What I got (August 2014)

It’s a bit later than usual for my monthly budgeting bloggers post, but here we go! This month was a mix of birthday gifts and a few other items I found while on sale or while thrifting. While compiling this post, I realized that I added quite a few items to my wardrobe this past month (that means this is a long post). Here’s a quick look at what I got, before I get into all the details.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I Got: August 2014 collage

Local shopping

On our anniversary on the first of the month, my husband and I stopped off at Imelda’s + Louie’s, an equal-opportunity shoe and accessories chain based here in Portland. My husband was salivating over a Goorin Bros. hat on clearance for less than $15, and I found a pair of Clarks wedges on sale. Score!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (August 2014)

Admittedly, I wasn’t sure about the snakeskin — my first snakeskin anything! — or the ankle straps until I tried them on. Sam wasn’t so sure about the wedges either — until I tried them on. And then we both went, “Oooooooooooh.” I love the mix of dark brown in the wedge and the black leather, the shape of the toe, and of course, the comfort of Clarks. And it just goes to show that you HAVE to try things on before making a decision! 🙂


  • Black snakeskin ankle-strap wedges:  Clarks (exact), $69.95 (original price $110, saved $40.05)

Next, I used a $5 off Chinook Book coupon at one of my favorite local resale boutiques, Here We Go Again, to pick up a sleeveless shell with an interesting pattern. I instantly thought of about 5 outfits to pair this top with, and it did not escape my notice that I have another sleeveless shell top with this same kind of front knot detail, last seen here. The shape is incredibly flattering, and sleeveless tops are so versatile in the workplace, as you don’t get bulk around the shoulders when you layer on blazers or cardigans.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (August 2014)


  • Patterned top:  Thrifted, Banana Republic (similar), $15 (original price ~$50?, used $5 coupon, saved ~$35)

On the last day of August, my husband and I were browsing around the neighborhood, wanting to utilize some more Chinook Book coupons before they expired the next day. At a local boutique called ink + peat, I spied these gorgeous square-shaped earrings. (I’ve loved this kind of drop earring shape ever since Sandra Bullock wore a similar pair for the 2010 Oscars, as seen here.) I continued browsing but kept coming back to these. Sam also really liked their unusual shape and color — they’re a kind of smoky topaz. Bonus, we got them 20% off thanks to our coupon! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (August 2014)


  • Earrings:  Clara Beau via ink + peat (similar), $30.40 (original price $38, used 20% off coupon, saved $7.60)


Combining Kohl’s coupons (a 20% off + two different $10 off coupons), I was able to score this pair of black polka-dotted ankle pants for less than $15! My collection of cute and practical ankle pants continues to grow… 😉  From far away, the pants look basic black; it isn’t until you get up close do you notice the tiny polka dots. A subtle surprise!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (August 2014)


  • Polka-dotted ankle pants:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s (exact), $13.60 (original price $48, on sale for $36, used 15% off coupon + $10 Kohl’s cash + $10 off coupon, saved $34.40)


The rest of this post consists of items I received as gifts or prize giveaways. I am nothing if not thorough. 😉

Birthday presents

For my birthday, my sweet husband had selected some items from Out of Print Clothing. He said they were having a free shipping offer, and he had been paying attention to how much I love their book-themed clothing and accessories. As seen here. And here. I adore this grey t-shirt with due dates stamped all over it (Gracey and I will be twins!), and YES PLEASE to this red patterned tote bag. It’s not until you get up close that you realize the pattern is made of women in hoop dresses, and that it’s all about the classic book, Little Women, by Louise May Alcott. Happy sigh.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (August 2014)

While I was down visiting, my mom and I went shopping at Kohl’s and Bealls for my birthday. Woot! And even though these items were planned as a gift, Mom and I still contributed multiple coupons and gift cards to the venture, saving about three times the amount spent, which was around $65 total.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got at Kohls and Bealls collage

It’s obvious I was feeling the stripes! (I couldn’t resist the camel tee — I was born in the UAE, after all! 😉 ) Also, please note that the floral crepe popover shirt that I got is dark purple, instead of the black version pictured above in the collage. The pink striped tee is also very similar to the one I got, only mine has a v-neck and elbow-length sleeves.


  • Pink striped tee (similar):  Jones New York for Bealls
  • Red + navy striped tee (exact):  Chaps for Kohl’s
  • Camel striped tee (exact):  Croft & Barrow for Kohl’s
  • Red eyelet sleeveless top (exact):  Croft & Barrow for Kohl’s
  • Purple jeans (similar):  Gloria Vanderbilt for Bealls
  • Floral crepe popover (exact in black floral):  Croft & Barrow for Kohl’s

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (August 2014)

I also received a sweet blue head scarf (similar) and colorful makeup bag (similar) for my birthday from my in-laws! 🙂

Pink Blush giveaway

I also recently won a giveaway and $25 gift card to Pink Blush via Meghan @ Hayes Days. I actually waited until after coming back from vacation to browse their online store — and I’m so glad I did, because I got free shipping + 20% off during their Labor Day weekend sale. Even while shopping with a gift card in hand, I keep my eyes open for potential savings! 😉

On her site, Meghan had recommended their maxidresses, and I was pleased to find this adorable navy floral print maxidress on sale. The tiny print kind of reminds me of ’90s style — in a good way. I haven’t gotten this dress in the mail yet, but I’m excited about it as a cute, casual option (here’s another similar option).

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink Blush dress

I start back to work at my college library toward the end of this month, so I’ve waited to spend my Macy’s coupons and gift cards until this month, to get the maximum joy out of back-to-school shopping.

Until then, I’ll be putting together back-to-school work outfits in my mind. 😉

Link ups:  Budgeting Bloggers  /  Look What I Got  /  I Feel Pretty


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