In my cart: all things autumn


Every year, when fall comes around, I want to add ALL THE THINGS to my wardrobe. Without fail. I did a lot of shopping last month—some of what I bought was in preparation for my 30th birthday trip and some of what I bought was to welcome in the new season and freshen up my wardrobe (you may recall the striped tee and jeans I wore in this post). I’m trying not to shop too much right now as I let my bank account recover from all the recent spending (my current style sudoku is helping me stay in check for the most part), but I can’t help but swoon at all the new goodies being released by my favorite retailers!

I did recently place an order for the new ReNew fleece raglan sweatshirt by Everlane. I love the oat color, and it sold out so quickly in the oversized sweatshirt style that they released last year that I pounced on this new version. I appreciate that this sweatshirt doesn’t have dropped shoulders, which can sometimes make my already broad shoulders look like I’m wearing football shoulder pads…

I also was intrigued by Nisolo’s Amalia all weather boots that were released a week ago. Stylish boots that I could wear in any weather?! Sign me up! I know, I really don’t need another pair of boots (they’re starting to take over my closet…), but I made an exception for this pair because they’re functional. I ordered them in the beautiful brandy colorway shown above; fingers crossed I love them!

Continuing the weatherproof trend… I’ve had the Aquatalia Tilly weatherproof boots on my to-buy list since they were included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale at 30% off. I didn’t pounce because I figured they would make it to deeper sale later this fall. The only problem I’m having now is deciding on a color! I was originally set on the grey colorway but now think the chocolate brown would go with more in my closet. Agh! Also, Everlane just released their new ReDown line of coats, and I’m sure tempted by them. I don’t know why but I have a harder time spending $150+ on a coat than I do on boots. Please remind me that I wear my coats just as much as boots if not more often! Plus, most of my existing coats are not warm enough to for any given winter day, and it’d be nice to have truly warm coats.

Other items I have my eyes on: a chunky cropped cardigan (there was a very similar one released in the summer with a crewneck that sold out in one weekend) and dark green flannel shirt (with buttons down the back!) by Madewell. I also love my tortoiseshell Air Heart sunglasses by Le Specs so much that I’m seriously considering buying them in black. I’ve had mine for a couple of years now and never noticed that they had a gold stripe across the top until recently!

A random thought: I think one of the things I’ll add to my next wardrobe plan (here’s my plan for 2019) is to “think weather appropriate”—we do get precipitation, especially in the transitional seasons, so I may as well embrace that and build my wardrobe up with pieces I don’t have to worry about getting wet. I’ve been planning my daily style sudoku outfit around whether or not it’s going to rain because I included shoes that would probably get ruined in the rain! I’d much rather not have to constantly think about what shoes or jackets/coats I can get wet and which I can’t.

October Style Sudoku: Outfits 1–5

Time flew and now it’s time to recap the first five outfits of my October style sudoku! As I did with my previous three style sudokus, I’m grouping the outfits into three posts starting with the first five outfits. Below, you’ll find all the details on what I wore on each day, the weather for that day, and my thoughts on each outfit and how well it worked for me.

OUTFIT 1 • Sunday, October 13th

October Style Sudoku: Outfit 1 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Here’s day one! We didn’t do much on this Sunday…as usual, I spent a lot of time trying to finalize my sudoku. I tried on a bunch of different options and everything that I thought was going to be included didn’t work with the other things I wanted to include. Of course.

I picked this outfit for an evening at my dad’s house. He fed us smoked pulled pork and we caught part of an NFL game and then watched a show on the Discovery Channel about the folks that live in the Frank Church Wilderness in the central Idaho mountains called River of No Return. I’m all about laying low on the weekends, and it’s good I got out of the house because I haven’t been changing out of sweats if I don’t leave, haha.

Weather: High of 62°F (17°C), dry


Uniqlo vest / exact or similar by Gap
Everlane sweatshirt / exact (on sale!)
Madewell jeans / old; similar
J.Crew flats / old; similar by Lucky Brand
Dior Lip Glow in pink / exact

OUTFIT 2 • Monday, October 14th

October Style Sudoku: Outfit 2 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I had the day off of work today…and so did Korri! We spent the day shooting all of my sudoku outfits (took just over an hour—a new record, I think!), tidying up the house, going to the grocery store, and making a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner (with tri-tip instead of turkey…ha!). We also spent most of our night in a virtual line waiting to buy tickets to Taylor Swift’s Lover Fest West shows in LA next summer. By some miracle, we were able to secure tickets to both nights! I’m so excited.

This outfit gives me all of the fall vibes—a pumpkin orange-brown sweater, olive jeans, velvet boots, and a faux leather jacket to top it all off. I should have taken a photo without the jacket to get the full effect of the colors together!

Weather: High of 65°F (18°C), dry


BlankNYC jacket / old; similar
& Other Stories sweater / exact style (limited sizes) or similar by Target
Madewell jeans / old; similar from Macy’s
Earth boots c/o / old; similar from Amazon (last seen here)
Dior Lip Glow in pink / exact

OUTFIT 3 • Tuesday, October 15th

October Style Sudoku: Outfit 3 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I was up late the night before, so the morning came quick and it was rough trying to get myself to work. At least it was already Tuesday! Plus, it helps so much knowing the outfits I can pick from. I can get ready so much faster when I know what I’m wearing already. Note to self: ALWAYS PICK OUT OUTFIT THE NIGHT BEFORE!

This outfit is a little bit of a mish-mash of colors: rusty brown, creamy white, washed black, and olive. I was really unsure about this outfit when I put together my sudoku, but honestly, I like how it all came together in these photos better than I thought I would! I felt a little bit self-conscious wearing this hat with these jeans because the jeans seem more grey in person and I’m not a huge fan of grey and brown together, but I was probably just overthinking it (as usual). I picked a hat outfit because I got a massage and my hair always gets oily from the lotion!

Weather: High of 74°C (23°C), dry


Madewell shirt / similar
Everlane jeans / exact
Earth boots c/o / old; similar (last seen here)
Phase 3 hat / old; similar from Revolve
Dior Lip Glow in pink / exact

OUTFIT 4 • Wednesday, October 16th

October Style Sudoku: Outfit 4 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Whew, today was a warm one! I wasn’t expecting a day this warm so I didn’t really have a good outfit for it, but it didn’t really matter because I was stuck inside working all day—lol. I picked one of the outfits with my faux leather jacket because I wanted to save my non-jacket outfits for the days that would require a warmer coat over top.

Out of all the outfits in my sudoku, this is one of my more casual outfits (well, all of my outfits are casual, but this one is extra casual with the combination of the sweatshirt and the distressed-hem skinny jeans). I originally thought I’d wear it on a weekend but it worked just as well for work!

Weather: High of 80°F (27°C), dry


BlankNYC jacket / old; similar
Everlane sweatshirt / exact (on sale!)
Madewell jeans / old; similar
Earth boots c/o / old; similar (last seen here)
Dior Lip Glow in pink / exact

OUTFIT 5 • Thursday, October 17th

October Style Sudoku: Outfit 5 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

When I made my style sudoku last weekend, I saw that there were a few days of rain in the forecast…but I didn’t want to wear my rain boots for the third sudoku, so I picked a couple of pairs of shoes that could handle a little bit of rain and kept my fingers crossed! Rain was in the forecast yesterday, so I opted to wear this outfit with my old Madewell oxford shoes. Luckily, it only rained when I was inside and it dried out pretty quickly, so I didn’t have to walk through puddles!

I haven’t worn these shoes very much recently, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to include them in my sudoku. I was nervous to wear them, mostly because I thought they would rub or feel uncomfortable, but I didn’t have any issues all day! They’re still one of my favorite pairs of shoes; I love their more masculine vibe and pairing them with feminine pieces.

Weather: High of 67°F (19°C), a few light showers


Everlane sweater / old; similar by Reformation
Madewell jeans / exact
Madewell shoes / old; similar
Gorjana necklace / exact from Shopbop
Dior Lip Glow in pink / exact

Fuzzy fleece and boot season

Earth Denali Anchor boot casual fall outfit with fuzzy fleece jacket — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Earth Denali Anchor lace-up boots casual fall outfit with fleece jacket — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Uniqlo fleece jacket cozy and casual fall outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Cozy casual fall outfit with Uniqlo fleece jacket and Earth Anchor boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Earth Denali Anchor lace-up boots in light tan — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual fall outfit with fleece jacket and Earth lace-up boot — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

We came home from our trip to the Cook Islands at the end of September and immediately entered fuzzy fleece and boot season—the temperatures dropped and the leaves are falling closely behind, which means that it’s officially fall here. Whew! So, before I dive into my final style sudoku of the year, here’s a quick little fall outfit post featuring a couple of new-to-me items: a fuzzy fleece jacket from Uniqlo and lace-up boots courtesy of Earth.

I’ve decided that my fall style M.O. is to wear all of the soft, cozy things I possibly can. I just want to feel comforted every time I get dressed. I’m thankful that I can wear casual items to work, and this was the perfect outfit to cozy up in for a day at my desk. I absolutely love this fleece jacket, but I must admit that the color makes me nervous! I’m pretty spill-prone, so I make sure to wear it on days that I don’t plan on eating anything with red sauce or something else that could spill all over me, haha. I couldn’t commit to a top or shirt to wear under my jacket so I wore a thin Heattech tank top under my fleece jacket (it enabled me to do a quick change before lunch so I didn’t ruin my jacket!).

Other than the fleece jacket, the big star of this outfit is my new pair of boots! I’ve been collaborating with Earth for years now, and this season I selected the Denali Anchor lace-up boots as part of my collaboration. I saw them and immediately wanted to add them to my wardrobe. I love the light tan color and walkable heel. Plus, they feature side zips so you don’t have to untie/retie them every time! As usual, they’re incredibly comfortable to wear and walk in all day. Truly, my Earth shoes are the most comfortable shoes in my closet.

Unfortunately, there is limited stock of the Denali Anchor boot right now, but Earth is expecting a restock any day now! They’re popular and for good reason. ;) I took my usual size 7 and can wear a regular pair of socks, but I think a thick pair of winter socks would be too snug so I would suggest sizing up if you want to wear thick socks. Let me know if you pick up a pair yourself!


Uniqlo jacket / exact
Madewell jeans / old; similar
Earth boots c/o / exact (limited sizes) (also available from Nordstrom and Zappos)
ABLE earrings / exact
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Lip Glow in pink / exact