I wasn't really planning on shopping (still riding that high of the way under-budget January) and actually didn't shop at all for most of the month. I'm so over winter and being bundled up that even good sales haven't really been speaking to me - I'm just not in the mood to buy another sweater or pair of tights that I don't even want to wear and will be hidden under a massive North Face puffer anyway (side note that I think this is partially why I've been neglecting outfit photos...). Anyway, I was planning on spending some cash in Florida while I was there, but (a) nothing really grabbed me there either (even hit up like 5 thrift stores and came up with nothing!), and (b) I bring a really small weekend bag when I go on those trips, so I didn't have much room to take anything home with me anyway. So I thought I might get out of February with another low-budget month.
But then (of course), J. Crew and their dang 30% (and then 40%!!!) off sale items got to me last week. I tried to stay reasonable, but since I still had my entire budget available, I decided to go for a few of the higher quality items that I usually wouldn't spend the money on. Here's what I ended up with.
I didn't buy them to wear together all at once, but is it wrong that now I want to?
J. Crew Blythe Blouse in Alabaster - $62.48
J. Crew Scout Chino in Neon Rose - $40.40
J. Crew Mona Pumps in Deep Peri - $64.59 (no longer available)
Grand total - $203.48
Since I only spent $35 in January, I'm okay with that extra $3.48 - technically I'm still under budget for the year by about $160, so I think I'm good. Quick and grateful shout out too - I actually bought these during the 30% off sale, but the awesome customer service gals price-adjusted for me when it went to 40% literally 2 days later, so that helped me keep all 4 things while staying in budget :) Also fun to note - I've only added 8 things to my wardrobe (including accessories) so far this year! Should make spring cleaning a little easier...
Okay, details. I've been lusting after the white Blythe for what feels like ages, and when it was randomly slightly on sale so it qualified for the extra discount, I was seriously giddy. The Tippi sweater is pretty much my favorite color, and after a quick look in my closet, I found that I didn't have a sweater or even a long-sleeved tee in that shade (honestly!), so at that price I was definitely in. The chinos are super cute and bright for spring, but they're not so neon that they're not work-appropriate. I do have a (Factory) pencil skirt in this shade though, so these are the only thing I'm considering returning.
And, saving the best for last, the shoes... oh, the shoes. I was really, really nervous about these because I did something
It feels awesome to only have bought 4 things rather than adding a bunch of cheap stuff that will fall apart or be obsolete sooner rather than later, and I'm happy to have spent the additional money on these pieces that I can see myself using for years. It feels like money well spent rather than soon-to-be-wasted. I'm also working on a new targeted wish list to help me continue shopping smart (probably one overall and one for each season, something like Fran's Holes in My Closet list), so I can continue to focus my spending and feel good about what I'm adding to my closet.
Also linking up with Fran's Budgeting Bloggers series - can't wait to see how you all did this month too!