New York: the shopping

I took a much needed break during “spring break,” a term which technically applies to the undergrads but since we’re first years, our schedules are still “school-esque,” to go to New York!

This was the third time I went to New York for fun and first time I traveled with this particular friend. We had similar priorities… shop and eat, eat and shop. And maybe a museum.

And we did a lot of shopping… but even more eating. 😉 I thought I’d break up the trip into a shopping post and an eating post starting with the shopping post.

We were in New York from Monday night to Thursday noon and we allotted the entirety of Tuesday for shopping, in and around SoHo.

The two stores we wanted to hit up were & Other Stories and COS, both of which are owned by the H&M Group but only recently came to the US, with physical stores found only in New York. We spent about half of our shopping day in & Other Stories and COS. Amazing. Simply amazing.


part of the shoe section at & other stories


October 2014 Clothing Budget

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Serious, serious damage was done this month, people. The shopping addiction that I managed to curb last year is back and rearing its ugly head. I’m a bit disappointed in myself for going way over my clothing budget especially since I overspent in other categories too. Some household supplies were needed and ordered, and a Costco haul happened since my roommate and I planned and hosted a Halloween party for some of our fellow grad students. On the positive side, I feel a lot closer to these people now that I’ve seen them drunk. 😉

Anyway, onto the purchases. The final prices listed include tax and shipping where appropriate. Since I bought so much, I decided to include my main favorite purchases (noted by a *) in the collage.


my tired brain originally called this “November Favorites” but it’s been corrected. sorry for any confusion! lol


September 2014 Clothing Budget

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This month, I realized my school’s basic (free) health insurance plan provides more than enough services for my needs so I’ve decided to add the $50 I was planning to set aside for insurance to my monthly clothing budget resulting in $200/month. Also, in my August budget part 2 post, I gave myself a lump sum of $350 for the next 3 months to buy winter gear, and I’ll be including those purchases in this post as well.

Here’s what I got this month:


September 2014 purchases


August Budget pt. 2: winter gear

Clearly, Tammy and I have both been a little busy as neither of us has posted consistently since August. However, literally the day after making my August budget post, I went crazy and bought a ton of stuff. Like a ton. Sigh. So I’m already rethinking my $150 clothing budget especially since one of those items was already $150.

As I’ve mentioned many times, I recently moved to the Midwest, where things get ridiculously cold. I got a taste of the cold weather last January/February (a week after the polar vortex) when I did my interview at my school (which I’m loving so far, by the way), and I knew that my West Coast (Best Coast!) gear (aka cardigans, wool sweaters and like three jackets/coats) would not cut it. And as many winter/heavy duty clothing items cost a whole lot more than normal, I realized my $150 total clothing budget is also not going to cut it. So I’ve decided to set aside a lump sum of $350 for “necessary/winter clothing” and I’ve given myself three months (September -November) to prepare for the cold.

So my future budget posts will contain two parts: 1) $150/mo for normal clothing purchases and 2) $350/3mo for winter gear.

Here’s my tentative list of things I should probably buy. Any input/recs would be welcome!

1. coats
I’m looking to get 1) a heavy-duty down insulated coat and 2) a lightweight down insulated coat(s). And then just layer the hell out of things. I think I got the heavy-duty jacket covered but I’m searching for a lighter weight one. Thinking about getting a Uniqlo one but idk yet.

2. wool socks
I have two pairs of Smartwool socks, but I think I should get a few more just in case I need to layer them.

3.winter boots
My waterproof boots + wool socks did not work so well last winter. Definitely going to need insulated or lined boots. I ordered a pair of Sorel boots that I’ve had my eye on, but I’m not sure if the sizing will work out.

4. rain boots
I have a pair of waterproof boots but they only come up to my ankle and are more style > function. I’m thinking of getting a pair of short Hunters. Tammy got a pair last year and I wanted to steal them off her feet haha I also don’t want to wear my winter boots everytime it rains.

5. gloves
I have a fleece pair that is supposed to be warm, but I feel like they’re still a bit thin. Want/need more heavy-duty gloves to protect my poor phalanges. And since I mainly work with my hands, frostbite would be the end of my grad school career lol… but seriously though.

6. scarves (optional)
After my Madewell splurge a while ago, I feel like I have enough scarves but I already bought another one, so you never know.

Like I mentioned, I bought a few things already, but I’ll include them in next month’s budget post.


August 2014 Clothing Budget

Since my last budget post, I’ve moved across the country, set up my new living space and got all settled in in this sleepy but charming town.

Last month, I definitely went over my proposed $150 clothing budget by about $150 so I decided to go on a clothing-buying ban. Which has worked out since I was busy most of the entire month of August packing and shipping stuff and didn’t have time to shop. And while I’ve looked up the malls and shopping centers near me, I have yet to go check them out (still trying to figure out public transportation routes).

However, darn you labor day sales! They came right at the end of this month and some things I’ve been eying (there’s that word yet again) went on sale and I couldn’t resist. So I made an Old Navy purchase but since it hasn’t shipped, let alone arrived yet, I’m not counting them as part of my August budget. And I got a potential winter coat. They’ll be included in next month’s post since I don’t know if I’ll be keeping everything. I also bought a few posters for my new room but I have a separate “entertainment” (lol) section of my budget for those but I’ll also share them here next month because they’re too awesome not to share.

My budget: $150 $0 (self declared shopping ban)

Spent: $0

So I’m declaring this a successful budgeting month haha (despite the near $1000 my parents graciously spent getting me furniture and basic living supplies ._. The little things add up!)

Here’s a photo of my hallway to keep this from being a photo-less post:


my “back yard” is a mini forest. nature!

I’m also putting a post together about moving if you’re interested in that, so stay tuned. I haven’t had much time to flesh it out since it’s been a busy 2.5 weeks and classes start in a few days.

Linking up with other budgeting bloggers over at Franish. 🙂

July 2014 Clothing Budget

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In two months time, I’ll start receiving my graduate student stipend, and this will be the first time I’ll have a fixed month-to-month income and not have my parents provide me with my spending money.

I thought now would be a good time to start keeping account of my monthly clothing purchases. I’ve already drawn up an Excel spreadsheet listing my estimated monthly income, and I’m going to try to keep my clothing budget to $150 (maybe less, have to gauge things a bit) a month starting in August, but for July, I just want to see where I currently stand.

Keep in mind July was/is always a big spending month for me. July 4th sales plus other big sales nudge me into spending more than most months. I also made about $100 this month from selling some clothes from my stockpile of clothes that are like new or new and just sitting in my closet unworn (recently accepted I’m likely a low level hoarder), but I try to save this money rather than spend it.

What I got this month (pricing guide: original price final price including 8.75% sales tax): (more…)

My Everlane Closet

OK, I’m alive – really I am. Kind of winded by the impending end of classes and my rotations, but it’ll be fine. It’s crazy that my first year of grad school is coming to a close! Soon I’ll have to choose a dissertation lab and start research for real – eep!

But enough chit chat, here’s the clothes.

In my defense, most of my clothing purchases in the past three months were from Everlane. I got maybe a cami and a few thrift store purchases, but that’s it for clothes! Really it is! (more…)

Review: Everlane Short Sleeve Sweatshirt in black

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Oops. It’s been a while. I’m currently in Taiwan and haven’t had time to get on the internet, let alone type something up. I’m staying at my aunt’s/grandma’s and I’m in the room that’s furthest from the router and therefore, I’m in the only room in the whole apartment without a wi-fi signal so I’ve been just keeping up with things via my my phone from the living room. Anyway, I finally have a few spare hours at night where I’m not exhausted so I thought I’d finally add pictures to this post and finally publish it.

So… I placed another Everlane order. The short sleeve sweatshirt and boyfriend sweatshirt are finally back in stock in all three colors (heather gray, black and blue).

As mentioned in my last Everlane review post, I’ve been pining for the short sleeve sweatshirt in black for a while now. IIRC, originally, a March 31 restock date was planned but was pushed back until April 14. So when April 14 came around, I quickly put in my order so I could get it before leaving for Taiwan next week. In addition to the short sleeve sweatshirt in black, I picked up another u-neck tee, in navy this time around, as it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite clothing colors.


Review & comparison: Everlane U-neck in white. A long post.

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Warning, like I said, long post ahead. As in my internet/wordpress freezes once every three letters I type until my browser finally crashed… seems to be doing a bit better. Post is heavy in content and especially pictures. FYI- All my photos are taken with my iPhone 4S camera; I just forgot to properly caption them all in PS.

I know many people on the internet have covered Everlane and their business model/idea. But I really wanted to do my own post about the company and the shirt I bought a few months ago that I wasn’t expecting to like as much as I do.

For those who don’t know/haven’t heard about Everlane, they are a company all about “radical transparency.” They’re all about finding factories to produce designer-quality goods and sell them at non-designer prices (not as marked up as designer goods). On their About page, they state, “We believe customers have the right to know what their products cost to make. At Everlane we reveal our true costs, and then we show you our markup.” However, I can’t actually find a page where they explicitly state how much it costs to make items and how much they mark it up. I think they recently changed their website because I remember seeing these costs listed months ago. They sell clothes (mainly tops) for both women and men.

If you’re curious, check out their tumblr where they make awesome graphics detailing the cost/pricing process for some of their items. They also have a cool page about their various factories that produce different products. And here’s their page (pictures galore!) that walks you through how their tees are made. I’m assuming they try to find ethically sourced labor.

Now onto the review-ish part of this post…