I didn’t write a September Favorites post, because I figured my posts about Paris and Italy sort of covered all of my favorites! (And I still have more to share on that trip, in fact!)
As I was putting this list together, I realized I did a poor job keeping track of some of my favorite things for October. Usually, I keep a running list, so I don’t forget the things that sparked my interest when it comes time to share, but I neglected to do that this month. It’s been a busy month that has completely run away from me. I keep saying that next week I’ll be back into a routine, but that just hasn’t happened this month.
Anyway, here are some of my favorites (that I can remember)…
We have entered into the portrait painting segment of the online art school I’m attending and I have enjoyed it immensely. At first, I was intimidated at the thought of painting faces…getting the skin tones and likeness right is so challenging. I just dove in, though, and I’m learning and improving with each one.
I’m still not getting the nuances and angles right and I have a long way to go to be really good at portraits, but it’s coming along with each painting.
I especially love painting “vintage” women and girls. I love the hats and bows and updos. That’s also the kind of painting I would be interested in hanging in my own house, so that’s what I’ve been focusing on so far. I will start selling them since I have had some inquiries.
I’m going to stick with painting faces for a bit, but I would like to revisit landscapes since those are more “commercial” and I just want to become better at it.
Caribou Dark Hot Chocolate
As someone who doesn’t drink coffee or tea, I find that I miss cozying up with a hot beverage on a cold day. I’m not even into cider or hot chocolate, generally. They are just too sweet for me. But, Caribou’s dark hot chocolate? Perfection. I have definitely been indulging this month.
Woman in White
I was first introduced to this story through the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the same title and I was excited to see it was remade as a series for Masterpiece. It’s sort of an odd story, but I’m really enjoying this retelling of it! The fourth episode just aired and you can catch up on PBS’s website or the Masterpiece channel on Amazon Prime.
Listening to Musicals
Speaking of musicals, I have been really into listening to them lately. For those who don’t know, I practically grew up performing in musicals and I have a degree in musical theater, so this isn’t new for me, but it’s been a bit of an obsession this month. I’ve been listening to them in the car, as I work, in headphones when I’m walking or cleaning. I go in my studio and turn on a musical I haven’t listened to in a while and sing and just relish that creative time.
Some of the ones I’ve been enjoying lately are The Woman in White, A Chorus Line, Jane Eyre, Little Women, Sunset Boulevard, and Miss Saigon.
Do you have a favorite musical soundtrack to suggest? I’ve listened to a lot of them, but I know there are many I’m not familiar with.
Cozy Minimalist Home
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Nester’s new book – Cozy Minimalist Home. It is wonderful.
It’s an easy read with lots of great inspiration. We have different styles, but I love how she shows the impact a few carefully chosen statement pieces has on a room vs. a lot of little random things. There are principles that can be applied to any style.
I’ve also enjoyed watching her design the “cozy barn” trailer to haul around on her book tour. We’ve been blog friends for years and I love watching her business savvy, creativity, and success.
Nora Murphy’s Country House Style
I first started following her Instagram feed and then I bought her book – Nora Murphy’s Country House Style. I absolutely adore the traditional, country style featured in this book. It’s beautiful and homey and timeless. Since our current home has a more traditional vibe, I’m getting lots of inspiration from these pages.
You can follow her Instagram feed HERE.
What were some of the things you enjoyed in October?