October, which is usually one of my favorite months, started out rather inspiring. I felt renewed and ready to take on anything. The weather was rather mild and I got outdoors and did stuff.
And then I received terrible news that my grandmother had passed, a week after my visit to Tennessee. She was one of my favorite people, a humorous, sassy ruby-red-lipstick-wearing sort of broad that could cook like no other. She was someone that I frequently brought up in conversation. You could not talk to me about fashions or food without me bringing this great woman up. October has not been a very “easy” month for me. It’s been an emotional one, an incredibly difficult month, but I’m feeling more pulled together now. I’m also really happy that I went back and visited when I did.
The rest of the month has been dark and gloomy. It’s now “officially” autumn in Seattle. I spend most of my mornings and evenings damp from hellish commutes in our “vegetable crisper”. I’m not sick of it yet, but ask me again in February.
Anyway here were my favorites for October ’14:
Summary – I’m rather predictable.
Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – See the skincare portion below. I wasn’t really feeling inspired with makeup because I was focused on skin stuff. I have been craving darker lips and I bought some new lip products by Armani and Chanel. Both are so luxurious!
Summary – When I get sad, I buy lip products. When I’m happy, I buy lip products. I buy too many lip products.
Wearing (clothes) – Some days I’m like “people have no idea how much effort goes into looking this boring” and other days it’s like “omfg, I’m ridiculous”. My cool weather wardrobe is split in half. It’s half boring black jeans and boring gray tops with Chelsea boots. Or it’s some all black get-up with like capes and cowboy boots and fingerless gloves – the Fields of Nephilim or “cowboy ninja preacher” that my friends say in an almost “please her heart” sort of tone. It’s “not enough” or “too much”. No middle ground.
Summary – Both ends of the spectrum take the same amount of effort, I’ve learned this. And more info regarding my western bow tie (and Oscar Wilde hair) on Instagram.
Using (skincare) – The condition of our skin can say a lot about us and our health. This month, my skin was the worst it’s ever been in my life (excluding the time I had chicken pox). So many breakouts, like an insane amount, and nothing I could do about it other than use lots of acids like Paula’s Choice BHA Lotion or Alpha Hydrox AHA Souffle. I added those morning and night daily and did my usual routine The acids do help. I also attempted to drink more water and sleep (which hasn’t been so easy).
Summary – Just one more reason why this month sucked…
Eating/Drinking – It’s fall so I’ve been trying to enjoy fall harvest stuff like chanterelles and acorn squash. I’ve brought out some of my recipes. It’s been good.
Summary – I love fall foods.
Listening – I’m completely aware that I have really cheesy taste in music. But, I love music that is fun. And I needed “fun”. So, this month has been more House and lots of stuff like Kenny Dope. And if you need more cheese, I will straight up listen to Italia Disco/Dance Music. So, yeah, Livin’ Joy and all that junk from the mid-90’s.
Summary – I never said I was cool, ya’ll.
Watching – I’m in the middle of Orphan Black Season 2 and I’m really enjoying it. So far, so good.
Summary – I like when I find a good series to watch.
Summary – I recommend both. I’m not finished but I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read so far.
Wanting – Some peace and comfort.
Summary – I’m getting there. I’m already looking forward to November and December. And I’m planning some relaxing down time where I can finish books and lounge around in cashmere and burn fancy candles.
What were your favorites for October? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
Oh, and take the time to send a card or call your grandma and/or mom today. OK. Just do it.