Recently Purchased

Recently Purchased

Since I had been on a shopping hiatus for the month of May and hadn’t really pulled a new shopping post together in the months before that, I thought I would take the time to show you the recent addition I have made to my closet and my technology love. It isn’t a whole lot, but it is something.

I had been hoping that my Stitch Fix would be my shopping for the month, but that was a pretty big bust (read about it HERE). Instead I found myself upgrading my iPhone 4S to the 5S in gold thanks to some prodding from friends. And of course with that kind of upgrade a new case needed to happen (although I may have bought the case before the phone and have 4 other cases at home that I have had for a month, but SHHH!). I was able to pick up the fun Vera Bradly case at the outlets so it was a fabulous price. Also on that trip I was able to pick up the adorable anchor belt which is 100% similar to the one in the picture. Found it at the Gap and it was less than marked so I scooped that up.

The dresses are more recent additions. I love the stripped one at the Loft when they were having a massive sale on line. It is long so it will need to be hemmed and it may be a tab big in the waist, but it was final sale so I will get the alterations done.  The other dress I picked up just last Tuesday at J Crew. It was normally $110 (insane right??!!) and it was on super sale so I got it for less than half off. And before I now need a new external charger for my phone, I got the fun printed one while I was there for under $15.00.

Finally the shoes. Oh how I love all my new shoes. The wedges I bought while I was no shopping in May. But in my defense I had a coupon and a gift card so it was no money out of my pocket. I’m only slightly obsessed with them and have worn them HERE. The ankle wrap ones are a J Crew Factory find. I had purchased them in red a while back and what 100% certain about them. But I wore them HERE for the first time and I was hooked. I love how they look with pants. I decided to see how much they were on line and was able to get them on super sale with another coupon on had so they ending up breaking the bank at a whopping $3.93! SOLD. And last but not least are the newest addition to my Sperry family. I blame Jessica at Bows & Sequins for this purchase and feeding my addiction to all things Sperry.

What have you recently added to your closet?

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March Shopping

Okay, I will be the first to say that I spent a lot of money this month. But that being said I knew going into the month that I would. Typically March is when I find a lot of my end of winter bargains and get my taxes back which I use a portion of to replenish the wardrobe and retreat from the winter blues. For all that I got, I’m considering this month a money well spent month. I got some great pieces that will certainly last me and can be used in a variety of seasons.

March Shopping

March Shopping by andiabcs featuring a long sleeve sweater

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H&M(not available on line)
3 basic boat neck 3/4 length sleeve tops; white, green, navy and white stripped: $12.95 ea.
1 Plaid Button Down: on sale $10.00
2 Printed Skinny Pants: $12.95 ea.

May Designs
2014 Agenda: 40% off pd. $12.00
Lined Note Book: 40% off pd. $10.20
Note Cards: 40% off pd. $18.00

Sally Hansen
Mermaid’s Tale: $8.29

Barnes & Noble
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan: $7.99

JCrew Factory
3/4 Sleeve Color Block Tee: 30% off pd. $20.65

Target
2 Men’s Button Down Shirts: clearance $16.99 ea.

All items total come to a whopping $633.40, but $118.91 will be paid in April when the credit card statement comes in. My budget for the month was $500.00 and with that money taken off I spent $514.49 for March, only $14.49 over my budget. I’m pretty pleased with myself.

That said there will be no April wishlist or shopping for that matter. I have challenged myself, and a few others have joined me, to not buy anything in April (post up tomorrow for anyone interested). I am going to “shop my closet” and see what I can come up with. I’ll post OOTD posts on Instagram so follow me there is you want to see what I’m up to. Now, what to wear next?!

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Tall Style

Like I wouldn’t have done a Tall Style version after doing both Plus Size and Petite Style. Come one now, who do you think I am? HA!

Seriously though, tall people I think have it worse then petite people a lot of the time. You can always cut fabric off, but you can never add it on. I have a couple of friends that have problems with this and I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of stores that carry Tall sizes. However the one downside is that they are mostly only sold online which can make sizing hard. But Gap, Old Navy, JCrew, and The Loft carry a great selection. And Alloy carries pants with an inseam of 37″ on almost all of their pants which is simply amazing.

Tall #1

Tall #1 by andiabcs featuring topshop dresses

Tall #2

Tall #2 by andiabcs featuring juicy couture

Tall #3

Tall #3 by andiabcs featuring j. crew skirts

Pretty cool if I do say so myself. Which look is your favorite? Not gonna lie, I’m digging look #2. 😀

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Gap Skimmers

I recently purchased a pair of Gap Skimmers and I am in love with them. They fit perfectly and have just the right amount of distress to them. As soon as I put them on the wheels in my head started turning and I started to think how many way I could wear them. Since adds for the Skimmers seem to be everywhere I thought I would share a few ideas I came up with:

 

Skimmers #1

Skimmers #1 by andiabcs featuring ballet shoes

Skimmers #2

Skimmers #2 by andiabcs featuring low rise skinny jeans

Skimmers #3

Skimmers #3 by andiabcs featuring distressing jeans

I must state for the record that I only wish I owned all of these items featured in this photos. Sadly I don’t and probably never will. Just living out a dream with my paper dolls.

How would you style a pair of Skimmers? Do you have a pair or have tried a pair on? What did/do you think?

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Interview Style

A friend has an interview next week and requested I try to pull together some interview wear. Now I must admit it has been 15 years since I had to go on an interview so I am a tad out of practice. But as the HR department at my place of business I styled looks based on what I would personally find acceptable. The main thing really to avoid when it comes to dressing for an interview is trends. You want to remain as classic as possible, but can include some interest like color and pattern and even texture. Just make sure the patter is appropriate and dress based on where you are interviewing. If you are interviewing at say, a law firm, I would be as neutral as possible. But if you are interviewing at a less professional place, definitely brighten things up a tad. Also fit is important. Whatever you do end up wearing make sure it isn’t too tight, low cut or too baggy. This is you chance to make a great first impression. If you feel good in what you have on, others will take notice.

 

Average

Tall
Tall by andiabcs featuring a pencil skirt

Petite

Plus

Great thing about all those looks/items? Everything is $50.0 or under! What is you go to interview attire?

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