Lifestyle Favorites | February 2015

February has come and gone quickly as always!  The month is only a couple of days shorter than the rest, but it seems to make a big difference for some reason.  I managed to rack up quite a few favorite things despite the abbreviated month, which I’d like to share with you here.  These range from clothing, accessories, and beauty items to home goods, multi-media picks, and food.

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Clothes & Accessories

OJ_TBBB_03-03-2015_01✻ Plaid Scarf (no longer available) – I’ve received many questions about this scarf when I’ve shown it in recent vlogs and Instagram pics, so I thought I’d share it here, even though it’s a general winter time favorite, not just one for the past month.  I purchased it from Abercrombie & Fitch several years ago.  It’s 100% acrylic, easy to wash, and easy to wear with the bright plaid pattern that matches all of my winter coats.  I couldn’t find an exact dupe to share, unfortunately, but there are tons of acrylic scarves available online in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes if you search for them.

✻ Eloise Reversible Seamless Tank – A good camisole/undershirt is an essential staple in my wardrobe.  It’s surprisingly difficult to find the right fit and over the years I’ve tried several different brands and varieties with little enthusiasm for them.  That all changed when I happened to try on the Eloise tank at Anthropologie earlier this year.  It’s the absolute perfect fit for my curvy figure and stays put without riding up.  It’s also super soft, warm, but breathable.  I love the two-sided neck feature, which allows you to wear it  V-neck or  scoop neck style.  These tanks have been a layering staple for me this winter and I see myself using them year round and for many years to come.

Beauty

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✻ Parfum Divine de Caudalie – My husband, Don, gave me this perfume for Christmas after seeing how much I enjoy using my Caudalie Divine Oil on my skin and raving about the scent.  It is delightful and possibly my most favorite perfume of all time so far!  I love how subtle and natural it is, with notes of Pink Pepper, Grapefruit, Rose, Cedarwood, Vanilla, and White Musk.  I like to think of it as a non-perfume perfume.  If you’re a bit sensitive to the strength of most perfumes like I am, this might be worth a sniff for you!

✻ Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette – I had so much fun using the original Chocolate Bar palette last month I decided to try out this newest addition to the collection.  It did not disappoint!  The shades are pigmented, easy to blend, and long wearing just like with the original.  It maintains that light chocolate scent thanks to cocoa powder in the formula, but it doesn’t linger once on the skin in my experience.  This palette has a bit of a warmer tone compared to the original one.

✻ Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer – I’ve been saving this bronzer for my palest time of year since it is so light.  It’s the perfect shade to subtly warm up my winter complexion.  Just like the eyeshadow palette, this bronzer is formulated with cocoa powder that gives it a light chocolate scent that I do not notice once it’s out of the pan and on my skin.  It’s blendable and buildable for a soft glow.  As you can see, I’m really enjoying the chocolate line of products by Too Faced lately!

✻ Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush – This light pink blush adds a beautiful soft flush to warm up my winter dull skin.  It adds dimension subtly for that just popped inside from a snowy walk glow!

✻ bareMinerals READY Luminizer in Love Affair – The last piece to complete the trio that helps keep my skin from looking so flat this time of year is this beautiful highlighter.  I pop a little bit right on top of my cheekbones to add just the right amount of shimmer for a nice glowy effect.

✻ Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Liar – A perfect MLBB (My Lips But Better) shade for me, this amazingly creamy formula feels so luxurious on the lips!  It lasts a surprisingly long time for such a moisturizing effect.

✻ Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose – I’ve enjoyed using this this creamy light pink lipgloss this past month.  It helps make it feel a little bit like spring even if though it’s still very much winter outside!  I wasn’t sure about the sponge tip applicator at first, but I find it provides a more even application, which I really like.

Home Goods

OJ_TBBB_03-03-2015_03✻ Charter Club Damask Stripe 500 Thread Count Sheets – My parents generously gifted Don and me with these amazing sheets for our birthdays this year and we’ve completely fallen in love with them.  They are soft yet substantial, and warm without being too thick.  I haven’t been this excited about sheets ever!  We have both a stripe and a solid set, which I alternate between every week.  I find that the sheets wash beautifully and seem to get softer each time.  My Mom swears by these sheets and has used them for years as her tried and true favorites.

Multi-Media

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A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin – I am enjoying the fourth installment in the popular Song of Ice and Fire series every bit as much as the previous three!  If you like epic style fantastical fiction, you might enjoy this series as well.  There are quite a lot of characters and subplot lines to keep track of, but once I got the lay of the land and the who’s who down, I found it easy enough to navigate.  I like the variety this kind of storyline provides and Martin does it very well.

✻ Yes Please by Amy Poehler – Surprise, surprise, I chose another female comedian/writer self-narrated audio book to listen to this past month (do you notice a theme here?).  Amy Poehler’s book is my most favorite of this kind that I’ve listened to so far.  She mixes laugh out loud funny personal anecdotes and observations with genuine and thoughtful wisdom all wrapped up in her unassuming and approachable sense of humor.

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Make Magic Do Good by Dallas Clayton – I had the great pleasure of seeing Dallas Clayton speak at the Altitude Summit conference I attended earlier this year.  I was really inspired by his keynote, which you can now watch online (I suggest listening to 01:04:45 – 01:08:45 to hear him recite his newest (yet to be published) poem on creativity) and I started buying up his books once I got home.  While I have a deep fondness for children’s book and have amassed quite a collection over the years, I think that Clayton’s work is truly suitable for all ages for someone in the need of a little motivation and a lot of food for thought.  I especially like this compilation to get a good sense of his style.

✻ Beethoven Piano Sonatas by Nodar Gabunia – I’ve been on a classical music kick lately, specifically enjoying this beautiful selection of Beethoven piano sonatas.  Sometimes when I have a lot of things racing around my brain, I find that listening to classical music helps to settle the dust.  Plus, I love the sound of piano.  I used to play growing up and have really been missing the practice as of late.  I’m even considering taking lessons again to help get back into the discipline of a regular practice and also because I am quite rusty after so much time away from it.

✻ Downton Abbey Season 1 and Season 2 – Don and I finally started watching this super popular British drama and flew through the first two seasons.  It did take a bit of time for us to really get into it, but once we did, we both started feeling very invested in the characters and their stories.  This is the sign of a well made show in my books!  We’re taking a little break from it now just for variety, but I look forward to watching subsequent seasons soon.

✻ Game of Thrones Season 4 – This show is amazing!  I must admit, I do prefer the books, but only because they’re so much more detailed.  I think the producers do a really good job making the series work as a show.  Once again, if you’re interested in epic style fantastical productions much like The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, you might enjoy this show.

Fleur De Vlog – I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the elliptical machine this month since I haven’t been running lately due to some minor back issues.  Time on the elliptical means time to watch YouTube videos and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following Fleur’s FebVlog series where she vlogged every day last month.  I love her down to earth personality and interesting life as she shares her experience with her first book launch and tour.

Tasty Treats

OJ_TBBB_03-03-2015_05Sumo Citrus – I tasted this tangerine-orange hybrid earlier last month at my local Whole Foods and promptly bought a bag each week ever since.  I think I’ve had one most every day since.  They are the juiciest and sweetest citrus I’ve ever tried and I am bonafide obsessed!  I love that they are seedless and easy to peel, making them perfect to pop in my bag for an on-the-go snack.

Simply Balanced Organic Dark Chocolate Trail Mix – I received this yummy trail mix in my target=”_blank”>Popsugar + Target Special Edition Must Have Box earlier last month and became instantly smitten.  It includes raisins, cashews, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and generous chunks of dark chocolate.  As I said in my open box video, “A little chocolate everyday keeps the grumpies away.”  A serving of this trail mix with a Sumo Citrus and a cup of tea is my snack of choice as of late.

If you’d like to hear more about my February favorites, check out this video:

It’s giveaway time! I wanted to share the awesomeness that is the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette with you.  The February 2015 Favorites Giveaway will run until Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6 PM CT.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  TWO winners will receive a Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette.  You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways).  I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always.  Good luck!

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No, I tend to choose by individual product, not by brand (670) 58%
Yes, some brands are always winners in my books (492) 42%

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I would love to know what some of your February favorites were if you care to share.  I hope March is off to a great start for you!

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40 thoughts on “Lifestyle Favorites | February 2015”

  1. Hey Jen, I loved the long vlog, but I didn’t see a link to Dallas Clayton’s book. I will look for it at Amazon though.

  2. Hi Jen! I really prefer one long video to several shorter ones! I love the Simply Balanced stuff at Target…I recently discovered the Simply Balanced 7 seeds and grain rolled tortilla chips — this is not something I ever would have bought but they had samples out one day and they are different than anything else i’ve tried ever. Like a really nutty tasting…so amazing. I am going to check our that Caudalie perfume. I am on the hunt for a new perfume — I also tend to go for things that are more on the non-perfume side. I don’t like anything strong or “perfumey”. What are some of your other favorite perfumes?

    1. My favorite perfume list is rather short, but I’ve also like St. Tropez Dispenser by smell bent and Nectarine Blossom & Honey by Jo Malone, although both are more spring/summer scents IMO.

  3. Hi Jen!
    I love the long videos as well! I especially love how you added a “household” section. I have been taking tips from you on what household products are worth looking into from your organizedjen videos or even your vlogs and you have never steered me wrong! I truly value your opinion, thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Those are my favorite sheets in the sky color. I did have a bottom sheet tear after many years of use…was quick to replace the next time Macy’s had a sale.

  5. love the longer video that encompasses all the different topics you covered. I have really become a big fan of yours. Would love to see a tea video or see that included in monthly favorites!

  6. I’ve really enjoyed my chocolate bar palette, but I haven’t tried the semi-sweet palette. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate scented items!

  7. My favourite videos are the long ones you publish – that way it feels more like you’re chatting with us personally instead of just racing through a bunch of products which is very common on YT. On another note, I can’t wait to see how your rebranding process will work out (I’m so excited about the changes) and I’m looking forward to new content that you’ve said you’ll be sharing ESPECIALLY the potential purge series! Have a happy March!

  8. I enjoy the longer videos! I appreciate your ‘favorite’ videos as I usually get an idea or two about products I haven’t tried. 🙂 Have you looked at Givenchy’s Hot Couture? It’s my go to, ‘dependable’ fragrance in the winter; a little sweeter and heavier than what I usually like, but the musk calms the sweet, if that make any sense.

    And from one piano player to another, my favorite classical music would be most anything from Rachmaninov and Dvorak; yes, I’m a fan of the late romantic/post romantic genre. I also played the violin for years, one of the best from my orchestra days was performing Dvorak’s New World Symphony (Symphony No 9 in E Minor gives me chills). As for the piano, Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 in C Minor (exhilarating), as well as his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in A Minor (haunting – fabulous piece). My goal is to one day play any Rachmaninov on the piano and do it justice (I’m close on the Paganini piece); it’s well worth the challenge. If you haven’t listened to any of these recently, treat yourself soon!

  9. I love the long videos as opposed to breaking it up into smaller ones. I like everything all together.
    I’m with you on the tarte blush. Best ever. And I’ve been meaning to order one of the new urban decay sheer rapture lipsticks. I’m going to have to do that tonight with the friends and family code. 😉
    Once again loved the favorites video. Thank you for sharing!! And love sweet Winnie on the bed. She always makes me smile. 🙂

  10. I love the longer videos! It’s all about your “favorites” whether long or short. I do miss your Knit Nook series though.

  11. Your videos are never too long because your speaking pace moves the content along. It’s fun and informative to learn about products unfamiliar to me from someone whose opinion is so heartfelt and honest. Thanks for sharing!

    A really fun read: “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins.

  12. I rea lly loved your video and enjoyed watching the new favorites!
    What a need to find a better sleep is one of the beautiful and comfortable shheds!
    Great post and video.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. Hi Jen, I’ve been enjoying your favorites video, especially the home goods section! I love the long necklace that you are wearing on the video. Where is it from? By the way, my house is semi-organized, thanks to you 🙂 Although I have long ways to go.

    1. I bought it at the gift shop in the Beverly Hill Hotel in LA 2 years ago. I’m sorry I don’t know the designer/brand.

  14. Hi Jen…enjoy your videos, especially your seeing your favorites. Please don’t cut them shorter! I did miss seeing your jewelry favorite this month, hope you’ll bring them back.

  15. We love Downton Abbey!! Season 2 was sooooooo long and at times boring. I promise each season after gets better! 🙂

  16. Hi Jen thanks for sharing ure Feb faves! Glad you’ve finally watched Downton…you’ve got so much fab stuff still to watch! Don’t forget to get the Christmas specials as they fill in some of the gaps between each series…I don’t think they did one between Series 1 and 2 but they have done one between every series since…the one that comes after series 2 is fab…well worth a watch before you move onto series 3!xx

  17. Hi Jen, I really love reading your blog and watching your youtube videos, they’re great! I always love when you discuss your favourite items of the month as it makes me also look over what I have purchased and see what has been useful (or not).
    Thanks again for the great posts, and I look forward in seeing any upcoming changes on you channel! Also, thank you for always giving us fans giveaway prize draws to enter, that’s really good of you!

  18. Hello Jen! I am wondering if you would be so kind as to share your favorite home-manicure products (base coat if you use one, top coat, anything to dry polish faster, and nail polish remover). I’m updating my tiny manicure kit and would love to use your recommendations. Thank you so much! Carla from Colorado 🙂

    1. Lately I’ve been using Julep’s Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat & Oxygen Performance Top Coat. Like them both a lot 🙂

      1. Thank you! Do you have a nail polish remover you prefer? And thoughts about acetone vs. non-acetone? BTW, I’m almost like a proud auntie, watching your on-line presence comfort level increase… well done! Carla

        1. I’m a big fan of Zoya’s Remove + – I personally prefer mild acetone formulas as they’re less harmful to the nails.

  19. Hi Jen,

    I just wanted to let you know that I like watching your random favorites and it doesn’t bother me at all if they are long. I like to see more than just beauty favorites.

    Thanks

  20. Thanks so much for sharing your favorites for the past month! Love these videos and I especially love them longer! Please keep them the way they are – they are perfect!

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