Monday, July 28, 2014

July Budget: A Month of Accessories

So because of my metal allergies, I am limited in purchasing fashion jewelry. J Crew is one place that I have found where my skin doesn't get irritated, but they can be a bit pricey. So when J Crew Factory had it's July sales, I couldn't resist.

J Crew Factory Flying Jewel Necklace 
 Original $49.50 on Sale for $24.99 with an extra 50% off $12.49

J Crew Factory Thorn & Crystal Necklace 

Original $36.50 on Sale for $10.19 

J Crew Factory Dotted Shapes Necklace 

Original $49.50 on Sale for $4.99 with an extra 50% off $2.49

J Crew Factory Fringed Fan Necklace 

Original $52.50 on Sale for $4.99 with an extra 50% off $2.49

J Crew Factory Classic Straw Hat
  Original $29.50 on Sale for $16.99 with an extra 50% off $8.49

J Crew Factory Short-Sleeve Jeweled Shirt 
 Original $79.50 on Sale for $44.99 with an extra 50% off $22.49

Victoria's Secret Ruched Halter Tankini 
  Original $48.50 on Sale for $24.99 and purchased with a gift card
This one isn't pictured in the collage, but you can see how I wore it here.

Kate Spade Branton Square Necklace 

  Original $98 on Sale for $64.90 and purchased with gift card
Update: I ended up changing my mind about this necklace. I really wanted to love it, but it wasn't as large as I wanted it to be seeing as it was supposed to be statement piece. Because I used a gift card, my bottom line isn't affected. 

Target Mossimo Cardigan
  Original $22.99 on Sale for $6.88
I love this cardigan (styled here), I'm even thinking about picking it up in this color.  

Target Xhilaration Bodycon Dress
   Original $24.99 on Sale for $12.48 with 25% off coupon $9.36
I'm so excited about this dress, hoping to debut it during my trip to California in a few weeks.

Target Mossimo Camel Perforated Belt
  Original $14.99 on Sale for $7.48 with 20% off coupon $5.98

I was doing really well on this month's budget. Couldn't believe that I was going to come in at under $100, but then I received a J Crew Factory FirstLook email. I knew I shouldn't open it (for my budget's sake), I should just send it right to trash. Thankfully, I'm terribly irresponsible because this vest was one of the options on sale. I have been looking for the J Crew Herringbone vest since it sold out about two years ago. I just assumed that I wouldn't get a chance to own one, but finally J Crew Factory has released a similar version. I guess these were in high demand, because even though they were a new item, they were marked final sale. Thankfully, the sizing worked out and I when I put this beauty on, I could care less about my budget. Hmm...I guess I shouldn't say that (but it's true). 

J Crew Factory Novelty Vest 
  Original $108 on Sale for $75 with an extra 20% off $60

Retail Total $614.47
After Sales Total $230.75 - $89.89 in Gift Cards = $140.86 July Total 

Year to Date Clothing Budget
$1650 (Year) - $171(Jan) - $0 (Feb) - $232(March) - $357(April) - $190(May)-$45 (June)-$140.86 (July) = $514.14 remaining for the year

And as usual linking up with Franish and the other budgeting bloggers


  1. You got some insanely good deals for those necklaces! woot, woot! I'm excited for you. btw I'm obsessed with that vest but I didn't order one :-( The more I think of all the adorable ways to style it, the more I think I should order one and take a chance on the sizing although it wouldn't be available until the fall. It's just one of those things that I wasn't planning on buying so I didn't pull the trigger when I saw it, but it's almost too good to pass up on. Either way you made some great purchases this month! I would give you an applause emoticon if there was one on the keyboard lol.


    1. Haha thank you Ele. I always look forward to reading your comments.

  2. Those necklaces are so pretty! Serious question: I love that vest too but the sizing makes me nervous (if it's sausage casing, I won't wear it). How did you find the sizing in comparison to other clothes or other brands? Should I size up or down in comparison to their tees or old navy stuff?

    1. Anna Belle, I totally understand. With the vest being a final sale item I definitely took a risk in buying it. However, I knew that I could sale it if need be. I on the busty side so I would normally size up for button-ups, cardigans, and coats from J Crew Factory, but I bought my normal tee shirt size of a small. I think if I had sized up, it would have definitely been a sausage casing lol. So I would say stick with your regular size. With the small I have no problem zipping up the vest and I could easily wear a sweater underneath. Yet, it's not too bulky. As far as comparing it to Old Navy's sizing, my tee shirt size is normally a small there as well. I hope this helps you.