Clothes I am craving this Fall

It’s first week of October which has got me thinking, where did September go? It’s hard to believe its been a month since I completed my second 30 for 30 challenge and during my recap blog post I blogged about some new initiatives I was taking to keep myself in check and not let my bad shopping habit get out of hand.

Among my three resolutions I vowed to keep a monthly clothing budget which has been for the most part very successful. I had a number in mind that I couldn’t go over and it gave myself a limitation. No more was I saying “I’ll pay myself back next month…” or making up other ridiculous excuses… Once I bought a clothing item, I wrote it down in a journal so I always knew where I was at, and stuck to it. So let’s hope I can keep that up this month.

Another resolution of mine was to continue to work with the closet I have (not the imaginary one in my mind). One way I did this was by writing down all the work/weekday outfits I would wear in September. I wrote down my outfits and I checked them off as I wore them and it helped me to realize what I already knew: that I have plenty of clothes in my closet that I can make into outfits I enjoy (not to mention it made it easier to get dressed in the morning knowing what I was going to wear ahead of time), but writing down a month’s worth of daily outfits isn’t realistic going forward. Plus, depending on the weather or my mood, I changed my mind constantly; rewriting my “outfit” lists over and over again which I found surprisingly time consuming. And to be really honest it didn’t stop me from buying any new clothes (which is what I was hoping this little exercise would do).

It’s all a work in progress, I guess. One thing I am taking away from all of this is how to define my personal style (which is changing as I get older) and add pieces to my closet that not only allow me to express me, but items that also make sense for my casual-creative-city lifestyle (yes that’s what I am calling it).

With at said here are the items on my wish-list for this coming October and November:

1) Burgundy Jeans or Cords, 2) Matt & Nat: The Malone Bag – the perfect carry all, 3) The perfect Chambray shirt that doesn’t make me feel like a cowboy (harder than it seems to find!) 4) A great black blazer – because I still don’t have one! 5) Leopard print scarf (and I wouldn’t mind finding a skinny leopard print skinny belt either!)

What’s on your wish-list this Fall?

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day 25 and 26: purse and boots

Day 25 (was Wednesday…)

Blouse: Anthropologie, Necklace: ALDO, Jeans: BDG from Urban Outfitters, Shoes: ALDO, Purse: Matt & Nat

I love Matt & Nat! They are a Vancouver brand that makes purses from recycled materials. This purse I got last year for my birthday from Andrew. It comes with a longer strap, but lately I like just using it as a clutch.

Day 26 (was Thursday…)

Dress: H&M, Scarf: Gap, Belt: ALDO, Boots: Feetfirst

Not quite fall yet, but I just couldn’t resist putting on my favorite pair of riding boots. I’ve had these for 3 years and they’ve already been to the cobbler once. I am little embarrassed to admit, how much I love boots. I have seven pairs currently, and already plan on buying these ankle boots in black from Urban Outfitters as soon as my 30 day challenge is over. Boots just make the world a better place 🙂

Check out Holly’s Day 25 outfit!