These monthly spending updates should really be called "what I bought in the days after the last update but before the next month actually started." Nine times out of ten, the majority of my items on these recaps were purchased in just a couple of days and always before the month in the title. For one, I think there tend to be some great sales at the end of the month (something to keep in mind, shoppers!). Secondly, I definitely wait to purchase things until after my budget has gone out so I don't accidentally have one billion things in each post.

One thing I did a little differently this month was plan my purchases out. During the spring, I already had my eye on a handful of items at J.Crew Factory. I waited through April, waited through May, and then over Memorial Day weekend I finally made my way to the outlet mall for a super sale shopping spree. I felt so confident walking around the store, picking up the pieces I already had my eye on, and passing up things that were cute, but not what I wanted or needed or, at the end of the day, planned for. Turns out, planned purchases equal closet longevity!

What I bought:

what i bought june

J.Crew Factory Striped Flounce Skirt - $30 (originally $75 - 50% off plus and extra 20% off) [worn here]
J.Crew Factory Eyelet Skirt - $34 (originally $85 - 50% off plus and extra 20% off) [worn here]
Anthropologie Neda Shorts - $74.80 (originally $88 - 15% birthday discount) [worn here]
Anthropologie Islander Top - $66.30 (originally $78 - 15% birthday discount) [worn here and here]
J.Crew Sundress in Happy Cat Print - $103 (originally $148 - 30% off)
Forever 21 Faux Leather Saddle Crossbody Bag - $15.90 (used gift card)

Monthly Total: $308.10
Quarterly Budget Spent: $308.10
Quarterly Budget Remaining: $191.90

You've already seen 4/6 pieces in outfits, so I won't spend too much time talking about them. I did make one major impulse purchase this month. On one hand, I'm kicking myself because there goes like half a month of spending. On the other hand, pretty dress! I've already worn it twice and felt fantastic both times. I definitely see this as a dress that's going to last me many summers to come!

Can you believe I didn't own a little cognac purse? For as often as I wear shoes that color? Somehow I just didn't! So on my lunch break, I headed to the mall with a store credit in hand and picked up this little beauty that I can't stop using (see basically all upcoming outfit posts). It's on the very small side (it's a tight fit with my phone, wallet, and keys), but it's perfect for an outing where I don't need all seven lip colors, lotion tube, and checkbook I usually carry.

What I received:


Soludos leather espadrille sandal

I've had my eye on these cognac leather espadrille sandals for a minute (Kimi's got a pair, so that may have something to do with it!). I have to say, the fit is very odd at first, but they actually broke in pretty quickly! Like the cognac purse (which they match perfectly), I've been wearing them every other day of the week and have been getting tons of compliments. If that's not a sign of a good find, I don't know what is!

So what's on deck for July? Shorts! The heat in Austin this summer is a muggy, humid mess -- my Houston friends know what I'm talking about! I've bought and returned three pairs of navy chino shorts in June, so hopefully I can find The Pair soon!

As always, I'm linking up with Fran and the other budgeting bloggers. Can't wait to see what everyone bought this month!

Side note: I had planned on doing a "best and worst buys" for my spring purchases, but I looked through and there are so, so many things I love, and nothing I haven't worn more than once. I have to say that's already a good sign!

what i bought in june

glasses wishlist
It's that time. Actually, it's nearly a year beyond that time, so it's extra that time. I am in serious need of a new pair of specs, y'all! I have loved and loved and loved my pair of Bonlook frames that I bought in October 2013. Unfortunately, they don't carry my Simply Fabulous frames anymore, so I've been on the lookout for a new pair I'll love just as much.

There are so many pairs to choose from! I wish all these sites had been out when I was a kid. The coolest pair I had growing up were Mary-Kate and Ashley, and while they were pretty fly, they don't hold a candle to these sweet specs.

While I definitely need a replacement for my everyday glasses, I'm interested in getting a second fancy, funky pair. I think you'll see the trend in what I'm looking for in each pretty quickly!

First up is my beloved Bonlook. I know I've only owned the one pair, but I feel very loyal to them as a brand. I met some of the people behind the Canadian brand at Texas Style Council 2013 and have been proud to tell people where my glasses are from ever since.

bonlook glassesone | two | three | four

Of these three brands, I think Bonlook fits my style -- and face shape -- the best. I have a tough time narrowing down my favorites because the shape of frames are exactly what I look for in glasses: taller than wide, rounded, feminine. I've personally always hated short, wide frames on my face, but these long, round pairs mimic my own face shape, and I find them super flattering!

The one downside is that Bonlook doesn't do an at-home try-on. For most people, this is a deal breaker. I'm certainly sure people have been asking them to do it for years. Instead, they do a virtual try-on that actually works really well. In giving their site access to your webcam, they place the glasses right where they go on your face in the video. You're able to move around and get a feel for how they'll fit, which I've found to be very accurate compared to similar features on other sites.

warby parker glassesone | two

Warby Parker is nearly synonymous with cool girl glasses, so of course I had to give them a try. I actually have an at-home try on box currently with five pairs (Percel, ColeyCollis, Haskell and Chelsea). I like two of them -- the two seen above -- pretty well. But neither are quite perfect.

I love the boldness of the Haskell, but the nose piece being almost flush with the top of the frames looks sort of masculine and harsh on me. Dago really likes them, but I think it might be because he really doesn't like the Chelsea. I do like the Chelsea a lot, so I'm putting a pin in them as my possible statement pair.

It's great that I was able to try them all on because the frames, in general, didn't fit the way I anticipated. Overall, I didn't find them to be all that flattering on me, especially compared to the Bonlook picks.
dharma co glassesone | two

Last up is a company I've followed for a while, but have never shopped: Dharma Eyewear Co. While I wasn't feeling the majority of the frames, I do like Karma quite a bit -- enough to like it in two colors! Dharma also does a free at-home try-on, so I may give them a try depending on how things go with Bonlook.

Have you shopped any of these brands, or do you have another favorite? Do any of these pairs seem to scream Nicole to you? I love opinions and glasses!

on my list | a new pair of glasses (or two!)

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As soon as I decided on a pair of New Balance sneakers, I knew I wanted to try them out with this dress. It is, after all, my favorite dress to wear with sneakers. Wanna know a secret? We shot these photos at the same place as last summer, too! A different angle due to some construction, but it was just as warm, and I felt just as cool.

I can't remember the last time I blogged an outfit this simple. Only three clothing credits? Is that even an outfit? Most definitely. I was actually really excited to dig up this darker red purse from my collection (which hasn't been used in an embarrassingly long time). I learned my lesson after the last time I wore these sneaks that the red-orange (rorange, according to Sarah) of my Ann Taylor purse clashes with the more burgundy shade of my New Balances. The little big of gold hardware on the purse makes this feel even more like a look instead of just some clothes I put together, doesn't it?

For easy shopping of this easy outfit, I've linked some similar dresses, sneakers, and purses below! Though, chances are, you already have at least one of these pieces in your closet!

stripes and sneakers

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skirt: J.Crew Factory (wearing a size 8, which is usual for JCF for me, though I'm usually a 10 elsewhere) // top: Lush // purse: Ann Taylor // shoes: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (more gold flats)


When Chelsea and I were shooting these photos, she asked if this was my Fourth of July outfit. No, nope. I just really like red, white, and blue together. What can I say, Katie's been rubbing off on me! I actually intended this to be a navy, white, and gold outfit, but my fav Ann Taylor purse looked too good to not bring it along.

This J.Crew Factory skirt was the result of a really fantastic shopping trip over Memorial Day weekend. I had a handful of things I'd been waiting to try on there since April, so I decided to use the extra sales as an excuse to head down to the outlet mall in San Marcos. Having waited two months to try stuff on, I felt a lot less likely to fall into my impulse shopping trap. I'll talk more about this in my June budget update at the end of month, but I knew exactly what I was shopping for and I left with items I'm obsessed with, instead of having fleeting excitement about. I also picked up this skirt on the same trip, which I shared yesterday!

I've already worn this exact outfit twice and I've worn the skirt three times since purchasing it. It looks so much more sophisticated that I usually think of JCF as being. The quality of this skirt is excellent (plus it's lined! and it has pockets!). I've wanted a striped skirt for a while, but have worried about styling it. Two things make this striped skirt easy for me to work with: the stripes are vertical, rather than horizontal, and the "white" stripes actually have thinner navy stripes in them. With horizontally-striped skirts, I always feel that I'm fidgeting with how my shirt aligns with the stripes. These vertical stripes are not only flattering, but they don't cause any awkward styling issues with blouses. As for the not-actually-white stripes, I've often felt that white and navy (or white and black) striped skirts appear so stark, more like a costume than a chic article of clothing. It's hard to see in photo, but the overall affect of the extra stripes looks better to my eyes!

Whether you're looking for a Fourth of July outfit idea or summer work wear inspiration, I seriously recommend this skirt. I can already tell I'll be wearing it once a week through October!

red white and j.crew

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