I’ve got to be honest here, babes. I don’t have many favorites for November. I didn’t try many new products, and the few I did, did not blow me away.
No matter. Here are the golden few that made the list:
O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara from Marc Jacobs Beauty
While purchasing a refill of an old favorite foundation at Sephora, I had asked for a sample of a Buxom mascara. When I arrived home and was putting away my purchases, I found I had received a Marc Jacobs mascara sample instead of the Buxom one. Initially, I was upset at the mix up. Now, I’m very over it as the Marc Jacobs mascara is a new favorite. It feels non-existent on my lashes, and gives a nice full look with minimal product.
Down Jacket from H&M
Purchased during H&M’s outerware sale, this coat was a fantastic buy! I wanted a second down jacket with a little more style and glam than my current down jacket that is just solid black with no adornments. I also wanted a longer jacket with a hood, for a warmer option. I found all I wanted in this down jacket. The dark green color is rich and interesting, but still neutral; the gold hardware looks luxe; and the faux fur trimmed hood (which is removable from the hood, as is the hood from the coat) and faux fur lined collar are so soft and snuggly. Overall it’s my perfect winter jacket.
When I was a kid, my parents used to keep a bowl of unshelled walnuts on the bar. Cracking the nuts open, and carefully extracting the goods, was so fun for me! So when I saw a bag of walnuts at the grocery store this past month, I immediately tossed it in the cart. I set out a bowl of unshelled walnuts in my home, and proceeded to eat
nearly the entire bag on my own. It is still as fun to crack open those shells as it was when I was a little babe.
As you may know, this babe likes her tea! My boo and I made the decision to chuck our old kettle for an electric one and what a decision that was! It brings your water to a boil quickly and without that eardrum-crushing whistle. The model we selected has a blue light that turns on when you start the kettle and shuts off, as does the machine, when the water comes to a full boil. This beauty has made making tea more accessible for my boo and I, and I recommend anyone who boils water on the reg look into an electric kettle.
Grace’s Guide by Grace Helbig
Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up is a comedic handbook for Millennials needing a bit of guidance in the real and digital world. I’ve been a fan of Grace Helbig’s YouTube channel for a while now, so when this book launched, I was all over it! Grace’s Guide is as funny and charming as I had hoped it would be. Even if you’ve never seen Grace’s videos, (which you should really check out) you can still enjoy this book.
My trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota
For Thanksgiving this year, my boo and I flew out to Minneapolis, MN to welcome his newborn niece, and to visit with the rest of the family as well. They are all spread out between 3 states, so whenever we can all converge for a visit it’s really lovely. It was also great, for me, to check out a new city and state. Even at the same temperature, Minneapolis felt much colder than Anchorage, so I was happy to get back home to the more mild cold. It’s always so good to spend time with my boo’s family, even if it’s freezing out.
What are some of your November favorites?
My boo & I are headed to Minneapolis next week to visit family for thanksgiving, so I’ve had coats on my mind.
Here’s a look at some different styles sure to keep you snug in the cold.
Which is your fave coat style?
October was a pamper heavy month for me. I bought a plush new bath robe, and took an excessive number of baths. I think it was the crisp air that made me constantly want to have a warm soak.
Halloween was also a large theme in October (obvi) as you’ll see in the rest of this favorites post.
Wizard Bubble Bar from LUSH
It’s no secret I love LUSH, and as you read above I also love baths. In my spirited, October-long Halloween celebration, I purchased all the LUSH Halloween products, and this little guy was my fave! Crumpled under running bath water, this bubble bar produced mystical amounts of beautifully scented bubbles creating the perfect bubble bath.
Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from LUSH
After purchasing the Halloween products, I returned to LUSH once more in search of a way to have all the scent pleasures of my baths but in the shower. Ro’s Argan was the solution. I was obsessed after the first use of this truly lush body conditioner. It smells warm and soothing and leaves my post-shower skin moisturized and silky.
What I Ate Pad from Knock Knock
I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat less and this pad has helped immensely. A food log of any sort is a great tool because it helps you see what you’re actually shoving down your throat ever day. Then you can make the necessary adjustments to your diet. I especially like that this pad has a column for logging fluids. You’ve got to hydrate people!
“Gold Glitter Hello” Free iPhone Wallpaper from Wonder Forest
My phone’s wallpaper rarely gets changed because I’ll find an image I like, that looks right on my phone, and I stick with it. My computer, on the other hand, gets a new wallpaper quite frequently. It was while searching for autumnal desktop wallpapers that I stumbled upon this beauty. The gold glitter is quite festive and I love a good, simple “hello”. There are 3 more lovely fall inspired wallpapers available on Wonder Forest.
Stretch Knit Leggings from Forever 21
I’m a leggings babe, so trust me when I tell you these are fabulous. They’re not see-through, they don’t give you a muffin top because of the high waist, and they’re $7. I normally wear cotton leggings, but they show a lot of fuzz. Since I purchased an insane number of fuzzy sweaters recently, I needed a pair of spandex leggings that don’t hold onto as much fuzz. I’m going back for more!
Fuzzy Sweaters from Forever 21 and H&M
It started simply enough with the purchase of one light pink v-neck sweater, then escalated to the addition of 5 more fuzzy sweaters to my closet. They are so soft and comfy, and so easy to throw on over leggings, so I bought another one in mint. Then a waffle knit in both blue and cream. Then one in a leopard print that I simply had to have. Then finally, a cardigan in standard black. I’m wearing one as I write this. I’m a babe obsessed!
I ate two bags of these in October! They are a great treat for snack time and perfect for fighting off that after dinner sweet tooth. They come in two other flavors (Pomegranate and Goji & Raspberry) that are just as delish. You can tell how yummy these are because in a month where candy is king, I still reach for my Brookside!
I’m a sucker for blood oranges so when I saw these I was too stoked. The fact that they were also a Halloween special edition put me over the moon. My boo managed to drink 3 of the 4 pack before I even knew it, so the last can was highly coveted and then highly enjoyed by this babe.
Literature- Dracula by Bram Stoker
Sparked by an interest in vampire lore, and by recommendation from a brilliant friend, I made Dracula my Halloween read. And I couldn’t be happier that I did. I enjoyed ever minute spent reading this book. It is written as a series of diary/ journal entires, letters, and telegraphs which really bring you into the story on a personal level. Stoker set the bar for virtually all modern vampire stories, so, if you haven’t already, I highly suggest you give Dracula a read.
TV/Film- Gone Girl
I didn’t get around to reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, so my opinion is solely based on the film. I don’t normally go for anything mystery or thriller, but I do love a good drama. Plus, I heard Ben Affleck goes full frontal so I was like, yea I’m deff going to see this one. Gone Girl absolutely had all the drama I was looking forward to. It had great characters played by even better actors, and the relationships between those characters were dynamic and honest. Not a smart choice for a date, but it did make for a lovely girls night.
What are some of your October favorites?
I can’t believe September has come & gone. Here are some things I’ve been loving this past month.
Fresh Face Masks from LUSH
I’ve been going low-makeup this summer, and these masks have helped make that possible. I find my skin looks so much healthier & vibrant when I regularly use these masks. My two faves this month: BB Seaweed & Cupcake.
Complete Salon Manicure in the nail color 315 Camelflage from Sally Hansen
I wore this polish pretty much all month. In fact, the only time I wasn’t wearing this perfect nude shade was when I didn’t have any polish on at all. It’s such a lovely nude for olive toned skin.
Hyperlapse from Instagram
Hyperlapse is an app developed by Instagram that lets you record video and then speeds up the footage by 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 times to create a stunning time-lapse video. I can’t even tell you how many Hyperlapse videos I have of my cat.
Diplo Radio on Pandora
I like to listen to music when I work on design projects. The upbeat tempo of this station is so motivating.
Skort from H&M
Because I spent a good deal of September under the warm California sun, I needed a cooler bottom option. I found myself reaching for this skort constantly. It’s a great piece to dress up or down and the fact that it’s really shorts makes it a comfy pick.
Tapered Leggings from Forever 21
These leggings are my favorite bottom in my wardrobe. The pair I own are from H&M. Unfortunately, they are currently unavailable on their site, so I linked a pair from Forever 21 that look just as swell.
This may seem like an odd favorite, but I never really liked fresh blueberries until this month. It’s an exciting taste change that I’m fully embracing!
Everything I ate while in California
One of the things I miss most about California is the food. In-N-Out, authentic Italian & Argentinian food, and poolside ice cream are a few treats I indulged in on my visit. I’ll write a food post with all the mouth-watering photos.
Literature- Hawaii by James Michener
Next on my reading list, Michener’s Hawaii paints a captivating portrait of the creation and colonization of the 50th state. It’s a hefty read, so I’m still at the beginning, but it’s a great read so far.
TV/Film- Season 8 of Trailer Park Boys on Netflix
My boo got me into this series when I first moved to Anchorage and I am so grateful. Trailer Park Boys is a hysterical mockumentary about the residents of a Canadian trailer park. The shit these boys get into never ends and it is so fabulous. The 8th season is viewable exclusively on Netflix and I highly suggest you give it a chance.
What are some of your September favorites?
Autumn is here & I couldn’t be happier! In honor of this glorious season’s arrival, I’ve round-up some fab fall sweaters.
Now all you need to do is to pull on your leggings & zip up your chunky boots, and you’re properly dressed for a crisp fall day spent stepping on crunchy leaves!