September/October Favourites

September and October have been really busy months for me so I'm sorry for the infrequent posts. During my Grade 12 year I probably will only be able to post 1-2 times per month instead of once a week. However, not to fret! I have a new post today all about my September/October favourites. I have been enjoying many things this month that I'd love to share with you. If you want to find out what they are, then keep reading!

TV Show:

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After serving as a British Army nurse in World War II, Claire Randall is enjoying a second honeymoon in Scotland with husband Frank, an MI6 officer looking forward to a new career as an Oxford historian. Suddenly, Claire is transported to 1743 and into a mysterious world where her freedom and life are threatened. To survive, she marries Jamie Fraser, a strapping Scots warrior with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humor. A passionate relationship ensues, and Claire is caught between two vastly different men in two inharmonious lives.

I've been tuning into Outlander since last year when I read the first book (800 pages long!). It is so unlike any other show I watch. You know that I am a huge fan of romance and the book and the show do it so well. I'm also a huge fan of historical fiction so this is right up my alley. It's rare to find a show or movie that really follows the events that take place in the book. This show just brings the book to life because it does not stray far from the plot. I love the actors because they play these characters so well. The setting is breath-taking as well as the action scenes. I am currently watching season 3 which is showing live on TV every Sunday on W Network at 9:00 pm E/P. If I thought season 2 was good... season 3 has already surpassed it. Needless to say, IT IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! If you are not already watching Outlander, start now! You will not regret it.


I have been loving listening to Thomas Rhett's new album, Life Changes. It's catchy, smooth county-pop music that puts me in the best mood. My favourite songs off the album are Craving You, Marry Me, Gateway Love, Leave Right Now, and Kiss Me Like A Stranger <3.

I heard Demi's new single, Sorry Not Sorry, and I thought it was really catchy and fun on first listen. Soon after her next two singles, Tell Me You Love Me and You Don't Do It For Me Anymore, came out and I was really amazed. I listened to her whole album and my other favourite songs are Daddy IssuesRuin The FriendshipGamesConcentrate, Only Forever, and Hitchhiker
I love Demi's voice and these songs really showcase her talent. This album feels very personal. I watched her documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated and was really shocked to find out everything she struggled with at such a young age. I was really young when she became famous and I loved all her movies and TV shows. I'm really glad she is in a much better place now and I highly recommend watching her documentary. It's very eye-opening.

Alongside those two albums I have been listening to my own playlist I put together. I love relaxing indie music, especially when I do homework or take a nap. They really put my mind and body at ease and allow me to focus on a task or to just relax. 


Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Read: September 26, 2017- October 3, 2017
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 stars) 

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

My Review:


This book was everything I was hoping it to be and more. I was a huge fan of Chaol in the first two books but I felt that after the third book his character lost his way a bit. I'm so glad Sarah decided to write this book as it really showcased Chaol in a different light. Seeing him struggle through hardship after hardship, face his fears and anger towards himself was something his character really needed.

I loved the setting of this book as we get to explore the Southern Continent which we have never seen before. I love history and the culture there and how they worship different gods. It felt like a lot of research was put into this book which I really appreciate. 

Also, the different people we meet and revisit in this book were incredible. When I read The Assassin's Blade I really wasn't a huge fan of the healer story. After reading this, Yrene is now my favourite character from this whole series. Her character is from being dull. She is so strong, kind, and brave. The perfect, well-rounded female character. 

I could tell from the very moment she walked into the sitting room that she and Chaol would eventually fall for each other. I love the development of their relationship. They argue and get annoyed with each other like a real couple and that was what made their relationship even stronger. Also, THEY GOT MARRIED. My poor heart can't take this. Ship ship ship. I love Chaorene to death. 

Although at the beginning I found Nesryn's point of view to be a bit boring it got so much better when she accompanied Sartaq to the Eridun Aerie. So many incredible action-packed and nerve wracking scenes from her perspective. All the history we learn of the Valg--especially the part where Maeve is a Valg Queen!!! I honestly wasn't expecting that. I'm even more nervous for Aelin than I already was.

I also was totally not surprised that it was Duva that was the Valg hunting Yrene. She was the person that you least expected so I wasn't shocked. But when she almost killed Chaol...I was already starting to cry because of all the character development he went through and his beautiful relationship with Yrene. But he survived! But they share a life we'll see how that affects them in the final installment. 

All in all, I loved this story. I crave the last book but at the same time it's the last book. I'm so attached to this series and I really don't want it to end. 


I went to NYX to look for a nice neutral lipstick for everyday wear which I mentioned in my August Favourites. I had not been able to try it out so it did not make it into my August Favourites. I have tested out this lipstick and have been wearing it almost everyday for the past two months now. It's such a natural looking pink-brown shade. It's just slightly pinker than my natural lips. It is the NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic. It wears well during the day and really looks like you put a lot of effort into your makeup. Definitely check out NYX makeup products. They are affordable and great quality!


Aerie socks are probably my favourite socks to wear. They are so soft, cozy, and come in great colours and patterns. My mom bought me this pair for back to school since she knows I love socks and wear them during every season. I love wearing them at night because they keep my feet nice and warm. If you love socks like me, check out Aerie socks!

Body Care:
Oh my goodness.... The Body Shop's Vanilla Pumpkin Body Butter is the best body butter they have ever created. It's the smoothest formula and keeps my skin so moisturized for hours. It also smells incredible and I'm a fan of gourmand scents so this one is right up my alley. Check out The Body Shop's products because they are really fantastic, especially their body butters.


My all-time favourite autumn candle is Bath and body Works' Leaves 3-wick candle. It smells exactly like autumn to me. Its notes are Crisp Red Apple, Golden Nectar, and Warm Clove Spice. It gives the room such a cozy atmosphere, perfect for reading and watching TV/movies. They are bringing in winter body care so grab it before it's gone!

Thank you so much for reading this blog post! I hope you enjoyed and got some new recommendations. Have a wonderful day and week ahead. See you soon!

love xena


  1. Love the scent of the Leaves candle too; it's super-soothing. Your socks look so cozy and 'warm-ful' so I'm adding them to my holiday wishlist. Tell your mom too :) Post when you can, no rush. Grade 12 is such a nostalgic year with both old and new friends made and doing the dos together. Enjoy it to the max and congrats (!) again on your Math awards and then some Miss Travel and Tourism. Well done. Love you! :) xo

    1. Lol you are too funny. I's going to a busy year. Thanks and love you girlie!


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