Monthly Archives: September 2013

Labor Day Online Shopping

With all of the Labor Day Sales, I figured I would use that to help fill some holes in my wardrobe for fall. Below is what I got and what I ended up returning!

Flare Shift Dress, XSP $39.75
The reviews on this dress said that there was incredible detail on this dress and it looked much better in person. Unfortunately, that was not really the case. The dress felt about one size too big and was much larger around the waist than I expected.
Verdict: Returned

Tweed Skirt, 0P $29.75
I ordered this skirt after seeing it on J’s Every Day Fashion. I ended up being pleasantly surprised by this skirt. It fit really well and was incredibly comfortable. Additionally, unlike other pencil skirts I’ve gotten in the past, the material was not stiff.
Verdict: Keep

3/4 Sleeve Blouse, XSP $29.75
I was hoping the blouse would be more white in person. Unfortunately, it was pink, which wasn’t what I wanted.
Verdict: Return

3/4 Lace Sleeve Top, XSP $17.44
The shoulders were a little puffy, but it looked good tucked into a skirt. Additionally, final sale.
Verdict: Keep


Black Tee (Sold Out!), XSP $12.50
I’ve been wanting a plain black shirt that I can wear to work and this fit the requirements!
Verdict: Keep

J.Crew Factory
Stripe Racerback Cami, 0 $29.50
I’ve been watching this top for a while and decided it was finally time to buy it. I liked how loose the top was and while it wasn’t the best hanging loose, it looked great tucked in.
Verdict: Keep

Racerback Cami, 0 $27
See above review, same feeling.
Verdict: Keep

Cotton Zipper Top  XS $21
I actually got this in red and blue (which is apparently sold out now). I was a little hesitant with the whole horizontal stripes thing, but I love how soft this shirt turned out to be. It was a little baggy, but I can’t wait to wear it once it gets colder.
Verdict: Keep


Critter Charm Necklace $12
Love giraffes. Adorable necklace.
Verdict: Keep

Ann Taylor
Over the Knee Riding Boots $173.60 /

I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair of black boots that are work appropriate and i was hoping these would fit the bill. While the leather was smooth and the shoe seemed very well made, it slouched too much around the ankle and I wasn’t as comfortable with wearing an over the knee boot to work. I’m hoping to find a similar pair for less money elsewhere.
Verdict: Return


Colorblock Pencil Skirt 0P $76.30
This was another item that I had been staring at for a bit. I had tried it on at an Ann Taylor Event at the end of July and figured I would wait until the price dropped more. However, after getting it, I think it may still have been a little too expensive for me.
Verdict: Return



August Round Up

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1. Old Navy Wrap Dress, Striped – $25
2. Old Navy Wrap Dress, Crimson – $25
3. Ann Taylor Lace Dress – $47.69
4. Daisy Rae Dress – $20.97 (going out of business sale)
5. Gap Floral Jeans – $24
6. Gap Pink Jeans – $12 (yesss in store sale!)
7. Loft White Jeans – $20
8. Loft Tank – $22.50
9. ily Necklace – $20.95 (Still waiting on this to arrive….)

Not Pictured:
10. Loft Lace tee – $18
11. Gap Blazer – $24

Grand total:  $242.11

Gulp…alright well there you go. Now time to get this back under control.

Plan to help this:
1. Less in store shopping. I know this is the reverse of what most people would tell you to do because you can get much better deals off of the clearance racks, BUT when I shop online, I tend to impulse shop a lot less because I can let things sit in my cart and wait for a deal.
2. Make a list of things I want ahead of time and be more specific when looking for things.
3. Shop my closet more.
4. Focus on items that can be worn to work since that’s where I spend a bulk of my time.
5. USE EBATES. Using ebates = cash back on purchases. If that’s not awesome, I don’t know what is.

I’ll probably have to refine this a little more over time, but I hope it will work for now.