Yippee! I always love writing this monthly post. It’s a fun way for me to run some analytics and see what is resonating with my readers here and viewers on YouTube. I hope you also enjoy finding out what has been trending in our community. My assistant Holly pulls these analytics and graphics together for me, so I just discover the results as I’m writing up the post. Let’s see what was hot at DFMD in October 2023.
I do always like to take a moment to say that I don’t really know exactly what my readers and viewers have ordered. And you can trust that your private information stays private when you shop through my links. I never know who orders anything. The analytics that we base this HOT at DFMD list on is simply the items clicked through that resulted in orders. So readers may have clicked through on one item and purchased something completely different. But at least we know these items drew interest. And more often than not I’ve discovered (from your comments and emails) that readers really did buy these HOT items.
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Ooh! I see a lot of familiar and favorite items in that graphic. Let’s run down the list of HOT at DFMD in October 2023 in reverse order, starting with the 16th most popular item.
16. Talbots double breasted boiled wool blend coat
I’m thrilled that as of today I can officially wear this coat. It’s – brrrrr – freezing outside today! And I am so ready to wear this beautiful caramel colored double breasted boiled wool blend coat out and about.
This is a great quality coat and it will work equally well with dressier and more casual outfits. I have it in a size medium and it fits true to size.
Although I know I have readers and viewers who have purchased a Veronica Beard dickey jacket over the years, I think this is the first time one showed up in the top sellers. And I’m still not sure that every click through the Veronica Beard Somner dickey jacket resulted in the purchase of this specific jacket, I am pleased to see that it made the list.
This jacket, like most Veronica Beard jackets, runs slightly large; I’m wearing an 8 whereas I probably would wear a 10 in most jackets (other than Talbots). It is an investment piece that I will wear for years, and I was able to get mine almost completely with Nordy Notes. But I’m all for investing in outerwear; I think that’s the smartest place to spend most of your clothing budget, especially if you live in a climate where you wear these pieces frequently.
I’ve been wearing my Talbots smooth link necklace for two years now, and I love it. Simple statement necklaces like these continue to trend. And the Talbots smooth link necklace is perfect for a v-neckline.
I like to opt for simple earrings when I’m wearing my Talbots smooth link necklace. Speaking of simple earrings but beautiful earrings, I recently got these Maya hoops from Penelope Jewelry and have been wearing them almost nonstop. I love that they are 14k gold and so understated. You can use code KAY15 for 15% off at Penelope Jewelry, thanks to Rachel, the owner and creator of this custom jewelry.
I’m wearing one of these Talbots perfect turtlenecks today. They’re truly the perfect weight to wear alone or under a sweater or jacket. And they come in so many great colors.
The Talbots perfect turtleneck runs true to size; I wear a medium.
Aren’t you so glad we discovered Quince? This brand is not only concerned about sustainability and affordability, but they also have high quality products. I know that viewers and readers who have purchased the Quince 100% organic cotton fisherman crewneck sweater are undoubtedly enjoying it.
Depending on your location, this Quince 100% organic cotton fisherman crewneck sweater could be a great sweater for the winter. But Quince also has equally lovely cashmere fisherman crewneck sweaters you may want to check out, too.
I’m also wearing these Talbots Tribeca pants in the photos up above with the turtlenecks and coat, just to give you a feel for how they look dressed up a bit. They fit true to size.
I’m having so much fun wearing these Harlow wide-leg pants from Madewell. I hope those of you who purchased them enjoy them as much. I do think they will take us all a little trial and error and practice to style since they are a relatively new-to-us silhouette. But when you score, you’ll know it!
I’ve since purchased the chocolate raisin color in these Harlow wide-leg pants, too. I wore them Sunday with this graphic tee and my denim jacket. The wide-leg pants run a little large; I went with my lower size 8.
I shared that my friend Shelly wore these Chico’s trouser jeans in London and I fell in love with them. I’m hoping you did, too, if you purchased them. They’re still available and marked down 25%.
The Chico’s trouser jeans come in several different washes and are a great option if you want to stick your toe in the wide-leg jean silhouette without going in above your head. They run true to size and come in regular, petite and tall iterations.
My Talbots denim button-front shirt has been a staple in my closet so far this fall. In fact, this is a shirt I keep in my wardrobe for year-round layering.
It runs true to size. And I do believe that Talbots has increased the size of their shirt sleeves a bit in the upper arm. Thank you!
It looks like my Nordstrom wool & cashmere knit hoodie is no longer available in this berry color. But honestly, I love the tan smoke option, too. Of course sizes are going fast there as well.
However, if you’re interested in this silhouette, I’d check out the offering at Quince. It looks just like mine and is marked down.
I got these Talbots high waist straight ankle jeans in Newport back in the spring and have featured them in numerous blog posts. They are comfortable and have been perfect for spring through fall.
I did cut mine off at the hemline, so the Talbots high waist straight ankle jeans in Newport really come with a finished hem. They fit true to size.
Here’s another fun jacket I’m anxious to wear a little more. The Talbots quilted barn jacket in spectacular animal print is so chic and just the right weight for a cool day.
The Talbots quilted barn jacket in spectacular animal print runs true to size.
The Talbots Laura tassel loafers have worked well in my fall wardrobe. They run a little small; I sized up one half size in these.
The Talbots Laura tassel loafers are a beautiful burnished cognac color and are so on trend.
I’ve featured the Talbots straight leg jeans in Florence a few times now. They are a classic straight leg jean with a slim fit.
I appreciate the navy thread in this jeans; it distinguishes them as a slightly dressier option than those stitched with the traditional yellow or gold thread. They run slightly smaller than other Talbots jeans, to me. I’m still wearing my usual 8, but they are a slimmer fit.
Whether you purchased the Talbots classic Shetland blazer in this pretty berry color or the more traditional camel, I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am mine. It has a lovely, feminine silhouette and a really nice medium weight.
The Talbots classic Shetland blazer runs true to size for Talbots blazers; I’m wearing a size 8.
We have a YouTube viewer to thank for the number one top seller at DFMD in October. In the comment feed a sweet viewer mentioned that she liked these jeans, so I immediately ordered a pair to check them out. I hope that assures you that I do indeed listen to my readers and viewers. And I’d like for it to also impress upon you that I always check things out for myself before I recommend them.
At any rate, these mid-rise straight leg jeans from St. John’s Bay, a JCPenney brand, topped our list this month. And they have my hearty approval.
That’s a wrap. Let me know if you purchased any of these HOT at DFMD in October 2023 items. I’d love to know what you thought of them. Have a great day!
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Yesterday I shared a few scriptures that shed light on the conflict in the Middle East right now. I’ve asked that we not comment on these, but that we simply meditate on them, asking God to give us insight and understanding on this situation. Today I’m sharing a few more pertinent scriptures and asking for the same response.
These verses tell us a little about God’s dealings with the Jewish people, His people. They explain what has happened in the past, but they also have bearing on what is to come in the future.
So I poured out my wrath upon them for the blood that they had shed in the land, for the idols with which they had defiled it. I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries. In accordance with their ways and their deeds I judged them. ~ Ezekiel 36:18-19 ESV
Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.’ ~ Ezekiel 11:16 ESV
Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.’ ~ Ezekiel 11:17 ESV
Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, I am going to save My people from the land of the east and from the land of the west; and I will bring them back and they will live in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God in truth and righteousness.’ ~ Zechariah 8:7-8 ESV