Friday, February 10, 2017

January 2017 Lifestyle Favorites

TV Show: Parks & Rec
Ok so this isn't my favorite TV show, it's just the only new one I've started in the last 60 days. It was Ben's pick to watch together since we share none of the same TV tastes. Mockumentaries are definitely not my thing, but this one is growing on me a bit. Mainly, I just feel bad for Jerry, really
love Ron Swanson, and am waiting for the 'treat yoself' episode.

Savory Food: Spaghetti Squash
WTF who am I? But seriously. We got this in a Plated box this month (with kale in a creamy garlic parmesan sauce) and holy shit it was to die for.

Restaurant: O-Ku (Charlotte, NC)
An awesome new sushi place in Charlotte, more of an upscale, date night sushi place, but a great one nonetheless.

Candle: Winter by Drought
Notes of pine, blue spruce, cedarwood, and citrus. Perfectly described by 'winter'.

Book: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
I'm 4 books into 2017 (way ahead of my New Year's Resolution!), and this has been my favorite by far. I highly recommend it (think Girl on The Train thriller).

Starbucks Drink: Smoked Butterscotch Latte
An old drink came back and it's high on my winter go-to list.

Song: 'Shape of You' by Ed Sheeran
Ben alleges that this is 'trash', but of course it's fantastic.

iPhone/iPad app: MARIO RUN
Because, obviously #90skid.

Person: Lauren
It is so nice to have a close friend at work, especially one that you just click instantly with [and ultimately find out you're sorority sisters with]. Lots of love, lady!

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 2017 Beauty & Fashion Favorites

FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask (get it here!)
My new favorite mask. It really brightens up your face instantly, and you can see/feel the chunks of citrus as you put it on. I can't recommend it enough (I used a bunch of Sephora points on the 100-point perk size).

LUSH Salt & Peppermint Bark Body Scrub (get it here!)
This was a Christmas-only product, but it was a good one. It smelled (and felt) like Peppermint and was a super exfoliating bar for the shower. Only downside is that it disintegrates and thus goes pretty quick. I definitely recommend keeping it in a soap dish with a lid in your shower (I actually keep mine out of the shower and bring it in when I want to use it).

COVER FX Perfect Setting Powder in Light Medium (get it here!)
I'm normally much more into pressed powder, but I got a deluxe sample size of this and have fallen in love. It sets in the perfect consistency and gives my skin a matte but radiant glow.

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser (get it here!)
As you know, I'm big on AHA in my skin products, so this one was a no-brainer when I started looking for a new cleanser. I don't use it every day because it's exfoliating, but you definitely could if you wanted to because it's very gentle.

Kiehl's Gentle Exfoliating Body Scrub in Grapefruit (get it here!)
Because my Laura Mercier Creme de Pistache scrub is now discontinued (saddest face), I had to find a new body scrub. Is this as good? Definitely not. I don't think anything will every beat that scrub (but it was also $50). But this is a good substitute, smells wonderful, and is significantly cheaper.

Lipstick Queen Smokey Lip Kit in Bright Natural (get it here!)
I had never heard of Lipstick Queen until a few months ago when they hosted an event at my local Ulta. I ended up buying this (and a few other things) because the products were so great. This is a full-sized nude lipstick that came with a full-sized sheer black-looking lipstick. You put on the nude first (which you can obviously wear alone), but when you put the sheer black over it, it gives you a new, smoky nude hue. I love it!

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Body Cream (get it here!)
I received a deluxe sample of this when I bought Jo Malone products as Christmas presents, and it's been sitting on my beside table every since. I put it on my hands before I go to sleep, and its a wonderful, delicate, pampering smell/product.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

December 2016 Lifestyle Favorites

TV Show: This is Us
Definitely my new favorite dramatic TV show. Plus, my 90's girl self is loving Mandy Moore as a main character.

Sweet Food: White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
The best holiday treat on the planet.

Restaurant: Satterfield's (Birmingham, AL)
Our Christmas Eve-Eve dinner in Alabama. So good!

Book: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
A great, fast, beach read (followed by China Rich Girlfriend).

Candle:  'Holiday' by Nest & 'Birchwood' by Nest
Both of these Nest candles are incredible. I prefer Birchwood a bit because it's a bit more universal (less feminine), and it smells just like a Christmas tree, so it was great to burn next to our fake one.

Starbucks Drink: Holiday Spice Flat White
The Holiday Spice Cold Brew was a big bust, but this was great. 

Song: 'Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays' by Pentatonix
Simply the best. It was on repeat during the entire month of December.

iPhone/iPad app: Owlr Foscam
This is how I watch Mozzie when he is at home, trying to break out of his crate. My dad got me a pet cam for Christmas last year before I even had a dog, because he knew I was going to get one very shortly after I moved. The pet cam has allowed us to watch Mozzie eat Jodie's wedding invitations, tree ornaments, and our West Elm leather couch. Now, we watch him sleep behind closed crate doors, where our furniture is safe. Either way, it's so cool.

Person: Amanda
My first Charlotte friend (thanks Mozzie & Paisley), a year strong & no signs of slowing down. Love you to the moon & back, lady!