I had a tough time writing this post because there are a lot of amazing things I'm coveting this month.
October is, and always has been, one of my favorite months of the year. I have memories as a kid of throwing on my baby LL Bean boots and playing in the wet autumn leaves followed by hot apple cider with the neighbor kids. In high school I would board the buses and head to high school football games that were attended by everyone in my hometown. In college I would carve pumpkins, pick apples, and dress up with my very best friends. Now, I combine all of the above for a beautiful sense of Fall nostalgia and joy.
This October has been no different. I've been surrounded by my very best friends and family to celebrate the return of cool, crisp nights. I've attended weddings, picked pumpkins, and pulled out my flannel. Before the month is over I will have apple picked, taken a Fall-foliage road trip, been frightened at a haunted forest, and dressed up more times than once.
With all of that in mind, here are my October Favorites:
1) Tervis Cups
Back in college I went through a phase of being OBSESSED with Tervis Cups. I bought them in all shapes, sizes, and designs. Fast forward to my first apartment I wanted to 'class' things up a bit and I got rid of a lot of my collection and swapped them for Lilly Pulitzer and Starbucks cups.
Well, now that I'm a bit older and I realize the value in a cup that keeps things both hot and cold, it sturdy, AND dishwasher safe... I'm hooked again.
I'm not sure why I ever discounted the product in the first place.... I guess I was just being an overzealous new college graduate that thought too highly of myself.
Either way I've bought just a couple in the past couple months after PrepObsessed sent me a Fall seasonal release Tervis. I don't plan on going over-board because really, who needs more than a few travel mugs? But, I am fully back on board with the brand and it's durability.
2) Flannel Shirts
This is pretty basic. It's October. It's Fall. Flannel and plaid are everywhere.
But, I've realized the versatility in a flannel shirt a lot more recently than I have in previous years. Maybe I'm also just getting older and my fashion sense has changed, but gone are the days when I would just throw a plaid shirt on with some ugg boots (and jeans, of course) and call it a day.
Now I see possibilities everywhere. Tucked into a pencil skirt with some pearls for work. Paired with leggings, flats, and a wide-brimmed wool hat. Under a cozy fur vest. So. Many. Options.
Plus, with all of these outfit ideas (and yes I've tried them all out) I have received SO MANY COMPLIMENTS. It's amazing what a $19.99 plaid flannel shirt from Target can do to a woman's self esteem! I'm thinking about doing a Fall Flannel highlight post so stay tuned!
3) Amazon Audible
When I was in Montana I drove. A lot. Hours and hours a day.
I usually listen to music on road trips and have a little personal concert to myself, but with 10+ hours in the car every day I needed some sort of solution. My coworker is an Amazon Prime member and listens to audible all the time to help her concentrate at work. So, I joined Prime (which honestly I'm not sure why I hadn't before... especially because I'm a student) and downloaded my first two Audible books (which are free for signing up).
I'm hooked! I finished my two books in Montana and the time FLEW while I was driving. I picked a couple more inspirational type books because I was already surrounded my gorgeous scenery and it made for the perfect road-trip.
Now that I'm back and it's chilly, fall weather I've been listening to a couple Romantic stories (Nicholas Sparks style, y'all!) while I take bath-bomb infused baths with pumpkin-scented candles and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.
4) Anthropologie Candles
I love big candles and I cannot lie (okay, not a song, but definitely singing it in my head).
I've always been a fan of the 3-wick Bath and Body Works candles and sprung on the change to get them 2 for $22 any chance I could. That was until a friend of mine brought me a HUGE jar candle from Anthropologie for a brunch I threw last year. Since, I've been hooked.
The scents are more unique than most and fill the entire house within a few minutes of lighting. Plus, they're jarred in decorative styles that make them an instant home décor item rather than just a glass jar with a huge sticker on it.
Did you know I went to Montana? That was a joke. Of course you do. I've been obsessive and honestly will likely continue to obsess over my trip and that amazingly beautiful state.
Montana is known for it's huckleberries. I for one had never really heard of them outside of reading Huckleberry Finn. Turns out they're DELISH!
I had seen a bunch of berries while I was hiking and looking back I should have been a bit cautious because bears apparently love huckleberries. Alas, I was safe and returned unscathed so no harm no foul.
I wanted to bring stuff back for my coworkers and my family and friends so one of my colleagues recommended a shop in town to do all of my souvenir shopping. Turns out, it was basically a store full of huckleberry goodies. I bought huckleberry jam, huckleberry syrup, huckleberry pancake mix, huckleberry licorice, and huckleberry hand cream. All of the products were amazing and I will definitely will be purchasing more over the phone to have shipped to me in DC.
If you all saw my pumpkin patch post you saw the amazing olive-green overalls that I bought for the occasion. They were on sale at Forever 21 so I bought them.
I generally don't do a lot of shopping at stores like Forever 21 or H&M because the quality just isn't there. But, if there's a new (or returning in this case) trend that I want to try out, I generally do so on a budget. These overalls were a hit! I loved the way they paired with my navy gingham top and sneakers. I also have intentions of wearing them with place underneath and some black Chuck Taylors.
Overalls were definitely a bit out-of-the-box for me, but they ended up being perfect for the occasion and the pictures were just great!
7) Papyrus Products
I've had a lot of occasions this month. From weddings to birthdays I seem to have needed a lot of cards.
Backstory: one of my Grandma's biggest lessons growing up was to always give hand-written notes. She said the value of a hand-written note is unsurpassable, and I've kept that with me to this day.
So, I ducked into the Papyrus in Georgetown and was able to find the most beautiful cards for all of the occasions. I've had people mention to me that they think they're too expensive, but honestly it seems like a grocery store card tends to run $5 or $6 anymore, so why not splurge to $7 for a beautiful, more personal card?
I've also been tasked with doing the table-scape for Thanksgiving this year because our plans are a bit jumbled from previous years. While I was browsing I found the cutest little place-cards that are going to help tie my whole vision together!
8) White Sneakers
Over the past few years sneakers in various forms have been making a fashion statement. First it was converse, then it was New Balance, then it was a chic version of the Vans I wore when I was eleven. Now it's white sneakers and I for one could not be happier.
When I was preparing for my trip to Europe back in April I had noticed the trend for Spring included white sneakers every where. Because I knew I would be walking everywhere, and I wasn't quite sure how I felt about the idea I decided just to get a cheaper pair from DSW and see how it went.
It went well.
I loved the way they looked with everything I wore, and my feet never hurt! Even after walking miles upon miles a day I was comfortable and cute.
Fast forward to Fall and the sneakers are still in! I'm looking to update my pair and would love for some recommendations!
9) Travel Rewards
This past year I've been traveling. A lot. Sometimes for work, sometimes for fun, and sometimes because I just need a mini-escape.
Next year I plan on traveling. Even more. Basically because I want to, and because I'm blessed to have the means to do so.
The one thing that has been instrumental to all of my travels is the reward programs that exist. I already had a Delta rewards credit card with bonus miles I received for opening the card and making a minimum purchase threshold. I then signed up for the United rewards program and started earning there. I also opened both a Hyatt and Hilton rewards account because they are the two that most often supply the rate for my work-travels.
With the combination and some strategic planning on my part, it's likely that I will have saved enough miles and points for free vacations in 2019.
Honestly just the idea of planning and going on more trips has be ecstatic, making my travel rewards a favorite for the month!
10) Pumpkin Spice
It's October. I'm extremely basic. This is a given.
I know that the pumpkin spice trend tends to be annoying and in everyone's faces this time of the year, but it really is good. There isn't a single product that I've tried that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed this season.
My favorites are all from Trader Joes, the Mecca of pumpkin-spiced goodness. Currently in my pantry are the pumpkin spice Joe-Joes, Pumpkin Butter, Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Ravioli, and Pumpkin O's.
What are you coveting this month?!