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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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November Favorites

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:

Beauty Faves

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.

Fashion Faves

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.

Food Faves

Walnuts

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.

Home Faves

Maxi-Matic Elite Platinum 1.7-Liter Glass Cordless Electric Kettle from Fred Meyer

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.

Personal Faves

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.

Seasonal Faves

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?

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October Favorites

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.

Beauty Faves

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.

 

Design Faves

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.

 

Fashion Faves

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!

 

Food Faves

Brookside Dark Chocolate Açai with Bluberry Flavors

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!

Jones Halloween Blood Orange Soda

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.

 

Personal Faves

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?

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Words of Wisdom

Bram Stoker, Dracula

“Remember my friend, that knowledge is stronger than memory, and we should not trust the weaker. … Take then good note of it. Nothing is too small. I counsel you, put down in record even your doubts and surmises. Hereafter it may be of interest to you to see how true you guess. We learn from failure, not from success!”

— Bram Stoker, Dracula

Have you stumbled upon any words of wisdom in your current read?

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September Favorites

I can’t believe September has come & gone. Here are some things I’ve been loving this past month.

Beauty Faves

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.

 

Design Faves

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.

 

Fashion Faves

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.

 

Food Faves

Blueberries

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.

 

Personal Faves

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?

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August Favorites

Beauty Faves

Essential Hypershine Gloss in Blossom #9012 from e.l.f.

I’ve been going low-makeup this month, so this sheer, nude gloss has been my go-to.

Sephora Collection Super Regenerating Oil-Serum from Sephora

Because I spent most of August blowing my nose, I’ve needed some extra moisture around my schnoz. This serum has really proven itself. Normally, even with extra daily moisturizer, my nose ends up dry & peeling after this much tissue use, but after adding this serum to the mix, I’ve seen no excess dryness.

 

Design Faves

NEW Watercolor Monogram Notecard Set from ASPDesignSolutions on Etsy

This notecard set, alone with this Watercolor Hello one, was the August design addition to my Etsy shop, ASPDesignSolutions. The set includes four 5.5″ x 4.25″ single sheet notecards (printed on Crisp White, 80lb Linen Card Stock) and four Crisp White A2 envelopes.

Sharpie Clear View Highlighters (Assorted Pack Of 3) from Office Depot

After I first saw the commercial for these new babes, I knew I had to have this highlighter. This highlighter is a game-changer. I no longer over-highlight my sentences thanks to the see-through tip. I’m obsessed!

 

Fashion Faves

Cable-knit Sweater from H&M

Because I’ve been a sicko, I’ve gravitated to easy outfits. This sweater is comfy but still stylish in mustard yellow.

Denim Overalls from Target

Like I said, easy outfits were my go-to in August. And few outfits are easier to throw together than a pair of overalls & a top. I think it’s safe to say overalls are the new maxi dress.

 

Food Faves

Quaker Protein Instant Oatmeal in Banana Nut

This instant oatmeal is obviously an easy breakfast to whip up. It has 10 grams of protein and keeps me full for a fair amount of time. It’s also delish topped with fresh blueberries.

Earl Grey Black Tea from Private Selection

Earl Grey with milk & sugar has been my comforting go-to this past month. I liked having something warm first thing in the morning to sooth my sore throat. A cup of tea sounds nice right now…

 

Home Faves

Isaac Mizrahi Kleenex Expressions from Kleenex

Again, because I was a sicko, the item I used most in August was tissues. Sexy, I know. If I put something in my home (even tissues), it has to be something I want to look at, and these boxes designed by Isaac Mizrahi are so chic!

Room Essentials Clear Globe Lights from Target

With so many sunlight hours, there’s little need for turning on the lights in my apartment. When I do need a little bright boost, I plug in these globe lights. They give off a good amount of light, and look very festive.

 

Personal Faves

Literature- If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Because of the book-turned-movie’s release, I wanted to read If I Stay before I saw the film. It was an emotional and well written book, and I can’t wait to see the movie for comparison.

TV/Film- Season 3 of Hell on Wheels on Netflix

This was a show my boo wanted to start on Netflix last year, and I was skeptical because I don’t normally go for anything in the action & adventure genre. My boo made a good call; it’s so good! Main character, Cullen Bohannon, is such a babe and the entire cast is spectacular. The 4th season is currently showing on AMC, and I’m excited to see how it goes.

What are some of your August favorites?

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July Favorites

Now that July has come to a close I thought I’d share with you babes some things I have been super into this past month.

Beauty Faves

TruMagic The Sunkisser Bronzer 110 from Cover Girl

I’ve really liked using this bronzer because it’s a cream & blends really naturally into the skin.

Super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade Siren 677 from Revlon

This shade of orange is bold but wearable. I like to pair it with loads of mascara for a low-makeup look with high impact.

The Righteous Butter Body Butter from Soap & Glory

This body butter is my everything! It smells so floral & hydrates my skin to perfection.

Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfecter Straightening Mist from Garnier Fructis

I use this product mostly for its heat-protection, but it also tames frizzies like a boss & smells divine.

 

Design Faves

Babe Daily (obvi!)

As my newest project this July, Babe Daily is, in fact, my babe. I’m obsessed with her & can’t wait to see how she grows in the months to come.

Greenroom Metallic Pattern Notebook from Target

I had bought a different notebook from Target that I wanted to feature here, but could not find a link 😡 These notebooks have a similar metallic pattern that’s just as chic as the one on my Mara Mi notebook.

The font Windsor Hand by Skyhaven Fonts

My favorite fonts are usually a wispy, handwritten style, & Windsor Hand fits that bill. I just love the way the leg of the ‘R’ & the tail of the ‘Q’ dip down with a little sass.

Dress Your Tech Free Downloads from Designlovefest

These downloads are great for both your computer & cell phone. I like to miss match mine, but if you’re the kind of babe that likes to coordinate, then Designlovefest has you covered.

 

Fashion Faves

10-Pack of Rings from H&M

I have massive sausage fingers (eww), so finding rings that fit is a chore. This set worked great for me because I wear them as midi rings instead of trying to mash my little sausages down into them. Practical & trendy!

Statement Rhinestone Necklace from H&M

This necklace is low effort, high-impact, & I can’t stop wearing it. It’s a perfect instant-glam solution when worn over a t-shirt & jeans.

Faux Leather Weekend Set from Forever 21

This bag duo was such a score! I initially just saw the tote & had a mini heart attack over the color. When I saw there was a minimal cross-body (that I had been so desperately searching for) inside, I died. Both bags are a good size for all the summer goodies I carry. I highly recommend picking up this set if you like a minimal look.

Crop Tops like this Baby Tee from Wet Seal (I have one in each color)

Maybe it’s just that I love anything high-waisted, but I can’t get enough of crop tops this summer. I just bought a pair of overalls & I can’t wait to wear them with a fitted white crop top #90sbabe

 

Food Faves

Lucky Charms

Hi, I’m 5 years old! I like to have a bowl of charms as a dessert. It’s too deliciously terrible to be my breakfast.

Pop Tarts

Did I mention I’m 5? Another treat. I’m too impatient when it comes to Pop Tarts, so I don’t toast mine; I like them raw.

Sweetened Black Iced Tea from Starbucks

Black Iced Tea is always my beverage-of-choice, but this month has been especially heavy on the Starbucks runs, so I’ve ingested more than usual. It’s just so damn refreshing in the heat (always). Now I’m going to have to make a stop today…

Poached Eggs (perfected here)

If you haven’t already noticed, I very much enjoy breakfast foods. Eggs are my favorite ingredient (the can do so much!) & lately I’ve been having them poached. They’re so soft & yummy and the best over toast. Is your mouth watering too?

 

Home Faves

The Maison Metallo Candle in Amaranth & Jasmine from Voluspa

I know candles aren’t too much of a summer item, but I like to have a fresh scent in the house & candles are a great way to get one. This candle smells very strongly of  intense floral. Once lit for 30 minutes, my whole apartment has a lovely stink going.

The Home Collection Wooden Wick Candle in White Peach from Febreze

This candle is more about sound than scent for me. The wooden wick crackles like a bonfire & warms my soul. The peach scent is fresh & fruity and screams summer.

The Swimmer Painting Print from Hail Tiger on Etsy

I didn’t purchase this print in July, but I have been enjoying its July-esqu motif greatly. My heat skipped a beat when I saw it on Etsy, because this swimmer is so me. I’m all about a high bun, red lip, & no boobie constriction!

My Balcony Flowers

I’ve been spending a lot of time tending to my little balcony garden & it’s become of point of pride. I potted all my plants into tin cans I ½ sprayed with chalkboard paint, and they line the ledge on my balcony. Every morning I water them & the rest of the day I admire them through the window.

 

Personal Faves

Music- Lana Del Rey’s new album Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey is probably my favorite artist. Her longing, melancholy vocals waft deep into my heart and pump through my body making me feel like I’m a tortured soul. This new album did not disappoint on the tortured soul front. 5 stars!

Literature- Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls by Leandra Medine

Another brunette babe, Leandra Medine (of The Man Repeller) wrote a wonderfully fun collection of essays which I read with my ears via audio book. The book has a great dose of personality, and I found it all so charming & relatable. I recommend it immensely.

TV/Film- Seasons 1-3 of Bob’s Burgers on Netflix

Because my boo was away most of July, I had a lot of personal Netflix time. I’d seen the first season of Bob’s Burgers when it first hit Netflix, & figured I give it a re-watch. The kids are ridiculous characters & it’s just so funny.

Misc.- Canon Sure Shot Owl Point & Shoot Film Camera

This camera is a relic from my boo’s sister’s college days. It’s a bit of a random favorite for me, but I’ve really been enjoying snapping images here & there. Hopefully they come out alright (I’ve had bad luck in the past with film). If so, I’ll post some on here for you babes to creep.

So there you have it! If you have any questions about the products I’ve  used, where to purchase something, etc. don’t hesitate to leave me a comment!

What are some of your July favorites?

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