What an October so far! A royal wedding, a royal baby (plus Pippa’s!), a big royal tour, and Kate’s return from maternity leave. The excitement is real, people.
I sprained my foot earlier this week (ugh) so I have been watching TV and reading more than usual. On the bright side, I’ve discovered some great new stuff! Let’s roll on with some of my October faves …
Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown
This is the October choice for Royally Good Reads, the royal book club I run with my friend Mallory Bowling. I’m listening to it on Audible and the performance is fantastic – the narrator does so many different voices. I also bought the paperback, because I like to have options! Princess Margaret had a fascinating life and some of these stories are real doozies. The author likes to present different sides of each story, including alternate versions and “what ifs,” which is interesting in itself. I got mine from Book Depository because I wanted the international cover but you can get the U.S. edition on Amazon.
Modern Monarchy: The British Royal Family Today by Chris Jackson
If you follow the British royal family you have definitely seen Chris’s work over the years. His photography is gorgeous and this book compiles some of his favorite photos. The text provides an interesting insight into what it’s like to witness these historic events up close. There are some photos I’ve never seen before so even the most seasoned royal watchers will get some nice surprises. It’s a gorgeous coffee table book and an absolute must-buy for any royal fan! You can order it here.
Dog Diaries #12: Susan by Kate Klimo
My niece loves dogs and it was her 10th birthday, so I got her this book as part of her gift. It’s a series about interesting dogs in history and Susan was The Queen’s first corgi, gifted to her for her 18th birthday. It’s too advanced for my son (it’s a chapter book suited for grades 2-5) but I’ll be getting a copy for future use. He loves Her Majesty and may or may not have once thrown a fit because he wanted to have tea with her and I said it wasn’t possible … (thanks, Peppa Pig).
The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
I read this one for the other book club I’m in and thought it was very relevant for our digital age. Picture a fictionalized version of The Duggar family – the reality show in the book is called “Six for Hicks” – but the youngest daughter has a dark secret. It’s a quick read but does touch on some very serious issues like sexual abuse. (The abuse happens before the book starts so the story itself isn’t violent or graphic.) Sadly I had to miss our book club meeting, but I’m sure The Book of Essie raised some great discussion questions.
Shows and Podcasts
My sister got me listening to this podcast and I absolutely LOVE it. Each episode focuses on a different badass woman in history and they make a special cocktail that goes along with the theme of the episode. The hosts are hilarious and Queens is a great way to learn about history in a super fun and accessible way. I think the episode about Cleopatra is my favorite so far, but they’re all fantastic. Warning: If you have kids you might want to save this one for when you’re alone because the swear words fly freely!
90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days
This one is also thanks to my sis, who has been telling me for months to watch it. Since I had a lot of time on the sofa I binged season one this week and now I am OBSESSED. Basically, Americans who’ve met someone from another country online go and visit them for the first time. For most of these people, it’s the first time they’ve ever left the United States. They’re putting everything on the line to go see someone they’re in love with but have never met. Of course, everything is different in person and some of the situations are out of control crazy. Watch season one and report back.
My husband discovered Airline and we have been hooked lately! This is an older British reality/documentary program that shows what happens to Easyjet employees on the job. There’s a U.S. version with Southwest but the British one is superior, of course. I’ve been watching Season 7 (just because that’s the first one that popped up) but there are tons of episodes on YouTube. Sometimes I wonder if some of the stuff might be staged but it’s awesome anyway.
Beauty and more
e.l.f. mineral pearls
If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know I am super pale. Most of the time, bronzers look weird on me, so I stick with some subtle blush if I’m trying to make an effort. I just bought these mineral pearls at Target and I really love them! I admit, this product is a bit more awkward than a traditional pressed powder blush/bronzer (you have to wave your brush over the pearls and attempt not to drop them all over the place). But the effect is great and the price is right – only $8. This gives you a very Meghan-esque glow!
Bath and Body Works fall candle
I recently dropped and smashed my favorite pumpkin apple candle so I found this Spiced Apple Toddy one at Bath and Body Works. The scent is amazing and makes the house feel like autumn. Always wait for a sale and use a coupon on top, because this candle was $24.50 but I got it for under $10!
That’s it for October – I’ll be enjoying the rest of the royal tour and getting ready for a Disney trip. Have a great weekend!
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