Happy December! I’m in the process of switching up both my YouTube and blog content and have decided to condense my monthly favorites posts back into one. I am sharing some of my favorite things from the past month with you in this post, ranging from accessories and beauty items to multi-media picks and food.
Clothes & Accessories
✻ Ugg Classic Tall Boot in Chestnut – I’ve had these boots for over eight years now and they’re still going strong! They’re my go-to’s for chilly morning walks with my pup (before the snow and ice hits at least) and quick errands. I think one of the secrets to their lasting so long for me is because I like to wear thin socks with mine. They certainly keep my tootsies toasty!
✻ Mulberry Mini Cara Delevingne Bag – This gorgeous explurgent (you’ll get this reference if you watch my coordinating video) beauty was an anniversary gift from my hubby. I’ve had to stop pinning bags because he always buys me what I pin! I’m not complaining, though, trust me. 😉 I absolutely adore this backpack style satchel. I hope to post a Bag Buzz on this bag soon.
✻ Sony RX1003 Camera – I’ve received lots of questions about my new vlogging camera, so I thought I would share. I actually originally purchased it as a secondary shot camera for my OLJ channel and to take blog photos with, but soon discovered it’s great for vlogging, too. It packs the punch of a DSLR into a compact design.
✻ Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – I’ve fallen in love with this palette all over again and this time I’m head over heels! I dug this out of my collection earlier in the month and it’s basically the only palette I’ve used since. It has such a nice variety of shades and the shadows are buttery, easy to blend, and well pigmented.
✻ Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine – I bought this blush on a whim when I was in Walgreens recently, because I remembered how much I like the two I keep out at our family vacation house in Utah. This plumy shade is perfect for late fall/early winter and adds a nice healthy glow to the cheeks. I like using my Sigma Small Duo Fiber F55 Brush to apply this cream-style blush. It makes it super easy to blend into the skin.
✻ Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick – I love a good MLBB (My Lips But Better) kind of shade and this one takes the cake! Not only does it have a super nice, creamy formula that is moisturizing and long lasting on the lips, the lip balm style packaging makes it a breeze to apply on the go, mirror optional.
✻ Fresh Sugar Rosé Shine Lip Treatment – I fell in love with fresh’s lip gloss when they released the original clear/sparkly one last year and was super excited to see that they launched some pigmented shades this fall. The rosé shade is absolutely gorgeous and right up my alley as a warm toned brown-pink. The formula is moisturizing without being too heavy or sticky.
✻ Nest Fragrances Dahlia & Vines Rollerball – I went through a weird phase this year where I suddenly disliked 90% of the fragrances I own. Strange, I know. I stayed away from fragrance for the most part after majorly purging my perfume and body spray collection. It’s only recently after discovering how much I love this perfume that I started wearing fragrance regularly again. I decided to go for the rollerball option just in case my scent preferences aren’t done changing. It’s actually really convenient to be able to keep in my purse as I tend to forget to apply fragrance until I’ve already left the house. The soft, feminine scent includes notes of Dewy Daffodils, Peony, Rose, and Garden Vines.
My obsession with candles only intensifies as the weather turns colder and I am still very much enjoy the Bath & Body Works 3-Wick candles I hauled earlier in the season. My top picks from November include Cranberry Woods, which I’ve enjoyed while soaking in the tub. There’s something so refreshing about cranberry scented candles this time of year! I’ve also really enjoyed burning Spiced Pumpkin Cider in my office, which has a bit more of a subtle scent, but very warming and seasonally appropriate.
✻ A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin – I finally finished this massive tome and boy, was it ever a good read! I have so enjoyed the A Song of Ice and Fire series so far and am very much looking forward to starting the fourth book in the series, which I’m saving for when we travel to Utah after the holidays.
✻ Redeemed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – I’ve been a big fan of the House of Night series for a few years now. I’m pretty sure this one is the last in the twelve book series. It is considered young adult fiction and is certainly an easy read, but I find the story line interesting with well thought out twists and solid character development. While it is a fantastical story that revolves around the lives of young vampires, the characters are relatable and the read enjoyable.
✻ The Kill Order by James Dashner – I’ve put off reading this prequel to the Maze Runner series for some time, but decided to finally pick it up. I’m about halfway through and I’m not really feeling it. I found it a bit difficult to get into the other three books in this young adult dystopian society fictional series before and I think this is probably my least favorite book of them all. The story is interesting, but I am having a hard time really getting into the writing style.
✻ Kin – Larkin Poe – New music alert! I learned about this sister duo from a Restoration Hardware catalogue, of all places. After reading about them, I decided to look up their music and instantly liked their sound. Their music is catchy without being pop-y with relatable lyrics that tell a true story. These are some talented ladies!
✻ Pretty Shiny Sparkly – I recently stumbled across Kristina’s YouTube channel after searching for planner videos and was immediately drawn in by her upbeat, down-to-earth personality. She posts mainly beauty-related videos, but her planner ones are my personal favorites. I can easily spot a fellow Planner Enthusiast when I see one! She also runs a lovely beauty blog that is definitely worth a peek. On top of all of that she’s an anesthesiologist! Talk about good time management! Check her out and show her some love if you feel so inclined.
It wouldn’t be a true monthly favorites post without including my current favorite indulgence, and I have been all about hot chocolate lately. I actually purchased the Williams-Sonoma Hot Chocolate Pot while looking for a replacement for my beloved Bialetti machine that has since been discontinued. This little enameled steel pot is my new favorite hot chocolate maker! It heats liquid so quickly and evenly and is the perfect size for 1-3 cups of cocoa. I love the teak handle and pour spout for ease of use. I love it so much, in fact, that I included it in my Extravagant Splurges Holiday Gift Guide this year! Where there’s a hot chocolate pot there must be hot chocolate, of course! When I still want to indulge without feeling quite so guilty about it, I reach for my new favorite powdered mixes by NibMor. These organic, Non-GMO, fair trade certified drinking chocolates are absolutely superb! I love how they are made with coconut palm sugar, which has a lower glycemic index than cane sugar. My favorite is the mint variety, which isn’t so minty, but a tad bit sweeter than the traditional variety. Yum!
If you’d like to hear more about my November favorites, check out this video:
It’s giveaway time! I wanted to share the awesomeness that is the Too Faced La Belle Carousel beauty gift set I shared in my Little Luxuries Holiday Gift Guide. The November Favorites Giveaway will run until Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. One winner will receive a Too Faced La Belle Carousel holiday gift set. 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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I like it! (909) 89%
I miss Miscellaneous Monthlies & the Beauty Buzz (110) 11%
I don’t care for monthly favorites posts (4) 0%
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I would love to hear about some of your November favorites if you care to share!
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