From under the rubble of boxes and bubble wrap she came! Hello, lovely readers. First, thank you all for all the sweet notes and congratulations on the move! David and I have settled in for the most part. I still have about 2 bins of pictures and knick knacks looking for homes in the dining room and we have a few boxes resting in a few corners, but for the most part, the dust has begun to settle. I’ll begin to share some pictures over the next month or so. I’m taking everything slowly in an attempt to find really special homes for everything. I want to make sure that what we are putting up on the walls and shelves are things that we really love. Nothing is being placed without care and thought.
Since the move I have really begun to relax. In sheer honesty, it was a really tough summer for me. I had very little free time and the constant rush really drained me. I felt as though I was betraying my little haven here and instead of defending the simple life, I was out there running the rat race. While I appreciate all the doors that swung wide open during the summer, I have also learned the importance of saying, “Yes, but let’s schedule it for a month from now.” That’s something I never pictured myself saying, but a valuable phrase that I am slowly learning to say more and more often.
With my world slowing down substantially, I have been able to enjoy some down time which has been huge for me! It’s been so nice to enjoy some cups of coffee, knitted blankets, good books and life planning. Fall is my very most favorite time of year and I feel as though I’m playing catch up to enjoy it this year. With each weekend and spare moment, I am filling the spare time with pumpkin carving, mulled wine and plenty of flannel shirts and wool socks. Along with those, here is a full list of my favorites from October.
While packing for the move, I was able to purge a LOT of my collections. I sorted through all my nail polishes and kept only what fit neatly in a small box. While choosing a color the other day, I noticed a few of my fall favorites had dried out so I tossed them. I typically love a good maroon for fall, but while at Target the other day, I noticed this Sonia Kashuk color in Spice it Up and fell in love! The name is perfect- a gorgeous spicey color that has just the right blend of red and orange. It looks beautiful on its own but even better next to all the rich fall colors.
It’s no secret, I am a little obsessed with P.F. Candle Co. I literally have an alarm set for October 31 when they release their two wick candles (as should the rest of you!) so obviously my favorite fall scents have come from their line. My new favorite is the Amber and Moss which is so dark and rich. It has hints of amber, moss and lavender and happens to pair perfectly with Teakwood and Tobacco which is another all time favorite. So, come October 31, go get you some!
At the beginning of the summer, my old planner ended so I went ahead ordered a new one from Shinola. I really love the streamlined design and linen cover. It’s a soft back which allows it to open up and lay completely flat. There is a full calendar for each month along with a day by day break down down for each week. I’ll be posting more about the planner and keeping up with my calendar in a later post so stay posted!
I only keep up with a few magazines throughout the year, but come fall, I love to dive into all the news stands! All the covers are so warm and comforting. One of the collections that I did keep was my fall and Christmas issues of favorite magazines throughout the years. This year, my favorite has been Mingle. I always reach for it when I’m in Barnes and Noble, but I rarely purchase it. With the move, I am getting more excited about filling my house with friends and family and the entire issue had so many beautiful ideas for holiday gatherings, I just had to give it a home. Here’s a little tip: Michael’s usually carries the current issue and you can always use the 40% off coupon on it!
This necklace has completely stolen my heart! I found it in a tiny boutique that I love and is made from a beautiful, smooth river rock. The natural texture adds the perfect touch to almost any outfit I come up with.
My plants! I did lose a few when we moved. I had packed them all carefully in a box that ended up a tiny bit squished in the process, but I have worked really hard to bring some of them back to life! The plants bring life to each room and also really help with air purification.
My Madewell Chelsea boots. These may still be around this year so go ahead and check, but these are my absolute favorite pair of boots I own! They are roomy without being sloshy and give my feet support in all the right places. I have developed some problems with my feet over the past few years so I have begun to only purchase all leather boots and shoes. The leather develops a stretch that really helps my feet feel comfortable at all times.
Last but not least, my Banana Republic sweater. I have such a hard time finding cozy clothes for the in “in between months”. From September-November, the weather tends to be a bit volatile and I can’t handle the sudden heat waves that come when I have layered up for the freezing mornings that have turned to 70 degree afternoons. This guy here solves all the problems. Warm and cozy in the morning but still thin enough to roll some sleeves and enjoy during the afternoon, he has become my constant companion.
Hope you all enjoyed some of my favorites for the month! And than you again for all the constant support with the move to the new home. Let me know what you’ve been loving in Instagram or Twitter! Just tag me and share your thoughts.
Until next time!