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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Spring preview at Clinton Crossing Outlets

I love being a short drive from the outlet malls, the Simon Premium Outlets in Clinton, CT are home to several of my favorite stores (and typically have amazing Memorial Day weekend sales, that I will have to abstain from this year).

When I got the invitation for the Spring Preview Event this year I was so excited! I had a great time last April, and while they mixed things up with a different format this year, it still did not disappoint.

Rather than visiting all the different storefronts, participating stores brought all their favorite spring pieces into one location for us to peruse, and the rest of the area was set up for mingling, with a fun spread of food and drink, complete with a three tiered platter of lindt candy, yes, please and thank you!

Lucky Brand had all of the most perfect bohemian summer styles, I pretty much wanted to walk out with that maxi dress. Aeropostale had a wonderfully simple and affordable little black dress, and Le Creuset was showing off their new turquoise shade in cookery.

I loved getting to meet and mingle with other Connecticut bloggers, in the photo below I'm with Dianna of Budget Babe, Lynzy of Lynzy & Co., and Lauren of Lauren McBride. I was also happy to meet Jackie of Living after Midnight and Lauren of From Earth to Style. It was lovely to catch up with the ladies I met at the event last year as well, Rosa of Lady Diana's Pearls, Bonnie of Home Place Blog and Meg was in attendance too of course! We both brought our Moms as our guests, so they got to join in on the fun.

There were some great giveaways at the event, though sadly I didn't win any, it was hard to lament between the laughter and chocolate covered strawberries.

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The Rundown
Floral Blouse Banana Republic
Navy Minnie Pant J.Crew via Coco's
Trench Coat London Fog thrifted similar
Silver Pumps Kate Spade via Coco's similar similar
Micro Perry Satchel Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop
Turquoise Necklace Gift similar
Turquoise Bracelet Vintage thrifted
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Nail Color "Cement the Deal" OPI

Linking up with I Do deClaire's Confident Twosday
Cute and Little's on Trend Tuesday

Monday, May 2, 2016

Spending freeze

April was a pretty indulgent month, and after reviewing my purchases, I've decided that May needs to be a no shopping month. This is for clothes, as well as my other weakness, housewares. I asked Sean to get on board with me as well, since he can be just as guilty of buying two pairs of shoes in a month as I.

I know not shopping is going to be a challenge for me... there are endless temptations. The first thing I did this morning was unsubscribe from all stores who send me emails, and turn off all my saved ebay searches. I also need to stay away from places like TJMaxx and Target. Anything that catches my fancy I'll save to a wishlist for later reassessment in June! I know I really, truly don't need anything, but shopping is what I do for fun, for therapy, and for social engagements. I'm going to need the support to not shop from those who I often rely on to be my enablers.

This month I'd also like to try and get back on track with my blogging, lately I've had too many nights of staying up late just trying to get my post ready for the next day. I can't say I'm off to the greatest of starts either, but I did get the bulk of my un-edited photos taken care of and uploaded.

I can't believe it's May already and just one month before my trip to California! That is correct, I can not make any purchases this month under the justification that I need them for my trip. Lord help me!

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The Rundown
Blush Silk Blouse Max Studio via TJMaxx similar
White Jeans Old Navy
Jacket Kohl's similar
Silver Pumps Kate Spade via Coco's similar similar
Micro Perry Satchel Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop
Turquoise Necklace Gift similar
Pave Toggle Bracelet Banana Republic similar
Knot Ring c/o Emitations similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx

Friday, April 29, 2016

April Budget

How is it that I can walk into Banana Republic and literally want everything I see? It's bad. I had to return some things and ended up falling victim to the half off clearance.

I had some gift cards to TJMaxx from my birthday, so I splurged on some new luggage, and decided to fund a Kickstarter campagin for a company called Oddo, I read Shira's article at Refinery 29 and just admired her mission and thought, sure, why not spend $35 on a pair of underwear. Considering my usual cost per pair is $2-$6 I figure it balances out.

May really, really needs to be a no spend month, and truthfully I might not be done with April yet - I have a $5 coupon for DSW that expires tomorrow, and $10 coupon to Kohl's as well. Not missing out on my free money will likely result in spending money.

I am really looking forward to a restful weekend, this week has worn me out!

april closet additions

Mixed Floral Maxi Dress, $60 at Banana Republic
Honey Fringe Sandal, $60 at Banana Republic
Striped Tank, $25 at Banana Republic
Drew Woven Top, $30 at TJMaxx
Papercrane printed top, $13 at TJMaxx
Rockstar Jeans in Grapefruit, $22 at Old Navy
Tilly Clutch, $148 at Matine
Samsonite Luggage, $120 at TJMaxx (minus some gift cards, but I don't remember how much they were for)
Oddo, $35 at Kickstarter

Total = $513

Birthday gifts
Kensie Hepburn Heeled Sandal
Banana Republic Beetle Earrings
Turquoise Necklace

Gifted Items
Safari Dress, $119 at Cabi
Alexa Romper, $129 at Cabi
Plaza Top, $86 at Cabi
Rebecca Minkoff Micro Perry Satchel, $220 at Shopbop