Live Your Best {Holiday} Life: November Update

I'm joining Alexandra again this year for our Live Your Best Holiday Life challenge. It is something that we created to help make the holiday season a little less stressful and more focused, by intentionally making time for activities that are budget-friendly, self-care centered, and festive.

Since we're one month into the challenge--and the holiday season is in full swing--I wanted to provide a little update with how things are going so far.

My Updated Fall Uniform with Ethyl Clothing

My style is pretty classic, and most of my wardrobe consists of staple pieces. I don't like to spend a lot of money on trends, but I do like to find ways to update classic pieces so I don't feel like I'm wearing the same thing all the time. In the fall and winter I pretty much live in some variation of jeans and a cardigan, but luckily there are countless ways to make that classic combination feel fresh.

Recently I had the opportunity to work with Ethyl Clothing and choose a couple of pieces from their collection. They have a lot to choose from, but surprising no one, I decided to choose jeans and a cardigan. These dark wash jeans are a classic style that I'll never get tired of. I love my skinny jeans, but I've been wanting some straight leg options, and these are perfect. They also have some stretch and are so soft and comfortable to wear.

Speaking of comfortable, the cardigan I'm wearing is the epitome of cozy. I keep seeing chenille sweaters around, so when I spotted this one on the Ethyl website I knew it had to be mine--the soft texture and bold dark red color are so perfect for this time of year too.

I didn't know much about Ethyl Clothing before, but I've since learned that they have been in business for over thirty years, and the same couple has been designing the clothes from the start. Based out of Seattle, they began by selling their clothes to small boutiques across the U.S., but in recent years they have expanded their business to include online sales. I love supporting small businesses, and a company like Ethyl Clothing, dedicated to providing quality and fit, is one worth supporting.

Are you a jeans with a cardigan devotee as well? What's an update you'd like to make to your cardigan collection?  

Red cardigan: c/o Ethyl Clothing | gray tee: Madewell via ThredUp | jeans: c/o Ethyl Clothing | earrings: Nickel and Suede | scarf: Target (similar) | blush mules: Target

Bundled Up Winter Look

It may still be fall, but we've had a few days lately that required the full winter getup. Luckily, the cozy coat I recently ordered arrived in time for the chill. It's from Abercrombie and Fitch, a brand I haven't shopped since high school, but they had a great sale and this coat got great reviews. It's cozy and warm, and I love how the longer length works well with the longer sweaters and cardigans I've been loving lately.

During another online sale I couldn't resist, I picked up this striped sweater from Old Navy. At first I wasn't sure about the tunic length--I'm usually not much of a tunic person--but with the right jeans or leggings I really like it. For even more warmth, I added this cute hat that was a recent Amazon find.

I don't like the cold, but with the right winter gear my whining decreases significantly. Are you experiencing winter coat weather yet? What kind of winter coat are you reaching for this year? 

I hope you have a great week and a happy Thanksgiving (for those of you in the U.S.)! I'm taking a break until next week, but come back then for another style post.

Parka: Abercrombie and Fitch (similar) | striped sweater: Old Navy | jeans: American Eagle | hat: C.C. via Amazon | ankle boots: Fergalicious via ThredUp (similar)

In My Library Tote: October Children's Book Recommendations

If you follow me on Instagram, every Monday I try to share a favorite thing or something that's saving my life in my Stories. Adding to that list, something saving my--child transporting--life is audio books. The trek from Violet's daycare to Jona's school feels long. It's not actually that far, but because of school traffic and the multiple school zones we pass, it takes a good 20 to 30 minutes. During Jona's days of drop-off anxiety, audio books helped to relax him. Now the days of morning tears are gone, but audio books still help make that long drive a lot more fun. Here are a few books (and audio books) we loved last month.

{what we read in October}

Cozy Fall Stripes with Plaid

Lest we forget, winter wanted to remind us she is coming, so she sent snow last Thursday, then again yesterday. I wish I were more like Lorelai Gilmore and found the snow magical, but unfortunately I'm a bit more scrooge-like about it. I can appreciate the snow, but only when I'm inside, under a blanket, with nowhere to go. Since the snow rarely fits into those schedule openings, it's more of a pain than anything else.

Winter weather grumblings aside, it warmed up a bit on Sunday when I wore this to church. Tights were necessary of course, but at least I didn't have to wear snow boots. I visited some outlet stores a couple of weeks ago and found this striped tee and sweater vest at Gap Outlet. I can't say no to a great striped tee, and I also wanted another layering piece that's a bit different from my utility vest and puffer vests. I paired them together for this look, and added the scarf for warmth--also because I liked the colors and prints together.

Is it starting to look like winter where you live or are you still enjoying fall? How do you feel about snow?

Striped tee: Gap Outlet (similar) | denim button-down skirt: J.Crew via ThredUp (similar) | navy sweater vest: Gap Outlet (similar) | fuchsia earrings: Nickel and Suede | scarf: Talbots via ThredUp (similar) | taupe ankle boots: Fergalicious via ThredUp (similar)

In My Library Tote: October Book Reviews and Recommendations

Cool fall temperatures had me craving cozy reading time, so I managed to get a lot of reading done in October. I was all over the map genre-wise too, which made for an interesting month. Here are the eight books I read last month.

{what I read in October}

November 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, my focus was mindfulness, while November's goals center around contentment. 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.

I'm also joining Anne for her monthly Currently linkup to share what I'm up to at the start of this month of thankfulness.

The picture of contentment right here :) 

Live Your Best {Holiday} Life 2018 with Simply Alexandra

Does anyone else have that day-after-Halloween post-candy and post-late-night-with-small-children hangover? Ugh. I think they should make a rule that the day after Halloween should be an automatic holiday. Anyway, I'm so excited to share that Alexandra from Simply Alexandra and I are starting an all new Live Your Best (Holiday) Life (#LYBHolidayL) for this year. We're doing it a little differently this year, so keep reading for all the details. We'd love for you to join us to help you make your holiday season even better.