November Clothing Budget (Really Late!) and a Quick Update

Friday, December 19, 2014

I'm still here! I know it is more than halfway through December, but I wanted to do a quick November budget post so I would have a record of the whole year on here.

My birthday was Nov. 30, so I got a few things for my birthday, bought some things on Black Friday, and had a couple of odds and ends during the earlier part of the month. I'm having trouble getting Polyvore to work, so I will just list this month's budget and expenses.

Mustard Mossimo Cardigan from Target: $5.13
Bird Print Blouse from Goodwill: $4.98
Plaid Mossimo Button Up from Target: $7.00
Plaid Scarf from Charming Charlie: $5.00
Olive Laura Scott Vest from Sears: Birthday money
Blue Sonoma Pants from Ebay: Gift card and birthday money

I also bought a couple of tops from Goodwill without trying them on (always a mistake!) and neither one worked so that was a waste of around $7.00

Total spent in November: $29.11 out of pocket

I am still posting outfit photos on Instagram. That seems to be working better for me convenience wise right now. I'd love it if you'd follow me there and leave me your Instagram name below! I am more or less still working with a capsule wardrobe. Each month, I select around 35 pieces to work with. I sometimes add or subtract items as needed, but overall I stick with my choices. It has been so helpful. It is much easier and less overwhelming when I get dressed each morning, and since the last couple months have been pretty stressful (my dad will be having more surgery in January and it's pretty major), it's been nice to take that (minor) stress off my plate. I find I still like to shop, but I make fewer impulse purchases. This month, I replaced my riding boots, found a solid midi skirt, thrifted a pair of gray cords, and got a cute gray embellished sweatshirt. I think I have a clearer idea of what I like to wear and overall I am picking things that get worn more often.

I have a book review and an Influenster box review coming up soon and soon it will be time for a roundup of December's purchases!

Cyber Monday Shop Sale!

Monday, December 1, 2014

I haven't posted in awhile, but am hoping to have my November budget post up this week and possibly even another post or two! We've been busy with Thanksgiving and a large custom order for the shop, plus lots of other things.

I wanted to share the CJ's Craft Corner Cyber Monday sale today! Use the code CYBER14 to get 15% off any order. This code is good through Dec. 2, 2014. We have lots of great gift items available including key fobs, tea wallets, mug rugs, car trash bags, and more. We do take custom orders, but if you'd like something, please contact us soon!

Here are a few of my favorites right now:

Purple Wristlet Key Fob - $3.25

I have one and use it all the time - great when you need your hands free during shopping!

Red, Aqua, and Gray Tea Wallet - $5.75

Carry your tea bags with you in this cute wallet!

Green Mug Rug - $6.50

I snack in front of the computer all the time and I always use a mug rug. This would be a cute gift paired with a mug and a Starbucks gift card.


Floral Car Trash Bag - $7.50

Use a pretty car trash bag to collect loose paper in your car, next to your bed, to corral small items, and more. We hear of people using these for lots of things!

Thanks for looking and happy shopping! If you have a handmade or small business, leave me a link in the comments. I'm always looking for new gift ideas!

Book Review: To Everything a Season

Sunday, November 23, 2014

To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling is the first book in the Song of Blessing series. However, the setting and characters in the book are familiar to many of us that have read other Lauraine Snelling books. Set in Blessing, North Dakota, the novel continues to chronicle the lives of the Bjorklund family. In addition to extending the storylines of many characters, some new people are introduced to the town, including a nurse named Miriam.

Overall, I did like this book. It definitely wasn't my favorite book of Lauraine Snelling, for reasons I explain below. Lauraine Snelling's writing style is quite enjoyable. She does a nice job of creating well-developed, believeable characters. The reader is able to understand the emotions and decisions facing each character. The setting is also wonderful. I like how the book allows the reader to put him/herself into the time period in history being depicted.  I also like how the author weaves the characters' faith into the book.

If someone has never read one of the other books by Lauraine Snelling set in Blessing, I do think the characters and storyline in this book would be difficult to follow. Also, the synopsis of the book seemed to indicate that new characters would predominate the storytime, when in reality they only had a supporting role. Additionally, I was not prepared for the death of one of the major characters in the book toward the end of the novel. The scene when this occurs was well-written and poignant, but extremely difficult for me to read. I just want to warn any other readers before they read this book!

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

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!

  • 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:

  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.

  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!

  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.
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