Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 2016 Budget

And it's already time for the May budget. Can someone please explain to me how that happened?

May 2016 Budget | Something Good, old navy, j.crew, j.crew factory, peplum, swing, cardigan, women, fashion, style, clothing, clothes, shoes,

Total Spent

Total Earned

Total Remaining in 2nd Quarter

I'm actually really proud of this month's budget/quarter. Why? I feel like I finally got my ish together this month when it came to budgeting my wardrobe.

Instead of just putting items into my budgeting and then finding out when I added up the total that "whoooops! I spent too much!" I took a different approach to it. I keep an excel document on my google drive where I track each month's purchases and how much I have remaining in that month's budget. I use to put in the purchases once I decided I was keeping something and then move on. This month, I tried something a little different. Every time I ordered something, I would put it and the price into my budget sheet immediately.

I feel like doing this started to change my outlook almost immediately. I started to see purchases adding up before I ever even received the items in the mail and I would start to have an idea of what I could keep if I wanted to stay under budget. I found myself taking a much harder look at everything I wanted to keep and figure out if I really wanted it or not. I did end up with a few more items this month than last month, but I felt much better about what I had at t the end of the month. Plus, I came in under budget!

So what did you get this month? Anything good??


The Design to Grow Link Up

It's a double post day! I'll be sharing my May budget in a few hours, but first I wanted to share my post for the Design to Grow Link Up.

This month, Lindsay posed the question to us: why did you start your blog?

The Design to Grow Link Up | Something Good

It's a funny story for me actually, because my blog had two beginnings. I originally started Something Good at the beginning of 2012. I was right in the middle of grad school and I wanted to hold myself accountable for trying new recipes and DIY's. I created Something Good as a place for me to share those recipes and crafts that I was trying. I help up posting through the summer, but when my second year of grad school started, I knew I wasn't going to have any time to keep going, so the project was abandoned. If you're bored and want to see some bad photography, go to the recipes section and go back to the first recipe in there. (I'm in a giving mood right now, so here's a shortcut.)

In August 2013, Something Good got it's second start. By this point I was out of grad school and in a new job. While I enjoyed that job so far, I felt like I had no creative outlet. While I was in school, I had found different outlets, but in the real world? Nada. I had been reading style blogs for many years at that point (since 2009 or 2010), so I figured why not start one myself? I had a camera phone and a mirror, so I started back up again. I loved getting to play around with html on the site (nerd status) and put together fun clothing combinations to share. I didn't really have any goals for it to be honest. I just wanted something to do in the free time that I had.

Since I didn't have any goals for the blog when it first started, I was given a freedom to play with it however I wanted. I wasn't planning on making any money off of it, which provided me with a freedom that I'm thankful for now. With the second birth of the blog, I mostly wanted to talk about style, but I'm happy that I can now also talk about other things I'm interested in like philanthropy, books, budgeting, and recipes.

Looking back, would I have started my blog under different circumstances? Maybe. If I hadn't had free time during my first job, I don't know if it would've been revived. While I was in school, I have a feeling that no matter what, I would've started some sort of blog. A little part of me is actually curious why it took me so long to actually getting around to posting outfit pictures. It probably was because of insecurity, but I'm glad that I was able to move past that and grow a little more confident about my space on the internet.

If you have a blog, why did you start it? If you don't, how did you start reading them?

Also, check out what some of the other bloggers in the link up said!


Monday, May 23, 2016

The Banana Republic Button Up

If you're following on instagram or snapchat (username danaerinw), then you might have seen that my shoe collection got a major clean out this weekend. 

The Banana Republic Button Up | Something Good, banana republic dillon-fit windowpane shirt, button up, women, fashion, clothing, clothes, style, spring style, american eagle outfitters, jeans, saddle bag, crossbody bag, t-strap sandals


Saturday, May 21, 2016

How to Pick the Perfect Shoes For a Summer Wedding

Today's post is actually an update from a post I did almost two years ago (whaaat) about how to pick what shoes you're going to wear to a wedding. With more weddings starting to pop up all over the place and summer weddings on the horizon, I thought this would be a perfect piece to bring back and do a little update.

How to Pick the Perfect Shoes For a Summer Wedding | Something Good, heels, wedges, sandals, farm wedding, beach wedding, outdoor wedding