This month’s budget post was going to be a goose egg (meaning $0 spent!)… until this last week when I finally found the dress I had been searching for all month.
Let me explain.
In early July, my husband and I had an afternoon date to watch the movie Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, directed by John Carney, the same guy who directed the 2006 movie Once. I enjoyed the film, but I REALLY enjoyed Keira Knightley’s adorable tomboy-meets-vintage wardrobe. So much so that I posted about it on my Facebook page:
I scoured the interwebs and local shops for a similar red floral dress and came across several possibles, including this one at ModCloth (ultimately too short) and this one at eShakti (not floral), but nothing really spoke to me. And then I found it. One day, Sam and I were driving past a local neighborhood street that boasts quite a few resale boutiques, and in one of the shop windows, I spied a bright floral dress with the kind of vintage-inspired details I was looking for. Except it wasn’t red… it was ORANGE.
Me. In an orange dress. I have come a long way, baby.
When I slipped it on, it just felt right. I think the orange actually works on me because it is such a saturated orange (I tend to go for saturated colors, which look better against my pale skin), and the length is just right. It’s not an exact match, obviously, for the inspiration dress; the floral print is much bigger, the neckline is different, and it’s orange. But the shape is definitely vintage-inspired, like I wanted, and it has special details like ruched sleeves and a swingy skirt.
The dress is not flawless — the shape is a little blousey up front (which I can easily alter by taking in the sides a bit if I want to), and I will definitely need to utilize my recently revealed trick of wearing a sports bra as a layering piece. But I love it. I feel pretty in this dress. And when I came out of the dressing room, and my husband heard the tone of my voice as I said that sentence, “I feel pretty,” he knew this was the dress for me. ♥
And I love the dress even more when I looked up the brand, Loco Lindo, online (the name means “crazy cute” in Spanish), and realized that style of dress — the “Rita” — retails at $158! And I got mine at a mere $37! (And by the way, there actually IS a red version on sale at the Loco Lindo website — for $142. I will still take my orange version for less than $40. 😉 )
While at the boutique, I also scored this sweet, Y-shape beaded necklace. I liked the delicate beads combined with the chunky stone.
- Orange floral vintage-inspired dress (similar in orange, similar in red, and similar in petite): Thrifted, Loco Lindo, $37 (original price $158, saved $121)
- Beaded necklace (similar): Thrifted, $13 (original price ?, maybe around $50?)
MONTHLY TOTAL = $50.00
MONTHLY SAVINGS = ~ $158
Next month — or perhaps I will wait until September — I have some coupons and gift cards saved for some major back-to-school shopping. It’s a good thing I work in academia, as I still get a thrill of anticipation when it comes to back-to-school shopping. 🙂
Oh, and by the way, don’t forget I’m still gathering guest posts for August while we’re away on vacation… read all the details here and send me an email if you’re interested!