Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

The end of the month (and every day October) here—tomorrow when we all wake up, it will be November and the countdown to Thanksgiving begins. Today felt like Friday and a long weekend...probably because of Halloween. 

One of today’s highlights was seeing everyone’s costumes online. There were so many clever ones—I especially like a niche character costume or when someone dresses up as an real life celebrity (Ina Garten, Paul Hollywood, Clare Saffitz). Or maybe I just really enjoy people dressing up as bakers. We had a quiet evening in watching GGBO before calling it a night...and seeing the lines of people waiting outside of bars in freezing weather as we drove home, I wouldn’t have traded it. 

Hope everyone had a lovely Halloween and plenty of treats! 

Fall in Germany

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Last October in Germany was like a jewel--all golden-tinged colors and brilliant skies. We were there for a conference and couldn't stop pinching ourselves. It was Ryan's first time abroad, so it was exciting to watch him experience the beauty of Europe. Luckily for both of us, he took (and remembered) a good bit of German in undergrad, so navigating Germany wasn't as difficult as it might have been. 

We flew into Stuttgart before heading to the Black Forest for several days...having only seen English hills and the French countryside before, I was unprepared for the lush and sprawling wild beauty of Southern Germany. We stayed at the top of a huge hill in a valley and woke every morning feeling like we'd escaped to the Misty Mountains. Russet, gold, and deep green trees stretched endlessly on each side of the valley, rising up into the deep blue sky. 

Between the colors, fresh air, winding brooks and cheery cottages, it felt like something out of a storybook. 

Catching Up...

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

It's been a busy month indeed...I'm just a few days shy of hitting my 'Everyday October' blogging goal and I can.see.the finish line! It's been such a good challenge--and I'm proud for getting a post up every day to date, but man, does my hat go off to daily bloggers. This has been the most concentrated amount of time I've spent on my blog in years and I think it shows. 

All the same, I'm looking forward to a bit of rest come November 1st. I'm definitely starting to hit a wall, creatively. It's so true what they say--you need time off in order to be re-inspired. 

I've also got some life admin to tick off my list...you know those things that really need to get done, but you just never seem to find the time? Somehow I've managed to put off getting new glasses for nearly a year. That being said, I'm happy for now since finally getting a long overdue haircut. Getting my hair washed at the hairdresser's and having it styled by someone else feels so luxurious and relaxing. While I've gotten better at figuring out how to do my hair, it's never a short process, and therefore something I often put off. I'm officially someone who tries to make my hair washes last as long as possible AND strategically plan haircuts to get a few days' wear out of the end result. 

Speaking of hair, I'm steadily working on growing my beret collection. A camel-colored one has been on my fall style list for a while and I managed to nab one last month. Next up, olive green and cream. 

How unbelievably beautiful is this Harry Potter card? It's so, so perfect. One of my oldest friends sent it as a I'm-cheering-you on card. I'm honored she chose to part with it for me and will absolutely be framing it as a piece of art!

One of my favorite things we did recently was explore Waco's newest bookstore, Fabled. It's bookish and perfect with dark shelves, golden vintage couches, and even a wardrobe entrance to the children's section...truly what all bookshop dreams are made of. 

Weather-wise, we've had a few drizzly, cool days and there's a bit of holiday spark in the air. While I probably won't be dressing up this year, I'm still looking forward to ending the month on a high note, with a pumpkin spice latte in hand. I've been enjoyed iced ones without whipped cream...but sometimes a cold day calls for a steaming latte, full-fat. Add the whipped cream. 

Happy almost end of October!

A Houndstooth Moment

Monday, October 28, 2019

Rich brown houndstooth is a pattern I come back to every fall. It adds a perfect touch no matter how it's worn: a casual coat, warm scarf, or in elegant skirt-form. I love the idea of a houndstooth coat with black jeans and camel beret or a dark berry print dress with tights. It's that delightful mixture of chic and studious attire that makes you feel instantly put together even on messy hair days or when running late. 

Here's to houndstooth and finally dressing for autumn. 

Slow Sundays

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Every weekend I am reminded of how sweet and good life is, even if just in a few stolen moments.

Often, Saturday is our catch-up day--the one for doing all of the necessary life chores like dishes and taking out the trash.

Which means Sundays are a slow, welcome breath of quiet. Stillness. Other than Mass, we try to keep the day as free as possible. And every Sunday I am grateful. Grateful that we have a day to catch up, to breathe, to not be running in a million different directions.

So for now, our Sundays look like this.

Coffee--espresso, always, thanks to a very generous Christmas gift. A pile of new library books, mainly fiction because the real world is too real sometimes. Mugs and blankets. British vlogs because my love for England must be fed daily. Rain, this week, pattering on the window, staining the sky with softness and melancholy. Julie London and Jo Stafford crooning in the lamplit-room.