Best of November 2015


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To Watch
I recently started a series on Netflix called Gran Hotel and I’m really liking it so far! It’s a gorgeous period piece, set in early 20th century Spain, and it’s kind of a glamorous mystery series about a guy who goes to work at the nicest hotel in the country when his sister, who worked as a maid there, goes missing. As if the drama and intrigue weren’t enough, just the costumes and sets are worth watching the show for. I’m not very far into it but I’m hooked!
Since I’m still not ready to give up my scary movie binge from October, I also watched the documentary Cropsey, which tells the story of the real-life man behind one of New York’s most famous urban legends. It was really creepy but also interesting because of how the story of Cropsey and his victims was woven together. Looking into the mind of someone as disturbed as he was is always fascinating in a super grim way, and I really liked the documentary.

To Read
I finally got on the bandwagon and read Jennifer Close’s debut novel Girls in White Dresses. No exaggeration, it’s one of my favorite books ever. It’s a series of vignettes about the lives of three best friends and the other people – friends, boyfriends, acquaintances – who come in and out of their lives. It details their boy troubles, their complex family relationships, their jobs, and even random things like JonBenet Ramsey and peacocks – trust me, it makes sense. The scenes are poignant and thoughtful but also really funny in parts, and super relatable. I’ve already recommended it to all my friends.

To Listen
This month I’ve been listening to a lot of chill, mellowed-out music like The Head and the Heart, Alex Turner’s solo work, Dead Man’s Bones (Ryan Gosling’s horror-themed band – who knew?), and the more pop-y PWR BTTM. I’ve also been on a random Tom Petty kick – don’t judge.

To Eat
Thanksgiving food, of course! My family does all the classics: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, regular and creamed corn, broccoli rice casserole, dressing, cranberries, crescent rolls, ambrosia, and buttermilk, pecan, and apple pie. I ate about four times my weight over the course of our two Thanksgivings (one with each side of the family) but I definitely wouldn’t turn down another plate of it right now.

To Buy
Everything! I don’t do Black Friday but I do participate in Cyber Monday, and pretty much everyone has great deals going on – perfect for your holiday shopping! I’m also really into candles during the colder months so I picked up a few of those last week for my apartment (shh – don’t tell my landlord). I love this one especially; the whole Capri line is great but the Volcano is my favorite. I also found this one at Anthropologie and loved it for the holidays! It smells like mulled wine but they also carry salted caramel, vanilla chai, and hot buttered rum, which all smell great. Plus, how cute are the tins? Also, I'm in the market for a recipe box. I love the ones at Rifle Paper Co. but $40 seems like a lot for tin that holds notecards. Any suggestions? I feel like I've looked everywhere!

To Laugh
This list of the 38 most awkward dogs in 2015. Check out number 23 for a picture of what I looked like when Thanksgiving dinner was served and number 19 for a picture of what I looked like when I was done eating. 

To Wear
I won’t be the first or the last to say it, but flannel. I love this belted scarf from PopSugar and this cozy shirt (and matching nails) from Meg Biram. Plaids and herringbones in neutral colors are gorgeous too, especially for work or social events – check out this look from Sortrature and this one from dustjacket-attic. Also, I dropped some major hints about wanting this purse for Christmas; we’ll see how it goes.

To Inspire
Fitness! No one wants to work out in the middle of the holidays, I know, but hear me out. I started going to the gym at my apartment complex week before last and all I do is an easy 3-45 minutes on the elliptical. Just doing something as small as that or going for a quick walk or run every day or two can make a big difference in your health and quality of life! Plus, it burns calories so you can eat more holiday food – win/win, am I right? Look forward to some health and wellness posts in the coming week or two!

What have your favorite things been this month? Tell me about them in the comments!

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