Loving Lately, Shopping Edition (8/8/2014)

I’m going to be completely upfront with you – I’ve been on a bit of a shopping binge this past month. I’ve said this time and again but I honestly do manage my finances well. This post, however, may make you doubt me because it’s as materialistic as it gets! I cleaned out my entire closet a few months ago and have slowly been building up my wardrobe from scratch ever since. It’s an investment right? Plus, all the sales reeled me in and almost all of the following items were purchased at a discounted price.

Silk Top

J.Crew silk cami

I’ve been lusting after this gorgeous silk cami (in neon papaya) ever since I tried it on with my mom a few months ago at J.Crew. So when the top went on sale I immediately took the plunge and ordered it. It’s absolutely stunning in real life and the material practically sparkles in the sun. I actually wore it on my birthday too! #obsessed

Various Shirts


I’ve been pretty lucky lately with scoring some great, unique tops for killer sale prices. The grey top is J.Crew, the fancy periwinkle blue one is from Express, and the sheer white one is an awesome find from T.J. Maxx. Winning!

Simple Black Dress

H&M simple black dress

I have to admit that I totally copied my sister here. I’ve been on the hunt for a simple and casual tight black dress and found the exact one my sister bought 1+ year ago at H&M. Just as she did, I actually ended up purchasing two of them to wear at the same time since the thin material would be see-through otherwise. At $13 per dress this was totally doable and worth it!

White Lace Dress

ASTR white lace dress

I actually hated the dress when I first tried it on, mainly because the black tube top under-layer was too short and small. A few days later I tried the dress on again with the black H&M dress (see above) as the base layer and it completely changed my opinion. My mom actually convinced me to keep the dress, especially because I scored a great sale price on it during the Nordstrom anniversary sale!

Striped Pajama Dress

striped pajamas

I have a thing for baggy pajamas and this one is no exception. It’s incredibly cozy and looks great!

Classy Black Shorts

Express black shorts

I bought these shorts two weeks ago and have been obsessively wearing them ever since. Seriously though, I’ve only owned them for about fourteen days and have worn them 75% of this timeframe.

Skinny Black Jeans

Madewell black skinny jeans

I have some serious beef with jean shopping. In short, I absolutely hate it! But when I slipped into these skintight black beauties from Madewell I let out a gasp. They are so flattering and versatile! I can already tell they’ll be a staple in my closet.

Dusty Pink Leather Bracelet

Rebecca Minkoff leather bracelet

I bought this dusty pink leather Rebecca Minkoff bracelet on a whim during the Nordstrom sale (damn you anniversary sale!) and ultimately chose to keep it. My obsession with rose gold lives on…

Black Booties

BP black booties

It took me a while to jump on the bootie bandwagon but I finally caved during the Nordstrom anniversary sale (yup, again) and ordered these black booties. The price was right and the shoe stole my heart. Fall, I’m ready for you!

Vince Camuto Black Boots

Vince Camuto black boots

You guys these boots. These boots! My mom gifted me these for my birthday and I absolutely cannot wait to wear them. They are so stunning and they go over-the-knee, which is so sexy. I’ll make sure to show them off with a nice pair of jeans when the weather is right.

Ok so I might have taken it a bit overboard these past few weeks but I can’t help that I like nice things! Please don’t judge me for embracing sales. However, it’s time to put myself on a bit of a spending freeze until at least the end of summer or as long as I can last. The only item I still truly need is a bathing suit because I have one from three years ago and it’s in shambles. Everything else will simply be a “want” and not a “need” item.

Are you a shopping addict? What is the last item you purchased?

♥ Irina


  1. August 8, 2014 / 10:48 am

    I think the last thing I purchased other than groceries was Body Glide. Hahaha. #marathontraining 😛 Then again I’m really not much of a clothes-purchaser. I overthink things WAY too much (“But will I *really* wear it? And what will I wear it with? Don’t I already own something this color? And it costs money.”) which tends to result in me buying nothing at all. Unless we want to talk about frozen yogurt…I buy a lot of that 😉

    • August 11, 2014 / 12:55 pm

      Haha I need to take example from you!! My shopping addiction always seems to get out of control during the warmer months, and I always seem to find some sort of justification for purchasing whatever it may be I probably don’t even need. I think I’ve finally reached a good point in my shopping skill where I know whether something is “worth it” or not. Now froyo…that requires a whole new separate budget!

  2. August 8, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    H&M had a huge sale last month at my local mall which was amazing. I made out with a blazer for $5, some basic tops for $2, and two dresses for $7 each 😀 !!

    • August 11, 2014 / 12:58 pm

      Whaaat I need to visit H&M more often!! I actually found that I tend to overspend more on “cheaper” items (if that makes any sense) and those are the items that I most often rarely wear. It’s as if the more thought and money I put into purchasing clothing, the more likely I will actually wear it often. But damn….those prices are unbeatable!

  3. August 8, 2014 / 9:19 pm

    Oh my – I love those black shorts as well. I have a similar pair and the cut is just perfect, not to mention the pockets are perfect! I’m a shopping addict through and through – right now I can’t buy enough wedges and iPhone covers 🙂

    • August 11, 2014 / 12:59 pm

      Agreed and agreed! I’m seriously obsessed and wear the shorts almost every day. At least they’re simple and black so people hopefully can’t tell I keep repeating the same pair right? Shopping addicts unite!

      Also, welcome back 🙂 🙂