August Budget Summary

Target Sunglasses ($13)
Targer Sneakers ($17)
Tommy Hilfiger Boots ($75 minus a $20 Macy’s coupon and during tax-free weekend!)
Ipsy ($10)

TOTAL: $95

What a weird month! I ended up not purchasing much: it felt too much like fall to buy summer casual clothes, but it really wasn’t time to break out the fall work clothes. Plus, we’ve had family visiting, so I’ve been shopping less, both in stores and on the interest, as we’ve been spending time with them.

I’m kind of burned out on my make-up and nail polish options, so for now, I’ve subscribed to Ipsy as a way to spice things up! I’ll review some of the products next week, but I liked 4 of the 5 samples: so far so good.

But now that we’re back in school – and I’ve been dressing up in work clothes – I’ve noticed a few closet holes that may need filling this fall. (Plus I have some Old Navy rewards that expire soon, so I must….!)

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Black and White

I loved the quilted t-shirt dress from Friday’s post so much that today I styled it two ways!

White (and denim) for the end of summer!

Black for later this fall!

I know some of you are going to die, reading a post that features outfits that are starting to look like fall. But, in my defense, we’ve already had a number of days in the mid-60s (lovely! but not hot!) and there are already a few leaves turning yellow (so not ready!!).

And good luck to everyone starting school this week!

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Mix it Mondays with Fizz & Frosting
Manic Mondays with More Pieces of Me and On The Daily Express
How I Summer with Pink Sole and Cha Cha the Fashion Genius
Sunday Pretty Girls with I Would So Rock This

Three Words I Never Expected to Put Together

Sporty + Quilted + Leather.

Who knew that this combination was so cute?!

(Check out my inspirational pin from A Little Dash of Darling!)

Literal: Banana Republic

Dressy: Old Navy

Sporty: Piperlime

Casual: Gap & Old Navy

Accessories: Slip-ons, Purse, Boots (all from Target!)

I love this trend, so I am all about these affordable options!

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Fashion Item Friday with Simple Sequins
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Game Changer

[I can't take credit for today's nail polish tip, but I can verify that it works!]

I tend to lean toward bright or dark nail colors because the colors are less streaky and often only need one coat. I can’t help love the look of pale colors, especially those from Essie and OPI (perfect for professional settings, weddings, etc…). But seriously, they need like 3-4 coats before that stop looking so sad and nobody got time for that.

BUT THEN! Olive and Ivory posted recently about a trick to help prevent those streaks in pale nail polish colors.  Very simply:

  1. One coat
  2. Layer of matte topcoat (mine is from Essie and I’ve had it for years now!)
  3. Second Coat – and done!

Seriously, you should click over to see their pictures of how it turns out – and I can vouch by looking at my own hands that it is much better than just two coats of light color. Are my nails quite as perfect? No, there are still a few light streaks but it’s a lifetimes of difference.  Plus the matte coat is quick drying, so it felt like the whole process was only about the time of two coats (rather than 3).

My attempt with Essie’s Fiji:

In conclusion: This method saves time (time of 2 coats, not 3 or 4) and looks much nicer than just 2 coats! Success!

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