Happy Thursday Everyone!
It’s officially Fall! I cannot believe it, but I happy say goodbye to boiling summer days and welcome the ‘Sweater Weather’ with open arms. Another thing I’m welcoming? A September Monthly Favorites!
It’s been a whirlwind of a month, and I’m so excited to share with you all some of my favorite discoveries as well as some of my favorite moments (there were a lot this month)!
So buckle up, and we’ll be jumping right on into it!
Jeffree Star Summer Collection Velour Liquid Lipstick Bundle
As many of you probably know, I got the chance to head up to NYC for the day and experience DragCon! It was so fun, and an experience that I will not soon forget. Getting to be around so many loving, accepting, and FUN personalities is just amazing, and I would really encourage people to try to get to the event next year if they plan on having it again!
But that’s not part of this categories favorite.. It’s the bundle that I got to purchase from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics booth while I was there!
I have been eyeing the liquid lipsticks that Jeffree released allllll summer, but I just couldn’t commit to buying the entire bundle and there was always something in the back of my mind telling me not to do it. Well I’m glad I didn’t because I got the bundle for a super discount the day of the DragCon event!
I got all of the shades for like $70 and I don’t regret a single thing. They are unlike anything I have in my collection and the two that really stand out to me are You. Better. Work. and CandyA$$. The former is a purple unlike any other (seriously, a must have) and the latter is a metallic with the most beautiful gold glitter undertone.
Needless to say? They both take my breath away and if you can still get your hands on them, I would 100% recommend!
Lush Fresh Face Masks
Just another thing y’all know about me.. I love skincare. And basically every month it’s almost guaranteed I’ve tried a new facemask and probably have an opinion about it.
Well, this month is no exception.
My boyfriend and I took a trip to Philly one weekend and we exchanged some of my old pots for a free fresh face mask (just one of the amazing things that Lush has to offer).
I’ve tried a few of these before so we opted for one that I hadn’t owned, and that happened to be ‘Brazened Honey’. It is packed with natural ingredients such as ginger, tumeric, lime oil, and of course.. honey, that all together help to brighten and unclog congested pores.
Well let me just tell you. After washing it off, I don’t think I’ve ever seen my skin visibly glow so much. It was incredible. My boyfriend even did it with me, and was super impressed.. so what does that tell you? It’s a freaking good product.
The smell is nice and like I said, there were instant results! Definitely an automatic fav! Unfortunately though, you can only get these masks in store and they only are good for a small window of time as they are made with such good ingredients (but if you couldn’t guess, totally worth it)!
Two words. Simple. Tees.
These save my life every single day. I collect them in all of my favorite colors and patterns (normally neutrals and stripes) and pair them with black skinny jeans and a cute pair of either booties or sneakers and you’re set with an outfit that looks pretty put together. You can even throw a jacket over top of them and really look like you’re on top of the world.
Also, because I’m back in school and working a lot with cell cultures, mold is a real threat in the lab. So keeping my arms uncovered in the hood has been really important and having a default outfit every day keeps both me and my professor happy. Plus, really, how can you go wrong with a t-shirt? They’re comfy, cute, and super versatile. It’s a win-win!
My favorite place to get these are H&M. They always have colors, patterns, and embroidery that are on trend for really affordable prices! I would also recommend the Gap, ASOS, and even Urban Outfitters!
Last month, I made a big choice to finally buy a new purse. I’ve been toting around the same mini bag from Zara for the past few years now, and it was just time to move on to something new.
But because I don’t use purses every day, I wanted to buy a nice one that was large enough and would last me the next few years.
So by chance I checked out the Kate Spade website one day and saw that they were running a super sale and of course I immediately checked out the bags! There were quite a few that caught my eye but one in particular really was calling to me.
It is the Cameron Street Jardin Large Lane, and I love it. It is the perfect size. Not too big, and not too small, and I adore the pattern that is on it as well. It’s unique, but still classy as it is still against a black background.
And I know to some people, you might be cringing that I bought a purse that is ‘out-of-season’, but that just makes me love it even more knowing that I might be one of the few people strutting around with it anymore (I hate being all matchy-matchy with the public just because something is trendy)!
The only downside I’ve found about it so far is that it does indent a little if it is not full to the brim, but that’s so minute that I really don’t mind it and I’m excited to be carrying this piece around with me for years to come (:
<a href="https://www.katespade.com/products/cameron-street-jardin-large-lane/PXRU7714-1.html” target=”_blank”>Kate Spade
Goo Goo Clusters!
These are just the most wonderful little treats in all of the land. I discovered them about a month ago when Seth and I were checking out a candy shop, and my life has been changed ever since.
They are a marshmallow nougat, caramel, and peanut treat all covered in milk chocolate. Yes. They do taste just as good as they sound!
They are definitely a little hard to find but if you have a local candy shop that supplies ‘out-of-the-norm’ treats or a Cracker Barrel, you may be able to get your hands on these. You really won’t regret it!
Taco Bell Queso
A few months ago I had nachos and queso from Taco Bell and absolutely loved it. I know it’s just chips and cheese basically, but there was something about it that was just really good, yanno?
Well, just the other week, I found that very same queso being sold at a grocery store! Of course I did a happy dance in the aisle and immediately picked it up, and am happy to report that it tastes just like what you would pick up from the actual fast food chain but in the convenience of your own home! What could be better, right? Pretty much nothing.
I feel like I always somehow have to incorporate life favorites into my monthly favs, and this month is definitely no exception. In fact, I probably have the most life favorites, like, ever, so I should probably jump right into them!
First up is DragCon. I won’t talk too much about this because it has it’s own blog post (and was previously mentioned above), but it was definitely one of my favorite experiences of the month!
Yes, it was chaotic, but totally unforgettable and so so much fun. I loved being able to spend the day in NYC doing something I hadn’t done before and it being a total success! So, if you’d like to hear more about the convention? Click ‘here’ for more!
I also canNOT forget the Lady Gaga concert I was fortunate enough to see!
I’ve been dying to see her for what feels like ages and my mom surprised me with tickets for my birthday! It was so much fun and a concert I will definitely not ever be forgetting.
Lady G is so inspiring and just an all ’round good person, and getting to see her perform, speak, and just be present with all of us for a night was so incredible.
Her show is so energizing and I love the vibe I got from the entire thing. It was amazing. Can I say that enough?? Probably not (:
I also loved that I got to glitter up my cheeks and strut around in baby pink all night serving all of the Pink Lady vibes I dreamed of as a kid.
Next up is of course my birthday! I really wanted to dedicate an entire post to what I did and got on my birthday but just couldn’t find the time to do it exactly how I wanted it.
For those of you that might not know, I turned 21 this month and all I wanted was a totally fun filled weekend with friends and family, and that is exactly what I got. On the day of my birthday, I traveled to NYC with Seth and we had a goblet at The Sugar Factory, and a cheese-lovers dream dinner at Chuck and Blade’s. It was so fun (and delicious) and just another thing that I got to check off my bucket list of things that I still want to do in the city!
If you ever get the chance to go to either of these places, I would 10/10 recommend splurging on a goblet (we had the Raspberry Watermelon Mojito) and the Bocce Ball (its cheese, surrounded by mac and cheese, FRIED, and then drizzled with more cheese.. you read all of that right). Just amazing.
The next day we all went to the Casino and I had another really fun and successful day (minus losing my phone for like 30 minutes). And I now know why gambling can be so addicting.. the jury is still out on whether that is a good thing or not because I think I’m totally hooked!
And on Sunday we just relaxed. I had scheduled a Soul Cycle class for Seth and I (it was Dear Evan Hansen, so cool), but I was tired from two days of non-stop here and there, plus with Monday looming, I was a little nervous about schoolwork and all that fun stuff, but overall it was such a great birthday.
I felt surrounded by people who loved and cared about me all week and weekend, and I couldn’t ask for better friends in my life!
And the final life favorite of the month would be my One Year Anniversary with Seth. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year that we’ve spent together and every single day still feels fresh and almost as though we are still basking in the ‘Honeymoon Phase’.
We get on each other’s nerves sometimes but there is nothing bigger than the love we feel for one another and I am thankful every single day to be able to say that I found that so early on in my life.
But anyways, he planned the perfect anniversary weekend for us (most of which included a lot of relaxing, as per my request), but also a really sweet picnic and dinner night where we even made our own pasta.
I do also quickly want to mention for any one out there looking for a really cute gift idea (it is definitely NOT about gifts, but just trying to help) that I got/made a gift for every one of the five senses, because being together just makes sense, yanno (omg, so cheesy. I know.)? I thought it was cute and especially something for those of you that want to do something sentimental but might be getting stuck for ideas. For example, you can do something super simple like include a playlist you made of all of the most significant songs you’ve liked your first year together for sound, etc, etc.
But back on track, it was a weekend together that I will not soon forget and of course without a doubt would make its mark in my monthly favorites (if not a yearly favorite)!
So all-in-all, September was a pretty awesome month. I could have included so many things in this monthly favorites but I really tried to scale it down, and make it as concise as possible with my absolute must-haves of the month as well as memorable moments. I hope you enjoyed and I can’t wait for all of the content I have planned for this month!
Happy Fall Y’all!