Oh hey, I guess I haven't posted a budget update in a while! The main reason is because these posts are extremely time consuming and I decided I'd rather put that energy towards the Feel Good, Dress Better workbook (which I am SO SO SO close to being done with!!!). The other reason? Not so cute. 2017 has been hard on me and my family, y'all. And when things are hard, I shop and I spend. I've been to two funerals already in 2017 and have spent way too many hours visiting my loved ones in the hospital. Some weeks, having a package coming in the mail felt like the only thing I had to look forward to.

I love that sharing these budget updates keep me accountable, but they can also suck for that same reason. I didn't need extra guilt for my overspending during the last few months on top of the other bad feelings. Do you forgive me? Okay cool, because I bought some real cute stuff this month and one of my monthly small goals helped keep me from going (too) overboard!

What I Bought

what i bought april
Madewell Side Button Midi Skirt - $98
Madewell Striped Bell-Sleeve Top - $69.50
J.Crew Factory Leather Mule Slides - $41.50
ASOS Denim Smock Dress - $37

Total Spent: $246

Total Earned on Poshmark: $142.57

Budget Spent: $103.43 (out of monthly $250) = $146.57 under budget

Since you haven't seen any of these things on the blog yet (literally coming this week!), I'll go more into depth here about each item.

The Midi Skirt - When 2017 started, I was like, "Nicole. Stop buying midi skirts. You have so many and don't wear them very often." Well. I saw this one online, and then it was right there in Nordstrom when I was trying on the bell-sleeve shirt (what I actually went in for), so I grabbed it just to try on for fun. Y'all. It was perfect. You may have seen that I Insta-storied that shopping trip, and the DMs came rolling in from so many people who loved it as much as I did! I would blame this all on peer pressure, but it really came down to the skirt. One of the issues I've noticed in my closet is a pattern overload. So many of my midi skirts are too loud for me to reach for on a regular basis. This is somehow the only solid-colored midi skirt I own, which seems to have solved all my skirt-wearing woes because I just want to wear this every day with every top I've got. Now I just have to convince myself not to buy the chambray and gingham print versions of the same skirt! For reference, I got a size 12.

The Bell-Sleeve Top - As I mentioned, this top was the reason for my only in-store shopping trip this month. The shopping bug bit me on a lovely Friday afternoon, so I decided to go to the mall after work. I've been searching for the perfect bell-sleeve top for a few months and thought this Madewell one might be The One after seeing it online. I was right! It fits exactly how I wanted and I've already worn it three times since buying it. For reference, I bought a medium.

The Leather Slides - I have had my eye on this particular pair of shoes since...January? They looked like the perfect shoes for running to the mailbox or taking the trash out (because apparently real flats with backs are too hard to put on??). I kept hoping they'd go on sale (which, of course they are now...), but finally pulled the trigger when I was in Houston for Dago's mom's surgery earlier this month. I'm glad I did because I've been wearing them a lot and they make me really happy. What more can you ask for in a pair of shoes? For reference, I sized up to an 8 in these because I notice in slides and mules that my heel hangs off the back when wearing my usual 7.

The Denim Dress - Did I need another denim dress? Absolutely. Nine times out of ten when I'm getting dressed, I want to put this dress on. Because that isn't really a reasonable ratio, I decided to add another denim dress with a slightly different fit (see: not so oversized) to my closet. **This dress is actually arriving in the mail today, so we'll see if it actually fits/if I end up keeping it. I usually wouldn't include it in my budget yet, but being as next month is my birthday(!!!), I wanted to save as much of May's budget to be spent in the actual month.

What I Received

what i received april

As always, I want to be transparent about the items I receive as part of sponsorship or collaboration for the blog. I had been saving up credits as a part of my Shopbop partnership to be able to shop this month's great sale and I'm so happy about what I got! I actually tried on the Madewell pom pom top during my Nordstrom trip, but realized that Shopbop had it in stock so I waited to buy it. I think it'll be such a fun top to wear with cutoffs this summer! The clogs have been on love list for a while, so I was glad they didn't sell out in my size before the sale! They are crazy comfy -- like maybe my most comfortable pair of clogs yet. The English Factory blouse was a last minute addition to my cart, but probably my favorite item I got during the sale because it's so versatile! I wore it under this dress the other day, which is now my favorite way to wear it. Outfit coming to the blog soon!

I'm so excited to be partnering with ESPEROS this month. I've lusted after their chic leather goods for a while, and now I can't stop wearing their Petite Pack! I'll save my gushing over this bag for the upcoming blog post, but definitely browse their selection and follow their Insta because everything is to die for.

So that's what I bought in April! I'm glad to be back to linking up with Fran and the budgeting bloggers (and the have my budget/life hopefully back on track!). What did you buy in April?

what i bought in april

mules and slides for spring
This week in "trends I never thought would come back, much less shop if they did," I'm lusting after all the cute pairs of mules I'm seeing all over the place! While you'll still never catch me in a stretchy black pair (ironic clothing isn't my style), I am pretty smitten with the slip-on-and-go style of the season.

I actually bought these a couple of weeks ago after having them on my wishlist for over a month. I was waiting for them to go on a little better sale, but was worried they'd sell out (that happens to me ALL the time). Since they were exactly what I was looking for, I went ahead and bought them, and now of course they're on sale. So, you should go buy them on sale!

I'd really like to have a fun-colored heeled pair as a summer alternative to my blush block heels, but I'm having trouble picking a pair! Obvi I'm leaning towards a pretty blush or punchy coral color because, duh it's me. How fun is the H&M pair with those scallops? And the low heel? I may need to put in an online order ASAP...

Anyway, which pair is your favorite? How are you feeling about this comeback trend?

on my list | mules & slides

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dress: vintage via Reverie Vintage // jacket: BB Dakota c/o Shopbop // shoes: Madewell c/o Shopbop // purse: vintage

Being the editor of a wedding blog by day, you'd think I'd be sick of weddings by the weekend. If you know me at all, you know that is the furthest thing from the truth! I could (and sometimes do) talk and think weddings all day, every day. Having three beautiful weddings to attend this spring has been a total dream. I'll never tire of being a wedding guest, especially when it's some of my dearest friends saying "I do" to spending the rest of their lives with their soulmates. And yes, I cry every single time.

Does it surprise you to know that I've had my wedding guest outfits picked out since the beginning of 2017? It probably shouldn't! In year's past, I've worn by Valentine's dress to weddings for the rest of the year. I did recreate this outfit for a wedding in February, but there was a major overlap in guest list for another wedding in March, so I decided to switch things up.

This look has everything I love in a wedding guest outfit. As excited as you are to see your gal pal in her wedding gown, she's stoked to see you get all dressed up for her day too! Unless there's a color-coordinated dress code (someone invite me to one of these please!), I typically like to wear a pop of color. Looking at wedding photos all day as I do, I love seeing a little color in the crowd! Plus, I find that I don't have a lot of excuses throughout the year to wear my fancier dresses, so I take full advantage of the opportunity and rock my favorite frock. This vintage dress is one of my most-loved buys from the last couple of years and I was so excited to take it out for a spin!

Because weddings are typically a pretty big time commitment, I choose my accessories carefully. I always bring some sort of sweater or jacket. On a spring evening in March or April, it's likely to get pretty cool, and this leather jacket was the perfect thing to throw on for chitchat outside and walking back to the car. You'll never catch me in a steep heel at a wedding (or ever, if we're being honest) because I want to dance the night away with the newlyweds in comfort! My block heel obsession is justified again! Throw in a matching vintage clutch that's big enough to hold my phone and a few tissues for my inevitable tears, and the look is wedding ready.

Do you have a go-to wedding guest outfit? What are you wearing to weddings this spring?

my spring wedding outfit

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shirt: Old Navy // skirt: ModCloth (also comes in mauve now!) // clogs: Lotta from Stockholm via Poshmark // purse: Frye c/o Shopbop (exact) //earrings: c/o Beaded by W

It has come to my attention that I am a danger to my boyfriend. No, not in the way you might think! Since I was little, I have been a pile person. I was constantly grounded by my mom for leaving piles around the house -- piles of paper, piles of clothes, piles of schoolbooks, etc. I think I assumed I would break my habit when I got my own place, or certainly when I moved in with my partner...but here we are, still makin' piles everywhere I go.

Since Dago's injury around this time last year (can you believe it's almost been a year since he ruptured his Achilles?), the piles really got out of control. He is certainly the more domestic of the two of us, so housework took a backseat without his usual Sunday cleaning routine and all of my attention on caring for him. Even after he started walking again, we didn't quite get our home back on track. In fact, he started creating his own piles because he couldn't get to the closet past my piles without potentially injuring himself. Y'all, it was a mess, in every sense of the word.

A few weeks ago, Dago went to see a movie on a Friday night with a friend. Since his injury, he's really settled into that gamer life and doesn't get out of the house as much as he used to. I didn't have plans of my own, and with the house empty, I decided it was finally time to tackle the overgrown pile of clothes. I turned on the new JoJo album (who I'm seeing in concert tonight!) and got to hanging, folding, and sorting.

Dago was shocked to find me cleaning when he returned home. I told him that maybe he should leave the house more often so I can get some work done! Does anyone else feel that way about living with their partner? When he's home, I just want to hang with him. He realized that he usually cleans when I'm out for a photo shoot or with friends, so maybe he should make some plans, even for the sake of me eliminating a few piles around the house!

Are you a pile person? Are there enough of us to start a Pile-Makers Anonymous? What's your worst tidiness habit?

spring cleaning

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