Monday, December 29, 2014

What I Bought This Month: December Haul

This is my twelfth and final haul post of 2014! I will admit, there were a few times when I didn't want to do these posts anymore because I was embarrassed about how much I bought, but I'm glad I finished out the year. Keeping track of all the items I bought and how much I spent has taught me more about my shopping habits than I would have realized before.

As far as the actual budget goes...I definitely went over for the year. There were two months I went a little crazy, May and November (right before it got hot and right before it got somewhat cold). I think what that shows me is that I have a tendency to shop more when the weather starts to change, and I probably need to compensate for that next year.

Even though I went over my budget this year, I am not going to increase my budget for next year. My plan is to be more mindful of my spending. I want to go back and look at all the pieces I bought and see how much I actually wore them. That will help me figure out what types of items I need to pass on next time I'm tempted. I want to streamline my wardrobe a bit and try to rid myself of the tendency to want to replicate every cute outfit I see. I have faith that I will learn from my past shopping habits and do better at staying on track in 2015!

Here are the details:

1. Black Sweater (Old Navy) - I know I bought a black sweater a few months back, but I decided I don't like the fit of that one. I want to list that one on Poshmark, so I picked this one up from Old Navy since a black sweater is pretty much a staple!

2. Plaid Lace Top (Shopbop, sold out) - It took me a while to track down this top for a reasonable price, and after a mishap where Lord & Taylor shipped me a different item, I found it on Shopbop. Very cute for the holidays! Worn here.

3. Grid Wrap Skirt (Zara) - This was my one of two Black Friday purchases, and I LOVE it! I'm convinced its the cutest skirt I've ever owned. The only problem is that it is made of a fleece material and I'm terrified of spilling on it since I have no idea how a stain would come out of it.

4. Turtleneck Sweater (Forever 21) - This is such a cozy sweater, long enough for leggings and very warm! Its the perfect lazy weekend sweater.

5. Red Sweater (Forever 21) - I thought this would go perfectly with my green and red flannel, as pictured here.

6. Plaid Blazer (Target) - I had a navy plaid blazer from Target from last year, but something about this one drew me in! I sold my other one on Poshmark and got this one. Worn here.

7. Druzy Necklace (Forever 21) - A fun little piece.

8. Mint Necklace (J.Crew Factory) - For $13, I couldn't pass this one up.

9. Plaid Skirt (Forever 21, sold out) - Another great skirt! I love the zipper details. Worn here.

10. Black Bow Flats (Charming Charlie) - My black flats were in desperate need of replacement, and these are perfect. They almost feel a little menswear to me. I normally always wear heels, but I've been wearing these a lot this month. Worn here.

11. Gray Crossbody (Forever 21) - Very Chanel-esque at a great price. Seen here.

12. Cream Sweater (Old Navy) - I realized the cream sweater I bought last year turned a bit gray after washing it, so that needed to be replaced too.

13. Grid Print Skirt (Forever 21, not pictured) - My other Black Friday purchase! I found this gem in store but couldn't find it online. I was bummed because its definitely a piece I would highly recommend! Worn here.

See the rest of my 2014 haul posts here: January | February | March | April | May
June | July | August | September | October | November


  1. I am loving that crossbody bag from Forever 21! So cute, and you're so right, very Chanel-like! I got a gift card for Forever 21 soooo looks like I may have to snag that one! lol

  2. Oooooh #3 is just GORGEOUS! I love that!

  3. I'm over budget for the year too, but cheers to doing better in 2015!

    Dress like an Engineer

  4. I'm sorry you went over budget but this entire list is amazing (I can't even pick a favorite!!!) so I'd say it was worth it! Lots of staples and timeless classics! Have a Happy New Year!

  5. I went over budget this month too! I really love 4 & 7! How do you like the factory mint necklace? Thanks for sharing!

  6. 3, 4 and 12 are all my favourites! Apparently I'm gravitating towards the lighter items.

  7. I have been loving the idea of "winter white" lately, so I am right there with ya!

  8. It feels like a really good quality piece! I don't have many necklaces from J.crew but this one has convinced me I should shop there for jewelry more often.

  9. Thanks Liz! I like to think its worth it too, but that's probably just me rationalizing everything, ha! Happy New Year to you too!

  10. That's exactly the right way to look at it! There is always another year to get on track. Good luck this year :)

  11. Thanks Meghan! I have only worn it twice so far due to my fear of spills but man I love it!

  12. I hope you were able to get the bag! Its a really great size and feels pretty good quality to me :)


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