My first stop was Zara, and I found some great options right off the bat. It's a bit difficult to take pictures in their tiny fitting rooms, but I did my best.
|So cute and comfortable, and definitely the look I was going for. Unfortunately, too big.|
|Blue pants! Very silky and different, but again, too big.|
|Loved this shirt! I knew I would wear it again and again, but it was $80, more than half of the budget.|
After stopping in American Apparel and Urban Outfitters with no success, I dragged my feet home, feeling very defeated. At least I got some great chunky, silver bangles and a cocktail ring from Forever 21 (for $10!!)
The next morning, I was up and at the stores at 9am (had to get my shopping in before work). I misread the H&M receipt and thought they didn't give refunds, so I was set on getting my pants there as to not blow my budget (I spent $60 on the pants, meaning I only had $50 left). Luckily, I ended up finding my entire outfit! I got a pair of navy, linen blend wide-leg pants, an adorable animal print cardigan and a white blouse with ruffles and a tie. Not exactly like my inspiration pictures, but I think I'll get much more use out of a navy pair of pants, as opposed to khaki or ivory. I'm also aware that I bought another cardigan. Shush, baby steps.
|Here's the look I'm going for, and I got all 3 pieces for $85!|
|Some other shirt options I was considering. Ultimately I thought I could wear the blouse more.|
|My long skirt (ignore my sub-par photography skills!)|