Tomorrow is October! Woohoo! It’s my absolutely favorite month of the whole year, and I can’t freaking wait.
But before we get there, it’s time for me to do my September Favorites!
I’m really excited that I have so many this month to share, so go ahead and keep reading!
My mom had one for years and years and I loved using it when I was younger, but recently I got an old one of my own, and it’s just as handy and fun as I remember. I’ve been doing a lot more paper-crafting and card-making lately, so it’s absolutely come in handy.
I also found a smaller one (this one) and it has been a freaking lifesaver for decorating my Happy Planner. Speaking of which, it’s time to pull out my Halloween planner supplies!
Okay, but who wouldn’t love being able to paint everything a gorgeous, solid, shiny gold? I mean, unless you didn’t like gold. Then you’d be like, “Me!” But that’s beside the point. This stuff is ridiculously gorgeous. I was playing around with it and ended up painting an entire business card with it. I will warn you that the odor is super strong (like the giant Marks-A-Lot permanent markers in the metallic tubes) and requires a bit of shaking to get everything mixed together, but it’s so worth it when you finally get it mixed!
I’ve seen people using all kinds of props as backdrops for their flatlay photographer over the past few years, but I’ve never really gotten anything of my own. When I started doing Poshmark, I started using plain white foam board. For my Instagram, though, I wanted something a little extra, so I picked these up from the craft store and got creative. The wood look ones are my favorite because they’re so realistic and really just make pictures pop.
I was getting tired of my $5 clear case I got from five below and was really wanting a change. I found this one at Walmart clearance and put it on my phone and it felt like I had a whole new phone. It’s so fun and bright and the grippies on the side make me feel secure in holding it. The only downside is that I can’t put a Popsocket on the back of it. But that’s okay, it still works.
I’ve had my tumbler for a few years now (it was a gift from someone at my old job) and was using it for coffee. I recently started using it again for ice water, and it’s amazing. I’m always so sad when I wake up in the middle of the night absolutely parched and my water is room temperature, so I’ve been filling this with ice water before bed and it’s still cold in the morning. I have to use a straw with it (I don’t have a favorite one yet, but I’ll report when I do) because the cold water on my teeth hurts, but otherwise it’s absolutely perfect. I ended up buying Shane his own for Christmas that year because he loved mine so much.
Within the last month, I have made the decision to put in the effort to really take care of my hair and give it what it needs. For me, this means regular and consistent wash days (Sundays and Thursdays for me), sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners, and the right products and techniques to help enhance my natural waves instead of fighting against them. The shampoo smells great and gets my hair clean without over-drying or stripping my hair of its natural oils. I’m always willing to try new products as I figure out what my hair needs, but I have a feeling I’ll always have a bottle of this stowed away in my cabinets in case of an emergency.
Target had the big bottle of this on sale for the same price as the regular size, so of course I bought it. It has a soft coconut scent that is refreshing without making your hair smell like a piña colada. I added some of this to a spray bottle with water, too, so that I can re-wet my hair in the morning when I need to refresh my waves, and it always leaves my hair feeling so soft and healthy.
I read a few years ago that it’s really bad to put your hair up in a regular towel, especially when it’s wet, because the little terrycloth fibers add frizz and can potentially cause breakage. They suggested putting it up in a t-shirt or microfiber towel instead. Well, all my microfiber towels are used for cleaning and not near big enough for my giant head, so I stuck with a t-shirt for a long time. As I’m figuring out what’s best for my hair and how best to encourage and keep waves, one of the suggestions was the Turbie Towel. It’s the same technique as I was doing with the shirt, but it soaks up more water and is super soft and gentle on my hair.
Have you been waiting for a Kristin recommendation? Well, you’re finally getting your wish. She bought this brush on a whim when she needed a round brush one day, and has been in love with it ever since. She kept raving about it to me and insisted I needed to buy it since it’s so easy for her to blow dry her hair straight now (something she’d given up home on ever being able to do before). My hair is longer than hers, so it takes a bit longer to get it all dry, but it’s so quick and smooth and makes any other round brushes I’ve used look like garbage. All I do is spray leave-in conditioner on my hair while it’s still wet, wrap it up in my Turbie Twist for a bit so it’s not dripping wet, and then I blow dry it. I brush through with my Wet Brush before I was so it’s mostly detangled, and then when I’m ready to blow dry it, I brush through each individual section as I go.
If you’ve tried any of these, let me know how you like them. I also love reading your suggestions, so leave a comment telling me about some of your favorite things from this month!
Also, today is my niece’s 13th birthday, so happy birthday, Tati!!! ❤ ❤