September is almost over, can you believe it? With a few days to spare I thought I would share some of my favourite things this month. I find myself curling up to watch more tv these days as the nights get darker earlier and the weather, although mostly sunny this month, is getting a lot colder! I have been making soups and baking lots and I'm really enjoying getting back into a routine after a summer filled with visitors, weddings and fun!
Big Little Lies: My friend Abbey suggested I watch this and I had it downloaded for months before actually sitting down to watch it. I was blown away, it was probably my favourite show I have watched in a long time. It was so beautifully done that I felt like I was watching an extra long movie that I never wanted to end. The tv show was a mini-series of seven episodes, an hour each, based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty. Not only is the cast star studded, but it's a show that grasps you from the very first episode and after each episode you are left wanting more. If you haven't already watched it you better start now!
A Piece of Work: This podcast was suggested to me by a fellow art history nerd that I met through the magazine I write for as well as UVic, Maria. I could not be more pleased with the suggestion! I have a long drive to and from work and I often find myself bored and annoyed with the drivers on the road that I decided to turn to podcasts to make the drive better. I studied Art History for both my Undergrad and Masters degrees and I can never get enough of museums and galleries (just ask anyone that travels with me.) So this podcast was great for me! Each episode, Abbi Jacobson takes you through MoMA to look at one particular piece of art. The episodes are short, which is great and you don't lose interest. She is both intellectual and funny and makes me miss standing in an art gallery looking at a piece even more. If you are at all interested in art, or not, you should give this a listen!
Capricorn Pendant: My cousins Anna and Louise bought this necklace for me for my 29th birthday. I have always been really close to my cousins and after living with Anna for over 3 years she really got to know my obsession with horoscopes. I am a typical Capricorn and whenever there is a horoscope to read, I read it (even if it sounds very unlikely to come true.) I always find my jewelry style changes throughout the seasons but lately I have found myself reaching for a dainty necklace (usually given to me by Dave) and simple rings (also from Dave or my sister.) I love wearing this simple gold pendant layered with a heart necklace from Little Gold in Victoria Dave gave me for Valentine's day. The layering necklace trend is one I just can't get enough of and although I used to always wear silver I find I love mixing it with gold or even wearing only gold lately.
Double Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf: I love banana bread, really who doesn't? I also love bananas but hate them when they start getting any brown spots on them (I know I'm a little picky.) I usually buy a bunch of bananas a week since they are the perfect snack, especially before a workout but I hate that by the end of the week there's always at least one that is far too ripe for me. I throw that ripe banana in the freezer, then slowly over time I realize I have far too many bananas in the freezer and what perfect way to use them up then in banana bread. However, no banana bread compares to this recipe by food blogger: What's Gaby Cooking. If you haven't checked her website out, you have to! Each week she puts out a meal plan that I always find a recipe to try from and inspires me to do my own meal plan for the week. This recipe is her Double Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf recipe, which uses four ripe bananas. Next time you have too many bananas in the freezer definitely try it out, it is my absolute favourite banana loaf recipe and I can't stop making it!
Origins VitaZing SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer: I have never been a fan of wearing a lot of face makeup. I have a pretty simple routine, face cream, then blush and bronzer, eye shadow, liner and mascara. I don't usually stray too far from that routine unless I am going out or have an occasion in which case I might put liquid liner on and lipstick but not much else. That's why I fell in love with this face cream the second I tried it. I had a free mini facial at the Origins counter in at Hudson's Bay a few years ago and they used this tinted moisturizer on me at the end of the treatment and although I wasn't wearing any makeup it looked like I was. I know that sounds a little bogus but trust me. Once you apply it, the cream changes colour to match your skin tone, which in turn gives you an even finish and the appearance of face makeup and a bit of a tan (which I can always use.) I couldn't recommend this moisturizer or brand more. I have used Origins face masks and other face creams before (from samples) and everything is organic and great for all skin types. Definitely try it out next time you're at Hudson's Bay or Sephora.