what i bought in october

It's almost a new month, which means it's time to reminisce on my October buys (and, you know, see how much I spent). Here are the pretties that came home with me this month:

Forever 21 Mustard Blouse - $17.90 (not pictured)
Old Navy Curved Bar Necklace - $10.99 (not pictured)
Soft Joie Tammy T Sweatshirt - $138 c/o Shopbop*
Black Pleated Dress thrifted - $9.99 (not pictured)

Total: $207.55

I'm happy to say that I didn't go overboard in October! I really could have, but it was a busy month and I didn't do much shopping. I'm already wearing the heck out of everything!

The oatmeal sweater (pictured) and mustard blouse (not pictured because even though there were many in stores, I have never been able to find it online?) from Forever 21 were actually purchased in October after I posted my buys for the month. I went to the mall on my lunch break and walked around the store with my coworkers. I hadn't intended to buy anything, but I figured these were two pieces I would get a lot of wear out of through the fall and winter. I do wish I had taken the time to try them on in store, because the sweater doesn't quite fit the way I would like (the sides aren't vented, so it doesn't sit quite the way you would expect), but it looks great tucked in and the fit hasn't kept me from wearing it.

If you haven't noticed, I shop a lot on my lunch break. As I mentioned in this post, I stopped into Old Navy to try on the high-rise Rockstar jeans a few weeks ago. They didn't have them, but I did buy probably my two favorite items for fall: this navy patterned midi skirt and this printed smock dress. Two things I love? Midi skirts and smock dresses. Also Old Navy, obvi.

I was so excited to pick up a few pieces with my Shopbop credits this month during the Friends and Family Event, especially since I used the whole thing on my Sam Edelman booties in September. I actually purchased the black BB Dakota dress before the sale started because they kept running out of my size and they happened to get one Medium back in stock so I swiped it up as soon as I saw it. I haven't worn it yet, but I'm going to be wearing it this weekend and I'm so excited because it's perfect.

During the sale, I decided I wanted to buy a sweater that I wouldn't otherwise be able to afford. Sweaters just seem like the kind of thing where quality makes a difference at various price points. I would say that assumption is correct based on the quality of the Soft Joie sweater I decided on. I've never owned a sweater this nice! (Sizing note: I ordered my usual medium and it's slightly more oversized than I expected, but I still love the fit. If you're not looking for quite an oversized sweater, I would size down.) Since it isn't as cold in Austin or cold for as long here as in other places, I don't buy too many sweaters, and I know I'll be able to wear this one for years to come. I'll probably buy one or two more sweaters this season because my beloved Loft sweaters (seen here and here) and my favorite Target sweater (here) have all gotten a little/a lot snug. Would love to pick up a replacement emerald sweater like this one!

The Gorjana gold bar earrings were something I decided to buy because they were at the right price for how much I had left of my credit, but also are something I've wanted for a while. Surprisingly, they might be my favorite thing I bought this month. I've never owned truly nice jewelry, especially earrings. I am in love with these and just can't take them off. They're perfect every day studs and the quality is incredible. For $40, I might make this a new birthday gift I get for my girlfriends because who wouldn't love these?

Okay, so you probably noticed that I bought two navy midi skirts this month. The Old Navy one is a statement piece and while I'm wearing it at least once a week, it's not especially versatile. One piece I always wish I had when I'm putting together outfits is a navy midi, so I finally decided on this Uniqlo skirt after seeing it on Rach Martino (hello major blogger crush!). (Sizing note: I would suggest sizing up one if you're between sizes. I got an 8, which is I guess my normal size now or sometimes it is? Anyway, it just fits and is maybe a little snug depending on what's tucked into it or if I've eaten. I don't know anything about Uniqlo's sizing having never shopped there until now.)

Lastly, I decided I needed a pair of black fringe booties after trying on a pair of April's when I was at her house recently (see her pair styled here). I've struggled with finding the perfect pair of black booties for years (here's my current pair). They never seem to go with jeans the way I want, but I think because these are both suede and have a (mid-)heel, they'll be a winner. I haven't gotten them in the mail yet, so I'll let you know.

So, there are a few items that I don't technically have yet that I'll be sure to include in November's wrap up. I just put in an order at Old Navy because the Rockstar jeans were finally in stock in an 8 (crossing my fingers they fit!), and then of course I also fell in love with this dress and this plaid shirt that reminds me of a J.Crew shirt everyone had a few years ago. I'll let y'all know how those all work out!

As always, I'm linking up with Fran and the other budgeting bloggers! Be sure to check out everyone else's pretty fall buys. 

What did you pick up in October?

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