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Things I’m Loving

Well, hello! Happy post-Thanksgiving to you all. How are your pants fitting? Is that a weird question to ask? Mine fit just fine because I refuse to wear anything less than elastic waistbands after November 1st. Really helps to make those extra 5 lbs of holiday wine and carbs that much more manageable. Plus leggings and boots are the quintessential fall/winter wardrobe pieces so it all works out. Hooray!

So it’s been a while since I’ve done a favorites post. And the video thing was fun for a while but, um, holy crapton of hours of work. Not that I didn’t enjoy making them… talking to you guys was extremely fun, but editing is not my cup of tea. Good thing I work for a video company… It’s also a lot harder to ignore how embarrassing your are in video form vs. a poorly-written blog post. Yeeeikes.

So let’s begin!

1. Gigantic chunky sweaters and I are having a moment. Not only do they pair with the aforementioned leggings/boots combo like cheese to a fine wine, but they are so warm and snugly. This winter has already started off rather aggressive (oh hi snow on Thanksgiving), and my office is pretty much always freezing, so I’ve been living in them. My favorite is this one from H&M: (only 29.99!)

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All the pink. I also love this one (a great basic) and this one (which I can’t afford). I don’t know what happened but it seems like I don’t own any winter clothing anymore. I think I developed an aversion to sweaters for a while because I wore them every day since I went Catholic school, but now I just can’t get enough of them. Plaid skirts, however, are still on my shit list.

2. Crafts! I try to be working on something at all times, whether its knitting or writing or even drawing. There is something so therapeutic to me about making things with my own hands, and I just need some kind of creative outlet at all times. I tend to shy away from DIY-type projects because a. they always turn out to be more work than I originally intended, and b. the finished product NEVER looks as cute as the inspiration. (I am the epitome of the Pintrest fail.) But something about this most recent project just had me convinced I needed it in my life:

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Yes I know my ribbon is completely jacked and the “W” is a little more crooked than I intended, but I just love it so much. I made Brandon go out in the freezing cold and hang it up at like 10:30 at night the minute the hot glue dried. What should I make next??

3. This face wash:

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I took a chance on this Alba Botanica face wash randomly when it was on sale, and holy crap. It smells amazing (like peppermint) and makes my skin feel so wonderful. I’ve been dealing with some less than optimal skin issues as of late, I don’t know if it’s the weather or the baby-making drugs they’ve got me on, but my face has not been a happy camper. This has really helped (along with my Clarisonic, which I still swear by). It’s got 2% salicylic acid, which always seems to work well for me, but it’s not the least bit drying. Plus it kind of wakes you up in the morning because it’s so minty and refreshing, which is much needed for this non-morning person. Love love love.

4. Let’s talk under-things! Not like, underneath things, like underwear things. I know we’re all friends here, so I’m going to let you in on a secret. The Gillian & O’Malley stuff at Target is the shiz. Someone actually told me that it’s manufactured by the same people or place (something like that) as Victoria’s Secret, but is just less expensive. I don’t know if they were just selling me magic beans, but I totally believe it because I love their stuff. Their “intimates” (love that this is what they call underwear) are so comfortable, and I basically live in their sleepwear on nights and weekends. Plus they have really adorable pajama sets. So yea, I know this is a random one, but I felt like I needed to share. Your welks.

5. Obviously I have to address my favorite thing to talk about: TV. Somehow I managed to cut ties with a few shows that weren’t doing it for me anymore (namely Revenge and Grey’s is teetering on expulsion) but there are a few that I’ve been absolutely loving. First and foremost, Homeland. JUST YES. I was so worried that this show had jumped the shark, but oh no, my friends. We’ve got crazy chardonnay-soaked-jazz music-listening-breakdown Carrie back, and it is everything. We were so sad that it wasn’t a new episode this week. Newsroom is back for its final season, and I’m along for the ride, but the jury is still out on that for me. The first season was just so so good. At least Maggie’s hair is normal again. The Walking Dead mid-season finale was pretty crazy, but also, was it? I mean… I don’t want to give away spoilers, but I don’t know. Not the most shocking thing that could have happened. Overall I’ve been liking this season a lot, though, so watch on I shall. The Comeback is back! If you didn’t see the first season, and you love Lisa Kudrow as much as I do, run to HBO GO and watch it. And then start watching the new season. You DO want to see that. (A joke only people who watch it will get.) And finally, I have to give it up to my favorite show of the season: The Affair. I actually didn’t plan on watching this until I ended up 20 minutes into the first episode because I was too lazy to change the channel, and I was hooked. The characters make me love and hate them all at the same time. The style of storytelling is SO GOOD and it’s definitely different than anything else on right now. Equal parts romance and drama. Also Pacey. Like I need to say more.

So that’s it for now, please tell me some things that are making you less stabby this winter season!


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Non-Beauty Favorites

Hey there, happy Monday, friends!  This weekend I decided to do a quick(ish) video featuring some of my non-makeup-hair-body-thing-type-favorites, and share some of the other random things that are making my life a little more enjoyable.

Everything from my favorite wine to music, tv and Target.

I’ve also made up a new month:  Maypril.  You’re welcome.


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Collective Beauty Haul

So before I *really* enforced my “no more buying new beauty products” rule…. I bought a few more new beauty products.  However, from this point on, I am making it VERY CLEAR to myself that I must use up what I’ve got before I do any more damage in the colorful cosmetic isles of Target or CVS.

However… this was then, that is now.

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I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz around the Revlon “Nearly Naked” line in the last few weeks, and if not, let me be the first.  This line is very much like the Urban Decay “Naked” (um, hello identical font) concept and is meant to feel like you’re wearing nothing at all.  This worried me at first, since I tend to shy away from “sheer coverage” products.  However, after multiple reviews about the build-ability-factor of this line, I was very much intrigued.

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I chose to pick up both the foundation and powder (because us oily-skinned girls can NEVER have too much powder) and I’m actually completely in love with both.  The foundation is almost the exact same color as my skin, and blends in effortlessly with a very light but medium-coverage finish.  I do need a little concealer after I apply it, just for the stubborn marks and scars, but overall, it’s a ‘beaut of a foundation.  And the powder is also very light, but kind of a beast in the long-lasting category.  I applied this in the morning on my first run, and it stayed put way into the afternoon.

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And just who would I be without some lip products… I picked up another of my Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (obvi) and this time in Rendezvous.  This little gem is possibly the winner of the whole bunch.  If you’re someone looking to try some of the orange/coral spring beauty trends, I would absolutely suggest starting here.  The color is very buildable, and not too shocking of a color.  I’ve been wearing it non-stop, so expect it to pop up again in next month’s favorites fo sho.

The Color Whispers are another new obsession, this one in Lust for Blush only adds to my love.  It is one of the prettiest nude/pinks I’ve ever worn and it smells like straight Fruit Loops.  FRUIT LOOPS, PEOPLE.

To check out the rest, here’s a “quick” video…

And if you need me I’ll be doing my best to not drive past a Target or CVS for the next month or so.

Have you picked up any new products you’d like to share?  Not that I should even ask, because we all know where that will lead…

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