well that’s a little crazy to type out. i have to say, i’m loving fall though. i definitely miss summer when it fades away, but i’m almost always ready for cooler days, cozy clothes, and all the beauty of the fresh start of fall.
this list almost feels unnecessary, because the real favorite of october and november was/is my trip to london with my dad. having just arrived back in the states, i can honestly say this was the most wonderful trip and week of my life. a few months ago, when my dad informed me he was planning a trip to london to visit the morgan car factory in malvern link, i was somehow able to convince him to let me tag along. my dad is a pretty guarded man when it comes to his past and his thoughts, and i am honored by all the conversation and lessons we learned from each other this week. i feel that i was able to share more of myself with him than i have before, mainly that i am really confused and a bit lost when it comes to where i am right now in my life and was honestly able to express this to him, and he shared with me stories that i had never heard before and the confidence he has in me that he has never really expressed. honestly my dad is the most intelligent, gentle, caring, thoughtful man and i have loved spending one-on-one time with him this week. thank you dad, for all the wisdom, love, and memories that i have collected over this week, and my entire life.
i hope that october was kind and gentle to all of you, and that you are looking forward to november and the end of 2016. this time of year is always a little bit scary (the end of one year and the beginning of another), but also wonderful and refreshing at the same time. cheers to november and to making it all that we want it to be!
old faithfuls //
bare minerals original foundation in fairly medium – i go in and out with this powder foundation and we are fully back together right now. it’s just such a beautiful, light weight powder that offers a hint of coverage and mattifying benefits, while still allowing your skin and oils and radiance show through. i also have the pressed version for on the go.
nars radiant creamy concealer in creme brulee – my all-time favorite concealer in a brand new shade. i wear vanilla when i’m at my most pale, but right now creme brulee is absolutely perfect. so happy they released so many new shades!
physician’s formula butter bronzer in bronzer – i stopped using this during the summer because i had a tan and it was not dark enough to show up, but with my skin becoming pale again i’m reaching for it more and more. it’s such a beautiful natural bronzer with a hint of sheen for a touch of life. it’s a lot lighter than, say, nars laguna which is another favorite, but that is so easy to overdo. this is nice and subtle.
nuxe reve de miel – every winter i come back to this baby. it’s the absolute best. i really layer it on at night and let it soak in, and then put on just the littlest bit during the day. it’s matte, so it smooths out your lips just a little bit. it has some small granuals so it works as both a very gentle scrub and an intense moisturizer – almost masking the lips.
dangly earrings – i really go in and out with earrings. i always have really dainty, small hoops in my various piercings, with a small stud or nothing in my regular earlobe piercings. but lately i’ve really been enjoying my collection of bigger earrings and the effect they have on an outfit. i hate feeling too put together, which is usually how earrings make me feel, but right now i’m feeling a little bit more me with them on.
the lost art of keeping secrets by eva rice – my second all time favorite book. ALL TIME. i read it once every couple months, but with my upcoming trip to london it seemed like the perfect time for a refresh. this is a british book (i’m not sure if it was released in the states) so just a quick overview: penelope’s life is completely changed when she goes to tea with charlotte, soon to be her best friend and partner-in-crime. the book is about the adventures and calamities that ensure. it’s perfectly british and somehow totally modern even though it takes place in the 50s (which is so delicious!). i can’t wait to get to london and have my favorite friends in mind throughout my days. on my first trip to london when i was 14, i picked this book out in the airport for my sister, but she never read it and i quickly stole it. i’m so glad i did!
jane austen – i am a huge, HUGE, jane austen fan. i have read almost all of her major works, and love finding new short stories and unknown works that i haven’t read before. as i was on my way to london at the end of october, i had to bring her along. i brought the watson’s with me, which was a newer find and thus unread, and picked up the beautiful cassandra and lady susan while on a day trip to oxford (i couldn’t contain my excitement when i found these “penguin little black classics” priced between 1-3 pounds! what a bargain!!). i think jane has the reputation to be really hard to read and get through, but i find her language easy to understand and get sucked in to. i recommend starting with northanger abbey if you haven’t read any jane austen before; it’s my favorite and the one that i started with! i think it shows the range of her talents and makes you want to read more. let me know what you think!
new favorites //
puma classic suede sneakers – these are the. most. comfortable. sneakers. i got these a couple weeks ago, and then brought them to new york with me last week. for some reason i always think it’s a good idea to break in new shoes when i go to new york and am walking around nonstop. however, this time it was! these are incredibly comfortable and have a cushion for the back heels where blisters are pretty much inevitable. i have had no blisters, no soreness, no break in time whatsoever. plus they’re fucking cool if you ask me. i much prefer them to the adidas campus’ which are what i really wanted over the summer. i’m a true 8 but wear a 7.5 in supergas and converse, but i went with an 8 in these and they are perfect.
mac strobe cream – i got this as a little sample with a nordstrom purchase in the summer, and forgot about it really until this past month. i haven’t gone a day without it! i use a very very little amount all over the face before i put on my concealer and bare minerals, and it gives me the most beautiful glow. not shimmering or pigmented, just a glow from within. i am definitely going to purchase the travel size when this little guy runs out (though i don’t think that will be any time soon)! except the smell is truly disgusting to me for the first few minutes until it dissipates!
j.crew lookout high rise cords – i’m always on the hunt for a good pair of high-waisted corduroy pants. surprisingly, cords of the high waisted variety are rather hard to find, and can usually run really tight and small. on a whim i ordered 2 pairs of these from j.crew (fatigue green and black) as they were having a 30% off fall items sale, and they are perfect. seriously perfect. i am a 26 or 27 in jeans, and went with a 27 in these. i probably could have used the smaller size, but i like that the 27 is not super skin tight and i have extra room in the waist. plus the price point is pretty impressive for j.crew, in my opinion.
ouai wave spray – i decided to stray away from my collection of salt sprays to try out the wave spray from jen atkin’s relatively new haircare line. i got the travel size from sephora, and i wish i had just gotten the full size! i absolutely love this and have used it almost every day since purchasing (almost every day i’ve washed my hair that is). basically it does what a salt spray does, but without the crunch and without the actually drying out of the hair that sea salt causes. i brought it with me on my trip and it actually undid the ill effects of hotel shampoo/conditioner/weird water. is there a bigger feat in the world? yes, but hotel hair is high up on the list. i will definitely pick up the full size when i finish this guy.
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