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Top Ten in November 2021

Hi, friends! I’ve been plugging away all week at my holiday decorating and Christmas shopping, and I think I’m pretty much done! It feels really good. I even spent some time wrapping gifts on Tuesday. I’ve never been this far ahead before.

Before I dive headlong into December content and holiday party looks, I’m taking a look back at the most popular posts and products from November.

Top 10 Posts in November 2021

Based on Google Analytics, these were the 10 most popular blog posts that I published last month. These posts are listed in typical Top Ten order, with the most popular one last.

#10. Fall Weekend in New England // We took these pictures when we were visiting my daughter at college last month, and I love how they turned out. This is such a good everyday fall/winter outfit. I’ve already worn it a few times since our trip.

#9. What I Wore Lately Vol. 66 // Always a popular feature, two of my What I Wore Lately posts made the top ten this month!

#8. What I Wore Lately Vol. 67 // And this is the other one. Yeah, I know, the outfits get pretty redundant. I have very few reasons to dress up these days.

#7. White Elephant Gift Ideas Under $50 // I’m so glad you all liked this one! This was a new topic for my gift guides this year.

#6. Coffee Talk + A Few Try-ons // One way to get Coffee Talk to show up in the top ten, add some try-ons to the mix. Ha!

#5. 2 Easy Holiday Looks with Black Pants // It sounds like a lot of you have more casual gatherings this season, and dressing up your basic black pants is a great way to get more mileage out of your wardrobe essentials.

#4. 2 Festive Looks for Home Entertaining // This post has two more casual-festive outfits, this time with jeans.

#3. Winter Try-On Haul // And of course my try-on haul is ranking right up there near the top! I will be doing more of these after the holidays; it’s been hard to find time lately.

#2. 15 Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas //  These Thanksgiving outfit ideas were so well received, would you like me to do a similar roundup with holiday outfits?

#1. The Ultimate Shoppers Guide to the Best of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales // And I guess it’s appropriate that this post made the top spot! I hope my Cyber Week coverage was helpful. I tried to keep it updated and call out the best deals and my top recommendations at the top so it wasn’t just a long list of sales. Any feedback for next year is appreciated1

Okay, moving on to popular products…

Top 10 Products in November 2021

These were the 10 most popular products across my blog and social channels last month. They’re listed in typical Top Ten order, with the most popular one last.

#10. Vince Easy Fit Crewneck Wool & Cashmere Sweater // This sweater ranks again! Seriously, though, if I could only buy one clothing item this fall, I think it would be this sweater. I love the elegant simplicity of the cut and the color, and it’s still 40% off. It runs true to size; I have the S.

#9. Tartelette in Bloom Amazonian Clay Palette // My go-to eye shadow palette went 40% off and it looks like a lot of you hopped on the bandwagon. You’ll have to let me know how you like it.

#8. Hygge Games I Should Have Known That Card Trivia Game // I just mentioned that I gifted this game to a friend, and it went gangbusters! I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do.

#7. Vince Crop Leggings // These are a huge splurge, but they are a high quality, classic wardrobe piece you can have for years. If in doubt, size up in these; I have the M.

#6. Aquatalia Dayana Waterproof Stretch Booties // I really need to get a better picture of these, but trust me when I say, these booties are well worth the sale price. They look great with everything from jeans to dresses, and they’re warm and comfortable too. Plus, they’re weather-proof, if you can believe it! I found them true to size; I wear the 8.

#5. LOFT Relaxed Cardigan // This bright sweater is affordable and super soft. The modern v-neck cardigan style is an easy wardrobe update, and it’s perfect paired with higher rise jeans. It’s TTS; I’m in the S.

#4. Caslon Funnel Neck Sweater // This sweater has been in the top ten for two months running! It’s really soft and cozy and has no wool. It runs true to size with a generous fit, or you could size down if you want a little less fabric.

#3. Gorilla Grip Silicone Oven Mitts // It cracks me up to see these in the top ten. They really are handy, though… see what I did there? The silicone is easy to clean, but they’re soft inside and protect your hands from hot pans.

#2. Alfani Shine-Striped Sweater // I love this shimmery pullover for casual-festive looks. Pair it when skirts, pants, or jeans. It’s true to size, and it comes in a few other colors. Wearing the S.

And the winner is! Drumroll please . . . 🥁

#1. Blondo Daggar Waterproof Booties // These are by far and away the top seller from November. I’ve been getting lots of wear out of them. They’re warm and comfortable and waterproof, and the lug sole with a subtle wedge is on trend but still refined for those of us with a more classic style. All that, and on sale too! Definitely size up half in these boots; I have the 8.5.

And that’s a wrap for November! I’ve got a lot of holiday outfits in the works, and lots of last minute gift ideas for everyone on your list. Let me know what events you have coming up and the type of gifts you’re shopping for, and I’ll do my best to help!

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12 thoughts on “Top Ten in November 2021

  1. I’m fairly new to your blog and I just want to say I love your style! I really enjoy the material you put out and can’t wait to see what’s next. Thanks so much for what you do!

  2. Great post. I was excited when you said the funnel neck sweater had no wool but when I went to order, it does…..5%. Just thought I’d let you and others know if they don’t check it out. Love your blog. You did such a great job getting us ready for Christmas shopping. I hope you continue to give gifts guides early in the coming years. I always have all my shopping done before Thanksgiving. As for you being all decorated and even gifts wrapped that’s great. I’m on Day 12 home sick. My husband is recovered from covid and going back to work tomorrow. So happy for him. I tested 2 times and negative but sure feels like I have it and living in the same house so close with him, seems it would be but lots of bad flu going around here too. I got my Fall stuff put away but Christmas decorating will have to wait. I’m sooo ready. Need the Christmas spirit. :). Thanks for all your work for this blog. So glad you will be going to get Caroline. Good call. 🙂

    1. I am so glad your husband is feeling up to going back to work! I hope you’re feeling more like yourself soon. It does seem odd that you would have something different. And thanks for the info on the sweater. Ooops! I was going on memory.

  3. I love those Blondo boots and I can see why they are number one, I just wish they came in a gray. Prayers for safe travel with Caroline. Thanks for all that you do!

  4. Jolynn…..May I suggest a different perspective on your car trip? God is giving you a special time alone with your daughter. She will say things, ask questions about issues that you would have never had otherwise. Most children and young adults share so much more when corralled for periods time. Pray asking God for conversations that need to be had that you have no idea is needed.

    1. Oh my goodness, yes. I know that. I was speaking only to the stress of the actual drive itself. I’d be able to enjoy our conversations more if I were driving, lol. But I know she needs the experience.

  5. My husband, son and I are headed to Philly for the weekend. I’ve never been! Any suggestions for restaurants near Independence Hall?

  6. Jo-Lynne,
    I’ve been following your blog since 2015. I have loved it through the years and rarely went a day without reading your post. Lately I have found myself skipping them more than reading them. I have been discouraged by the high price points you have shifted to. The outfit in this post that prompted me to write this comment is the one where you go to the mall and lunch with your daughter in Boston. You look great and I love the pieces, I just can’t afford the price tags — shoes for $790?? I realize there are less expensive options, but part of the reason I follow your blog is for the convenience of not having to look around for things myself. Also, I am not good at fashion, and don’t have the confidence that what I choose is “right.” It’s the whole reason I started following your blog in the first place. Also, I think I am just not in the sweet spot of your new target demographic. I think you’ve moved on, and I’m not sure I can keep up.

    1. Hi, Nancy. I hear what you’re saying. Yes, my overall price points have gone up over time. I’ve always appreciated higher quality pieces, but they used to be more of a spurge here and there. As I’ve been building my wardrobe over the years, and as my business has grown, I’ve been able to invest in more lasting pieces, and that is reflected in my content. I still try to keep a mix of price points, but my target demographic has definitely evolved over the years.

      As I’m sure you know, the Gucci mules that you mention do not represent the average price of my footwear, not even the more investment items. They were a one time crazy splurge for a milestone blog anniversary last spring, and I only shared them in that post because it is what I actually wore. I don’t typically feature designer items in my posts, and they weren’t the focus of that one. It was a post about what I actually wore, and I usually list similar options or just don’t link things like that, but in that case I guess I was in a rush and didn’t take the time. And as you may have seen in the comments, there are people who were interested in them. I know that is not my average reader, but that is some readers.

      I actually feel very awkward about sharing so much about what I spend, but I’ve had to get over that to do this job. 🙂 Plus, it feels more authentic to share what I actually purchase and wear, and I’ve learned that there are people who appreciate the higher price points. There are tons of fashion blogs out there doing lower price points, but not so many doing the higher end but not super designery stuff. I still try to incorporate some lower priced items, but as time goes by, they are not as prevalent as they once were.

      Sorry for such a long reply, but you are a faithful reader, and I wanted to be transparent about where I see my blog going and why you’ve noticed a shift in price points. Please know that I appreciate your loyalty and encouragement over the years. I never want people to feel bad when they read my posts, and if my content is no longer relevant to you, I understand if you feel the need to move on.

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