I’m starting a new series this month featuring some of my favorite shows, books, products … whatever I’m currently obsessing over! If you’re a long-time reader, you might remember Friday Faves – this is more of a monthly version of that.
As always, most of my obsessions have some sort of British theme. But here and there, I’ll share some others I think you might enjoy. Here we go!
Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History
If analyzing the sentence structure of letters from George III is your jam, I have a series for you! This three-part BBC documentary on YouTube is great for royal history buffs. The series aims to strip away the idea of monarchs being almost godlike and present kings and queens as normal people. Start with “From Tudors to Stuarts, From Gods to Men.” I learned some interesting new facts about the British royal family over the years and Lucy Worsley is brilliant as host. Highly recommend.
The Only Way is Essex Series 23
Okay, it’s a big jump from royal historians to Essex Girls, but bear with me. TOWIE is not only my favorite British reality show, but one of my favorite shows ever. The new series just started and if you need a break from reality, this is just the thing. The first episode kicks off in Sardinia and of course, there’s loads of drama ahead this season. I can’t get enough of Gemma! My U.S. readers can catch up on every season of TOWIE on Hulu so why not start at the beginning? (And let me know if you watch!)
Kate: The Future Queen by Katie Nicholl
This is the September pick for my online royal book club, Royally Good Reads. I started listening to it on Audible over the summer but stopped to finish up other things. Now I’m back at it and really looking forward to our book club discussion on September 28. You’ll learn pretty much anything you’ve ever wanted to know about Kate’s childhood, school years, early relationship with William, etc. Buy it here.
Want to join the club? Click here and you’ll find our private Facebook group!
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I’m in another book club with some high school friends and we’re reading Crazy Rich Asians for September. It’s great timing because the film just came out! The novel is told from at least six different points of view and it’s constantly jumping back and forth between a huge cast of characters, so it can be a little hard to follow at first. But it’s very fun and entertaining, and a glimpse into a (crazy, rich) world I know nothing about! I can only imagine how over-the-top the settings in the movie will be, so I’ll be going to see it as soon as I finish the book. Buy the book here.
The English Wife by Lauren Willig
Lauren is one of my favorite authors and I’m really enjoying this Gilded Age novel! If you like some family secrets, mystery, and murder in your historical fiction, this one will totally be up your street. Plus, how gorgeous is this cover? It’s basically the perfect autumn book to curl up with on a chilly, rainy day. Buy it here.
Beauty & More
Meghan-esque Trumpet Skirt
I wasn’t planning to do a dedicated post about my copy of Meghan’s Northern Ireland visit outfit – I was going to include it in this month’s royal style roundup. But because I had so many people asking me to send them the link I’m featuring it here!
I got this Stila One Step Correct serum primer last fall and finally just finished the bottle. I can be cheap when it comes to makeup, but this is a product I am willing to shell out for and will continue to buy year after year! It really does take care of any redness on your face and brightens/illuminates. Plus it gives you a nice base for your foundation. Sometimes I wear it without any foundation at all if I just want to even out my skin tone a bit. Plus, the swirly triple helix design is so fun to look at, right?
Fab Fit Fun
I just received my fall Fab Fit Fun Box and the item I’ve used the most (other than the Vince Camuto tote – which is a bit Meghan-esque) is the Grown Alchemist polishing facial exfoliant. I have somewhat sensitive skin so I don’t want something super gritty. But this works well with my skin type as the exfoliant is very mild, and I’ve seen a difference in the texture of my skin. This is definitely a high-end product (it retails for $67 – ouch – although you can buy it on Amazon slightly cheaper). But the cost of the entire box of goodies is only $49, so Fab Fit Fun is definitely a steal. This season’s box was worth $360 in total!
Fab Fit Fun comes four times a year and it’s like Christmas to see what’s inside. You can use this link to subscribe and the code HARVEST to save $10 off your first box.
That’s it for this month! What are you currently obsessing over?
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