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Monday, December 16, 2013

December Favorite Things


1. Vaseline Lip Therapy | Cocoa Butter
I love the winter time but my skin gets so dry. My lips are the worst. So I bring you this lip balm. It keeps my lips in much better shape than others I've tried and Burt's Bees has become a little to strong for my taste.  (read: it kind of stings. I think that's where they got the name.) Initially, I almost passed this one up because I don't like to put on lip balm with my finger but I'm glad I gave it a try. I mostly use this one before bed and over lip stick before work.  There's another kind with a nice rose tint. It's texture is a little thinner than this one though. There's also an "original" that I completely avoid and will not try because it reminds me of mentholatum. And I have been traumatized with mentholatum my entire life. (A blog post for another time.) So there you have it, the secret to my beautifully supple yet perpetually unkissed lips.

2. Evernote
Chances are if I talk to you on a regular basis, I have sung the praises of Evernote.  And in return, chances are you have given me a blank stare as thanks. If I don't talk to you on a regular basis, you are in for a real treat! Evernote is a free app you can load on your phone/laptop/other devices, etc. You use a login and then no matter what device you are using, all your notes sync with each other.  So, for example, if I'm in a meeting and have only my phone, I take notes on my Evernote app and then when I get back to my computer or home laptop, BAM! There are my notes, haunting waiting for me!  You can also tag notes to search later. So if I'm meeting with College of Business, they get a Business tag.  That way it's easy to go back and see all the notes you've taken from College of Business meetings and what's been discussed.  I also use this for my grocery list because if I think of something, I add it wherever I am and then it's on my phone with I get to the store. SO HANDY. One last thing: you can email notes to people. So if you're taking minutes or need to send notes to everyone who attended a particular meeting, it's built in.  You can send it so that they can edit or you can send it locked so they can only view.  Oh, the power!

3. Tights
What girl doesn't love tights and boots?! This is basically my uniform 85% of the time in the winter. (Hello, fleece-lined tights!) Most of mine come from Banana Republic, J.Crew and Zulily. (The ones in the photo above are from Zulily. I have them all.)  Also, let's all remember and observe the cardinal rule of tights: Thou shall not wear tights as pants.

I would live in this shirt if it was socially acceptable to wear the same thing every single day. Wait, is it?! This shirt is soft and comfortable and easy - from washer to dryer to wearer. The title describes it as "western" but I don't really think it looks western.  I wear it with black jeans, boots and a scarf or sweater OR an orange skirt, tights, boots.  The jury is still out on if shirts like this are acceptable to be worn with denim jeans. My brother says that is what you call a Texas Tuxedo. Your call. I'm not going to live your life. Just telling you what I know.

Technically, SNL did this video for Halloween…but I cannot stop watching it. So a little background - I love Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom) movies more than any other movies out there. The styling, the humor, the dryness, the filmography - I. Love. It.  It may not be for everyone and I'm ok with that. It only means I will get a good seat for opening day of The Grand Budapest Hotel.  So, this video is a spoof of Wes Anderson-style films.  It is hilarious and I have watched it at least 500 times. If you're not a fan of Wes Anderson, you may not get/enjoy it.  But if you are, get ready to laugh! What am I saying?! If you're a fan, you've probably already seen it! "You had me at Wes Anderson." Yep.

I don't have the thickest or longest eye lashes around and I never never NEVER use one of those torture devices known as an eye lash curler. Why would anyone want to crimp the hair coming out of their eye?! I don't like. So when my future sister-in-law, Lauren, told me about this mascara I thought I'd give it a try. I get it at Ulta, but Sephora has it too. It only comes in one color. Generally I'm a black-brown kind of girl but jet black is the only color available in this mascara and it's fine. Not to sound like one of those stupid, over-the-top mascara commercials, but it really does provide dramatic length and volume AND (my favorite part is) is doesn't smudge or run, yet still comes off easily when I wash my face before bed. It's a win!


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(These are my thoughts and opinions. I did not receive any type of compensation for these statements; these items are simply things I like, enjoy and/or find useful.)

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