stuff I like

#reverb15: faves

Still doing some #reverb catch-up. I'm excited to share some of my favorite things of the year with you. I always learn from people's favorites lists whether it's books, movies, skincare products, t-shirts, music, whatever.

Columbia fleece in Blue Macaw: This wasn't new to me but I hadn't been able to wear it last year because it was too small and so I was able to rediscover it once I lost weight this year, which made me really happy. It's so warm and soft and in my favorite color, blue.

Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind: I played this album on repeat. Songs from it are littered throughout my monthly playlists, particularly this Summer.  Something about it just connected with me: the lines from Wilder Mind and the way that Marcus Mumford delivers the linesstill affect me, particularly that pause before "if you want": You can be every little thing you want nobody to know/And you can try to drown out the street below/And you can call it love/If you want

Laura Geller Color Drenched Lip Gloss in Milk Shake

Rich Argon Colour Protect Shampoo: I got a sample of this and really loved it. I've been using it as my travel shampoo and when it runs out I'll have to seek out a full sized bottle. It smells great and I like the consistency of it.

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Dry Oil Mist I read a ton of lists of the best Hair Care products and this seemed to be on every single one. I love how smooth it leaves my hair and that it helps to fight the static of the winter.

Amazon Fire Tablet: I only recently got this when it was on sale on Black Friday. I wanted something that I could use when I didn't want to take my iPad Mini with me. So far I like how easy it is to borrow and get Kindle books. The biggest drawback is how quickly the battery drains, though it does charge really quickly.

Lore Podcast with Aaron Mahnke: I discovered this while teaching podcasts this semester. I was instantly enamored. I love the way Mahnke paces the stories of folklore he covers and even when I know a lot about a subject he covers, I still find something worthwhile in each episode.

I can't find a link to this Coach wristlet. My sister-in-law gave it to me and though I used other purses and wallets this year, I always come back to this one. I love the color palette and it holds everything I need except my phone. However, I do have a tendency to forget it on tables and in bathrooms, so I have to be careful to remember it or keep it attached to my wrist.

Tek Gear capri workout leggings: The ones I have are sold out, but these are similar. I lived in these this summer, really comfortable, breathable, cute.

Words on a Coaster coaster by Raygun: I stumbled into this store when I was in Kansas City this summer, and I wanted to buy the whole store but I just found the coasters really funny so I snagged a couple that now sit on my side tables.

Expedition Unknown with Josh Gates: I'd watched a few episodes of this off and on before but this year, I watched whenever I could.

#reverb 14: stuff and things

Still playing #reverb catch-up and I'm skipping a few of the prompts to speed things along and because I feel like I begin to repeat myself. Still, I'm a week behind, which I'll just carry into the new year like I did last year. For this post, I'm combining two prompts. Purging | What did you get rid of this year? Physical things you tossed out or donated? Or did you purge a bad relationship, job, etc…?

As I mentioned before, M and I made conscious efforts to purge toxic negativity from our lives. I have realized that some relationships are not worth an effort, especially if you are the only one contributing that effort. I've also realized that more than half of people's bullshit is not even close to being about you and you have to determine where the limit is of what you can manage of other people's crap. My threshold is quite low these days. Nothing makes me more furious than others trying to make me responsible for their mistakes, crazy, or poor decisions. So yeah, purging all that. And trying to avoid those kinds of relationships before they begin.

One of my biggest accomplishments in purging was finally clearing out what M and I called "the room of requirement" the spare room/office full of boxes I never unpacked. As much as I moved throughout my childhood, there always seemed to be a section of a room, a cache of boxes that went unpacked, or got labeled into plastic bins that were stored. Now the room is holding stacks of clothes I'm in the process of purging, but it's at least more usable than it was. You can actually walk into it now and turn around. I wish I'd taken a before and after picture, but then again, maybe not.

What products have you discovered this year that you love?

2014 STUFF

Stuff and Things | Things that seemed frivolous but now I'm obsessed:

a milk frother, I have the Starbucks Verismo milk frother and M has a fancy Breville one. Both are so worth it for chai tea, for hot chocolate, for an added bit of something good in your coffee. Love it!

Alex and Ani Scent 7 Hand Cream, I only have a little bit of this left because I accidentally stepped on the tube. I didn't realize it had fallen off my shelf. I love the way this smells and how soft it makes my hands feel without feeling greasy. You can bet this is on my birthday wish list.

Makeup & Skin Care:

Vichy LiftActiv and LiftActiv Nuit I've been using both of these since the summer. I got them both as part of a Glossybox and I honestly don't know whether I look more "youthful" or not; I'm only 36, after all. But I do like the way my skin has responded and the way it moisturizes without adding oil to my face. I also like that I don't have to use a lot of it.

Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Hyperfocal Eyeshadow trios are tough for me because I usually end up liking one or two but not all three colors. But Smashbox's trios have become a fast favorite of mine. I recently got this set and like the way these colors work together, the grey in particular.

Philosophy Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash I like that I can use this every time I shower and I feel like it has made a big difference in the oiliness of my skin. M likes it, too, and she is very picky about her face wash.

Hair:

Chi Air Expert Classic Tourmaline  Ceramic 1 in Flat Iron This is the year I discovered how to use a flat iron to wave or curl or add volume to my hair. This is a life-changing thing, well at least a style changing thing.

Because of that, I discovered the importance of protecting your hair from the heat. I don't use the flat iron every day and never without using thermal protecting spray. I like this one from Redken.

Miscellany:

Sweater Weather Wallflower or candle from Bath and Body Works, unfortunately this is only a Fall scent but it is my absolute favorite candle. It smells like Fall. I can't describe it but I am obsessed, strangely obsessed with it.

e-Cloth Eyeglass Cloth, No matter what I do, my glasses are always smudgy and dirty. I have glass cleaning cloths everywhere, my car, my office, my bedside table. My favorite one is the e-cloth eyeglass cloth because you don't need spray or special chemicals to get your glasses clean. I just run some water over my glasses and use the e-cloth to clean my glasses. It works amazingly well and I never worry about it scratching my glasses or smearing the smudges worse.