Cattails, Rabbit Trails, and Thistlefish: The Modest Budget: Cheetah IS a Neutral + October Goals

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Modest Budget: Cheetah IS a Neutral + October Goals

Southern Virginia has not yet realized it's fully fall, but this light chambray top from Old Navy I bought on clearance years ago is helping bring the layers without the weather.

Chambray: Old Navy (old) (similar)
Shirt: Target (similar)
Skirt: Target (old)
Boots: Hand-me-down from a friend

I have always been a bit intimidated by cheetah, and I'm pretty sure there are only two items in my entire closet with the pattern. But those two items are two things I come back to over and over! After all... it IS a neutral!

One of them is this skater skirt I've had for years. The other are my cheetah croc flats, which you have definitely seen on my @themodestbudget Instagram! I bought them on clearance this summer with the intention of using them as house shoes (in lieu of slippers) but they were so cute + comfy that I can't resist wearing them out-and-about too. I feel like I wear them all the time!

Felt the smallest whispers of fall today; I even did homework outside for a little while this morning! It put me in the mood to make some October goals; PSL in one hand and notepad in the other!

October Goals

1. Walk Daily

I feel like this is a good habit to get into in general, but it's also a great excuse to go outside for a date-like stroll with my Honey after work, or a mid-day power walk to clear my mind.

2. Run 1x/week

I really like running, but haven't gone in a while. Last week I tried to make a come-back and it felt so good! Even if I only ran 3/4 of a mile. I want to start running regularly again, but I'm also trying to take it in bite-sized pieces. I want to run because it's fun, not because I have to. It's a fun goal, not a fitness goal (I go to Boot Camp for that;)!

3. Never wake up later than 7

No explanation necessary;)
But seriously, since Jon and I were waking up at 5 am every morning over the summer, we let let ourselves get lazy with our sleep schedule once we got home. It's about time to start waking up early again.

4. Finish reading Ordering Your Private World 

This book has been so good, and I can't wait to tell ya'll more about it on Thursday!

5. Officially open my online knitting shop???

Taking name suggestions! #help!
Before the fall is over I would like to find a good gluten free bread recipe, too. Have ya'll found any successful GF bread recipes?
What are your goals for October?
Do ya'll like cheetah as much as I do?
P.S. Check out my other cheetah/chambray outfits I've been wearing this week on Instagram @TheModestBudget
Tag me in your budget-friendly modest outfits so I can feature you at #TheModestBudget!

Linking up with some awesome parties here!


  1. Animal print is the new neutral! You are adorable & I love your style!

  2. Cheetah print is very versatile in my wardrobe! I love that you set yourself goals for the month, I need to do this also. You're so cute and dress adorably! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. I seriously need to break out of my comfort zone and incorporate it more in my closet..!

  3. I used to shy away from leopard/cheetah print, but once I got a scarf and flats there was no stopping me! It really is a neutral! Love your skirt and cute layers!

    1. A scarf definitely needs to be my next cheetah purchase!

  4. I love that skirt and those boots together! It's so cute and it totally is used as a neutral!

  5. The same can be said about NC but today it is feeling cooler than usually! I love your animal print skirt!

  6. Beautiful fall inspired outfit, love the colors here. You are welcome for the feature.
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo

  7. I wear my cheetah ballet flats with everything, too!! I love them! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  8. Love the outfits! I have been trying to get up earlier, as well. It really helps my day flow better! Good luck with your goals! Have a great week!

    Visiting from H54F!

  9. Casey, I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. Io e the cheetah print flats. I have a pair of booties and they get a lot of time out of the box fall through early spring.

    I really like your goals and would like to wake up early everyday as well so that I can get a workout or blog post done before work. Great idea.

  10. This is the cutest outfit! Cheetah really is a neutral! Good luck on your goals!

    Thank you so much for linking up at Grace + Lace!


  11. 100% agree! Leopard is definitely a neutral