Where did November go?! For me, it all started with a trip to Paris (not too shabby), followed by birthday celebrations with friends…and then before I knew it, the holidays were here. I put up our tree on Monday night (yeah, def didn’t get it together the day after Thanksgiving), and it really set the tone for Christmas in the house!
Given we’re heading into December, I figured it’s time to share the November Ten. For those of you who missed it, last month I started a new series on the blog. Every month, I’ll be doing a round up of my favorite things of the moment. From products, entertainment, to food (& more!). It’s a fun way to share all of the little things I’m loving lately, and you seemed to like the last one so I’ll keep it going! Here’s what I’m crushing on this month –
In brainstorming new content ideas for the holidays, I realized I have all of these little things I’ve been wanting to share with you guys, but haven’t because I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to do so. Then, it struck me that I don’t NEED to have a separate post for each and every thing, but I can combine them all into a “favorite things” roundup and share all of the goodies at once! How does that sound?
I’ll share a monthly roundup of my “top 10” products, movies, music, food, ANYTHING of the month. I had an ongoing list of things I love from the last few months so pulling this together for October was super easy. One of my favorite things about blogging is sharing the stuff I love (yes, even outside of clothes), so I’m particularly amped about this series, and hope you are too!
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Annnnddd now to the October top ten.
I go back and forth on listening to podcasts. I was initially introduced to the podcast world back when Serial came out, and was instantly obsessed. Hence, my initial list of favorite podcasts that I shared about two years ago…funny enough, around this time of year! I’ve been back on the podcasts lately, it all began when I started walking to and from the office a few months back. The walks have ended but my podcast listening hasn’t, so I think it’s safe to say I’m into it. Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately:
Blazer: Vintage Escada (from one of my favorite vintage shops!), I couldn’t find a leather blazer, but here‘s a navy moto jacket! | Jeans: Levi’s, similar here| Silver Sandals: Massimo Dutti, sold out (similar here and here) | White Tee: Frank & Oak | Sunglasses: Celine, more affordable option here
It may not feel like fall yet, but it’s definitely here. I’ve been rocking fall clothes & sweating my ass off, but I don’t care. I refuse to wear summer gear in October. It’s just not happening. NO MORE OPEN TOES. Done…except for these silver sandals, though. They just went too well with this navy blazer. I had to do it. But after this, I’m done. For real.
For years now, I’ve been trying to get off of anti-perspirant deodorant. Yes, I was still using it until recently…but I swear it’s because NOTHING else worked! I can’t be a smelly, sweaty mess. It’s just not an option. I’ve been on a serious hunt for the best natural deodorant. I’ve tried so many varieties, including Arm & Hammer, Toms, and that weird crystal one because my mom swore by it growing up and I was a curious child (it smells like salt and it’s as weird as it looks). Bottom line is, I might as well have gone au naturel because I sure smelled like I did. TMI, but I’m trying to make a point here!
Okay, I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about my deck at this point..but I’m so so so happy it’s DONE. Yes, the timing is not ideal, but fingers crossed we get a few more months of solid weather. We had friends in town last weekend, and it was so nice to all lounge around and lay out in the sun (because the only sun I got this summer was in Greece). Much much needed chill time! PS – I’ve always dreamed of having one of these egg chairs in my outdoor space and I FINALLY got one last week. It’s overkill but kind of amazing.
Since we’re basically living on our deck every Saturday afternoon until the end of summer (at least that is our goal), I want to make sure the time we spend up there is stress free. After a few tweaks here and there, I’ve come up with a list of necessities for the ultimate deck experience.
No, I am not a professional chef…but I that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be one. I mean, that’d be a nice little bonus right? Hi, I work in advertising, I have a life & style blog..AND oh yeah, I am a professional chef.
I always wondered how restaurants manage to cook steak perfectly EVERY TIME. It has to be chaos in those kitchens (my kitchen is chaos cooking for two – I still can’t get stuff to cook properly!), how do they keep track of how much time each steak requires?! Well, I hate to break it to you, but most restaurants don’t keep track. They have this magical device called the sous vide.
There are different variations of sous vides – ones used by large restaurants vary from those made for us wannabe chefs. I purchased a home-friendly sous vide, the Joule by ChefSteps, to see what all this hype was about (& because I wanted to make progress against my #chefgoals). The device came with a hefty price tag at $199, but curiosity inspired me to pull the trigger.
Since I can remember, my brows have been out of control. There was a point where I had an eyebrow…that’s right, eyebrow singular. Let’s just say ages 11-14 were my rough years. The photos I have from this period are frightening…to put things into perspective, my eyebrows were the least of my worries. I didn’t know how to manage my curly hair, I had a mustache (this was pre-waxing days), there was a lot going on.
I didn’t attempt cleaning up my eyebrows until 7th grade, and it was LONG overdue. They still were insanely thick, but at least I split them into two caterpillars vs. one. Baby steps. By freshman year of high school, I had discovered the miracle of eyebrow threading. I don’t know why I didn’t consider waxing initially, perhaps because waxing would not have done the job? I can’t recall, but either way, threading was the best discovery I ever made. In fact, I still do it to this day.
It’s so refreshing to be out and about the last few weeks. I’m officially out of hibernation! I even left the house without a jacket on a couple of days last week. I find it so liberating to not have to match a jacket with my outfit (#firstworldproblems)! Bottom line is, I love spring because it means warmer weather is on the way. Here in Chicago, it’s the time of year when you actually start seeing other humans that live in the city. Where were these people all winter? Likely hiding under blankets on their sofas like everyone else.
I like to put together a “bucket list” for each season (except I realized that I didn’t do one for winter, probably because the last thing I want to do is leave my house when it’s 15 degrees out – haha). Here’s what I have on my list this spring!
PS – this pic is from summer 2 years ago – I forgot how short my hair was!
I’ll be the first admit that I legit like grocery shopping. Is that weird? I don’t get to cook everyday, but I love going to the grocery store on the weekends to stock up on my go-to snacks and whatever recipes I’m making that week (really it’s “recipe”, singular, but I shoot for the stars). I also enjoy hunting for new stuff to try, and Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places to do this. They’re always introducing new items to the mix – I’m like a child in a candy store when I shop their “new in” section. That and the section where they have the samples. I love samples.
I’ve been a Trader Joe’s shopper ever since I graduated college, which feels like forever ago (because it is). They’ve been popping up everywhere in the city which is amazing. Rumor has it, they’ll be opening on in Wicker Park soon – heyoooo. Cannot wait. Since I’m a long time T Joe’s shopper, there are specific things I always buy from there, on top of the experimental purchases I throw in the mix. Below are my favorite things to buy from Trader Joe’s (all of these items are Trader Joe’s exclusives). I’ve linked to the items that aren’t pictured so you can easily find them!