Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Favs on Thursdays:: Target Dollar Spot

My Favs on Thursday is a weekly link up with my best bloggy buddies Katy and Nicole and share our favorite thing of the week.
So, the goal in skipping the blog post I actually had planned and finished for yesterday was to get caught up on all my blog reading and save the post. It didn't happen. I'm such a bad blog reader lately. Blogs are always my favorite thing any day of the week, but this week, My Favs on Thursdays is the Target Dollar Spot.

This is no new found love. The affair is long in the making. It just seems to have gotten better with time, just like any healthy relationship. Target just keeps putting better stuff over there too. Over the past few years I've gotten decorative mason jars there, coupon holders, trash cans, goo be gone, batteries, beach toys, garden tools, lotions, all kinds of Star Wars stuff from May the Force this year. Yeah it's kind of taken on the identity of a Dollar General, where everything is generally a dollar, but the stuff over there is so adorable and useful! These are some of my favorite crafty finds:

  • Pink Jute:: I use this to tie my Poshmark packages up pretty like. 60 feet for a $1
  • Alphabet stamps:: Entire alphabet for $2!!! What?! Yes.
  • Glitter tape:: I use this stuff when ever it suits me. 60 feet for $1
  • Jumbo paper clips:: These came in a pack of four for $1 and are perfect for clipping in extra stuff I need to tend to in my planner
  • Bakers Twine:: 20 yards for $1. Yeah. I'm not running out of twine for a while.
  • Decorative tray:: I was most excited about this. I have several and they're all going into a DIY project that I started months ago and hope to finish and share on the blog this month. Cute hexagon design, bright colors. $1. Super useful too!
What have you found that you love in the Target dollar spot? What are your favorites this week? Don't forget to link up with the three of us. We'd love to know!

Also don't forget to enter my Pink Blush giveaway going on this week:

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Budgeting Bloggers: July Finals

Where did July go? Everyone's budgeting bloggers post I've been reading has been stating the exact same thing. It's crazy. Parts of July feel like they were months ago, but then I'm sitting here thinking where did my month go?! Besides being phenomenally busy with work and life in general, I still had time to do the damage. Here's my purchases for the month of July:


1.Stone Frame Necklace in warm iris: Orig $49.50, purchased for 50% off sale price, $23.99
2. Merona Knit Stripe Shirt dress: Orig $19.99, used cartwheel and coupon, $12.01
3. Collection Martina calf hair wedges:: Orig $358. Purchased via Poshmark closet @relee for $85
4. Seychelles "All the Way":: Orig $100, on sale, percent off sale, and $10 gapcard reward, $8.98
5. Sam Edelman "tess":: Orig $100, on sale, percent off sale, and $10 gapcard reward, $8.98
6. Viv metallic flats:: Orig $188, purchased with the help of my shopping buddy for $25
7.Diamond Ikat Fringe Scarf:: Orig $55, purchased for 50% off sale price, $27.50
8. Prima Jersey Pocket Tank:: Orig $33, purchased for 50% off sale price, plus 15% student discount, $10.40
9. Prima Jersey Muscle Tank:: Orig $35, purchased for 50% off sale price, $14.50
10. Pencil Skirt in Pinstripe Super120s:: Orig $128, purchased for $15 with the help of my shopping buddy again Lindsey

Total: $231.36-$197=$34.36 OVER BUDGET
Total saved off retail prices: $835.13 

Here's what I acquired as gifts or care of this month:
(top to bottom, left to right)

Disney Dooney and Bourke:: gift from Corey
PinkBlush maxi dress:: care of
Sole Society flats:: gift money
Birkenstocks:: paid for by the hubs

After reading this post, I've decided I'm not going to beat myself up about if I go over, spend money, etc.  It is what it is and it's all in the past. I have been practicing mindful spending though. Incase you didn't notice, I bought a lot less than I have in previous months. Not that there weren't things I saw that I wanted/needed, but I have been trying to pick appropriate needs to fulfill and keep wants and impulses at bay. I got six pairs of shoes this month. I don't regret that. I've worn every single pair (with the Sam Edelman's being quite the surprise and star this past month-- I highly recommend them) because sandals were what I needed. I also need close to black flats, but did I fulfill that need? No because I won't be wearing them for a while and it's not something I have to run out and do now. Isn't is good to buy things off season? Yes, but basic close toe black flats don't go in and out of season. Sandals do and I can't tell you how many times I've waited waited and waited to purchase a pair of sandals, then they sell out and I can't find anything remotely close the following year. Despite how trendy some of the shoe picks are, they're made with quality and trends don't really have to go out of style in your closet. Most of them can be updated with less expensive or inexpensive things the next year. The calf hair wedges were what I deemed a wardrobe hole. I can't wait to get them and see if they really live up to their potential in my closet. Come September, I'm going to be updating my wardrobe holes list. I've marked a few things off and others need to be changed. As I've been tracking what I've purchased, I've found that some of these items have no place in my closet. That's a few months away though. So for now, how did you do this month? 

linking up with Fran's budgeting bloggers

Monday, July 28, 2014

PinkBlush Maxi+Birkens Remix

Cutting it down to the wire again this week! Sorry y'all but finding the balance between my life, my new position as office manager, and taking time for my favorite activity, blogging, is kinda rough right now. Part of it I chalk up to these ridiculous summer temps. I know I'm the minority, but I dislike summer with a passion. I don't get summers off and it's hot and people do dumb stuff because of the heat... or at least I think they do. It's probably the same stuff that happens all the time, I'm just more aware because I'm irritated with the heat. The best way I beat the heat is dressing to keep cool. This isn't the first time I've mentioned this, possibly because I'm trying to keep cool every day, but maxis are my favorite for summer. This outfit could easily be another "easy" button outfit.
vest:: American Eagle Outfitters (similar) necklace:: J.Crew (similar) dress:: Pink Blush c/o sandals:: Birkenstocks

Specifically this maxi has some qualities that make it hard to pass up. The slit in the left side is genius. So many times slimmer cut maxis you can barely walk in. What's the point of wearing it if you can't walk? Exactly. Maxis without drawstrings I typically don't even pick up to try on. Usually I look larger because there's nothing to break up the fabric and give me a waist. Also, I used to pass on racer backs, but now, it's a style I've started gravitating towards because of this valuable piece of underclothes. Seriously, it's the best. Racer backs to me are give more visual interest than just a basic tank. Fourth, you can't tell this in the pictures but this dress is SOFT with a little stretch. No better combination. Pink Blush has a ton of different maxis perfect for the end of summer heat! Their new women's line has all kinds of great picks at amazing prices. When you're picking up those end of summer pieces, make sure you use the code HAYESDAYS15 for 15% off at checkout! They have also graciously offered to give $25 to one of my readers! Make sure you enter!

My remix piece for this Monday is... surprise surprise, my Birkenstocks. Once a Birken wearer, always a Birken wearer. Sure they're ugly, but comfort... it's hard to give up.

As we approach the dog days of summer, what are you adding to your wardrobe (or subtracting) to stay cool? Any last minute vacations? Please share as I want to live vicariously through you.

Linking up with:
Lauren at Fizz and Frosting
And Marissa at The Modern Austen
SUNDAY style outfits link parties inspiration
And for the first time, linking up tomorrow with 
Laura at Walking in Memphis in High Heels

Though I did receive this amazing dress from Pink Blush as compensation for sharing my opinions, they for sure can't be bought. Honesty is the best policy.*Disclaimer:  I was provided with a sample of this product free of charge, for review purposes.  This did not alter my opinion of the product and the opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the United States Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Favs on Thursdays: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

My Favs on Thursday is a weekly link up with my best bloggy buddies Katy and Nicole and share our favorite thing of the week.
It's Thursday! Friday is so close! Even though this week has been slower than last week, it's been a week of catching up. Hopefully I'll be back with a full week of blogging next week. Until then, enjoy my favorites this week.
Buzz about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is in full force this week. Nordstrom holds so many childhood memories for me. Our nearest one growing up was at Perimeter Mall in Atlanta. We would go as a family and spend the entire afternoon there shopping, eating at the cafe, listening to the piano player. We didn't go that often, so we would shop for the entire family while we were there. My parents always said they liked taking us there because it felt like when they would go to Belk's (my mom) or Macy's (my dad) as a child with their parents. We always went for the anniversary sale. So this favs is a little nostalgic for me, but needless to say, there are some great prices on pieces for now and fall. These are my picks.
nordstrom sale picks
1 :: 2 :: 3 :: 4 :: 5 :: 6 :: 7 :: 8 :: 9 :: 10 :: 11 ::12 :: 13 :: 14 :: 15

It was really hard to narrow it down, but now is a great time to get basics, things that hardly go on sale
(like Hunter boots and Sperry's) and pick up some fall and winter needs. And who can resist pj bottoms
with kitties on them?! Also check out the bag being styled by the fabulous Kaitlin. Oh if I just had
money to burn! Have you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary sale yet? What are your picks? Don't
forget to link up with your favorites from this week below.

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