Rebecca Lately

Budgeting Bloggers: September 2014

This year, I will be documenting my monthly clothing budget.  I will show you my budget for each month and what I bought with it.  Every month, I have $60 to spend towards clothing.  Some months might be more, because I use Ebates to shop online and receive a small commission through affiliate links.  During the months that I receive money from Ebates and Skimlinks, that amount will also go towards my clothing budget (this month!  yay!).  This month my budget was $385.12.

stitch fix collage

This month, I purchased a dress, necklace, and top from my Stitch Fix (referral link).  The $20 styling fee + the price of the clothes - some referral credits I had came to a total of $61.


Oh, look, I got a hair cut!  ..Just joking.  I didn't think a white shirt would photograph very well against a white wall, so I got this photo from the Banana Republic product pageFran posted about a white button-up some time last month.  It happened to be on extra sale, so I ordered it.  My white button-up has been looking dingy, so I really  needed a new one.  This was $35.23.

p.s. I have been thinking about cutting my hair.  Thoughts?

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My favorite work pants are the Gap Slim Cropped Ankle Pants.  I happened upon them on the site, and they were 50% off!  I snatched those up real fast, even though I already have two pairs.  I wear them multiple times a week, so it was definitely worth it.  With that order (I had also ordered a dress that didn't work out), I earned some Gap cash.

When it came time to use that, I ordered some jeans (and some underwear to get free shipping).  Since their jeans are rarely included in coupon codes, I made sure to get some with my Gap cash.  The jeans are High Rise Skimmers and I love them.  I sized up because I wanted them to be comfy, but I am thinking about ordered another pair in my regular size.  They are so soft and stretchy, but the knees look baggy after a few wears.

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I had some thredUP (referral link) credits from referrals and selling clothes, so of course I bought some sweaters.  :)  Sweaters and pants are my favorite things to shop for on thredUP.  The turquoise cardigan is H&M.  After I ordered it, I realized I probably have enough blue/green cardigans at this point.  It is my favorite color to wear, if that wasn't obvious.  The tan sweater is from a brand called Rubbish, and it will be perfect for winter weekends at home.  The grey sweater is Loft, and I've already worn it multiple times.  It's light enough to wear when it's warm but can easily layered when it's cold.  The skinny jeans are from Gap.  They have the perfect amount of structure and stretch.  I do need to get them hemmed, though.  These items were in two orders, and I sent back some things I didn't like.  The orders - items sent back + shipping paid to ship them back = $27.94.

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I also had some Old Navy cash to use, so I bought some sweaters and a hoodie.  A mustard sweater (same style, different color) and a black crew neck sweater have been on my list of things to buy for a long time.  Also, a couple years ago I saw a hoodie like this at Target.  By the time it was on clearance, my size was sold out.  I made sure to get this one!  The total for this order was $62.85.

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These are the earrings I kept from one of my Rocksbox (referral link) boxes this month.  After my referral credit, they were $3.

This necklace is from Le Tote.  I decided to try them out after see Bri's reviews of the service.  I created an account and then hesitated, because it's basically $49 to rent clothes.  I would much rather spend $49 on clothes that I keep.  But, of course they sent me an email shortly after I created my account with a 50% off coupon code for the first month.  Since everyone seems to be raving about them, I said why not?  For $24.50, they sent me five items (3 clothing, 2 accessories) to wear.  They also put a $10 shopping credit in my account.  And when I took even longer to decide if I wanted to buy the items, they put a $15 credit in my account.

I really liked a couple of the items, and I plan on doing a post about it.  For now, I am only keeping this necklace.  After the $25 credit, this is $9.  Plus the $24.50, it really cost me $33.50.  I went back and forth and figured I'd already spent money on this, so I might as well spend a little bit more and keep something.


This next item is a little out of character from me.  Ever since I ordered a couple Gertie & Baxter infinity scarves from 9th & Elm, I've been wanting more.  This scarf was on Groopdealz.  It was only $9.98 after shipping.  It will be cute for Halloween.

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Target.  Oh, Target!  It's usually hit or miss for me.  Right now, it's a hit.  I had a couple Cartwheel coupon codes to take advantage of, and they also had a Merona buy one, get one 50% off.  This dress is WAY prettier in person and will be perfect for the holidays (it's a little more green/red in person).  These ankle pants (same style, different pattersn) are amazing, and I wish they had more in regular colors.  They have a blue version at my store (blue legs with black stripe down the side), but it isn't a blue that I wear often.  Since they were having the Merona sale, I got another color in my favorite boat neck tee.  The total for these items was $49.51.

Budget              $385.12

Spent                  367.72

Balance            $  17.40

I did a lot of shopping this month.  Too much, almost.  I am feeling shopped out.  Last year, I did a spending ban from August until my birthday at the beginning of December.  I'm starting a little late with a spending ban this year, but aside from Stitch Fix I won't be shopping until December!

What did you buy this month?

Linking up with Fran.

Makeup Monday: September Beauty Favorites

September Favorites & Giveaway

Happy Monday!  Be prepared for one of my more boring beauty favorites. I bought some new glasses this month and didn't play around with my makeup too much this month.  I've basically been wearing the same look every day since my glasses came in the mail.

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Younique 3D Fiber Lashes

I have finally tried this fiber lash system.  This has been all over the beauty Youtube channels and beauty blogs that I follow.  I have a friend who sells Younique products, so I bought the set from her. The set comes with two products, a gel and lash fibers.  You apply both just like you do regular mascara.  First, you apply your regular mascara and let it dry.  Then, you take the Younique gel and apply it over your mascara.  While it's still wet, you then apply the fibers. Lastly, you apply another coat of gel and you'r set!

My lashes look so amazing with the 3D Fiber Lashes.  They are voluminous and long.  So, basically, the exact opposite of my natural lashes.  My friend Amy and I are going to be hosting a Facebook lash party in October, so stay tuned for that!

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

Yes, yes, this mascara again!  Since I tried this back in April, it's been my favorite mascara.  I was given this for a collaboration with Rimmel, and then I was scent another tube in an Influenster box. It's a great price ($5.99) for such an awesome mascara.

Collection Work the Colour Nude Eye Palette (UK site)

I was sent this by Aine, and I have used the heck out of it this month.  I really like the highlighting and dark colors, but this month I used the shadow in the very middle.  It looks great all over the lid and in the crease or just lightly in the crease if you're wearing a heavy eyeliner/mascara look.

Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel

I've gone back to using my favorite eyebrow pencil from Revlon.  It's soft and easy to apply, and it stays all day.  The gel is not my favorite, as it's a bit crunchy.  The price of the product is well worth the pencil, in my opinion!

Clinique Powder Blusher in Iced Lotus

This is another favorites repeat.  When I wear my glasses, I feel like my skin needs to look flawless and perfectly enhanced with a gorgeous blush.  This is one of blushes I like to use.  It's a gorgeous, slightly shimmery pink that makes my skin look perfectly flushed and glow-y.  I've gotten two of these in gifts with purchase.  Gotta love those gifts with purchase!

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Brown

I've been wearing thicker eyeliner with a slight cat eye this month, and this was the only eyeliner I used.  If you're looking for a high end, stay-all-day eyeliner this is it (also, they only have about a million colors)!  There are also amazing options at the drug store.  I'm trying to use up some eyeliners right now, so this is going to be my liner of choice until it's gone.

Laura Geller Beauty Spackle Neutralizing Color-Correcting Under Makeup Primer

What.  A.  Mouthful.  Despite this ridiculously long name, this is a really great primer.  I've loved the Laura Geller spackle for a few years.  She has a few different versions of it, and this one neutralizes any red in my complexion.  It's also amazing for keeping my foundation on all day.

So, those are my favorite from this month!  My makeup was very simple and long-wearing.  It was also easy to apply every morning, since I was doing it the same way every day.  Love!

My giveaway this month is three Rimmel products and a super cute makeup bag.  Since I participated in the Influenster box earlier this year, I was sent a goody box of Rimmel products.  There were a couple items that I already own, so I will be passing them along to one lucky winner.  I also included my favorite Rimmel mascara.

This month, I am giving away:

1 Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara
1 Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Big Bang
1 Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara

You can enter with the widget below!

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Linking up with Molly and Carly.

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Rocksbox: my second September box!

It's time for another Rocksbox, the Netflix of jewelry!  I've written about Rocksbox before, but in case you haven't heard of them, it's a jewelry rental service.  For $19 per month, you can rent three pieces of jewelry at a time.  If you want to purchase any of the jewelry, they are priced at 20% off.  I've had so much fun with my 3-month complimentary subscription!

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I made my decision on my last box so quickly, I've ended up with a second box for this month!  And, hello, I got the earrings I've been wanting!

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First things first, I really do love everything in this box.  This Urban Gem Layered Chevron Necklace is so cute.  I've worn it by itself and also with another necklace.  It got a little tangle-y with the other necklace, so it was better on its own.  At $40, I wouldn't mind purchasing this.  However, I don't wear sparkly necklaces too much. But, it's fun to wear it for a while!

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Oh my goodness, this ring. I just said I don't wear sparkly jewelry too much, but I really like this.  I guess sparkly rings are a must.  :)  This is the Melinda Maria Leaf Infinity Pave Ring.  The crystals do not go all the way around the ring, and I kind of like the non-sparkly side a little better.  This is $62 after the 20% member discount, so it's a little expensive for me.  Besides that, it feels about half a size too big.  This will be going back!

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Oh, House of Harlow.  This is the fourth HoH item I've received in my boxes.  I really like the brand's bold, classic style.  In my first box, I was sent the white version of these earrings.  I immediately asked my stylist to find the black ones.  They were out of them for a while, and now I have them!  At $28 after the member discount, I will definitely be keeping these.
I'm actually going to mail my box back today so I can get a new box.  My favorite thing about Rocksbox (besides the jewelry, duh) is that the boxes get mailed so fast.  It only takes a couple days for my box to be sent back, and a couple days later I have a new box.  Seriously.  So.  Much.  Fun.
If you haven't joined Rocksbox yet, you're gonna want to get on that.  On October 8, they will be debuting their new website!  They have a blog post all about why you should join, but let me break it down for you.
#1 I have a referral link that gives you a free month and me a referral credit.
#2 On October 8, every Rocksbox member will receive a shopping spree of either $5, $50, or $500!
#3 Jewelry.  Enough said. Am I right?
Not convinced?  You can see my previous Rockboxes here, here, and here.

My new favorite tee

Summer Casual Fashion

Summer Casual Fashion

Summer Casual Fashion

Summer Casual Fashion

Summer Casual Fashion

Summer Casual Fashion
Tee: Gap (same style, different colors)  // Skirt: J. Crew (via thredUP, similar) // Shoes: Target (old, similar)
Necklace: Caroline Grace (old, w/Facebook coupon code, similar)

Well, time to post all of my summer-y outfits that are already photographed!  North Carolina actually decided to cool down this week.  It makes my goose-bump-covered arms and legs happy.

Ironically, this outfit is my most worn tee shirt and my least worn skirt.  I purchased the tee back in July when Molly and Angela and I went shopping.  They also had a blue version, but they didn't have my size.  I'm still a little sad about that.  When I saw this in the store, I was drawn to the fabric and the almost space-dyed shades of grey.  It has a worn-in texture that makes me feel like I've owned it forever.

This skirt is one that I purchased from thredUP (referral link) towards the beginning of the year.  I am an ever-loving sucker for small details in textiles, and the decorative stitching had me at hello.  I've worn it a grand total of two times, and I wonder if I should get rid of it?

Do you ever keep things just because they're gorgeous ... even if you don't wear it often?

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna.

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Makeup Monday: Recent Skin Care

New Skin Care 1

In case you've never noticed, skin care is kind of my thing.  I absolutely love trying new products to see if they fit in my routine.  Today, I'm going to talk about some recent skin care products I've tried.

New Skin Care 2

Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner

Spoiler alert: this toner is amazing!  This is really great for acne prone skin.  It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.  My skin has been looking pretty good (if I do say so myself) since I started using this.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Tone Perfect Eye Gel Creme

Well, that was a mouthful.  I love hydrated eye creams, and this one fits the bill!  It's pretty thick but absorbs quickly into my skin.  My under eye makeup has been looking better and staying on longer with this.

New Skin Care 3

SOBO Skin Care ULTRA Age Repairing Cream with Resveratrol

This is the latest moisturizer I've tried.  This was sent to me by the company, via Brandbacker.  I've been using it for a little over a week, and I'm already sold on it.  This cream has resveratrol in it, which is found in grapes.  It promotes cell renewal.  In the past, I've had amazing results with products that contain it, so I was quite eager to try it.  It's quite heavy, and my skin loves it.  My skin is combination/oily and dehydrated.  It needs all the moisture it can get!

If you're interested in trying any SOBO Skin Care Products, you can get 25% off your entire first order with the code TRYSOBO.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

This is a recent Birchbox sample.  Shiseido is a brand that I hear a lot about, but I haven't tried a lot of their products.  This is one of those products that you have to use for a while before you see results.  I can report that it smells good, feels good, and it hasn't broken out my skin.  It's supposed to protect your skin from stress (internal and external).  Two thumbs up so far!

Indeed Labs Hydraluron

I've mentioned this before and wanted to mention it again, since I recently started using this every day.  This is hyaluronic acid, which basically attracts all the moisture to your skin.  My skin absolutely loves it.  Like I said before, my skin is dehydrated so I moisturize it as much as I possible can without looking like a shiny oil slick.  This helps my skin to absorb my moisturizer even better.

What skin care products have you been enjoying lately?  I am such a skin care junkie, I'd love to hear about your faves!

Linking up with Molly and Carly.

Thank you so much to SOBO Skin Care and Brandbacker for supporting my skin care addiction and sending me the face cream sample!

Sunday Best

Sunday Best

Dress // Earrings // Clutch // Heels

Yesterday was a casual black and white outfit.  Here is one for when you need to wear your Sunday best.  I think this could also be a mini tribute to the UK, as most of these items are from across the pond.  What is it about English fashion?  I love it all!



Top // Jeans // Clutch // Necklace // Earrings // Sandals

I love wearing black and white.  Not only is it easy to put together an outfit (hello!), but it's also very pretty.  And if you don't want to keep it completely black and white, you can easy peasy throw in another color.  Bam!  Easy weekend outfit.  :)