It's only starting to feel like autumn, but we're already a week away from November!
Today, I've put together a list of my Big Fives for the coming month, including a few gift suggestions you can consider bringing home over Thanksgiving! Check them out:
A Pair of Chic White Booties
White booties have been seen everywhere, being paired with dresses, jeans, cropped pants etc. Up until last week, I've never owned a white pair of shoes, other than sneakers. But white booties are such subtle statement pieces this season! They turn any outfit into an autumn-ready one, effortlessly.
So I decided to look into this trend and tried a few pairs. There weren't any that I thought looked good on me, and finally, I found this pair of ankle boots from Vince.
The price point is perfect for me in this case because it was kind of a "trial" trend piece for me. I love the blocked heels and the pointy toes; they're really comfortable to walk in, too! I ended up wearing them a lot already. Hence, they're on the top of this list.
Some other similar styles for your reference:
Moisturizing Hand cream
As the weather gets cooler, I notice my hands are becoming drier. So I've started stocking up on some hand lotions, making sure I have one at my desk, in my bag, and by my bedside. One of my all-time favorites is the Shea Butter Hand Cream by L'Occitane, but I recently came across two other great choices, too: the Castanha hand cream by Natura Brasil and Miel de Lavande Hand Cream from the French brand Bastide.
You cannot go through autumn without one, or a few, fall sweaters. The pieces I picked out to wear this season are mostly oversized. One of my favorites is this cashmere sweater from Naked Cashmere; I love the boat neckline design and how light it is.
I used to have bad bacne (i.e. back acne), so in addition to style, another factor I would I consider when picking sweaters is whether or not it would irritate my back. Only the soft, comfortable sweaters make it through the next season and preferably the following year, too.
A Good Book
I recently finished reading Option B by Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg and found myself really learning a lot from her and co-author Adam Grant. I actually got this book as a gift from a close friend a couple months ago, but only really started reading the book after my grandfather passed away.
In the book, Sandberg shares her journey after the sudden death of her husband. I was able to relate to a lot that she went through and actually found comfort from it. I know people deal with losses everywhere, every day, but the book made me feel less alone; it was as if I had a guide that helped me along the way.
Even if you yourself aren't dealing with a loss, I think the book is still great because I think it also taught me how to support others in moments as such. So if you're looking for a good read, give this book a try!
A Gift to Bring Home for Thanksgiving
Who says Christmas is the only gifting holiday? In the spirit of the "thankful" month, I've put together a list of gift ideas for you to bring home during Thanksgiving! Or perhaps, for you to simply show your gratitde to a special someone in your life.
Gift ideas under $50:
Gift ideas under $100:
And that's all from me for now! Leave a comment below and let me know what your November must-haves are!
Thank you for reading.
Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.
Skin Type: Combination skin with an oily T-zone area (forehead and nose). Changes in climate, diet and/or lack of sleep irritates skin and causes inflammation, which then leads to large pores. High moisture level required on dry cheeks.