Jeans and a Teacup

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Flashback Fashion Fridays #10 + Lace Up Gladiator Sandals

Gladiator Shoes, Utility Vest, Outfit for Summer
Gladiator Sandals, White Summer Dress, Utility Vest
White Lace Dress, Green Utility Vest, Loft Sunglasses
Lace Up Gladiator Sandals, White Lace Dress, Outfit for Summer
Old Navy Utility Vest, Gladiator Shoes

You might recognize these lace up gladiators from yesterday's budget post. I can't tell you how excited I was that I found a pair of knee high shoes that actually fit my skinny legs! I had tried on these Steve Madden gladiator sandals but sadly they were too big for my 13 inch circumference calves. I wasn't sure if these Choies ones would work but as you can see there is still plenty of room to tie them even tighter. I've been doing my calf raises to try to add a little muscle to my twiggy legs so if they ever do bulk up I'll still be able to loosen the laces for the perfect fit.

The only downside about these sandals is that there isn't a zipper in the back so you have to tie and untie the sandals each time you wear them. The question of the day when I wore these was "How long does it take to put those on?" Haha... It actually doesn't take too long once you get the hang of it but it would still be a lot easier if there was a back zipper! They also run small. I'm usually an 8 1/2 or 9 so I ordered the 9 but I probably could have fit in the 10.

I decided to pair these sandals with my white dress because well, it just seems like the perfect summer combination! The utility vest is for a little warmth in air conditioned rooms and to dress down my white lace dress a little bit. 

Outfit Details:
H&M Lace Dress (option)
Old Navy Utility Vest (similar)
Coach "Willis" Bag
Loft Sunglasses (similar)


Now on to Flashback Fashion Fridays! This look is from one year ago today. I still wear this outfit! Although, I had to pick up a new chambray shirt because I wore holes through this one. This is the type of outfit I wear to work now. I teach preschoolers which means I'm sitting on the floor a lot so I need comfy pants and shirts. A pair of patterned pants is also great for hiding dirt and stains! 

Dotty - 4

Adri and I would love for you to join us this week and link up your flashback fashions! You can include a link or photo in your post to an outfit from last year, month or even week! It's fun to see how our style choices change over the year. 

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Monthly Budget

It's been awhile since I've done a monthly budget post so I thought it was time to take a look at what I've been spending lately. I have to admit I'm a little scared to see what I've spent this month! 
Monthly Clothing Budget

1) Marais Cowboy Mules - $50 (at sample sale)
2) Gap Distressed Skinny Jeans - $47 (40% off)
3) J.Crew Soft Henley Dress - $83 (25% off)
4) Madewell Composer Shirt - $30 (on clearance)
6) Everlane Tote - $40
7) Mango Lace Up Sandals - $25 (on clearance)
8) Choies Lace Up Gladiator Sandals - $69 (after using points for discount) 

Total: $394

Yikes! It's amazing how everything adds up! I haven't been keeping track of how much I've been spending each month - obviously! Originally, I had set myself a budget of $150 a month. I was pretty good at sticking to that limit. But then somewhere along the line I just...stopped. It's a lot more fun to just spend whatever you want...haha. But I know I should probably reign it in a little. 

In my defense, I did get everything except the Everlane pieces on sale. Everlane doesn't have sales but I really like Everlane's "Radical Transparency" philosophy and they are based in California so I don't mind spending a little more on their items. I'm also trying to buy more versatile pieces for my closet. I feel like I'll wear these pieces A LOT. The tote bag is more of a work purchase since I need a large bag to carry all my teaching supplies. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Distressed

Black Ripped Jeans, Blue Sleeveless Shirt, Marais Mules
Gap Black Skinny Jeans, Madewell Shirt, Leopard Mules
Loft Mirrored Sunglasses, Stella and Dot Bracelet, Madewell Shirt
Marais Mules, Sleeveless Madewell Shirt, Black Skinny Jeans
Madewell Shirt, Leopard Mules, Black Jeans
Madewell Crossbody Bag, Sleeveless Button Down Shirt, Black Ripped Skinny Jeans, Mirrored Sunnies

It's actually really hard to find a pair of distressed jeans with holes in the perfect spots. Usually there are too many or too few or just in a weird spots. Thank goodness that was not the case with this pair! The rips right across the knee make sense and give a subtle distressed look. You might think these are just a beloved pair of jeans that I've worn so much the knees have started to wear out. You'd never know I picked these up over the weekend with holes already in them - right?! 

This oversized button down shirt is also a new addition to my closet.   I always love to find "classic" pieces (like this blue poplin shirt) with interesting details - like the high side slits and pleated back. Sadly, it's sold out now but there's a black silk version that has the same shape and is on sale! 

Outfit Details:
Madewell Bag
Loft Sunglasses

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Asymmetrical Vest

Everlane Silk Dress, Waterfall Vest
Everlane Silk Dress, Asymmetrical Vest, Loft Sunglasses, Gorjana Necklace
Asymmetrical vest, Everlane, Summer Outfit
Loft Sunglasses, Hairstyle with Bangs
Everlane Sleeveless Silk Dress, Sleeveless Waterfall Vest
Everlane Dress, Neutral Vest, Sunglasses
Nude Asymmetrical Vest, Maroon Silk Dress, Everlane Dress

I've been on the hunt for a sleeveless vest all summer and finally found the perfect one! I wasn't sure if this would be a trendy piece that I wouldn't end up wearing so I didn't want to spend a lot. Luckily, I found this one for under $25! 

I ordered the vest and this dress from Shein.com. You've probably seen a lot of bloggers wearing items from this site (formerly Sheinside.com). I've gotten c/o items from them in the past but this time I purchased these items on my own. I've heard bad stories about their customer service and shipping from non-bloggers so I was curious to see if my experience would be different.

I'm happy to say that I didn't have any problems with my order and the items were exactly what I expected! The quality isn't perfect but definitely good enough for the price. I think most of the items on Shein.com are knock-offs including this vest. I think it's originally a Zara design. You should also know that shipping takes awhile. It took over 2 weeks for me to get my items with standard shipping. But if you are looking to try out a trend this is a great place to get inexpensive pieces. 

Outfit Details:
Asymmetrical Vest (less than $25!)
ShoeMint Sandals
Loft Sunglasses (option)
Gorjana Necklace via Rocksbox
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Wanderlust + Co Ring via Rocksbox


Linking Up:
Still Being Molly + Lipgloss and Crayons, More Pieces of Me, Pink Sole

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Flashback Fashion Fridays #9 + A Denim Skirt

Marais Leopard Mules, Denim Pencil Skirt, White Shirt
White Shirt, Summer Hat, Jord Watch
Denim Skirt, White Button Down Shirt, Cowboy Mules
White Button Down Shirt, Denim Skirt, Leopard Mules
Jord Watch, Gorjana Necklace, Summer Hat

If you haven't noticed, denim skirt are so "in" right now. Every fashion blogger and their mother (probably) is sporting one. Luckily, after searching through my drawer of "clothes I don't wear anymore but don't want to get rid of because they might come back in style" I found this skirt! I think it still might be a little conservative for the current style of denim skirts right now. I've been seeing a lot of lighter distressed pencil skirts or button front mini skirts recently. 

But since I didn't want to go buy a potentially trendy item I decided to style the one I have. I went very laid back with just a white button up shirt and my new leopard mules for some interest. Sometimes less is more, right? 

I have to talk about these mules for a moment. I've had my eye on them for a while but wasn't sure of my size (I hate returning shoes!). Luckily, Marais had a sample sale last weekend and I was able to try on a few pairs and pick these up for $50! So if you live around LA make sure to sign up for their newsletter so you know when the next one is. They have really great shoes and they are made in the USA! 

Outfit Details:
J.Crew Factory Shirt (option)
H&M Denim Pencil Skirt (similar)(option)
Forever 21 Hat (old)(similar)




Now on to Flashback Fashion Fridays! Here's a look from August 20th, 2014. I still have all of these pieces and I still think this outfit is pretty cute! That's what's fun about flashing back - I'm reminded of pieces I have in my closet and ways to wear them. 

Floral Scallops - 3

Adri and I would love for you to join us this week and link up your flashback fashions! You can include a link or photo in your post to an outfit from last year, month or even week! It's fun to see how our style choices change over the year. 

Guidelines for Link Up:

1) We'd appreciate it if you'd follow the hosts: Jessica and Adri on bloglovin'.

2) Please link up a blog post and not your blog's homepage. 

3) Use the button below to link back to the link up or include a link in your post.

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Linking Up:
Style Elixir, Rachel the Hat, Fashion Should Be Fun, Forage Fashion