January purchase round-up

Here are my clothes/beauty purchases from January 2014. Can’t believe we’re already one month into the new year! I hope that February brings some higher temperatures because I am so bored of wearing pants, sweaters, and flats/boots every single day. But I’d rather not freeze all day at work so long pants it is, I guess. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to wear all my new stuff in OOTD posts soon!

From Banana Republic I ordered:

“Anna” Merino Wool cardigan in black — I generally get a size XS in most BR stuff, but I read some reviews that suggested to size up if you’re between sizes and want to wear their cardigan with a long sleeved top underneath so I ordered the S instead. I think it was the right decision, as when I tried it on I noticed there would be enough room through the back, shoulders, and upper arms to accommodate a long sleeved shirt. But at the same time, it didn’t seem to be too big through the waist.

Extra-fine Merino Wool Vee in Orange — I ordered this in an XS but I am not sure if I love the fit. Maybe I should have sized up here too. But more than that, I wasn’t happy with the quality, the fabric is thinner than you would expect and it’s basically see-through through the chest. Yikes! This one may go back to the store, I don’t know yet.

Gemma Geo-Print Wrap Dress — I also ordered this in an XS. The fit is appropriate. I think the S would have been far too big through the waist. I have a faux-wrap dress from Kohl’s in a size S and I end up having to pull it extra across my waist or else it gaps through the chest, which is so not a good look. I will say when I tried it on it was longer than the photo, which is fine by me, I don’t like my dresses to be much above the knee anyway.

From J. Crew I ordered these items:

Boy Shirt in bird print — This is super cute in person. The print isn’t “in your face” but it’s definitely noticeable up close. I ordered a size 2 and it fit perfectly, just like the rest of the J. Crew size 2 shirts that I own. The fabric is quite thin so I imagine I’ll have to be somewhat careful washing it, but on the plus side, the silk/cotton blend doesn’t seem like it will get extremely wrinkly.

Kiki glitter ballet flats — I ordered these in the dark blue color, but it looks like they’re out. I got the 8.5 (marked as 8H on the website, but when you get the box it says 8.5 … stop being so difficult J. Crew!) and though I haven’t worn them out, have just tried them on, they seemed to fit well.

I also made a special trip to TJ Maxx this month to pick up a new purse, and ended up with this Michael Kors tote in a gorgeous medium green.

It’s a very good size inside, very roomy but yet the bag itself is not heavy which is awesome.

Side note, I love TJ Maxx for purses. Between TJ Maxx and the outlets, I own 2 Kate Spades, a Coach, and a Michael Kors, all of which I’ve bought since 2010, and I haven’t paid full price for any of it. I’m so spoiled, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pay full retail for a handbag ever again unless it was something high-end and even then, RueLaLa and Gilt sometimes have deals anyway.

Also, sunglasses. I don’t remember the brand on these but it’s nothing special. They were about $10. My old pair broke, and my backup pair was starting to leave red marks on the bridge of my nose!

I also bought 5 nail polishes, 2 from Butter London which I bought on Hautelook and 3 from Zoya through their “3 free” promo. I haven’t had a chance to use them apart from Fishwife which I reviewed a few posts ago.

Whew! I think I need to go on a spending freeze next month … Aw who am I kidding, I already spent $60 at Ulta today, lol. But maybe after that?

What did you guys haul this month? Any good purchases?

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