November is my favorite month. Why, you ask? Because it’s my birthday month — and by month, I mean you get to celebrate your birthday for an entire month. At least, you should be able to, in theory. I know I might take my birthday a little too seriously (okay, a lot seriously), but I really do love my birthday. And this year is a big one. Yes, that’s right, I’m turning 30 — and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve learned so much in my twenties, but I am ready to put them behind me and move on to a new decade.
In the coming weeks, get ready for some reflective posts. But in the meantime, let’s talk more about the best month of the year (yeah, I am a little biased #sorrynotsorry).
Do: Well, now that I have announced it is my birthday m-o-n-t-h, I need to plan something special. But a party planning extraordinaire, I am not. I’m thinking a quaint bed and breakfast, complete with some time at a spa and a leisurely breakfast in bed should do the trick. Clearly, I am open to suggestions. So if you have done anything fun and memorable to celebrate a birthday, I want to hear all about it!
Try: I talked about taking an online calligraphy class a while back, and as a birthday present to myself, I will be participating in a one-day calligraphy workshop being held this month here on Long Island. Swell Anchor Studio is a creative calligraphy shop that specializes in wedding and event stationary. I found the studio while scrolling on Instagram, and was delighted to see that it was based on Long Island. Check them out for beautiful prints and be sure to follow along on Instagram and Snapchat (@livinginsteil) for some behind-the-scenes from my day at the workshop!
Go: November is also a great month because Long Island Restaurant Week takes place. The event runs from October 30 – November 6, 2016, and features tons of fabulous Long Island restaurants participating in the 3-course prix-fixe dining event. So if you are in the area (and don’t feel like cooking), head over to the site and make a reservation. But hurry, the event ends on Sunday, November 6th!
Buy: There have been lots of beauty buys happening this month (and last!). Although my obsession with Stila has never ended, I did switch to a lighter foundation for the summer months. Now that fall is upon us, I’m back using my Stila Stay All Day Foundation. And while the product itself is great, Stila has upgraded its packaging, and it is very visually appealing. So the next time you are in Ulta, take a look at their new and improved line.
Thank you for bearing with me as I make a fuss over my upcoming birthday. I’m excited to share a fun little reveal with you in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
What’s on your agenda this month?