March Shopping & a DSLR Giveaway

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Another month has come and gone. March was full of a lot of ups and downs in my personal life, and I’m happy to report that it didn’t seem to affect my shopping in a negative way. I did buy a few things towards the end of the month, so hopefully April won’t be terrible… but with spring coming, I always find a few new trends I want to try, and it’s hard to resist the end of the month sales.

Anyways, onto what I got with my allotted budget ($175) this month!

March Shopping Budget & Haul - What I Bought / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog

What I Bought

Sears: I bought a few things from Sears after seeing a fellow style blogger Instagram some items she was trying on there. I was shocked to see some cute pieces, including this jumpsuit. I have a few more items coming, but unfortunately they got broken into multiple shipments so I haven’t been able to try them yet. Hate when that happens! (-$22)

DailyLook: When I originally signed up for DailyLook to try out the Elite Box, they apparently gave me $5 credit. They sent me an email letting me know my credit was about to expire, so I picked this Skull Scarf which ended up costing nothing! (Free)

Nordstrom: I hit up the Clinique #StartBetter Beauty Event early last month, and during the event they had a gift with purchase offer. Of course I had to stock up on a few new and old favorites like the All About Shadow Eyeshadow in Black Honey, Mild Clarifying Lotion, and All About Eyes Eye Cream. Two are replenishments, so my splurge here was the eyeshadow. (-$16.50)

Dibs! Kitten: Silly name, but fun Facebook boutique group that tempts me with some cute clothing and accessories. ;) I got a Skies are Blue top and a fox necklace this month. (-$40)

Target: You may recognize these Lakitia Sandals from Instagram if you follow me. While tempting to keep both, I decided to keep the black ones! (-$15)

March Shopping Budget & Haul - What I Returned / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog

What I Returned

Kohls: Everything I bought last month went back. The necklace arrived broken. While soft, the top had too much of that high-low thing happening. How I wish that trend would die off, it’s really not flattering on petites unless tucked in. The jeans were not only unflattering, but also not the color I was looking for. The jogger pants were cute but my butt, for once, was too big for something. ;)

Target: I thought this black and white belt would be cute to belt my flare jeans. Unfortunately, the width was much smaller than expected, so I returned it. I also returned the brown version of the Lakitia sandals, as mentioned above.

Forever 21: I bought these gray jeans last month, but realized that they outside tags were mislabeled and they were 2 sizes too small. I returned them and picked up this embroidered denim shift dress. I didn’t have time to try it on, and got it home and the fit was awful, so I returned it too. Whoops.

March Shopping Budget & Haul - What I Received / hellorigby seattle fashion and lifestyle blog

What I Received

I added this section a few months ago in the spirit of transparency, not to humble brag. I feel very fortunate for all the opportunities blogging has brought me, and I only wish to disclose that these items were gifted to me.

Rack Room Shoes: I absolutely love working with Rack Room Shoes! They have a great selection of all kinds of footwear, including athletic shoes like these Asics Gel Super J33 that I picked out and styled here, and some fun trendy shoes for spring like the Steve Madden Marlinn Sandals and these cobalt Jessica Simpson Jonii Pumps which you’ll be seeing later this month. All of these fit true to size, and I wear my normal 6.5 in each of them.

Rocksbox: I’ve been a paid Rocksbox subscriber for about a year and a half now, but they recently contacted me to join their IT Girl Program and review their subscription. So while I did have an extra 3 months tacked onto my current subscription, I can easily recommend this to everyone regardless. I’ll be doing a full review of my latest sets in the coming week. If you’re curious to try it out now, use code HELLORIGBYXOXO for a free month.
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…And if you’re on a budget but want to trade in your current camera (or move past the camera phone with something a little shinier) how about entering to win a Canon T5i from The Freckled Fox and friends?

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The nitty-gritty details:
– the giveaway will run for ten days after which the winner will be selected at random, contacted, and announced via this post, the post of the day, and all social media outlets! 
– Again this is open internationally! hooray!
– The winner will receive the Canon Rebel T5i in a kit with an 18-135mm lens, a battery and a battery charger, camera case, tripod, SD card, lens cleaner, and lens hood:) 

– Winner’s entry will be verified before the public announcement.


How did you do with your spending budget this month? I’d love to hear about what you got!

28 thoughts on “March Shopping & a DSLR Giveaway

  1. Julie

    I have my budget post planned for tomorrow but I know I definitely went over what I should have spent. lol! I got a bit carried away this month. That is a shame about that necklace, it’s so pretty. I hate when that happens!

    1. Jenn Post author

      Haha, it happens! I’ve gone overboard way too many months, I figure if I’m under now it just makes up for it. ;)

  2. Chelsie

    Rocksbox is seriously my new love. I can’t get enough of it; it is well worth the money! Also, those colored heels are to die for! I hope April is a bit of a better month for you, personally!

  3. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    I love All About Eyes. I used that for years and always think of going back to it.

    The best stuff I bought in March actually came from LOFT outlet. I found more stuff I liked there than in the regular store.

    Here’s to a great April!

    1. Jenn Post author

      I have a bunch of samples I am finishing up now, and it’s still my favorite in spite of all the others! It’s just…magical!
      I love Loft, and their outlet is great! I picked up a cute necklace and sweater there last month (that I now realize I forgot to add… oops!) for about $15!

  4. kristen

    oh my goodness, what a great giveaway. the chances are so slim, but how can you not enter, right? anyway. i had some ups and downs in my life this month as well, unfortunately they definitely impacted my spending.. in a bad way, oops! that jumpsuit is super cute, hate when things get split up into different shipments!

    1. Jenn Post author

      Haha I know right? Good luck Kristen!
      Bummer about the ups and downs – fingers crossed April is a better month for us both!

  5. Breenah

    Haha, I did the same thing with my DailyLook credit, although on some pants that I hope will fit. Although, if not they were free, so no big.

  6. Carly Blogs Here

    I love the sandals from Target and the jumpsuit is such a great find- I would have never thought to look at Sears! I had really bad luck ordering from h&m this month and didn’t realize you can’t return online orders in store :( I had a similar incident with a shirt being sooo long in the back!

    1. Jenn Post author

      Oh no! I didn’t know that either, that sucks! Sending orders back via the mail is expensive too, what a bummer.

  7. Morgan

    I would DIE if I won this!!! My iPhone is out of memory, which makes phone picture taking prettyyyy tough! Also, I couldn’t enter for Missy Sue’s Instagram or YouTube because the link appears broken. I followed through with all of the other entries. FINGERS CROSSED!!

    1. Jenn Post author

      Oh no! That’s the worst. I ran out of memory on my previous iPhone so I feel your pain. Sorry about the broken links, wish I could fix it! Good luck!

  8. Kim Pincombe Cole

    I’ve noticed that Sears has stepped up their fashion game (seeing lots of great insta outfits)!

    1. Jenn Post author

      Seriously! I was so shocked to see some of the stuff they had. Unfortunately a lot of it didn’t work for me, but I did end up with a couple of cute pieces for spring!


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