|The Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado, my hometown.|
Finally, my favorite time of year: fall!
As if cooler temperatures, crystal blue skies, and cozier clothing aren't enough on their own to make this time of year such a delicious treat for me, here are a few more things I've been enjoying this month.
L'Oreal Clean Artiste Eye Makeup Remover
I learned to knit ten years ago, then spent the next seven years obsessed with making socks, scarves, and hats. Then ... nothing ... nothing much at all for the past three years. On Saturday, I happened upon this pattern (free!) and felt that familiar old tickle in my fingertips. I picked up a skein of worsted-weight merino wool in a glorious shade of navy and cast on. I had no idea how much I've missed the simple, Zen-like pleasure of knitting ... the tactile enjoyment of working with lovely yarn, the satisfaction of creating something beautiful by hand, one stitch at a time.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
After fighting the inflammatory redness that even a low dose of Retin-A one night a week produces on my face, I've finally accepted that it's just not for me. I've gone back to Advanced Night Repair, the old standby of my teens and twenties. (Whoever said "You can't go home again"?) (Oh, right. Thomas Wolfe. Well, he was wrong!)
I was browsing the archives of Into the Gloss, my favorite beauty blog, the other day and was pleased to see Advanced Night Repair mentioned as a favorite of Lili Barbery-Coulon, former Vogue Paris beauty editor. (Here's her interview, by the way. Don't you love to know what products the experts use?) Advanced Night Repair is one of those tried-and-true products that doesn't get much fanfare anymore, but still gets the job done.
It feels calming, nourishing, skin-plumping, and refreshing, and really boosts the hydration level I get with my Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler smoothed over top. (Plus, I received a gift with purchase and had totally forgotten how much fun those little extras can be.)
J.Crew French Hens Scarf
Whole Foods Tonic Water
I'm drinking four ounces of tonic water every night before bed for my leg cramps, and it really seems to help. Whole Foods' 365 brand of tonic water is made with cane sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup. It's helped a lot -- even without the vodka and lime.
(Many thanks, by the way, to everyone who responded with suggestions about alleviating leg cramps. For now, I'm stretching my calves and drinking a little tonic water every night, but soon I'll be talking to my doctor during my annual exam later this fall. Maybe she'll suggest bloodwork to see what exactly is afoot.)
What's been new on your radar the last few weeks? Any new books or movies you've loved, a new wardrobe purchase putting some spring in your step, a great cosmetics or skincare discovery, or ... ? Do tell.