What I Wore: On the Airplane

I wore this outfit on my flight last week to a work event. I wasn’t technically working when I landed (my meeting was the next day), but I was on the same flight as other people heading to the convention – so it was important to at least look pulled together!

Comfy base:

Skinny jeans + Ballet flats


Short sleeved sweater + plaid scarf + big drapey cardigan

A little extra:

Wine-colored nail polish + stacking rings!

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What I Wore with The Pleated Poppy

Two Ways: My New Patterned Leggings

Top Look – Running Errands

Chambray + Leggings + Slip on sneakers

Just add sunglasses and some little ‘gold’ stacking rings!

Both Looks

I’m totally in the mood for fall nail colors! Burgundy and gray are my favorites right now.

Bottom Look – House Lounging

Home tee Leggings + Oversized cardigan


I know I’m crazy late to the legging trend, but whatever, I’m super comfortable!

Don’t like straight up leggings? I think both looks work with skinny jeans!

Don’t like skinny jeans? I have a gray denim pencil skirt that would make both of these looks perfect for a casual work day!

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Oops… My September Budget

I thought being busy was supposed to stop me from shopping! Oh well…

Top Row:

Scarf, Forever 21 ($9 + free shipping, paid with gift card) – I have already had a ton of compliments on this. Plus the colors remind me that Zara scarf that was so popular last year.

Loft Tweed Bomber Jacket ($98, on sale for $50, paid with gift card) – Instant closet staple. It is really soft (and lined with a not-scratchy fabric – tweed always looks scratchy to me) and the perfect cut. I’ve worn it with jeans and with skirts for work.

2nd Row

Loft Top ($50, on sale for $25 – enabled me to get free shipping, paid with gift card) – The cut is a little boxy (and about 2 inches longer than I expected) but it’s a nice casual day shirt. The cuffs and shirt tail are sewn in, which reminds me of many things I wore in the 90s, but I do love it.

“Gray Animal” ShoesMMMMMMM from Old Navy ($25, on sale for $10 when I bought them, paid with rewards) – I might have been able to size down, but they are totally comfy and so far (knock on wood) no blisters! Yay for shoes.

3rd Row

Ann Taylor Top ($59, on sale for $26, gift from my mom!) – shopping with my parents is always fun and successful. This top is more fitted that I would have chosen, but my mom insisted that it was perfect for under a blue blazer and she was right! (Thanks, mom!)

Gap Sweater ($60, on sale for $40, used some rewards, paid $11) – It has a hood! I know it’s a really wintery pattern (in my opinion!), but it’s super soft and warm.

Bottom Row

Express Columnist Slim Pants ($80) – 1. Basics. 2. Perfect fit. I rarely pay full price for stuff, but I really needed a pair of work trousers. I’m going to have to get these in every other color because they really are super flattering and comfortable (just a pinch of stretch!)

Old Navy Patterned Leggings ($16, paid with rewards – yes, I had a bunch of rewards…) – My new at-home-pants! I’ve been living in these. They won’t be warm enough in a few months, but they are perfect for fall temperatures.

Total Cost for all 8: $397

Paid out of Pocket: $91

Conclusion: Yay for sales, gift cards, and mom! If I had resisted the Express pants it would have been even more amazing, but whatever, they’re a great purchase.

As for the French Wardrobe: after not really adding anything to my fall closet, I consider this a nice month of

  • basics (pants, striped top 1 and 2?, leggings),
  • accessories (shoes, scarf – which I’m not really counting as “items” as per the French Wardrobe Challenge),
  • and new fun items (sweater, jacket?)

The whole issue of what is a basic is somewhat problematic for me…. All my clothes are pretty basic – and easily remixable…. I do think that I will try to avoid too much purchasing this month? We’ll see how that works!

How was your month of shopping? Be sure to check out the other budgeting bloggers on Franish!

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Friday Favorites

I’m trying to focus on accessories lately when I shop (I have enough slouch gray tees, thank you!) and I am loving these options from Sole Society!

Tortoise Shell Necklace ($40): Probably more than I’d like to pay, but I’m still going to hunt for a pretty tortoise shell necklace (so versatile, so preppy!) Baublebar had a similar one with clear crystals, but it’s in the $60 range.

Turquoise Ring ($45): Living in the south(west) for so long has made me love turquoise – when done right – and I love the rough edges of this ring!

Wedges ($80): Gah, when did Sole Society get so expensive?! I vaguely remember most shoes being $60, which always felt somewhat reasonable. Regardless, I love the little pop of leopard! I’d wear this with all black, so the leopard was kind of a dramatic surprise :) The other color options are not nearly as fun – this is the only color with the surprise wedge…

Bag ($70) This is the item that I am seriously considering. When I picture myself gliding glamorously through an airport, I’m holding this bag. I also look vaguely like Jennifer Aniston (even though the tan skin and medium blonde hair is so NOT what I look like…)

What’s on your shopping radar these days?

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Ipsy: My first Month

Ok, so technically it is already month 2. I received a very cool gray ipsy bag on Monday.

For reals, I chose Ipsy SOLEY because of the little bags. I use them for everything – I have computer doodad and usb drives in one, tissues and a pocket mirror and lip glass in another, etc! I am sure that after a few months they may become less exciting, but for now, I am glad to subscribe.

So what did I get in my first month?

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner✰✰✰

It’s a primer, but it has a little color and is a whipped consistency. It is much more like the Benefit Porefessional product than the clear gel-like primer that some people like (I’ve talked about this here, if you aren’t sure what I mean!). I prefer this kind of primer and I’ve been using it on my t-zone (to stop shine) almost every day.

I have no idea if it is expensive or not. <checking> O.M.G. It’s hella expensive! 1oz in $45!! When this runs out, I’ll stick with NYX pore filler, which is about $20 per oz (although I wear it was way cheaper when I purchased it at Target).

Ipsy conclusion: A great addition to the bag! (sample cost about $11.25)


J. Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow✰✰✰

I don’t wear a ton of eyeshadow, but this peachy shade (half naked) makes me look just a little more polished everyday. Plus, unlike some bolder colors, it doesn’t settle into a crease and look strange by lunchtime. Not saying it lasts all day, but it fades slowly and evenly (I feel like that is important!)

Ipsy conclusion: A nice color and a good product! (sample cost about $3.00)


Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Blah, it’s kind of clumpy. I’m super picky about mascara, so I’m not surprised that this is not a favorite.

Ipsy conclusion: Meh (sample cost about $5.50)


Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

I have short hair. Short hair that looks crazy in the morning. I’ve got to shower to ‘reset’ it. Thus, dry shampoo is not something that I’ve ever used. I might ‘gift’ this to one of my long-haired friends.

Ipsy conclusion: Do not use… have no opinion. (sample cost about $6.00)


Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner✰✰✰

This lip balm has a nondescript subtle fruity smell and very little taste. It is pretty waxy, but I like to wear a lip balm to bed and the waxy ones protect better/longer. I had just run out of the beeswax kind, so this was great timing.

Ipsy conclusion: Something I needed! (sample cost about $5.50)


Ispy Total Cost: about $31.25 + the bag

Ipsy Total Value (things I actually use and like!): $19.25 + the bag

Considering Ipsy cost $10 per month, I would consider this a great month! It does help that I liked 3 of 5 products AND one of those was the priciest sample.

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I will try to get the current month up before the October bag arrives (haha!)

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