Friday, October 30, 2015

Ebb & Flow: October

The highs and lows of the month.

Sheet Masks, namely My Beauty Diary versions. Best discovery ever, Amazon sells them.

My sample blisters of Serge Lutens lipsticks are all hitting bottom. Wore Votre Sienne- a rusty terra cotta shade a bunch. The $75 price tag though. 

FuturePrimitive 3-in-1 Whipped Soap in Clotted Peach Cream

Serge Lutens Chergui

FuturePrimitive Sylph

The Bathing Garden Ever Night is hitting the spot. Nice throw. Twilight dupe.

Ranch flavored Veggie Straws. Totally aware they are not really veggies. 

Madame Bovary, and boy did it take me on an emotional journey. I was expecting to hate her. And maybe I do, but so many more emotions arose.

A Tarpon Springs road trip with my Mom and sisters for her birthday. Sponge docks, Greek food, girl time.

Going to the dentist. I hate my silver fillings.

Addressing my Christmas cards.

All the free cards I have been getting from Shutterfly. They have been pumping them out this year.

The Pottery Barn Kids drinking thermos. Returned one after it broke, then the second one broke. Not funny when it is $20. 

Missing my stepdad. I will never understand how someone can just walk away form their whole family, children, grandchildren and all. He brought so much to my life, but I suppose that season is over. 

That one chilly morning in north Florida: fuzzy socks, flannel pj's, coffee warming my hands and ribbons of campfire smoke curling up to me on the porch. 

What were some of your highs? Lows? Love anything this month? Duds? Do tell!


  1. I was just thinking about this post yesterday, and remembering that I'd said I might try something like this too. Oops. End of the month is here and I have nothing organized like this. Heh, maybe next month. Maybe I'll start the new year with it. (Maybe I'll never get around to it?!)

    I've been loving our fall weather, and I think of you often as I'm taking it all in. I was on a downward trend in being so preoccupied that I wasn't enjoying the Halloween season. It's on an upward swing now though, since I sort of pushed a lot of mental things aside and am just letting the little Halloween things in. Even just things like hearing Thriller on the radio. I'm loving seeing more and more Christmas stuff in the stores, but at the same time, I'm sad because it's like Thanksgiving is forgotten.


    1. It would a fun New Year addition to make to the blog! I enjoy looking back and remembering how the month went.

      I bet your fall weather is so crisp! I started tuning into the Halloween music channel on TV and Pandora. You are right. It helps. Know what also helps?? The adorable card I got <3 the girls love the stickers and send their thanks! Thanksgiving is forgotten on a commercial level but not around here. The thankful tree goes up and I kick into high gear meal planning. I love Thanksgiving.

  2. I'm really sorry about your stepfather. For me, the hardest thing is letting go of pain like that. Sending love. <3

    1. Thank you Nancy. It has been 3 years but I have known him since I was 5. It is a very hard pain to let go of. I have forgiven him but it still hurts.

    2. For what it's worth, your step dad sure is missing out. <3 sending lots of healing thoughts and love to you.

  3. I'm sorry about your stepdad. :( Like Nancy said, it is hard letting go, especially when he was in your life for so long. :( *HUG* Even if you forgive someone, it doesn't mean the hurt goes away. I know how you feel, I have the same feelings about my real dad. Luckily, my stepdad, even though he hasn't been in our lives all that long, has filled a little bit of the void.

    Madame Bovary is a book I have always wanted to read. Do you recommend it, other than the love/hate feelings?

    1. It is hard. I will keep you in my thoughts too.

      I do recommend it. It reads a little slow at times with all the descriptive language (it was written in the 1800's) but it really is funny and sad and crazy and manages to be very applicable to today too.

  4. Sorry to hear about your stepdad, but I do understand how you're feeling. Letting go & moving on is hard & takes time -- I'm still trying.

    On another note, I too had to have silver fillings recently. I broke a tooth somehow (didn't even know) & the dentist said I actually had a cavity as well. Still feels weird.

    Hope this month brings more highs than lows! :)

    1. Yes you do understand. I wish you didn't. :-( and that families would remain whole, but then I wouldn't have my sisters. Sorry about your tooth! All my old silver fillings are cracking and straining under my nocturnal grindings. I hope your month does too! <3