October is, hands down, my favorite month. I love it! And some how it’s always jam-packed with fun. This month, I’ve done a little traveling, a lot of eating, a little exercising, and a lot of reading. And there’s still more fun coming up! October, you are good to me.
Lately I’m …
Wearing: My sister and I are sharing this plaid sweater/cape. We saw it in the store, put some coupons to work, and now I cannot get enough of it. And I’m back to Essie’s Wicked on my nails for fall!
Eating: I’ve loved on noosa yoghurt before and I’m going to do it again — their salted caramel flavor is on point.
Hearing: I was front and center for the first stop of Nicolas Jaar‘s tour last weekend. It was a very cool experience that included crazy lights and bass that I could feel all the way through my body.
Watching: I have hopped on the Stranger Things train! It’s so good. Also, my sister and I look forward to Julia’s (of Lemon Stripes) Snapchat Q&A every week.
Completing: The Tone It Up 31 Day Challenge. More than anything, it’s nice to feel like I’ve got a workout routine again. My sister is completing the challenge with me (you can find our joint sometimes-TIU Instagram here) and we think it’s been a great reminder that we can make the time to get a workout in everyday and that a little bit is better than nothing at all.
This past weekend, my family and I headed to the mountains again. This time, we had less hiking and more wine in mind. Fall is just starting to settle in, meaning the temperatures stay a little lower and the leaves are starting to turn. It was lovely.
We took a tour of Yonah Mountain Vineyards. (Tip: We got our tickets with a Groupon deal.) I attended a wine tasting when I was in Italy, but didn’t have the opportunity to learn about the vineyard itself or the wine-making process, so I was pumped for this.
Yonah Mountain Vineyards was pretty, though a little over the top, if you ask me. There were lots of people there for the tour and even more just hanging out in and around the tasting room. We got a look at the grounds, the cellar, and the wine cave, sipping on different wines along the way. I liked their Genesis 7 best; their whites didn’t float my boat (surprising, since I’m usually a white wine kind of girl), but their reds were nice and light.
We rolled our wine tasting right into an at-home happy hour and rest. The next day, we made a quick stop at Minnehaha Falls. It’s a little out of the way, but very pretty!
The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing — I finished two books! We got in some cozy naps. And I exercised my ability to be complete fashion backwards. Socks with Nike slides were my go-to.
Oh and we saw some bison. They grunt like little piggies! Did you know that!?
I have a thing for kitchens. Industrial, cozy, minimal, whatever. I love kitchens. And kitchen things. Stoves, sinks, back-splashes, shelving. Yes, yes, yes! Here’s a peek at a few kitchens I’m currently lusting after:
Oh my, those exposed beams. And that big, beautiful stove/oven!
So much counter space! Plus, I like a nice runner in the kitchen. It keeps things cozy.
The entirely tiled wall is a little much for me, but I like the kind of fancy farmhouse thing they have going here. Plus, more beams!
I love this kind of classic meets rustic look. I like the idea of a table instead of a giant island.
The navy cabinets with gold hardware look so chic. It’s a more welcoming take on dark cabinets.
Sometimes real life things happen and we don’t mention them on blogs. That’s really a shame because, in hindsight, many of them are kind of funny and the ones that aren’t funny are “teachable moments”. For example …
Last Friday, I got an email from my credit card company letting me know that a purchase made on my card exceeded my preset purchase cost limit. Interesting, especially considering the fact that I was at work and definitely not out shopping. I logged into my account to find thousands of dollars spent. Excellent. (I called the fraud line immediately, got the account closed, and all charges dismissed. Woo! But a little tip: Set those purchase cost limits! Because the fraudulent purchases were made in my area and at stores where I sometimes shop, they hadn’t yet been caught as unusual activity. If I hadn’t received the limit email, I wouldn’t have known as quickly.)
One night last week, I was making guacamole (which turned out to be a terrible failure) and my extra avocado rolled off the counter and behind my fridge. It took a whole team of us to rescue it.
I stopped in an art store the other day to grab some supplies. I took a good fifteen minutes exploring my options and finally making a decision. The cashier rang everything up before I realized that I didn’t have my wallet. Oops!
I’m currently in the middle of trying to reinvent my work wardrobe. It’s been a struggle, partially because I would exist solely in sweatpants and t-shirts if it were socially acceptable to do so. Stuffy work clothes (*cough* suits *cough*) are uncomfortable for me, so I’ve been working hard to pinpoint the look that fits my personality while staying office-appropriate.
I like work clothes that straddle the line between traditionally masculine and traditionally feminine style. Nothing too colorful, but outfits should have a little bit of color play to them; I like a high-contrast look, but I also love something a bit more monochromatic. I like a funkier shoe. And I love layers (because offices are way too cold)!
Pinterest has been my best friend. Now I just want to dress like all of these ladies …