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The October List

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

I want to hygge it up but there's so much to do, and summer doesn't seem to ready to go.

Last licks for Holiday 2019

Before you know it, you'll be hearing Christmas music on the radio. The holiday season is almost upon us and for small businesses, it'll be the craziest time of the year. For the past few years, I've had pretty lofty goals for early preparation. This year, I've kind of accepted that I'm not as prepared as I would have liked. I haven't really had the chance to hold onto a substantial inventory, which is not a bad problem to have.

Going into October, there's still a little bit of time to make small batches of a few designs and have them listed in time. But beyond production, there are other, more business-y things that I'd really like to make time for this month. Things on my list include: updating product pictures, prepping shipping and packing materials, listing seconds and samples, updating my wholesale line sheet, and sorting through expenses for year-end accounting.

Visit the new MoMA after October 21st

The Museum of Modern Art has been closed for renovations for a while and it's finally reopening this month! Kev and I are taking half days off of work to go check it out. The MoMA sculpture garden was such a wonderful space - and a hidden gem for happy hour - and I look forward to seeing what, if any, changes have been made to it in addition to the overhauled interior.

I'll report back.

Stock up on the ingredients for my favorite fall drinks

As mentioned above, I really do want to embrace the hygge half of the year. To me, that means curling up on our big comfy couch with the shades drawn on a gray day and watching Netflix. It's a big pot of something brothy simmering on the stove in our dutch oven. It's something hot to sip from one of my mugs while I read a book or the news.

I'm not quite there mentally, as I still have multiple outstanding wholesale orders, dreams of some semblance of holiday prep, and a few social commitments on my calendar. But I can start with that cup of something hot:

  • Turmeric latte: ground turmeric, cinnamon, agave nectar or honey, nutmeg and/or cardamom, black pepper, almond milk

  • Chai tea latte: chai tea bags, almond milk, agave nectar or honey

  • Hot apple cider with black tea

  • Honey and lemon with ginger or echinacea (when feeling under the weather)

Beauty Details

This month, I’m going to add new weekly and near-daily steps to my routine: manicures and red lips. Nail polish and lipstick are the two types of makeup products that I like shopping for the most and yet have become the two that I use the least because they don't really fit into my lifestyle.

Pottery messes up manicures quickly and my constant consumption of coffee, tea, and water throughout the day defeats any attempts to wear lip product beyond balm.

But every so often I return to wanting to feel a little more "done" a little more often, and now is one of those times. Shopping my collection, these are the colors I’m loving for fall:

Nails: OPI Got the Blues for Red, Cote #26, Essie Ladylike

Lips: Anthropologie Artist Atelier in Black Peony (no longer available), NARS Cruella, Hourglass Icon (applied with fingers since this is a heavily pigmented cream)

Go to Miami

We’re heading down to Florida for a cousin's wedding this month, spending time celebrating the couple and then extending our stay a couple of days to hang in South Beach. It’s nice to have a trip so soon after Paris - I like that it'll be an easy domestic flight, and that it's somewhere warm where I can soak up a few last rays of sunshine before the winter months arrive.

I've been to Miami a couple of times before, the first visit being the most formative for my impression of the city. It was with Kev, and I was deep into watching The West Wing (best show ever) for the first time. At one point, I binged so many episodes late into the night that we decided to stay up just a couple more hours, walk down to the beach, and watch the sun rise over the Atlantic. I will never forget that particular sunrise. It began a tradition for us to witness the moment of daybreak wherever in the world we go.

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