I think I've never been this happy to see September and fall finally arrive. Things have slowed a tiny bit in the work department (which is a great thing, honestly), and I have some fun plans including traveling, concerts, seeing friends and just chilling lined up for the upcoming weeks. And because my last few months have been so crazy and hectic they almost turned into a blur, I've decided to revive this series, just to remind myself of all the wonderful things, experiences and details that made my life more beautiful and enjoyable. Here's what went down in September. I was...
Decorating: with gladiolas. I've been known to steal flowers from my mother's garden on a regular basis, and this past month has been no exception. This summer, Mom has planted a gorgeous gladiola patch, and I've been consistently sneaking around. hoping to scavenge the prettiest and the most colorful ones. Boy, was I lucky and spoiled! Gladiolas have quickly become my favorite blooms: they exude elegance and sophistication, towering stately over all the other flowers. I rarely use them in flower arrangements - in my opinion they look best all by themselves, living in huge vase on my coffee table. A constant source of joy and happiness.
Drinking: J.P.Chenet's Chardonnay. This has been my drink of choice as of late. It's surprisingly complex, flavorful, but lighter than my usual Merlot, and it makes for a perfect companion for a casual dinner with friends around homemade pizza.
Shopping: for books. In August and September, my favorite bookstore celebrated its 25th anniversary, with a humongous sale. What else could I do than go on an equally humongous book shopping spree? Needless to say, I have received way too many packages in the past few weeks, and now I'm in a dire need of a proper storage space, since all my books are currently living on the floor of my living room (oops). Anyway, unlike clothes and beauty products, books are something I'm never feeling guilty splurging on - they'll never go out of style and are worth every single penny. Plus, I really love the idea of someday transferring my love for books and reading to my own kids and grand-kids.
Watching: Mr. Selfridge. I stumbled upon this British TV series almost by accident, but I immediately fell under its spell. The well-crafted story of an american self-made businessman who came to London to build one of the most important and mythic stores of London's Oxford street is equally enchanting, funny and inspiring. I'll be diving into the Season 2 very soon!
Listening: to Enrique Iglesias. No judgment, please :) Lately I've been taking full advantage of my Spotify account, discovering new music to listen to, and rediscovering the old favorites. Like Enrique. There's no good denying it, I can really be a sentimental sap sometimes, and this music reminds me of someone very special and close to my heart. I'm not pretending each song is a masterpiece, but this one, for example, never fails to give me chills.
Loving: Diptyque Doson. I've purchased this perfume two years ago, but it got lost in the big move, and I've only recently rediscovered it again. I almost forgot how lovely and unique this fragrance is. If there ever was a contestant for my signature scent, this would be it.
Trying out: L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler. As I edge closer to the big 3-0, I've made a resolution to take better care of my skin. I secretly hope that I was gifted in the genes department (my mom has almost no wrinkles, and the same was true for my grandma), but considering that my lifestyle and environment is really different (Constant stress? check. Pollution? check. A love for good wine? check. Not enough time spent outdoors? check.) I'd rather be safe than sorry. I'm a huge L'Oréal Paris fan - I think their skincare is consistently top notch and delivering on its promises, and I love discovering their new products and innovations. I've been using this serum for a few weeks, so it's too soon to make any definitive conclusions, but I really love the lightweight formula, the subtle scent, and the fact that my skin feels tighter and rejuvenated each time I use it. Definitely something I would buy again.
Learning: Italian. After talking about it for longer than I care to admit (this even made it to my fall bucket list), I've finally bitten the bullet this month, and signed up for an Italian course. So far I fell like my head is going to explode with all the new information, vocabulary and grammar rules, but I'm also utterly in love with this lovely, melodic language and all the new horizons it opens up for me. Mi piace molto!
Reading: The Martian, by Andy Weir. Do yourself a favor, and if you haven't already, by all means read. this. book. now. I'm not a sci-fi fan by a longest stretch, and I kind of picked this on a random whim, but it's one of the best books I've read in a decade. Yes, decade! I'm not sure whether it's the perfect flow of the writing, of the incredible sense of humor of the main character, or the gripping story (it's probably the combination of them all), but I devoured this book in one day. then promptly passed it on to my mother who read it in two days, and I'm already thinking about reading it once more. It's just so darn good. Now I'm really curious to see what the movie will be like.
Being inspired: by September issues. This year, Harper's Bazaar really nailed it. I loved every single page!
Enjoying: impromptu shopping trips. Weekends spent all by myself in my apartment have become few and far between in the past few weeks. And I must admit that I miss them very much - "me time" is something that I cherish and value very much, and I'm doing my best to save one weekend a month for staying home, and doing anything that strikes my fancy. I wake up when I want to, enjoy my first cup of coffee in bed, I go through my stacks of books and magazines, and spend hours in the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes. And if, by any chance, I'm feeling a little bit restless, I usually jump in the car, and drive to the mall, for a little impromptu shopping session. The last time I did, I went home with two beautiful ponchos, several new beauty products to try and (surprise, surprise), more books to add to my ever growing collection. I just love that feeling of freedom the complete reign over my schedule gives me on these weekends!
Burning: scented candles. I'm so so happy that the candle-appropriate weather is back! Of course, there's nothing wrong with lighting your favorite scented candle on a random summer night, but really, I can hardly imagine better time to do so when the days begin to grow shorter, when the evenings get chillier, and when all I want to do is curl up on the couch with an engrossing book, with a mug of hot chocolate (or a glass of Chardonnay) in hand and a lovely fragrance wafting from a beautiful container. This one has been burning on my coffee table just as I type these words.