Happy December! This fall sure is zipping by and I can’t believe it’s time for my favorites post once again. I’m excited to share some of my favorite things from the past month with you, ranging from clothing, accessories, and beauty items to home goods, multi-media picks, and food.
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Clothes & Accessories
Open style cardigans are both my favorite kind of clothes and accessories this month, since they really function as both. It’s the one item of clothing from my pre-pregnancy days that I can still fit in! These long flowy sweaters work well to frame my bump, cover my tush (since I’m living in leggings lately), and act as the perfect easy layering piece for my variable temperature states. I recently shared two of my current favorites in a maternity haul, including a cream Merona Textured Cardigan from Target and the beautiful burgundy Lace Trim Knit Open Cardigan from PinkBlush Maternity.
❊ Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – I seem to always find myself reaching for this palette in the fall. This gorgeous collection of cool-toned shades has been my go-to all month! I love how pigmented and easy to blend Urban Decay shadows are.
❊ Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – It’s official, I’m a tattoo liner convert just like most every other beauty gal on the internet! They give such a nicely pigmented, fine line that is easy to snuggle right up to the lash line and stays on all day without flaking.
❊ YSL Volute Sheer Candy in Sweet Fig – This beautiful tinted balm found a permanent home in my purse in November. I love the brownish berry tint that gives my lips just a touch of fall color in an easy to apply on-the-go formula that feels silky and hydrating.
I can’t believe I haven’t shared about my deep and undying love for my vacuum until now! I purchased a Miele canister style vacuum five years ago after having gone through (and subsequently killed) two other name brand machines. Fed up with spending a pretty penny on an appliance that doesn’t last, I researched the most well-reviewed vacuums on the market and Miele was a clear winner. The prices are steep, but in my experience the cost was well worth it (and then some!) as the quality is unparalleled.
They no longer sell the model I purchased (called the Terrane if you’re curious), but I can imagine the current models, which appear to have the same design and features, are just as awesome. It’s definitely worth the splurge for such a powerful and well made vacuum that continues to function just as it did when brand new years ago. My Miele vacuum is a year round favorite, but I was reminded to mention it after it did such a great job helping me clean up after Thanksgiving.
❊ Adele – 25 – It might not be fair to include something I’ve only had in my possession for the very end of the month, but Adele’s new album blew all of my other November music picks out of the water. That is one talented woman! Her music is magically familiar but new at the same time. She paints such a vivid picture with her lyrics and melodies. I can’t get enough!
❊ The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, MD – This book came highly recommended to me from my readers and also receives high marks from user reviews. Karp’s theories about the “fourth trimester” (baby’s first 3-4 months of life) make perfect sense to me and I appreciate his tips and tricks for the newborn stage. I like having these sorts of resources to fall back on and try to see what works for our baby once she arrives.
❊ Holiday Baking Championship – My husband, Don, watches quite a few programs on the Food Network and while I’m not usually a big fan, this holiday baking show is one of my absolute favorite things to watch during the holiday season. I absolutely loved last year’s competition and am just as excited about/obsessed over this year’s show as well. If you love baking and holiday festiveness, then I highly recommend checking it out!
❊ Talk Becky Talk – This British YouTuber popped up in my suggested feed not too long ago and I quickly subscribed after watching one of her videos. I love her chatty, down-to-earth style. She talks mostly about beauty and fashion, but also shares conversational style sit-down videos as well, which are some of my personal favorites.
As the weather gets chilly, my hot chocolate consumption increases. There’s nothing quite as comforting to me as enjoying a hot cup of cocoa. Yum! I have two favorite varieties that I typically choose between depending on my mood. My favorite powdered option is the NibMor Drinking Chocolate, which I purchase at my local Whole Foods. When I want something truly rich and decadent I love whipping up the Williams-Sonoma Hot Chocolate, available in four flavors. Both varieties are scrumptious, especially when made with milk an topped with whipped cream.
If you’d like to hear more about my favorites this month, check out this video:
It’s giveaway time! I wanted to share one of my all-time beauty favorites with two of you. The November 2015 Favorites Giveaway will run until Thursday, December 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 an Urban Decay Naked 2 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.
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I would love to know what some of your November favorites were if you care to share.
I hope your December is off to a great start!
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