What I bought in January

Last week, I introduced you to The Great Shopping Plan of 2010, which started February 1.  With that plan, I will have a set budget every month, try to buy items to fill current wardrobe gaps, and shop primarily at secondhand, hand-made and local retailers.  Normally, I would be posting what I bought this week.  But I thought it would be good to cover what I bought in January when I had no restrictions for myself first.  Next week, I will start covering what I’ve bought under the new Shopping Plan.

So what did I buy when I had no restrictions?

Fossil Drape Cardigan  $50 (bought with gift card)

Since I bought this cardigan with a gift card, it didn’t hurt my budget.  I can definitely say that it’s quickly becoming a wardrobe staple for me.  I love the vibrant color, and the long drapey-ness of it makes it extremely versatile.

J Crew Yellow Cashmere Cardigan  $45 on Ebay

Ah, the cashmere addiction begins!  This was my first Ebay cashmere purchase of the month, and I continue to adore it.  The color is perfect, and has cemented my love of yellow.  The cashmere is insanely soft, the craftsmanship of the button-band and cuffs is perfect.  I’m in love.

Sunshine Yellow 70’s Vintage Handbag  $26 at Advintagous

More yellow addiction!  I love this bright, textured vintage purse.  It has a frame closure, can hold all my stuff I normally carry, and it’s yellow!  What more do you need?

J Crew Blue and White Cashmere 3/4 Sleeve Sweater   $22 on Ebay

The cashmere addiction continues!  It’s amazing what fantastic prices you can find on cashmere on Ebay.  But make sure you fully read item descriptions and look closely at photos.  This sweater has a rolled hem, which is a personal pet peeve of mine.  I’ve hand stitched it up here so it doesn’t roll, but I’m thinking about buying some coordinating yarn and re-knitting the hem.  Yes, I’m a crazy perfectionist when it comes to knits.

Botanical Leaf Earrings   $30 from wear-thou

Recently, I had been craving a pair of long, feather shaped earrings with a more modern and less bohemian/earthy look.  Leave it to Etsy to have exactly what I want.  I’ll be wearing these a lot.

There were also a few items that didn’t get photographed yet:

  • Black Cashmere Sweater $32.50 on Ebay

I haven’t taken photos of this one yet because it still has to be washed.  It has rolled hems too, but for some reason they don’t roll as much as the other sweater.

  • Purple Hue Tights: $4.50 on Ebay
  • Red Hue Tights  $6.75 on Ebay
  • Black Hue Tights  $12 at Anthropologie

So I bought three pairs of tights.  The black and red ones were bought to replace old tights that were wearing out.  I’m still trying to figure out how to work the purple ones into an outfit.

This one just came back from the tailor, so you’ll be seeing it soon.

So how much did I spend last month?  $200.75 (not counting the Fossil gift card purchase).  Over budget?  Yes.  But not horrendously.  And almost everything I bought were items I absolutely love.  And aside from the black tights from Anthro, everything I bought was second-hand, hand-made or local.  So I think I did pretty well, even without formal restrictions.   And I’m happy that I’m starting to learn how to buy things that I love.  I think this Shopping Plan is going to work out alright.

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About Diana

Style maven, knitter, crafter, seamstress, one who does not walk the beaten path.
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8 Responses to What I bought in January

  1. I love the vibrant colors of both cardigans, and I really covet that yellow purse. I’m glad that your shopping plan is working out so well for you. I am starting to compile a list of wardrobe gaps that need filled once my shopping ban is over.

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  2. Lauren says:

    As always I love the clothes 🙂 I suggest the purple tights be worn with your malibrans, I love yellow and purple together!

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  3. Tracy says:

    I’d love it if you did a post sometime about HOW you find interesting stuff on ebay/etsy. Any time I try, I feel like I get overwhelmed by the options and by sorting good quality options from bad. It ends up being so time consuming that I just give up!

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  4. Kirafashion says:

    Hello my friend!

    I do love your yellow pop of color, I am always crazy about
    a bright yellow! You look lovely :)))

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  5. Eyeliah says:

    great recap, it all adds up hey? Even thrifting sometimes I spend way too much!
    .-= Eyeliah´s last blog ..Photo City =-.

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  6. Kristin says:

    I am SO diggin’ that yellow bag. And I’m going to try out your thrift shops very soon!

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  7. These are amazing purchases! And they are great staples too where you can remix them over and over again and make them brand new. I really can’t wait to see your vintage dress!!!
    .-= Elaine, clothedmuch´s last blog ..Pearly White =-.

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  8. Clare says:

    Those earrings are incredible!!!

    Also, I adore the new header and sub-title thing. “Style for the optimistic soul” is so perfect for you!
    .-= Clare´s last blog ..The Things You Say Will Come out in Reverse =-.

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