October Favorites

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I'm a little late with my monthly favorites post for October. You know, I really thought things would fall back into a good rhythm once I took the IBCLC exam, but I'm still struggling to keep my head above water. I feel like I have no control over anything - I guess that's being an adult, right? On to what I loved last month.
 

Crossbody Bags

I bought my first purse in ages - I know this is hard to believe, but it is true. I was looking for a cross body bag that had a long strap. As a plus size woman, I have a tough time finding good sized bags that are also worn across the body. It feels like I am swallowing some of the smaller ones, and oftentimes the strap will be far too short for me. I came across this great bag while shopping with my sister and had to get it. It looks more expensive than it is and is perfect for fall - a gorgeous burgundy with tassel zipper. Then I found out it came in black and had to have it. Luckily, it's fairly wallet friendly and I know I'll get my money's worth. i actually don't have a black crossbody bag.

 

The Sun and Her Flowers

I absolutely fell in love reading Rupi Kaur's first book of published poetry, Milk and Honey. Since it's original publishing in 2014, it has sold over a million copies! I was thrilled to read that she was writing a second book called The Sun and Her Flowers. The poems are just as beautiful and evoke emotions. The book launched and was #2 on Amazon's Best Seller List in it's first week.

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Leopard Print Coziness

I love leopard print. Because it's such a bold print, I started off wearing it in small doses; think bags, shoes, and belts. I gradually started to incorporate it into my wardrobe more with structured sweaters and tops. This season, I can't get enough leopard sweaters. Gimme all the nubby pullovers, cozy open cardigans, and faux fur jackets! I like to wear them with a classic structured jean or slacks to tone down a look that can take a dangerous turn towards Snooki territory.. Here are a few of my favorites, with some accessories as well.

Pretty Hair, Don't Care

I recently learned that a stylist I follow on Instagram has her own line of hair products sold exclusively at the Mothership! Kristen Ess is responsible for the enviable manes of Lauren Conrad and Lucy Hale, and founded The Beauty Department. Her line for Target launched in January, but I only found out about it this summer. I've tried a few of her products (the Weightless Shine Working Serum, Weightless Leave In Conditioner, and Refine Signature Finishing Spray) and have been really impressed with how well they work. Each product is under $15, which makes them pretty budget friendly. She just launched travel sized gift sets that include mini versions of products. They range from $10-$14 and seem like a low commitment way to try the shampoo and conditioner.

Let me know what you think of my picks in the comments and share what you've been loving lately.