Every month I compose this post in my head and today I’m finally hitting publish to join the lovely Leigh Kramer (a little late) discussing what October held. Hold on to your hats.
- First things first – my newest obsession is Monica Potter Home. Obviously I was instantly in love because it’s Kristina Braverman, people. As in the best show of all time. And my favorite Braverman (though that’s such a hard decision! Crosby! Julia! Sarah!) But beyond the obviousness of that, it’s brilliant. Her blog has so many fabulous recipes for homemade beauty products (and good food, too) – I’ve made up the winter lip scrub, makeup remover wipes, pumpkin mask, dry shampoo, and my absolute favorite, the eye gel. I’m not entirely certain that I won’t start using this as my moisturizer this winter… It feels and smells amazing. All to say, I have a humongous girl crush on Mrs Potter… and a lot of mason jars in my bathroom.
- The capsule wardrobe. I know I’m late to this party, but it’s a game changer. Express has these amazing black pants – comfortable, non-lint collecting, flattering, washable – I found them on sale at our local outlet store and promptly bought them up. Now 99% of the time you’ll find me in those wonderful black pants – usually with a black top. I decided to let my accessories, hair and makeup be the color and life to my wardrobe and I have to tell you – I love it! Super easy mornings, I always look smart, and black is slimming & camouflages everything. Plus the hubs can no longer complain about my scarf obsession because I don’t buy clothes otherwise. Now I can guilt-free buy All. The. Scarves.
- The Great British Baking Show. Have you seen this, loves? It’s a reality tv competition on PBS where they bake decadent, gorgeous things in a beautifully appointed tent in the middle of the English countryside – sheep bleating in the background, breeze rustling the trees. It’s idyllic… And it’s British, so no drama save a quiet tear here and there when a bake goes off badly. They all like each other and are sweet and kind. It’s understated, lovely, and my family is so insanely sad it was over this Sunday (congrats Frances!). The first season to air in the US (last year) is on Netflix, so have at, friends! You won’t be disappointed. ***note: this will be tortuous to watch if you have no treats. Hit the bakery up before settling in or you will be forced to eat whatever you can find in the recesses of your pantry, which will be wholly unsatisfying. Ask me how I know.
- For the Love. This book made me laugh, cry and cook – which is about all I could ever desire a book do. Jen Hatmaker is a force, friends – follow her on Instagram, watch her TV show, and read this book. The chapter on fashion was one of the best things I’ve read in a long time (I believe there was shouting of “Amen!”) and alongside the humor she expresses such relentless love for – and from – God. Beautiful. Here’s a taste of Jen… Also – the beef borgignon recipe in the book is earth-shatteringly good. I may have licked my bowl.
- Out of Sorts. I am a huge fan of the reckless abandon Sarah Bessey loves with, and her gorgeous poetic writing always gets me. This book is like a great big permission slip to be who and where you are in your faith, and it blessed my heart and soul fully. Favorite quote – “I hope we all live like we are loved.” Boom.
- Podcasts. Yet another game I am late to, but I’m thoroughly enjoying listening as I knit (these!) lately… I’m hooked on the Sorta Awesome show (which has entirely renovated my makeup routine, besides giving me good food for thought and lots of giggles), and On Being… I’m sure that’s only the tip of the iceberg but mama’s only got so much time.
I hope you all are off ot a lovely start of your November… and if you have any good discoveries for me, please share!