Monday, September 30, 2013

September Budget

September, I'm bidding you goodbye today and with you out goes a great month of shopping. Here's what I got below...
September Budget

From top left:
Banana Republic striped skirt: 13.00
Orvis Signature sweatshirt: 34.99
J Crew Factory peter pan collar shirt: ~25
Polo Ralph Lauren factory button down: 29.99
Old Navy jeweled sweatshirt: 19
Old Navy striped sweatshirt: 10
Converse all stars: 44.99
Bass Wejuns: 75.99

Not pictured:
Uniqlo flannel plaid shirt: 29
Uniqlo v neck tops, 5.90 each x 3
Gap factory lace camisoles, 5 x 3
Gap factory black cardigan: 10
Banana Republic jeweled sweatshirt: 15
J Crew Factory jacket: 75

Total: I'm in denial. Somewhere around 415.00.

EEEEPPPP. Normally, I'd freak out. However, the majority of these items were purchased in Oregon without sales tax. So I did save a ton of money there. And... August was my birthday. I had 200 in birthday cash, plus I did a focus group for 100 and another for 75.  

My normal monthly fun budget is 300, so I really went over by 115, which my birthday money covers. But, I really am feeling as though my fall wardrobe is complete. I adore my converse (probably the first pair I've bought in 7 years) and I can't get enough of the J Crew jacket I bought. 

With two trips coming up in October, I'm scaling back for this month. Although, I do have my eye on these. And I still have leftover cash. So... perhaps booties? We shall see.

Linking up with Fran!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Contemplating fall boots

So I'm clearly contemplating a pair of boots. These are my top choices... what do you think? They all have their pros and cons but I need some serious help deciding!

Boot wish list

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Seeing stripes

September and October in San Francisco are usually the best months of the year. Morning fog often burns off to leave the rest of the day and evening in sunshine. I dragged the tripod out to the backyard tonight.

Old Navy has really had some great J Crew dupes lately - and at a price point that's more than 1/3 of the cost. I picked the following striped sweatshirt up this weekend during a 50% off one item promo and couldn't wait to wear it today. I paired it with chambray and a black sweater skirt.

My backyard got even better when these guys decided to stop by.. our newest neighbors, some of the telegraph hill parrots. The parrots of telegraph hill have been in San Francisco for years. They're gorgeous, often fly in groups, and are quite loud. At least 4 have taken over some nearby trees as of late and today I got to get up close with a few of them.

This one seemed to particularly enjoy eating an apple and then making sure I saw him. What a little bugger.

Outfit details:
Striped sweatshirt: Old Navy (exact)
Chambray shirt: Nordstrom (similar)
Skirt: Loft (similar)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Mellow Yellow

So I finally found my long lost tripod (it had been hiding in my car trunk at my parents house) and now I can actually use the tripod for what it was intended for. Yes, that's right. Awkward outfit photos of yours truly.

When a box from Anthropologie showed up the week of my birthday at work I was thinking to myself, 'What the heck did I order?' But when I opened it, this yellow necklace was inside. Not only was I super thrilled because this necklace is so me, but because its yellow and this is my first yellow necklace. I'm really excited to pair this with everything from the outfit below to a simple t shirt and jeans. And on such a dreary day like today this brightened my mood and made me smile. So a huge thanks to KO for making my birthday that much sweeter (you are the best, really!)

Necklace: Gift
Black sweater: J Crew factory (exact)
Button down: J Crew (similar)
Skirt: Gary Graham, gift (similar)

Ooooh and stay tuned... the tripod and I will be sharing our deals and steals from the tax free land of Oregon fairly soon! :)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Oregon Road Trip

Dear Oregon, you are a pretty awesome state. I honestly have never seen a more green state before - green trees were in every direction and the I-5 was dotted with rivers and streams.

We saw and hiked waterfalls, rode a zipline and an alpine slide, and ate to our hearts content. I feel as if there are still so many pieces of Portland that we didn't get a chance to see and I'm kinda already wanting to go back (but fly next time... 600+ miles in a car is hard). And hello, no sales tax! Yes outlets, we became best friends over our short stay.

Until next time Oregon.. stay green.
Fountain at the Rose Garden
Mount Hood!
Riding the ski lift to the top of the alpine slide
Multnomah Falls
At the top of the hike
Our digs in Portland
Voodoo Doughnut selection

If you go...

Por Que No? - Awesome Mexican food.
The Ram's Head at McMennamins - Ruby is my new favorite beer.
Tin Shed - Visited by Guy Fieri, huge plates that don't disappoint.
Radio Room - Outdoor fire pit and a great place to hang out when the sun goes down with good burgers and fries.
Belmont Station - Over 1200 beers. DH was in heaven.
Pine State Biscuits - Heaven on a biscuit. Fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and gravy in between a biscuit. Don't check my cholesterol.
The Bungalo Bar - A bit of a college vibe, but its a bar in what was a house. The backyard has hammocks and swing chairs!
Ninkasi Brewery (Eugene) - A Eugene based brewery with outdoor seating and is near the U of O stadium.
Jory at the Allison Inn & Spa (Newburg) - An amazing restaurant with a great view of vineyards. The beef tips were amazing.
Voodoo Doughnuts - No intro necessary. We definitely got a donut in our box with bubble gum in it. We went around 8:45AM and there was no line!

Multnomah Falls * - A double fall water fall where you can hike to the top. Reward yourself with ice cream at the bottom - it's a daunting mile up!
Rose Garden * - See why Portland is called the City of Roses. The test rose garden is amazing and offers a great view of the city as well.
Mt. Hood SkiBowl - An alpine slide. Down a mountain. And in winter, they have cosmic tubing (!!!)

* denotes free things to do. Score!
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