Every month, I have the best (non-spendy) intentions, you guys. Well, as they say, the road to busted budgets is paved with good intentions. Or something like that. And here we are. In all fairness, I don’t have an actual clothes budget. Instead, I’m trying (harder) to be more mindful with my purchases. All told, I bought 7 items for $190 (original retail approx. $950). Here are the details:

J. Crew Mirrored Floral Graphic Tee
J. Crew Mirrored Floral Graphic Tee

I miss thrifting. Sadly, I very rarely have a chance to go these days. So I was thrilled to get a chance at some secondhand thrifting, courtesy of the lovely ladies behind Sister Thrifters and their end-of-summer backyard sale. Don’t have time to thrift? Follow these thrifting masters (mistresses?) on Instagram to see what lucky finds they’ve uncovered – maybe you’ll find your next (secondhand) thrifted treasure. I was immediately drawn to this blue floral tee, because of course. I also picked up two dresses (Lilka and Joseph Ribkoff) for $4 each. Cannot. Beat. Those. Deals.

Joe Fresh Print Tunic Dress
Joe Fresh Print Tunic Dress

I cannot resist dresses. I mean, really. At least this isn’t floral. And it’s a totally different silhouette for me. I’m really excited about wearing this to work – I think it’s got a slightly edgier vibe than my usual picks, so I’m curious to see if I can pull it off/feel comfortable in it. Psychically comfortable, that is. It’s a pretty comfy dress otherwise. The only downside is that it’s a poly blend. I almost never buy polyester these days. I was really torn with this dress, but the aesthetics won in the end. We will see if I come to regret it. [I don’t think so.]

Equipment Brett Blouse
Equipment Brett Blouse

I would describe this as, sort of … jolie laide. I can’t quite decide if it’s just too edgy-cool for my low-brow taste, or just plain ugly. I bought it because I’ve heard so many people bloggers rave about Equipment shirts, and I had earlier (in the same day!) passed on another, too-sheer version, and this one felt nice and silky, and looked work appropriate, and it was a steal of a Winners deal … and … Shall we go with impulse buy? I’m gonna blame the Joe Fresh dress for this one. It made me think I should take more fashion “risks”. Humph. Anyway, I’m going to have to make it work, because I hemmed and hawed for too long, and the return window expired on me (the downside of Winners, if you’re not a TJX member or whatever). Boo.

J. Crew Dutch Floral Sweatshirt
J. Crew Dutch Floral Sweatshirt

I’ve been holding on to a JC gift card since this summer, and I knew its time had come when I saw this “Dutch floral” print. I loved the vibrancy of the pants version, but they aren’t in the least bit practical (not to mention that they probably don’t flatter anyone over a size 2). [Why, oh why, did they not make a pencil skirt in this print?] The cropped sweatshirt seemed to have a lot of layering potential, so I picked it up during a 30% off sale; my out-of-pocket cost was a big fat zero.

Marc Jacobs Spearmint Blake
Marc Jacobs Blake

I mean, I did warn you this would happen. This Spearmint Blake is in pristine condition (just a couple of small pen marks inside), and too lovely to pass up at this price. Of all my old MJ bags, this one is up there with the Mag and the Kirsten as a favourite. I do wish it was a teeeeny little bit bigger, but only because I like to stuff everything – kitchen appliances included – into my work bags. The Blake fits a lot of thing … but maybe not the sink.

How was your month’s shopping? Did you scare up a good deal or two? [Har, har!] Tell me everything in the comments, and don’t forget to check out Franish and the other budgeting bloggers.

P.S. There was one additional thing I bought this month, but it deserves its own post. Stay tuned.

16 Comments on What I Bought: October

  1. I always find things I like and want and end up “needing” when I am “just looking” to see what’s new in the inter webs. And when I am looking to spend a credit, it is tough to find something, nah just kidding, I find more than enough! I think I will just go with what you said, always with best intentions and mindful spending, sounds like the best plan! Great purchases this month!

    • Haha! Thanks πŸ™‚
      Actually, I have a hard time spending gift cards. For some reason, I scrutinize those purchases way more than my regular ones, and I’m less inclined to pull the trigger. Maybe I should use gift cards more often πŸ˜‰

  2. Ah, good intentions! I’m the same every month, and then one of my friends invites me to the mall, or I am good all month, and then go shopping at the very end. But I don’t feel too bad as long as I’m within my set budget. And you got some really cute things!

    • Thanks! I know what you mean. My guilt comes not so much from the spending aspect, but from the “un-needfulness” of it. There are some things I do need, but I largely buy things because I like them, not because I need them. I have a collector mentality when it comes to clothes, and that’s what I feel guilty about sometimes.

  3. I don’t really have a budget either. However, despite my online browsing, I generally only go shopping when there’s something I need (think I need) to acquire. (See the sweatshirts from my comment on your last post.) As such, I don’t buy a lot of stuff when I go, nor do I have expensive tastes. I probably spend a little more in September (fall shopping!), March/April (spring shopping!), and December/January (sales) but make up for it by not spending a lot in other months. So it all evens out in the end.

    Anyway, I am especially loving that blue shirt and the dutch floral print. I’m also excited about the big purchase with its own post!

    • My only consistent trend is … buying a lot. I did manage to be distracted by fewer things this month, so I guess I just have to stay busy all the time.

      The other big purchase was … big.

  4. I was hoping that J.Crew would do a clutch or an a-line skirt in that Dutch Floral. It’s so pretty!

    I think you can totally rock the mixed print shirt. You can always roll up the sleeves to make it seem less busy. Or throw a blazer over it and call it a day. It might actually be cute under a sweater with the different cuffs and collar.


    • You’re right, I think there are a few options I could try. It’s out of my comfort zone, but maybe that’s a good thing from time to time.
      I love the Dutch floral! I’m really disappointed by how they chose to use it πŸ™

  5. That Equipment blouse.. *shakes head* I am going to take my hat off to you if you can make that work. I’d have to wear some sleeveless vest over it or something because the two prints for me, can’t be reconciled in my head.