Thursday, February 28, 2013

January Purchases.

I know today is the last day of February and most of you have either posted or about to post your February Purchases/Clothing Items but give me a break, I have a 5-week old baby at home. Plus, I didn't buy anything in February so posting this now is just fine. I see many bloggers do this and I think it's a great idea. This way - especially those bloggers who have a monthly budget - have sort of a monthly calendar of their purchases where they keep track of how much they spent too and if they went above or below their budget. I haven't given myself a budget, but I am guessing it's anywhere from $100-120 a month. There will be months where I may not buy anything - that I know. Especially since I plan on coming to the States this summer and staying there for 3 months and that is where I plan on splurging the most. So, whatever I buy now, especially before visiting US is something I really fall in love with or need.

Below are the items I purchased in January and what I spent overall. In my budget I am including makeup and perfume as well, however I am not including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face soap or any other necessity like that, because I would have to purchase those when I run out, obviously. A couple of things to keep in mind this year, for me, are: 1) we have a new addition to our family which means more expenses and babies are extremely expensive (diapers alone cost so much) and 2) I am not working this year so our family is depending on my husband's paycheck as well as my Maternity Leave money. I think I have done good so far as I haven't gone over budget the first month and every thing I bought I loved. I also needed more leggings as I plan to wear the heck out of leggings this year, being a brand-new mom. I also could use a couple of new, simple cardigans. I like that the two I picked out were light and they are super comfy too since they are 100% cotton. I was also looking for a pair of Black Ballet Flats. These are nothing special but they are cute and they oncly costed me 5 bucks. I plan on adding a leather pair when I shop in US. Last but not least, the accessories I didn't really need to tell you the truth. God knows I own a ton of scarves and headbands. But I love scarves and I am such a headband girl, especially cute ones with bows, and at such great prices I couldn't resist. Almost everything was purchased at Terra Nova which is a hip, casual European company, sort of like a cross between an Aeropostale or American Eagle with a Forever 21. I also purchased a couple of things at Terra Nova's sister store Calliope. I know both of these stores/brands are sort of younger, but everything I chose is totally age-appropriate for me and I believe that even 40-year-olds can shop at these stores, as long as choosing more basic items and pairing them with other age-appropriate clothing. So, how did I do? You guys are my witnesses to these monthly purchases. I hope I do not go over-board. I don't think I will - not because I am not a shopper (because I truly am) but because I know I will be and have to be responsible and have little money to shop with - so of course that makes it easier to stay on budget.

15 items for $79
Not too shabby, right. Do you like any of the things I added to my closet?


12 comments:

  1. I really like the leggings! They are such fun prints and will perfect for being stylish and comfy. The cardigans are going to be great for mixing and matching too. The cobalt blue is so pretty. Heather

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    1. Thank You. I am all about leggings. The cardigan is more of a Purple, but it definitely has a Cobalt under-tone to it - can't wait to wear it.

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  2. Looks like a great deal. I adore that carriage print. So fab.

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    1. Thanks Megan. I do think it is a great deal. Love the colorful carriage print scarf, too.

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  3. Congrats on your new little one - how did I miss that you had your baby???? LOVE the new header and hope everything is well with you!!!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie. You have been MIA in my page for a long time - that's why. I have featured you a few times on WEEK'S BEST - have you seen it? How is all with you? =)

      Congrats on your Engagement Girl. Nice Proposal!

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  4. love the headbands. You did a great job

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    1. I love the headbands too. You know me, I am all about headbands. LOL

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  5. Love the colors Ada...

    Si e ke gocen? I was not being nosy, I promise, po nje nga shoqet e mija ne FB kishte komentuar tek nje foto e Vivian dhe me doli ne news feed :P Marshallah, ta kesh me jete. Po sa floke kishte bukuroshja, do i kete akoma me te bukura besoj kur te rritet...

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    1. Shume Faleminderit e Dashur. Gocen e kam si shpirt, ashtu sic e sheh. Viian rritet cdo dite. Po zemer akoma nuk e di se kush je. Me kujto te lutem si njihemi, etj.

      P.S. Me bej Friend Request ne Facebook qe te jemi ne kontakt edhe atje. Rrofsh.

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    2. Ne myspace kemi folur bashke long time ago, besoj aty tek viti 2005-2006, biles kemi shkembyer dhe emaile bashke. Po pastaj jo shkolla, u martova, tani jam bere me nje djale dhe u largova qe atehere nga myspace dhe fatkeqsisht humba dhe kontaktet me ty. Armela nga Florida :)
      DO flasim.

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  6. You did a fantastic job of keeping within a budget yet purchasing classic & stylish pieces! Do you ever shop thrift stores? I find incredible items there that I combine with my regular wardrobe ... it really helps the budget! pippa

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