Monthly Favorites: October & November

I think monthly favorite lists are a great way to remember to enjoy the little things in life and share them with others. I of course could not do my first monthly favorites without including things from my favorite month - October too. I’m honestly still trying to get over the fact that Halloween is over...

Favorite Books

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Illustrated Edition

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The newest illustrated edition Harry Potter book came out in October and I’ve been loving flipping through it whenever I get the chance. The illustrations by Jim Kay are incredible and I can’t wait to have this entire collection on my bookshelf.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Illustrated Edition

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What a great time to be a Harry Potter fan and a book nerd - I own three different editions of this book and the new illustrated edition that came out at the beginning of November is my new favorite. The creature illustrations by Olivia Lomenech Gill are so lovely and will transport you right into the wizarding world!

Favorite Trip

San Jose - Harry Potter in concert

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In late October my boyfriend and I dressed in our finest wizard robes and drove to San Jose to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with a live orchestra! It was so fun to watch the movie with so many dressed up fans cheering for their favorite moments and looking down at the amazing symphony. I highly recommend seeing if they are doing this event anywhere near you. I’ll definitely be going back next year for Goblet of Fire.

Favorite Makeup Product


Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Ayesha

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I am in looove with Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks, especially the shade Lolita which I wear almost daily. I recently picked up this rich lavender shade (Ayesha) on a trip to Sephora and it complements my deep purple hair perfectly. Also loving my new moon phases nose ring from Rebel Ocean.

Favorite music

Masseduction by St Vincent

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I would describe St. Vincent’s music as weird, experimental electropop amazingness. She is the female Bowie of my dreams and I have been anticipating this album's release for years. That said, Masseduction is not what I expected from her at all - but at the same time that is kind of what I love about her music. And, after many playthroughs, I can say that I seriously love this album. I even bought tickets for the Fear the Future Tour! Go listen to Masseduction.

Favorite podcast

Harry Potter and the sacred text

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Another Harry Potter favorite? Who could have guessed. This podcast is hosted by Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile who discuss each Harry Potter book as a sacred text, one chapter at a time. I just started listening but they are already on Book 4 in real time. They aren’t just re-reading Harry Potter, but are treating it as instructive and inspirational texts and relating it to real life which leads to extremely unique conversations. Definitely worth a listen.