October Shopping Summary

Shopping

You guys! I was SO GOOD this month. So good. I stayed under budget and put the money I made via ShopSense and thredUP toward my credit card. But clearly I shopped for something since I’m writing this post, right?

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Target Scarf – $17 (same) (seen here)

Express Boots – $2.37 after $50 gift card (same)

American Eagle Outfitters Sweater – originally $32 on sale but $0 after c/o gift card (same) (seen here)

Sam Edelman Boots – originally $153 on sale but c/o Shopbop (same) (seen here)

Le Tote – $49 (items seem here, here, and here)

Total – $68.37

I did end up ordering the Sam Edelman boots from Shopbop but I might still get my old riding boots fixed. The Sam Edelman ones are beautiful and the leather is soft but they need to stretch out in the width of the toe box before they’re super comfy. I might try the hair dryer trick and see if that helps.

The black boots might be a replacement for my plain black riding boots although these will probably only last a season. That’s okay, though, because for $2.37 I can live with that.

The sweater is SO SOFT and comfy but the sleeves stretch out like crazy. Still, I will wear it as often as possible and maybe buy it in a few more colors.

And the scarf, well, I’m pretty sure every single blogger bought it in October but I’m totally okay with that.

Linking up with Franish’s Budgeting Bloggers

All The New Things

Casual Clothes

Tomorrow I’m posting my October shopping summary but it’s basically summed up in this post: scarf, sweater, boots.

Plaid blanket scarf with cream sweater and riding bootsScarf – Target (same) | Sweater – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman (same)

This may be my new favorite fall outfit. I mean, it just screams fall, doesn’t it? And even if it’s not something you could wear to your office it’s also perfect for fall weekends.

And fall is definitely here. Tuesday night I went to a Flywheel class at Chicago’s newest location in Old Town (psst – giveaway coming soon) and rode a Divvy bike there. Yes, I know, I rode a bike to a spin class. Anyway, the wind was CRAZY. I was originally planning to ride a Divvy bike home but I ended up with so much swag (and trashed legs) that there was no way I could have fit it all on a bike. Thankfully Jill gave me a ride home.

Then I rode a Divvy bike home from work today and forgot gloves. My hands were so cold they were burning by the time I got home. Clearly I need to get better at remembering my cold weather gear because it looks like the chill is here to stay.

At least that means I can wear this outfit more often!

Plaid scarf with cream sweater and riding boots

Summer to Fall: Patterned Skirts for all Seasons

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Remember back in August when four bloggers teamed up to show you different ways to wear patterned skirts for summer? Well, we’re back using those same skirts and showing you how to transition them to fall!

Greater Than Rubies

I Do deClaire

Loop Looks

Fashionably Employed

In full disclosure, I haven’t worn either of my outfits to work yet, but I full plan to before it gets too cold and windy to go sans tights. Which means I’ll probably be wearing them next week.

P.S.  I love Laura’s gingham and polka dot combo and since I own those same pieces I’ll definitely be recreating that!

The Casual Dressy Dress

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

When I asked for this dress from Le Tote I thought it might be a tad dressier than what I normally wear to work. And I was okay with that.

le-tote-dress-1Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar)

I ended up belting it because it sort of felt like a giant sack without some definition. Maybe that’s because I’m short and curvy? Who knows. Anyway, I really ended up liking it. The faux leather details on the sleeves are really fun, too. And it has pockets!

le-tote-dress-3It’s really sheer, though, so definitely not something you would wear in the dead of winter. Definitely more of a fall dress so it actually worked perfectly for a Chicago October day. And, plus, no one at work asked why I was so dressed up and the dental hygienist told me I looked cute. What? You don’t put on a dress to get a cavity filled?

le-tote-dress-2P.S. I have no idea what’s going on with my point-and-shoot camera. All the photos look really grainy and out of focus lately. Maybe I went over one too many jarring bumps with it in my bag on my bike….

Old, New, Borrowed, Black

Casual Clothes · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Another Le Tote outfit coming at you today! I try to wear the pieces all in a row so that I can send the box back ASAP so apologies if you’re tired of hearing about it.

I put this floral shirt in my Le Tote closet because it’s not something I would normally pick. I figured that this was a good chance to try it out and see what I thought. And at first I was thinking I’d wear it with a plain black sweater and jeans or maybe my black vest. But then when I was looking for something else in my closet I found this old sweater vest and thought, hey, those colors are similar, let’s go for some pattern mixing!

floral-shirt-argyle-sweater-1floral-shirt-argyle-sweater-3Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Vest – The Limited (similar but $$) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Shoes – Payless (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

But then, of course, I struggled with what pants to wear with it. At my old job I would have worn my gray dress pants but that felt way too stuffy for my new office culture. So, I decided this was a good excuse to see if I could find a pair of gray jeans. I’d put this particular pair on my Pinterest Shopping Lust board awhile ago and it turned out they still had my size in the store.

floral-shirt-argyle-sweater-2I’m not 100% sold on the pairing of the preppy vest with the floral top and the moto jeans, though. Maybe if I had some killer booties to wear with it? The black flats just aren’t doing it for me. I’ve also been wanting to add some gray booties to my closet as well but, sadly, I haven’t found the perfect pair. Too bad Le Tote doesn’t do shoes, too!

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