In case you missed it, I got new glasses!

Alissa wrote a great post on body positivity + exercise that said a lot of things I've been thinking about lately. I love sharing this Internet with other women who share my heart.

Speaking of body positive, here's a real look at those "body positive" companies from inside the dressing room.

Another one of my darling blog friends got engaged! I absolutely wept at Katrina's engagement story. My blog friends are so, so important to me, y'all. I'm way closer to these women than anyone I went to high school with, etc., so these are the moments I really love to celebrate!

How to add just the right amount of sparkle to your holiday look.

Nobody I know loves books quite like Maggie, so I super enjoyed her current reading list!

The Onion wrote an article about me.

I fell in love with this dress in person, and then deeper in love after seeing it on Jen.

Loved Elsie's post on creating a "collected" look in your home that's still cohesive.

Katie's sweater + midi skirt combo is perfect for an office holiday party.

Can you tell I'm a little holiday outfit obsessed? Here's what's on my wishlist: these velvet block heels, these fancy tassel earrings, these perfect clutches, this sweet sequin top, and this metallic skirt (plus size version).

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top: thrifted Urban Outfitters (similar) // jeans: Old Navy // shoes: Old Navy // purse: vintage Coach via Prototype Vintage // hat: vintage Brixton via Charm School Vintage (more Brixton hats) // necklace: c/o francesca's (similar)

I don't know about y'all, but the holidays trigger a lot of food and body weirdness for me. I can't tell you the number of times I've heard variations of "Oh, I'm trying to be good," or "Gosh, I've been so bad this week." Food is food is food. Unless it's expired or laced with cocaine, it's not inherently bad. And you're not bad for eating it, either! It's about balance and moderation, which I'm admittedly not great at, so that's not what this post is about.

I just wanted to remind you that what you eat during the holidays, or any other time of the year, doesn't define you. Also, skipping meals isn't healthy, and it's not a fair way to treat your body just because you had seconds or thirds of pie two days ago and you're feeling guilty about it now. I can say that because I did it for too long, and it wasn't fair to me either.

I was talking to some friends about the fact that I haven't owned a scale in years. I have a guesstimate of my weight, but have no exact number. I can tell you that I just bought my first pair of size twelve jeans. Does it make me a little nervous? Yeah. Not because twelve is bad. Not even because I don't like the jeans (I look slammin' in them and they're comfortable). But because I know that I got here because I ate too many bowls of cereal and didn't get out enough. The work from home transition has given me every excuse to never leave the house, including the steps I used to get in walking to the car or around my office, or even to lunch nearby.

This isn't a post about a New Year's resolution to work out + get fit. I don't believe it works like that, or at least it's not what I want for me. I just wanted to let you know that you're not alone if you're also dealing with some holiday season body feels that seemed to come out of no where. To combat it, I've been drinking tea, shopping for friends, going on walks now that it finally feels like fall, and doing my best to listen to my body.

Do you struggle with food and body perception more around the holidays? How do you stay sane and be good to yourself?

good bodies and great jeans

I'll start with a spoiler alert: I went into this month knowing I was going to go just a bit over my budget. At the very end of October, I ordered these loafers that happened to go on a great sale that I couldn't pass up. From there, I had a really clear plan of what I wanted out of this month's budget, and I'm happy I was able to track everything down (while also staying on track)!

Usually at this point you've seen most of what I bought in outfit posts, but I'm a little behind on photos so I actually get to share about these pieces in this post! Here's what I bought in November:
what i bought november

H&M Knit Sweater in Emerald, Mustard, Beige, and Burgundy - $12.99 x 4 = $51.96
Gap Crazy Knit Shimmer Stripe Sweater - $27.88 (originally $69.95)
Gap AUTHENTIC Girlfriend Jeans - $27.87 (originally $69.95)
J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck - $39.50
Old Navy Suede Pointed-Toe Ankle Booties - $26.96 (originally $44.94)
Maiden Lane Pointed-Toe Leather Loafer - $79 (originally $109)
J.Crew Factory Striped Sweater (not pictured) - $17.99 (originally $69.50)
Forever 21 Necktie Blouse (not pictured) - $22.90

Total Spent: $294.06
Total Earned on Poshmark: $13.60
Budget Spent: $280.46 (out of monthly $250) = $30.46 over* budget

I was a bit like a squirrel this month, stocking up on essentials to get me through the winter. I knew that I wanted to focus my funds in December on holiday shopping for loved ones and paying off some debt, followed by what will be an attempt at a shopping freeze in January (just like last year). Especially now that I work from home (do I sound like a broken record?), I don't need to shop the way I did before. I leave the house only a couple of times a week, and I've been so excited to remix what I've got and make each outfit count in a way that I didn't pre-WFH.

If you want to know what basics look like in my closet, this is basically it. All of these pieces (except maybe the shoes) are foundations for outfits. They go over, under, and tucked into everything else I own, but can easily be worn on their own and still feel special. I'm averse to "basics" that feel basic; it's why you don't see me in a plain t-shirt very often. I don't feel like myself in a t-shirt and jeans, but put me in a striped sweater, girlfriend jeans, and loafers? Now that's an outfit. (And it took literally no more work than your average tee + jeans + flats combo!)

Okay, let's talk about these jeans, which are the highlight of my shopping month. What you can't see from this budget post are the seven pairs of jeans I bought and returned this month. SEVEN. Partially because I'm between sizes again and partially because I just wasn't finding what I was looking for, I decided not to settle for a pair of less-than-perfect denim. And then I found them. Designer jeans were way far off (what's with the button flies, y'all?) and Old Navy missed the mark, so I turned to my old standby: Gap. Before discovering Old Navy's Rockstar jeans, I exclusively wore Gap denim. (To be honest, the extra cost makes a difference in quality, while the fit difference is negligible.) So why these jeans?

My new WFH lifestyle has made me skinny jeans-averse. When I run out to check the mail or pick up a prescription, the last thing I want is to squeeze into a pair of skinny jeans. Aside from the fact that I've sized out of my current pairs, the silhouette just hasn't been appealing as of late. I craved something cropped, mid-rise, and roomy. Boyfriend jeans tend to be too baggy, so I started looking at the trendier cut of girlfriend jeans. Gap's AUTHENTIC girlfriend jeans fit me -- and the bill! I might have to buy a second pair just because I only seem to want to wear these. I can't wait to show you super soon how to style them, because I think they make every outfit look a little bit more chic while being a lot more comfortable.

I'm being a wordy Wendy, so I'll save the rest for upcoming outfit posts. As always, I'm linking up with Fran and the budgeting bloggers. Be sure to check out what everyone else bought!

*I decided not to roll over my unspent budget from last month. $250 is a pretty generous monthly budget, so I'd rather go $30 over than keep spending just because I technically spent less last month.

what i bought in november

cratejoy cyber monday
This post has been sponsored by Cratejoy. All opinions are, as always, my own!

While Black Friday is often about stocking up on gifts for you, Cyber Monday is the perfect time to get your holiday shopping for others done before December even begins. I like to think there are two main challenges to gift buying: you either can't narrow down what to get or can't think of anything at all. I'm all about services that take care of the hard part so I can get on with enjoying time with my loved ones, especially during the holidays, which is why I'm so excited to have discovered Cratejoy!

Box subscriptions really are the gifts that keep giving (and giving and giving), making them the perfect holiday presents for literally everyone you know. Cratejoy's 12 Days of Giving manages to make things even easier by offering deals on boxes for each of your favorite people: the planner + paper addict, your favorite foodie, the hungry little bookworm, and even the guy who seems impossible to shop for.

I tend to think that some of the best gifts are the things we wouldn't normally spend our own money on. While Cratejoy's box subscription options are nearly endless, here are a few of my favorites.

Moustache Stationery

For the Instagram-prop collector, frequent snail mail sender, and desk accessory organizer. 4-8 items in each monthly box with an average value of $70. 

Skivvie NIX

For the gal who could stand to spend a little more time loving on herself. Receive 2 pairs of cute, comfy, sexy undies (of either the thong or cheeky variety) every month.

Beauteque Monthly

For that one friend who can't stop raving about Korean sheet masks. Asian beauty products from makeup to skincare to masks delivered monthly.


For your favorite hostess, work from home friend, or literally anyone who likes nice things. Beautiful monthly bouquets without having to leave the house.

I know I said these were supposed to be gifts for someone else, but honestly I might gift myself the
BloomsyBox to help achieve my 27 before 27 goal to keep fresh blooms in the apartment! While Cratejoy carries these great boxes all year 'round, you want to shop today as the last day of their 12 Days of Giving to get the most bang for your buck!

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