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This month I had a big chunk of advertising (and side hustle) money burning a hole in my pocket. I used a LOT of self control and only made one purchase with it - an order from Abercrombie during their Labor Day sale. I'm hoping to save the rest of it to pay for my portion of an airbnb for London this New Years! But who knows, something crazy may catch my eye and I'll be badddddd.




THE (modified) RULES
  1. Be mindful of purchases 
  2. Quality over quantity
  3. Basics are best
MY PROGRESS 

Clothes:
  1. Saint Laurent Silk Patchwork Blouse ($350 via eBay, xmas money, $2390+ retail)
  2. Free People Jax Patched Skinny Jean ($52, retail $128) 
  3. Jason Wu snakeskin pussy bow blouse ($122 via Roundabout, $1395 retail) 
  4. Cynthia Steffe 'Naomi' feather print shirt dress ($10 via Lord & Taylor, $248 retail) 
  5. Greylin 'Osten' Open Back Romper ($27 via Gilt
  6. Proenza Schouler Jacquard pants ($247 via Yoox, $1,650+ retail) 
  7. Zara striped knit dress ($35 via Poshmark
  8. Natalie Martin Printed top ($9.75 via Roundabout, retail $133) 
  9. Miss Selfridge sweater dress in rust ($15 via Lord & Taylor, $70 retail)
Basics:
  1. J.Crew Factory colorblock sweater ($24, used gift card)
  2. Banana Republic 'patch-pocket' shorts ($11 at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet
  3. Old Navy black bikini top & bottom ($18, used gift card)
  4. Everlane The Ryan Long-Sleeve in black ($20, used advertising money)
  5. Highline Collective turtleneck tank in black ($14 via Lord & Taylor, $70 retail) 
  6. *NEW!* Abercrombie & Fitch  super skinny corduroy pant in blue ($40, used advertising money)
  7. *NEW!* Abercrombie & Fitch v-neck sweater in burgundy ($34, used advertising money)
Shoes:
  1. Ancient Greek Sandals 'Athanasia' in Croc ($238 via Moda Operandi, $280 retail)
  2. J.Crew Raffia Seaside Sandals (Mom bought at Clinton Crossing) 
  3. Lanvin Studded Suede Sandals ($316 via Net-a-Porter End of Season Sale, $790 retail)
  4. Cole Haan 'Chelsea' Leopard Calf Hair Pump ($45 via Roundabout, $ retail)
Accessories:
  1.  Gemstone Necklace via Geclassics in Boston ($8.50)
Gifted from Brands:
  1. Simple Retro crop top (via Amazon)
  2. *NEW!* Pom-Pom Sandals c/o Soma
  3. *NEW!* Larimar Bypass ring c/o Larimar Bliss
Total spent in 2016:  $1150.25
(not counting Saint Laurent top which used Christmas money and items bought with advertising money)
This leopard print blouse and light jeans look is a favorite combo of mine. I've worn it many times with lots of different shoes. What can I say, if it's not broke, don't fix it! I find it funny that I bought both of these on the same day too, guess it was meant to be! Sadly the third item I got at this particular sample sale hardly got any wear so it's sitting sadly in my closet.

Blouse: Equipment "Sophie" (Sample Sale), Jeans: Current/Elliott (Sample Sale), Heels: Lanvin (Roundabout Resale)



The original:
This was the third and final time I wore these Karen Walker sunglasses. They're really fun but definitely a statement piece and I prefer my more subdued pairs, even if they are tortoise print they're a little calmer. But that's the great thing about Ditto's Endless Eyewear. It let's you play around with styles you wouldn't normally gravitate toward. Use code CLOSETFASHIONENDLESSDITTO for your first month free!

*Thanks to DITTO Endless Eyewear for partnering with me!*

Funnily enough, these sunglasses aren't the craziest thing about my outfit. These pom pom sandals have been getting me quite a few weird looks, but who cares, they're fun! A woman at Target looked very confused by them, ha ha.

Dress: Miss Selfridge (Lord & Taylor), Bag c/o Orox Leather Company, Pom Pom Sandals c/o Soma, Sunglasses: Karen Walker via Ditto Endless Eyewear, Sunburst Necklace: House of Harlow 1960 (gift from Lydia)

This isn't exactly the outfit I had in mind but I forgot to grab my purple sweater before leaving the house and was stuck using one of my mom's to get a similar effect. It's okay but my sweater was a darker shade with a few hints of black.  Still, I like that it's time to start layering with light sweater. Plus, we're getting into the weather where it's okay to wear booties with a skirt or shorts! It only lasts for a couple weeks and some people think it looks dumb, but I love it! I also love this jungle print skirt by Carven. I don't wear it nearly as much as I should.

Sweater: Mom's, Top c/o Simple Retro, Skirt: Carven (Net-a-Porter), Boots: 3.1 Phillip Lim 'Peggy' (Barney's Warehouse), Necklace: Grandma's


It has been QUITE a while since I've owned a pair of corduroy pants. I think I had one pair back in college but I only wore them twice before getting rid of them. They just weren't my thing. But back on Labor Day weekend these skinny cords from Abercrombie caught my eye. I loved the dusty blue color and the slight frayed hem.  Speaking of Abecrombie, did you see their latest lookbook?! Gorgeous. So looks like both cords and Abercrombie are making a comeback.

Jacket: Elie Tahari x Kohl's, Top: eight sixty, Pants: Abercrombie & Fitch, Suede Sandals: Lanvin (Net-a-Porter), Bag: Emm Kuo (Roundabout Resale), Sunglasses: Karen Walker via Ditto Endless Eyewear, Necklace: BubuRuby (etsy)

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