Monday, April 27, 2015

April Budget

1. Blush jeans-Banana Republic pants c/o ThredUp (similar, similar, similar)
2. Green jeans-Old Navy c/o ThredUp (similar, similar, similar)
3. Boyfriend jeans-Loft c/o ThredUp (similar, similar)
4. Pink bag-Cole Haan c/o ThredUp (similar, similar, similar)
5. Leopard button up-J.Crew c/o ThredUp (similar, similar, similar)
6. Mint striped top-Penneys $5.44 (similar, similar, similar, similar
7. Light blue striped top-Penneys $5.44 (similar, similar
8. Pink striped top-Penneys $5.44 (similar, similar
9. Striped cardigan-Penneys $8.72 (similar, similar, similar
10. Blue blouse-Penneys $11.98 (similar, similar, similar
11. Pink patterned blouse-Penneys $11.97 (similar, similar
12. Quilted vest-Penneys $5.44 (similar, similar
13. Wool socks-Avoca (not pictured) $16.27 (similar, similar
14. Bow flats-J.Crew Factory $51.74 (exact, similar
15. Birkenstock sandals-$59.31 (similar, similar
16. Red jeans-Zara $28.25 (similar, similar, similar
17. Embellished short sleeve top- Zara $27.11(similar, similar, similar
18. Embellished sweatshirt-Zara $25.25 (exactoption, option
19. Fleece lined tights-Penneys (not pictured) $4.35 (similar, similar)
20. Lace tights-Penneys $2.18 (not pictured) (similar, similar
Total: $268.89*
 I pretty much used the trip as an excuse to blow my typical monthly budget out of the water. Since we have been to Dublin quite a few times, I knew I anticipated shopping a lot (and spending a lot) so I made sure to be under budget for the past couple months (February and March).  
It was kind of liberating not to have to wait for sales or try and use coupons to get the best deal. I knew I would not be able to come back so I purchased whatever I wanted or caught my eye (while still keeping the item's versatility in mind). There was some great shopping to be had! It was fun to be able to go to store after store, too. Typically I have a small window of time during Claire's nap or before Claire gets fussy and wants to go back home. 
I have been wanting to add to my colored jeans collection for quite a while. After seeing Old Navy's Rockstar on thredUP in a size larger than I originally ordered (and subsequently given to my future sister-in-law), I nabbed them and they fit perfectly! The blush colored ones from Banana Republic are perfect for this spring. And I scored a great pair of boyfriend jeans from thredUP as well. I can't wait to wear them! My biggest purchase were the Birkenstocks. I was so unsure about them we had to go back to the store so I could get them. I just couldn't decide on the style and color. Even now I wish I had chosen something a little lighter! But they are so, so comfortable you really can't go too wrong. We even got a pair for my mother-in-law because they were such a deal! 
The Cole Haan bag is the only thing I am a little disappointed in. I had hoped for more of a light pink color, and it's a cross between blush and cognac. It's still nice, just not what I was expecting. For next month I am really wanting a hot pink bag, a pair of Sperry's, and a striped maxi skirt (still). 
What is on your wish list for May?
*These amounts of each item are approximate, but the total is accurate. I had to estimate the amount in dollars for many of the items since I did so much shopping in Dublin.
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  1. Wow you got some great items! I love boyfriend jeans! And those striped tees will get a lot of wear in the next few months. You can wear those with anything! I dont have much on my wish list for May, but I need a few things for summer vacation. I am going to try and save my money to buy a couple of maxi dresses and a new bathing suit(: Susan

  2. very nice selection..i like pastel colors

  3. I have wanted those bow flats since the first day I laid on eyes on them so YAY FOR GETTING THEM!

    The Adored Life

  4. Lots of stripes and colored pants this time. We own the exact green pair from Old Navy I think. Are yours the Rockstars? You scored great things at Zara and I love the quilted vest and blush bow ballet flats. Such a fantastic total for so many things!

  5. You really got some great things! I love those bow flats and all of those striped tees!

    Doused In Pink

  6. Love that cole haan bag, you got some great pieces this month.


  7. Great finds! I adore that bag and those flats! :)

  8. hehe once again your budget post has reminded me I need to get mine up! You're so organised! :)

    I like that bag, although shame it isn't the exact shade you wanted. You managed to buy a lot of lovely things! :) I think holidays are definitely times for indulgences, especially if it is stores you wouldn't normally have access to back home :)

    Away From The Blue

  9. ElleSees.blogspot.comApril 27, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    stripes and brights--i think you've won this month!

  10. Wow you got some great things this month--its always fun to let a little loose with the budget sometimes :) I am drooling over those bow flats!!

  11. You got some good things! I like the Birks!

    Amy Ann
    Now blogging at my new site Straight A Style

  12. Carrie @ Curly Crafty MomApril 27, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    My favorite is those darling bow flats you got!!!

  13. Seeing your multiple striped long-sleeve shirts, I don't feel too bad about myself buying a bunch recently anymore. They are comfortable, versatile, and can be casual and chic at the same time.
    As for your bag, I personally love the color, which is deep than pinky pink, but has some sophistication in the shade. Don't feel bad about your purchase, enjoy them!
    From Jing at

  14. Love all the stripes, definitely something I have a lot of in my closet too!

    pumps and push-ups

  15. Great pieces! I love all of the pants/denim jeans. I would love to visit Ireland..please post pics of the land of Green!

  16. It looks like you got a lot of great great things in Ireland!

  17. Love all the colored jeans you got, particularly that blush pair--so pretty!

  18. Vacation shopping is the best. Kind of like vacation calories, it just doesn't count.

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life, fellow Budgeting Blogger

  19. Jasmine @makingrestorationsApril 30, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    I am always floored by your bottom line