September went by so quickly! It was a pretty good month filled with people I like and good food. I ended up spending a week in Nashville visiting family, friends and my little baby nephews (8 and 18 months old). We also had folks visit us in Seattle. However, I realize that after all these years, Seattle feels much more like “home” than Nashville. I stick out there; I was reminded of that during my last visit, that odd Left Coast relative…
I was sick with the flu for a little over a week, that may explain why the month felt so short…I spent a week of it in bed…but I feel better now and I’m going to get a flu shot this month. I can’t have anymore of that stuff!
With the shorter days and milder nightly temps, I started to feel this renewed sense of inspiration. Summer left me feeling stale but September left me feeling energized again. I really look forward to autumn. I want to smell stuff. I want to go places. I want a new wardrobe. I want to learn new things. It’s a great feeling.
Summary – September left me feeling inspired. I feel renewed. All it took was some traveling, some time with friends and apparently being knocked on my ass for a week.
Here were my favorites of September ’14:
Wearing (fragrance) – I strangely started to crave gourmands. I spent most of the month wearing chocolate-patchoulis. I pulled out the now discontinued Smell Bent Helen Carnate (really would love for that to come back for Halloween!) and Mugler Angel Le Gout. And I wore Fresh Cannabis Santal. See, it was all about chocolate/patchouli.
Summary – Chocolate and patchouli, one of my favorite fragrant power couples. And oddly, we had a moment in September.
Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – Finally! I’m out of my cosmetics rut. My “vision” was strong brows and dark brown lips. My brow game is now on point thanks to Anastasia Beverly Hills and her DipBrow. I’ve also been obsessed with Armani Rouge Ectasy Lipstick in #204 Caffe, a dark and grungy brown. The rest of my routine has been Hydroxatone BB Cream, NARS Matte Multiple in Altai (bronze) on my cheeks, the warm browns of Covergirl Eye Enhancers in 215 Country Woods on my eyes and a few coats of black mascara. My hair is still lame. Seriously, I can’t stand growing my hair out.
Summary – It’s like the browns that I wore in high school in the 90’s but with a new twist. The new twist being department store cosmetics and the fact that I’m no longer 15 years old.
Wearing (clothes) – This month was still rather warm. I’m still dressing boring in J Brand black jeans and black or white Uniqlo t-shirts with Birkenstocks or the new pair of Dr. Martens that I bought (and absolutely love, so comfortable). I did focus on my capsule-ish fall wardrobe. That gave me something to look forward to. I love fall fashions.
Summary – The boring reality is that I wore black high-waisted jeans with cheap t-shirts. But, I focused on my future fashion purchases…and I do have a strong vision for those. And that vision is, in reality, very boring, but whatever. Also, Willam.
Using (skincare) – Nothing has really changed in my skincare routine. I did buy some Shisiedo stuff. For the most part my skin has been behaving. I was carded at every bar I went to this month…it’s all that Korean skincare, right?
Summary – My skin is behaving but there is about to be a big “climate change” because of fall. Everything that has worked for me, probably won’t anymore. I have that to look forward too…
Eating/Drinking – I went back to Nashville. I ate a bunch of tamales and hot chicken. Actually this entire month was awesome food wise (I traveled, had folks visit us in Seattle). I’ve eaten at so many awesome restaurants and had so many awesome cocktails.
Summary – I’m a glutton. And I’m spoiled freak’n rotten.
Listening – Robert Owens
Summary – I have few regrets but one of those regrets is never seeing Robert Owens sing live.
Watching – A long time ago Kafkaesque commented that I should watch Orphan Black. I didn’t get around to it. A Chinese lady in her 70’s at work told me to watch it because it’s one of her favorite shows -and she only likes “dark and well-written series”. So, I did. And you guys, I’m hooked. I just finished the first season, and yes, it’s a dark and well-written series.
On the plane I finally caught up on Hollywood stuff. I watched Maleficent which is all about the Jolie. And The Grand Budapest Hotel which is all about the colors. And then I watched what I’m sure is Chinese propaganda, American Dreams in China. I’m happy that I watched all of these. I’m up on the pop culture stuff now.
Summary – “Orphan Black” is awesome and I should have listened to Kafkaesque sooner.
Reading – “The Book of Scented Things” I’ve been sitting on this collection of perfume inspired poetry for months. I started reading it. It’s wonderful. Buy it.
Summary – If you read EauMG, you are probably the type of person that will love The Book of Scented Things. So, just trust me and buy it. I’ll have a review/my thoughts up this month (hopefully).
Wanting – I want a black oversized, boxy maxi coat. But, I can’t find the “perfect” one. Well, OK, I did but I don’t want to spend that much.
Summary – I want to wear a coat that looks like I’d sell fake Rolexes out of it. That’s what I want! Why is it so hard to find???
September was a pretty good month. I had fun. I went out and did things with people that I like. Can’t be that!
What were your favorites for September? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
*Smell Bent image from Smell Bent. Shiseido essence from Nordstrom. Robert Owens from Ministry of Sound. Orphan Black from Geekwire.com. Paul Smith coat from Shopbop. All other images are mine. In fact, you can find them on my Instagram. Post may contain affiliate links.