October Wish List

Gigi New York Uber Clutch
Brina Box Blanket Scarf (lots more options below)
Sole Society Wool Panama Hat
H&M Coated Ankle Zip Jeans (also have in 'denim blue')
Forever 21 Cognac Booties

I just wanted to share some trends I've been loving and pieces I'm hoping to add to my closet soon! I'm holding myself to a very limited shopping budget this month (unless I find the right pea coat), so I'm doing some careful planning, sale watching and making a few sacrifices.

I actually already bought the ankle zip jeans (in both the coated black & the denim blue) and they're amazing! They honestly look and feel so expensive (thank you H&M) and are comfortable and sleek (but they are very fitted, so go up a size). I love ankle length jeans because they're so easy to wear with booties (you don't have to worry about cuffing and bunching at all), and the zipper detail adds some nice edge! To be honest, I really wanted these cognac booties, but I think in order to get in on the trend and maintain my budget I'm going to settle for the faux leather pair above. I really want black and burgundy wool panama hats, and this is my favorite I've found, so I'm going to be watching for a Sole Society sale. Blanket scarves may be even bigger this year than last, so I'm hoping to get the one above or one of the ones from Asos below (I've also seen them on Groopdealz a couple of times as well). Last but not least, I won't be splurging on that gorgeous Gigi New York clutch just yet, but until then it will remain on my wish list.

 Clutch/Wish List Sweaters/Similar Jeans:



Staple Separates

 Blazer: H&M (love this one also)
Top: J. Crew Factory (on sale!)
Pants: H&M (size up - very fitted | similar)
Bag: H&M (similar)
Heels: Steve Madden (similar here & here)
Necklace: boutique find (similar)
Watch: Fossil
Bracelets: Margaret Elizabeth & Lily and Laura

This outfit post came about because when we visited our alma mater (Mizzou) last weekend I realized that I no longer owned any "going out clothes," which raised the question: what does one wear to a college bar in their twenties? Both evenings I opted for simple separates... A long cream blouse, skinny jeans & heeled booties the first night (plus jewelry & bold lips), and a similar outfit to the one above (except I substituted boots) the second night. 

All of this made me realize how important it is to own chic, staple separates! Pieces like black/cream/white blouses, black & dark denim skinnies, and black/cream blazers can be worn anywhere from the office, to a date night, to a family gathering, and even on a night out (like I did). Having these versatile staples in your wardrobe will stretch it further because they're so versatile and mix-and-matchable.


Congratulations to the winner of my monogram earrings giveaway with Dots of Happiness - Paige Pierog!


New Favorites

 Top: Forever 21 (sold out, but several very similar options below!)
Skirt: Target (similar here & here)
Boots: Vince Camuto via Sole Society (also at Nordstrom)
Hat: Sole Society (want in camel! cheaper option here)
Bag: H&M (similar here & here)
Watch: Fossil
Bracelets: Forever 21, Lily and Laura
Mrs. Necklace: Kate Spade
Lips: Sephora 'Everlasting Burgundy'

Rain actually had a lot to do with this post (if you live somewhere in the middle/southeast of the country you may also be experiencing days on days of rain and some massive storms)... When I woke up yesterday it was pouring and I saw it was supposed to rain all day, so I didn't really bother to do my hair. Fortunately I had a bit of wave going on so I only curled a few pieces to make myself presentable for work. Unfortunately, I ended up in the rain multiple times and my hair was less than gorgeous by picture time. So in came this hat! I happened to have it in my car, so it was the perfect addition for photos to a) hide my flattened hair and b) to wear it on the blog for the first time. Let me just say that it's an amazing hat! The quality is excellent, it's comfortable, and it has a wider brim without being too floppy. I really want it in the camel also, and I want to find a similar hat in burgundy and black (apparently I'm going to start collecting them).

I'm also so excited to be wearing these boots on here for the first time! You may have read  my fall must-haves post last week, but over-the-knee boots are all the rage right now. I'm really happy with my pair so far, and I've since found a couple more similar options for you all (linked below).


Similar tops & skirts:

Over-the-knee boots, hats & accessories: 

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway for these monogram earrings from Dots of Happiness! Full giveaway post here.

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