Hey, remember when I said I was going to cut way back on shopping?
Yep. I did it! The only thing I “bought” in January were the Club Monaco faux leather leggings and I say “bought” because I got them c/o Shopbop credit for having their widget on my blog.
I’d be wanting to replace my current Vince Camuto faux leather pants because they’ve always been slightly too big in the waist. Although these don’t have pockets like I originally wanted, they are ponte material in the back so they fit better than full faux leather leggings. And, the most important thing, they fit in the waist!
So, that’s it. And because I didn’t buy myself anything else I was able to buy Jason a really cool birthday present.
The Vince Camuto pants will be going to the consignment shop shortly, along with several pairs of jeans and a few other things. But I won’t be using that money to buy anything, I swear!
The leggings and the tee may not have made the blog in outfits, but I wear them all the time. All the time. And I fully admit to having a mea culpa moment with jeggings. I poo-pooed them but, dang, they’re comfortable. Especially when you struggle finding jeans that fit your legs and your waist.
I probably could have gone through all my 2015 outfits and found the items I wore the most often (and I might still do that) but in terms of items that I feel awesome in when I wear them, these four pieces are it. And my white blazer. I suppose I shouldn’t forget that! In fact, it’s probably my most worn item of 2015!
I bought this cardigan because I wanted something that was more comfortable than wearing a gray blazer but would give a similar look to an outfit. Sadly, this cardigan is WAY too casual to serve that purpose. It’s thin and tends to cling instead of just hanging nice and straight. I’ve worn it to work in a few (unphotographed) outfits but always feel like I’m tugging or adjusting it. However, I do wear it around the house so I suppose it’s not a total loss.
The vest, though, I wore once (again, unphotographed) and decided it wasn’t what I wanted. I actually ended up replacing it with a more tailored one. The original one was, again, just too casual. It was unlined and actually had an almost-racerback. Weird. It also had a tie in the back that reminded me just a tad too much of how I dressed in high school. Anyway, I have it listed on Poshmark and, once spring is closer, if it hasn’t sold I’ll take to the consignment shop.
Overall, though, out of all the things I bought in 2015 to only have two that I regret? I think that means I made good purchasing decisions.
Not pictured: navy & red polka dot scarf (similar) | white topaz earrings (similar) | plaid wool scarf (similar)
Believe it or not, this is all that I added to my closet this month. And all of them were Christmas gifts!
One of my 2016 goals is to try and pay off my credit cards and, to do that, I need to stop buying things. Well, at least I need to stop buying clothes. I have credit at Shopbop and at Le Tote if I really want something.
Side note: Le Tote is raising their prices after the first of the year so this is your last chance to lock-in the under $50 per month pricing! Use code ERIN25 to get your first month for 50% off.
Anyway, to be honest, I don’t really need anything right now. In fact, I should probably be purging my closet and whittling it down to the items I really wear and not just hang onto things on the off-chance I might be able to create an outfit with them some day.
I have a lot of outfits saved on my Pinterest boards but lately I’ve been gravitating toward neutrals and simple outfits. I just have this weird fear that if I get rid of something then I’ll have a desire to wear it and it will be gone. Am I alone in this?
Regardless, there’s still no need for much shopping right now. I’ve got what I need. And the credit card balance to show for it. Time to get to work on that! So, uh, if you could click on my little affiliate links and help me out that would be nice, too Yes, I just said that. Only kind of shamelessly.
Two interesting things to note from November. The first is that I didn’t buy anything during black Friday (although I did break down and buy the Vince Messenger Bag I mentioned last week…but I actually ordered it on Thanksgiving). The second is that I bought jeggings. And leggings. I don’t know who I am anymore.
The sports bra was an add-on so I could get the extra 15% discount at Shopbop. It’s got a fun back, though, so it will look neat underneath the mesh workout top from Old Navy. Which is currently my favorite top to wear to the gym.
And speaking of the gym, that’s totally why I bought jeggings. With all the weight lifting I’ve been doing most of my jeans fit great in the thighs but are too big in the waist. Jeggings seem to fix that problem. Also, my black Gap skinny pants that I’d had for years were just too big at this point so I decided to replace them with black jeggings.
Also, I KNOW I JUST bought a white vest back in September but after wearing it once I decided I didn’t like it that much. So, it’s now for sale on Poshmark and I replaced it with this one from Nordstrom that I like SO much better. I promise I will wear this one, soon. It’s basically exactly the same as my white blazer but sleeveless. Perfect.
First off, I want to apologize. If you’re seeing 101 Shopbop sale posts today it’s because we really want you to be able to take advantage of it. I mean, I’m guessing that a lot of us will be together during the Thanksgiving holiday with our friends and family. Which means now is the perfect time to collate your wish list of items from Shopbop and place one big order together. Because the more you order the more you save and what says “togetherness” more than pooling resources? Plus, you can do it from the comfort of your couch while you’re slipping into a food coma. It’s a win-win!
And in case you need some ideas, here are some outfits I put together from items on my Shopbop wishlist. Some sale exclusions may apply, of course.
The jeans and boots are already on sale. The jacket and the bag are total wishlist items because they are WAY out of my price range. And the top, well, I kind of wish I had seen it before I reordered my other favorite plaid shirt.
Keeping it nice and basic, here. Because, really, what more do you need than a sweater, jeans, booties and a scarf? Well, other than a black and gold watch which I is the one item I really want for Christmas. Maybe not this exact watch, but something similar. I have a brown and gold watch but no black and gold. My slightly matchy-matchy nature finds this to be a problem when getting dressed some mornings.
Okay, in the spirit of full disclosure, I wouldn’t workout in just a sports bra. Unless it was this one. Maybe. I mean, pizza is my FAVORITE food! Seriously. They also had a Powered by Pinot one that I should have ordered already since wine is my second favorite food. Sadly, that one sold out on Shopbop but is still available directly from Barber.
Anyway, I would not be sad if any of these items found their way under the tree. Which means I think I need to have a discussion with my mom after dinner on Thursday.
The sale begins at 7am EASTERN TIME Tuesday November 24th and will end at 11:59pm PACIFIC TIME on November 30th.
During Shopbop’s friends and family sale I decided to splurge and use the credit I’d saved and get some awesome new workout leggings and a fun sports bra that I could wear under my mesh Old Navy active top. I wore the top, the sports bra, and the Koral Activewear leggings to the gym and my trainer said I looked sharp. I also managed a personal record for deadlifts that day, too. New workout clothes always put a spring in my step!
And speaking of steps, I had a $75 gift card to Zappos I earned from doing some product testing and I FINALLY found some cognac flats. After I ordered and returned at least 4 other pairs, I decided these Dr. Scholl’s ones were the winners.
I also splurged and ordered a shirt via eBay. See, I actually “Hulked out” of my J. Crew black watch plaid shirt one day in the gym locker room! I put it on after my workout and realized there was a huge shredded hole under one of the arms. Not at the seam, though. Nope, just randomly in the middle of the fabric! And since this is one of my favorite shirts I new I had to replace it. Thankfully I found one via eBay even though it was a little bit more than I would have liked to have paid for a shirt that is several years old. Oh well. Worth it.
You may notice that I didn’t put prices on the items I bought. Everything from Shopbop was covered by my credit (except for $16 in tax) and the shoes were purchased with a gift card so no money out of my pocket for those, either. And, to be honest, Old Navy and The Limited have so many sales that it’s impossible to see an item for the same price day-to-day there. I will tell you, though, that the Old Navy items are GREAT quality for the price. Seriously. Just go check them out. You won’t be mad.
The owner/designer/creator of North & Hudson is the nicest woman! She not only designs everything in her Etsy shop but she makes it all herself! In fact, she gave me a discount on this top because it’s the only one she’s made so far as a sample. It’s just so perfect for casual holiday get togethers, right?
Anyway, she doesn’t have a store front, just an Etsy shop and a truck that is her mobile showroom.
She drives the truck around to various farmer’s markets, festivals, and is working with this awesome new pop-up store front in Chicago called Boombox. She also wants to start an event which is like a food truck festival but for retail goods. Cool, right?
So, yes, some local shopping for sure in September. I also decided to try another white vest from Shopbop. I don’t know why I keep buying white vests in fall! I swear, though, I’m going to wear this one soon! Maybe I’ll copy this outfit from The Adored Life.
My goal for this summer was to cut down on spending money on clothes so that I could spend money on other stuff (tri gear, yummy dinners, etc). Valerie tempted me with this dress and I added a few jeans and denim shorts to my order (to get free shipping). Sadly, none of those items fit. But! When I went to return them LOFT had their Riviera shorts on sale for under $15 a pair and they only had my size. Perfect! I’m still on the hunt for more denim shorts but in the mean time these olive and navy ones will work.
I was also very blessed this month to get three different opportunities to shop with someone else’s money. And, interestingly enough, I ended up with shoes all three times. The black sandals and the silver sandals are replacements for other pairs I’ve had for years and that were falling apart. The gray and navy pair, though, were something I got as part of a Brandbacker campaign. I’ll write more about those in another post, but basically it’s one pair of shoes with interchangeable ankle straps! Fun, right?
The white sweatshirt was a last-minute purchase at Old Navy. I’m actually on vacation this week and wanted something comfy to wear around the house where we’re staying. My family likes to keep the temperature super cold so when everyone is shorts and t-shirts I’m in pants and a sweatshirt. This one is turning out to be perfect.
I also have a current Le Tote box that includes this top. I think I’m going to keep it and, with my credit, it will only be $3! And, because I would be remiss in my ambassador duties if I didn’t tell you, you can try Le Tote yourself for half off your first month with code ERIN25.
When I was packing for my work trip to Ontario, I tried to keep the number of shoes I was taking to a minimum. Sandals, flats, casual and, of course, my workout sneaks. I decided to wear the sandals on the plane because they went with my black maxi dress.
What I didn’t realize was that the elastic strap on my sandals is about to give way on one of the buckles! Also, unbuckling them to go through the security line at the airport and then putting them back on afterward was kind of annoying.
I bought those sandals back in April of 2012 and considering they were $21 from Old Navy, aren’t real leather, and I’ve worn them every summer since, I feel like they outperformed their initial construction! However, I’m at the point now where when items like this start to fall apart I want to replace them with real leather goods that will, hopefully, last just as long, if not longer.
So, I turned to the cash back shopping site Splender to help offset the cost of the sandal upgrade.
Don’t forget to use code ERIN25 for 50% off your first month of Le Tote! Or code looplooksxoxo for a free month of Rocksbox.
Splender collates deals and coupons from over 800 online shopping sites, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, Ann Taylor, and more. You can browse by store or by deal and when you find one you like you just click the Shop Now button. After that you shop normally and anything you buy at that store you earn cash back. At Nordstrom, for example, it’s currently 4%.
Which is why I ordered these lovely Seychelles sandals. They have a zipper in the back so if I have to take them off in a security line in the future I can just unzip and slide them off!
I also debated about ordering this Trouve pair but, sadly, they were out of my size.
I was also lusting after these Frye sandals which, in all actuality, are the closest in look to my original pair. I found them in my size at Lord and Taylor which has a 6% cashback incentive via Splender but even with stacking the coupon codes and deals listed by Splender they were still more than I wanted to pay. I might regret that decision, though. And, if so, I’ll return the Seychelles ones and go back to Splender to buy the Fryes!
Splender is free to join and there are no ads, which is nice. You get your cash back via a commission that the store pays Splender. If you’re curious about how it all works, they have a fun YouTube video that explains it.
When I was searching for replacement sandals, I used Splender’s “Stores” function to filter all their stores by Shoes and Accessories and then scrolled through the alphabetical list until I a store caught my eye. The only thing I found a bit annoying was that sometimes they don’t have ALL the offers listed on the store’s listing on Splender. For example, when I clicked on Lord and Taylor it didn’t list that on that particular day they were having an extra 15% off sale on all full-priced items. Also, the Free Shipping filter doesn’t filter out stores that only have free shipping if you spend a certain dollar amount.
In a perfect world, I’d like to also be able to search by item (i.e. black sandals) and find stores that sell that item instead of just browsing at every store in the list. But, hey, I suppose it’s similar to hunting for what you want in the mall, too!
Overall, I liked that I could browse so many stores in one place and that it’s basically no extra work for me to earn a little extra money just for doing what I like to do: shop!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Admittedly, I’m still on the fence about keeping the top from The Limited. I mean, it’s always nice to have a simple white top with a bit of interest and I got it on sale so it’s not like it’s some weird thing I might never wear. But, still, do I need it?
The dress I’ve already worn several times and every time I wear it Jason tells me how nice I look. In fact, the first time I wore it he asked me to keep it. Can’t let my husband down! And here’s the interesting thing about that dress: last year I would have felt super uncomfortable in it. But with all the strength training I’ve been doing it looks great.
And the blazer I kept because I decided it fit my lifestyle right now better than my dressier red blazer. I’ll be taking the older one to consignment most likely,
As for my gifted items, I love my new Bucketfeet and have worn them several times even though they’ve only made it to the blog once. The bag I haven’t had a chance to use because I normally carry a backpack and a small purse to work. However, I’m going on a trip for work later this month and I think it will be perfect for using as a carryon.
I plan to devote a whole post (soon!) to my new Mira fitness tracker. Ironically, I was just commenting to Kim that I never wear my Fitbit when I got the opportunity to receive the Mira. So, I plan to do a post comparing the two and why I’m wearing the Mira even if I don’t feel like I need it to remind me to be active.