March Budget

This month I partook in more than my fair share of quarantine stress shopping, aided and encouraged by every retailers' efforts to sustain themselves during this shutdown by offering sale after sale. My inbox feels like Black Friday, only worse.

Of course this is only the half of it, as in, the half which has already arrived. If my mailman hated me before, he really hates me now.




Banana Republic Ribbed Cardigan Dress, $32 
Vintage Whiting and Davis Bag via Poshmark, $32
Banana Republic Satin Wrap Top, $21
Mejuri Aries Pendant, $68
Ann Taylor Leopard Silk Scarf, $22
Banana Republic Black Camisole, $23
Vintage Caned Bag via Poshmark, $15
Banana Republic Curvy Mid-Rise Skinny Jean, $45
Lucy Paris Polka Dot Dress, $84

Duplication

I still have a handful of outfit photos taken pre-quarantine, when I wasn't agonizing over putting on jeans and a sweater for a low-key day of visiting with family.

I surprised myself last month when I decided to buy this same v-neck cashmere sweater in both the cream color and black; truly I was going to return the cream and just keep the black, but it's so terribly soft and was on sale for $50 and I convinced myself this time would be different.

I have a terrible track record when it comes to buying duplicates of pieces in different colors. I always end up loving one far more than the other - how could such a perfect and versatile piece in one color feel like an impossible style challenge in another? (The first thing which comes to mind would be linen joggers I loved so much in olive green that grabbing the blush pink seemed like a necessity. I never wear the pink.)

However perhaps the issue isn't with the piece, but simply the color, and it feels like both cream and black are safe bets. Fingers crossed.

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The Rundown
 Cashmere Sweater Nordstrom
Curvy Mid-Rise Skinny Jean Banana Republic
Croc Embossed Leather Bag Loeffler Randall
 Mules Charles David via TJMaxx 
Double Ring Belt Express
Loop Earrings Mejuri
Gold Chain Necklace Thrifted similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry



Outfit for Nowhere

This weekend I took outfit photos for the first time in two weeks. It seemed silly, getting dressed for the sole purpose of snapping some photos then immediately heading back home, being sure not to interact with anyone. It was a brief bit of sun, a break from the deluge of rain, the only time I spent outside the house in four days.

It took me three hours to decide to put on jeans and a sweater. Everything else I tried just felt too contrived, I don't normally hang around the house in a dress and heels; though as much as I'd love to photograph my new dress, I don't want to just play dress-up, I want to wear it for real.

After half my closet was deposited on my bed in a desperate attempt to put together an outfit I would hang around the house in that didn't include jeans, I acquiesced to the denim, and less than an hour later I was back in my pajamas, letting the hours blur together once again.

Creating content in this quarantine is going to be a challenge, and I'm still working on figuring out what feels right to post.

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The Rundown
White Pointelle Sweater J.Crew
Button Fly Jeans Gap similar
Snake Print Mules Banana Republic
Round Crossbody Bag French Connection
Pearl Hoop Earrings c/o Mejuri
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
 Nail Color "Party Mix & Match" Essie



Just Last Month

These photos were taken last month after visiting Continuum Distilling in Waterbury - a very unique distillery that takes the leftover yeast from beer making to create spirits. I sampled cocktails and indulged in a gorgeous cheese board.

Having never visited Waterbury before, I did a location search on Instagram to find this gorgeous marble building. I believe it's the town hall, or maybe the library - the map didn't seem too clear - Instagram got me in the vicinity, and that is all that matters.

I'm not sure why it took me over a month to post these photos, but I suddenly felt like I had to get them up, because I can't be posting fur coats in April (regardless of whether or not we still have a few days which require them!)

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The Rundown
 Cashmere Sweater Nordstrom
 Distressed Jeans Gap similar
Leopard Fur Coat J.McLaughlin similar
Cream Booties Aerosoles
 Vintage Bag Anna Pearl's Curiosities similar
Cream Wide Brim Fedora Goorin Brothers similar
Necklace French Kande
 Gold Rectangle Chain Necklace Etsy
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry



Ordinary Life

I can't believe I haven't posted in three weeks, though in my defense, the last two have been a blur with the world turned to panic over the corona virus pandemic. Remember back at the beginning of the month when life was normal and the virus seemed like a problem far, far, away? Apparently just a few miles from me a party was taking place actively spreading the virus in my state.

My month of fun blogger gatherings has been canceled, though rare, I actually had something for every weekend, and each passing Saturday has felt just a little more sad, thinking about the life being missed out on as we remain tucked away at home.

As my only income at the moment is dog walking with Wag!, naturally the more people are staying home with their pups, they less they need me. I was grateful to have a couple clients this week, I assume their moms have essential jobs they can't stay home from, thus making my job essential. That's how I look at it anyway - I don't think there is much risk in going into a house empty of people as long as I regularly use hand sanitizer. I soaked in every moment of my walks this week, trying to cling to the sense of purposefulness I had at that moment, and the joy of spending time with a dog.

The days at home lead to boredom, which lead to shopping, and now I feel like I can't even scroll through two posts on Instagram without being sucked into a vortex of shopping temptation. Despite my sudden drop in income, there seems to be a disconnect with the logical part of my brain that should be telling me not to click 'add to cart'. In my weakest defense, realtors desperate to keep operations going are serving up some good sales.

I want to try and get back to normal blog posts, try to FaceTime more with my friends who I now haven't seen in weeks, and try to find some creativity in myself. I've been missing it for a long time now, and this housebound situation is making me acutely aware of it.

Of all the disasters that keep us stuck at home, at least we get power and internet access for this one. Silver lining, right?

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The Rundown
Brown Cardigan Target similar
Black Tee Banana Republic
High Rise Skinny Jeans "Ann" c/o Mott &Bow
 Karen Croc Embossed Boots Aquatalia
Bucket Bag "Johnny" Danse Lente
 Scarab Necklace Vintage via Etsy similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx


Camel Coat

I can be very fickle when it comes to what I want to fill my closet with. You might not think that, because I've been shopping with such reckless abandon as of late, but I'm not good with on the spot decision making. I tend to ruminate about my purchases, probably too much, which is why after shooting these photos I went and returned this coat. Loft might have listed this coat at $200, but I know it's not a $200 coat. It was, and is on sale for $80 - reasonable, I thought, but actually, not really. It wasn't particularly warm, it was comprised more of polyester than any other fiber (I'm picky about my fibers) and was it the very exact right shade of camel that I wanted?

Nope.

Back it went. Then I decided I'd rather have a vintage coat, bid on this one at shopgoodwill.com and wasn't thrilled with it when it arrived. The problem with buying vintage however, is that I can't just return it. The answer that I dream of giving is that I will carefully tailor it myself until the fit is perfect, the reality is, beyond ripping out the shoulder pads I will be too afraid to take my scissors to the coat, it will sit unworn, and then likely get donated once more.

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The Rundown
White Satin Blouse Banana Republic
Straight Leg Distressed Jeans Gap similar
Camel Overcoat Loft
Cream Booties Aerosoles
Brown Round Bag Mark Cross thrifted similar
Necklace French Kande
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Gold Herkimer Diamond Ring c/o Lumo
Cat Eye Sunglasses H&M similar


February Budget

It's funny, I thought I'd been doing good this month until I sat down to write this post, but that is just how it's been going as of late. I followed my usually crazy person shopping habit of buying the same pair of boots five times in four different sizes from three different retailers until I found the right fit for my foot and budget. Well, I use that term loosely - the Aquatalia Karen boots were originally $659, marked down to $264, plus there was a sale over President's Day weekend for an additional 30% off, taking them down to a more palatable $185. However the boot shaft was too high for my short legs and my cobbler charged $60 to shorten them.

If you are particularly observant, you may have noted a similar pair of black boots in last month's budget post, and they were a much more affordable $40 (technically $80 before coupons) - but they were also too tall and would have cost $70 to shorten, and by my logic, investing in a pricey alteration for inexpensive pair of faux leather boots made less sense than spending over four times as much on boots which would need the same alteration. The boots were definitely a splurge, so lets hope they will be with me for a very long time.

I also made a few secondhand purchases this month, a fun round bag by Mark Cross I spotted at one of my favorite thrift stores, which I then patiently waited for it to get its first price reduction and scooped up for $35. (eBay is literally ruining thrift shopping, they just love printing out the pages of similar listed items so they can charge more.) Also mine doesn't have the chevron pattern, I just used the image because it was close enough!

Next I got a pair of the Target sherpa mules from Poshmark - I'd gotten a pair for my sister for Christmas and tried and tried to convince myself I didn't want them too, but clearly that didn't work!

I also broke my strict rule of only one case per iPhone and grabbed this cute Kate Spade case at TJMaxx - even though my phone was paid off in December, I decided not to get a new one to save the $52 a month, so a $14 case seemed completely justifiable.

I also had to grab the cardigan dress from J.Crew when it finally went on sale, plus when it arrived without the belt I contacted customer service and they offered to ship out a new dress or give me an additional 35% off - I took the discount.


J.Crew Pointelle Cable Sweater, $35
Mango Brown Cami, $32
J.Crew Belted Cardigan Dress, $40
Mark Cross Brown Round Canteen Bag, $35 thrifted
Target Sherpa Mules, $24 via Poshmark
Banana Republic Sweater Tank, $32
French Kande Petite Annecy Pendant Necklace, $88 via Von Maur
Aquatalia Karen Croc Embossed Boots, $245
Halogen Cashmere Sweaters in Black and Oatmeal, $50 via Nordstrom
Kate Spade iPhone Case, $14 via TJMaxx
Ann Taylor Lace Hem Pants, $36

Winter Greys

I know February is nearly over and spring is within sight, but winter still feels hard to get through. Clearly my solution of buying more sweaters hasn't been helping to lift my mood, and the days seem to blur together in a mess of grey clouds and rain, making those moments when the sun does come out difficult to recall.

The days are getting longer, but I haven't noticed, it still feels like it's dark by 4 p.m. and my desire to spend more hours in bed than out in the world hasn't decreased during my first Connecticut winter where instead of being in front of a computer at an office job, I'm out in the elements walking dogs. I thought trading my sedentary existence for a more active one would give me more energy, but that is clearly not happening. At least my stamina has increased, a year ago three consecutive walks would crush me, now I can handle five and continue functioning for the remainder of the day. Still, the moment I arrive home, done for the day, bed beckons.

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The Rundown 
Grey Cashmere Turtleneck TJMaxx similar
Black Wide Leg Pants Ann Taylor
Snake Print Mules Banana Republic
Bucket Bag "Johnny" Danse Lente
Pearl Hoop Earrings c/o Mejuri
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Gold Herkimer Diamond Ring c/o Lumo
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie