Monday, July 21, 2014

2014 Budget - June Recap

I'm a little late in posting my June budget recap, probably because I was bad last month. I didn't want to look at the numbers. Is there really a point to having a budget if you aren't going to pay attention to it at all? I bought three things last month and two of the three items weren't my fault. The boyfriend was at Bloomingdale's and there was a huge sale. He picked up two dresses for me and I just had to keep them. Now I just have to decide where to wear them!

I have been eyeing up these heels for a few months now. On a recent business trip to Chicago, I stopped by the Nieman Marcus on Michigan Avenue. Upon finding these cuties in the sale section, I knew that I had to have them! I've already worn them a couple of times, including to a big business dinner where I gave a presentation to a large audience. They loved my shoes too.

Charlotte Olympia - Kitty Pump $411 (Original - $695)

This adorable little dress was from the Bloomingdale's sale. It's so bright and colorful for the summer, but totally work inappropriate because of the length. Maybe I can get away with wearing it in the fall with tights? I think I just need to plan more nights out with the boyfriend and my girls.

Milly - Hologram Dress - $135 (Original - $425)
You can rent this dress on Rent the Runway!

Yet another Milly dress this month, also from the boyfriends shopping day. It has pockets. That sold me on keeping this dress right away. You put pockets into a skirt or dress and I'm taking it home with me. I haven't worn this dress yet either, I'm thinking it will be more of a fall/winter dress with tights and a blazer. Would I have even picked this dress up if I saw it in the store? Probably not, but the boyfriend has been a fan of all dresses B&W this year. I have at least five now.

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Milly dress - $120 (Original $395?)

Sadly, I've only worn one of the items I bought in June! Though I've worn the shoes a whole bunch already. They are cute and comfortable! That never happens. I'll try to have a date night sometime soon and throw on my Milly Hologram dress.

I can already tell you that July has been a bad month for buying shoes. Again. I think I have a shoe problem. It's seasonal shoes this time, I've picked up three different pairs of sandals. Can't wait to share with you! I've also gone way way way over budget on said shoes. It's just terrible.

Total spent in June- $666
Price before sales - $1,515
Total Savings - $849 (56% savings)
Amount over budget - $166

2014 Budget
January - $614.07
February - $1,693.09
March - $110.50
April - $361.00
May - $655.99
June - $666.00

Blow your budget too! Pick up similar items for your closet!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Brights and Horizontal Stripes

This is my first summer with an office job. I have no idea what to wear! How casual is too casual? Are sandals kosher as long as they aren't flip flips? Should I save chiffon for nights and weekends? Will my coworkers frown on me wearing neon? It's so much more difficult than dressing in the fall and winter.

I've taken to wearing bright colors in combination with black and white. I probably own at least ten different black dresses and four or five black and white dresses. Pairing bright accessories with a basic dress adds something fun, without going over the top.

Dress: Calvin Klein (Last year)
Necklace: Charming Charlies
Tote: Rebecca Minkoff
Scarf: Target
Sandals: Kate Spade

What do you wear to the office when the mercury rises?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wilde in NYC - Momofuku Milk

With the beginning of summer, I thought that I would share with you one of my favorite cool treats. It's the classic Momofuku Milk bar ice cream - Cereal Milk Soft serve!

Have no idea what I'm talking about? Imagine you've finished your bowl of frosted flakes. Take that bowl of leftover milk and turn it into ice cream! Okay, it sounds gross when you put it that way, but it's so much fun and so tasty! Especially when coated in crunchy cereal.

If you're in New York City this summer, stop by Milk Bar for their cereal milk ice cream (or their stranger and yet amazing pretzel milk ice cream). But don't stop there, stay for a baking class! Sure, you have to book ahead of time and then you have to travel to Brooklyn, but it's totally worth it!

Milk started running these "Bake the Book" classes last year and I took all three introductory classes. I made crack pie, cereal milk, blueberry cookies and confetti cookies. These days you can sign up to make birthday cakes, truffles or pie. Best part? The classes are taught by Christina Tosi herself, aka, the genious behind Milk.  Enjoy some pictures from one of my nights spent at Milk.

Warning - If you are visiting from out of town... You will leave these classes with either a whole 6-inch layer cake, crack pie or a dozen cookies. If you go with a friend, you will have twice as much. You will be on sugar high for the remainder of your visit to New York!

Can't get to New York? The classes actually use the Milk cookbook for direction. Pick it up and have a go in your own kitchen. Just be sure to follow the directions so carefully. They are very steppy recipes.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer in Chiffon

Summer has unofficially started here in New Jersey and the warm weather has finally made an appearance. On a recent weekend trip to Brooklyn, I was able to dress the part of summer. How does one wear summer? It's all about chiffon. Light and airy layers keep you cool and girly. I discovered this trick on my trip to Singapore. While all my male coworkers were sweating away in their cotton khakis and polo shirts, I was comfortable and cool in white chiffon.

My only complaint about this dress? It's a little on the short side and makes riding the subway a bit of an issue. How to I fix this problem? I'm totally wearing Nike bike shorts under this dress.

No chiffon ensemble is complete without a simple and nerdy necklace! I get so many questions about this particular necklace. It's a simplified structure that represents the organic molecule - theobromine. Otherwise known as the chocolate flavor molecule. Nerdy and delicious! You can pick one up for your favorite chemistry or biology friend at Made with Molecules!

Dress: Theory
Sunglasses: RayBan
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: DSW
Necklace: Made with Molecules

The boyfriend picked up this Theory dress for me last summer, but here are some other girly and summery options from Shopsense!

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