Monthly Must Haves

Everything You Need for October

Feel fresh and snuggled up in fall’s best of the best — and yours.

At the start of every new season, I like to set an intention. This fall, that intention is about what I can do to be more thoughtful, whether that’s about toward myself, others, or anything else in my life. I think most people associate fall with pumpkin spice lattes, scarves, apple picking, you know, the basic things. But I want to look to making each moment of my fall, and everyone’s around me, a better fall, one where each moment we can be more present and thoughtful. Here’s what’s on my list to help me do that.

Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman 

One of my favorite food writers Alison Roman (you might know her from her turmeric chickpea stew that went viral last year) has a new cookbook coming out. Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over should live up to my expectations of fun food that’s, well, nothing fancy. There’s something meditative in chopping up vegetables or cooking an entire chicken. I can’t wait to try the recipes in this one.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

If you’d asked me a few months ago if we needed a Breaking Bad movie, I’d definitely had said no. But then I saw the trailer for El Camino, the follow up we never knew we needed starring a swoon worthy Aaron Paul ready to tell us what ever happened to Jesse Pinkman. In an age when we are almost always on our phones, I’m excited to sit down and focus on this movie without scrolling through Instagram or emails. 


Design Dua 

A friend of mine recently needed a new dog bed for her labradoodle and she purchased an adorable bassinet — you read that correctly — for her pup. Design Dua primarily creates handmade, organic bassinets for human babies, but they also make them for fur babies. And let me tell you, looking at her adorable dog Luna snuggled up is too cute. The products are Ghanian and stunning. You can tell a lot of thought, and love, goes into each one. 

Apple Picking Candle 

It’s fair to give into some of fall’s most basic pleasures. They became basic trends for a reason after all! And some of us don’t always have the time or means to get to an apple orchard, but this candle makes you feel like you’ve spent an entire afternoon posing for Facebook photos with friends and baking up your own apple crumble and baked apples. I’ve also learned of trataka, a meditative yoga practice where you stare at candlelight (or really at anything, but in this case, at the flame of your apple picking candle!) and rest your awareness there. 


Olive, Again

This book has been on my “to read” list ever since I heard it was coming out. I first fell in love with Olive Kitteridge thanks to the Frances McDormand miniseries on HBO, then I read the original book by Elizabeth Strout, which was published in 2008 and won the Pulitzer. It’s easy to see why it’s beloved: The book follows its titular character Olive through a series of vignette-like short stories. Now, Olive is back with more stories in a sequel. I love that I can look forward to grabbing this for one story at a time,

Eye Arise 

It is no secret that fall begets holiday season, so I turn to our Eye Arise serum to keep my eyes popping and fresh and myself looking as awake as possible. It’s made with aspen bark (that’s derived without hurting trees) and helps reduce under-eye circles. It’s also soothing so even when I feel like I need another pumpkin spice latte but I’ve already hit my daily max — don’t hate! — the cooling effect feels incredible under my eyes. 

American Girls Podcast 

If you’ve owned or bought or even been aware of an American Girl Doll then this podcast is for you. Me, I grew up with them. I was a Kirsten owner, thank you very much. So this podcast, hosted by millennial historians Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney, makes me laugh and keeps me entertained. It’s a nice break from the news and a cool way to look back on the nostalgia everyone is talking about these days. 

Weighted Blanket 

Ever since I read about one woman’s experience with a weighted blanket helping her with sleeping issues, I was interested to find out if it could help me with mine. It not only helps me fall asleep but really changes the day when I’m feeling anxious or stressed. Sometimes I get in bed with a book and this blanket and things just feel better. They make me feel tucked in and protected. Whether that’s placebo effect or not, it works. 

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