So apparently it’s November?
And soon it will be Christmas?
Am I alarmed?
Does this make me any less excited?
Let’s do it!
In my July & August favorites post, I mentioned Lauren Akins’ book, Live in Love, and I was very excited to find out that there was a corresponding podcast! Each episode poses the question, how can you live in love in _______? and covers topics like community, family, adoption and marriage. I have really enjoyed the conversations that take place under each subject and I feel like I learn a lot from every episode.
If you are looking for a short podcast that will brighten your day (and/or make you cry happy tears) look no further than My Unsung Hero. Each episode runs about six minutes, just long enough for each guest to tell the story of a stranger who changed their life for the better. It is wonderful! I cry almost every time.
For a while there I felt like I was the only person who hadn’t read Educated by Tara Westover, and it only took me a few chapters to realize that this was a mistake. It follows Tara as she grows up in remote Idaho with her parents and siblings (most of whom don’t have a birth certificate, or a definitive birthday), and her eventual fight to receive an education. I was completely gripped, amazed, horrified, and shocked by Tara’s story, and would recommend it everyone!
I was drawn to Thanks for Waiting by Doree Shafrir because like her, I would also consider myself a late bloomer. I liked reading her story and finding parallels in my own, and appreciated her honesty and encouragement to embrace your individual pace and the gifts it gives you along the way.
Ever since I read Daisy Jones & the Six I have been on a bit of a mission to read all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. She never fails to engulf you in a story and introduce characters that by the end, you feel like you know personally. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was no exception. It was an incredible story that follows Evelyn Hugo, famed actress who not only gained acclaim from her movies and one of a kind beauty, but her infamous seven marriages. It had all kinds of twists and turns, the last of which made me audibly gasp.
I meant to include Coda in my last favorites post and I forgot, but I couldn’t let it fall by the wayside without recommending it. Coda is the abbreviation given to a child of deaf adults and as such, the movie follows Ruby, who is the only hearing member of her family, and whose greatest passion is singing. It is a beautiful, heartfelt story and I absolutely loved it. (find it on AppleTV+)
If I’m being totally honest, I initially watched Clickbait only because Adrian Grenier was in it. What can I say, the marketing worked on me. I was pleasantly surprised however, by premise of the show, which ends up being a crime drama that feeds off of (and is driven by) social media. It kept me guessing until the very end. (find it on Netflix)
When The Morning Show first came out, I was very much in the headspace of, there’s no way I’m getting Apple TV+, I do not need that many streaming services. We won’t talk about how many subscriptions I have now, only that I caved on Apple TV+ and now watch The Morning Show. It follows a morning news program that is rattled when one of its lead anchors is fired in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. It does a good job to show all sides of the story, and brings to light how corrupt the business of television can be. Plus, it has a great cast and is just plain smart. Big recommend! (find it on Apple TV+)
star crossed by Kacey Musgraves
Solar Power by Lorde
Sob Rock by John Mayer
Alaway Eye Drops
In the last five years or so, my body randomly decided to try out allergies—just to see what all the hype was about. The worst of which, is eye allergies. Occasionally I will wake up and want to casually rip my eyeballs from their sockets. But, since this isn’t recommended, I decided to seek out eye drops that might take care of the itch instead. These are by far the best I’ve found! (find them at Target)
Rare Beauty Foundation Brush
I have been long overdue for a new foundation brush but I have commitment issues with makeup products and essentially refused to stop using the one I had, even though I knew I should. However, in a rare act of makeup spontaneity, I threw my brush in the actual trash can because I knew I wouldn’t pull it back out, and I bought a new one. I like to think it is the brush that is wonderful, because I genuinely love how it applies my foundation, but I also can’t be 100% sure I don’t love it just because it’s not raggedy and old. Still, I recommend this one. (find it at Sephora)
Shape Tape Concealer
This was another spontaneous add to cart purchase, mostly influenced by my concealer being out of stock for the second or third time in a row, and me getting frustrated and desperate. Lucky for me, this was the best decision ever as this is by far the best concealer I’ve ever used. (find it at Ulta)
Have anything you’ve been loving over these last couple months? Let me know!
See my previous favorites post here.