Tuesday, September 29, 2015


september favorites blog

As September comes to a close I thought what better time to share with you what I've been loving this month.  It really feels like fall is upon us, even down here and Tampa, and I can't get enough of blankets scarves & booties, vampy lip colors,  and the new fall candles at Bath & Body Works.  (They're amazing, I highly recommend Marshmallow Fireside!)  As much as I love summer I adore fall activities such as pumping picking and visiting the apple orchard and the arrival of fall means we're that much closer to Christmas!!!!  My juvenile excitement is overkill I know.  But keep reading to learn my top picks for the month and I hope you ladies are having an awesome week!

- As the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans seems like a lifelong crusade I got pretty darn close with the Jamie Jeans from TopShop.  They’re stretchy, moderately high rise, super comfortable, and come in oodles of great washes (I already own the white destroyed version and dark denim variety.)  My favorite thing about these jeans is where they hit, right at the ankle.  They are perfect, I mean PERFECT, for wearing with booties or heels because there is none of that awkward cuffing or scrunching to get your pant leg to work with your shoe.  And hey if Audrey Hepburn was ballsy enough to show off a little ankle we should follow suit. 

- Allison Anderson is one of my favorite YouTube beauty gurus for her upbeat attitude and easy to replicate makeup tutorials.  I loved this recent fall look she posted and can’t wait to try it for a night out this weekend.  Isn’t that lipstick shade stunning?!

- I adored this article from New York Magazine on 25 Famous Women on the Best Advice They Know.  Some of my favorites were from Tevi Gevinson, “’Don’t date anyone you wouldn’t want to be,’ from the writer Kate Bornstein” and this matter-of-fact take from Aidy Bryant, “Just chill ‘til you die, pretty much.”
- I recently featured the L’Occitane Shower Almond Oil in an empties post and my love for the product is still going strong.  It is seriously the perfect formula to use as a shave oil and leaves my legs feeling smooth and silky.  The intoxicating scent doesn’t hurt either.

- I have never listened to a podcast before this month and now I’m hooked.  I have a long drive to work in the morning (about 40 mins) and have found listening to an episode is so relaxing and actually makes me look forward to being stuck in traffic. Almost.  Two of my favorites are Serial (I know, super late to the boat!) and Straight up With Stassi.  Serial explores the case of Adnan Syed, a 34 year old man, who is serving a lifetime sentence in a Maryland correctional facility for killing his then 18-year-old ex-girlfriend Hei Min Lee.  Is he guilty? Is he innocent?  The podcast explores the case and journalist Sarah Koenig who narrates is an auditory delight.  On the opposite side of the spectrum we have Vanderpump Rules reality star Stassi Schroeder to listen to.  The self-declared “basic bitch” is relatable, hysterical, and has some awesome guest speakers on her show.  I was also surprised by how likable she is, and I think this podcast is a much better representation of her than the stuck-up individual they portrayed on the show.    

- Ok , so I’ve been going a little HAM at Kate Spade lately.  They had a sale going one, and one purchase led to another, along with these adorable leopard rain boots, and I couldn’t help but pick up this Dainty Sparklers Bar Ring.  I have gotten so many compliments on it already and it looks so much more expensive than it actually is.  It’s only $48!  If you are looking for a gorgeous ring that will go with everything in your wardrobe snag this stunner pronto.

- Boy do I love a good drugstore find.  A favorite that seems to make an appearance in my handbag every year around this time is the Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie.  It is such a perfect shade for fall, it’s moisturizing on the lips, and only $6.  I like to apply this by blotting on my lips, creating a stain almost, and find the color wears beautifully this way.

- Loved this article from blog Sequins & Stripes on Five Steps to Being Happier.  Simple and doable advice, I loved her relatable take on easy things we can do to boost our joy.  Check it out.

What have you been loving this month?  Let me know in the comments below!  

xoxo Nicole

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