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October Clothing Budget

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I'm still here! I haven't posted much lately - I've been enjoying posting some daily outfits on Instagram. I am still working with the items in my fall capsule wardrobe. I transitioned some pieces out at the end of September and brought some new pieces in at the beginning of October. I didn't shop ahead of time to create my fall capsule, so I have added a few pieces to it throughout this month.




October Budget by gracenote30 featuring American Eagle Outfitters
Most of this month's items were purchased second hand, so I don't have photos for everything.

I used a ThredUp credit to purchase:
Teal Merona DressAmerican Eagle Gingham Button Down Total spent: $1.45

Goodwill:
AB Studio Striped Top and AB Studio High Low Chiffon BlouseAqua LOFT Tie Neck Blouse Total spent: $11.61

Target:
Coral Flower NecklaceCobalt Blue Tote Total spent: $12.62

Cents of Style
Leopard Print Scarf Total spent: $5.35

October Total: $31.03

The dress, gingham button down, and striped top were all …

Book Review: The River

The River by Beverly Lewis is an Amish fiction book set in the late 1970's. The book tells the story of Tilly and Ruth, two siblings that used to be Amish. The sisters have remained close and involved in each other's lives, but they rarely interact with their Amish family. When they are invited to attend their parents' wedding anniversary celebration, they reluctantly decide to return to their home.

Ruth and Tilly have unfinished business in Lancaster County. Tilly is plagued by guilt from the death of her much younger sister. Ruth never resolved a relationship with her former beau. In addition, Tilly and her father have always had a very difficult relationship which has only gotten worse after she left the Amish faith. The visit ends up being significant for both sisters finding peace with these issues.

I always enjoy Beverly Lewis books and this one was no exception. She does a lovely job of describing the Amish community. The book also does a wonderful job of bringing…

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Update + 31 Days, 31 Ways

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I wanted to take some time to write about how my fall capsule wardrobe has been going now that it is fall! I started wearing my fall capsule September 1 and have worn the 34 pieces (plus one I added) this entire time. I really have enjoyed wearing the pieces and haven't "missed" the rest of my closet too much. I planned to tweak the capsule as needed, and now that it is so chilly, I am swapping out some of the warmer weather pieces and putting in some more cool weather pieces. Here's the current capsule with the swaps and additions.

Tops:
Coral TeeLight ChambrayGray 3/4 Sleeve TeeGray Striped TeeLight Blue TeeNavy and White Striped French Terry 3/4 Sleeve TopBlue Snakeskin Print Tunic BlouseOrange and Green Plaid Button DownRaspberry and Mustard Plaid Button DownAnimal Print ShellPolka Dot Button Down ShirtPurple Print BlouseHot Pink Plaid Button DownBlack Long Sleeve Tee Removed: Black Ruffle Top, Sleeveless Tie Snakeskin Blouse, Brown and Black Tank, Gray Tee
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