November was such a whirlwind, wasn’t it? It just disappeared somehow, and I found myself staring Christmas in the face, without so much as a gift list in hand. Ah, but that’s a tale of woe for another day. November was busy, busy, busy. I am getting ever closer to finishing the edits on my book (I hope! *sobs*) and work is ramping up something fierce (January is not looking very pretty right now! *sobs*), but I managed to maintain a semblance of sanity – somehow. It helped to have a few days away from the madness. Thank god for work conference, amirite?
On to the outfits!
This was a surprisingly decent month. I don’t know why I am surprised by that, but I am. The transition to winter usually makes me depressed vis-a-vis getting dressed, but I worked through it this year – mostly by stubbornly ignoring the weather outside. Thank god for short commutes, amirite?
My fave outfits this month were #4, 6, 8, and 10. I’m sensing a pattern here … hmm. Anyway, least favourite outfit was #3, and I didn’t, like, capital H-hate it.
I’m excited for December for all the usual reasons, including the chance to dress up. Christmas parties, heck yeah! I am NOT looking forward to work (which is going to kick my butt and then some) but I’m hoping I’ll have an extra reason to celebrate this year … and, yeah, I’m going to leave you hanging … although you can probably figure out where I’m going with this cliffhanger.
I can’t quit the florals, even on weekends. I don’t have much else to say about this outfit – it was nice and comfy for a morning of errands, without being utterly boring. Maybe? All the pieces are old, but dependable. None more so, I think, than these Frye-lookalike moto boots – hands down the most comfortable, sturdy pair of boots I’ve ever owned. They’re made by Josef Seibel, and I was able to find them on sale for about $100, which I would spend again in a heartbeat (even though I’m super cheap when it comes to practical things like boots and coats). I’ve had them for about a year and a half, and the CPW is already well under $2. The quality is fantastic, so I can see them easily lasting at least another 3-4 years, maybe longer.
Tell me: what are some of your (unpredicted) best buys?
One of my most oft-repeated formulas is patterned skirt + neutral top + solid, coordinating colour topper. More often than not, the print is a floral. I’m very predictable, you guys. But having developed a cohesive colour palette for my wardrobe, mixing and matching all these separates is super easy.
I actually learned to appreciate the importance of colour palettes from J. Crew. You know how it’s easy to mix their pieces from different seasons? It’s because they tend to have certain colours that repeat (either as stand-alones or as part of prints). Even if you’re not as much of a matchy-matchy person as I am, having a number of complementary pieces in the same colour palette does make it easier to get dressed every morning. Take, for example, my burgundy pieces and accents in this outfit (all from J. Crew or the Factory store): the shoes, cardigan, and necklace. They ground the outfit in the same way that black would – except that burgundy is a slightly less expected “neutral” – and they all go together, which means I can be a little more bold with the rest of the outfit. Enter the florals. Always the florals.