September was busy but fun. Here are the things I’ve been into this month. I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into series, so if you’re looking for cool fun things click here and see dozens of other bloggers’ favorite things from their Septembers.
1. What I’ve Been Reading and Watching
I read my first real book in ages this month: Kaye Gibbons’ Charms for the Easy Life. I loved it. It was a perfect mix of strong women and old-timey wisdom and magic. Well, if you think natural medicine in south Louisiana qualifies as magic. I do.
I also joined the Chicago Public Library and am excited to take advantage of its book collection this year.
Finally, Praise The Lord that fall television has returned. I have been watching — everything. So far my favorite new show is Blacklist and my favorite returning show is, surprisingly, Grey’s Anatomy. I skipped out on Grey’s all last season but am now becoming reunited with my college love for the characters. Unfortunately McDreamy is showing his age.
2. First Things: Stitch-Fix
I received my first Stitch-Fix shipment in September, and I am totally addicted. You go online and fill out your sizes and your style profile, and then a few weeks later you receive a box of five surprises to try on at home and either keep or return. It costs $20 to get the shipment, but those $20 dollars go toward the purchase of any item you keep from the box. My favorite item was a navy blue, 3/4-sleeve blousy top with black lace on the shoulders by Collective Concepts. Unfortunately, I cannot find a picture online to show you!
In my first shipment, 4/5 items fit, and I can be hard to fit so I was ridiculously impressed. I kept three, because the jeans I received were distressed and that is SO not my style. I get a new shipment in two weeks and I am already so excited for it to come in. Here’s my referral link if you’re interested in checking it out: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3172203.
3. First Things: A Creative Conference
I also attended the StoryChicago conference, an annual gathering of “creatives” founded by Ben Arment. It was totally weird and basically two days of feeling like a lonely outsider while hearing some incredibly inspiring speakers discuss how they make incredible products. I didn’t love it, but I don’t typically love conferences because I’m introverted and because I don’t like to be in a large group where everyone is comfortable wearing the same label. It was a good experience and I would consider going again. However, it cost a lot and provided minimal free stuff, so I’m kind of meh about it.
However, I AM wicked into this post by Sarah Bessey about how conferences feel weird. I identified with her experiences and am glad I’m not the only weirdo out there.
4. What I’ve Been Doing: Loving Chicago
Work has been very busy, and I’ve loved every minute of working hard for my country — it’s what I always wanted to do. In my free time, I’ve been working hard to get to know my city. We tried Frontera Grill (the most delicious food I’ve ever eaten), I’m still doing research for my forthcoming publication The Top Ten Greatest Brunches in Chicago (nothing yet has come close to beating Bongo Room, the first meal I had in the city!), and we’ve been taking (almost) daily walks around our neighborhood. The weather has been fantastic and I hope it stays this way a bit longer before the cold winter blows in.
So that’s all for today! What have you been into this month?