35 at 35 Update

This year on my birthday, I decided to create a bucket list of 35 things I would like to do in my 35th year. It's not a list of things I feel I should do, rather it's a list of fun things that will hopefully make this year more enjoyable. Since I'm approaching my half-birthday this month, I thought I'd give an update on how I'm doing so far on my list.

In My Library Tote: September Book Reviews and Recommendations

Is there anything better in the fall than a glass of red wine and a good book? Okay, maybe if there's also a bonfire and some s'mores involved (although, wash your hands before picking your book back up... sticky fingers). It was cool and rainy all weekend here, so I pretty much wanted to read and do nothing else. Here are the books I read last month.

{what I read in September}

Easy Print Mixing: Leopard and Stripes for Fall

It was chilly and rainy all weekend, so I'm glad I thought ahead (for once!) and took outfit photos on Friday before the rain started. That day also started out cold so I'm glad I had this cozy sweater, although by afternoon I didn't need it anymore. That's fall though; thank goodness for layers.

I find myself repeating this outfit formula fairly often: cardigan, print tee, jeans, fun shoes. A cardigan is definitely my go-to layer and I love how easy it is to change up the look with a different top or tee underneath. I found this one during a recent Old Navy sale and I love the thick (but not itchy!) fabric and longer length.

Shoes are another easy way to add more color or mix prints, like I did here. Leopard is everywhere right now (not that it ever really went away) and I love it, particularly mixed with stripes. It's such a fun, yet classic, combination.

What outfit formula have you been repeating lately? 

Cardigan: Old Navy | red striped tee: Loft | jeans: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: Universal Thread, Target | leopard flats: Merona via ThredUp (similar)

October Goals and Currently

This year, inspired by Gretchen Rubin's book, I've been doing a Happiness Project, focusing on one important aspect of my life every month. Last month's goals were all about blogging, while October's focus is mindfulness. The idea is that the months should build on one another and the habits formed in one month should continue into the next and so on. Each month I share my wins from the previous month, as well as goals that fit the theme of the current month.

Also to welcome the month I'm joining Anne for her monthly Currently linkup to share what I'm up to at the start of this fresh new month and season.

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