This month has been a complete whirlwind. What planet can I blame for this? I have been feeling trapped, frustrated, and volatile to say the least. When life hands you a good bout of existential dread, it usually (in my experience) means you need to make a change. Though I have not necessarily landed on my feet, I do feel like I have reoriented myself somewhat thanks to all of the chaos.
I'm not sure if any of you can relate to this, but sometimes adulthood just feels like an endless uphill climb. Like there are a million things ahead of you but getting to them feels impossible. I decided that I probably just needed a creative outlet and a change of scenery. So here I am writing blog posts and making YouTube videos and it honestly feels awesome. I missed you!
In other news, I finally finished The Vampire Diaries. I'm sure you noticed since I posted about it on pretty much all of my social media, but that show rocked my world! I started watching it back in February after figuring it could be a nice "so-bad-it's-good" teen drama. But y'all. I got hooked. I stuck it out through eight seasons, 171 episodes, countless deaths and plot twists. And here I am nine months later, finished. Boy, did I cry my eyes out during that finale.
It feels bittersweet to finish something that has been a part of you for so many months, but it also feels cathartic. TVD was with me through all of the anxieties, failures, and stresses of the better part of 2017. I fell in love with its world, its characters, and its many mythological intricacies. I owe a lot of my sanity to Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Kat Graham and Ian Somerhalder. Self-care is real, people. And my self-care is The Vampire Diaries. Mystic Falls forever.
Now, on to the rest of my recommendations!
Throughout November I had the '80s hits on full blast. The release of Stranger Things 2 had me in full-on 1985 mode. I loved every minute of it. I made a Stranger Things-inspired playlist which guided me through the most tumultuous of November's moments. I got to walk down the streets of New York City listening to REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You" which was a win in my book.
I've also been listening to Taylor Swift's album, reputation. Before you stop reading, hear me out. If there's a girl who knows how to capture crippling self-doubt and pettiness at the same time, it's Taylor. And crippling self-doubt and pettiness were my November 2017 mood. Highlights from the album include: "Call It What You Want," "Getaway Car," "Delicate," and "King Of My Heart."
My December Playlist
- Fleetwood Mac - "The Chain"
- alt-J - "Deadcrush"
- Sam Smith - "Midnight Train"
- Bruce Springsteen - "I'm On Fire"
- Vance Joy - "Red Eye"
- Taylor Swift - "Delicate"
- Andrew Belle - "The Enemy"
- Bob Dylan - "Knockin' On Heaven's Door"
- One Direction - "What a Feeling"
- David Bowie - "Heroes"
As you guys may or may not know, I keep a playlist of all of my songs currently in rotation updated on Spotify.
I was a horrible reader throughout November, but since this is the first favorites installment in a while I'll backtrack a bit.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. This novel swept me off my feet. I went in blind and found myself thoroughly captured by her world. Groff writes so beautifully. Like, so beautifully. The characters are complicated and over-the-top, but at the same time relatable. It is dark, profound, and mildly anxiety-inducing. I adored this.
The Words Men & Women Use When They Write About Love - via New York Times Interactive
Letter from Österlen by Karl Ove Knausgaard - via The Paris Review
Lady Bird | This was a wonderful coming-of-age movie. I thought the cinematography and production design were beautiful.
The Center Will Not Hold | This documentary chronicling the career and life of writer Joan Didion was as profound as it was charming. Didion is a powerhouse and the documentary showcases how incredibly gifted she is. Her life is super interesting - this is a must-watch for any literature lovers.
Stranger Things 2 | Of course I had to include this in my list. Stranger Things has held a dear place in my heart since I watched the first season last year. It's such a wonderful combination of all of my favorite things: horror, 1980s coming-of-age stories, and sci-fi. Season 2 sets some of the thrill aside in exchange for a handful of tender moments and more intense character development. It's a whirlwind in the best way and I highly recommend it.
Hearth & Hand with Magnolia for Target | Chip and Joanna Gaines of everyone's favorite HGTV series, Fixer Upper, have collaborated on a homewares line for Target and I could not be happier. The products are beautiful, reasonably priced, and have all ended up on my Christmas list.
MyLifeCreated.com | My new favorite Horoscope source. My November predictions were spot-on, and I will be returning for my December forecast as soon as it's up.
Carly The Prepster | Carly is one of my new favorite bloggers to read. She dishes up preppy style tips and outfit inspiration on the reg.
A few of my favorite things this month. These are not affiliate links but I should probably figure out how to do that, shouldn't I.