May Budget Update

Friday, May 27, 2016

Another month is almost in the books. How is it already Memorial Day Weekend? I had a pretty hectic week, a pipe burst at my client site on Tuesday night and so the rest of the week the office has been in various states of chaos while the contractors change out floors, clean carpets, and salvage files. I could not be more excited to go home today and spend the weekend with family and friends. Tomorrow we have a wedding for two of my co-workers at my old firm which I'm excited about and then we plan on relaxing on Sunday before heading to my parent's house on Monday to swim and grill. What're your plans this weekend? 

Anyways, with the end of the month comes my monthly budget update post! If you missed it, I wrote in this post about my monthly budget here where I have laid out a quarterly budget of $800.

Here is how the year is panning out so far:

January: $0 (I went a month without shopping, one of my 101 in 1001 goals!)
February: $392
March: $517
Total Q1: $909 (overspent in Q1 by $109)

April: $134.25
Amount left for Q2: $665.75

See all 2016 additions to my wardrobe here
May Purchases:

Baublebar Kiara Drop Earrings - $36, less coupon code, $28.80 total

Banana Republic Bow Back Off-Shoulder Top - $49.50, less coupon code, $30

Banana Republic Striped Off-Shoulder Top (similar here) - $79, used coupon code $37

Endless Rose Louvre Top, also here - $59 (worn here)

Troubadour Chelsea Skirt - $178, on sale for $89 (worn here)

Total Spent for May: $266

Total Q2 Spending: $400
Total Left for June: $400

I'm ok with this spending, and June is either going to be a really light month or I'm going to go crazy. I have some summer events and travels coming up so that usually drives up my spending, however I'll be working at home now and will not be saving money on expenses during the week which could force me to be more careful. I'm on the hunt for some new business casual clothes to replace some worn out items in my wardrobe and those tend to be rather pricey. I also have a very special purchase for my wardrobe coming up which may cause me to be frugal elsewhere, stay tuned!

How did you do this month? 

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Stripes & Floral Midi-Skirts

Thursday, May 26, 2016


Meet my new favorite skirt to wear to work. This baby is the perfect length for a business casual environment, pairs well with so many colors, and is perfect for twirling around. 


Alex brought this skirt up to NYC with him last weekend since he told me it had arrived in the mail and I could not wait to try it on. Once it was on I was so so happy with my purchase that I insisted we take photos for the blog right away (thanks for being a good sport Alex). We took these photos on Saturday morning at the South Street Seaport on the lower east side of Manhattan. This little area has some cute little shops, restaurants, and bars and is one of my favorite spots for happy hour after work!

I love pairing stripes and floral together for a fun, casual look and I think this combo is going to become one of my go-to brunch looks in the spring and fall. I also already wore this skirt to work on Monday and I'm already planning the business casual outfit I want to shoot for the blog. 

What do you guys think? Do you wear midi-skirts for work? What do you think of this one?

Outfit: Troubadour Skirt // St. James Striped Top // Tory Burch Flats, old (similar) // Stella & Dot Engravable Necklace (mine says '504') 

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White Bell Sleeved Top

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


You guys I think I have an addiction, it is to buying white tops for spring and summer. And this one, is my new favorite. 


I was so excited when this shirt came back into stock online and immediately placed an order. It arrived last week and I could not wait to wear it around the city this past weekend. I wore this outfit on Sunday to brunch at The Smith and then shopping in SoHo, as I mentioned in this post. It was the perfect breezy top for the afternoon and I already know it's going to be on repeat in my rotation this year. 

Additionally, I had to pair it with my turquoise tassel earrings from Lisi Lerch. These earrings are one of my most worn pieces all summer season and I get compliments every time I wear them. I know I've featured them on the blog before (and I will again) but just take this as a PSA and order them before they sell out this year. I am contemplating ordering the gold pair just to have another color. 

What do you think of this look? Do you wear a lot of white and blue in the summer? 

Outfit: Rag & Bone Jeans (on sale!) // Endless Rose Blouse (if not in stock check back, it keeps popping in and out), also here // Jack Rogers Sandals in Platinum // Lisi Lerch Turquoise Tassel Earrings

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Weekend Rewind vol. 6 [NYC Edition]

Monday, May 23, 2016

Hello friends! How were your weekends? Mine went bye wayyy too quickly, one minute it was Friday at 6pm, the next I was getting up for work this morning! Alex came up to NYC this weekend to spend one last weekend in the city before I head back to Philadelphia to begin working on my project remotely. It was bittersweet, but we tried to enjoy every minute of the weekend, especially since the weather has gotten SO much better since December when I first start coming up to NYC for work. 

I started off by getting Bluestone Lane for breakfast on Friday morning, their banana toast with almond butter is AMAZING, a must-try! 

We went to dinner Friday night at Palma, I'm so mad I didn't get any good pictures from dinner because the restaurant was adorable and the food was divine, I highly recommend for dinner or brunch if you're in the city!

On Saturday afternoon we headed up to The West 79th Street Boat Basin for the Tulane Alumni Club of NYC annual crawfish boil. I was so happy to be able to hang out with some of my friends from school, all while enjoying unlimited crawfish, Abita, jambalaya, fried catfish, and red beans & rice! Besides my friends from Tulane, the thing I miss most about NOLA is the amazing food!

Gimme alllll the crawfish! So yummy!

On a tip from one of my co-workers we stopped by Levain Bakery while we were on the Upper West Side to try some of their chocolate chip cookies. Oh. My. God. they were AMAZING! Worth the line and the $4 price tag per cookie. Highly recommend if you find yourself in the area!

I was also loving the architecture and amazing pre-war buildings on the Upper West Side, if I ever move to NYC I could definitely see this being my neighborhood!

On Sunday morning Alex and I grabbed brunch at The Smith in East Village, which is another neighborhood I've come to love. The Smith is one of my favorite spots for cocktails and dinner, and the brunch did not disappoint! I really like the candied bacon scones and the fresh squeezed orange juice that comes free with your brunch entree!
After brunch we went shopping in SoHo and I scouted out my dream purse...which I will maybe be purchasing this summer, stay tuned for that one. We got dinner at Cafe Habana one of my favorite spots in NoLita before heading to Brooklyn to watch Game of Thrones at The Halyards and play Game of Thrones trivia before the episode. It was such a fun experience, I'm thinking about going to viewing parties in Philly from now on, it's so fun to see how the bar reacts to the show...even though I was tearing up at the end of this week's episode. 

How were your weekends? I hope everyone has a great Monday! I'll be working and then ordering my favorite take-out and watching The Bachelorette tonight, anyone else with me? 
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Wanted: Off-Shoulder Everything

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


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With the weather warming up, all I want to buy are off-shoulder tops! I got a couple from ASOS last year (like the one I wore in this post), but I want to expand my collection! 

Luckily, it seems like EVERY retailer has jumped on the trend an there's tons of options at a variety of price points. I'm in love with this striped Rag & Bone option, but I'm considering getting this Banana Republic alternative as it's a little kinder on the wallet (I also like this J.Crew Factory option which comes in at the most affordable price point). Also this cute navy number has a little bow back, a little extra detail that I love!

One thing is for sure, I'll be ordering one or two more tops/dresses to wear over the Summer and on vacation this year...the issue is just going to be narrowing it down to which ones!

Anyways, I'm finally trying Momofuku Milk Bar tonight after dinner, getting "crack pie" there is on my NYC bucket list, and with only 10 more days living in the city I'm making sure to take full advantage! 

How're your Wednesdays going? Do like the off-shoulder trend?
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