April Budget 2014

- Outfits, Shopping

April 2014 Budget_Basics

I have slowly but surely been getting rid of more clothes since our move last fall. My closet is significantly smaller than the one at our old apartment, so if I want to have any sort of organization to my closet, I need to get rid of items. With that said, this month I wanted to focus on things I need, basic pieces that work for the office and weekends.

Black T-Shirt – Iris & Ink via The Outnet $35 + $4.95 S&H = $39.95

I purchased this black tee from The Outnet. I have never shopped there before, but have read good reviews on their line Iris & Ink, so decided to fill in my t-shirt void by purchasing a black t-shirt. Last year, I purchased a plain white crew neck tee from Banana Republic and a gray t-shirt from Old Navy and recently ordered a long-sleeve white t-shirt from J.Crew (which I just realized while searching for this in my budget posts that I forgot about it, whoops), so I have been looking for a nice, black t-shirt to complete my collection. My goal was to not spend over $40, but buy something higher quality that will feel nice to the touch and keep its shape and color through multiple washes. I will update you with a review on this!

Black Silk Trousers – Nexx via Hautelook $19 + $7.95 S&H = $26.95 (Similar)

I tell you what, Hautelook is going to be the death of my budget. I am seriously on there every day and have to click out of the cart. Just earlier this week they had a ton of Ray Bans on sale and I had to resist! I could not, however, resist these black silk trousers for $19! I have been looking for a more relaxed pair of black trousers for work, so I can style them like Kat and Rachelle. Keeping my fingers crossed that they fit, or don’t look completely weird on my body type… otherwise I will be returning them to my local Nordstrom Rack (which wouldn’t be all so bad 😉 )

Total: $66.90

Whoot whoot! Happy about my purchases this month, and I almost felt bad for purchasing the t-shirt, but I can’t feel bad about something I already know is going to be worn over and over again (as long as it fits)! While we are on the topic of finances, I had to limit  my spending this month as well because April is the lovely month every year I get to pay my life insurance and renew my car tabs!


As far as reviews this month, I received this skirt that I wore on Easter and this top from Oasap, which will be coming to the blog soon. I also received a scarf from Babette and will be giving away a scarf to a reader!

Next month I am excited to be working with 10DollarMall again to show some spring outfits! You can see my first review here.

Linking up with Franish!

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    two birds
    April 29, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Great find on the black silk pants! They are so cute. I hope they work for you. And I don’t think you should feel bad about spending more on a high quality tee. Especially since it sounds like you plan to wear it a lot!

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    April 29, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Talk about some great finds! Those flash sale sites kill me – I always way too much stuff – I just can’t say no to a good sale!


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    April 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    you did great this month.

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    Marianna De Luca
    April 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    One of the best post that I ever see! It’s amazing 🙂


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    Amanda Elizabeth
    April 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Now that you can return much easier to your local Rack…..Hautelook has been a lot more deadly right?

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      April 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Yes indeed! 🙁 Good and bad at the same time 😉

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    April 29, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    I have a pair of silk joggers from Express and I love ’em, I just need to find more spring ways to style ’em up. (Previously been wearing them for winter, because I’m cool like that…?) 🙂

    Happy Tuesday, babe!


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    April 29, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Oooh I hope those trousers work out, they look fantastic! Great job with your budget this month!

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    April 29, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    You did great this month! I blew my budget again but it was worth it for me!

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    April 29, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    You did amazing, good luck with the pants.


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    April 30, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Those black silk trousers are a great piece to have in your wardrobe.

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    April 30, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Love the silk pants! I just discovered Hautelook and I’m afraid for my budget!
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      April 30, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Haha right?! I have been a member for awhile, but stopped going there, which was good for my wallet. Now there is something new I want every SINGLE day!

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    April 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    2 purchases! dang girl, look at the restraint! keep us updated on if those pants worked!

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      May 1, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      I know! I was proud, except I really had to hold back after my extra expenses this month! Still makes me feel good though!

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    Anna Belle
    April 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    I’m so intrigued by this new pants trend – it seems so polished and comfortable! I look forward to seeing how you style these pants!

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    May 1, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    I can’t wait to see how you style those silk trousers!

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    Nicoleta Buru
    May 1, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Soooooo beautiful *__*




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    May 1, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    wow, you did fabulous! i love both pieces, classic and basic but still gorgeous. great finds!

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    Samantha Russell Knuckles
    May 2, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Those look like very well made, great basics!

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