Candidly, I’m fairly impressed with how many affordable pieces I found for my wardrobe to round out the last bit of summer. I was to the point where I was wearing the same black Old Navy dress nearly every day (essentially this, but sleeveless). And, while I bought five of them last year and it wasn’t technically the same garment on repeat, I’m sure people thought I had given up on myself in Zoom meetings.
Aside from that, the month’s shining stars were on the home front with an heirloom-quality blanket and a new living room rug (even if I didn’t follow your advice).
IN THE WARDROBE
See all of this year’s sartorial additions here.
- A New Day long-sleeve dress in brown – This dress is just about sold out and for good reason, it’s adorable! It’s lightweight making it perfect for this transitional weather. It runs true to size.
- Birkenstock ‘Madrid’ big buckle slide in cognac (also here and here) – I bought the classic Madrid sandal in black with the black buckle at the height of Birkenstock’s resurgence a few years ago. They’re probably my most worn sandals that I always bring on each warm-weather trip and have become my go-to house shoes during COVID. This pair with the big buckle is definitely the “make it fashion” version. They’re comfortable and versatile and absolutely worth buying. I typically wear a size 7 in shoes, and go with a 37 in this. The width claims to be narrow, but it’s a standard width for most people.
- Banana Republic merino wool turtleneck in rust – I love the color of this sweater, but as the online reviews point out, it’s not the pictured turtleneck. The one I received is a fine-knit wool without that thicker ribbing at the sleeves and hem. It’s also more form-fitting than I would have liked for this work-at-home environment. However, I’m keeping it because the color is too perfect for fall and it’ll layer well under sleeveless dresses if I ever decide to dress up for a Zoom meeting. I went with a medium.
- Universal Thread puff-sleeve tiered babydoll dress in pink – This is essentially a muumuu and I love the dress for it. It runs stupidly large and I ended up going with an XS.
- H&M cotton puff-sleeve blouse in leaf print – I read the reviews for this and opted to size down to a small. However, the blouse I received was a size medium tucked into a bag labeled “small.” It was so cheap that I didn’t want to go to the effort of returning it even though it is awfully large. So, heed the advice of reviewers and go down a size. The print is really fun!
AROUND THE HOUSE
- Schoolhouse Electric cotton pinstripe blanket – I know this is such a splurge for a cotton blanket, but I’m a sucker for Schoolhouse Electric products. They’re so well made that you just know they’re destined to be heirloom pieces.
- OXO Good Grips FurLifter – Oliver tends to sleep on our bed during the day, leaving cat hair all over the duvet cover. After going through entirely too many sheets of lint paper, I opted for a reusable lint brush to get it off. This one does a good job and the holder removes the hair from the brush.
- Loloi II “Layla” rug (also available here) – We’ve been looking for a new living room rug for a few years now and had hoped to find a vintage one at an affordable price. We’re not exactly frequently antique stores anymore with COVID, so we went for the next best thing: an affordable vintage-inspired rug. It’s actually decent enough quality at the price. I like the whipstitch along the edge and while the design is printed rather than woven, it looks good. All in all, I’d definitely recommend it if you’re in a similar situation.
- IKEA ‘Tekla’ dish towels – Head over here for all of the reasons I love these dish towels.
- IKEA ‘Citronsyra’ planters – I love these vintage metal planters so much that I bought four, even if I only had plans for one. I’ll use the others next year to plant herbs.
- P.F. Candle Co. spiced pumpkin candle – This is pretty much fall in a candle. It smells a bit like pumpkin pie and has a sweetness that fortunately isn’t as pronounced when it’s actually burning.
This post contains affiliate links.