A little black dress ruined my budget. It all started rather innocently. I had a wedding to go to and I wanted to look good. Instead of purchasing a new dress, I decided to wear a little black dress I bought a year ago. At the time it seemed like this would be a cost saving tactic.
I was wrong. Oh, so wrong!
First I thought I would just need some shoes and maybe a new purse. I found the purse first–a cute Jessica McClintock clutch for $15.99 at TJ Maxx, which was more that I wanted to spend, but it made the dress more unique.
Then came the shoes. My only qualifications that they had to be any color but black. I searched and searched AND searched for a suitable pair and found them at TJ Maxx twenty five miles away from my house. The shoes set me back $40.
After the shoes came the jewelry. I opted for just earrings and the hunt took forever because I immediately ruled out pearls (too expected) and cheap costume jewelry (easily broken). I finalized on purples studs with sparkles for $24.00, also from TJ Maxx. Unfortunately, the back would not stay on one of the earrings, so I had to return them, which is why there are no photos.
After everything was purchased and I thought I was done, I realized that it was going to be cold in Pittsburgh and that I would need a sweater. I wanted what can only be described as a long cardigan without buttons that matched the color scheme of my purse and shoes. After 3 hours, I found what I was looking for at The Loft. Another $35 gone.
In that same shopping trip, I visited to the MAC cosmetics counter for the first time in over 10 years and asked if I could see the new Pro Longwear Foundation. The makeup artist applied that along with two other foundations. Of the three, I ended liking the Studio Tech cream foundation the best. At first I didn’t think much of it, but when I got home, I looked in the mirror and was stunned to see how flawless my skin looked. I went back out to the store and purchased the foundation. Goodbye $29!
$144 later, I was ready to go to Pittsburgh. I loved my outfit, though, and the accessories completed the look. I wish it cost less in the end, but, as they say down South, “It Is What It Is.” I’ve wore both the sweater and shoes to work this past week and got compliments on both, so I suppose it was money well spent.
Next time I just hope I don’t blow my budget.