something larger if we wish. If I happen to actually get money from blogging, I always put aside some for taxes (just in case) and then split the remainder with my husband for our budget. I figure he takes the pictures and puts up with me so it's the least I can do. 
I think that about covers it! Hope it all makes sense! 

Can't wait to see your posts today! 



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linking up with Style Sessions, Walking in Memphis in High Heels and Fashion Canvas, Celebrate Southern

40 comments:

  1. Wow you look amazing in this dress! I don't have a sheath dress, but I think I need one! You can style this so many ways!! Thank you so much for the budget tips. I am starting a new family budget in January and am trying to develop a plan with the help of my blogger friends. I like the idea of opening a different account for the budget!! Thanks friend! Susan

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  2. That's a smart way to handle your budget. Having an overall "spending" amount each month is a good idea. Wearing this dress over a plaid shirt was also a good idea!

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  3. Smart to set a budget and sticking to it! Great layering with the dress on top of the plaid shirt. You look adorable and polished.

    Red Reticule

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  4. Love the plaid underneath the gray. Thanks for sharing how you budget. It's always nice to learn how other people do things. Although we do ours a little different, I find it really helpful to stay on a budget.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  5. Love those boots, lady! Great with the dress + plaid layered underneath. :)


    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  6. Oh this look is such a darling. I adore that dress underneath. PLaid + gray, i like that combo a lot. Thanks for sharing how you budget. Every beginning of the year my husband will list all our spendings for the month. I sometimes would just laugh at him for saying oh we need to start budgeting because he does this every beginning of the year and he will not talk about it again so that is what makes me laugh. But seriously we need to get this budget a priority for us.


    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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  7. This look is so darling I wish I was wearing that now.

    xo
    PinkSole

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  8. Okay, first off - this outfit is just stunning on you. You look so polished, and at the exact same time so relaxed and lovely. Wow! Question though - are you wearing something between your button down and that sheath dress to smooth out the buttons? Or is the sheath dress thick enough to cover it? I hate that you can ALWAYS see the darn button placket when layering something over a button down. Share your secret, please!
    In any case, this outfit is darling, beautiful and fall weather apropos. Love it!

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  9. It's a completely lined dress so I think that helps a lot. It's also a size larger than I normally wear so the looser fit helps, too. I have seen people wear a long cami on top of the button up to smooth it down before layering a dress or sweater over it though. Hope that helps!

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  10. What an adorable outfit and I love your disciplined budget! OXOX

    Dawn Lucy

    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  11. What a great outfit! You look adorable! Thanks for sharing how you budget! I'm always looking for a better system.


    Jill
    www.dousedinpink.com

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  12. I do the same thing with my budget but I old school it with a notebook. I also have non clothes and shoe items in my budget. Love the necklace you have on today.

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  13. Thanks for sharing its great to get inside here Laura! Happy to join the link up. xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style

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  14. The plaid and the boots go so well together. Love this look! And you are so good with your budget. I really need to be better about keeping track of my spending. Thanks for sharing! ~Cynthia

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  15. A little plaid + a little bling = a perfect fall outfit! It's really a great idea to keep track of your spending. I don't have a budget (which I really should) but keep my purchases on a spreadsheet and I spend way too much money - it really opens you eyes.


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com


    P.S. Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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  16. Those are the most adorable layers I've seen around!!!


    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  17. I love this look on you! It's so fall appropriate and the statement necklace is the icing on the cake!

    Robyn
    http://feelgreatfashion.com/

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  18. I LOVE the idea of layering a plaid shirt under a dress! I need to see if I have any dresses in my closet that I can do this with... Thanks for the inspiration and for hosting!

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  19. I am obsessed with plaid right now, I am loving that top and those boots are FAB! Great post!
    xo/Riva
    www.rivaladiva.com

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  20. I love your outfit today!! That dress is beautiful and I love your boots!


    xoxo
    Lauren
    www.dressingdallas.com

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  21. Hi Laura! Love this grey dress with the plaid top, I am a fan of grey , and think there is so much to do with this neutral, love the boots as well, you look great

    from the link up,

    please stop by, jess xx

    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com/

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  22. My husband and I keep a very similar budget! We started it about a year ago and it has really been a lifesaver to our savings account. This is one of my favorite looks so far from you, of course all of them have been fabulous, but this one is really great! Ill be back tomorrow to link with you!


    Brooke
    www.pumpsandpushups.com

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  23. Love your fall outfit.


    Catherine
    Joly Look

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  24. I love this post! As most of us, I do live on a budget too, especially when it comes to clothing. I do have one principle: being modest on everything!
    From Jing at www.bejingxu.com

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  25. Thanks for sharing your secrets! Lol. Looks lovely on you, perhaps I'll try something similar soon myself. xo Tea.

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  26. My husband and I also have a separate money like this. We do cash to make it easy. Cute combo today, I saw another blog wearing setting similar, cute layers!

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  27. Always helpful to learn how different budgets work. Thanks for the insight! And adore this look on you.


    Brooke
    convenientstyle.blogspot.com

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  28. Loving the leopard! Fabulous!


    x Sarah
    http://www.bohochiccafe.com

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  29. Otherwise we would accidentally spend it!

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  30. Lovely! There's nothing more classic or elegant than a sheath dress! Love the pairing of this one with a plaid shirt, Laura! Thanks for hosting this great link up! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  31. Love this look! I wish I had a sleeveless dress for layering like this. I might have to add it to my list of priority pieces!

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  32. Yes! I lucked out and found this one thrifting for $2.50, but I've seen them on thredup and Twice, too!

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  33. Nice. I like how you used plaid with the gray dress.

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  34. Lovely outfit!! Love the plaid top a lot! And I need to get on your level with budgeting and start entering spendings on spreadsheets!


    Katherine Lou
    http://www.wanderhour.com

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  35. i would totally wear this outfit!perfect for a day at work!


    Irene
    www.thedailylace.com

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  36. I would definitely be able to wear an outfit like this! I love how you paired the statement necklace the the chic dress and the plaid! Great combo! Thanks for joining me for the Celebrate Southern linkup! I'm pinning this post!!

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  37. I lOVE this look on you! It's one of my favs! I have to pin this look and share! It's to cute not to.. Thanks for sharing and thanks for joining us for Celebrate Southern this week! xoxo

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  38. I love how the cognac boots pull out the orange in your shirt. Perfect for fall!

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  39. WOW you are so organized with your finances and budget shopping girl. Love this look. I actually own a similar gray sheath so I will be trying this.

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