October Monthly Favorites

October Monthly Favorites

This month has probably been one of my favorite months out of the entire year of 2017. Many things have happened, and new things are on the rise. Since I’ve been enjoying the world around me so much lately, I thought I should share the things I’ve been using, watching, wearing, and doing with you. Monthly favorites is a series I want to start doing on my blog, so definitely let me know if you enjoy this post.



FASHION:

Jeans:

Lately, I’ve noticed that I run for the same pair of jeans every opportunity I get. These jeans are from Forever 21. They are high-waisted, light weight, and have a little bit of distressing down the pant. You’ve seen these before in my Fall Haul (P. 2). Click on the picture below to read that post.

I believe these are definitely a must-have, especially with the winter season approaching because you get the luxury of pants, but also the comfortable aspect of loose fitting sweatpants. Since they are high-waisted, these jeans are easy to style with sweaters and flannels.

Purse:

My next October favorite has got to be this purse my mom gave me. I absolutely love the color scheme for the whole month. It fits everything I need: my wallet, makeup bag, keys, my phone, including some extras like gum and receipts I don’t need. I usually go for neutral tone purses so they will match any outfit I happen to be wearing. What I love about this purse is the subtle purple detail. Enough to scream “FALL!!!”, minimal to go with everything.

Shoes:

Last but not least, my running shoes have had me comfy all day, nearly everyday. I got these from Walmart. I’ve been going to the gym lately and decided I needed some new workout shoes. I figured I’d pick up a cheap pair, since I’m not actually running outside or anything. Again, I usually go for neutrals with my shoes. Finding these black and white ones was perfect for me. They’re easy for me to match with any outfit, which has me wearing these to class almost every morning. I like this because it means I’m always somewhat gym-ready, and that motivates me to actually go to the gym. They also have memory foam on the bottom. They’re comfy for me to wear for long periods of time, so I like to slip these on for my day at work.

BEAUTY:

Nail polish:

You’ve seen this nail polish a few times before, and here it is again. I really do like this nail polish. I can say that it is pretty chip resistant. Also, my nails are usually quite brittle and break easily at the length they are now, but so far I haven’t experienced any hang nails. I’m still unsure about the actual restoration or protection of this nail polish, but I love it nonetheless. I thought I’d mention it again because it has become such a staple for me.

Hair Care:

Remember in my Fall Beauty Essentials post I told you that I pick a scent and stick with it. Yeah, I really wasn’t playing around. I have honey lotion, honey lip balm, honey face scrub, and now I show you honey conditioner (I also have the shampoo as well). I love this stuff to no end. It has done so much for me. My hair is incredibly softer since I started using this conditioner. It’s been easier to brush my hair, style my wavy locks, and my hair is noticeably healthier. I’m so glad I found this conditioner.

Makeup (eyeliner):

Last for my beauty favorite this month is this Steve Laurant eyeliner pen. I love this. You saw this in my Double Ipsy Unboxing post. I’m telling y’all, Ipsy stays sending out great stuff. I was unsure about Ipsy when I first started it, but I’m so glad I stayed loyal. This pen is perfect for everyday looks. It’s completely matte black, which I love. I had some trouble with it at first, but ever since I got it down, it’s been winged eyeliner ever since.

LIFESTYLE:

Candle:

This candle, as you can see, has been burning day after day after day. It’s called Purely Pumpkin, and the name is true. It’s almost gone, which is fitting since October is almost over. I got this candle from Hobby Lobby. I love the orange frosted glass, the shape of it, and the smell. Ugh, it’s so sweet. Once this candle is completely burned, I’m excited to think all the different stuff I could use it for. Who doesn’t need empty glass jars lying around? I’m thinking I could probably store some beauty products in here, or make my own body scrub to keep, or something else artsy. I love the little jar so much; I’ll figure something out.

Netflix:

Fairy Tail

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Many of you may not know this, but I love anime. I have been watching Fairy Tail pretty much every evening. I’m currently watching the finale as I write this post this every second. It’s nearing the last episode of the first season and I’m filled with sorrow. I guess I’ll have to move to a different anime once I finish this 48 episode season.

Mini Review:

Characters: The main characters of the first season are illustrated above. On the right: Erza, the baddest b***h in town. She’s definitely a great feminist icon because she’s super strong, serious, sexy, and one of the best fighters all around. The flying cat is Happy. He’s my favorite. He’s definitely sassy, just like me. Then, there’s Natsu. If you’re ever in need of inspiration speech, just watch an episode of Fairy Tail. He’s the type of person that gets everyone motivated. I hope I can inspire people as much as he does. He simply never ever gives up. Next, the blonde is Lucy. She’s pretty cool. She’s nice, but she cries a lot. She’s like the little sister of the entire group. Last is Grey. Gray? Grey? I don’t know how to spell it. He’s kind of rude, but he cares about people too. Him and Natsu don’t get along. Fire and Ice, right? But they’re like brothers, so that makes it hilarious.

Story line: The story line is awesome because the show takes turns highlighting the different characters. You get to learn everyone’s back stories, which for some reason is extremely important to me. I have to know where a character came from and what they’re all about before I can care about them. Obviously I love the story. I’ve watched this so fast.

Food:

For the past month I’ve been drinking smoothies. Smoothie in the morning, smoothie in the evening. Strawberries, bananas, blueberries, yogurt, orange juice, and that’s pretty much it. I don’t add any sugars. And since when do I like orange juice? I don’t. But I can’t even taste it in a smoothie. This means I’m getting all the nutrients from foods I don’t usually consume much faster.

Having a smoothie honestly makes me feel so much better about myself. I always think “Drink your fruit, eat your veggies” because I usually have a smoothie with a salad. I wish I would’ve gotten some pumpkin puree and figured an interesting way to mix it in this October. I guess I still could. But it’s not really the same, you know?



I hope you liked my October Favorites. I’m thinking doing Monthly Favorites is a good way to recap on the things I’ve been enjoying. Thank you for reading. See you Wednesday.

“Dear White People” S1 Review 

Contrary to some people’s beliefs, the Netflix Original TV show “Dear White People” is actually NOT racist. But before we get into that, I want to go over a few different points about the show, and then we can get into the juicy stuff. 

First off, I’d like to start by saying that you will probably be hearing a lot more reviews from me as the summer goes on. This is due to a whole BUNCH of new free time (as soon as I get my schedule straight), and me filling that time with Netflix, Red Box, and reading. So be prepared. 

1) Fashion/ Styling

Rating: Iconic, Breathtaking 10/10

Sam was my favorite style icon. Her outfits were so out there and courageous, a lot like how her character was. She was that type of girl that’s trendy, but in her own unique way. 

I love this next picture. The sweatshirt, the Timberlands, the vest, and that Jean jacket. This exact moment was meant for this exact picture. I love it so much. It reminds me of high school in a way. 

Sam may be my first favorite style icon from the show, but Joelle was DEFINITELY a very close second. Both are total goddesses in their own right. I think the stylist did an amazing job portraying these characters through their clothes. 

2) The Script 

Rating: 7/10

If you’ve EVER watched a Netflix original anything, you know what I mean when I talk about the script. “Dear White People” definitely kept things interesting, and the actors delivered their lines really well. I believed it all (well most of it). Every Netflix show has an ehhhhhhh script though, especially those containing teens or young adults. For some reason, Netflix always has the urge to make their characters reference celebrities for no reason. They always want to break that 4th wall. It gets kind of annoying. But overall, this script was crazy better than some Netflix shows I’ve seen. There was laughing, almost crying, heart wrenching moments, and even some that makes you smirk at how clever it was. 

Soundtrack: 9/10

Pretty freaking good. I didn’t notice the soundtrack a lot during the show, but when it was about to end and their intro song was so noticeably good. One of my favorite songs (which is pretty depressing) is Uno by Rex Orange County. Amazing lyricism. There were a lot of songs that were like “Damn, what is this?”

The cool thing about this show is that it’s a depiction of only a few days or maybe a couple weeks, and they do it in chapters. So every chapter leads into a new day, but from a different person’s point of view. I REALLY love this aspect of the show. It’s so creative, although it has been done before, I feel like this show really executed it in a fantastic way. 

This show isn’t about white people being racist. It is really about the black community and what it is like living in America. It explores things such as colorism, homosexuality/homophobia within the black community, and the white washing of an entire culture in order to survive. Ever sense I heard the name of the show, I knew I had to watch it. It’s daring, and it’s necessary. This show sheds light on a lot of things white people, like myself, will never experience. 

If you talk to me for long enough, we will eventually talk about politics. It is a much bigger deal for me than ever before. And this blog is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog. Not a politic opinion blog. So I’m not gonna bombard you with my opinions. However, this show is absolute golden. There are so many dramatic and interesting plot twists and turns. The storyline is accompanied by volcanic truth. Heart wrenching, eye opening truth. 

I will say this: if you -refuse- to watch this show because you think it is racist, you are displaying privilege. You can turn the other cheek if you think racism is coming your way, and it’s like it never existed. Not everyone in America has that. 

I understand if you think this is controversial. But the show is controversial. It’s a great show. There is so much to learn. And ignorance will never allow us to have change. Take a chance on this show, because you may very well fall in love with it like I did. I don’t know if I’ll ever review a show, book, or movie on here that I don’t like. I don’t really see the point in spreading negativity. 

Thank you so much for reading! I definitely enjoy describing some of my favorite things with you all. Stay safe out there. And stay open minded. 

Peace, 

Emma Katy