F/W 2013 Shopping Challenge Update – Day 29

Good Morning!

I’ve got a little update on my shopping challenge today.  Actually, since my last post on my progress I’ve made a little change to my list.  I originally said I wanted new flat black boots.  And lord knows the ones I have are more than a little worn out.  But then I started thinking about why they are so worn out and it is because I wear them all the time in ALL types of weather.  I did protect them really well with leather protector, it can only do so much against the  elements.  Winter is rapid approaching and so I’m going to be wearing boots alot and given that the ones I have are still so comfortable not quite TOO embarrassingly worn out to be wearing still, I’m going to keep them for the time being. I will admit that this decision is also based on the fact that I am  finding it impossible to find a black leather boot that I like for under $550.  And if I’m going to pay that much for boots (which wasn’t really on the table), I’d basically only wear them in perfect conditions which is totally unrealistic. So, I decided to replace the black flat boot with a short black heeled bootie.   This is a shoe that I don’t currently have in my closet but that is a versatile option that I can wear with a dress, skirt or pants.  How very practical of so unlike me, right? I thought so.

Now, back to the update.  I’ve definitely made some progress , but I have to admit I thought I would be pretty much done by now.  I originally was going to make this a 30-day challenge.  Good thing I didn’t!  Anyhoo, here is my progress since my last update:

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1. Navy Blue Pants – H&M.   Good cut, great price.  Win-win for a basic piece.

2. Short Black Heeled Bootie – Parita by Enzo Angeolini from Nine West –  I find that sometime booties can make my leg look choppy when they are straight across at the top.  Which is why I loved this one with the lovely slope down the front.  Very flattering.  And I can wear them with almost anything.


3. Turtleneck from H &M – Lightweight and fitted, exactly what I needed.


4.  Joe Fresh B&W Sweater Dress

sweater dress

And how am I doing on my budget? Well, luckily I’ve been able to save on some things so I’m not doing too badly:

These 4 items:  $303.95

Previous total:  $338.88

Remaining: $857.17

I am still doing ok but ideally I would like to come in under budget as much as possible and I still have 8 items remaining. I’m going to have to be strategic in what I spend on which items.  The blazers are going to be tough I think.  I haven’t found many I like so far that aren’t expensive.  But all part of the challenge right?

Have a great Friday!


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F/W 2014 Shopping Challenge – Day 14

 Good Morning!

First of all, a giant Happy Birthday shout out to my big brother Blake!  I hope you are having a great day.  Today I have an update on my F/W 2014 Shopping Challenge.  I’m now on day 14 and I’ve made a little bit of progress on my list…3 items down.  I’m definitely finding that having this list is helping me focus my shopping.  That being said, I still have a lot of items to go!  Anyhoo, here is the update.

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As you can see so far I’ve gotten the wedges, plaid blazer and 1 t-shirt (hence the small check mark).  Here are my first 3 items….



Nine West cougar print pony-hair booties….with a wedge (a small one but it counts!).  I love these.


Embellished T-shirt from fcUK.  Love the little owl on the front.

And this lovely cranberry and navy plaid blazer from Zara.  It’ has a great cut and I’m loving the colour!

And where am I on the budget???   Well, the booties weren’t cheap (but you did see how cute they were, right??) but luckily the other two items were pretty great deals  for combined total spend of $338.88. Which means at day 14, I have $1161.12 left.  Not too bad, but I’m going to have to be careful as I still have a lot of items left to get.   Anyone up for a road trip to the outlets in Buffalo?


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