Happy (almost) Halloween! I’ve been soaking up the sunshine and relaxing with my family in Napa Valley for the past few days. I really love it here, every single time I visit I find my mind slowing down and truly enjoying the slower pace of a small tourist town. I’ve been running, hiking, going to Pilates and barre…you’d think I’d be in the best shape of my life after visiting but that’s failng to take into account all of the wine and delicious cooking. Last month I shared a few September Favorites and knew I had to do the same this month. Check out a few of my favorites for the month and please comment with your October favorites too!
Narcos on Netflix| Jordan and I finished Orange is the New Black early in the month (#addicted) and quickly shifted into another Netflix original series, Narcos. Narcos is a lot more serious than Orange is the New Black (so not a show I would traditionally gravitate towards), the show follows a DEA agent and Pablo Escobar in Columbia during the 1980s. The show is all about drugs (primarily cocaine), politics and gang violence (a real shift from Gossip Girl) but I actually really enjoyed it. An intriguing fictional look at a real historical account. Definitely recommended for anyone looking for a new Netflix binge (there is only one season so you can get through it pretty quickly).
Haunted Dinner Party| The weekend before Halloween I had a few of my close friends over for a “haunted dinner party”. I wanted to dress code to feel ghoulish and haunted without looking too costumey or kitchy. Honestly I just wanted an excuse to pull out my black lipstick and cute dress from Danie Styles (exact dress here). I’m not much of a “party person” (#SocialAnxiety) but I love intimate get togethers. We ate lots of spaghetti squash and pumpkin chocolates. It was the perfect get together to catch up with a few of my close friends and show off Pierre in his pumpkin costume.
Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s| By this point I’m sure many of you have seen (and shopped) Lauren Conrad’s Runway Collection. I don’t make it to Kohl’s that often, but knew I had to check out a few of the folkloric, woodland fairy-esque pieces in person. Sadly, by the time I made it to Kohl’s many of my favorite pieces were sold out in my size (like this ruffle organza dress and this velvet & tulle princess dress) but I was still able to grab a few great pieces. These scalloped ballet flats (Chloe look a-likes!) have already become a staple in my wardrobe, the best part is that at under $30 I’m not too worried about wearing them out in the ever-changing fall weather.
I was initially so sad that LC’s embroidered pop over crop top and embroidered shorts were sold out in my size, I adore the playful look of matching two-piece sets. However I tried both pieces on in several sizes too big and found that even though they didn’t fit the way they did on the model…I actually really like the baggier look (so boho). I am loving this metallic set worn with Lauren Conrad’s fuzzy folkloric vest for a woodland fairy meets Chanel from Scream Queens look.
Girls on the Run| I’ve really enjoyed my coaching position with Girls on the Run. This month I started working with a great group of girls twice a week to help them prepare for their first 5k in December. Each practice we play games, run laps, and learn about self confidence and nutrition. I am so lucky to have such a lively (extra emphasis on lively) group of 3rd-5th graders. I love working with the girls, watching them achieve their goals and cheering each other on as part of a team.
*Quit Your Job to Blog Course|I’ve been making my way through Helene’s Quit Your Job to Blog Course. Many of you have probably heard of the course already and some of you are probably taking it with me. I love Helene’s blog and was so excited when she announced this course-still, I wondered what I could really learn after almost three years of blogging. It’s safe to say Quit Your Job to Blog has surprised me in the best way. I have learned so much and I am so inspired to take my blog to the next level (whether that means quitting my job or not). I highly recommend Helene’s e-course for new and experienced bloggers. If you’re already taking the course be sure to tell me what you think; have you learned as much as I have?
End of October lust list: These Over the Knee Suede Boots (I really just need to break down and buy some boots can you tell?), this Rent the Runway gown for an upcoming NYE ball I am attending, a pair of trendy destroyed black skinny jeans, a Free People Babydoll dress and a super chic leopard jacket to delightfully glam up every outfit for November.
Can you even believe October is over after tomorrow? As I’ve mentioned a thousand times throughout this month, October is my very favorite time of year. I am so grateful I was able to really immerse myself into all of my favorite Halloween activities from carving pumpkins, to making Halloween cards, to painting glitter pumpkins and hosting a haunted dinner party. Tomorrow I am attending a Halloween ball at a winery in Napa (full recap next week) and then my favorite month is over. October ending is bitter sweet, I’m so excited for the month of adventure November is bound to be, but so sad to pack away my Halloween decorations for a whole year.
Happy Halloween pretty little witches! How do you plan to celebrate tomorrow?
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