A mash up of all the bits and bobs I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this past month…
How are we already a few days into October?!? Time flies and I’m ready to start planning Tallulah’s Halloween costume 🙂 Between our one year anniversary and the official beginning of Fall, September turned out to be pretty epic. Additionally, with all the newness that tends to come out this time of year I was feeling quite inspired and wanted to share a bunch of the items, places, products, and even food that I either discovered or became quite excited about in the past month. It’s a bit of a random roundup, but one that I love collecting and putting together every 30 days or so. Read on below for all the links and reviews!
Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil – I just started using this beautiful blue potion at the beginning of the month and am nearly three quarters of my way through the bottle – a testament to how much I love it! I have been slathering it on morning and evening, post toning and misting, and cannot even describe the magnificent difference that it has made in the overall tone and texture of my skin. I’ve written about my love of facial oils before, but dare I say that this might be the best I have tried. It calms redness, helps heal scarring, and smells divine. (Also, it doesn’t hurt that the bottle itself looks stunning in a minimal chic way). Blue tansy for the win!
Honest Hazel Eye Gels – These little eye masks are magic. I’ve tried quite a few in the past, but always found them to not really deliver in terms of efficacy or the ingredients just have not been up to par. Not the case at all with these lovelies. They are chock full of organic goodness and super invigorating. My eyes tend to get tres puffy, especially when travelling, and these really help take down any extra “baggage.” I see a huge difference after I’ve had them on for about 20 minutes or so and the cooling sensation is real. I’m not sure I can be without them now.
Olio E Osso Tinted Balm No. 2 – Only one makeup fave this month as I really have just been leaning on my tried and trues. (I think I repurchased this all star mascara for the one millionth time). However, this little balm is one piece of newness that I did welcome in (on the recommendation of JGJ) and am so glad that I did. It imparts the most subtle hint of dewy color on cheeks, lips, you name it, and honestly feels just like additional skincare. The best part is that it can be applied anywhere anytime. Bonus – it smells just like fresh melon and is made from all organic ingredients here in the USA. It might even be replacing my Vogue Rose for the number one spot as far as cheek color! 🙂
Overalls – I’ve mentioned my love of overalls in the past, but this month my adoration for the workman uniform seemed to reach new heights. I’ve been rotating my two pairs from Madewell on repeat and have to physically remind myself to change it up occasionally. I just love the fit of these – slim enough so that you don’t actually look like you need a hard hat, but still so comfortable that I could lounge in them all day. Even better, you can dress them up or down depending on your mood. For a slightly fancier take, throw a flouncier top underneath, but for casual weekend wear you cannot go wrong with a striped tee.
Réalisation Par Dress – Prior to our trip to Mexico, I picked up this now almost iconic wrap dress from the LA based brand and am so thrilled that I did. After ogling it for months on social media – spotted on celebs and influencers alike – I determined that it was a piece that I too would love. I am happy to report that I was not wrong and happily wore it all over Mexico City. It is the perfect light wrap dress that is ultimately flattering without involving much effort at all. Another key transitional piece that looks just as cool with sneakers as it does with flats or slides. I know this is a staple that I will wear to death for years to come. Also, if you are worried that this style might not be quite right for you – take a peak at their other drool worthy dresses – it is quite hard to pick a favorite from the bunch.
Pink Stan Smiths – Finally while in Mexico City, you might have seen on Insta stories, that Andrew and I picked up matching Stan Smith sneakers from the Pharrell collaboration (I know total nerd alert). But we both love our original Stans so much that it only made sense to each get a pair when we saw the bright, catchy colors in person. Of course I went for the millennial pink version and Andrew picked up the blue pair. (Annoyingly I can’t seem to find them in stock anywhere in the US). I think it is safe to say that these are my new favorite kicks, which I love pairing with everything from distressed denim to black dresses.
Homemade Almond Milk – I started making an effort to make my own almond milk this month on a regular/weekly basis. I’ve done it before, but typically laziness took over and I would end up buying from the store. Honestly, store bought is fine and dandy, this brand is great. But homemade just tastes so much better, takes mere minutes to whip up once you’ve soaked your almonds (or nut of choice), and is a whole lot cheaper. Not to mention, I can definitely tell a huge difference in my overnight oats! 🙂 I’ve found that either of these two recipes are perfect guidelines and I love throwing a whole vanilla bean in ours – cannot beat the flavor! New resolution – make homemade nut milk as much as possible. Plus, you can use the leftover pulp for fun recipes like crackers and cookies – all three of these look amazing.
Trader Joe’s South African Smoke Seasoning – We don’t go to TJ’s nearly as much as we used to, simply because Whole Foods is whole lot closer. However, whenever we do make the trip up there of course I find a million genius bits that I never knew we needed. This smoky seasoning shaker is one such discovery that we have ended up repurchasing time and time again. It imparts some deep flavor into almost anything – I especially love it generously mixed into cauliflower rice, quinoa, or even black beans. I definitely recommend scooping this one up as soon as you can especially since TJ’s has a habit of randomly discontinuing items without warning – rude!
Huitlacoche – This one relates to our anniversary trip to Mexico City – it was during our time there that I discovered this Mexican “truffle.” It is a mushroom-like vegetable that grows on corn and is cultivated in Mexico. Honestly it is so delicious – similar to mushrooms but imparting even more flavor. Each morning at our hotel, the chef would prepare a form of avo toast for me with black beans, spinach, zucchini blossoms, and huitlacoche. (My mouth is watering just thinking about it now!) I am on a mission to cook with this lovely veg more at home and this recipe might be a good one to start with, topped with daiya instead of queso.
La Colombe Coffee – All I can say is I don’t know what took me so long to jump on this bandwagon. Dare I say that I enjoy their cold brew even more than my other favorite. I have no idea how they do it – the coffee does not have even a hint of bitterness and needs absolutely nothing added. It also doesn’t hurt that their interiors are a minimalist dream and the baristas are super knowledgeable and friendly.
Porridge Cookbook – I’ve mentioned this book a couple times as it really has become a staple in our weekly menus. Full of cozy bowl recipes that are easy enough to throw together during the week, yet feel substantial and comforting. I am loving all the plays on savory oats and other grains that we don’t frequently think about utilizing like amaranth and spelt. The author owns an adorable looking wellness café in Helsinki and it is making me want to visit Finland in the worst way! I think it would be smart to pick up a copy at the onset of Fall as everything included plays off of the comforting Danish hygge vibes – perfect for nights in, burning candles, and watching movies under a blanket. 🙂
What the Health – If there is one thing you end up watching this month – I would highly recommend this documentary. I finally got around to it on our trip back from Mexico and believe it is probably the most enlightening look into the American food and health systems that I have ever seen. There were so many aha moments that were at once shocking, but also affirmed many of the notions I had been harboring. This is a powerful commentary that will stick with you long after the script ends.
Mexico City – Saving my number one favorite of the month for last. About mid-month Andrew and I had an incredible long weekend getaway in Mexico City to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. Coincidentally our trip coincided with Mexican Independence Day, which just made everything more joyful and the city came to life even more with dancing, singing, and tangible pride floating through the air. Suffice it to say it was a weekend that I will never forget and fills me with all the warm and fuzzy feelings just thinking about it. The tragedy of the earthquake that hit the day after we returned home, made me recognize just how lucky we are and to really cherish those moments that we do have together. I will be putting up my Mexico City guide soon with all the details of where we went, stayed, shopped, etc. so stay tuned for that!
And just like that October is here – I hope everyone has an excellent month! Let me know in the comments below what your highlights from the month of September were 🙂