I am OBSESSED with November. It is my birthday month and it is Thanksgiving time and it is almost Christmas time. There’s Black Friday, football games, the return of caroling and the hypnotic smell of turkey and falling leaves. The only qualms I have with November are: A) the birthstone is topaz (which I think could have been better) and B), for some terrible reason, all the calendars that I’ve ever seen have a dumb picture for November. Trust me. I check almost every calendar and I am most often disappointed.
One of my favorite things to do at the start of every month is create a wish list of items I would like to add to my closet. November is great because it’s just on the verge of being cold enough for lots of layers and warm enough to not need your parka quite yet. Though where I live, I will probably break out the parka earlier than most. C’est la vie…As a tribute to November, here are 11 things I’m loving.
ONE: Sweater, Floating Chrysalis Cowlneck in Grey, Anthropologie, $118
I am loving this sweater because it is light, billowy and airy versus woolen and chunky. Don’t get me wrong- I love the chunky knit, but this just makes me feel more Autumn.
TWO: Dress, Harvest Season Dress, ModCloth, $44.99
I am way into orange this season. This is the perfect staple to build around and it can translate throughout the seasons.
THREE: Jeans, Reboot Vixen, James Jeans, $158
I am a recent fan of James Jeans because they seem to be the best fit for pear shapes in a long while. There’s no gap in the waist! This is a pair of skinny boot leg, which are popping up all over these days. Luckily I can wear jeans to work so I like having a variety.
FOUR: Wellies, Original Short in Green, Hunter, $115
Already a proud owner of the tall Hunter welly, I am thinking that the short version will be just as lovely and fun. I wear my boots almost every day during the snowy months and they are lifesavers. The welly socks, which I highly recommend, are so warm you’d swear your feet were on the equator.
FIVE: Tights, Merona Womens Dot Tights in Grey, Target, $10
I live in skirts and dresses. When it comes time to stay warm, tights are my best option. I don’t like to get too crazy, but pattern tights are an easy way to spice things up.
SIX: Necklace, Pocket Heart Locket Necklace, Forever 21, $4.80
The true bargain of the bunch. Forever 21 is my go-to for accessories. They’re a steal so I can really indulge in my want for outfit decorations. This locket has that romantic vintage-y look to it and I really like the little pearls and the added bow. I typically gravitate towards long chains because they’re great for…you guessed it…layering!
SEVEN: Boots, Corso Como ‘Rocky’ Boot in Coffee, Nordstrom, $198.95
I believe these to be my riding boot sole mate (pun intended). They are simple, elegant, and stretch for wider calves. I’m still not over the fact that my calves are considered wide. That aside, these are gems.
EIGHT: Gloves, Ruffled Echo Touch Glove in Purple, Echo, $35
I have been putting off buying these for years. I don’t know exactly why (because they are genius) save that there are just so many different styles and colors that I simply cannot make up my mind. The index finger and thumb have a special pad that allows you to touch your smartphone screen without taking off your gloves. Fabulous.
NINE: Jacket, Sparkle and Fade Leatherette Jacket, Urban Outfitters, $129
My clothes tend to be very feminine, which makes sense because I am female, but, I like to balance it out sometimes. This jacket is a suitable contrast to all the lace and ruffles and it doubles as regular ol’ outerwear. I am leaning toward shearling this season so this subtle hint makes me giddy.
TEN: Skirt, Skirt in Grey, H&M, $12.95
I won’t give up on finding the perfect accordian skirt. Something about the way it simulates a texture, I think. This grey is perfect for muting more colorful accompanying pieces. And for that price, I’ll take it.
ELEVEN: Book, Vogue The Covers, Amazon, $31.50
I’m a magazine hoarder. I subscribe to a fair amount of mags and I like to thoroughly go through each one to make sure I don’t miss out on a new idea for any facet of my life. Vogue is my go-to for art. I rip out my favorite ads or stories and frame them or pin them up at work. Having a collection of the best covers, while not framable (although I will have to sincerely resist), is a welcome addition to my book shelf.
So there’s my list! Have the happiest of Novembers!