July was a whirlwind! Anyone else feel that way? I was up, I was down, and, of course, I was shopping. As always, I'm linking up with Fran and the budgeting bloggers to share my monthly shopping budget! A couple major shopping-related themes this month: my participation in the ModCloth #StyleforAll campaign included a gift card and the Nordstrom Anniversary sale took place this month. All of this to say, many more pieces came home with me than usual. Here's what's happily joined my closet:

What I Bought

  what i bought in july

Lush Ruffle Bell Sleeve Blouse - $31.90
Old Navy Double-Strap Sandals - $19.94
Old Navy Denim Button Down Shift Dress - $29.99 (not pictured, worn here)
Old Navy Grey Boyfriend Slub-Knit Pocket Tee - $12.99 (not pictured)
Banana Republic Fray-Hem Vintage Straight Jean - $78.50 (not pictured, worn here)
ModCloth Art Show Elements Vegan Heel by BC Footwear via ModCloth - $79.99 gift card used
Collectif Upbeat Afternoon Romper via ModCloth - $49.99 gift card used
ModCloth Aglow in the Moment A-Line Dress - $79.99 gift card used
ModCloth Into the Idea Tank Top - $39.99 gift card used
Pepaloves Ceaseless Satisfaction Top via ModCloth - $44.99 gift card used
ModCloth Bookstore's Best A-Line Skirt - $39.99 gift card used
Charlotte Russe Pocket Button-Up Top - $18.99

Total Spent: $192.31
Total Earned on Poshmark: $36
Budget Spent: $156.31 (out of monthly $250) = $93.69 under budget


Instead of breaking down every item, I'm going to break down by store!

Nordstrom: I looked through every.single.page of the Nordstrom anniversary sale and only found one piece of clothing I really, really wanted: this Lush ruffle sleeve blouse. I have a feeling I'm going to wear this a ton in the fall winter - with jeans, under my chambray pinafore, with skirts - so stoked! I bought it in a large, but could have almost definitely gotten a medium.

Old Navy: I went to Old Navy in person twice this month and managed to only pick up a couple of things! I'm wearing both the dress and sandals in this post, both of which have already become closet MVPs. The striped tee is the same as this one I already own, only in grey, and it's my go-to tee to wear around the house.

Banana Republic: I actually bought these jeans at the very end of June and almost forgot to include them in my round-up, which is silly because I've worn them constantly this month! You can see them styled here. I wish they were as long as me as they are on the model, but otherwise they're exactly the vintage-y straight-leg jeans I was looking for. A little distressed, not overly tight in the waist, and a great color!

ModCloth: Okay, I know it looks like I went nuts at ModCloth, and that's because I did. I planned on saving part of my gift card for fall/winter, knowing I'd have plenty on my wishlist then, and then a couple of sales happened and there were so many things I wanted, so I just went for it. All of these things will be on the blog soon, so I'll just give a quick and dirty: I've worn the lemonade dress twice already to various summer events, which is exactly what I bought it for. Click through to see the back, which is the BEST part. The floral romper is super cute, though the fit is kind of odd in that it feels like it was made for my body and my body only? The torso/crotch ratio literally just barely fits on my frame, so if your torso is any longer than mine, there's going to be trouble. I couldn't resist the happy little striped shirt and every time I wear it, I get tons of compliments. The black tank has a real cute back and is the perfect little "going out" top. Last, but not least, the mauve skirt is the same as this one I already own, but solid instead of floral!

Charlotte Russe: I was actually doing some online shopping scouting for someone else when I discovered this perfect sleeveless white button down! I ordered it in both a medium and large and ended up keeping the large. I've worn it several days in a row now (sh! Don't tell!) and it goes with everything.

While I don't count them in my shopping budget, I did want to share a few other items I bought in case you've been looking for similar things! I picked up these three Natori bras (one, two, three) from Nordstrom (before the sale, unfortunately) and this robe (I'm obsessed) and three pairs of these high-waisted undies during the sale.

What I Received

what i received july
I received a few goodies this month from brands who support this blog! Using my Shopbop credit, I picked up this Steven Alan blush crossbody bag and this delicate rose gold Shashi necklace. Whether you've followed this blog for a week or a year, then you've seen me wear my pick tassel earrings from Gudbling. This month, the Berlin-based designed gifted me a couple more pairs to add to my rotation. I chose these pastel tassels and this unique neutral pair. Get ready to see all of these pieces on the blog soon, as I'm basically obsessed with every one!

Okay! That's it for me this month. Tell me what you bought in July and be sure to check out the other budgeting bloggers!

what i bought in july

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top: Madewell // shorts: thrifted (similar) // shoes: Moorea Seal (similar) // purse: STRUT (similar) // earrings: Gudbling

photos by Chelsea Francis

Can you believe I almost left these shorts at the secondhand store? They were so comfy and I felt like they were cute on, but the line was so long and customer service was so awful that I nearly just left them on a rack (along with these shorts that I'm now obsessed with!). In fact, I'd brought a giant bag of goodies and they only offered me like $17 for them, so I really wasn't inclined to spend more money there. Let me tell you - I am so glad I kept my cool, stayed in line, and brought these shorts home because they are everything I've been dreaming of!

Last summer I shared a post wearing a pair of cute soft shorts, but unfortunately they didn't really come into rotation in my closet. They were too low-waisted, not long enough, not roomy enough. Honestly, if H&M had them in one size up, they probably would have been a dream! This summer, I hoped to find another pair that actually fit the bill. While these are structured in look and fit, I wanted an alternative pair that softer, looser, and a little more casual. 

I love that this thrifted pair can be dressed up or down! I've traveled in them, paired with a navy tank top and sandals, and I've also been out to dinner in them styled like this. They work especially well as a swimsuit cover-up too!

Have you lucked out during any recent thrift store trips? I always love y'all's styling ideas - how would you wear these shorts?

bell sleeves and bow ties

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Happy Friday! Just a few hours until I head to Waco for a quick day trip at the Magnolia Silos (any Fixer Upper fans out there?). Then on Sunday, I'm celebrating ModCloth's 15th birthday with fun brunch, workbook reading, and shopping party at the downtown Austin store. If you're local, RSVP here (totally free!) and come check it out!

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A lil weekend-themed wishlist: mock-neck tank, these precious ruffled shorts, these rainbow tassel earrings, a cute as heck ball cap, and this watermelon tee.

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tee: Madewell // jeans: Banana Republic // shoes: Old Navy // bandana: vintage (similar) // purse: vintage Coach via Pieceology Vintage

photos by Chelsea Francis

I have a hot take for you today: a staycation is all the best parts of a vacation without the work. No long drive or early flight, no living out of or lugging around a suitcase, no extensive planning or accommodation booking necessary. Simply turn on your email auto-response and turn off all post notifications - bam, vacation has begun! Sleep in late, go to all the places you never get around to visiting, have dinner at the slightly nicer Mexican food restaurant than the one you usually frequent. There's little I enjoy as much as playing tourist in my own town. I know I get pretty lucky calling Austin home, but I think any city, big or small, can be fun to experience as an outsider.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with all the work you have to do leading up to your vacation this summer (or all the work you'll have waiting for you when you come back), might I suggest a staycation? Heck, book an Airbnb and stay in someone else's house in your own town. So adventurous, y'all!

All of this to say - if anyone wants to take me to the beach, make all the plans while we're there, and answer my overflowing inbox when we return, I'm down for a vacation. 'Til then, I'm happy to take a vacation right here at home.

staycation, all i ever wanted

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