November Budget

I thought I might make it through November without shopping, but a few things were to tempting to resist. I started off the month by replacing my black gloves since I 1. Couldn't remember where I put my old ones at the end of last winter and 2. Did remember that the thumb had busted open at the seam, so perhaps I'd had the good sense to throw them out? Either way they needed replacing and I decided to give a try. What drew me to them was that they are leather touch gloves without the unsightly silver fingertips, every part of the glove can interact with the phone, and they have a cashmere lining. Plus I got them for under $40. I also love they have a magnetic 'clasp' to keep the gloves together when I toss them in my purse.

I also found myself in Banana Republic to finally exchange the dress I got in September for a smaller size. Thankfully there was still one left! Naturally I crossed paths with a rust colored blazer in a thick satin fabric, and since between the sale and my credit card rewards I could walk out the door with it for under $20, it didn't take much to convince myself. I keep saying I should save up my rewards and put them towards one big expensive thing, but that hasn't happened yet.

Twitter is accountable for my next purchase of the month. Here is what happened: a couple years ago I was watching the show Suits on USA. One of the characters was wearing this necklace I was instantly smitten with. Naturally I tweeted a screen capture of the necklace hoping that someone might know the designer. I never managed to trace it's origins, but then I got a message from LuxbyUK saying they'd made a replica of the necklace, and I agreed to purchase it at a discounted price in exchange for a blog post when their new site is up and running.

Lastly, there were a few gifted items. Dressbarn provided me with a $50 gift card to help promote their re-branding as Roz and Ali. I ended up with two pieces and spent $12 over the gift card. Next was a dress from eShakti, who I've worked with in the past and I believe they provide a good value for their customization service. Following that I was provided with some fun pieces from Tobi to style holiday looks, and lastly I ordered a pair of customized shoes from Shoes of Prey with a gift code I'd won in a blog giveaway.

A cyber monday purchase may have went through as well, but I'll wait and see how it works out...

rust satin blazer, floral maxi skirt, gloves, shoes of prey heels

Banana Republic Boyfriend Fit Shiny Blazer, $20 Leather Touch Gloves, $30
Roz & Ali Floral Maxi Skirt, $6 after gift card
Roz & Ali Faux Suede Jacket, $6 after gift card
LuxbyUK Custom "Scottie" Necklace, $60
Shoes of Prey Custom Pumps, won in giveaway
eShakti Graphic Print Wrap Dress, gifted


  1. You got some great stuff this month, love the shoes.


  2. It sounds like you got some really fabulous things and did well with minimal shopping! I basically did all my Christmas shopping so I did a lot of damage BF/CM! But I also saved a lot of money and don't have to do anything else so yay!

  3. You really did had some beautiful pieces to your closet this month, and I must say I am particularly smitten with the colour palette you seem to be focussed on. I've lately had a coloured coat on my mind, particularly something in a rust or burgundy shade - it's not a priority since my beloved grey coat finally split at every seam in Europe had had to be left behind, which means it needs replacing, and I still don't have a black coat I actually love but... if I can add those two coats to my wardrobe, something in one of the colours you've featured just may be next!

  4. What an interesting way to try to find out about a necklace----I would never have thought to do that!!!

  5. You are such a smart shopper! And that blazer is a beautiful find!

    District of Chic

  6. These are some pretty fun buys! You didn't do as badly as you could have done. I really love the print of that dress you got too, so perfect

  7. You got some great items this month! I love your blazer and wrap dress!

  8. Love all the items, especially the dress, the colours are gorgeous!

  9. I think you did an amazing job with your budget this month. I don't even want to think about how much I spent this month...haha. I love that BR blazer!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  10. In my book, you stuck to your budget! Buying what you need and with gift cards is impressive! After all the sale shopping, I feel like I need to shop my closet for December.

    xo Adri

  11. Nice outfits <3 Wonderful post dear <3 Have a great weekend
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

  12. I think you did really well this month! You got some lovely pieces and with all of the black Friday and Cyber Monday sales it would have been easy to buy a lot - you were very restrained, and everything you got you'll be able to get a lot of wear from! :)

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend! We've put our Christmas tree up and gone to a few Christmas events this weekend. So far, it's been a good one and the predicted wild weather hasn't hit yet which is nice!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  13. The wrap dress is beyond gorgeous! I also love the blazer :)

    Jessica |

  14. Love this inspo dear!! I really love the blazer!
    Mónica Sors

  15. I love the wrap dress, and that blazer was a steal!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  16. I would not have left the store without that blazer: it's glorious !
    For the record I think you did quite well.

  17. I know I'm getting old when the thing I'm most drawn to here is the gloves! I feel like I'm always buying winter accessories last minute and then trying to find stuff that's cheap. Then I regret it when I'm freezing cold and I don't have a hat and my gloves are off because I can't use my phone with them on... I may have to check out that site.

  18. You got some great deals! Love that dress!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  19. That satiny blazer is amazing, definitely worth the buy! Happy December :)
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  20. Love that blazer!!

    xx, Elise

  21. You scored some stunners- and how cool about the necklace! Suits is a great show for style inspo- those ladies are always fierce-professional chic!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  22. Everything you got is just so classic! I cannot wait to see that necklace!

  23. sounds like you made some good purchases! Every year I always end up buying gloves! I swear I put them away nicely at the end of Winter and when Winter comes around again, they're missing or I'm missing the other half. I also didn't know Dressbarn is rebranding! That's so good to know!

  24. I love that blazer! It's a gorgeous color!

  25. That dress looks great! I love the print. You got some good pieces this month.

  26. How fun about the necklace! Love that wrap dress :)

  27. great finds and you definitely stayed ticked to wise budget

    Inside and Outside Blog

  28. I know I shopped for Christmas gifts but of course had to get some thing for moi or a few somethings. And girl you got some great stuff.

    Allie of ALLIENYC