November 2, 2016

October Favorites

Helena's October Favorites, Brooklyn Blonde's monthly favorites

Gap PJs

I randomly discovered these when I ducked into Gap Body  during a torrential downpour. Thirty minutes later, I left the store with three pair of PJ’s that might be the softest and comfiest pairs that I’ve ever owned.

Sam Edelman Pumps

I’ve said it in a previous post, but I love these. They look identical to pairs that cost 5x more and for someone who already owns a pair in another color, I can vouch for quality.

TV show: This is US

Are any of you watching? It’s been a few years since I was hooked on a prime time network show, but as soon as I saw the previews, I knew I had to watch. SO GOOD!

Skinceuticals Phloretin CF

I discovered this product after our friend Amy, text messaged Keiko and I to rave about how good it was. We’re all part of a group text and more often than not, skincare is our main topic of conversation. We all share the same passion for good products, so when one of us says “you have to try it..” we know it’s legit.

Basically, Phloretin CF is a powerful antioxidant with both vitamin C (so important) and Ferulic Acid. In simple terms, it provides advanced environmental protection, helps your SPF work way better and helps reduce the appearance of discoloration.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

I’ve raved about the cream version in the past, but now it’s time to rave about the powder one. I’ve used tons of highlighters, but the Becca line has to be my favorite. The glow is never overwhelming, but when caught in the right light, and in photos, it looks so good!

Harry Josh Blow Dryer

Out of all of the blow dyers I’ve used in my life, this one is the best (in my opinion). It’s lightweight, dries my hair in half the time and I swear, eliminates frizz in comparison to other dryers out there. On trips, I’ve had friends borrow it and they end up buying one for themselves.

Lara Cashew & Almond Butter

Oh my goodness. Keith bought this home from Costco one day and I cannot stop eating it. It’s a little sweet, a little salty and tastes incredible on toast or right out of the jar.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Body Emulsion

If I could use one scented body lotion for the rest of my life, it would be this. Amazing Grace has been one of my signature scents for over a decade, but I almost forgot how incredible the body emulsion is. The smell is like clean skin, but better and whenever I wear it, I get compliments.

Rag & Bone Wide Brimmed Fedora

I own a ton of hats, but lately, I’ve been wearing this one the most. I’ve also decided that I am not a fan of a floppy hat, so I definitely appreciate the structured rim.



  • Liz - Shopping My Closet

    I’m hooked on This Is Us, too!

    Liz @

  • Sophie

    I’ve been looking for a new show, thanks for the recommendation!

  • Francine

    There are many reasons why I enjoy your blog…your aesthetic, minimalist approach, quality over quantity, etc. – but I specifically appreciate that you are not simply out there pushing products. Your blog is not a shopping portal! That means that when you do suggest something, it’s real and genuine. That is SO rare these days!

  • brett

    I love this series! I always love and trust your recommendations!
    Brett –

  • Alexa Johnson

    Gap has great PJ’s!

  • Nicole

    Wow im loving these October favourites, I’ve just got into blogging and need to do something like this.

    Nicole @

  • Monika

    This highlighter is everything!


  • sasa

    Great picks:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Kelsey

    These are amazing favorites, I have to watch this is us everyone has been talking about it. I also love a good highlighter!
    Kelsey |

  • Patricia

    Cool! Love your favorites, specially the hat!

  • Lynn

    OMG, This Is Us is sooooooo good! The other fall shows have been kind of a disappointment, but that one makes up for the rest of them. 🙂

    Thanks for the faux Nutella recommendation, I can’t control myself around the real stuff so a substitute would be great! (BTW, did you see that they have Nutella Chimney Cakes at the Bryant Park Holiday Market?!! *swoon*)

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Miss Pippi

    Thnaks for the tips!

  • Fashion and Frappes

    I am getting those PJs! Even after all the flak Gap gets I do think their tees are so soft so I can imagine with the PJs too!

  • Jo

    I love your monthly favorites list! I’ve been looking for a good highlighter. Will definitely give Becca a try. And the cashew and almond butter, which sounds amazing!!

    xo, Jo

  • Minau

    Great post! Im looking forward seeing this show!

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