Saturday, July 04, 2015

Reception Remix

While it would be nice to have an endless supply of new dresses to wear to every single event, sadly, my life and budget doesn't allow for that. I'd rather spend money on a great wardrobe staple like jeans or a handbag that will get worn constantly than buying new dresses all the time that will only be worn a few times (or once!)

This dress was originally worn by me almost two years ago to a wedding, and last weekend I remixed it for a wedding reception we attended. Congrats Jenelle and Brandon!

Let's compare:

2015 version
Dress: yest via Moments Boutique
Cardigan: Vero Moda via Envy
Sandals: Zara
Clutch: Danier
Bracelet: Gift
Earrings and Necklace: Beck & Boosh

I had my hair done by Urban 30 on Barrington St. Check out my Instagram (@jennifermerlin14) for a close up of the back.

2013 version

It's the same dress - but a longer cardigan, completely different shoes, and alternative accessories made things fresh. It also helps to recycle dresses to events that involve separate groups of friends.

I've had a few people ask for help this year in choosing what to wear as a guest to a wedding. Let me know if you want any advice- I'd love to give my two cents!yest

Glitterary Girl

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

My Monthly Purchases: June 2015

Every month, I break down my clothing expenses and share them. I used to have a monthly budget, but partway through 2014, I switched to a quarterly budget of $500. This can be rolled into the next quarter if it's not all spent. My goal is to keep my out of pocket expenses within $2000 a year. Gifts and gift cards don't count towards my budget.

Necklace/Bracelet: Beck & Boosh via Pseudio
Reg $22 on sale for $6.50
Multifunctional pieces are so great. I love how this can be styled as a wrap bracelet or necklace. This is the third piece I own from Beck & Boosh (a company local to my hometown) and all of my baubles get regular wear.

Dress: Wilfred Free at Aritzia
Reg $110 on sale for $88 after price adjustment
At the opening event for Aritzia at Halifax Shopping Centre, I came home with this dress. I love how it can be styled as a shirt dress or left open as an overpiece. I could have came home with tons of items - but made myself stick with one! I took advantage of a price adjustment when the item went on sale.

Shirt: Banana Republic
Reg $85 on sale for $22
A simple (but far from boring) white shirt is a summertime essential. It literally goes with almost anything you own. This one has a fun zip detail at the back.

Top: Banana Republic
Reg $68 on sale for $15
Another interesting basic that goes with everything. It looks really cute tucked into a high waisted skirt!

Total value of items: $285
Price I paid: $131.50
I saved 54%

It's the end of a quarter! For these three months I spent a total of $510, which is normally $10 over budget. However, counting leftover birthday funds, I will still be rolling forward an extra $120 into next quarter.

I also ended up buying (with a gift card) a cute one-piece swimsuit and a sleep shirt form Victoria's Secret. I bought them at the start of the clearance sale, and then price adjusted two weeks later and saved myself $45!

On my radar will be a gold watch (still hunting), black heels, athletic sneakers (won't be included in budget) and black skinny jeans.

I'm linked with Franish for her budget post, if you'd like to see what some of the other bloggers bought in June.

Glitterary Girl

Monday, June 29, 2015

Anchor Abundance

Being an East Coast girl and all, no one should be surprised to learn that I have a thing for anchors. Here you'll find them on both my shirt and my bracelet. 

Shirt: Banana Republic
Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters
Flipflops: Reef
Sunnies: Coach
Bracelet: Gift

I wore this to a backyard BBQ on the weekend. I wish it had've been warm enough for full summer attire, but sadly, we've not had many hot days yet.

Later this week I'll be sharing my June buys with you. For all you Canadians, have a wonderful Canada Day on Wednesday!

Glitterary Girl

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sporty Style

Sporty Style

Topshop white crop top, 87 CAD / Topshop bib overall, 87 CAD / Adidas sneaker, 69 CAD / Tory Burch black earrings, 84 CAD / Coach wrap bracelet, 135 CAD / Lucky Brand baseball cap, 49 CAD / Urban Decay lip gloss, 25 CAD

I said I wasn't going to do the overalls trend the third time around, but I keep peering at them in stores.. How cute are all the accessories I've collected here? I may have to hunt those earrings down next time I'm near a Tory Burch store! Although my heart belongs with Converse, I am swooning over the amazing color of these adidas kicks. I always like to pick a soft lip gloss when I'm dressed tomboyish, just to add a girly touch!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Glitterary Girl