November started off with a bang! The first Saturday I attended a book signing for Christina Lauren for their latest book in the Beautiful series – Beautiful Player. I’ll have a post up soon on the series and the book signing too, but I finished Beautiful Player shortly after getting it at the signing! And speaking of books, I also got to go see Catching Fire the night it came out in the theatre – loved it!
I spent some time during the month looking at my in progress craft projects, working on some, and planning for some new things. One of my big projects towards the end of the month was working on finishing some Christmas ornaments I’d stitched.
Of course, one of the things I was excited about was visiting a local camera store and checking out a variety of camera bags in preparation for my trip to Germany/Paris. I loved the bright yellow of the one in the photo, but I ended up going with something slightly different. Post to come on that as well and why I chose what I did.
As the holidays approached, I celebrated with a super blingy manicure – I used my new polish, When Monkeys Fly, over a gold I already had on hand and wowza!! Eric and I made apple pancakes for breakfast, which is our tradition for Thanksgiving morning, and then watched the parade. We went to my mom’s for our cozy Thanksgiving dinner and it was really a nice, relaxing day. So much to be thankful for!
I always feel that my birthday and then Labor Day signal the end of summer – marking the change from longer days and saturated color to cooler weather and wardrobe layering. Even though I’m sure we’ll have many more 100 degree days in front of us, my thoughts immediately turn to the new season. And judging by the number of Pumpkin Spice Latte pics I’m seeing on Instagram, I’m not alone in this.
August is, of course, my birthday month and it brought with it a much-needed vacation from work and time to get together with friends. I’m still enjoying breaking out some statement jewelry pieces, which has been great fun. I was also treated to some new nail polish, new (much needed) perfume, and a blow out. I even made it to the gym again.
I finished reading City of Glass and moved right into City of Fallen Angels – both so good. I’ll have a review of this series up soon. One of my birthday outings was getting together with a friend to see the Mortal Instruments movie on opening night. So good. So much love for Jace. Go see it if you haven’t yet. I’m looking forward to reading the fifth book.
I also spent an afternoon with another friend and we met for lunch at Bluebonnet Bakery, which was absolutely delicious. I had their famous chicken salad sandwich and then we both topped off our lunch with a slice of Italian Cream Cake. To. Die. For. I haven’t had Italian Cream Cake that good since last April!
For my birthday, Eric bought me new perfume. As I’d mentioned on this post, I was in dire need of some new perfume. I ended up with D&G Light Blue for a lighter, summery scent and Thierry Mugler’s Alien Essence Absolue for my deeper fall/winter scent. I love them both! He also took me out to dinner at Ziziki’s, which I just can’t stay away from for my birthday dinner. Everything there is absolutely delicious. I had the first glass of wine I’ve had in awhile, I can’t go wrong with a Riesling and this one was fabulous!
We also hit a milestone with Ramses and Thutmose. We decided that they were finally old enough that our Moroccan pouf would be safe to put out again. It has been locked away almost since we bought it, so it’s nice to actually have it out in the living room again. If we can get to a place where the other kitty-proof measures can be done away with I’ll finally be able to share our living room redo.
August was a good month, and I had a wonderful vacation and birthday. Exciting things are on the horizon for my new year!