We had to take an unintended “break” over the past week. Our site crashed last Tuesday morning. We’ve been having on-and-off issues since the beginning of the year, each time we think we have it fixed, and then each subsequent crash is worse than the last.
If you were wondering why our posts have been feeling sporadic lately, it isn’t because we didn’t have content, it’s because I couldn’t get our posts published. Or, worse, our final proofed articles weren’t saving and old error-filled articles were going up without me knowing until after they were live. Basically, our backend was a mess.
When I woke up early Tuesday morning and couldn’t even access the site, it took all my discipline not toss my laptop and consider it a sign from the heavens that it was time for a new career.
Instead, I started the process of switching to a new host, something that was on my to-do list for some time. I’d been putting it off since it meant down time and I didn’t want another big expense this year.
Thankfully, it wasn’t as intrusive as I thought it would be, we shouldn’t have any more issues, and our site speed should increase significantly.
So I’m picking up where we left off, with our October Reader Favorites. Thanks for your patience!
Reader Favorites is a series that highlights the most popular items on the blog from the last month. Think of it as a round-up of highly recommended items from your friends. You’ll see these incorporated different ways in upcoming style posts to help you get the most out of what you’re buying and ideas on how and where to wear them.
Last month’s favorites feature a fantastic mix of sale pieces, daily basics, and pieces you can zhush up for the holidays. .
October Reader Favorites
Bag: $50: I don’t think there has been a month in 2019 that this bag hasn’t made our favorites list. It’s just a straightforward, durable bag. I bought it a few years back for a trip to Europe, thinking it would be easy to pack and carry items we picked up along the way. It was, AND I’ve used it weekly back home ever since.
Sneaker: ON SALE $60: The biggest issue with these sneakers is deciding between grey and black. Black, I like with leggings and athleisure pieces, but grey is pretty with jeans and other casual bottoms. Either way, they are chic and comfortable at a can’t beat price.
Sweater: $60: We featured this sweater a few different ways in October. I love the versatility of it, but now that the weather is freezing on the east coast I’m dreaming of wearing it by a fire after a day of watching the kids ski.
Dress: ON SALE $40: This is a “hero” dress. It’s what you wear when you have nothing to wear. You can dress it up with jewelry, and pumps and a sparkly bag, or wear a more sensible heel, add a blazer, and head to the office. Available in sizes 0 – 16 in six gorgeous colors for only $40.
Leggings: $98: When I first suggested faux leather leggings, I thought I would get the same response I did when I introduced us to distressed jeans: you either love them or hate them, with a passion. To my surprise, almost everyone loved the idea. These work best with an oversized sweater or a longish cardigan or blazer and a high heel boot or pump. I tend to keep them for dress-up occasions when I want to feel like I’m still relatively young and hip. But I’ve seen them worn with sneakers and sweatshirts and they look infinitely cooler than I’ll ever be.
Jacket: $168: If you live in a region with mild temperatures, a mid-weight jacket may be just the thing you need. This is that ideal piece to throw on to run errands, meet the school bus, or walk the dog. Love it in navy (above), army green, and my favorite, off white. If you live in a region with mild temperatures, a mid-weight jacket may be just the thing you need. This is that ideal piece to throw on to run errands, meet the school bus, or walk the dog. Love it in navy (above), army green, and my favorite, off white.
Bag: $40: Sole Society kills it with high style bags at low prices. A crossbody bag is ideal for keeping you hands free, especially at this time of year.