and those damn pink cords!via pinterest, tendances de mode, slufoot, fashion me now
long-winded this month – my apologies!
shea moisture coconut & hibiscus range // i’m really not loyal to any body wash – really they’re all pretty much the same in my opinion. but somehow this one has become a strong favorite and this is actually the third bottle that i have purchased in a row. that’s unprecedented! the smell of this is soooooooo tropical and uplifting and the product itself doesn’t make me feel dry or squeaky the way regular soap does. i’m not sure about the firming and toning properties – pretty sure only exercise can do that! – but it doesn’t hurt to try. when i picked up this last bottle there was a buy one get one half off promotion happening at my walgreen’s so i picked up the matching body butter as well. same amazing smell and it’s really nice and thick, but soaks in immediately. i put it on after i’ve toweled off but while my skin is still relatively damp and warm. loving this range! overall i really like this brand – it’s natural, organic, fair trade, cruelty-free, and sustainably produced. i have a lip balm from them (mentioned here) and just picked up a shampoo and conditioner set, which i’m sure will be in next month’s picks.
glossier coconut balm dotcom // i loved this over the summer and i’m loving it again. the scent is incredibly uplifting and it’s just a really nice product. i like to really pile it up on my lips at night and then in the morning they are totally hydrated and plump. i prefer this to the original – even though coconut isn’t actually an ingredient i feel like the texture is more coconut-y and more hydrating.
hylamide low-molecular ha serum // i’ve been wanting to get into serums for a while, but didn’t really know where to start. when the glossier supers arrived, i was so excited and picked up all 3 almost immediately. i thought it would be a great intro into the serum world, but i was left really disappointed. i’ve read so many good reviews about the supers, but didn’t see any benefits from any of them. so after more research, i knew that i really wanted to get a hyaluronic acid serum, and found this one from hylamide. basically, the hyaluronic acid that is found in our bodies and that is in many skincare items contains molecules that are too large for our skin to absorb. so the serum or lotion or whatever simply sits on top of our skin, so all the benefits disappear when we wash our faces. the ha serum from hylamide contains 5 different variations of hyaluronic acid that contain smaller molecules, so our skin is able to absorb these and really get the benefits that that hyaluronic acid provides. i have definitely seen a moisture difference in my skin after a few weeks of twice daily use, and i look forward to seeing the longer term benefits that this serum promotes. oh and wait! i forgot to mention this serum is only $20 and is available at most drugstores. for a serum, that is a total steal. deciem, the company that produces hylamide products, is a pretty cool skincare brand that also produces the ordinaries serums, which you might have seen floating around instagram. those sit at an even lower price point and sound pretty appealing as well.
pacifica nail polish in desert princess // pacifica is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. i was on the hunt for a mauvey pink nail polish that wasn’t too grandma-ish and stumbled upon this shade while at whole foods one day. it’s exactly what i was looking for and shows up nicely on my fair, cool-toned skin. i like that it feels like a neutral shade, as opposed to a bright pink which honestly i don’t like. the formula is great and the applicator is even better. plus that name! who could resist!
selected writings, truman capote // i found this at south congress books in austin and it took me a split second to decide to buy it. it’s a first edition from 1962 and contains a ton of stories that i haven’t read and don’t have in my collection. capote is one of my favorite authors and this is something i will cherish all my life.
a gentleman in moscow, amor towles // talk about favorite authors – amor towles is absolute amazing! i read rules of civility first, and then my mom actually forced me to read a gentleman in moscow. the dialogue is witty, the characters are robust, the environment is palpable, and the plot is unlike anything on the market these days. i will say it goes on a little longer than necessary, but overall i highly recommend.
leather bookmark // going along with my book favorites this month has been the gorgeous green leather bookmark my sister got me for my birthday. i don’t own any other bookmarks and i feel so fancy having such a beautiful one! it’s great especially for my vintage books in which i don’t want to fold down the pages. it also serves a beautiful reminder of my amazing trip to austin. thanks lyssie 🙂
american housewife // my sister introduced me to this show and i have since watched very single episode (basically in one day). this show couldn’t be funnier or cuter. it’s a breath of fresh air, so carefree, and so wholesome. it’s still in the first season so it won’t take you too long to get up to date! go watch!
madewell succulent earrings & other dangly earrings // ok i had no idea these were called the succulent earrings until i just looked online to get a link for you all (i bought them in store)!!! could there be anything more perfect for me?! my sister bought the blue pair for me probably 6 years ago and i am just now feeling like i can wear something so big daily – it’s pretty fun actually.
paring back // my parents are moving out of my childhood home (don’t even get me started…) and as a result we have been going through every single thing we own before the move. it’s been fun, sad, and extremely cathartic to go through all of my belongings and get rid of those that don’t benefit me anymore. clothes, books, paraphernalia from grade school…not to sound like marie kondo (i think the fact that she has made so much money off telling people to get rid of things that don’t make them happy – hello duh – is total lunacy…don’t get me started on that either!), but it feels pretty great to not be weighed down by things that i just don’t want in my life anymore.
. . .
my images, please credit if taking.
4 of my winter best friends for preventing and treating chapped, sore lips…
korres lip butter in jasmine // this is a recent purchase but i already bought another one to keep in my purse. the korres lip butters are a cult item because they are such nice lip balms, but also the colors are so beautiful. jasmine looks quite peachy in the pot, but leaves a milky pink sheen on the lips. i like it when my lips look a little lighter than they usually do, so this is perfect. it’s lip balm, but it makes me feel like i have a little bit of something on my lips.
shea moisture coconut & shea butter lip balm // i picked this up at target because it was right by the checkout and looked really cute – full disclosure. and i actually love it because it is a balm but shows up quite glossy on the lips. it lasts for a long time and imparts a nice amount of moisture. and yes, it’s really cute!
nuxe reve de miel // i’ve had this one since last winter and am still making my way to the bottom of the pot! this is a love-it-or-hate-it item for a lot of people, but i’m on the love side. i like that it exfoliates while adding a sort of hydration mask to your lips. it shows up matte so i wear this during the day or at night, but mostly at night since i like to really layer it up. after my trip to london my lips were intolerably chapped and no amount of blistex could save them. unsurprisingly this helped over night, and i think it is because it both exfoliated and healed, and so that just reiterated my love and faith in this product.
glossier coconut balm dotcom // i got the coconut version of the cult balm dotcom last spring and enjoyed it, but it has really become a staple over the past 2-3 months. like the nuxe, i really slap this on at night and let it soak in, but i like to apply it lightly during the day as well. i do feel that the coconut is more moisturizing than the original and it has a little bit of a meltier consistency, like coconut oil does. i’m pretty sure these qualities are in my head as there aren’t any actual coconut ingredients in the formula, but it really does feel different!
. . .
my images, please credit if taking
or how not to look like all of your skin is peeling away! it’s all about the layers people…
a mix of primers: mac strobe cream (i finally used up my little sample size and got the travel size…this is going to take me forever to go through!) mixed with the glossier priming moisturizer or the too faced hangover primer (again, a travel size, from ulta) depending on my mood
evening out but maintaining the dew: nars tinted moisturizer in terre neuve mixed with glossier skin tint in light – equally small dots of each when i need a little more coverage, or just the skin tint by itself
eyes and cheeks: clinique chubby stick for cheeks in amped up apple (also this is described as a blushing red which it most certainly is not – it’s a beautiful neutral rose), hourglass bronzer in luminous bronze light, elf smudge pot in cruisin’ chic (taupe) or revlon colorstay creme shadow in creme brulee (champagne)
apply everything possible with a damp sponge for extra moisture and finish off with another spritz of rosewater!
. . .
my images, please credit if taking.
i’ve seen a lot of holiday gift guides circling the internet, but most of them include extremely high end items. when it comes to gifting, i find that something small but thoughtful is always more effective than something expensive but random. so here’s my gift guide for any fellow financially challenged bohemians… 😉
for the plant parent // is anything cuter than a tiny succulent in an equally tiny pot? this is kind of the same theme as the jewelry dishes, but it’s super easy to find cute, small pots that would fit a small succulent or cactus. i have found mine in various places, mainly garden shops and anthropologie, but thrift shops are also beacons for little ceramic items. this little pink one ($12) from anthropologie would be gorgeous with a small cactus. you can get really small succulents at any home and garden shop; i got my first ever cactus at home depot for $3!
for the jewelry lover // i am a huge collector of little dishes and bowls in which i can store jewelry. cute dishes can be found anywhere – anthropologie, urban outfitters, thrift shops – and are usually in the $5-$15 range. try to think about what your giftee might put in these dishes: if he/she wears a lot of rings, maybe go for something larger. if they wear teeny earrings, something small like this muji one ($4.50) is super cute and can be chosen in their favorite color. i’m also loving this one ($14) from anthro (it’s actually a soap dish but i love it for jewels!) and this one ($15) from etsy.
for the card carrier // i pretty much always use a small pouch instead of a regular wallet. they are amazing for switching into a small purse, having only the basics, and keeping yourself organized. when i have my big wallet it is filled with receipts and crap that i never look at and do not need. so why not gift a fun little pouch or cardcase to your friend that has it all and then some? my all time favorite pouch wallet is from a company called falconwright that sadly went out of business. i try not to use it so much anymore since it’s getting pretty worn out and i love it so dearly. i got my little green pouch ($38 but used to be $25 unfortunately) from baggu last winter and it has been my constant companion – despite that fact that it makes things a little bit hard to find (my friend andrew used to always yell at me when i could never find my debit card hehe! but the pouch remains a firm favorite). my oldest sister swears by this pouch ($29.50) from madewell and i love it because it has card pockets inside for more organization. and if you really wanted to treat a loved one, i think it would be awesome to fill the pouch with one or a couple gift cards to their favorite places!
for the beauty junkie // it seems like most of the items i buy at sephora are miniature from their checkout/travel beauty section. they have some great hidden gems tucked in that aisle that i think get sadly ignored, esepcially when it comes to gift giving. while cosmetics can be tricky to buy for someone else unless mentioned specifically, i think it’s fun to get a couple cute treats that everyone would love. some of my favorites at sephora right now are the too cool for school dinoplatz lip balm in various colors (i have spilled wine, $15), tarte tartelette tease palette ($21), clinique take the day off makeup remover ($9.50), and sephora daily brush cleaner ($8.50). these are all minis that i have either given or received, and i think they would make great gifts for anyone, regardless of their makeup style or collection. you also can’t go wrong with some fun hair masks or hand lotions.
for the routine reader // with so many amazing coffee table books out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not buy any for yourself. i personally love the fashion and decor books we have been seeing on the market lately and think they make a great, personalized gift. know a parisian fashion fan? how to be parisian wherever you are ($14) and paris street style ($17) are no brainers. a design junkie? try design bloggers at home ($23) or home style by city ($20). a hardcore new yorker? tomboy style ($25) and brooklyn street style ($20) are top notch. some books on my lust list are the new garconne: how to be a modern gentlewoman ($21) and urban jungle: living and styling with plants ($35), hint hint!
i hope you found this little gift guide helpful. the holidays can be tough when you are on a budget but want to give meaningful and luxurious gifts to your loved ones, friends, and coworkers. i think these smaller items are not only thoughtful, but precious, and can be tailored to the people you know best. if you have a little more wiggle room, you could also combine a few of these categories for an incredible treat basket with a particular focus. i would DIE over a potted succulent with a gift card to home depot and a plant book all together in one bundle. happy gifting!
my image, please credit if taking.
another month has arrived and so have a fresh set of goals to finish up the year. check out the inspiration behind this post here.keep spending to a minimum // i have officially made it back to the real world. and i am so excited. for one thing, it means being surrounded by all the vices that i wasn’t surrounded by where i was previously living…aka sephora, ulta, madewell, nordstrom, zara, anthropologie, free people, urban outfitters, walgreen’s…you get the picture. within minutes of arriving home i basically wanted to turn my wallet inside out, but for the sake of being a grown up and wanting to have money in the bank, i’m praying i can keep the shopping to a minimum and continue to save my pennies. wish me luck.
continue with yoga both in classes and at home // i have some serious goals when it comes to my yoga practice that i will maybe share in the future. but in the meantime, i am really committing to myself to get serious about both an at-home practice schedule and going to new classes. i’m hoping to find a studio that i really connect to and that inspires as much as my old one did and practice on my own daily.
don’t stress about the future // you guys. i don’t know if this is even possible to be honest. but i’m going to try my best to not worry about the future. i’m going to try to appreciate where i’m at, and that i won’t ever be back in this place – living with my parents, no real responsibilities, the freedom to figure out my job and living situation. it sounds like a dream, i know, but i’m a stressed-out worrier so it’s not very easy for me to just be in the moment and enjoy it. i going to try my best to destress and enjoy the holidays with my family.
my image, please credit if taking.