This year has been nuts. Does anyone else agree? Even in my personal life, situations vary almost completely from one day to the next. That’s not even considering the moment-to-moment stories about our country and world that consume my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Sometimes it’s enough to make my head spin.
I have a feeling September will be no different, which Is why my wishlist for the upcoming month feels very… surprising. There are things on this list I’ve been wanting for a long time and things I’ve only discovered in the last few days. Things that cost a lot of money and things that don’t cost very much at all. Things that I like because they’re pretty and things that I like because they’re functional. Things that I’ll probably never end up buying and things I can see myself purchasing in the very near future. All of them, though, make me smile for one reason or another – and smiles are something that has been hard to come by as of late.
(Insert Green Day reference here.)
Keds x kate spade new york Glitter Sneakers – $60, katespade.com
I just happened upon these cuties after receiving an email from katespade.com about their sale-on-sale in my inbox (am I the only one who clicks on those?). I’d seen them before and admired how quirky and fun they looked, but couldn’t stomach the $85 price tag. Now that they’re marked down a little, I am even more intrigued – though I don’t know how often I’d actually wear them. Sometimes pretty things are okay just being pretty. Even if they’re meant to be worn, I think I’d end up putting them on a shelf somewhere just to look at them when I’m feeling a little down.
Gap Oversize Icon jacket – $56, gap.com
Have you ever had a very specific idea of something you want in your head but have a hard time finding said thing IRL? That happened to my stepmom at the beginning of this summer. We were in a furniture store one day and she saw a dining table that she immediately fell in love with, but the store had it listed at a kind of ridiculous price and wouldn’t allow financing. We went around to several other furniture stores trying to find something that she might feel equally as excited about, but that initial heart-eyes moment was simply impossible to recreate. It wasn’t until she found the exact same table at another store that she felt satisfied with her décor choices.
As I sit here typing at my stepmom’s dream dining table, I feel a similar sense of peace in knowing I’ve finally found something I‘ve been looking for since the idea popped into my head several months ago. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but sometime at the beginning of spring I started dreaming about an oversized denim jacket that had a vintage-y feel yet was still updated. After months and months of looking at thrift stores and fast-fashion places like Forever 21 known for their trendy-yet-low-quality garments, I just stumbled across this denim number by accident. I love how it’s structured but not too fitted, like most women’s denim jackets are, and I absolutely love the classic-ness of the wash. Can you say meant-to-be?
A New Day by Target Women’s Plus Size Tie Waist Pleated Trouser – $29.99, target.com
Since I’ve been forced into real adult world in the last several months, workwear has become a more conscious part of my wardrobe than ever before. I love crafting professional-looking outfits in my head, but sometimes when I go to Pinterest or other places for inspiration, the offerings seem a little lackluster. I know trendiness is usually frowned upon and thought of as undermining the goals of professionalism, but I think there are ways to take business-casual classics (for instance, say, the classic black trouser) and put a spin on them that makes them more interesting. Maybe I’m just a product of my generation, but to me, business doesn’t have to mean boring.
As someone who puts thought and time and energy into almost every part of how I present myself to the world, I can’t in good conscience simply bow down to the supposed “rules of dress” when it comes to workwear. That’s why I was so excited to see this fun take on a wardrobe staple in Target’s new women’s clothing line, which is appropriately titled A New Day. These trousers (at least in my opinion) are equal parts professional and personality – something I definitely strive for when thinking about how to put my best foot forward in the workforce.
NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil – $9.99, target.com
Can we just talk about how ridiculous the prices are of some of the most popular beauty products on the market for a sec? I’m definitely guilty of splurging on makeup products that promise to do just about everything but turn you into actual royalty, but sometimes when you find just-as-good products for less than half the price, the high markups of “luxury” beauty products feels insulting.
When I first came across this brow pencil, I thought, Wow, that looks a lot like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil. Then I went about my business and didn’t think much more about it. That is, UNTIL my poor Brow Wiz made its final brow stroke and was laid to rest at the bottom of my trash can (let’s have a moment of silence for the poor thing). As I went online to order a replacement, my jaw nearly hit the floor when I saw how much that damn brow pencil costs. $21??? TWENTY ONE DOLLARS?! I know having good brows is hard to put a price on, but when you’re jobless and broke it’s a lot harder to justify spending nearly a full tank of gas’s worth of money on a freaking pencil.
And then, I remembered seeing a drugstore-brand brow pencil that looked eerily familiar to my beloved Brow Wiz. It’s probably not a coincidence that this pencil from NYX – one of my all-time favorite drugstore brands – closely resembles that from ABH. If the reviews are anything to take into consideration, the formulas are very similar and color range is pretty much on par, too! I’m definitely excited to find out for myself if this product is a miracle in disguise for those of us who aren’t blessed with naturally immaculate brows á la Cara Delevingne.
kate spade new york Goldtone Champagne Watch – $112.50, amazon.com
I’m not sure why exactly, but for some reason I’ve become quite the watch connoisseur as of late. Much like my obsession with statement earrings, my adoration for a well-styled watch is almost unparalleled. Some of my favorites (like this one that’s been patiently waiting in my Amazon cart for quite some time now) add a certain unexpected quirkiness to an otherwise dull accessory or give an overall look a mature sophistication that you can’t quite get with some of the smartwatches that are so popular.
Even if I rely more on my phone or other tech gadgets for knowing what time it is, watches like this one will always hold a special place in my heart. (Plus, who could say no to a good champagne motif? Certainly not me.)
Blue Q Bitches Get Stuff Done Oven Mitt – $11.99, amazon.com
Hi, my name is Kaiti and I am addicted to kitchen goods. Hi, Kaiti. It sounds like a joke, but honestly there’s probably some truth behind it. I don’t cook very often (especially as I haven’t had to worry about feeding myself that much since I’ve moved back home) but when I do I love being surrounded by things that make me smile or giggle. This oven mitt, which I found whilst browsing the endless Prime Day sales, fits that bill perfectly! It’s functional, obviously, but why would I settle for a boring oven mitt when I can have one that reflects my personality a little bit better? Fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies deserve to have a little sass, too!
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson – $8.80 (paperback), amazon.com
When I was a senior in high school, one of my favorite English assignments was to create a Senior Memory Book. We could pick from a suggested list of topics to discuss in each chapter, or we had the freedom to pick a topic that was all our own – something I did more often than not. After completing one of the chapters about something I have struggled with personally for the majority of my life, I submitted it to my teacher with my fingers crossed that she wouldn’t look me differently after she’d read it. Since I knew she had to grade every chapter, I probably could have picked something different to write about but deep down I wanted my Senior Memory Book to be an accurate reflection of my thoughts and feelings as opposed to something that glazed over my adolescence with an idealistic retrospect.
After she returned my chapter, she told me she was proud of me for writing about something so difficult and doing so in a way that was actually entertaining to read. She then recommended I read this book from an author whose writing style reminded her a lot of my own. As silly as it sounds, I had never really thought much of my writing ability until that moment and in a lot of ways, I think that one comment laid the foundation for everything I’ve done with my writing since.
To make a short story long, I had forgotten about my teacher’s recommendation until I read another book by Jenny Lawson, called Furiously Happy. I fell in love with the way she talks about her struggles with mental illness. She’s candid and pee-your-pants funny but also brutally honest and even relatable at times. When I realized where I had remembered the name, I couldn’t look up this book fast enough. (If you want to read some of her goodies without having to cough up any money to do so – even though I highly recommend you do – you can check out her blog at thebloggess.com.)
What’s on your wishlist for September? Anything similar? Leave a comment and let me know!
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(PS – Despite its resemblance to an iconic hand emoji, the featured image for this post is actually the ASL hand shape for the number 9. Which in case you didn’t make the connection is the month number for September. The more you know.)