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I successfully made it through Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Sale weekend with no purchases making November a no spend month! I did buy a few non-clothing items but nothing too crazy. A L'or de Seraphine candle (sold out sadly) from Neiman Marcus when I was buying a Christmas surprise for the family and I finally splurged on an Always Pan during their $99 sale. It came just before Thanksgiving so I haven't used it yet, maybe tonight!

THE (modified) RULES

  1. Be mindful of purchases 
  2. Quality over quantity
  3. Basics are best

MY PROGRESS

 

Clothes:

  1. mīere the label Women’s Cotton Knit Sweater in Terracotta ($68.87 including shipping)
  2. Vintage Disneyland shorts with embroidered Mickey pockets ($20 via Poshmark, used ad money)
  3. Old Navy EveryWear Printed V-Neck T-Shirt in leopard ($3.58, retail $10)
  4. Old Navy Luxe Printed High-Neck Tank Top in Olive Green Botanical ($4.78, retail $19.99)


Basics:
  1. FRAME Denim Le Skinny de Jeanne Crop in Sunnyside ($30 via Poshmark, retail $189, $18.67 after ad money)
  2. Old Navy First-Layer Slim-Fit Rib-Knit Tank Top in Crimson Cranberry ($1.78, retail $6)
  3. Old Navy High-Waisted Textured Twill Shorts in Copper Moon ($7.18, retail $29.99)

 

Shoes:

  1. Splendid Harvest Mules in Tiger/Cheetah Print - also here ($25.80 via eBay, retail $118, used ad money)
  2. Teva Original Universal Sandals in Boomerang Pink Lemonade ($42.50 via Shopbop, used partnership money)


Handbags:

  1. Prada Cahier in 'Viola' purple via Vestiaire Collective ($1488, used bag savings account)

 

Accessories:
  1. None yet

 
 

Activewear/Swimwear:

  1. Target "All in Motion" Zip-Front Racerback Laser Cut Back Detail One Piece Swimsuit ($34.99)
  2. Old Navy High-Waisted Cropped Leggings in Raisin' Arizona ($5.98, retail $14.99)

 

Gifted from Brands:

 

Spent in November: $0

Spent in 2021: $232.96

Spent in 2021 Counting Prada bag:  $1,720.96

Finally getting around to posting photos from Halloween, just in time for Thanksgiving. We enjoyed a perfect Dall day in the park. The trees were definitely showing off and the park was very crowded! Luckily we found a quiet corner to take some photos in. I've had this sweater since May 2020 but this is the first time it's getting outfit photos not taken in my closet. I even wore the same jeans this time because they're the perfect match.


A very similar version - higher neck, slightly different owl and a little darker - is available on eBay or Vestiaire Collective. It's actually the one I DIYed years ago. Sadly, it's not as good of a deal as I got.  I still can't believe the seller let it go for $75. WOWZA! According to the eBay listing they "bought [it] from Net-a-Porter for £1595. This piece sold out almost instantly and is now an iconic, almost impossible to find Burberry Prorsum collector’s item."


Sweater: Burberry beaded owl knit (eBay)

Jeans: rag & bone high rise ankle skinny jean in burgundy

Bag: bought in Venice

Ballet Flats: Chanel caviar leather 'Cap Toe Ballet Flat' via eBay

 















 

I loved this outfit, sadly the pictures do not do it justice. This is nothing against my amazing photographer, I just remember being super uncomfortable and in a rush when taking these because we were near a busy street.  (people kept walking in front of me and starring, as non-bloggers do, ha ha. Luckily no one was walking directly on the street behind me.) We had just finished checking out the Annual Scarecrows Along Main in Historic Wethersfield and it was fairly crowded because it was the last weekend before Halloween. 


As many of you know, I have social anxiety so taking photos in public is always a huge ordeal for me. Normally we try to do photos away from people, but I really wanted pictures in this outfit and it was getting too dark to go somewhere secluded (plus we went with my Aunt and Uncle and didn't want to take too long for them.)


Just imagine me looking happier and less awkward.

 


 


P.S. Did you know cheesy landscape sweaters like this are in style again this year! So glad I bought this a couple years ago when it wasn't as in, even though people said it was weird, ha ha! Goes to show - buy what you love even if other's don't agree, one day they'll be hunting for something just like it! Who wants to buy me this fun Sea New York sweater with sheep!? So cute. Shop some more below!

Sweater: Autumn Cashmere Landscape Intarsia Sweater

Jeans: Everlane high-rise skinny jean in mid-blue

Mules: Franco Sarto 'Dolly' (DSW

Bag: Madewell Medium Slim Saddle Bag in Croc c/o Shopbop

 




 

 *This post was made in partnership with Responsival.  Thank you for supporting brands I feature* 

 

Who doesn't love dainty diamond rings? They're the perfect simple accessory for any look no matter how wild. I paired this adorable twist diamond ring from Aurate with their infinity heart ring for a simple touch of sparkle in this slightly bold outfit.

 

 

This dress from Edun is one of my favorites. I just love the print and silhouette. I'm actually following a couple pieces on eBay, The RealReal and Poshmark made in this same print. (I'm super sad that the company went out of business, they always made such pretty pieces!) It is also super soft and perfect for these early Fall days where it can get warm in the afternoon. We took these photos in the morning and by the afternoon it had warmed up to the 70s.  


One of the things I love about this dress is it is very easy to wear. I don't have to worry about finding a fun necklace to wear with it because the print is all I need. Rings, on the other hand, are always a good idea so I'll usually load them up when I wear a crazier dress. I kept it simple this time with just the two Aurate rings and my wedding set but I would also opt to add in some more statementy rings a la Phoebe in Friends.

 


 

Fall leaves were taking a little while to show their colors this year but luckily this particular tree at least had some yellow and orange when we took photos.  I always wish that Fall could last longer, it's my favorite season. I want to drive through beautiful red, orange and yellow trees for longer than a couple weeks. Enjoy the crisp air and that scent of Fall. Then we're stuck with months and months of no leaves and cold weather, boo! They're saying that we may have a milder than usual Winter this year which would be nice. But, then again, global warming is not something to be excited about.


In related news, how is it already November?! Only a few more weeks until we're celebrating Thanksgiving in the US and then Christmas month begins! My other favorite season (although technically not a season, but you know what I mean, ha ha...)


Dress: Edun via ThredUp

Boots: vintage via eBay

Bag: Dark Purple Chloé Faye via eBay

Rings c/o Aurate (mini stackable diamond ring & infinity heart ring)

 



 

October is my birthday month and normally I allow myself a clothing splurge. I refrained this year since I've had a few slow work months and saving for vacations and retirement seemed to be more important. I did buy a couple of tops on my Disney trip but those are more like souvenirs since I won't wear them in my day to day life, ha ha. (A 50th anniversary sweatshirt tee and a Remy's Ratatouille Adventure annual passholder exclusive tee)


I also have another sponsored post for Aurate coming next week so I was able to get a couple rings. I always love working with them, they carry such classic pieces.


THE (modified) RULES

  1. Be mindful of purchases 
  2. Quality over quantity
  3. Basics are best

MY PROGRESS

 

Clothes:

  1. mīere the label Women’s Cotton Knit Sweater in Terracotta ($68.87 including shipping)
  2. Vintage Disneyland shorts with embroidered Mickey pockets ($20 via Poshmark, used ad money)
  3. Old Navy EveryWear Printed V-Neck T-Shirt in leopard ($3.58, retail $10)
  4. Old Navy Luxe Printed High-Neck Tank Top in Olive Green Botanical ($4.78, retail $19.99)


Basics:
  1. FRAME Denim Le Skinny de Jeanne Crop in Sunnyside ($30 via Poshmark, retail $189, $18.67 after ad money)
  2. Old Navy First-Layer Slim-Fit Rib-Knit Tank Top in Crimson Cranberry ($1.78, retail $6)
  3. Old Navy High-Waisted Textured Twill Shorts in Copper Moon ($7.18, retail $29.99)

 

Shoes:

  1. Splendid Harvest Mules in Tiger/Cheetah Print - also here ($25.80 via eBay, retail $118, used ad money)
  2. Teva Original Universal Sandals in Boomerang Pink Lemonade ($42.50 via Shopbop, used partnership money)


Handbags:

  1. Prada Cahier in 'Viola' purple via Vestiaire Collective ($1488, used bag savings account)

 

Accessories:
  1. None yet

 
 

Activewear/Swimwear:

  1. Target "All in Motion" Zip-Front Racerback Laser Cut Back Detail One Piece Swimsuit ($34.99)
  2. Old Navy High-Waisted Cropped Leggings in Raisin' Arizona ($5.98, retail $14.99)

 

Gifted from Brands:

 

Spent in October: $0

Spent in 2021: $232.96

Spent in 2021 Counting Prada bag:  $1,720.96

I was not intending on taking outfit photos the day I wore this. Christian and I had a bunch of errands to run in the morning and after having an overindulgent lunch at Chili's (to use my free birthday dessert!) we decided to take a long walk in the park. It was too pretty to not snap a few photos so you get to see a super simple outfit and no makeup. Jeans, tee, cardigan - done! 

 

It was a PERFECT Fall day so we ended up staying over an hour just walking around and chatting. Simple pleasures. A nice change from sitting on the couch on my computer all day. We were also having a nice laugh watching the park rangers go around the parking lot giving people tickets if they didn't have a park sticker. We don't live in town anymore so we actually bought a non-resident sticker so we could continue to come to this park. 

 

Tee: A New Day via Target

Purple Cardigan: Max Studio

Jeans: Current/Elliott skinny jean in Love Destroyed

Bag: Purple Prada Cahier in Viola (Rebag via Vestiaire Collective)

Sandals: Ancient Greek Sandals 'Apteros' in Crosta Wine (bought in Athens)

 







 

 


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