Monday Morning Musings | No. 223

October is here!

I’m still in total disbelief that it’s October… like HOW?! I love October for all the basic reasons, but mostly because it feels so festive without having all the pressure, you know? The kick-off to the holiday season, but it’s okay if your ducks aren’t in a row yet. I love it, I live for it.

Over the weekend, we popped by Michael’s to pick up some craft supplies and I left with six giant pumpkins for the front stoop (more on that below!) and a few craft supplies! Because fall = crafts in my opinion!

I also made this beef stew… I love Ashlea’s recipes, and doubled it for the freezer (here are all of my favorite freezer-friendly meals). I started a new ARC book, broke out the baby sweaters, stopped by Palmer’s for a little plant shopping, and all while trying spend as much time as we could outside! We were even able to sneak in an 5:00 PM date night reservation at Kabooki Sushi, one of our favorite places in town! We brought Laurens with us and he slept snuggly on Ryan’s shoulder the entire meal.

It felt like the perfect way to kick-off October!

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Also, as I mentioned in my newsletter on Saturday, the devastation from Hurricane Ian has been widespread and truly mind-blowing. Neighbors are underwater, without power, and some have lost absolutely everything. I saw this morning that Second Harvest Food Bank is in need of volunteers this week, so if you are looking for something to do locally, Second Harvest is amazing. Feeding Florida is another great way to give to those who need assistance right now.

5 Things I’m Loving

My latest obsessions…


October Book Club Pick

In case you you missed it, we announced our October Book Club pick on Saturday, and I really think you are going to love this one! Truly the perfect fall read. Plus, how good is that gorgeous cover?!

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The Striped Ruffle Shirt

THIS SHIRT IS AMAZING. The fabric is just *so* good. It’s drape-y and silky and classic in all the right ways. It may just be one of the best things I’ve gotten from J.Crew in a long time! I’m obsessed. Now this one is on my list!

P.S. Ordered a size small, and it’s a bit oversized in the best way.

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Faux Pumpkin Love

I’ve had my eye on these pumpkins since Chris Loves Julia posted about them last year and they sold out, like, instantly! But I just found them at Micheal’s (on sale!) and I’m obsessed. The brand is fantastic, they look very real, and are a great quality. (And I’m thrilled to have something that will last through the entire season!) Honestly, I may order more.

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Fall Style for Littles

The most handsome romper just arrived for Laurens, and I am so excited for him to wear it for the fall and holiday season! Honestly, shopping for little ones is just too much fun! And look at the little girl version… isn’t it just the sweetest?! Ugh, take all my money.

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New Fave Skin Tint

Iconic sent me their new skin tint product and guys, I’m in love. It’s lighter than a regular foundation, but gives you a blur/filter effect without covering up what makes you, you! I love that you can still see my freckles. SUCH a fantastic product.

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