I went to NYC last Saturday through this Tuesday, and when I got back to DC my November Play! by Sephora box was waiting for me. What a fun welcome home! This month’s theme is “Survival of the Chillest,” so Sephora sent a collection of samples intended to help you treat yourself and practice self-care before the full force of holiday season hits. The “It’s Me O’Clock” sack containing this month’s samples was so cute that I had to photograph it with a couple of my crystals, which felt appropriate for November’s theme:
1. Brooklyn Bridge: last weekend my husband and I returned to NYC for a few nights—it was my first time back there since we moved to DC in February! We stayed at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, which is so close to the pedestrian entrance to the bridge that I couldn’t NOT walk over it. Amazingly, I only walked the Brooklyn Bridge once in the fifteen years I lived in NYC, so I made it a point to do so again as a visitor. I went to the bridge this past Monday afternoon, and though it was a little chilly and overcast it was still a wonderful, quintessentially New York thing to do, and I enjoyed my stroll very much.
1. Someone Knows Something: I’m on a major podcast kick lately, and one of the podcasts that the My Favorite Murder ladies have talked about is this Canadian cold case series that delves into the stories of missing persons who have never been found. The first two season’s I’ve listened over the past week to are a fascinating slice of blue collar life in Canada (also: so much “eh,” “aboot,” and “sore-y”), and they’re very well researched and constructed. Season three just dropped and I can’t wait to binge listen to it as well.
1. Mindhunter: the only reason I didn’t immediately dive into this show as soon as Netflix released it is that I was focused on my one horror movie a day in October. Once I found some time for tv show watching, I started on this one, which literally could not be more up my alley (I have a master’s degree in forensic psychology and wrote my thesis on linking homicides…and of course I’ve read Mindhunter by John Douglas). I’m about halfway through the first season and am all in. It’s a little bit textbook for me at times, but it’s still fun to watch the origin of profiling serial killers at the FBI.
My third annual 31 Days of Horror is now complete, so I compiled a list of all the films that I watched this October!
Tarte Cosmetics—one of my favorite makeup brands—just turned seventeen, and to celebrate, they held several online sales. One day they offered 17% off most products on their site, so I took advantage and ordered myself a Limited-Edition Treasure Box Collector’s Set! My order arrived the other day in all its gorgeously designed glory:
1. Soul Strolls: I can’t remember where I read about this, but the Congressional Cemetery in Northeast DC holds these spooky AND informational tours over two weekends in October. This kind of thing is right up my alley, so I got VIP tickets for my husband and I. The tickets included a one-hour tour plus three drink tickets to the speakeasy set up in the cemetery’s Public Vault. We went last Friday and the weather happened to be absolutely perfect, with just the teeniest hint of crispness on a rather warm night. A tour guide brought us to several different graves, where costumed actors portraying cemetery residents told us their stories. I especially enjoyed the actor pictured below who embodied Mary Hall, a successful madam who opened her brothel a few blocks from the Capitol building (smart). I also loved the stories of Adelaide Johnson, a sculptor and feminist ahead of her time. Getting to step inside a vault to order cocktails after the tour was pretty awesome, too.
I was curious what October’s Play! by Sephora theme would be because they already did a fall theme last month. This month’s box arrived right around the time I received an email telling me it had shipped; either their notification system is delayed or Sephora has secretly figured out teleportation! This month’s theme is Complexion Companions: products meant to “set you up for a flawless look.” Sounds good to me!
1. HALLOWEEN CANDY: I mean, is there really any explanation needed?! I spotted these in the checkout line at Michaels a few weeks ago while shopping for cross stitch supplies, and they basically jumped into my basket on their own. I’ve managed not to eat them thus far, but that’s not gonna be the case for much longer. I can’t wait to eat some brains and eyeballs!