August was a pretty good month. We celebrated our tenth year wedding anniversary. So, I’ve found a human that I can live with and it lasted a decade. I hear that is a big deal.
In other news, when I fall off the wagon, I really fall off. I ended up splurging on Amore Pacific Cushion Compact and some other cosmetics, two Helmut Lang dresses, a pair of Ted Baker boots (the lining features French bulldogs which is adorable) and a pair of Calvin Klein Collection loafers (on sale, whoop). So, yeah, that summer no-buy went to shit the last two weeks of August.
Summary: I celebrated ten years of wedded bliss AKA fighting over interior design elements (I’m a notorious uncomfortable chair purchaser) and fighting over the fat content in dairy products purchased (why does he always want whole?). And I fell off the no-buy wagon…hard.
Moving on, here’s my favorites from August ’14:
Wearing (fragrance) – It happens to the best of us, but I went through a fragrance rut. I don’t really have any cravings and nothing has really “wowed” me. When it got cooler towards the end of the month, I found myself craving my usual fall favorites like Chanel Coco, Guerlain Shalimar Route de Blah Blah Blah and Natori. I have a feeling that I’m going to feel more inspired in September.
Summary: I went through a fragrance rut. It happens to the best of us.
Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – My nails are finally long enough to paint (thanks to my new HG product) and I’ve really liked Julep Gayle. It’s like blackberries, eggplants and Italian plums…all in one coat. My makeup has been simple. Matte eyes with Physician’s Formula Matte Quad in Canyon Classics (one of my favorite eyeshadows ever), neutral retro-ish peach lips with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Jungle Peach and NARS Matte Multiple in Altai. Oh, and that Amore Pacific Cushion Compact. Hair still sucks since world’s best hairdresser is on sabbatical.
Summary: It was still warm and humid and I felt like putting in minimal effort. My nails are strong for the first time in my life and I’m enjoying thinking about nifty nail polish shades
Wearing (clothes) – This time of year is usually my least favorite style-wise. I’m sick of summer outfits and it’s not cool enough for fall ones. I rotated through two silhouettes, one being the laid-back, loose separates of Turkish designer Yasemin Özeri (look at me not in all black!), excuse the linen-y wrinkles above as this was after a bus ride on an 80º day. And then just jeans (yes, Guess jeans) and a t-shirt with boots (the Ted Bakers above) or Birkenstocks. And my 10th anniversary vintage squash blossom necklace 🙂
Summary: I’m ready to move on to fall fashions. I already have those planned. Summer feels stale and busted.
Using (skincare) – I started double cleansing (again). I used to do this back in my cake face days but now I wear less makeup. I didn’t expect to see much of a different but after a month, I did. My skin is looking great. I’m also still enjoying trying new sheet masks and rinse-off masks.
Eating/drinking – Figs. Figs and cheese. Fig pizza. Figs baked with honey. Fig salad. Figs, steak and balsamic onions. Drink of choice – ice water.
Listening – A Tribe Called Quest. Jungle Brothers, Mos Def…you get the picture.
Summary: Typically, I’m in a rather good mood if I’m listening to stuff like this.
Watching – We’ve been watching Carnivale on and off for the past eight months or so. We finished the last two episodes in August. I absolutely love the attention to aesthetic details in this show. I mean, every little detail is perfect, historically accurate and perfect. Even the Texan accents were on point.
Summary: It was a good show. There were some pacing issues in the middle but in the end, I forgot about that.
Reading – Still working on building some skills and haven’t really read anything that isn’t a guide or a Spanish slang dictionary.
Summary: My brain hurts.
Wanting – A vacation. I have wanderlust real bad.
Summary: Like for realz, I need a vacation.
August was an OK month. I do think I’m going to feel more inspiration in September. I like a little bit of chill in the air and that wonderful “calm” light that late summer/early fall brings.
What were your favorites for August? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?