It’s that time again! I’ve got so many favorite things at the moment that I just HAD to round them up for a post!
Let me start by saying I KNOW this is a ridiculously expensive eye shadow palette. It’s crazy. I received this as a Christmas gift from Andy which is probably the only way I can justify having it.
Let me also say I think it’s worth every penny! All 6,200 of them! Lol
This palette is entirely comprised of matte eyeshadows. No satin finishes and no shimmers. This is really good for those of us who aren’t 25 anymore. It’s also great for those of us with hooded eyelids.
These colors are all highly pigmented, they blend beautifully, they are laid out in nicely coordinating quads (neutrals, cools, and warms from left to right) and they just plain rock.
Youtube has a bunch of great tutorials using this palette, so you can figure out what to do with it if you do get one!
Denizen by Levis – Modern Skinny Jeans
These are from Target and they are AH-MAZ-ING.
My friend Rochelle turned me on to these and I’ve since convinced my sister and another friend to buy them. We all have very different body styles and these work for all of us!
Sadly they aren’t available online, so you’ll have to go to the store, but it’s worth it! They are so stretchy they could almost pass for yoga pants, they don’t lose their shape as you wear them, they stay nice and slim at the knee which is perfect for wearing with tall boots, and they are only $27.99! Check them out, you’ll be glad you did!
Speaking of Target…this sweatshirt is currently in stock and it’s incredible soft, cozy, comfy, and even a little stylish! It is lightweight but warm. It’s long enough to cover your booty which allows you to wear it with leggings, it has a cute cowl neck that isn’t so bunchy it bothers you, but it adds interest to an otherwise super casual top. I have this in the purple color pictured, and also in the light heather blue. In-store they have black and heather gray too. Consider sizing up because it’s not very generous in the bust area…I normally grab a Large, but picked this up in XL and it’s perfect.
Another expensive beauty item, but also very worth it! I had this on my Amazon wishlist and my mom generously gifted it to me for Christmas this year. I’d been hearing how a good blowdryer could really make a difference in achieving the look and texture you’re going for, but I’ll admit I wondered just “how good” it could really be. I mean, it blows hot air onto my head…what could be so special.
OH MY GOODNESS.
Having a quality blowdryer makes a huge difference! My hair was so smooth and it laid so nicely after I finished drying it, you’d think I used a flat iron! The heat is very even and the power of the airflow is so strong that it gives wonderful results and in much less time than I was spending before.
I have a lot of fine hair and that usually means it takes a long time to dry and it can look fuzzy rather than smooth, but not with this guy!
I have a weekly ritual of filling my travel mug with hot coffee right before I leave the house on Sunday morning for church. Sipping my morning cup of Joe during our church service makes me happy. I think I’d feel naked without my coffee on Sunday mornings. I’ve been using a handsome stainless steel travel mug bearing the logo of the last company I worked for, and I’ve enjoyed it. The seal was good, I’d smile thinking about my old job and it did the trick.
But I was seduced by this gloriously feminine mug from Starbucks! I’d seen a gold polka dotted one in the fall, but couldn’t justify the $20 price tag. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, but by the time the I was ready to fork over the dough, it was gone! Not available in stores or online (unless you were willing to pay upwards of $50).
I kept my eye out for other mugs I liked, but none of them sparked joy. I’d either like the design but it would have some goofy saying on it, or they weren’t girly enough for my taste.
So, you can bet your bottom dollar, I snatched up this beauty the first time I saw her!
Pinks, reds, green leaves, gold accents.
I LOVE it and my Sunday morning coffee might taste even better out of this beauty :)
It’s on sale right now for $15.96!
Iris – a documentary about the life of Iris Apfel
My year as a Netflix Stream Team member is over, but that doesn’t mean I’m over my obsession with Netflix. It’s my favorite way to watch anything these days and I was intrigued when I came across this film.
I’d seen Iris before, her iconic round glasses having imprinted themselves into my memory. A girl I followed on Instagram mentioned the documentary and I decided it would be the next thing I watched.
What a fun and inspiring woman! She clearly has a loud and unique sense of style, but there’s something so fabulous about it. I’m sure plenty of people think it’s “too much” but honestly, why is that a bad thing? It’s really an art form and it’s captivating.
Toward the end of the film she talks about how she doesn’t like “pretty” and she’d rather be interesting. Beauty fades with time and if that’s what you put all your stock in, what’s left? Interesting lasts a lifetime.
Something about that perspective really touched me. I’ve got a big personality and sometimes feel like I’m “too much”. On top of that, I’m often drawn to bold and gaudy fashion. In recent years, I’ve started consciously choosing more muted and subdued colors and styles. I think I’ve always associated those with being more mature and as having more class. I know style evolves over time, and that my tastes are bound to change, but I don’t want to lose my flair just because I think it’s “too much”.
Iris inspired me just last week to wear my cowboy boots twice and to commit to finding the perfect red lipstick. Life’s short, be interesting!
I’ve fallen hook line and sinker for watercolor painting. It started with another blogger I follow who began posting her beautiful creations on Instagram. The colors and fluidity and challenge of creating something that I like have all captivated me. I’m not even close to being as good at is as I’d like to be, but I’m having fun trying and I’ve convinced myself that enough practice has to make me get better at it.
I think I’ve always believed people are born artistic or not artistic and I fall into the latter category.
I’m not so sure anymore, so I’m going to practice a lot to see if I can disprove my own theory!
I’ve started by finding flower paintings I like and trying to recreate them. It’s helping me learn about how the paint works and what various techniques yield.
One of my favorite things about this new little hobby is that there’s so little set up and clean up! Just rinse the brushes and put everything away! Awesome.
So, tell me what YOU’RE loving lately!