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what i bought in october

When I started working from home, I wondered how it might affect my shopping habits. Well, this month is a pretty good indicator of what may be ahead! Though I spent the majority of the month adding pretty things to my shopping cart, I only made a few purchases. While working from home definitely factored into my limited shopping, I think the real culprit(?) here was the hot October weather. I’ve learned from the last couple of Indian summers that I should wait to shop for the cold once it’s actually cold. Trying to predict what I’m going to want to wear in, realistically, another month or so just isn’t as effective as buying things as I find myself reaching for them. I think this is going to save me money in the long run, but also keep me from buying things that just sit in my closet because I don’t find them useful after all.
All of that said, here’s what came home with me (and stayed!) in October.

What I Bought:

what i bought october

ASOS Gingham Smock Shirt Dress – $52.70
H&M Black Denim Overalls – $39.99 (worn here)
Loft Blush Ankle Strap Block Heels – $41.70 (sold out online) (worn here and here)
Pink Cosmo Ada Cat Crossbody Bag in Grey – $49.95 (sold out in grey, linked to black)
Urban Outfitters Crop Top (not pictured, thrifted) – $8.99

Total Spent: $193.32

Total Earned on Poshmark: $40.00Rollover from September: $45.82 = $85.82

Budget Spent: $107.50 (out of monthly $250)

It’s safe to say I’m obsessed with the things I bought this month. They’re all things that have, in some way, been on my to-buy list for a while, and that I know I’ll wear for a long time. You’ve already seen the overalls and blush block heels on the blog, so I’ll focus on the things you haven’t! Both a gingham dress and ASOS’ smock dresses are permanently on my wishlist, and I’m really stoked about the one I ended up with! I saw it on Noelle‘s Instagram stories at the end of September and had the tab open for like two weeks. ASOS finally had a sale and I grabbed it up immediately! I probably should have sized down, since it’s a smock dress (I bought it in an 8), but I definitely don’t mind having the extra room!

The other item you haven’t seen on the blog yet is my new cat purse! I spotted it in this post on Alena’s blog and just about died. I’ve had my eye out for a grey purse this season, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thrilled I ended up with a cat-shaped one. So far the quality is great — really, I was super impressed with the structure and quality when it arrived — and it holds so much stuff.

What I Received:

As always, I want to be transparent about what I receive from brands as a part of this blog. I have an ongoing partnership with Shopbop and I was able to work with local jewelry brand Vinca this month. Here are the lovely pieces I received October!
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BB Dakota Fringe Trim Top c/o Shopbop
BB Dakota Pierre Textured Moto Jacket c/o Shopbop
Shashi Mia Tassel Fan Earrings in Black c/o Shopbop
Pretzel Necklace in Birch Wood c/o Vinca
Y’all Necklace in Mirrored Gold c/o Vinca
Persian Kitty Earrings c/o Vinca (worn here)
Unikitty Earrings c/o Vinca

You may have seen that I did a review of my Shopbop sale haul on Instagram stories last week. I ultimately decided to return the Splendid Hamptyn booties I bought because they were really uncomfortable, not the color I expected, and I didn’t love the shape of them on me. Other than that, I’m obsessed with what I got! I got the BB Dakota sweater in a large, so it’s less cropped than shown here, but has a boxy fit that I like. The leather jacket is my favorite thing. It’s soft and easy to move in, which will be great for layering. The Shashi earrings are also super cute on and I can see myself wearing them all year ’round.
Vinca is an amazing jewelry company based here in Austin that I’ve been a fan of for a while. I think I first saw them at the ModCloth IRL popup back in May, and I love spotting their jewelry around town. They’re the queens of kitschy jewelry, including everything from cats to brunch and even a limited edition Nasty Woman pin.

I did also want to mention that I picked up some vintage pieces and goods from local sellers this month, both of which I don’t include in my budget (which I’ve written about here, if you’re interested!). I’m excited to share them on the blog soon, because, y’all, I seriously lucked out with some awesome stuff.

So what’s on my list for next month? Well, I’m waiting for these loafers to come in the mail. Really hoping they’re the ones! I also need jeans baaaadly, and maybe I’ll start buying some sweaters. First, though, I’m desperately looking for a white or cream long-sleeved blouse for layering under dresses. I think I don’t want it to be a button down, though I’m not averse to a collar. I’m having an unexpectedly hard time finding one I love!

As always, I’m linking up with Fran and the other budgeting bloggers! Be sure to head over to Fran’s blog to see what everyone else bought in October!
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