Budgeting Bloggers: September Purchases

1. Adidas Running Shoes- $75 purchased for $31 (via amazon)
2. GapFit gFast shirred 16" cropped capris- $60 purchased for $13 (on sale)
3. Gap Shaker-stitch long cardigan- $70 purchased for $24 (on sale+gift card)
4. H&M A-Line Dress- $30 purchased for $0 (on sale+gift card)
5. J.Crew Pixie Pants in Black- $88 purchased for $4.50 (on sale+gift card)
7. Topshop Ribbed Crop Top- $14 purchased for $12 (student discount)
8. 8 inch LL Bean Boots- $109 purchased for $0 (sale+paypal)
9. H&M Top with Ruffled Hem- $13 each purchased for $0 (on sale+gift card)

TOTAL: $97.50

Time for a round up of my clothing purchases this month! As you can see, I tried really hard to add tons and tons of color to my wardrobe ;) I looking back, I actually spent a lot less than I thought I did, but going forward I really need to limit my impulse purchases, even if they are great items. 

I don't remember the last time I bought a new pair of tennis shoes but I love these adidas sneakers because they're great for running, walking miles around the city, and they look cute with casual outfits! It's so nice to have footwear that as stylish as it is functional. To go along with my sneakers and to encourage me to go run more, I picked up a pair of workout capris from Gap. Mine also have pockets with zippers on the front which is the perfect place to hold my key, phone, and ID.

I'm trying to pay attention to what I actually wear to class and events so I can know what works for my closet and what I should invest in, and what I'm just not loving as much. I've noticed myself leaning more towards button downs, sweaters, and nicer tops and not wearing my simple but cute t-shirts as often. I also realized that I was in desperate need of a few more cardigans since the it's usually pretty cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon and the temperatures will only drop from here on.

I picked up this cardigan from H&M after falling in love with the style, but it's on the thin side and I know I'd only be able to wear it for a few more weeks during the daytime. I decided to pop into Gap with a friend where I saw this cardigan and all my dreams came true. It's a nice thick knit, nice length, super cozy, and it has pockets (!!!). I had to ask an employee to check the size of the cardigan on the mannequin because they only had mediums and larges on the rack and lo and behold the mannequin was wearing an extra small which is my size so me and this cardigan were basically meant to be. In store they also had this in a camel color which I'm honestly considering getting if another good sale rolls around.

I wanted to pick up a few things I could wear to go out or dress up for events since it's very easy to feel underdressed here in the city. I'm imagining wearing this dress with ankle boots, tights and a cardigan or even heels and a blazer. I love this little crop top because it shows the right amount of skin and I'm excited to get these tops in the mail! They're nicer than a regular tank top and are incredibly easy to dress up or down. I'm curious to see how they'll look underneath a cropped sweater.

To top off my purchases for the month, I also picked up a pair of pixie pants which are a godsend when getting dressed for my 8am class, and I went ahead and bought a pair of winter boots because this texan has no clue to handle the winter and I want to be prepared! Also bean boots tend to be back ordered for months every year so I wanted to make sure I could get them before the real cold set in. 

I'm trying to limit my clothes spending next month, but I do want to stock up on some basics like tops to layer with, a nice pair of black jeans, and a few more bras (Nicole's post really makes me want to go get measured!). What have y'all been purchasing lately? Have you bought anything exciting or got a really good deal on something? Let me know!

I of the Storm

Top: Everlane // Jeans: Pacsun // Shoes: Kohl's // Jacket: J.Crew Factory (exact) // Bag: c/o TOMS

I've always loved rain, but I get even more excited for when it rains because it means I get to wear my shiny new rain boots. I got these a day or two before I moved to New York and they are probably one of my best purchases to date. I can splish splash all the way to class and walk through the city without the fear of getting my socks wet or ruining a pair of shoes. A few weeks ago I met up with Ashley at the High Line, which is a place that I definitely need to explore more, just to shoot a bit and hangout. The place was pretty empty since we went in the evening on a weekday and it had been raining all day, but I'd love to go again when the weather is a bit nicer!

I'm still trying to figure out how to put together outfits here in the city. I feel pretty solid in my style taste and knowing what I like and don't like, but the weather here is pretty finicky and I have to take into consideration where I'll be all day and how much I'll be walking around. As far as outfits go, this one is pretty solid. My favorite white tee, dark wash denim, rain boots with fun socks, and my favorite part, my J.Crew Factory Field Jacket. This jacket is SO DANG PRACTICAL. The buttons make it look very fancy, it's a good layering piece and keeps me warm on cooler days, and the pockets are a perfect place to stash my phone, ID, and wallet if I just need to run to CVS or the dining hall quickly. I know for a fact that this was purchased from the J.Crew outlet, but it is identical to the version from the retail store. The version of this jacket on the J.Crew Factory website differs slightly and has a drawstring waist instead, but the functionality and look are essentially the same!

Sorry for being so MIA lately over here on the blog, I've yet to find someone who can consistently take blog pictures for me and adjusting to college life and school has been quite a handful.

Two Weeks in NYC

Somehow I've managed to make it two weeks in the city without dying or wanting to come home. It's been a busy and hectic few weeks, but I'm glad to say that I've settled into some sort of routine, whether I like it or not. This post is gonna be kinda long, so grab a cup of tea or coffee or something and enjoy some snapshots from my first few weeks in new york.

Live From New York

Top: Topshop // Skirt: Cotton On // Sunglasses: Forever 21 // Shoes: H&M

Ahhh! This is my first blog post coming straight from New York City! As y'all probably know, I moved to NY about a week ago for college and it's been stressful, and exciting, and wonderful, and busy all at the same time. I'm still trying to figure out a schedule that works for me and a way to balance homework/blogging/friends/exploring/self-care/everything else. Hopefully I should have up a post and a video or two kinda going over this past week or so!

There's a faculty member who lives in the penthouse of my dorm and every once in awhile she opens up her place and hosts students. She let us up there for Labor Day and trust me, she has the best view out of anyone in our entire building. She has a perfect view of the Empire State Building, the One World Trade Center, the beautiful church across the street, and watching the sun set over the city is always a sight to see.

 Before heading to this rooftop party, I spent part of my day wandering around Soho and meeting up with people so I wanted to wear something that was simple, but still very put together and "cool girl-esque" I picked up this top on an early adventure to Soho from Topshop and I'm very tempted to get it in more colors! On the hanger it looks like a bib for a small child, but with a high waisted skirt it shows the right amount of skin and makes me feel stellar. Add a swipe of red lipstick and some oversized sunglasses and it makes me feel, and hopefully look, like an official new yorker. Ain't that neat?

Note To Self: Dear College Freshmen

Note to the Reader: oh hello there. I'm moving to New York City this week to start college which is wonderful and scary and exciting all at the same time. I wrote a little (read: a long, very very long) letter, mainly to myself but partially to other freshmen who are experiencing the same feelings as me. If you take the time to read this in it's entirety then you should go #TreatYoSelf because this thing is a beast. Well, without further ado I present to you my letter.

Dear self,

First I'd like to say that you are a fabulous human being with a killer sense of style and an amazing sense of humor, but that has nothing to do with the content of this post.

You are going off to college, in a new state, in a new city. The most populous city in the country as a matter of fact because you are still a Texan at heart and you believe that bigger is better. I'm writing this post to you for the days when you miss home, when you feel lost (or actually are lost, the subway is no joke), when you question your decision, or when you just need something to push you the last few steps of the way.


Shirt: J.Crew Factory // Shorts: Aeropostale // Shoes: Gap Factory (similar) // Bag: c/o TOMS

Helloo old outfit! Man I have been crap at posting things in a timely manner. Regardless of when I wore this (over six weeks ago...) it's still summer and this outfit is still relevant. I wore this while I was taking my friend Jessica's senior pictures downtown and I was grateful for a thin button-up to shield my arms from the scorching sun while still being light enough to let air in. Unfortunately my legs had to bear the unforgiving sun and mosquitos but sometimes you gotta compromise. Covered arms and covered legs, while protecting me from the sun and mosquitos, would only result in death by heat stroke so it looks like covered arms and mosquito bitten legs won this round, but hey at least I didn't die of a heat stroke?

Also, since we're talking about leather (we weren't) how do y'all feel about mixed leathers? I love the lighter leather color of my shoes because they go well with everything and don't totally blend in with my skin, but I also love the rich color of this belt which happens to be somewhat close to my skintone. If I were to wear a lighter belt then I don't think it would look as good with the denim, but if I were to wear darker shoes I feel like you wouldn't notice my shoes at all. Apart these two items are great pieces, but together I'm not sure how to feel. Any thoughts or am I just overreacting and being nitpicky?

Distressed in Gingham

Shirt: J.Crew Factory // Jeans: J.Crew // Sunglasses: Forever 21 // Shoes: Gap Factory

I never thought I'd be the one to wear distressed jeans, but I came across these and they were $100 off and they actually had my size (!!! a 23 is very hard to find y'all) so I bit the bullet– and I'm so glad that I did! If you've ever strayed (or should I say frayed ba dum tss) away from distressed jeans because they didn't look polished enough, I highly suggest you give them a chance. Sure, they probably won't slide for causal Friday at the office but they are great for achieving the "Model off duty look" which is a look that I am 1000% here for. This outfit could totally be something that a cool New England soccer mom might wear, but add a rip at the knee and some cool details via a slightly open top, big sunglasses, and even bigger hair and you my friend have an outfit that looks like you just left a photoshoot and are one your way to some swanky lunch as a pretentious restaurant with your girl gang. Or you might look like you just came home from an NYU students event where you met some of your future classmates and tried your hardest to look put together but still really cool and casual because you actually did just get home from an NYU students event where you met some of your future classmates and tried your hardest to look put together but still really cool and casual. Either way, one outfit, two situations, still works.