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October Lusts List

The fashion, beauty, books and more I’m lusting after this month.

If you read my post about how “When Harry Met Sally…” has influenced my love of fall, you can imagine how tempted I am by just about every retail email I receive in October, each of them filled with wooly and pumpkin-scented and -flavored delights.

So, here, in what will be become a regular (monthly? bimonthly?) thing, my Lusts List is a curation of what is inspiring me at the moment.

Cider in my mug, and on my lids

The leaves won’t change color here in LA for another month or so, but the golds and coppers can gild my face in the meantime. When I first tried Kosas’ 10-Second Eyeshadow, my first thought was that it was going to go in the return pile. The formula is unusual – okay, weird – in that it’s liquid. I mean, watery liquid. I dab it on with the doe foot and then use my finger to spread it evenly over my lid. But the result was beautiful and long-lasting. The color ends up looking as though it’s part of the skin instead of on top of it. I own Element and Fahrenheit, but am eyeing Globe and Supreme to round out a collection that is perfect for my gold-flecked, brown eyes.

Comfort for my skin

I’ve used Elemis skincare for a while now, and I’ve never had any complaints about any of their products. On the contrary, each of their products does exactly what it claims to do. If you’re a Katie Jane Hughes fan (as I am), you have at least a minor awareness of the Pro-Collagen Rose collection. I love rose-scented stuff anyway, and have been using and enjoying the Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream that I got for free with a purchase. So when my Superfood Facial Oil runs out, I’m going to upgrade to the Pro-Collagen Rose Facial Oil for the cooler months when my skin tends to get particularly dry.

Extra anti-wrinkle protection, extra hydration, the lovely, soothing rose scent, and the famous Katie Jane Hughes glow to boot. What’s not to love?

Comfy, funky styles

These loafers by COS are just my thing. Comfy, easy-to-wear, versatile, but kind of weird. And they happen to be in my favorite color of avocado green. I imagine combining them with my straight, dark J. Crew jeans, a mock-neck sweater, and this Teddy coat from the Gap.

Stories to enjoy with a warm cup of tea…

I’ll admit, in the past few years I’ve read very few books, and those I did were of the self-help or how-to variety. That hasn’t stopped me from dogearing book-review pages of O Magazine or keeping a list in my iPhone notes that I rarely look at.

But since I started following The Anna Edit blog, as well as on Instagram and YouTube, I’ve become rather inspired to dig into a good story again. Last month Anna recommended two books that I’ve now sampled and am excited to download to my Kindle.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Anna points out that this book is a lengthy one at nearly 600 pages, but that you’re likely to sail right through it anyway. And judging by the sample I’ve read, I can imagine she’s right. One of New York Times Readers’ Favorite Books of 2017, Furies is “a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man’s life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland.” (Amazon)

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Winner of the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction, Home Fire is the timely “…suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences.” (Amazon)

…while this candle fills the air with true autumnal vibes

And I’m not talking about apples, pumpkins or spice. This is all about fresh, brisk air – which, while bracing outside, makes me feel all cozy on my couch with the afghan my mom crocheted.

Okay, so I already own this candle. And you know what? It’s nice to lust after something you already have!

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Robyn Kern is the Tangentier. A long-time writer based in Los Angeles with a degree in screenwriting and an interest in mindfulness, many tangents led her here: a place where people can come to find and share inspiration, dwell in each others' passions, and learn how to surround themselves with what they love on the daily.

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