12 Days of Christmas | Day 6- The Out-of-the-Ordinary Gift Guide | 2019

Hello hello, and welcome to Day 6 of 12 Days! Today I’m back with a super fun, super different post for you all. It’s my Out-of-the-Ordinary Gift Guide for 2019. Now don’t get confused, this isn’t the same as my 2019 Gift Guide that I did for Day 1, this is different. Getting to open a present that’s wrapped in a perfect box or bag under the tree is always so much fun, but that’s not always for everyone. Or maybe you’re looking to do something different or more impactful this year for your friends and family. This post is filled with all the gifts you could give to make this Christmas one to remember. So read on, enjoy and I’ll see you for Day 7!

FabFitFun is my absolute favorite subscription box ever (you probably know because I literally talk about this in every single post). It costs $49.99 for a single box or $179.99 for a one year subscription (four boxes). The seasonal boxes are filled with everything related to beauty, skincare, fitness and all the essential for a fab lifestyle. Each box is worth between $250-$300, even though you only pay max $50 for it. This would be such a fun gift to give, and will make Christmas come four times a year!

◊ If you’re looking for a smaller, less pricey beauty subscription box, Ipsy is another one of my favorites. It’s the first subscription I ever got for myself, and costs $10 a month or $110 a year. Their small bags are filled with 5 mini makeup and beauty products, so it’s great for testing out new products before purchasing the full-size one (and to be honest, the mini sizes actually last quite a while). Each month also comes in a newly designed pouch that is perfect for different uses. Such a cute gift idea, especially for a college girl!

◊ The Allure Beauty Box is another great beauty-themed subscription gift for a loved one. It costs $15/month, $39.95/3 months or $150/year. This award winning box is filled with items picked out by the Allure staff, so they must all be great, right? Duh! It’s a great idea for something into high fashion and beauty who you just don’t know how to shop for. And if you purchase a subscription right now, you get a free started box as well!

◊ Finally, Boxycharm is another amazing subscription service. At $25/month (or less for longer subscriptions), you get four full-sized makeup, beauty or skincare products that are worth over $125. With products from brands like Tarte, First Aid Beauty, GlamGlow and Natasha Denona, this box will have your loved one feeling oh-so glam all year round. Another perfect and fun subscription box as a Christmas gift!

Donations: Maybe you’re looking for a gift for someone who isn’t really into things, but would appreciate a donation made in their name. Here are some of my favorite organizations that do such amazing work in this world, and who could use a little extra support around the holidays. A donation in your loved one’s name can make such a meaningful gift for someone on Christmas.

Bunny’s Buddies is run by an American couple who saves dogs from meat trucks and kill shelters in South Korea and China. Once these dogs are rescued, they match them with their perfect adopted parents in the US and give them a lifelong home. You can donate through their donation link on their website, purchase items for them through their Amazon wish list or (the easiest) donate through their Venmo @bunnysbuddies. Give the gift of saving dogs!

◊ The National Eating Disorder Association does so much to help fight the stigma against this mental illness. They also offer a 24/7 support hotline for those in need. They have created a community for those who don’t feel like they have anyone to support them. If someone you know has struggled with an ED or has been personally impacted in some way by this illness, a donation to NEDA would be so meaningful.

The Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation was founded by the former Bachelor, Colton Underwood, in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Inspired by his young cousin, his foundation raises money to gift CF ‘vests’ to young individuals in need around the country. So if you’re looking for a gift for someone who love The Bachelor and also wants to do something more meaningful during the holidays, a donation to this foundation would be perfect.

This one was short and sweet, but there’s lot’s more to come!! So thanks for reading, stay tuned and I’ll see you for Day 7! xx

12 Days of Christmas | Day 5- Holiday Pamper Routine | 2019

How is the month moving so quickly?! I seriously can’t believe we’re already on Day 5, I feel like it should still be November. But today’s post is going to be one of my favorite one’s I do every year (I know I’ve said that about all the posts so far, but what can I say… I love my content), and it’s my holiday pamper routine. There’s nothing I love more than having extra time for my evening routine or to add some fun and festive parts to it. And there’s also nothing I love more than a Christmas Lush bath bomb. So before I get too carried away, let’s dive into my very cozy, very festive evening routine. xx

I always start a good evening routine by lighting some candles (literally any Christmas-scented candle from Bath and Body Works) and getting cozy in a pair of sweats. Before getting into the shower/bath, I’ll wash my face and do a face mask. My face cleansers/exfoliants tend to change quite a bit (I have my staple products that I rotate throughout the week), but I absolutely love the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate as a really deep scrub. After this I’ll move onto my face mask. I have a few favorites right now, but my absolute go to is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. I’ve been using this for years now and it’s a staple in my skincare routine. I mix the powder with apple cider vinegar and voila! it’s the easiest and best face mask in the world.

Instead of just hopping right into the bath, I usually shower fully first and then fill the tub. For my hair, I’ve been using the Garnier Fructis Grow Strong shampoo and conditioner. I use the Sleek & Shine during the spring/summer and the Grow Strong during the fall/winter and find this one to be more hydrating in the dryer months. After I condition, I go in with the Trader Joe’s Coconut and Shea Butter hair mask which I’ve been loving these last few weeks. It was so cheap (like literally $3.50 or something) at your local TJ’s, so highly recommend this product. It’s very nourishing for your hair and leaves it so smooth and shiny.

While my hair mask is in I’ll move on to shaving. But before I shave I always have to scrub, and my all-time favorite product is the Manna Kadar Champagne Charcoal body scrub which is the most lush and beautiful product I have ever used. I’ll use that all over my legs and sometimes my arms if they need it. To shave I always always always use the EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shaving Cream in Vanilla Bliss (I love this scent for the winter) with a Gilette razor. Once that’s done I’ll wash the mask out of my hair and that’s the shower.

Now time for my favorite (and probably the most fun) part… bath bomb time! I’m beyond obsessed with Lush bath bombs (like I could be a collector). My favorite Christmas bath bombs are Snow Fairy, Golden Wonder and Santa Bomb Bomb. They’re so fun and Christmassy but also so hydrating for your skin. Some my non-holiday favorites are Sex Bomb, Intergalactic and The Experimenter. And while I typically don’t use anything other than Lush bath bombs or bubble bars, I do also love the Yogahhh! Detox Bath from Cuccio Somatology and the Grace and Stella Bath Bomb set. While I’m in the bath, I love putting on fun and festive vlogs and shows that are easy to watch.

Once I’m out of the tub, it’s time for all the hydration. Because it’s winter and super super dry, it’s so important to make sure that everything’s as moisturized as possible. For my face, I mix the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel with some Vitamin E oil. Vit E is really good for fighting wrinkles and also for scar prevention, so I love adding this to my moisturizer at the end of the day. To make sure that’s all good and soaked in, I’ll use my Sherrie Matthew’s Jade Roller. For my skin, I’ve been loving the Sephora Body Butter (discontinued) in the vanilla scent which just feels super festive and Christmassy. I also love the Body Shop’s body butters and body yoghurts as an all-round moisturizer. And finally, for my hair I’m obsessed with all of the Not Your Mother’s products. I use their beach babe line all the time in the summer and have found myself using the Way to Grow Leave-In Conditioner and the All Eyes On Me Hair Perfector all the time. These products together work wonders on your hair and leaves it smooth, hydrated and glossy AF!

And once all of that is done, I get all snuggled up in my bed or on the couch with my puppy and watch a Christmas movie. It’s seriously the most lush and perfect of nights in, especially on a colder winter evening. Hope you all enjoyed, happy pampering and I’ll see you for Day 6! xx

 

12 Days of Christmas | Day 3- Holiday Movie Night | 2019

There’s nothing more cozy about the winter and holiday season than cuddling up on the couch on a cold evening with a Christmas movie playing. Today’s post is going to be the ultimate holiday movie night, filled with movies, treats and everything else that will make you feel oh-so Christmassy.

I’m such a sucker for classic Christmas movies, but I also love all the lovey dovey, romantic holiday movies. There’s nothing more magical than a feel-good movie on to get you in the holiday mood. In years past I’ve done posts fully dedicated to my favorite holiday movies, and for the most part they haven’t changed. But here are my go-to holiday favorites that I will watch year after year without ever getting bored…

♦ Santa Clause (1, 2, and 3)

♦ Home Alone (1 and 2)

♦ A Christmas Prince (and the sequels)

♦ The Holiday

♦ Deck the Halls

♦ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

♦ Let It Snow

♦ Love Actually

♦ Christmas with the Kranks

♦ New Year’s Eve (not exactly Christmas, but close enough)

♦ Serendipity

♦ Bad Moms Christmas

♦ Bad Santa

♦ Elf

And what’s a holiday movie night without Christmassy treats to go along with it? I always have to have a mug of hot chocolate, complete with peppermint whipped cream and a candy cane. I know it’s kind of a cheat, but my go-to is always the Swiss Miss instant packets with the little marshmallows. They’re super handy and easy to use in a dorm room. And for the peppermint whipped cream, I always get the one from Target ($4.29). Or if I’m in the mood for something a little more, the Jolly G. Boots spiked eggnog (I found this bottle at CVS) is SOOO good. If I’m feeling super super lazy, I’ll pick up a peppermint hot chocolate or the caramel brûlée latte (one of my all-time favorite holiday Starbucks drinks) from Starbucks to bring back for my festive movie night.

To go along with the festive drinks, I love splurging on those really awful frosted sugar cookies that are weirdly delicious. And the Pillsbury Christmas tree sugar cookies that you can just stick in the oven (or dorm hack: you can microwave them) are never a bad idea. I always have to have candy canes (which are legitimately one of my all time favorite candies, no joke) on hand during a movie night or just any time during the holiday season. Another treat that I found at Target and absolutely love are the white chocolate, peppermint pretzel sticks. They’re deliciously creamy and minty and so unbelievable easy to eat.

That’s all for Day 3. Hope you get all the cozy movie nights in you’re hoping for this season, see you for Day 4! xx

12 Days of Christmas | Day 2- Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide | 2019

Welcome to Day 2 of 12 Days! This is my third year of Blogmas, and each year one of my favorite posts to share is my gift guide. One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is shopping for gifts and presents for my family and friends. There’s nothing that makes me more happy than starting my shopping list to find things that I hope everybody will love. I’ve already found a bunch of amazing gifts for my family (won’t share them all/too specifically because I don’t want to spoil any surprises) and have found so many other fun present ideas along the way. So if you’re still working on your list for this year, you’re in the right place! Enjoy, happy shopping and see you for Day 3 xx

For the beauty guru…

♥ The Carolina Herrera Good Girl Set ($122) will never disappoint as a gift. The set includes an 80mL bottle of the Good Girl perfume and a 100mL bottle of her scented leg shimmer oil. With a beautifully chic scent, the fragrance is perfect for a winter night out. The shimmer oil will add a sheer glow to any part of your body during the cold winter days or out int he sun during the summer.

♥ The Urban Decay Honey Naked Palette ($49) was released fairly recently and is a must-have for any makeup junkie’s collection. Filled with a combination of matte and glitter golds and yellows, it’s the perfect palette to pop into for a fun holiday look. You can also go for the Honey Pot Set ($59), which includes the mini honey palette, eyeshadow primer, their 24/7 eye pencil and a mini setting spray, or the Honey Drop Vault ($115) if you really want to spoil a loved one, which includes the full palette, eyeshadow primer, lip plumper, sparkling body powder and the all night setting spray.

♥ Another smaller, fun gift (and would also make a great stocking stuffer) is the InnisFree Lip Balm Party Trio ($24). It’s a set of three lightweight lip balms coming in small squeezy tubes. They come in the shades wild hibiscus, very berry tea and wedding peach tea, so will have you covered for any occasion or look.

♥ The Kate Somerville ExfoliKate ($75, $85 and $175 options) is one of my all-time favorite face cleansers/exfoliators. It’s been deemed Hollywood’s best two-minute facial, and I would vouch for that completely. But since it’s on the pricier side, it makes it hard to buy for yourself. Anyone who appreciates a good skincare routine would absolutely die to unwrap this on Christmas!

♥ Too Faced always makes the most adorable (and yummy smelling) products for the holidays. As a makeup lover myself (and someone who has received a few of these holiday products as a gift) these make the perfect Christmas present. This year, their Hot Buttered Rum mini palette ($25), the Christmas Cookie House Party set ($58) and the Let It Snow, Girl! set ($49) stood out as their best products this season, all of which would make a perfect gift or stocking stuffer. I also LOVE their Gingerbread Extra Spicy palette ($49), and all of their products smell heavenly.

For the fashion queen…

♥ Since it’s winter, and a fashion lover can never have too many scarves, the Kate Spade Manhattan Map scarf ($88) would made a darling gift. It has black ends with baby pink as the main color so can be worn day or night. The printed map of Manhattan would also make a beautiful hanging tapestry, it’s basically a 2-in-1. A beautiful gift that any lovely lady would be over the moon for on Christmas morning.

♥ For anyone who loves fashion and all that comes with it, a coffee table book to put all for all their guests to flip through. Vanity Fair 100 Years ($64.89), Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury ($47.81) and Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style ($90) are would all make for a really fun Christmas gift for the fashion guru you love so much.

♥ This would definitely constitute as a luxury gift, but anyone who loves fashion would be ecstatic to receive the Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Neverfull ($1,470). It’s an absolutely iconic bag and is such a beautiful piece to add to any outfit. There’s also something so special about getting your first Louis Vuitton or designer bag, it just makes you feel so grown up. So if you’re shopping for someone close to you who you’re really wanting to spoil, the class LV Neverfull will always be a showstopping gift.

Jet Set Candy is one of my absolute favorite jewelry brands. They take airport tags, travel quotes and the landmarks of cities/countries all around the world and turn them into bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings that are beyond beautiful. I’ve gotten a couple of their pieces as gifts and they’re always so meaningful. This would be a perfect gift for someone who loves wearing small statement pieces and has found passion and love in jetting off.

♥ Everything in the Becca Tilley x Bar III Macy’s collection is absolutely stunning and so much fun. Their pieces range from everyday to a night out and a NYE party. Any of those pieces would make such a great gift for someone who loves dressing up and playing with new, fun and unique pieces with pops of color. The Double-Breasted Duster Jacket ($129.50) is one of my favorite pieces from the line (definitely on my Christmas list) and would make such a fun gift. It’s a beautiful pink coat with a red lining that will make you stand out in the winter crowd.

For the chef…

♥ Food 52’s Marble Mortar & Pestle ($90, $135 and $170 options) will add a sophisticated pop to any chef’s kitchen. Made from white Italian marble and black granite, this mortar and pestle can be used to grind spices and herbs or to make sauces and butters. It’s a beautiful piece to add to the kitchen who will have your loved one feeling chic AF.

♥ This Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit ($38) from Uncommon Goods would make a super fun gift for your foodie friend. Coming with 15 different herbs and spices, it’s a great way for the chef to play around with new and different flavors. It comes in a large tin storage container with 15 individual tins of flavor.

♥ There’s nothing that would make a chef feel more special than a Personalized Cutting Board ($44.99) from Etsy. It comes in a variety of sizes so you can pick the perfect size for your loved one. Whether they use it as an actual cutting board or just as a decorative piece in their kitchen or dining room, it’s such a fun representation of their love for cooking and the kitchen. No chef wouldn’t love this as a Christmas gift.

♥ David Chang’s Momofuku: A Cookbook ($27.99) is the perfect gift for someone who loves bringing the New York food scene right to their own home. Filled with some of Momofuku’s most popular and famous recipes, it gives the reader’s a little insight into the mind of chef David Chang. And if you’re shopping for someone who’s more of a baker, then the Momofuku Milk Bar: A Cookbook ($17.99) by Christina Tosi would also make a great gift, and make you drool uncontrollably.

♥ Any true chef knows the importance of having a good knife set. The Global 7 Piece Ikasu Knife Set ($299.95) would make a really meaningful gift. This Japanese-made set includes 6 knives and a bamboo knife block with acrylic sides for safety. These knives made of high carbon stainless steel are just what a chef needs for all of their prep needs.

For the active one…

♥ Anyone who works out or loves to be active NEEDS a good water bottle to keep with them. Hydroflasks are my absolute favorite water bottles, and I’ve really never met someone who doesn’t like it. All of their products would make great gifts, but their 21oz standard mouth ($35.99) models are so compact while holding a lot of liquids and is easy to take with you anywhere. The perfect, practical gift for the sporty one.

♥ If you’re shopping for someone who loves starting or ending their day with a run, then a cute pair of running shoes would make a perfect gift for them. The APL TechLoom Bliss sneakers ($200) in dusty rose are the most elegant pair of running shoes. These are lace-less sneakers with a satin elastic strap that makes these super easy to slip on and off. Any woman who loves looking fashionable while they run will love this as a gift.

♥ To help your friend stay warm and cozy on their morning trips to their gym or workout friend, the Adidas Half-Zip Sweatshirt ($70) in black will do just the trick. This classic piece can be worn during workouts or just on a day-to-day basis if your loved one is into that athleisure vibe. If you’re looking for more of a pop of color, this also comes in red, navy and a dusty rose.

♥ The TRX Home2 System ($165.95) is a great gift for someone who loves to stay active and fit but barely has any free time, or someone who loves to get in their quick workouts from home. The TRX can be suspended from any stable anchor in the house. This set comes with the suspension trainer, a door and suspension anchor, a mesh carry bag and a one-year subscription to the TRX app to make their workouts just that much easier.

♥ If your loved one loves making a smoothie or protein shake after their workouts, the NutriBullet ($59.99) would make for a great gift. It’s fairly small and portable so doesn’t take up much counter or storage space. It also comes with a 24oz and 18ox cup attachments that fit right on to the blender to make their life super easy.

For the entertainer…

♥ If you’re finding a gift for someone who loves to entertain, have people over or throw dinner parties, the Crosley Cruiser Record Player ($99) from West Elm would make an amazing gift. Coming in a tweed and navy color, it’s the perfect addition to any get together. It has a suitcase-like case that makes it portable and easy to move around and makes for a great conversation starter.

♥ What better way to impress your guests than concocting some funky cocktails for happy hour. The Kate Spade Nolita Cocktail set ($100) paired with the Nolita Cocktail Shaker ($50) will allow you to whip up a drink while looking as chic as ever. It’s a four piece set that comes with an acrylic stand and, in true Kate Spade fashion, has beautifully crafted dual-toned handles. It’s the perfect gift for the leading lady who wants to impress.

♥ To go along with the cocktail set (or just as its own gift), the Spade Clover Stemless Flute set ($100) is another darling gift to give someone. This set of four glasses is perfect for a casual champagne toast or to cheers your cocktail creations. Decorated with little spades, these flutes made with European crystal will add a classy little pop to your dinners, get-togethers and parties.

♥ If your shopping for someone who loves to go over-the-top for their guests, then the Crate and Barrel French Kitchen Marble 2-Tier Server ($59.95) would make a lovely present. This elevated, marble server will make your dinner table feel oh-so luxurious and will have guests oo-ing and ah-ing. So if your loved one loves going all in for their guests, this would be the perfect gift for them to serve their appetizers, canapés and desserts on.

♥ There’s no better way to end a dinner party than with a chocolate fountain. So why not gift this Koolatron 3 Tier Chocolate Fountain (now on sale for $62.99) to your favorite hostess (and hopefully you’ll reap some rewards from it as well). I don’t know about you, but if I had people over for dinner or a party, I would feel so incredibly cool pulling out a beautiful chocolate fountain at the end of the evening, and I’m sure any entertainer would too.

For the homebody…

♥ If you’re shopping for someone who loves a good face mask, or maybe a good variety of face masks, then the Peter Thomas Roth Mix, Mask & Hydrate 6-piece set ($75) will do just the trick. PTR’s face masks are amazing and this set has everything from hydrating to purifying and clarifying to cellular repair. This set gives you 6 50mL full-size containers of their best and most popular masks. Perfect for a night at home in the tub.

♥ One of my friends recently got the Google Home Mini ($49) and absolutely loves it. You can connect it to your phone and control so many things from your music to your lighting from your device. If you’re gifting for someone who loves their cozy home time, this would make for such a fun Christmas present. If you’re looking for a step up, the Google Home ($99) is their other range of smart devices that has even more features and will help your loved one stay organized throughout their day at home.

♥ What better way to stay cozy at home than with a giant Arm Knitting Blanket (on sale for $69 right now) to snuggle up with on your couch. This big pink (also comes in other colors) throw comes in multiple sizes, ranging from 50×50 cm to 100×100 cm. There’s nothing more comforting than bundling up on the couch on a cold or snowy winter day under a big knit blanket with a Christmas movie on and a mug of hot chocolate. A homebody’s dream.

♥ If you’re looking for a gift for someone who works from home (we love that #girlboss life), the Sherpa Superstudy Lapdesk (now on sale for $55) would make such a cute and useful gift. It comes in light pink, baby blue and grey colors with a white wood top and a soft, plushy bottom. It’ll make working from the couch so much easier, cuter and comfier.

♥ The Herbivore Calm relaxing spa gift set ($120) is the perfect gift for someone who loves a good pamper session at home. It comes with a pink bkr water bottle, a bottle of bath salts, a pink clay cleansing bar, a body scrub, the cutest candle and a container of little matches. There’s nothing that this gift set doesn’t have that anyone would need for the perfect spa night (except for maybe a bottle of wine…).

12 Days of Christmas | Day 1- Black Friday Haul | 2019

We’re finally here! I know I’ve been saying this so much, but I seriously can’t believe how fast this year is going. But it’s time to start 12 Days of Christmas and I’m so incredibly excited. After doing this for the past couple of years, I felt like I needed to get more creative with the holiday content this year, so I have some super fun and original posts coming up, so be sure to stay tuned for that. We have gift guides, we have festive movie nights, we have holiday recipes and everything else you could dream of… and I can’t wait to share it all with you. But to get started I thought I’d share my favorite pieces I snagged during Black Friday (links below!), which always gets me in the Christmas spirit (because holiday shopping is the actual best, right?!). After stuffing myself all day on Thanksgiving, we were up at 6am to get to the mall and the stores right as it opened to snag all of the deals before everything was gone. I got so many fun things, and I’m so excited to share some of my favorite steals with you today.

Happy December, and I’ll see you for day 2! xx

MAC lipsticks in Burning Love, Frost and Capricious

Aura Cacia essential oils

Pacifica Crystal Bronze shimmering body oil

Laura Gellar Balance-n-Bright baked concealer

Tarte Maneater mascara

Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker set

Candy Cane Lip Smacker set

Trader Joe’s Super Lemon room spray

OPI nail polish

Buxom PowerPlump Lip Balm

Alfaffia Coconut lip balms

Burt’s Bees lip balms

Falalalala Fabric Garland

Bliss Makeup Melt Cleanser

Bliss Makeup Melt Gel

Neutrogena Makeup Removing wipes

Soap & Glory Vitamin C face wash

Not Your Mother’s Knotty to Nice

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow

Not Your Mother’s All Eyes on Me

Trader Joe’s Shea Butter and Coconut Oil hair mask

November Favorites 2019

If you couldn’t already tell by now, this is my absolute favorite time of the year. There is just so much joy around the holidays and so many opportunities to think, reflect, give thanks and spend time with people who are most important in your life. I have so many fun things to share with you for this months favorites, and I’m even more excited about this because it means we’re officially moving into December which means we’re that much closer to CHRISTMAS. But before I get ahead of myself, I’m gonna share all the things I’ve been obsessed with this month, including a bunch of stuff from my trip to North Carolina! Enjoy, and I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 1 of 12 Days of Christmas! xx

Skincare Product- Since it is winter and getting super dry out here in LA, I’ve found myself needing to moisturize even more than normal. I use Clinique moisturizers on a daily basis and use the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Replenishing Hydrator when my skin really needs it. It’s a really good heavy moisturizer that leaves your skin super hydrated without feeling oily or tacky.

Makeup Product- I have been an extreme eyebrow nut for the last five years (in part because they burned off one summer from chlorine and I’ve had to draw them on everyday since), and this month I’ve found myself using the Thrive Causmetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in Champagne Shimmer. It’s an eyebrow highlighter that comes in a pencil/stick form making it super easy to apply. It’s also a beautiful shade that lifts your brow without overexposing it. I love love love this product and will be using it a ton over Christmas.

Nail Color- I told myself I’d wait to get Christmassy nails done until after Thanksgiving, but when I went to get a manicure the other day I just couldn’t wait. I love solid shades with one glitter color, and I found the most beautiful glittery blue at the store so I went with all pastel blue and the glitter on my ring fingers. They’re so fun and perfect for the winter. The pastels make it more classy and chic and the glitter adds a pop of fun. I’ve gotten so many compliments on them, especially with the holidays coming up.

Clothing Item- I did a Dainty Hooligan haul earlier this month and one of my favorite pieces from the order was the Grecian Print Jumpsuit in a deep red and I absolutely love it. I was never really a jumpsuit person but I started becoming obsessed with them this summer. Having a curvy body, it can be really hard to find one’s that are flattering, but this red one fits my body so well. It has an open back with a criss-cross tie string so it hugs your waist really nicely. I wore this for a nice birthday dinner out on a Friday night and was perfect for the occasion. It goes really well with black platform shoes or black heels and simple pieces of jewelry. I love this piece and can’t wait to wear it more this season.

Room Spray- The Bath & Body Works ‘The Perfect Christmas’ room spray has been the most festive part of my evening routine this season. I don’t use room sprays too much (I’m typically much more of a candle and diffuser girl), but I found this one at the store the other day and am so glad I picked it up. I spray it around my bed and it smells like the most lovely fresh Christmas tree (balsam and pine scent) ever and it makes me so so happy.

Candle- But while I love to use the room spray at night, I have candles burning all the time when I’m in the room. I love all of the Bath & Body Works 3-wick candles, but I got the Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow one the other day and it’s possibly one of my favorite fragrances ever. I typically reach for the more fresh and floral scents than sweet ones, but this one is so cozy and festive with a really light vanilla scent which is so lovely.

Sweet Treat- It’s that time of year where all I want to do at night is bundle up on the couch or bed with a Christmas movie on while sipping on a mug full of hot cocoa. I know it’s basic, but I always find myself going for the boxed Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix with mini marshmallows (and I always HAVE to get the mini marshmallows) topped with Peppermint Whipped Cream from Target which is my absolute guilty pleasure during the holiday season (like I literally opened it and poured it in my mouth 10 seconds after I paid… no joke).

Drink- I’m not always a huge juice person, but I do love a good superfood juice every once in a while. I tried the Pressed Juicery Apple Beet Ginger Juice the other day and it is so so good. I was a bit scared to try it because sometimes ginger can be a bit overpowering sometimes, but it was such a good balance of sweet from the apples and sour from the ginger to balance out the spiciness.

Song- I’m sure I’ve talked about them before, but I’m in love with Jess and Gabriel. I’ve been watching their videos and vlogs for a couple years now and started listening to their covers about a year ago. They just released their I’ll Be Home Vol. II EP (on Spotify and Apple Music) a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been listening to it on repeat ever since. It’s a five song album of Christmas songs and it’s such a chill and Christmassy vibe. I absolutely love all the songs, but ‘The First Noel’ is probably my favorite of this album.

Movie- Since the Disney Plus streaming site released earlier this month, I’ve been rewatching all of the Disney Channel Original Movies. I had been waiting months for this to be released, and it has not disappointed. Every single Disney movie or TV show you could ever think of is on this platform, for only $6.99/month (or $69.99/year). Cow Belles, Read It and Weep, High School Musical(s), Camp Rock, Stuck in the Suburbs, I’ve seriously been watching everything you could think of and living my best 10-year old self. And as a bonus, it has all of the OG Christmas movies you could ever want.

LA Spot- At the beginning of the month I made it out to The Huntington Library for the first time since being in LA. My friends and I had been trying to find time to go, but just never made it. We went on a Friday and it wasn’t too crowded. Entrance fee is $22, which seems a bit pricey at first, but is 100% worth it. We spent nearly four full hours walking around before we had to leave, and we barely saw a quarter of the gardens. There are so many different areas to walk through; from the dessert to the Japanese and Chinese garden, and the lily ponds, everything was so beautiful and it’s a lovely place to spend a day. There are also a ton of open, grassy areas to bring a blanket and just sit out for a while. Highly suggest going if you’re ever in LA!

October Favorites 2019

Good morning loves and happy November! I know I say this every month, but I can’t believe October is already over. It flew by so quickly and was jam-packed with a lot of exciting things. I absolutely love this time of the year when the weather starts to get a bit cooler (well, cool for LA) and the holiday season kicks in. But before getting carried away with all the holiday goodness, I have to share my monthly favorites, because I have a ton of new, fun things to share with you all this month. So read on, enjoy and I can’t wait to share the holiday season with you all! xx

Skincare Product- I got the H20+ Elements Jelly Cleanser at Ulta the other day and have been loving it. I’ve never tried a jelly face wash before and wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not, but this one is a keeper. It’s also a makeup remover/cleansing balm with argan oil and pearl extract that clears your face of all makeup/product and leaves your skin super soft. There’s a really subtle, clean scent to the cleanser that smells so good and is really calming at the end of the day.

Makeup Product- The other day I was snooping through Sephora (what’s new) and found the Becca Glow Gloss in Champagne Creme (currently on sale so grab it while you can!) and had to buy it. I’ve been super into lip colors and glosses right now so I was so excited when I found this. It’s a really beautiful champagne-toned gloss that applies so smoothly. A lot of times lip glosses are really sticky and tacky, but this one doesn’t leave that icky feeling on your lips, but actually leaves them feeling hydrated. It has little specks of glitter in the formula, but without feeling gritty. There’s also a slight minty flavor/scent which I absolutely LOVE. This is definitely going to be my go to gloss for everyday use this winter.

Clothing Item- This month I traveled to Denver for fall break and the one thing everyone suggested we do was go thrifting. Over the few days we were there I found so many cute, fun pieces of clothing that have quickly become some of my favorite. But one of my favorite pieces I bought was a long, white fuzzy coat with big white buttons down the front. I bought it at a thrift store and can’t find a link for it, but it’s from the brand Love Tree. I’ve been wearing this on top of an all-black outfit with black sunglasses and it’s such a chic, put-together look and I’m sure I’ll be wearing it a ton over the winter.

Swimsuit- I found a white, one-piece swimsuit (similar one linked) with striped cut-outs down the side this summer at Forever 21, and finally wore it the other day as a top under some mom jeans. I had been so scared to wear it to the pool or beach because of the weird tan lines, but wearing it as a top was probably even more fun than wearing it as a swimsuit. It’s a really cute, summery outfit that was much needed during the crazy, late-fall LA heats.

Shoes- I bought the Adidas Sleek sneakers in periwinkle a few months ago and I’ve been wearing them almost every day the last few weeks. I also wore them everyday in Denver, and they were super comfy and got me through long days with lots of walking without any blisters. The periwinkle is also so pretty and adds a little pop to any outfit. They have solid white soles which makes them easy to dress up if needed. I have a few pairs of Adidas shoes now and these are by far my favorite and I’m highly considering getting them in other colors too (as if I need any more shoes).

Restaurant- I’ll talk about this more in my Denver Travel Diary (coming soon, keep your eyes out!) but the one place that we knew we had to eat at in Denver was Snooze, and it was the best brunch I’ve had in a long time. We were in Denver for four days and we went to Snooze for two brunches. We had the best Eggs Benedict, sweet potato pancakes and coconut and strawberry french toast, and their drinks (the bacon-infused Bloody Mary is a must) were amazing. Everything was so good and I’d seriously fly back to Denver just to eat there.

Sweet Treat- Another place we knew we had to visit in Denver was Voodoo Donut. I have been dying to try their donuts ever since I first read about it, and it was SO good. I’m such a sucker for a good donut, and Voodoo really hit the spot. I tried three different donuts (possibly three of the best donuts I’ve ever had in my life), as well as a pumpkin spice cannolo (a canoli, donut type thing) and that was amazing. I know it wasn’t Portland but it was so good, and they’re so photogenic, so what’s not to love about that.

Song- Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for throwback music, and for some reason I’ve been listening to a lot of old Jesse McCartney music lately, especially Leavin‘ and Better With You. I don’t know why, I don’t know how it started, but those songs have been on loop for the last couple of weeks, and I’m not mad about it one bit.

Movie- So I finally watched the Jonas Brothers documentary, Happiness Begins, on Amazon Prime the other day, and it had me feeling all the feels. I grew up in the time of Camp Rock (and all of those iconic Disney Channel movies) and have been in love with the Jonas Brothers ever since (call me ridiculous, I don’t care). I thought they’re new album was SO good and lived up to all of my expectations, and so did this movie. I’m not gonna say much more, but if you love the Jonas Brothers, or even just like them or have ever listened to them, just watch the movie. It’s so sweet.

Los Angeles Spot- I finally finally finally made it out to the Louis Vuitton pop-up store/museum on Rodeo Drive the other day, and it was as amazing as I was expecting it to be. It’s absolutely beautiful from the outside and even more beautiful on the inside. The history of Louis Vuitton was on full display throughout the museum, with all the designs, bags and clothing out for everyone to see. There are a ton of really cute and fun places to take photos, and going on a sunny day makes the photos stunning. If you’re out in LA, I highly recommend spending a few hours there, especially if you’re into fashion!