Christmas Tag: Sweater Weather!

     Hey there guys! We’re cresting another day of Blogmas! (Sorry to switch up the names on you!) For today’s adventure, I found this adorable Christmas related tag! Honestly, I encourage you guys to do this one too and share it with us in the comments below! I found this over at Louise Rose’s blog, you can check out her responses hereI did change a few things about this, since they pertained to Thanksgiving and Fall, to be more Winter inclined.

 

 

1. Favourite candle scent?

You guys may remember from Yesterday’s post that I’m totally obsessed with vanilla scents and associate it with pretty much every good thing that’s ever happened to me. I really like the French Vanilla from Yankee Candle and Mainstays has this delicious smelling Hazelnut candle that smells like coffee. So, my favorite is definitely one of those two!

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Do I have to choose? I love all of these. You guys know that for me, Coffee is literally all the time. I do really enjoy tea on ocassion and cocoa is fantastic during this time of year, especially.

3. What’s the best fall memory you have?
This is the first difficult questi9on for me to answer. I guess if I had to choose, it would be when I was child. My mother dressed me as  ghost for Halloween and the entire house smelled like vanilla. I remember the coolness on the air and the promise of candy. As children we really tend to take those mundane moments for granted.

4. Which make up trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eye liner?

Oh goodness. Another toughie. I really love a dark red lip. A lot. But wings also look really great. I think if I could master wings, those would be my pick. But I think I’m going to have to give it to the lips this time. 

5. Best fragrance for fall?
I really like warm spiced scents for the fall and for the winter my favorite scents go more towards sweet and warm… like vanilla. I did recently find a wonderful Hot Cocoa body spray over Black Friday that I love for this season!

6. Favorite Christmas food?
Probably desert! I don’t know if I can really pick one. Maybe my all-time favorite dessert in the world; cheesecake!

7. What is winter weather like where you live?
Fickle, to say the least. This morning it was in the 30s and tonight it’s closer to 70. This is why I get sick, guys! I guess that’s what I signed up for staying in the south. It’s really for the best, because I have no idea what to do with snow.

8. Most worn sweater?
I don’t really have too many sweaters that I default to, other than light cardigans. My usual over-clothes-heating-solution is ordinarily one of my two black jackets. One of which I’ve had for 2 years and has seen better days, and the other a newer acquisition from JCPenny.

9. Must-have nail polish this winter?
I favor lots of Gold and metallic colors for the winter. Especially lighter ones with Holo flecks. Gold, Silver and Bronze are somehow perfect for the cooler seasons!

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
I’ll totally jump in the remaining leaf piles!

11. Skinny jeans or leggings?
Leggings! Because I feel like skinny jeans can have a tendency to accentuate things I may not want them to. Also leggings can sub for pants when you want to wear a skirt!

12. Combat boots or uggs?
Combat boots! BecauseUggs aren’t really my style.

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
In my opinion… not really. I generally despise chai or spiced flavors in my drinks or anything. I think the only time I like pumpkin spice is in pumpkin pie.

14. Favourite Winter TV show?
I don’t really watch too much TV. I generally just watch Youtube videos or Hulu. Most of what I watch is true crime or beauty oriented. Sometimes I get sucked into the latest Gossip in the Beauty community.

15. What song really gets you into the Winter spirit?
If I had to pick just one, you know it has to be All I want for Christmas is you! That’s an absolutely must for this season!

Thank you again to Louise, for giving me this idea! Somehow these Christmas related posts are more difficult than I had anticipated!

Please do tweet me or comment below to let me know if/when you complete this tag post. I’m looking forward to reading your answers!

Keep an eye out for tomorrow’s post guys! We’re getting closer and closer to the big day! 🙂

Three of the Best Things About The Holiday Season

    Hey there, guys! Let’s get today’s Blogmas rolling! Yesterday I talked about recapturing the Holiday Spirit, this one is for those of you who’s Holiday Cheer never left! I really don’t want to give the impression that I hate the holidays. To the contrary, although some Christmas songs tend to grate on my nerves. Since I grew up, I had to rediscover my love for the holiday season. 

     The best thing about trying to rekindle that spark in myself is finding new things to love about this most festive time of year!

 

Family (blood, and not)

   Like I went into a little in the last post, I was raised with a large extended family that loved the holidays. Every holiday was a huge event where family from all over would congregate in my hometown. Since I left, I haven’t celebrated but once. And the one time that I did, didn’t really leave a good taste in my mouth. I opted to not celebrate again and my Cheer up and left. 

     This year is different. I did find a new job, partner, friends… Even the coworkers start to feel like family when you’re with them so much. I love the sense of togetherness that this season affords us. Really, I would even be happy without the promise of presents and food, though of course, those are perks. I just love where we are for the most part. 

     I’m discovering that one of the best parts about this season is celebrating, not with exclusively the family you were born with but opening your heart to the family that you have the potential to meet. Family has the potential to be everywhere around you, you just need to look around and be open to forming those connections. Righ now, I’m just at a very grateful (albeit semi-stressful) place. And, in case anyone is wondering if I consider them family; Absolutely. 

 

The Five Senses

Sight

I did briefly go into this yesterday, as well, but the sights are stunning. Depending where you are, you may have snow (lucky) or you may have the remnants of fall shaking themselves free from the sparse branches. Either way, it’s sure to be made stunning by those unsung heroes who decorate and really channel that Christmas feeling. I know in particular, my neighbors go a little crazy with the decorations. It’s nearly impossible to be upset while looking at Christmas lights and decorations. I always found myself begrudgingly enjoying the gorgeous colors, even when I was adamant about not celebrating.

Sound

This is an easy one; the music. I know every word to so many songs even if I haven’t listened to it in years. There’s something so timeless about Christmas music. Not only that, have you ever tried to not sing along with All I Want For Christmas is You? I fail that challenge every time. The other one that always gets me is Last Christmas. I mean, I absolutely can’t not belt out his heartbreak. Some of my other absolute favorites are down below!

  1. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home); I found the one on again while watching an ABC Family Christmas movie years ago and I made a note to memorize the lyrics so I could find it again. I LOVE this one so much.
  2. All I want for Christmas; This one brought to us by Vince Vance and the Valiants was always so hard for me to find before I memorized the name of the band!
  3. Mary’s Boy Child; I’m not particularly religious, nor have I ever been, really, but I have always loved this song. It has a tropical, islandic feeling that’s like summer in the middle of the harsh winter. I loved this song for so many years! It has a heck of a hook.

Taste

This one is also a rehash of the last post in a way. I love some of the tastes of the season, namely peppermint! I also love the inventive flavors of coffee and cocoa that come out. When we were shopping last week we found some amazing flavors of cocoa in a set. We have plans to go back and grab them to enjoy for our Second Christmas together! I’m legit pretty excited, especially for the caramel flavors.

   I’ve also come across some pretty amazing Christmas coffees too, like the more fall oriented one from Fountain City! Check out the local places to you to see what kind of unique drinks you can find before they’re gone!

Tactile

What does Christmas feel like? Christmas feels like warmth, and being wrapped in soft fluffy fabric. The entire affair, despite being in the dead of winter feels very warm to me. That feeling of warmth and love is something I’ve found myself yearning for over the year.

Scent

One of my favorite things about his season, hands down. Which isn’t remarkable, as that’s what this whole post is about. I love the scents I associate with the holiday. I primarily associate the scent of evergreen with vanilla and the smell of wood from the fireplace. The vanilla in my memories is sometimes interrupted by the smell of cocoa or coffee that became more prevalent as I got older. But vanilla is a smell I associate with almost every precious memory.

 

Tradition

     Another thing I love about this season is that despite the evident prevalence of tradition that permeates time, is that none of it is set in stone. The holidays have the capacity to mean so many different things to so many different people. To some, it can mean what it used to mean to me, large parties with the extended family and making long road trips. Or it can fall more in line with what it means to me recently, solitude with my future husband and enjoying this new family I’ve found. 

     This is the year that we’re trying to start out own traditions together. We’re getting our first tree, figuring out the staple foods and festivities and generally just figuring out what it means to us. Do we want to celebrate with friends? Without? Do we want to partake of cliche` ideas? Gingerbread houses? Stereotypical color coordination? Stockings? 

In short- heck yeah. The beautiful thing is that no matter what you choose one year, you’re free to change your mind next time. The tradtions you build are yours to find comfort in as you please and there’s something so beautiful about that to me. 

This post actually went on a little bit longer than I thought it would to be honest. I guess I’m relieved to know that I was able to find some love for a holiday that ceased to move me years ago. I’m finding the ability to enjoy the nostalgia and the closeness with those around me extremely cathartic. I’m looking forward to making new memories about these times, this year and the in the years to come.

What are you guys looking forward to in the coming holiday?

 

 

Lacking the Holiday Spirit? Try these three small things to capture it again!

     Hey guys, and welcome to day 9 on our countdown! You guys may notice a change in format going forward- I realized that I did the countdown thing for Halloween and after some thought, countdowns are boring. That’s the absolute last thing I want to be, which I think that’s something we may have in common. I’ve been trying to think of what kind of post to write for today, and it hit me that I could share some ideas for those of you who are in my boat and trying to fall in love with the season again.

     The holidays when I was growing up, meant something so much more different to me. It was a time of childhood wonder and awe, waiting up for Santa, waking up to see presents that weren’t there before. We also had these huge parties where relatives from all over the South would meet and bring dishes and desserts. My family home was always spectacularly decorated and had this fantastic tree that was surrounded by presents of all sizes and colors for the children.

      Sadly, as it goes, we all grow up. As I grew, my childhood wonder became jaded and cynical and somewhere along the way the wonder was lost. Santa who? Recently, I find that I’m trying to recapture my previous fervent love of the holidays, so here’s the few ideas that have worked for me!

1. Find a Mission

This one may not apply to everyone in the way it does to me. I’ll be honest, before having this blog… I didn’t care about the holidays. The child I used to be was somewhere in the annals of my past gathering dust. But, since having this site and deciding on a steady post schedule and the occasional holiday ‘event’, I find that I care more. 

     I want to experience the holidays in a  new way and share them with you guys! While it isn’t possible for me to do it exactly in the ways that I want right now, I’m using our first holidays together to get ideas for next time or the time after that. Life, and evidently the holidays is a learning process. 

     You may not have a website that you’re compelled to keep posting on, but maybe the idea of having a story to share will be motivation enough to at least give a hint of that spark back.

     Try

  • Bullet Journaling
    • Make holiday themed cover pages to perk yourself up
    • Create weekly or monthly themes!
    • This can be an extremely creative outlet if you want it to be!
  • Scrapbooking
    • Invest in a fujiffilm Instax and snap pictures to hold for years to come
    • Decorate the pages in bright, festive colors
  • Go the virtual alley
    • use Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter or Instagram to share your holiday story or get inspiration
    • Pinterest can practically drown you in holiday inspo when you’re in need!

2.Revisit Tradition

    Holidays have things associated with them and or good reason. Visiting some of the tried-and-true symbols of the season can rekindle that spark! One thing that perks me up every year is peppermint everything. It’s such a refreshing and reinvigorating flavor that gives me life. I look forward to Peppermint Mocha every year. 

     One other thing I’m not too big on but that I have to try every year, is Gingerbread. Either take the time to fail at building a house or just get straight to the end and eat the poor homeless thing. I don’t like gingerbread, but it’s like Cranberry Sauce at Thanksgiving. I have to have some. 

Despite not tasting too great, these little guys make great treats!

Aside from those, I love Hot Cocoa to take me back. Cocoa is a thing that I’ve always had a softspot for. Just sprinkle in some marshmallows, festive sugar sprinkles and maybe some whipped cream and you have the perfect nostalgic treat.

3. Location, location, location

    It’s no secret that atmosphere is everything- our environment can influence our entire outlook and even our mental health. It makes sense that our decor and bring the cheer. Try to surround yourself with things that remind you of the holidays. Last year I set to work making stockings for my fiance and our animals (yeah, I’m that person) and it really made me perk up. Something about doing something productive to prepare for Christmas jump-starting my festive spirit.

    Try to drive around and check out Christmas decorations, or attend a light event at a botanical garden. Just seeing beautiful things can sometimes elicit those feelings!

We hope to attend Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens, to share with everyone here!

     Seeing beautiful and cheerful things can kind of force us to feel the things we remember from long ago- I mean, just looking at the lights up above makes me happy. I’m getting so excited to go check it out myself!

    I hope you found these ideas at least a little bit helpful, if you’re like me and lost touch with your inner-child. If these ideas work for you, or you’ve found other ones that worked for you, share those below! 

10 Must Have Holiday Sweaters

We’re getting closer to the big day one day at a time! We’re moving on into day 3, which is all about being cozy! I’ve put together a list of 10 of the cutest holiday sweaters I could find! If you particularly like any of these, just click the picture to go to the site!

Cute Christmas light sweater from Macy's!

Karen Scott Embroidered Sweater

I found this adorable pull over that actually reminded me of one of my latest sticker designs for the holidays! It’s modest and while being overtly Christmassy, it’s not excessive. At the time of writing, this is on sale for $16.99. The original price is about $50. I generally go for longer sweaters, but this one spoke to me.

Dress Lily Skew Neck Christmas Sweater

This one is gorgeous! I’m a sucker for long sweaters that can double as sweater dresses. I especially love large necks. They feel so… 90s? There’s just a youthful feeling about wearing a sweater with an oversized neck. The little Santas and the hem of this glorious entry make it perfect to pair with cozy tights. You would be the most cozy, and stylish, one in attendance at any party or cafe! Currently, the price is $19.98, with the original being $36.57.

Low-key Alpaca Sweater

What’s better than petting an alpaca? Wearing an Alpaca… of course? I adore alpacas! And I’m crazy about this sweater. It’s a great non-offensive color scheme for a relaxed Christmas sweater. I can only how warm this is by looking at this. I don’t have too much to say about this other than I want it! Right now it’s available for $42.00 with a base price of $52.

 

Reindeer Sweater!

This is a super cute sweater from Loft! It’s got a little of a heftier pricetag than some of the other entries in this post! It’s a whopping $54.99, but if you use the code MERRY you’ll gegt 50% off and freeshipping. It’s a pretty steep discount, so if this is up your alley grab one for your self!

 

 

         Llama Scarf Sweater!

This is one of my favorite ones on this list! I love animals and the whole “ugly sweater” thing. Some of them are just super cute, like this one and the next one! This particular one is $39.99 over at Stein Mart! 

The only thing I would change about this one, would be to make the llama an alpaca which are objectively cuter, but that’s just me!

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Not So Ugly

My search for sweaters took me to Etsy today, where I found this self proclaimed ugly sweater. I don’t know guys, throw on some tights and you have an outfit. It’s just so lively, and I high-key want it myself! This baby is on sale for $69.95, so it’s one of the priciest on this list. At the very least, this one may win you a contest for work! I love the little bit of tinsel around the collar and cuffs. Really, I’m pretty sure that’s why this one is on the list!

Get Lit Sweater!

This one is one I really like- maybe even more than the previous one. This one is the most expensive on this roundup at a whopping $89.95 base and $52.95 right now. Lately I’ve noticed that the more something lights up, or shines, the more I like it. I attended a Holiday party and was dying of jealousy at the people who were WEARING Christmas lights. I know it’s probably not a new thing in the Ugly Sweater festivities, but I’m easily impressed. If this one wasn’t so pricey, I think I’d definitely have to jump on it. 

Off-Shoulder Tunic

 Guys… just look at this one. I saw this on my search and knew it needed to be on this list. I love everything about this sweater. Te buttons, the pattern, the length. Pair it with some leggings and booties, and you’re golden. I think this is the most likely one that I would buy, because I kind of need it. It looks so toasty and cute. You could even style it with a warm headband and a white scarf. It’s normally $32.59, but right now is on sale for $17.21.

Snow Deer

We’re almost to the end of the list! I haven’t been going in any particular order with these! This one is also marketed as an ‘ugly’ sweater. This is definitely another one that I disagree with- it’s adorable. Throw on a blue scarf and some jeans, and you’re good to go. This run runs at $36.99, and is not currently on sale. I really like the detailing on this one- the spots on the deer, the snow… it’s just an altogether charming sweater!

Shine Bright Like a Reindeer

This is the last  entry, and it does come from the same source as the previous. I wasn’t going to use duplicate retailers, but I’m kind of in love with anything shiny and that does include sequins. I’m kinda of about it. This one isn’t quite long enough to pass as a sweater dress. But, I guess that’s okay with how adorable it is!  This one will set you back $33.99, if this one tickles your fancy.

With that, we wrap up another day of our festivities! If any of those sweaters pique your interest, just click the image to go to the store page! Be on the lookout at the Redbubble for today’s sticker that will be going up this evening!

In case you missed them!

Day 11– top items of 2018!

Day 12– My wishlist!

And of course, if you do end up buying any of these, be sure sure to tag us on instagram, and twitter @java_and_jeans!

 

My Top 11 Products of 2018!

Welcome to day 2 of our 12 days of Christmas here at Java and Jeans! Yesterday we explored my personal wishlist and invited you to share your own, today we’re going to break down my top products for the past year!

2018 was the year I started to explore the wonderful (and confusing) world of cosmetics in earnest and I picked up a few proucts from older releases to holiday sets! Let’s get to it!

11.  Tarteist Pro Remix

    This was a product I was so on the hype train for. Literally. I tried to preorder it but was met with an out of stock notification. Dejected,  had to wait. On my first experiment with this palette I found that the red shadow, ‘grafitti’ didn’t seem to have the lasting power of the green ‘color explosion’ I paired it with for a holiday look.

That minor disappointment aside, the other shades perform admirably and blend nicely. There’s lovely pigment and the formula, in Tarte fashion, is phenomenal. 

10. Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

I can’t mention Tarte without bringing up my new holy grail mascara. Lights Camera lashes gives definition and curl that is unparalleled by any product I’ve tried previously. On top of that praise, the packaging is adorable. I highly recommend this mascara if you can spare the cost!

9.  ABH Norvina Palette

   At first, I wasn’t sure which of the ABH palettes I should put on this list, and after a recent day-wear of Norvina its position on this list was cemented. I love the buttery formula of these shadows and they build so well. I was able to build wild child, the bright shimmery pink, to a very nice level. It’s a nicely versatile palette that I recommend for those who like shimmer and champagne hues!

8. ABH Dream Glow Kit

This glow kit was on my list for such a long time. I wanted it so bad because of the ethereal shimmers and I finally got my hands on it for black friday. I couldn’t believe my luck that the one glow kit from  ABH that was dying for was half off. On playing with it, I found it right up my alley. I love colored highlights and while I usually prefer warmer champagne toned glow, this kit is perfect for cool toned looks and adding some ice for the winter.

7. Ciate` Glitterflips

These. are. amazing. I first heard of these on Tati’s channel. I think during a collab with James Charles or something… maybe Thomas Halbert? Anyway, I thought the price point was excessive but for the quality of product you get, I think it’s worth it! On one swipe you have opaque color that initially dries down almost matte. If you press your lips together while it’s still tacky, this beautiful, fine glitter appears. Their colors are gorgeous too!

6. ABH Sultry Palette

I was on the fence with adding this one, but with as much a I obsessed over this bridal looking palette, I figured it deserved a spot. This palette is lowkey, except for ‘Bloom”. I see this as less of an everyday wear, and more of a wedding or date palette. You can make gorgeous looks with or without the pop of color and go as glam as you’d like.

5. Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

This is definitely not for the faint of heart. Urban decay delivered 10 stunning pressed pigments that deliver vibrant, long-lasting colors and a multitude of possibilities. Admittedly, I’m a little late on the train with this one since it’s on the way out. I may be more timely next year! If you like super bright neon looks, definitely look into this palette. Right now, at the time of writing, it’s on sale on Urban Decay’s website for $15.

4. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

This is one of the end-all-be-alls for a reason. It’s phenomenal. After finding it, I use this almost everyday and every time I apply my makeup. I try other ones, but just fall flat of All Nighter’s staying power. I love the subtle scent and the matte finish. This one is worth a try if you want more out of your setting spray!

3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

I tried Tarte’s shapetape and I think I got a shade too light for me, because it makes me look frantic when I use it under my eyes. I opted to try a new concealer rather than buy another full Shapetape. Naked Skin was the one that caught my eye. The color is perfect for evening out my under eyes and makes me look alert as well as adds some warmth. I like to use the two in conjunction, but Naked Skin is my favorite!

2. Too Faced Born this way Foundation

I spent years wearing Ivory foundation without giving a thought to the fact that it was far too yellow for my skin and that it aged me significantly. Finally, I went to Ulta, disheartened after realizing the shade was so wrong. I was thrilled to shade matched with the shade “Snow”.

Wow. The difference it made. It adds a beautiful, natural finish to my skin that looks gorgeous. It doesn’t feel heavy or confining over my primer. All around my favorite foundation!

1.  Eyelure lashes in #005

I was at a loss for what to put at the number one spot, when it finally hit me. My favorite falsies. I always have a terrible time trying to apply strip lashes with the end results not working out. Until I found these gorgeous accent lashes. 

I can actually get these to apply well, in about 15 minute. Which is a far cry from the half an hour spent on other methods and 3 days with the magnetic lashes. 

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   We’ve made it through our top products of 2018! I know some of them were old news, but they were all new to me regardless. What were some of your favorite releases or finds of 2018? Comment your items below, or your experiences with anything in today’s post!

Check out day one if you missed it!

 

Let’s kick off the twelve days of Christmas with a Wishlist!

     Hey guys! It’s starting to look and feel a lot like Christmas with enough sales to make your head spin! It’s that time of when we make lists full of hope for things we’ve wanted all year (afterall, we’ve been good right?). We also make lists of promises to ourselves, but this post isn’t about what we hope to change and maybe stick to, this is about what things have come out that I’m on the hunt for!

I have a few things I’m after from makeup to outfits, and video games! Let me know what things you’re hoping for in the comments below!

Cosmetics

  1. Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer

I can think of no other item to start off this segment of my Wishlist. I’ve been hearing so much about it from various youtubers and I’ve seen what it can do in comparisons against some wannabe dupes. I’m enamored. The amount of product you get in this one package makes the hefty price tag worth it. I mean aside from the advantages it appears to have over other balm primers, such as NYXs. I’m so curious that I can hardly stand it ad I can firmly say that Tatcha has earned a place on my wishlist!

        2. Too Faced Pretty Rich anything

It’s no secret that I really like Too Faced, and this new collection they’ve put out tickles my fancy. I love all that glitters, and this collection definitely has it. The glosses are gorgeous, the shadows are stunning and I love the highlighters. I’m feeling the adorable packaging, of course. There’s something so fun and edgy about this collection, that I really want to add to my stash!

   3. Dose of Colors Mickey Lip Gloss in Rockin It

I’ve heard nothing  but good about Dose of Colors liquid lips, and I’m curious to try it. Why not start with an iconic collab with Disney? This color looks like such a cute nude, that can go with just about anything and I love the versatility of it. I’ve heard that their formula is pretty great, so this year I aim to give to give them a shot!

  4. Clairsonic Mia Smart Beauty Device

This one is more of a tool than a cosmetic item, and I’ve been curious about this for a while. I’ve seen a few youtubers use it and it’s been on my wishlist for a while now. I think the idea is great for people like me who are a little lazier with their blending. I try, but I have a little difficulty getting the finish I want. Chances are this would save me money on beauty blenders! Thanks to Tati for making me realize that I want this!

Apparel

  1. Cuddle With Me Sweater Dress from Posh Peach

I’ve recently gotten really into sweater dresses! They’re so cute, stylish and versatile that I feel the need to begin a collection. The Posh Peach always has the cutest things and I’m magnetically pulled in when I get within a mile of their adorably welcoming shop! This particular dress just looks so cozy that it’s begging for a Starbucks cup of something warm!

    2. Lily Tulle Skirt from Francesca’s

I haven’t had the ocassion to break out the tulle recently, but I want it to be known that I LOVE tulle. It has such a girly, princessy feel that I absolutely adore! There’s something so youthful about it. This particular one is a little toned down in comparison to my current tulle skirt but that just makes it perfect to wear to work! I’m dying for some work appropriate tulle.

    3. Calvin Klein Faux Wool Trench Coat in Bellini (Belk)

I’ve always loved the look of trench coats and have admittedly impulse bought a few traditional looking ones. But what I’m really after is a trench coat that is toasty, soft and flares out… and is preferably not black like everything else in my closet. I think the perfect one would be a new color for me as far as outerwear goes: pink. This one is way too cute and I can totally see sporting it to work when I need a little pick me up!

    4. Plaid Circle Skirt (HM)

I love plaid, and especially on my skirts. This one has the feel of a school marm and I’m kind of living for it. The length is great for a modest work outfit, but you could also make it a little edgier too with some accessories. I really wasn’t planning on putting two skirts on here, but I fell in love the moment I saw this one!

 Miscellaneous

  1. Animal Crossing  on the Nintendo Switch

You guys may not know that aside from blogging about whatever it is I blog about, I also really enjoy playing video games! Animal Crossing on Nintendo’s newest system has been at the tip top of my list since the system was announced. The game was finally announced at a Nintendo Direct in in October, I believe and I’m so excited. It’s up for preorder on Gamestop’s website though no date for release has actually been determined as of yet. I highly recommend checking out this title! Especially if you’re into cheerful town simulations with charming anthromorphic characters stress-free gaming experience 

2. RODE Compact On-Camera Mic

I’m trying to get myself ready to start producing youtube content periodically, and on the test runs I found my audio to be lacking. It’s not clear with just my camera, so I’m on the hunt for a microphone to start off with. I know that with me it’s not good to drop loads of money on a thing without knowing if I’m going to get a footing, so 60 bucks is a decent compromise. This is more of a practical thing right now rather than a plain ol’ want.

3. Starbucks Reusable Tumbler

 When I saw this particular update in my Google Feed I was super interested- of course the big question is whether or not they’ll be available when I’m able to get one. The tumble would save me money in the end and get me and instagrammable tumbler to take to work with me! While $40 is a little high for what I want to pay for a cup, the end result would be so worth it! 

4. TYSSEDAL Dressing Table Vanity from Ikea

The other thing I’m kind of hoping to have when I started producing videos, is a decent vanity. Right now it’s clear to me that I’m going to have to utilize other methods of storage for my veritable collection, so I’m not too concerned with storing all of my makeup in a single table. This one would go great in the space I have planned and coordinate well with the other thing I have picked out to accent my station.

 

That’s my wishlist for this wonderfully materialistic holiday! I’m not sure what (if any) of these items I’ll be able to attain, but I did keep my price points somewhat in the realm of reality. I have some big plans for the coming year where this blog is concerned and I hope you guys are there to see us into the new year! What sort of things are on your list of must haves this holiday season?

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post in this Christmas Countdown! 

Sticker!

I’m  trying to design a sticker for each day of this (event?)! Today’s is this, which I had designed ahead of time!

That little sticker is available on Redbubble, click the image to check it out!

Coffee Abroad; Newnan’s Own Leaf and Bean

Hey there, everyone! For my Coffee Abroad adventure this time, I headed to Newnan, Georgia! I would like to rave on this adorable little town for a moment, if I may. It’s a completely charming town about half an hour outside of the big ATL, and it avoids the terrible traffic of the big city. I went for a more business-oriented trip, but really found myself completely enamored with this little town. The downtown was altogether too cute!
 
    The coffee shop I visited, The Leaf and Bean, was right next to the Alamo, which of all things served, Pizza! The location was perfect, because the weather was terrible and I was dreading driving around to find my planned restaurant. Luck was on my side when I pulled in front of my main attraction to see that it was right next to my dinner. I want to acknowledge this was totally not due to my own planning, but more a stroke of dumb luck. I adored the aesthetic of the shop- it had this lovely industrial feel with exposed bricks and you guys know how I love that style.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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At @theleafandseed_ in Newnan! You guys know I’m OBSESSED with the whole aesthetic! . . #coffeeshops #coffee #trydaycameearly #newtownnewstuff

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    I ordered kind of a staple for me, Vanilla/Caramel- it arrived at my table in its hot variant. The lovely ladies were great sports and corrected my order, I got the opportunity to try both today!
 
    The cold Latte was a touch on the over-sweet side for my taste, while not bad in the slightest- it was just a little beyond my sweetness threshold. It did require that I mix it, and after a hearty stirring, it was reminiscent of coconut milk. The earthiness of the espresso was tempered by the caramel, making it a strange harmony that I can’t quite place. Once the flavor began to fade, the vanilla made an appearance and created a more unique experience than I was expecting from my staple.
    Once I grew used to the sweetness of this drink, it really started to grow on me. I was a little ambivalent at first, truth be told. But after a few sips, I was really starting to feel this beverage on a spiritual level. If you’re a fan of saccharine sweet flavors, you may enjoy this one.    
    In a strange turn for the unexpected, I find myself greatly preferring the hot variant. The flavors in this sibling drink are much more toned down and subtle, rather than being offensively sweet it maintains a level of richness. It feels quite a lot like a macchiato, with a touch of earthy bitterness to savor and watch the rain drizzle in the world outside. I feel like both of today’s selection(s) were made with a dark roast, due to the bite of the espresso in each. It’s a perfect drink for days like today when the sun just doesn’t want to shine and the rain keeps coming. It makes me remember coffee shops from days gone by and makes me strangely nostalgic.
 
    The aesthetic in this shop is impeccable, it feels warm and welcoming with the fairy lights gracing the exposed steel in the ceiling shining placidly on the exposed red brick. I love the inviting feeling and the coffee set-ups scattered about to lend a homey atmosphere. The chairs near the back of the long interior look plush enough to get lost in, unfortunately, I deemed it not a good idea to try one with how tired  I was. 
 
    I really hope that even more places like this crop up, I am absolutely enamored with this entire atmosphere. I literally can’t get enough of it. And is it really any wonder?

Hometown Cravings; Raspberries and Cream

      Hey there, guys! I’m back with another coffee post while I prepare some content for you guys over the next couple of weeks! Today I’m at Origin Coffee, enjoying a drink idea that worked out well for me! I wanted to make a raspberry and cream drink, and just raspberry and vanilla wasn’t cutting it. So I figured, why not add another creamy flavor and see how that pans out? I mean, chocolate and vanilla pair well, despite being opposites. The Be Mine latte proves that. So, with that in mind, I tried White Chocolate, Vanilla and Raspberry and I think that works!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Another day, another moody coffee picture! This one is from @origincoffeecolumbus and my drink of choice was a fantastic raspberry and cream iced latte! . . #coffee #coffeeaddict #coffeeshop

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     The chocolate and vanilla mingle and blend in such a way where neither is identifiable alone. You might think that’s a bad thing, but it really makes the creaminess stand out. I thought it was going to be more like a chocolate dipped berry with some vanilla tones. But what happened instead was almost a decadent creaminess with raspberry offering tang and standing out. 

     The creamy flavors in this almost completely drown out the bitterness lent by the espresso, and it’s rather nice. I’m picking up a little bit of acidity that lingers for a few seconds after the raspberry flavor fades from the back of my tongue. It might not be a seasonal drink, but it’s really good. 

     It feels a little more Christmassy rather than fall, and it kind of puts me in a festive mood. I might recommend this for someone who enjoys just a little bit of bitterness in their drink. While there’s not much, there’s enough to be noticeable. It’s really a fantastic choice for a warmer day, since I prefer iced. But, it’s also fantastic as a hot latte, if a little more creamy.

If you can’t tell by now what my rating would be for this one…

Taste; /5

     They really deserve a 5/5 for this drink. It’s the perfect creamy drink with just a lingering bite of berry goodness. We made a very solid bet for a holiday drink, if you’re not feeling any of the delicious holiday drinks we’re featuring next month!

Cirque Italia; multicultural water circus!

Cirque Italia; multicultural water circus!

The walkway to the stage looked so cool!

    Hey Guys! I’m bringing you fresh news today! Over the past week, I was told about this thing I’ve never heard about. Cirque Italia.  A water circus. What? I was invited by a co-worker, and quickly jumped on the chance to have a new experience. I would have loved to show you guys some stills from the show, but unfortunately, I couldn’t get a pass to take pictures.

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    The first act that I recall featured two ladies. It actually may have been the same ones pictured above. I honestly can’t even imagine the strict training regimen that these people must go through to get to this point. These ladies must have near superhuman strength. I still spent most of the time being concerned for their well-being.

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       The second act in Cirque Italia that resonated with me is the above. At first, the gentleman was inside of the hoop, but ended up on top of it. Since there was an inflatable landing pad beneath him, I thought this was the safest thing they had done. But they proved me wrong, by introducing a jump rope. Seriously, this one made me a little upset that I was so close to the action, yet unable to actually take pictures.

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    Since I don’t want to spoil too much of this event, simply for the fact that I want to encourage you to attend if it comes to your area. I will say that at a point, they had a very good dinosaur costume that attendees could take pictures with! It wasn’t free, much to my dismay it was 10 dollars. Sadly, I didn’t have ten on me.

If you attend and you want to take pictures with the cast of Cirque Italia, don’t fret! You can after the show!

I was so thrilled to find that I could get a photo with the performers and let them know that they were fantastic. I’m still so in awe.

October Beauty Unboxing and Catchup!

Hey guys, welcome to another beauty post in a one week period! This time I decided to catch up on the beauty boxes from last month since we’re nearing December. I think I prefer this format, honestly, because this time I played with the items! What I did, and plan to continue doing, is this: I created a full face using items from all of the boxes together. I’ll put the complete look down at the bottom! Now, let’s go ahead and get started!

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     The first one I’m going to go into is Lip Monthly. It’s a $12.95 a month subscription service that offers 5 full-size products each month. While I think samples are adorable, I rather like full-size because I get more bang with that. This was my first Lip Monthly shipment, and I was so excited! Not only about the prospect of full-size products, but also the super cute bag!

     This first Lip Monthly bag was stocked with a Nude Lip, an Orange Lip from Stiks Cosmetics, a Lip Oil, holographic lip gloss from Bella Pierre and an orange lip pencil. The Nude, is, of course, good with any look. The lip oil is perfect for the cooler weather we’re getting and I didn’t even know there was lip oil. The holographic lip gloss is self-explanatory, and the orange pair is odd and was perfect for the spooky times. I thought this bag was great. I’d give my first Lip Monthly a 5/5 for variety!

   Next up, we had Sephora play! I’ve been so many people on reddit.com/r/beautyboxes get this subscription and I wanted in on the fun. Especially since I discovered Sephora close by. My first Sephora play provided a few essentials for a full face. Dr. Brandt pore minimizing primer, which I was really excited for. I recently came across from Dr. Brandt cleanser at Marshall’s and realized that it’s pretty up there in price. Sephora also gave me a moisturizer, foundation from Makeup Forever, Clinique lip crayon and Urban Decay All Nighter.

     I’ll include a quick review on the items I chose below, so let’s move right along! My first Sephora play box gets a 4/5, because of the foundation being the wrong shade. Not a bad rating by any stretch!

     Allure is up next! This is another one I’ve been envious of for while, and finally decided to get. This first box included a dry shampoo, lip balm/treatment, Hourglass mascara, cleanser, lotion, glitter gel and Claudelie serum. I think this box performed pretty fairly, with it’s counterparts. Hourglass is a brand I’ve been curious about for a time, but have been unable to find locally. I was pretty hype about the First Aid Beauty lotion, becaus I had a great experience with them years ago!

      My first Allure box gets a 4/5 for usability! I can’t justify a 5 for these items, sadly.

    For the last new box, we have Birchbox. Birchbox has always been really hit or miss with me previously. Don’t get me wrong, I like Birchbox. I don’t love it though. The items I got in October was a leave-in conditioner, small bar of natural soap, winky lux cream highlight, a facial moisturizer and nail polish. 

     Some of this will be useful, but I was generally underwhelmed by this box. I think I’ll throw the conditioner into a travel bag with the dry shampoo from allure. For the rating, I think this one gets a 3/5 because I was unimpressed but it did have some usefulness.

   I did include ipsy in that slideshow above, if you want a quick rundown of those items, click here

The Winners!

Alright! We got that out of the way! Like I said, I did decide to do a full face of makeup with just the items from these boxes. From Lip Monthly, I picked the orange lip and pencil duo, because  I thought that color was so unusual and pretty. I’ve never worn orange- that changes now. From sephora, I borrowed the primer and foundation. The primer was tinted a tan color and the scent was somehow medical? It was a fairly strong scent that I wasn’t too crazy about. I will say that a little goes a long way though. The foundation was the incorrect shade, but did seem to blend out nicely with a beauty blender.

From allure I took the ritzy Hourglass mascara, I felt so fancy! It had a great lifting and curing effect on my lashes that I absolutely love. I might end up splurging and ordering this offline! 

     I took the bronzer, eyeko liner as well as both shadows from Ipsy. The Winky Lux highlight from Birchbox. 

     The pink shadow was almost a mousse, the texture was really interesting to play with since I’m so used to pressed powders. I swept that onto my lid with my finger and followed that with some of the Nomad blue shadow in my crease and at the outer corner. I made an attempt to wing my liner- the eyeko liner performed very well.  Honestly, I was thrilled- not by my ‘wing’ though.

   As I said, the mascara was amazing. Though I’m kind of wishing that I had gone more crazy with the colors on my eyes to make the black pop more.  

     For my face, I used the moisturizer from Birchbox first. It was unscented and my skin seemed to love it, and it felt nice and hydrating. I dabbed on the Dr. Brandt primer which is when I noticed the smell. At first I liked how rejuvenating it smelled but quickly decided I didn’t actually like it. I quickly layered the foundation on top of it and I’m thrilled to report that I didn’t notice any heaviness on the skin like I do with some foundations. The only thing I notice is that it’s a bit too bronze for me.

    I swept on the Bronzer. I like how it’s subtle and not too pigmented. It gives me a little bit of a sunkissed look that I’m enjoying. I think my second favorite thing from this entire haul is probably the high light. The highlighter is pretty much right up my alley. I love it. Just look at that highlight. I’m still learning, but I’m definitely pleased with the application. It blended out beautifully and applied flawlessly. Because my cheeks still looked naked, I patted a little bit of the pink eyeshadow onto my cheeks and blended it outwards. I think I actually kind of prefer the eye shadow as a blush.

     The rest is just the lips, which I lined and followed up with the orange lipstick. I’m sure you can tell that I didn’t leave it at that- I used my favorite lashes that I talk about all the time to finish off the look. 

     Let me know what you guys think of this type of posts. I really enjoy tooling around with makeup and sharing these boxes with you! Do you guys have any subcriptions that you’d recommend?