Friday, December 2, 2016

November 2016 Purchases

I did the majority of my November shopping on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. Most of those purchases have arrived and are included in this budget post, but there are still a few stragglers that I'll include for December if they work out. Clothing aside, I also ordered a bunch of stuff for my active hobbies (mostly from Backcountry and REI), but that'll be the subject of a different post in the future.

November 2016 Purchases

LOFT stained glass lace dress (black 00) - This dress is gorgeous in real life and looks much more expensive than it actually is. I love the eyelash lace, and surprisingly the dress fits like a glove. I usually find size 00/XXS at LOFT to still be too boxy, but it was perfect in this case. I wouldn't recommend this dress to anyone much taller than me though, because it already comes up above my knee, and I'm only 5'4". The weight of the dress is quite light, more suitable for spring/summer than fall/winter. Overall, it's one of my favorite pieces from LOFT this year. Originally $98. Paid $98 + 40% off + 4% off ebates = $56.45.

J.Crew tuxedo-inspired long-sleeve t-shirt (navy XXS) - This tuxedo tee received mixed reviews on J.Crew's website, but I really like the way it looks. Maybe that's because I love tuxedo shirts in general. Anyway, I like how the pleated bib and tuxedo cuffs add some visual interest to what is otherwise a simple navy long-sleeve tee. I found the fit to be a little tight in the upper arms and slightly slouchy in the torso. Originally $59.50. Paid $59.50 + 40% off = $35.70.

J.Crew Margot top in silk foulard (blue multi 00) - I'm always on the lookout for pretty tops that can be dressed up or down. I think this one would look great under a solid colored blazer or cardigan. There's a hook-and-eye closure at the neck, but I prefer to wear it closed. The body is a little boxy, but that can't be helped since there's no stretch in the silk. Originally $78. Paid $59.99 + 40% off + 1.5% off ebates = $35.45.

Uniqlo women's heattech extra warm leggings (black XS) - I've heard rave reviews about the Uniqlo Heattech line, so I thought I would finally try it out for myself. These leggings seem like they're decent quality (and opaque!), but they're a little large and not as substantial as my favorite Zella leggings. Most likely I would wear them as long underwear on extra cold days. Originally $19.90. Paid $14.90.

LOFT long sleeve lace top (lilac shadow 00) - This top is made of the same lace as the dress I got but in a different color. Even though it's more boho/sweet than my usual style, I thought it was quite pretty and would pair well with both pants and skirts. Be warned though: it's pretty boxy. Originally $59.50. Paid $59.50 + 40% off + 4% off ebates = $34.27.

Uniqlo women's heattech extra warm turtleneck t-shirt (black XS) - I actually really like this turtleneck! It makes me feel like I'm channeling my inner Steve Jobs. I'm not sure that it's that much warmer than a normal turtleneck, but it's certainly very slimming. Originally $19.90. Paid $14.90.

The total for November comes to...
RETAIL: $334.80
SPENT: $191.67 (57.2% of MSRP)

My goal for the year is to spend no more than $2400, which equates to $200 per month. Right now I'm at $2400 - $447.87 for 2016Q1 - $569.98 for 2016Q2 - $363.17 for 2016Q3 - $237.47 for October - $191.67 for November = $589.84 for December.

How did you do on your budget this month? As always, I'm linking up with Franish and the other budgeting bloggers!