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July Budget

30th July 2014

It’s that time again… time to be real about how much I spent in July. As you may know by now, every month I link up with Fran to share what I bought during the month. I include any and all clothing, shoes, accessories, and beauty products I purchase, but do give myself a break if I run out of the “essentials”.

For July, I gave myself a budget of $200. Last month I did really well by going under, so technically I had a bit more than that to work with. :)

Here’s what I bought with my July Budget:

July Budget / Budgeting Bloggers / hellorigby!

  1. IWYP “Blogging is My Cardio” tee $25
  2. I went thrifting and picked up a similar Tribal Print Romper for $4
  3. I went a little crazy with Golden Tote this month and bought a large tote + add-on. I ended up selling 2 of my 7 items, spending a total of $99
  4. I picked up a basic high/low tee from Nordstrom Rack for $15
  5. I went a little nuts at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but lucky for my wallet, quite a bit was ill-fitting. I kept this plaid button up for $25, this peplum print top for $22, and this waffle knit cardigan for $32. I’m nice and splurged on a few things for Dave too. (This hoodie and this button up, if you’re curious.)
  6. I stopped by Lush and grabbed the Popcorn Lip Scrub for $9, and their Tea Tree Toner for $10.
  7. Last but not least, I scored this BHA Liquid from Paula’s Choice for $10 on super sale. (Thanks for the tip, Rebecca!)

I spent $251 this month, but was able to sell $75 worth of clothing, bringing my total damages to $176. Woohoo, another successful budgeting month!

Since I’m traveling to Dallas next month, I’m going to let that weekend slide, but otherwise I’m committing to a budget of $150, plus the leftovers from this month ($24). We’ve got another trip planned in September, so time to crack down on the spending. :)

How did you do this month?

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Birchbox July 2014 / hellorigby!

Birchbox July 2014

29th July 2014

It’s that time of the month again… no, not that time. Time to reveal what my Birchbox contained, silly!

To recap, for $10 monthly, Birchbox will ship a box of 4-5 deluxe sample sizes (and sometimes full size items!) to your door. You won’t know what you get until it comes (unless you cheat and look online early) and they send you items based on your beauty profile. So without further ado, my Birchbox:

Birchbox July 2014

Birchbox July 2014 / hellorigby!

As a bonus to this month’s box, there was also a card included for a free year subscription to Women’s Health magazine. Pretty sweet deal!

Dr. Brandt Pores No More / Birchbox July 2014 / hellorigby! Dr. Brandt Pores No More – I was excited to see this because I’d heard all sorts of great things. Sadly, its not for me. I have dry skin around my nose and chin (where I’m treating breakouts) and this is better for oily skin than dry/combo skin. The texture of this is matte, it goes on smooth and I can see this would be great for most people, just not for my skin. (.25 oz / Value $9.25)

Laqa & Co. Lip Lube + Swatch in Menatour / Birchbox July 2014 / hellorigby! Laqa & Co. Lip Lube in Menatour – I was so thrilled to see this in my box. I’ve been dying for a purple lip color, because I’m weird like that. I love this. The only thing I don’t love is that the formula does contain Propylparaben, which I try to avoid. (.07 oz / Value $18)

Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel / Birchbox July 2014 / hellorigby! Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel – Okay, I’m such a weirdo but this peel is fun. You spread it on for about 30 seconds, then rub it in. Then you rub it plus any dead skin off your face. I’d say its similar to the feeling of pulling off one of those Biore nose strips. Fun in a weird way, right? (.1 oz / Value $4.80)

Number 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect / Birchbox July 2014 / hellorigby! Number 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect – This hair mist smells really… interesting. I’m not quite sure how to describe it, it’s not bad, but it’s definitely different. I haven’t had much of a chance to try this out, but it seems to do what it says. (1 fl oz / Value $4.73)

Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Rosary / Birchbox July 2014 / hellorigby! Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Rosary – This is a pretty dark rose metallic shade. Love it. This is my second polish from Ruffian, the first was back in my very first Birchbox! Aw, memories. Anyways, I love Ruffian’s formula, it’s long lasting and their shades are always on point. (.17 oz / Value $11)

Ruffian Dressing Room Nail Lacquer Remover Towelettes / Birchbox July 2014 / hellorigby! Ruffian Dressing Room Nail Lacquer Remover Towelette – I haven’t used this yet… but it definitely looks like the perfect travel companion! I’m sure it will save me when I ruin my nails while traveling next month. (1 ct / Value $1.20)

This may be my favorite Birchbox yet. Not only did I score some great products, but the total value is unreal. For $10, I got two full sized products, a magazine subscription, plus some other awesome samples worth over $58. Crazy.

Did you get Birchbox this month? What was your favorite item?

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Don't Try So Hard / hellorigby!

I’m Basic, and That’s Okay.

28th July 2014

I keep hearing this term “basic” and “basic b*tch” again lately, probably because Lauren Conrad recently responded on Twitter to Allure Magazine. But what does that even mean? And why is there yet another way to label women?

Urban Dictionary defines a “basic b*tch” several ways, but I think the best description is this: just an extra regular female”

Well, I guess I’m basic. But I think I’m in good company, because I’ve always liked Lauren. Whatever.

It’s funny, because after seeing these articles popping up, I started really thinking of myself as basic. I even posted this picture on Instagram and captioned it “looking pretty #basic today, but so be it.” I’m not a fan of labels, but for some reason I thought that this made sense and that it was okay to label myself that way. Like what made me feel basic that day? Was it because it was Monday and I was tired? Wearing glasses? Not wearing a ton of bright-colored eyeshadows or falsies (which never happens, btw)? I have no idea, but I think it’s silly and more importantly, WHO CARES?

When I saw that Kate, Jackie, and Nicole were hosting the Don’t Try So Hard link up, I thought it was a great opportunity to think more about this whole basic thing, and about beauty/style in general. Why does our society put so much pressure to label each other? I’d rather much rather just be Jenn, not basic, and definitely not anything with b*tch in the name.

Part of the challenge of Don’t Try So Hard is to, well, not try so hard. Show ourselves for who we are, without all the muss and fuss of blow outs, make up, and fancy clothes. Let’s be real, I never get blow outs, I do my make up basically the same way everyday, and you know what I wear, it’s not particularly fancy. But, here’s me without any of that:

Don't Try So Hard / hellorigby!
Okay, I may have a TINY bit of makeup clinging to my eyeballs, but this is me after washing my face off.

A feature I’ve always appreciated about myself is my eyes. I’ve gotten compliments on their large size since I was little. It used to make me feel uncomfortable, because people would say things like “whoa, your eyes are huge!” to a 5-year-old, but over time you get used to people who… well, put their foot in their mouth for a lack of a better term.

I do have insecurities though. My skin, for one, has been my enemy lately. I have no idea why it’s decided to wage some kind of war, but it has, and it’s obnoxious. I always thought I’d be done with the zit thing by now, but nope. I’m 25 and I’m still breaking out like a hormonal teenager. Awesome. While it sucks and has taken some of my confidence lately, I’m trying to focus on the things I can control, like what I’m fueling my body with – eating more fruits/veggies and drinking more water.

I think the best part of the #donttrysohard concept is that none of us are perfect. We all battle insecurities, whether its our nose, our skin, our hair texture, or whether we’ve been called a term like “basic,” we’re all unique. Whether you identify as basic, edgy, trendy, cool, everyone is beautiful in their own unique way. We’re all different, and I don’t think we should try to fit ourselves into any one mold. I mean really, how boring would that be?

What’s your favorite feature? What do you think about the whole “basic” concept?

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Lace, Track Pant, Fedora / Summer Beach Look / hellorigby!

Track Pants + the Beach on Lummi Island

25th July 2014

Before we left Lummi Island, we had to explore the beach! There’s a little private access trail right across the road from the Willows Inn, so after our breakfast fail, we took to the trail. This gorgeous beach was our reward… now if only Washington beaches weren’t so rocky! Ouch.

Lace, Track Pant, Fedora / Summer Beach Look / hellorigby!

They are still pretty darn pretty though. I suppose that makes up for the 5 million rocks that made their way into my sandals.

Lummi Island Beach / hellorigby!
Lace, Track Pant, Fedora / Summer Beach Look / hellorigby! Um, no, I am not picking my nose, but pushing my sunglasses up. Thanks, Dave, for telling me what it really looked like. Boys, I tell ya.

So these track pants have a small story. You’ll know by now that I have a small obsession with Golden Tote. Well, I didn’t purchase the tote that these came in (hi, budget, you’re fun.) but I had to have these when I saw them. So, I waited until someone listed them for sale in the trade group (yeah, they have their own Facebook group for other addicts) and snapped these up. No regrets, they feel like soft pajama pants yet somehow are flattering AND make me feel taller. Optical illusion from the pattern maybe? I don’t know, but I hope they make more of these in all of the colors.

Track Pants, Lace, + Fedora / Beach Look / hellorigby!

What I’m Wearing:
Pants: Priddy by Puella via Golden Tote
Top: Forever 21 (Similar)
Sandals: Birkenstock
Hat: Merona (Similar)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Wayfarers and Baseball Cap / Beach Look / hellorigby!

Oh, and Dave even let me snap a few shots. Actually, he asked me to. He wants a new picture for his SoundCloud account for his DJ endeavors. What a nerd. Just kidding, I think its pretty cool. It’s like the boy equivalent of blogging, except he’s been doing it way longer than I have. Like, 14 years. Yeah, he’s old. Shh, don’t tell him I said that.

The Ferry at Gooseberry Point / hellorigby! Homes along the shore of Lummi Island / hellorigby! Anyways, after our fun on the beach, we ventured to the ferry terminal (read: larger than average boat landing…) and waited for our return carriage to civilization. You can read and see the rest of our adventures in Bellingham here.
Linking up with Passion4Fashion, Fab Favorites, Fashion Item Friday, Fashion Friday, Tres Chic, Friday Postcards

What have you been up to this summer? I want to hear about all the fun stuff you’re doing in the comments!

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Are Fashion Bloggers Really Fashion Ruiners? / hellorigby!

Are Fashion Bloggers Really Fashion Ruiners?

23rd July 2014

I saw a piece today on i-D about how fashion bloggers may be ruining fashion for us as consumers on Instagram. As a quasi-fashion blogger who follows some of those big fashion bloggers, I get that. What do Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast, Wendy of Wendy’s Lookbook, and Aimee of Song of Style all share? Killer Instagram feeds (um, and millions of followers.) But that comes at a price, to the tune of several thousands of dollars worth of merch if I want to recreate that look myself. For me, and probably most of you, that’s just not accessible.

Are Fashion Bloggers Really Fashion Ruiners? / hellorigby!

Sorry, you won’t find fresh flowers in my handbag, but you can have a dog. :)

Sure, I won’t lie. I drool over their many-paycheck’s-worth handbags, their gorgeous shoes, and their jet-setting ways. But as this article points out, a lot of that is just a facade. Many fashion bloggers were gifted these items. That purse with the flowers in it? Yeah, probably gifted. That trip to Dubai? I bet it was sponsored.

But does the average consumer realize this? In a world of blog disclosures, I find that rarely are things marked “c/o” let alone “sponsored by” anymore. And Instagram is a whole new world for a lot of these rules and regulations. Sure, there are #ad or #spon hashtags, but how many people even bother using them?

I hope to not contribute to the problem. The brands I’ve featured have been small. StyleGather just launched a national campaign, but they’re a growing small business. J Leer is also a brand new, small business. And I will never turn down an Etsy artisan like Skinny Pig Designs. Her jewelry is beautiful and I love that she makes everything by hand.

I confess that I would totally take a designer handbag if I was offered one, because um, hi, I am only human. But I sure hope to never become “unreachable.” My main goal with my fashion posts is to share looks on a budget, and that’s why I link up at the end of every month to Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers. What I love most about blogging is being able to share my passions (fashion, beauty, my city, my dog) with others.

And I think there are a lot of bloggers, especially big ones, that get caught up and lose touch with why they even started blogging. Aside from the few who only started it to make money (I’m looking at you, Chriselle), most of them started a blog before blogs were a thing. They wanted to meet like-minded people and share their passion for fashion with the world.

But do they ruin fashion? I don’t think so. I think as consumers and blog readers, we should be aware what we’re seeing is not realistic. Most of those big bloggers no longer have a day job. They devote their life to their blog, and I would argue many blog to live instead of living to blog. And while I may not be able to buy that $5,000 outfit, I sure can use it as inspiration for my $100 outfit.
Linking up with Kathy and Liz

Do you think fashion bloggers are ruining fashion for the rest of us?

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