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

OUTFIT DETAILS

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

OUTFIT DETAILS

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

OUTFIT DETAILS

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

OUTFIT DETAILS

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

OUTFIT DETAILS

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!


OUTFIT DETAILS

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

What we did + where we ate in Muri, Rarotonga

What to do and where to eat in Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
View of Rarotonga from Koromiri, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Kayaking Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blue starfish in Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Dogs chasing drone in Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I wrote a little bit about why I chose an accommodation in the Muri area for our time on Rarotonga in a previous post, and here’s a breakdown of what we did and where we ate in the Muri area! We did a lot more wandering around the island than I anticipated we would, but we ate all meals in the Muri area (save for our trip to Aitutaki) and we also did a number of activities. Of course, this list doesn’t include everything available in the area, and there are a number of things I’d like to do and a number of eateries I’d like to try next time. ;)

We spent a couple of hours on another hot, sunny afternoon kayaking around the Muri lagoon—a popular activity along with paddle boarding and snorkeling. I loaded up a dry bag with towels, snacks, sunscreen, and we brought along our phones in the waterproof cases. We tried taking photos and videos underwater with the cases, which was mildly successful (moreso on Korri’s new iPhone 11). Some of these photos were taken with the cases, which I’m sure are easy to spot since they’re not the clearest. We forgot the GoPro! I wish we hadn’t because we saw such beautiful fish.

I packed my striped rash guard (last seen in Florida) specifically for kayaking/SUP, and it definitely came in handy. A few weeks before our trip, I saw that J.Crew had matching high-rise bikini bottoms on super sale, so I snagged myself a pair. They work perfectly with my cropped rash guard! I wore a baseball cap to keep the sun off of my face and a pair of water shoes just in case Korri tipped over the kayak… ;) ha!

We spent a couple of hours wandering around the lagoon looking for pretty fish in the water and listening to the ocean, hanging out on one of the motu (Koromiri), and watching the dogs swim around. Korri ended up taking one back to the main island since he was looking pretty tired, and I watched a couple more dogs chase a drone flying by. It was such a beautiful afternoon!

Clouds over Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
J.Crew navy striped rash guard and bikini bottoms — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Dog swimming in Muri lagoon, Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Kayaking Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Raro dog in the rain on Muri Beach, Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

WHAT WE DID IN MURI

Kayaked Muri Lagoon • Our accommodation, Muri Beachcomber, had bikes, snorkel equipment, paddle boards, and kayaks available for guests to use. I was definitely planning on biking, paddling, and snorkeling at one point but time got away from us so the only thing we managed to do was kayak. Most of their kayaks fit two people, which is nice unless your partner is difficult to paddle with. ;) We paddled out near the reef at low tide, saw gorgeous fish in the water, and stopped at one of the motu for a short break. We didn’t stay out too long because even after applying copious amounts of sunscreen and reapplying, Korri got sunburned pretty bad and I got burned in the spots I missed! It was a beautiful, sunny, hot day on the lagoon.

Walked/lounged on the beach • How can you not when you’re staying on the beach?! :) I loved the view of the four motu and the wide, blue lagoon. Plus you can hear the big waves crashing on the reef in the distance. I only saw a few other people when walking the beach in the morning. Compared to Florida or Hawaii, it’s incredible how few people visit the Cook Islands and how much more secluded the beaches felt.

Yoga with KiteSUP • KiteSUP offers morning yoga on Wednesdays and Fridays in a studio above the Te Ara Museum of Cultural Enterprise. We went on Wednesday morning; I brought yoga stuff with me, so I insisted on us doing yoga at least once! KiteSUP also offers SUP yoga which was tempting but a little too ambitious for us, haha. But it looked fun—especially with those Raro dogs joining in!

Couples massage at Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa • Te Manava is a little farther south than Muri proper but still within walking distance. This spa was recommended by our accommodation, and we booked a couples massage. (The price was on par with what you’d pay in the U.S.) Our massage included a quick foot scrub, and Korri and I both opted for the deep tissue massage. I had forgotten what a deep tissue massage felt like! My back and shoulders were sore afterward—ha—but I haven’t had much pain since!

Cultural tour and island night with buffet dinner at Te Vara Nui Village • We had a two-hour tour, learning about Cook Islands history and culture prior to the buffet dinner. Our food was beautifully presented and featured lots of different options, including vegan and gluten free options. After dinner, there was a show on the stage in the center of the property and over the water, and after the show, they served dessert with an array of different varieties. Island nights cater primarily to tourists, but we had fun nonetheless! (If you’ve ever been to a luau, this was similar to that.) The folks at our table were from Australia and Switzerland, and it was so cool to talk to them!

Te Vara Nui Village, Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Breakfast at Deli Licious Cafe, Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Vili's Burger Joint, Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Smoothies and hot chips at the Muri Night Market, Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Sunrise over Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga, Cook Islands — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

WHERE WE ATE IN MURI

BREAKFAST / LUNCH

Deli Licious Café • We went here for breakfast every day except for one day, where we tried a different place for breakfast (LBV below). This was our favorite spot. It was a little spendy and sometimes we had to wait a little while for our food, but the food was really tasty and the folks there so nice. We saw a lot of locals here which is a good sign! Korri always ordered the eggs benedict with a mocha, and I tried pineapple pancakes with bananas and eggs and hashbrowns during our time there. My go-to drink was a chai that didn’t taste much like a chai (not a spicy chai at all) but was still so good and sweet.

Le Bon Vivant (LBV) • We decided to try this place on my birthday; it’s right across the street from Deli Licious. I ordered a salad that looked delicious but had cilantro which is my least favorite herb, so that was a bummer. We also ordered fries with a garlicy butter that was pretty good, and I had an amazing peach smoothie. This meal was also fairly spendy comparatively. We enjoyed watching the chickens bully the little birds around, haha. I’d eat here again but we loved Deli Licious so much that we just kept going back there!

LUNCH / DINNER

Vili’s Burger Joint • The reviews for this place are outstanding, and having this place nearby was one of the main reasons why I picked Muri as our home base. It lived up to the hype! The burgers were the perfect size and so delicious. Korri and I both ordered the ‘Muri’ burger, which has cheese, bacon, lettuce, pineapple, and the special Vili’s sauce. Yum! The prices are super reasonable, too. On my birthday, we ordered drinks from the place next door and two drinks cost more than our two burgers and fries, haha. But they were delicious as well!

DINNER

Muri Night Market • The night market happens on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights starting at 5 pm, and it was right next to our accommodation which was super convenient for us. People drove in from all over the island to eat at the night market! We ate here three of the four nights because we loved it so much. There is a wide variety of freshly prepared food for sale by locals. We loved the taco stall the best! We ordered the beef taco (just one large taco) multiple times and also tried the nachos (made with nacho Doritos, haha). From other stalls, we tried chicken skewers (weren’t a fan of the sauce) and noodles with veggies. We also loved the stall in the back with fresh, hot chips (fries!) and the most amazing smoothies (super mango tango was our favorite).

The Rickshaw • I wanted to try someplace new for our last night on the island, so we wandered down the road hoping to eat at La Casita (Mexican), but it was closed so we went next door to The Rickshaw, which offers a variety of Asian cuisine. We both had fried rice (I had a small portion of veggie fried rice, and Korri ordered a regular portion of chicken fried rice; my portion was perfect!). The food was good, but the service was really sluggish…after we finished eating, our server took our plates and then never returned with our check or to ask if we needed anything else, and we couldn’t hang around and wait because we had to catch our ride to the airport. Korri went up to the counter to pay so we could leave.


OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew rash guard / old; similar (on sale!)
J.Crew bikini bottoms / exact (on sale!)
Speedo water shoes / exact
Everlane hat / exact style
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Linum Home Textiles towels / exact