November is almost over, so it's about time I share my favourites of the month! The beginning of November was the coldest part of the month and I felt it not only temperature wise but also on my skin. I feel like this time of year is the best time to relax, rejuvenate and look after yourself after a busy summer and fall before an even busier holiday season. Don't get me wrong, I am still busy, we leave on holiday in almost 2 weeks! I am madly wrapping Christmas parcels up to send to friends across Canada, finishing writing Christmas cards and still finding time to enjoy this time of year too! I have been curling up in my Aran sweater and taking the time to look after my skin with face masks and facial spray. As it is such a busy time of year, sleep seems to come less easy to me so I am consciously trying to relax before bed with a roll on oil treatment and reading. Read on below to see my favourites of November and why I'm loving them so much!
I am not a good sleeper, lots of people know this about me. My boyfriend thinks I'm a little crazy about this and my rituals to try and sleep better, but it works for me so I don't care. I sleep with crystals under my pillow and next to bed so when I came upon this roll on and relax oil made by Harlow I couldn't resist buying it. I purchased it at The Den in Ucluelet, a artist's space and small boutique that carries local goods, a definite spot to visit if you're ever in Ucluelet. (More to come on the blog about it soon!) This roll on is made with french lavender, sweet orange and bergamot, the perfect combination to help you relax before going to bed. I roll it on my wrists, temples and neck and the smell isn't over powering, yet it helps calm you down before you put your head down. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who has problems sleeping.
The Alice Network:
As I mentioned in a previous post about my goals for the month, reading was one of them. I haven't been reading as much as I wanted to but I have been trying more and more. I am really enjoying this book about two women from two World Wars and how their lives collide. The two women embark on an adventure, both willingly and unwillingly to find a long lost cousin after World War II. The time lapses between 1915 and 1947 are both so mesmerizing and engaging it really is hard to put down. I am counting the days till my holiday so I have all the time in the world to read it and see what happens. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone on the hunt for a new read.
Hand Knit Aran Sweater:
Last Christmas Dave's mom had her sister knit an Aran sweater for me. I cannot begin to understand how much work would go into such a beautiful sweater. I was beside myself when I received it and wore it for most of the rest of our holiday in Ireland and London. Living in Tofino, life is wet and often cold so I have been reaching for this sweater more and more, especially in November. It is the coziest and easily the warmest sweater I own and feel so lucky to have it. I know it will be a piece I have forever because of the quality of it. I love wearing it with a pair of dark denim and booties for a more dressed up but cozy look, however, I love wearing it with grubby boots and thick jeans for a walk to the beach to watch the waves crashing.
My best friend Dani in Toronto gave me this spray for my birthday this year (in January) and I have been using it ever since. To be completely honest when I first got it I did not quite understand what it was for or when to use it. However, now that we are in full blown winter (west coast winter) I realize how much I love using it. Made with aloe, herbs and rosewater, it revitalizes your skin with a dewy radiance and it boosts moisture and glow. It can be used as a setting spray for that dewy look once you've finished your makeup or it can revive dehydrated skin, which I use it for. I spray it on my face after I've taken my makeup off instead of moisturizer or even on dirty hair to give it a nice smell. This spray is definitely a must have!
I love face masks, I mean who doesn't? I hadn't bought one in ages for myself, it had probably been months since I did one when I came upon this pack in Avon. I was so excited to try it, the first day I got it I opened it up and tested my first face mask: Detox Mask. This limited edition deluxe sampler set includes six single-use targeted masks and comes with a boosting serum. I've been using one a week since I first got it and have loved every mask I've tried so far. The perfect thing to look forward to on your weekend, especially if it's an indoor weekend staying cozy and watching movies. I would definitely suggest picking this up, if not for yourself, for a great gift!