What I'm Into: October 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014



I've been enjoying reading others' monthly round-ups at the link up hosted at Leigh Kramer, so I thought I'd give it a try this month.

So somehow October is over and November is here! We had some beautiful fall weather in October and pretty foliage, too. It was a good month, but hard, too. My dad's thyroid cancer is active again, so now he is looking at consultations with new doctors out of town and serious concerns from his doctor here are making us struggle daily not to be fearful and anxious. So we would definitely appreciate your continued prayers for him and his doctors.

On to what I'm into this month!

Books
  • The River by Beverly Lewis
  • When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren
  • To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling
  • A Plain Man by Mary Ellis
  • A Plain Love Song by Kelly Irvin
  • Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings
  • A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson
  • The Promise by Beth Wiseman
My favorite book this month was A Matter of Heart. The most unique, interesting title I read was The Promise.

Movies and T.V.

I honestly can't remember the last time I sat and watched a movie. Years. :) I've been watching Seventh Heaven, Grey's Anatomy, Red Band Society, America's Next Top Model, and Nashville on Hulu Plus. Nashville is definitely my fave so far.

Home, Family, and Work

Let's see...

  • We have a new kitten.
  • I'm getting ready for a craft show.
  • I love my pumpkin and apple candles.
  • I made an Elsa costume this month.
  • I am plugging away with my capsule wardrobe, but not posting too much about it lately.
That's not everything, of course, but I am super late getting this up, so I will post it now! :)





Capsule Wardrobe Update: November

Sunday, November 2, 2014



I'm still moving along with my capsule wardrobe! I am not strictly following the "rules" that I have seen set forth in various locations about capsule wardrobes. I didn't go shopping ahead of time, but pulled the pieces together from what I already own. Each month, I re-evaluate what I've been wearing a lot, what is working, and what isn't, then adding or subtracting pieces as needed. I have a core set of items that isn't changing too much, which is mostly composed of pants because I only have a few pieces that work for me. Most of the swapping occurs in the area of tops. This month, I am going to start adding some sweaters - it got cold here this weekend!

So here are my pieces for November:

Tops:
  1. Light Chambray
  2. Gray 3/4 Sleeve Tee
  3. Black and Gray Striped Long Sleeve Tee
  4. Black and White Striped Tee
  5. Navy and White Striped French Terry 3/4 Sleeve Top
  6. Blue Snakeskin Print Tunic Blouse
  7. Green and White Gingham Button Up
  8. Animal Print Shell
  9. Polka Dot Button Down Shirt
  10. Purple Print Blouse
  11. Black Long Sleeve Tee
  12. Print High Low Chiffon Tunic Top
  13. Aqua Tie Neck Blouse
  14. Brown Sweater
Added: Striped Long Sleeve Tee, Gingham Button Up, Chiffon Top, Black and White Striped Tee, Aqua Tie Neck Blouse, Brown Sweater

Removed: Coral Tee, Light Blue Tee, Gray Striped Tee, 3 Plaid Shirts

I was not wearing the short-sleeve tees very much at all because it's gotten fairly cool. Also, I am in the market for a new plaid shirt in a more classic color combination. The ones I have don't match my other pieces very well.

Bottoms:
  1. Black Jeans
  2. Gray Houndstooth Print Pants
  3. Blue Skinny Jeans
  4. Tan Dress Pants
  5. Olive Jeans
  6. Sage Khakis
  7. Black Dress Pants
  8. Maroon Khakis
  9. Straight Leg Jeans
  10. Dark Blue Pencil Skirt
  11. Olive Print Pencil Skirt
Added: Dark Blue and Olive Print Pencil Skirts

Removed: Black Skirt

The black skirt seemed really summery to me, so I haven't been wearing it. I switched a couple pencil skirts into rotation, and I need to make myself wear them. I can definitely see the value in picking up a couple more pairs of dress pants for work - definitely gray!

Dresses:
  1. Gray Maxi Dress
  2. Black Short Sleeve Dress
  3. Red Floral Print Dress
  4. Teal Short Sleeve Dress
Added: Teal Short Sleeve Dress

Removed: Black and White Striped Dress

I haven't been wearing dresses at all. I like all of them, but just feel more comfortable in pants. I'd really like to wear them more, so I will leave them in.

Completer Pieces:
  1. Rust Colored Cardigan
  2. Denim Jacket
  3. Cobalt Blazer
  4. Plum Cardigan
  5. Black Cardigan
  6. Dark Teal Boyfriend Cardigan
  7. Teal Puffy Vest
Added: Nothing yet

Removed: Brown Striped Cardigan, Mustard Cardigan

The mustard cardigan was actually in terrible shape, so I got rid of it. I really like the brown striped cardigan, but it didn't work well with most of the tops in this capsule, so it wasn't worn too often. I am going to be looking for a tan, camel, or mustard replacement cardigan and a neutral quilted vest, so those may be included during the month. I also may incorporate a few cardigans or sweaters that I already own especially if the weather gets cooler.

So for this month, I'm starting with 36 pieces. I removed 10 pieces and added
8 pieces. I have been wearing 20 of these pieces since September 1, so more than half of them! :)

I continue to post some of my looks on Instagram, if you'd like to follow me there.

October Clothing Budget

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I'm still here! I haven't posted much lately - I've been enjoying posting some daily outfits on Instagram. I am still working with the items in my fall capsule wardrobe. I transitioned some pieces out at the end of September and brought some new pieces in at the beginning of October. I didn't shop ahead of time to create my fall capsule, so I have added a few pieces to it throughout this month.



October Budget

Most of this month's items were purchased second hand, so I don't have photos for everything.

I used a ThredUp credit to purchase:
  • Teal Merona Dress
  • American Eagle Gingham Button Down
Total spent: $1.45

Goodwill:
  • AB Studio Striped Top and AB Studio High Low Chiffon Blouse
  • Aqua LOFT Tie Neck Blouse
Total spent: $11.61

Target:
  • Coral Flower Necklace
  • Cobalt Blue Tote
Total spent: $12.62

Cents of Style
  • Leopard Print Scarf
Total spent: $5.35

October Total: $31.03

The dress, gingham button down, and striped top were all on my list of things I have been looking for. The leopard scarf was a replacement. I absolutely love the chiffon blouse and the tie neck blouse. My goal was to only spend $25 for the month, so I am pleased with $31. :)  So overall, it was a pretty good shopping month!

I'm linking up to Budgeting Bloggers at Franish!

Book Review: The River

Monday, October 27, 2014

The River by Beverly Lewis is an Amish fiction book set in the late 1970's. The book tells the story of Tilly and Ruth, two siblings that used to be Amish. The sisters have remained close and involved in each other's lives, but they rarely interact with their Amish family. When they are invited to attend their parents' wedding anniversary celebration, they reluctantly decide to return to their home.

Ruth and Tilly have unfinished business in Lancaster County. Tilly is plagued by guilt from the death of her much younger sister. Ruth never resolved a relationship with her former beau. In addition, Tilly and her father have always had a very difficult relationship which has only gotten worse after she left the Amish faith. The visit ends up being significant for both sisters finding peace with these issues.

I always enjoy Beverly Lewis books and this one was no exception. She does a lovely job of describing the Amish community. The book also does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. The interactions among the characters are very rich and intricate - just like real relationships. The book didn't end up as I expected that is would, but in a good way. As is often the case, there is much more than meets to eye to the situations the women were dealing with. Understanding the perspectives of other people is vital to growth and acceptance of difficult situations.

I received a copy of this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Update + 31 Days, 31 Ways

Tuesday, October 7, 2014




I wanted to take some time to write about how my fall capsule wardrobe has been going now that it is fall! I started wearing my fall capsule September 1 and have worn the 34 pieces (plus one I added) this entire time. I really have enjoyed wearing the pieces and haven't "missed" the rest of my closet too much. I planned to tweak the capsule as needed, and now that it is so chilly, I am swapping out some of the warmer weather pieces and putting in some more cool weather pieces. Here's the current capsule with the swaps and additions.

Tops:
  1. Coral Tee
  2. Light Chambray
  3. Gray 3/4 Sleeve Tee
  4. Gray Striped Tee
  5. Light Blue Tee
  6. Navy and White Striped French Terry 3/4 Sleeve Top
  7. Blue Snakeskin Print Tunic Blouse
  8. Orange and Green Plaid Button Down
  9. Raspberry and Mustard Plaid Button Down
  10. Animal Print Shell
  11. Polka Dot Button Down Shirt
  12. Purple Print Blouse
  13. Hot Pink Plaid Button Down
  14. Black Long Sleeve Tee
Removed: Black Ruffle Top, Sleeveless Tie Snakeskin Blouse, Brown and Black Tank, Gray Tee
Added: Light Blue Tee, Raspberry and Mustard Plaid Button Down, Purple Print Blouse, Hot Pink Plaid Button Down, Black Long Sleeve Tee, Gray 3/4 Sleeve Tee

Bottoms:
  1. Black Jeans
  2. Gray Houndstooth Print Pants
  3. Blue Skinny Jeans
  4. Tan Dress Pants
  5. Olive Jeans
  6. Sage Khakis
  7. Black Dress Pants
  8. Maroon Khakis
  9. Black Skirt
  10. Straight Leg Jeans
Removed: Abstract Animal Print Maxi Skirt, Boyfriend Jeans, Teal Skinny Jeans
Added: Sage Khakis, Black Dress Pants

Dresses:
  1. Black and White Striped Dress
  2. Gray Maxi Dress
  3. Black Short Sleeve Dress
  4. Red Floral Print Dress
Addition: Red Floral Print Dress (Thrifted and worn for my in-laws 40th anniversary party)

Completer Pieces:
  1. Rust Colored Cardigan
  2. Denim Jacket
  3. Cobalt Blazer
  4. Plum Cardigan
  5. Black Cardigan
  6. Mustard Cardigan
  7. Dark Teal Boyfriend Cardigan
  8. Brown Striped Cardigan 
  9. Teal Puffy Vest
Removed: Short Sleeve Teal Cardigan
Additions: Plum Cardigan, Teal Puffy Vest

This puts my current total number of pieces at 37. I removed 8 pieces and added 11 pieces. I may also swap in a sweater and/or another long sleeve tee. My goal is still to stay at around 40 pieces.

I am currently participating in the 31 Days, 31 Ways remix at Greater Than Rubies. She has some great daily prompts for remixing your wardrobe this month. I am linking up there and sharing my capsule pieces!

In addition, I am finally on Instagram and have been sharing some different looks on there. Would love to have you follow me there as well!

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