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Monthly budget adventures (May 2017)

It’s time to see what my monthly clothing budget adventures were for this month! I kept it pretty low-key this past month, with only one purchase.

Wallet replacement

I have been needing to replace my cat wallet, seen here, and I couldn’t find my old Nine West wallet that I used to use. So one day, we happened to be shopping near a Ross outlet store, so we went in just to see… and I came out with this black-and-white patterned wallet.

And getting this wallet at a discount was… wait for it… easy on the wallet! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | New wallet, May 2017

  • Wallet, Tommy Hilfiger via Ross:  paid $14.99 (originally $39)

And below are three Tommy Hilfiger wallets that are very similar in design to the one I picked up:

Librarian for Life + Style | Tommy Hilfiger wallets collage

left option  //  middle option  //  right option

Budget recap

Total spent for this month: $14.99
Total savings for this month:  $24.01

Total spent for this year:  $544.47
Total savings for this year:  $425.74

Giveaways and gifts

Sam won a gorgeous handbag (!) at the MOE Gallery fashion show that I modeled for recently. Of course then it became MY gift! 😀 This is such a well-made bag, with the thicker fabric panels, sturdy handles, interior lining, and metal studs on the bottom. Since the sides are wool, I will probably wait until fall to really use it — sweet anticipation!

Librarian for Life + Style | MOE Gallery handbag collage

My friend and fellow librarian Stephanie recently stayed over for a girls’ weekend, and gifted me a pair of handcrafted vintage earrings. They are Native American, combining turquoise, wood, and silver. Beautiful! The square button shape makes me think of mid-century design. She thought I would like them because I have other turquoise and silver jewelry, as seen here, plus she knows that I often wear my wood JORD watch, as seen here. She knows me so well! 😀

Librarain for Life + Style | Vintage button earrings

Speaking of earrings and gifts… My mother-in-law recently went on a Caribbean cruise vacation and picked up this pair of beaded earrings for me. So sweet! I love the inky, speckled midnight color of the beads.

Librarian for Life + Style | New beaded earrings, May 2017

Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.


What’s in my bag?

I’ve always loved posts that provide an inside peek in bags and purses — even luggage. (It’s my love of organization, I’m sure.) So I’m taking the plunge myself and showing y’all what’s in my bag:

Librarian for Life + Style | What’s in my bag?

Librarian for Life + Style | What’s in my bag?

I am quite practical, so I was very excited this past holiday season to snag this “stocking stuffer” special from The Container Store, an “in.bag” handbag organizer (read online reviews online plus a similar organizer here). There were two versions of the “in.bag” available, one black with a patterned lining and one with a red lining. I chose the one with the red lining so it would be easier to spot inside my handbags.

Librarian for Life + Style | What’s in my bag?

This handbag organizer holds most of the everyday things I carry around, and it’s quite easy to move this from one purse to the next. And since most of my work purses are tote bags, this handbag insert is proving especially useful.

Librarian for Life + Style | What’s in my bag?

Details (clockwise from top):  Sunglasses case  /  Static Guard, travel size  /  lint roller, travel size  /  lipstick case  /  chapstick  /  makeup bag  /  metallic case of travel-sized necessities  /  Kleenex  /  handbag hanger from the Emirates Palace, UAE  /  keys

Librarian for Life + Style | Lipstick case

In addition to two TerraTints tinted lip balms, I also keep hair elastics, safety pins, and bobby pins in my lipstick case, which was a Christmas gift several years ago by a colleague in the UAE. (I keep my lip stains at home, featured here, and apply those in the morning. I use these TerraTints lip balms as touch-ups during the day.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Mini-toiletries in my purse

My mom gifted me this little metallic case a few years ago, a travel-size emergency kit full of useful items, like clear nail polish for pantyhose snags, a sewing kit, etc.

And what’s in my makeup bag? Not much makeup at all, except for some concealer. I debated on whether or not to keep the tampon in the shot, but hey, it’s real life. It’s practical to have one on hand, just in case. I keep a portable Tide stain stick in practically every room in the house as well as in my purse. I’ve also found this Kleenex plastic case to be quite useful, as it has a pocket on both sides when you open it up. I keep tissues in one side and then my license, a credit card, and some cash in the other side whenever I use a smaller clutch on a night out.

Librarian for Life + Style | What’s in my makeup bag?

This insert has also been great as a way to provide structure to my tote bags. It’s amazing the difference it makes! Here’s a visual illustration:

Librarian for Life + Style | Handbag insert before and after

The handbag organizer takes care of most of what I lug around on a daily basis. I also add my phone, my work keys, a book, and my wallet. And speaking of wallets, I’ve recently switched mine out after (re)discovering this fun ModCloth wallet — the one with the cats — after a recent closet run-through. (I still have my teal-and-black Nine West wallet, at left, for when I want to change them out again. It’s still a nice wallet.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Wallets

So there you have it! What’s in my bag AND what’s in my wallet. 😉

What’s in your bag? Please leave a comment and let me know!