Beauty, Fashion, Food, Home, Personal

February, March & April Favorites

I haven’t written a favorites post since January, because I wasn’t trying many new products. Now, I’ve collected some new (& old) favorites in the months past, so I’m giving you more of a seasonal favorites list today.

Here’s a look at some goodies I was feeling in February, March, & April!

Beauty Faves

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask from LUSH

As you may have noticed, I’m a fan of LUSH’s Fresh Face Masks. But, sometimes they stink. This babe is not only a fabulous cleansing mask, but it smells of warm, sweet honey. The ground almonds in this mask are fairly abrasive, but if your skin is tough, it makes for a great exfoliant.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 from Nordstrom

I’ve used this lip balm on & off for like 7 years. It’s always been in my lip balm rotation. I bought a new tube a while back, and wasn’t as in love as I had been in the past. Currently, it’s the perfect formula for my lips. I think it’s important to try products at different times in the year, or in your life. Something you’re not happy with in fall, could be perfect for you in the spring. It’s all about second chances babes!

Fashion Faves

A-Line Top from H&M

Stripes are everything. A good section of my closet is black & white stripped. So, when I saw this a-line top at H&M, I knew I had to add it to my collection. It’s a lovely relaxed fit, with a generous short sleeve. I also love the higher crew collar. This top is a perfect wardrobe staple.

Coquette Slipper from Ugg

My family sent me these as a gift and I cannot believe I survived without them for 25 years. I’d been needing slippers for some time. I just kept wearing my boo’s, regardless of the fact that they’re like 5 sizes too big, so I’m sure he’s as happy about these Uggs as I am. They’re warm & cozy like my Ugg boots, but in the ease of a slip-on.

Food Faves

Mini York Peppermint Patties from Amazon

I am so into Peppermint Patties as of a few years ago. I never liked them much before, but now I’m hooked. So for Valentine’s Day, I bought a themed pack of Mini Peppermint Patties. They’re such a nice after dinner treat because it’s like having a mint, but they’re chocolates!

Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Red Berries Granola from Nature’s Path Organic

You babes know how I like my yogurt, and this new granola has taken my breakfast to new heights! This crunchy goodness is divine. If you’re a chocolate lover (of course you are) you’ve got to give this granola a try. It’s loaded with sweet cocoa flavor, dehydrated raspberries & strawberries, and little chunks of dark chocolate. I don’t even have to sweeten my plain greek yogurt when I add this stuff because it’s so rich and flavorful on its own.

Home Faves

Shades of Glass Waterlily & Aloe Soy Candle from Target

I purchased this candle as a birthday gift for a friend. I could not stop sniffing this bad boy while in the store, so I purchased myself a little votive in the same scent. Because the candle is soy, it doesn’t throw a huge amount of scent like a paraffin candle could. But, even when unlit, you can smell the sweet, fresh perfume from nearby.

Cup and Saucer from H&M

I feel like such a lady when I have my tea or coffee is this precious babe. When not in use, this cup & saucer lend themselves to my home decor by sitting perched on a stack of books in my bookshelf.

Personal Faves

“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding on iTunes

I could not get enough of this song in February! (I’m still playing it). I love Ellie Goulding; her voice is that of an angle’s. I really like the whole Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, but this track is my fave.

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley from Amazon

As I’ve been reading the most famous book set in every state, I’ve noticed a trend. I’m most draw in by books about families, specifically families who live on farms. Smiley’s novel centers on the dynamics of three generations living and working on the family’s Iowa farm. As you read on, more of the family’s past is exposed and it gets juicier and juicier. It’s truly an engaging read.

 What are some of your recent favorites?

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22 Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day

Happy Earth Day Babes! I hope you’re taking today to appreciate this beautiful planet we all call home, and maybe even making some green changes to your lifestyle.

Here’s a look at 22 ways you can be more eco-friendly every day:

  1. Swap out an incandescent bulb for a CFL
  2. Unplug your unused devices
  3. Buy products with minimal packaging
  4. Eat local foods
  5. Wash your clothes on cold & only wash a full load
  6. Hang dry your clothes
  7. Opt for a reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic ones
  8. Use a reusable coffee cup for your daily joe
  9. Take shorter showers &/or shower with your babe
  10. Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth
  11. Partake in Meatless Mondays
  12. Buy second-hand items versus new ones
  13. Turn off the lights when leaving the room
  14. Keep your vehicle well maintained
  15. Bring your reusable bags when shopping to avoid plastic bags
  16. Use rechargeable batteries
  17. Fully shut down your computer at night
  18. Save paper you’ve only used on one side to reuse as scratch paper
  19. Repurpose glass jars
  20. Skip the elevator & take the stairs
  21. Support local businesses
  22. Reduce, reuse, & recycle

What do you do to stay green?

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Capture | California

Foliage, flowers, food, & fun in the Golden State.

What subjects do you like to capture when on vacation?

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Birthday Babe

Here are a few photos from various celebrations early this month.

My babe Bekah, my boo, & I celebrated early with brunch in downtown Anchorage.

Once in California, I celebrated with my family in Los Angeles.

Finally, I celebrated my BFF Ashley’s birthday in Venice along with some of our friends.

Because I live in Alaska and my family & dear friends live in California, we don’t normally get to spend special occasions together. It was really such a pleasure to celebrate with all the people I love this year. Truly a fabulous start to my new year!

How do you like to spend your birthday?

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Hello Babes!

As you may have noticed, I’ve been absent for a few weeks, because I’ve been on vacation in California! I’ve been here celebrating my birthday, my grandparents anniversary, my dad’s birthday, and my babe of a BFF’s birthday. Needless to say, there’s been loads of cake & sunshine. And really, what more could a gal ask for?

I’ll be heading back to my dear home in The Last Frontier on Tuesday night, so you can expect regular posts again. I’ll be posting photos from my trip (mostly food, but you know how it goes), so keep an eye out for those! I’ll leave you with one cliché LA photo to hold you over until next week.

BH Palms

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Words of Wisdom

“If you have a good idea, get it out there. For every idea I’ve realized, I have ten I sat on for a decade till someone else did it first. Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.”

— Joss Whedon

Do you have any ideas you’re ready to make happen?

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Currently Coveting

  1. Faux Leather Platform Clog $35, Forever 21
  2. Platform Faux Leather Mules $38, Forever 21
  3. Faux Leather Pointed Loafers $35, Forever 21
  4. Giorgio Armani Sì $90 for 1.7oz, Sephora
  5. Urban Decay Naked Palette $54, Sephora
  6. Clinique Moisture Surge $39 for 1.7oz, Sephora
  7. Hammered Copper Mugs $37 for 2, Amazon
  8. Rotary Peeler $13, Joseph Joseph
  9. Menu Chunk of Marble Candleholders $70, Danish Design Store
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January Favorites

January sure did zip by in a flash! It feels like I just wrote up my December favorites.

Here’s a look at some goodies I was feelin’ this past month!

Beauty Faves

Moroccan Smooth Perfection Blow Out Cream from OGX

What I like most about this product is that you can use it on your damp hair before you blow out your locks, or you can add it in to dry hair for frizz relief. This cream smells really nice and floral, and it doesn’t leave you hair looking greasy. Plus, it’s also a heat protectant, so there’s no need for multiple styling products.

Nail Enamel in the color Seductive from Revlon

That photo really doesn’t do this color justice. It’s a deep, rich purple that looks fairly close to black. I wore it twice in January because it’s such an easy, wearable color (if you like to wear dark nail polish). It also pairs really nicely with a lighter purple glitter polish over top. For New Year’s Eve, I wore it with this glitter polish from Wet n Wild and it was very festive.

Fashion Faves

Women’s Color-Block Sneakers from Old Navy

I’ve been shopping around from some minimal style sneakers for casual wear, but I hadn’t been able to find anything I loved at a price I also loved. My babe, Bekah, needed some new work slacks, so we headed into Old Navy. I spotted some clearance shoes and found these gorgeous burgundy sneakers. They were such a great deal, (reduced to $6 a pair!!), so I bought a pair in both the red and black.

Classic Tasseled Solid Scarf from Forever 21

The name says it all. This scarf is a perfect, classic option. It’s a good size and very soft. This scarf really makes a great addition to any wardrobe since it’s available in 5 different, neutral colors.

Food Faves

Dark Chocolate Truffles from Godiva

My boo ate all the milk chocolate truffles in about a week when I bought them last, so I opted for the dark chocolate ones this time round in an attempt to deter him from scarfing them all down. It didn’t work. These truffles are luscious chocolate wonders, and they make a sneaky late night treat.

WafflePro Express Waffle Maker M840B from Chef’s Choice

I had been wanting a waffle iron for a bit, and my boo’s parents picked up on that fact and gifted me this waffle iron for Christmas. I’ve already made blueberry waffles, banana nut waffles, and lemon poppy seed waffles. I can’t get enough!

Home Faves

Assorted House Plants from Lowe’s

I needed to bring some greenery into the apartment to liven up my winter spirits. I potted the green babes in various recyclables and one actual planter. They really bring the space to life and help bring some color to the white winter surroundings.

Personal Faves

Diet Doodle Diary from Amazon

Trying to stay on track with eating healthy and staying active is made much more fun with this diary. The book has charts for weekly food and exercise logging as well as fun activities for reflection and motivation. The adorable illustrations add a casual and comfortable element to the diary that feels very personal. If you’re looking for a non-human “buddy” in your health/fitness journey, I suggest you pick up a copy of the Diet Doodle Diary.

 What are some of your January favorites?

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Let me begin by saying that I write Babe Daily for myself. It may sound selfish, but this blog is my creative outlet to write about my interests. It serves as a place for exploration into finding my voice in a world full of very loud individuals. I’ve never felt the need for external validation to feel that Babe Daily is a success. All I’ve wanted for this project is for at least one person out there to enjoy reading Babe Daily.

That being said, I’m proud to announce that I’ve been nominated by babes Meggie & Sheena over at Glittery·moss for the Versatile Blogger Award! Not only one, but two whole humans out there enjoy what I have to say. It warms my heart and I am grateful.

This award comes with string attached. Here are those strings:

  • Show off the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Tell the world 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs
  • Link to the blogs and let them know you shared the love

So here we go.

Here are 7 facts about me:

  1. My best friend is a chubby black cat named Knuckles.
  2. My human best friends and I have been BFFs since we were in kindergarten. Ashley & Winter, if you’re reading this (and even if you aren’t) I love you Salsas!
  3. The main reason I get out of bed in the mornings is to eat breakfast. Breakfast foods are the bestest foods.
  4. My wonderful Mom & Dad birthed 5 insane beautiful children of which I am the eldest. All our names begin with the letter ‘A’ except for the youngest, Emma. The difference in her name is appropriate because she is certainly the most “different” of the gang.
  5. My obsession with sweaters is getting out of hand. The current tally is 54.
  6. In high school, I asked a very cute boy to prom. He said yes. That night we kissed & it was magical. This very cute boy is now my boyfriend of 6 years. Lesson: break convention & go after what you want!
  7. My darling friend Shelby & I began reading the most famous book set in every state in January 2014. I’m currently finishing up Illinois’ book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

I’m going to break convention again & only nominate 7 blogs as I honestly don’t keep up with many blogs.

Here are my 7 nominations:

  1. Bizi’s Pieces
  2. Manda Writes Things
  3. Miss Winnie
  4. My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  5. The Car Lot (Love you Austin!)
  6. The Luxe Look

To the nominees, please do not feel pressured to accept this award. This kind of thing is not for everyone, and you should not feel as though you have to participate in this chain of nominations. If you do read & enjoy the creative work of a fellow blogger, please spread the love.

Thanks again to Meggie & Sheena. Your blog is blossoming, and I’m glad you babes are keeping on it!

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December Favorites

December was a month of seasonal goodies. Here’s a look at my favorites!

Beauty Faves

So White Shower Gel from LUSH

Shocking news: another LUSH product is a favorite! So White is a seasonal scent that smells of crisp apple and instantly perks up any gloomy winter shower. It leaves your skin soft & fragrant all day long.

Design Faves

Pink Floral Weekly Desk Pad from Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle Paper Co. is my new favorite. I’m in love with all their paper goods, but this desktop pad is my absolute fave! It’s perfect for keeping track of my weekly to-dos and looks great doing it! I also purchased the 2015 Appointment Calendar to note each months events. It’s equally as beautiful and well made in the US.

Fashion Faves

Hanukkah Sweater from Ragstock

During my trip to Minneapolis in November, I purchased this sweater while shopping at the Mall of America. I had been in the market for a Hanukkah sweater, so I was very pleased to find a sweater, in stores, that was the style I was looking  for. Comfy and well-loved, this sweater was an easy & festive go-to for cold mornings. Here’s a similar sweater from Wet House on Etsy.

Home Faves

Vintage Spruce Scented Soy Candle from Target

I bought this candle in November and instantly loved the warm, natural scent. During my next Target shopping trip, I put another Vintage Spruce candle in my basket, but ended up not buying it. Instant regret! The next time I was at Target, I didn’t hesitate. I picked up one of the last Vintage Spruce candles they had in stock, and my heart cried a little. Unfortunately, this baby is seasonal but here are two (one & two) other candles with a spruce scent that may fill your Vintage Spruce void.

Personal Faves

House of Cards on Netflix

My boo has a back for knowing a good series when he sees one. I do not. He had been wanted to start House of Cards and I kept refusing for longer than I’d like to admit. One night he pressed play, I gave in, and thank goodness he did because OMG babes, it is phenomenal! There’s ruthless politicians, greed, and corruption. So dramatic and scandalous I cannot wait for the next season to go up in February.

 

What are some of your December favorites?

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