What I got (October 2014)

Librarian for Life + Style | What I Got (October 2014) collage

At the beginning of October, I was super-excited to explore Our World Boutique after winning a $25 gift coupon giveaway from AJ Wears Clothes. I selected a grey leopard-print cardigan (which I’ve already worn twice) and a pair of bubble earrings with my gift coupon, spending less than a dollar of my own money!

I had originally ordered the red-and-gold pair of earrings, as seen above in the collage, but was mistakenly sent the coral-and-silver pair, as seen below in the collage. It was too much trouble to ship the earrings back, so I just went with the coral pair (as seen here in this SIA post). I like the shape of the earrings, and they’re made of a pretty lightweight material. After leaving a review on the site and letting them know about the lack of communication about the earrings switch, they contacted me and let me know that they were sending the red-and-gold pair my way, to make up for the error. Thank you, Our World Boutique!

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

  • Grey leopard print cardigan {similar}, Our World Boutique:  $0.95 (original price $39.95, on sale for $24, used 25% off coupon code + $25 gift coupon + free shipping)
  • Bubble earrings {similar}, Our World Boutique:  $0 (original price $12.90, bought for $4.99, used 25% off coupon code + $25 gift coupon + free shipping)

Mid-October, I was perusing ModCloth — one of my favorite clothing sites, as y’all know — and came across a gift idea for my husband. I needed $12 to save on shipping… so I could have paid the shipping OR I could have gotten this pair of chevron-patterned tights for just a couple of bucks more plus free shipping. It wasn’t a tough decision… 😉

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

  • Fashionably Emulate Tights in Plum {exact}, ModCloth:  $14.99 (free shipping!)

The customer reviews on ModCloth say that the color of the tights was more burgundy than the “plum” in the product title, and I wanted tights in the burgundy/maroon color family anyway. Odd that the label on the tights themselves use the word “wine” to describe the color.

Next, another one of my favorite clothing sites, eShakti, sent me a $20 gift coupon. I needed a $40 minimum value to activate the coupon, and I noted that there weren’t any restrictions on using the coupon for sale or overstock items. So OF COURSE that’s where I went first. (This is a site about a librarian on a budget. I go for the deals first. 😉 )

I have still been on a search for a versatile black dress. I found a basic black dress via Express two winters ago, but the dress is just a little too short for me and my regular work life. (But it’s super-cute layered over leggings.) Skirt length is NEVER a problem with eShakti clothing. And this fit-and-flare LBD is such a classic style, a silhouette that works on my body shape. I also thought it would be a good shape to layer things over or under the dress, so I’m excited to try out my new LBD! 🙂

Pinned image of eShakti black dress

And it turns out that I chose the VERY LAST dress available in this style! It totally disappeared from the site after I clicked to purchase. But eShakti tends to bring classic styles back, so I would keep checking if you like this dress and style!

  • Black fit-and-flare dress {similar}, eShakti:  $21.95 + $9.95 shipping (original price, $69.95, on sale for $41.95, used $20 gift coupon.)

TOTAL SPENT:  $37.89 (+$9.95 shipping)
TOTAL SAVED:  $137.69

Last but not least, the fall fashion swap that took place past weekend. Y’all already know the items I planned to donate, which I posted on Friday. Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling well on the day of the swap. The best laid plans… bummer! I just found out about another local clothing swap scheduled for next weekend, so I’ll try to attend that, but if it doesn’t work out, I will still donate the items from my closet.

Link ups:  Budgeting Bloggers  /  Look What I Got


13 thoughts on “What I got (October 2014)

  1. Meghan

    I can’t wait to see the eShakti dress. I’ve been looking for a nice black dress, but I’m looking for knit with sleeves. I’d be willing to change my mind for a nice fit though!

  2. Sara

    Love, love the black dress!! I have a similar dress in navy from J. Crew factory..but my problem is the neckline. When you customize an eShakti dress can you raise the neckline for more coverage? Mine version is a bit too…showy for work 🙂

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Yes, you can customize most eShakti dresses with necklines and length and sleeve details — except for the overstock section, where those customizable options are not available. With lower-cut blouses and dresses, I also employ the trick of wearing a sports bra (instead of a bulky tank top or camisole), and I’ve also tried those panels that clip onto regular bras. 🙂

  3. Cassie C

    Loving the leopard print cardigan! Your picture with the burgundy tights and black dress side by side is inspiring my to pair my black tights with my burgundy dress tomorrow. Inspiration everywhere!

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