November 2020 Month in Review

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Can you believe tomorrow is already December?? What a weird year it’s been… You all seemed to enjoy the different layout I tried for last month’s recap blog post, so I decided to follow suit today. November is always a good month for me (because of my birthday! Who doesn’t love their birthday month??) and this year was no exception. I started the month at school and came back home halfway through, so it’s been an eventful month to say the least.

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What’s New?

  • I reapplied to study abroad this month. For those of you who don’t know, I was supposed to be abroad right now at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Obviously, Covid had different plans, so now I’m hoping to go abroad next fall as a senior instead.
  • I started using the DuoLingo app again to practice Spanish. I took four years of Spanish in high school and one quarter in college, so I have somewhat of a foundation. And while I can read Spanish pretty well, speaking and listening to it is a whole different story. It’s been fun jogging my memory by using this app each day!
  • Today marks the start of my finals week, so I have a few lingering assignments to finish and a final exam tomorrow before finally being done with this quarter. Thank goodness.

Favorite Outfits from November

  • I loved the way this 70s chic outfit turned out. I think the photos are a little overexposed, but I like the pics nonetheless. A definite winner in my book!
  • Of course, I had to include my 21st birthday photoshoot outfit in this list. My tiara and sash are everything, as the kids say.
  • I also really like today’s outfit! I wish the photos turned out a little better, but I think the blue sweater looks really pretty with the grey embroidery of the skirt. And the maroon bag is the perfect and unexpected pop of color, in my opinion.

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What I Bought

  • My friend gave me a Francesca’s gift card for my birthday, so I bought this snakeskin belt and this leopard belt (both are 60% off today for Cyber Monday). I don’t have a huge belt collection but am always longing for that extra “umph” to complete an outfit. Can’t wait to receive these in a few days!
  • I also bought an olive green sweater tank top with this gift card. Yes, a sweater tank top is oxymoronic, and I’m not totally sure how to style it (it’s definitely more of a late-summer, early-fall piece). But we’ll see!

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What I Watched

  • My parents and I had a Harry Potter marathon this month—we’re big Potter fans in my house! I’m a Slytherin, in case anyone is wondering.
  • Rebecca on Netflix—The book Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is one of my favorite reads of all time, so I was very excited to watch the new movie adaptation. I actually thought it was pretty good.
  • My parents and I watched the movie Enola Holmes on Netflix, which is about Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister (starring Millie Bobby Brown). The movie was quirky and very enjoyable, so I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something fun and lighthearted to watch.
  • Someone Great on Netflix—This movie was okay, but it was kind of uncomfortable to see Gina Rodriguez in such a different role than her part in “Jane in the Virgin”.
  • I finally started watching “Gilmore Girls”. At first I didn’t get the hype about the show, but now I love it. It has only reaffirmed my beliefs that I want to live on the east coast at some point in my life. It’s a great background show as I work on my planner and blog tasks.
  • Lastly, my parents and I started “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix. Several people told me this series was really good, so we started binging after Thanksgiving dinner. It is good and an interesting watch! Plus, it has some cool 60s fashion.

Quote of the Month

  • Last Month’s Quote: “Enthusiasm is common; endurance is rare.” -Angela Duckworth
  • December’s Quote: “Today I want you to think about all that you are instead of all that you are not.” This quote seemed fitting for December, since lots of us often feel unaccomplished and down on ourselves when the year ends (especially this year).

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Goals

  • Last Month’s Goals: November’s goals were to finish making my all-encompassing blogging plan and to have my best blog month ever in terms of views and visitors. Are you surprised that I yet again didn’t finish making my plan? Ugh, sometimes I’m just so unproductive and lazy. But the good news is, depending on how today’s blog post performs, I might be able to have my best blog month ever! I already surpassed last month’s number of visitors by 200 people, and I’m only about 400 views shy from my best month… We’ll see if I make it!
  • December’s Goals: For December, rather than focusing on moving up or what I can do better, I want to put my energy into enjoying and appreciating my blog. I’ve never felt proud of Graceful Rags… and I want to change that. As this month’s quote says, I am going to focus on all that my blog IS rather than all that it is not.

This Month in 2019: Happy Thanksgiving! | El Camino de Santiago: The Lessons Learned | What a Fashion Show is Really Like

This Month in 2018: How to Beat the Christmas Blues | Trend Tester Series: The Circle Bag | 10 Ways to Style Polka Dots | High Five for High Tea

This Month in 2017: Turkey Attire | Nailed It with Sally Hansen | Fall Color Cravings | Hey Pumpkin

This Month in 2016: Brown Plaid | Plaid Skirt | Not Sweater Weather | Wall Art

What I’m Looking Forward to in December:

  • NO MORE SCHOOL.
  • Craft projects—it’s time to finally start making my college scrapbook!
  • Holiday-themed activities at home, like cookie decorating and Christmas movie nights.

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What’s the most exciting thing that happened to you in November? Let me know in the comments below! As always, thank you so much for your support. Have a great Monday and start to your week.

 

Miles of smiles,

Grace

 

Blue Sweater: Sundance Outlet, $45 | Black Embroidered Skirt: Francesca’s, $15, last worn here | Beige Booties: Sam Edelman via DSW, $90, last worn here | Maroon Circle Purse: Nordstrom Rack, $50, last worn here

16 comments on “November 2020 Month in Review”

  1. Hi, Grace how are you doing?

    I am glad to hear you took up Spanish with the DuoLingo app. I used to learn German when I was in high school and was fluent in written and spoken German, but now can barely speak a few words. I need to download the app so I can practice, too.

    I am so looking forward to December and decorating the house and baking gingerbread cookies. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. P.s. Your skirt and outfit are simply stunning. Take care xxx Aiva 🙂

    1. Thank you Aiva! My mom used to be fluent in German too, but like you, she’s forgotten most of it since college! I admire people who are multilingual so much. What a cool skill – the U.S. education system really missed the mark on that one.

  2. You should be proud of your blog! While I read some blogs as part of my duty from linking up, yours I always make sure I read each week and for enjoyment! I love following along your life and your outfits are really cute, like today’s: adorable! Looking forward to the same type of stuff this month, I actually got a Ninja cookie decorating set and gingerbread house from Aldi and we made paper snowflakes and had a hot cocoa bar yesterday. A good month to do all the fun stuff!
    http://www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

    1. Thank you so much Mireille. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your support! The cookie decorating set sounds awesome, as do paper snowflakes! So fun!

  3. You have a great blog and should be proud of it and enjoy it! I hope you meet your December goals! We loved The Queens Gambit! It had the best fashion! I hope that your application to study abroad is approved!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  4. I love how fun your 21st bday outfit was, complete with tiarra 🙂 So fun! This outfit is very pretty! I love the grey sweater with the embroidery of the skirt, and I am a sucker for round bags! Love yours, I have a black floral one from Zara I need to style.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    1. Thanks so much Jess! Yes, the fun tiara was a birthday gift from my friend. I really love circle bags too! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  5. This is such a cute outfit with the cropped knit and the skirt! I’m glad you had a good month and you are on track with your blog goals – hopefully you can look at the blog with fresh eyes as you said for December. I’ll never have a “big” blog, I don’t have the time or want to take the time to work hard on it, but it’s a fun hobby and I appreciate it for that! 🙂

    I’m also really impressed you managed to watch so much on Netflix – aside from starting to watch Christmas movies for movie nights with the kids once a week I haven’t been able to get anything on my list watched, haha!

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup!

    Hope that you are having a great weekend 🙂 Too hot to do much here so we are staying at home doing Christmas crafts 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Mica! I think I would have been better off if I had watched less on Netflix, haha. Definitely would have been more productive! And that’s awesome that you love your blog and appreciate it for what it is. That’s exactly the kind of mindset I want to have. 🙂

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