Closet adventures (May 2015)

A sneak peek at my monthly closet adventures for May…

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (May 2015) collage

Details (left to right, top to bottom):  Red dress, Mata Traders {exact}  //  Denim chambray shirt, J. Crew {exact}  //  Pink striped boatneck tee, J. Crew {exact — and in different colors}  //  Purple P&P tee, Out of Print Clothing {exact}  //  White skinny belt, Target {exact}  //  Blue patent leather skinny belt, Target {exact}  //  Pearl cluster necklace, ModCloth {exact — back in stock!}  //  Quotation earrings, ModCloth {exact}  //  Dark denim jacket, Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s {exact}

Adding and replacing favorites

Quite a few items I added this month either because (a) I was replacing an item, or (b) I was getting more of standby favorites already in my closet.

I’ve been on the lookout for a dark rinse denim jacket for awhile. I picked one up at Old Navy a few years ago, as seen here, but the shape has always been a little bit too boxy for me and the color not quite dark enough. Toward the beginning of the month, I got really excited when I discovered this Tommy Hilfiger dark rinse denim jacket — on massive sale at Macy’s! Love the design and special details like the triangle and seaming in back, as you can see below. (And a special shout-out goes to my husband, who made a special trip to pick up the last one available in my size (medium) in the area during the final day of the sale. ♥ )

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (May 2015)

I’ve already worn this denim jacket several times, including here in this post with my new striped dress!

Librarian for Life + Style | New striped dress + denim jacket

  • Dark rinse denim jacket {exact}:  paid $19.79, Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s (original price $79.50, on sale for $64.99, 25% off Friends & Family sale, used $28.95 in gift coupons)

I also snagged two more skinny belts on a trip to Target, one in white patent leather and one in blue patent leather. They help round out my rainbow collection of skinny belts, seen here in this previous post.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (May 2015)

  • White skinny belt {exact}:  paid $12.99, Target
  • Blue skinny belt {exact}:  paid $12.99, Target

On that same shopping and errands outing that included a stop at Target, I also strolled by J. Crew, window-shopping. And then spied new colors available in the striped boatneck tee design I already know and love (you can see my grey-striped tee here) and promptly fell in love with the soft pink “petunia” color. Then I saw this super-soft chambray shirt, and realized it could replace my chambray shirt that’s in my “to donate” pile.

Once again, I’m drawn to extra-special details like the side hem cut-outs, as seen below. I can only afford J. Crew items every once in awhile, but they’re good-quality items every time.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (May 2015)

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (May 2015)

  • Striped boatneck tee in “petunia” {exact}:  paid $38, J. Crew
  • Chambray shirt {exact}:  paid $78, J. Crew

Budget recap

TOTAL SPENT for this month:  $161.77
TOTAL SAVINGS for this month:  $59.71


Gifts from my husband

Not included in this month’s totals are clothing gifts I received this month from my sweet husband, Sam! Not for anything special, but just because. I’m a lucky lady. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got for gifts (May 2015)

What’s next?

I’ve got a growing “to donate” pile, so I need to actually, you know, donate them. I’m waiting for the spring term to end so that I can do another sweep through my closet. I’ll also take that opportunity to make note of any other items I feel need replacing.

I also just found a Kohl’s gift card in my wallet that I had totally forgotten about… so I can look forward to that!

Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers and these other lovely ladies!


14 thoughts on “Closet adventures (May 2015)

  1. Mattie

    That red dress is so pretty! It looks like it would be so flattering on, too. Yay for finding a gift card you didn’t know about! That’s a great feeling.

  2. Citron et Limon

    The quotation mark earrings are adorable, I would wear the heck out of them. I’m partial to basics and really like the chambray top and striped shirt. Great choices this month.

  3. Carrie

    Yay for finding a great-fitting denim jacket – I’ve scored some wonderful, high-quality Tommy Hilfiger items at amazing prices at Macy’s before. And that red dress is gorgeous!


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