My Style: October 2022

Finally, a full month of fall style before we rush right into the holiday season. The weather this month was just so perfect, with lots of crisp days and cool nights.

As often happens when October hits, it was a hectic and busy month for me between work and home. I had fun fall plans each weekend, ranging from a nephew birthday picnic at a brewery, to Oktoberfest at my sister’s house and a visit to a local farm. However, apparently, I didn’t bother to take any photos of my weekend outfits. I’ll try to do better next month!

You will notice jeans popping up more in my work outfits — when it gets chilly outside, I get grumpy. And when I’m grumpy, I tend to just reach for whatever is warm and comfortable. So… jeans.

Work Style:

Here are my work looks for the month. With this layout, if you want to see any look closer just click on it and the photo will blow up larger for you:

I probably don’t have too many more days of going out of the house bare-legged this year, so I expect my trusty tights to start making an appearance next month!

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October Thrift Haul

This month’s thrift haul is a little different… because I (gasp) didn’t go thrifting this month. I KNOW. What kind of crazy is this?! I did, however, buy a couple fabulous things off Poshmark. So, let’s take a look at my secondhand scores!

Anthropologie Dhruv Kapoor skirt, $99


I’ve been obsessed with my black and white Dhruv Kapoor skirt since I bought it secondhand last year, so when I saw a different colorway pop up on Poshmark I was intrigued. It was still new with the tags on it (retail $158) and I bought it for $99.

Are those thrift prices? Nope. But I knew I’d love the skirt and I decided to go ahead and treat myself. Also, it’s secondhand, so that’s pretty awesome!

Here’s my black and white version in action:

And here is my new skirt styled for work yesterday:

Anthropologie Chelsea boots, $80


Yup, another secondhand Anthropologie purchase. I pretty much wear my Taos combat boots nonstop during the winter and I thought it might be fun to mix it up a bit with a pair of Chelsea boots.

I did a bunch of searches on Poshmark for leather Chelsea boots that gave me something a little different and came across this green pair with chunky lug soles. I “liked” them on Poshmark and then moved on with my life, but kept coming back to drool over them. I ended up putting in an offer for $80, which the seller accepted. I couldn’t find this exact pair with an original Anthro listing, but similar boots on their website range from $160 – 200-ish.

I decided that since I technically didn’t NEED another pair of boots, I’d do a one-in, one-out and listed a pair of Frye boots from my closet that haven’t gotten much wear.

Speaking of my Poshmark closet

If you’ve been thinking about trying Poshmark, you can use my special invite code to open an account and get $10 off your first order. Just use: POCKETFULOFJOUL And here is a direct link to my closet: Feel free to make an offer on something if you love it!

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Quickie Money Saving Tip: Save Money on Bills Just by Asking

After basically hemorrhaging money over the past few months for our bathroom renovation, I’m in savings mode again. And yes, I know the holidays are coming up. But for the moment, I’m trying to take a closer look at our normal expenses and see where we can make improvements.

Which brings me to a blog post I wrote back in 2014, called How I Saved $2,277.60… Just By Asking. It may be one of the most helpful blog posts I’ve ever written in 11+ years of blogging, so click through and check it out.

Really. Go read it. I’ll wait.

Okay, so after reminding myself how I saved money last time… I decided to pull up my credit card statement and made a list of my reoccurring charges.

Everything from school before/after care (could I cut back days?), to Kindle Unlimited (do I really need it when I’m using the library, Overdrive and Hoopla?). I reviewed our car insurance policy, checked on the current prices and promotions for streaming services, and decided where we need to trim the fat a bit.

Did I cut everything fun? NOPE. Not at all.

But I did think about whether I was still getting the enjoyment out of our $7.41 monthly Discovery + streaming service (yes, we are). So, this way I’m making more proactive decisions, rather than just ignoring them and letting them auto-renew for all of eternity.

As a result of this review, I decided to make a few changes and try them out for the rest of the year. By giving myself a couple months to get accustomed to the small cut-backs, I can look at everything with clear eyes in January.

Another Ask

You may have noticed that I occasionally share Amazon Associates links when I’m reviewing or recommending an item here on Pocketful of Joules. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases… which means that clicking on an affiliate link may help me earn a small commission at no cost to you. And I do mean small, but it does add up over time to help pay for the annual blog hosting fees I pay.

I went through my Amazon orders for the last couple years, as well as items I’ve recommended and made a special Pocketful of Joules Favorites List. If you click through and buy anything on the list, OR if you click through my list and then go elsewhere to make your needed Amazon purchases, I may earn a small affiliate commission.

If you’re planning on shopping anyways, I’d really appreciate it!

You can find the Pocketful of Joules Favorites List here: Every single thing on the list is something that I currently own, use and would recommend. If you have any questions about individual item recommendations, just let me know and I’ll give you my feedback!

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