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2018 Favorites

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2018 was a strange year. There were some high highs and some low lows, but PLOT TWIST: I ended the year in a pretty happy place!

2018 also introduced me to a new crop of favorite things, so here are some of my most-loved buys and tries:

1. Lavendaire’s Artist of Life Workbook: Aileen Xu, the creative force behind Lavendaire, has these gorgeously filmed, self-helpy YouTube videos that I watched a lot in 2017. So I bought her workbook… and then didn’t start it until late January because I was in such a negative headspace to start the year. The monthly exercises? Yeah, didn’t start doing those until March! But once I got going, I really enjoyed having that space to reflect on my wins each month. Even when I felt like I wasn’t accomplishing anything or growing, I was—just maybe not in a huge, dramatic way. I now have Aileen’s 2019 workbook, and I started its exercises on New Year’s Day! #progress 🎉

2. Agate bracelet: In yoga teacher training, each of us gave small gifts to the other trainees when we taught our first class. One of the other gals made us these beautiful bracelets, and I’ve literally worn mine every day since! Besides being pretty, it’s such a nice reminder of the girls and that wonderful experience. 💕

3. Roller Chain Fidget Toy (Amazon): I tend to be very fidgety with my hands, especially at work, so I ordered a few fidget toys from Amazon this year. This one was by far the winner—I just fiddle with it endlessly while sitting at my desk at work!

4. Pop-Up Pill Organizer: Remember when I found this pill organizer at Marshall’s? Yeah, I’m totally in love with it (and I’m also 100 years old!). It’s so nice to be able to set up a week’s worth of pills but then just take one day with you at a time, thereby avoiding having said week’s worth of pills spill in your bag (something that used to happen to me all.the.time).

5. Aurora Bar Ring in rose gold (GLDN): My Rebirthday ring! It’s so pretty and dainty and personal GAH, I just love it! And I think it arrived pretty quickly too, especially for being a custom piece!

6. Five Below iPhone 7 Case: I love this case so much! I tend to switch up my cases, but I’ve been going strong with this one since April! (Unfortunately for you guys, that means it might not be in stores anymore.) I love the geometric pattern, the soft colors, the gold details, the whole faux-marble vibe, and the super-slim profile. For $5, it’s perfection.

7. Timer Tab: I easily lose track of time when I’m working on something, so this site has been a godsend at work. Otherwise, one hour balloons into three, and I’m like, “I’ve been going through my inbox for HOW long?!” I think it plays a video of a chiming grandfather clock when time’s up, which may be annoying (or hilarious, depending on your view!), but my work computer doesn’t have speakers, so the flashing visual in the toolbar is perfect.

What are your favorite buys and tries from last year?

High Five for Friday: January 18

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Happy Friday! What brought the sparkle this week?

  • Let’s start with the ten-year challenge!
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Yep, this is me in 2009, back when I was a senior in college. I pretty much lived and breathed Victorian lit—oh, and hockey, obviously! I had just applied to grad school and had no clue what I was going to do with my life. Ten years later, not much has changed!! 😂 I think I look basically the same today, except RIP headbands (god, I loved ya). My “glow up,” so to speak, is mostly from finally embracing mascara! 😂

 

  • In honor of my college self, here’s a song that I played about 8,000 times back then! I actually rediscovered it last week and was like, “This! is! so! cute!” and have, once again, been playing it nonstop. I love Wings, I love the Fender Rhodes, and I love adorable lyrics, so it really checks all of my boxes, haha!
  • On Saturday night, I visited Kristin and Sharkey, until the first snowflakes started falling, and then I was out of there like the Road Runner! At least I got some quality cat time in!
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  • For all the inquiring minds that want to know (okay, just Tif and Becky), an update on last week’s fanny pack saga! I did NOT end up getting one. Kristin got the pink one that I have on in the picture below. I did see a cute one (that I can’t seem to find on Nordstrom Rack’s site) on our way out, but I have not crossed over to the land of fanny pack ownership (…yet)!
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  • Lastly, like I need an excuse to swoon over Joe Mazzello (in a maroon velvet jacket, no less!), BUT this is something that other people might actually appreciate: a little Jurassic Park reunion with him and Laura Dern at the Critics’ Choice Awards! How adorable! Bonus: a swooning Rami!
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Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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High Five for Friday: January 11

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Happy Friday! The week was pretty dull (even for me 😂), but luckily, the weekend brought some sparkle!

  • On Friday, I met up with Alana again (two weeks in a row?! 🎉) to go to a new moon meditation at the Prana House (one of the cool mystical places Timmi and I had gone to back in August). It was a great way to slow down and start the weekend, and the year, in a more mindful place.

  • On Saturday, Pops was out, so I lived it up—by finishing The Pacific and painting my nails! I picked the Essie color After School Boy Blazer, which I hadn’t used in ages. As much as I love sparkle, I really enjoy that this color is a very flat navy. It makes me feel so edgy and bad-ass! 💃😂
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  • On Sunday, Kristin and I went shopping… for fanny packs. One fanny pack was in fact purchased, ridiculous pictures were taken, and we’ll never speak of this again! 😬
Fashun✌🏻 Also, my hair is 💯.

Fashun✌🏻 Also, my hair is 💯.

  • Once I got home on Sunday night, I geared up for the Golden Globes, which I think made me the only person in Philly not watching the Iggles, whoops. (Considering how stressful that game was, though, I definitely didn’t need to be watching!) I only knew the end result when this hilariousness ensued:
  • And then the Golden Globes. HOLY MOLY.  Let’s review: I’ve seen Bohemian Rhapsody (an embarrassing) four times and am lowkey (okay, highkey) obsessed. I thought Rami maybe had an outside chance of winning Best Actor, so I was pleasantly surprised when that happened, but then THE MOVIE WON like five seconds later, and I was shocked. Like, what the what? What about A Star Is Born? Wasn’t that getting all the hullabaloo? But whatever, cue “We Are the Champions”! Bonus that there was a cast reunion for the occasion, and we all know that I love those boys (and their ridiculous, lovey-dovey posts)!
This is so adorable, and also, Lucy Boynton is gorgeous. Like, DAMN GIRL.

This is so adorable, and also, Lucy Boynton is gorgeous. Like, DAMN GIRL.

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Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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High Five for Friday: January 4

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Oof, back to work this week! 😭 Let’s see what brought the sparkle:

  • On Friday, I had a restorative yoga + acai bowl date with my friend Alana, who is an utter gem! Although we went to high school together, we’ve only discovered that we’re basically the same person over the past few years. (Full disclosure: Alana was waaaay cooler than me in high school! 😂)  She’s  been one of my biggest cheerleaders since I started this blog, and it was great to chat IRL for a change! 
Baby’s first açaí bowl! 

Baby’s first açaí bowl! 

  • I don’t know about you, but I hate New Year’s Eve. So this year, rather than staying home and being annoyed, I went to a get-together at the yoga studio near my house! I was sort of scared about it because I wouldn’t know anybody there, but I still went, and it was great! The evening started out with a yoga class (featuring live, acoustic music!), then we did a few journaling exercises, made a body scrub, and ended with a meditation. (The new year actually started during our meditation, which was pretty cool!) It was such a nice, relaxing way to end the year and usher in a new one! Last year, I was super bitter about the new year (why, I don’t even remember), so I’m glad I’m not feeling that way this year!

  • In that vein, I sometimes struggle anxiety-wise with time off, but this year, I LOVED it and really felt like I made the most of it by balancing fun activities and socializing with chill time. The only problem is that I was then smote by anxiety on Tuesday afternoon, as I had to go back to work on Wednesday. This led to me signing up for a random yoga class like 30 minutes before it started on Tuesday night! I was kind of in a daze through most of it, but there was some nice chanting toward the end that helped to mellow me out some. Kristin, upon hearing how I dealt with this bout of anxiety, was like, “Oh, I figured it would be BoRhap, but I guess yoga works too!” LOL

 

  • Look at these adorable Christmas cards from my dear blogger friends Lisa, Bri, and Mica! Mica wrote the sweetest message in hers, which I will definitely treasure. These ladies are the best! 💕💕
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  • Lastly, I don’t even drink LaCroix, but I somehow stumbled upon these tweets, and they killed me. I wanted to single out just one from the list, but I love them all! 😂😂
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Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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December 2018 Budget

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Well, it seems I bought a few Christmas gifts for myself this month, whoops!

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  1. High-Rise Mesh-Trim 7/8-Length Compression Leggings (Old Navy): $33 on sale for $23

  2. Kitty Cat Print Tee (Kohl’s): $20 on sale for $10 - gift card = $0

  3. Wild Fable Long-Sleeve Oversize Thermal Tie-Front Top (Target): $16 on sale for $11 - gift card = $0 (Shockingly, I got it in blue, not purple!)

  4. Queen Tour ‘75 Sweatshirt (Kohl’s): $36 on sale for $19

Not pictured:

  1. LC Lauren Conrad Heart Necklace (Kohl’s): $14 on sale for $9 (I got it in rose gold.)

  2. SO Perfect V-Neck tee (Kohl’s): $14 on sale for $9

  3. Jurassic Park Tie-Dye Logo Tee (Kohl’s): $20 on sale for $10 - gift card = $0

TOTAL: $60

As much as I love leggings, I’ve realized that I tend to gravitate toward pretty boring ones—no wild patterns or colors for me. So a subtle stripe on a black background? Sign me up! The pattern is called “Embossed” on Old Navy’s website, and that’s a good way to describe it—the stripe is sort of raised and vaguely metallic-seeming. And I think “7/8-length” translates to ankle length, which works well for me because full-length leggings are often too long on me. (HOW? I’m only 5’4”! Like, yeah, not tall, but also not exactly short either!)

I’ve never been the biggest fan of the whole tie (or knot) front shirt trend. But this Target shirt doesn’t HAVE to be tied—you can also just wear it as a long button-down. And the sleeves are long enough to cover your hands! 🎉 It’s just a cute, cozy layering piece.

When we went to the England store in Epcot, they had some Queen shirts… but none were my size! 😭 So I literally ordered this sweatshirt when we got back to our hotel room that night! And I love it! It’s super soft, and I really like the cut-off hem. And Pops actually did see Queen in 1975! ❤️

And lastly, who am I to turn down a subtle cat tee? 😂

 

Now since this is the last budget post of the year, that means it’s time to total up my budget post spending! DRUM ROLL PLEASE!

TOTAL FOR 2018: $623

This is an all-time low… by a lot! My budget post spending is down $741 from last year! WHOA! I’m very proud of myself! ☺️

What did you buy this month?

High Five for Friday: December 28

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What a whirlwind week! Let’s see what brought the holiday sparkle:

  • I was off last Friday and did absolutely nothing for most of the day. WHAT A DELIGHT! But at night, I went into Philly and hung out with Russell. You might recall that he has a Sega, so we played a rousing round of Zombies Ate My Neighbors (!!) before settling on this visit’s weird historical documentary, The Russian Revolution! (Why are we insane?)
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  • Also on Friday, this book arrived! It’s by Freddie Smith (Sonny on Days) and his fiancee Alyssa!
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The intersection of soaps and self-help?! Sign me up! I pre-ordered it back in November and forgot that doing so meant I would get a signed copy! 😍 Also, I’ve chatted with Alyssa a few times via IG messages, and she is the sweetest!

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  • CHRISTMAS! I was actually feeling super anxious leading up to it (and playing this aggressive Queen song on repeat to psych myself up!), but it turned out great! It was super low key, which is fine by me! 
Requisite post-Mass outfit pic 💯

Requisite post-Mass outfit pic 💯

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Pops always gives very practical stocking stuffers, and this year was no exception, as you can see! I also got a few gift cards and a Queen magazine! 💃

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  • I’ve been off all week and am having a grand old time! Ice skating, Kohl’s, and cookies, oh my! I also started watching The Pacific because, Joe Mazzello (❤️), and he literally cries one minute into his first appearance. Just like Will on Days (who Kristin and I say has “resting cry face”). Why do I always love actors that cry all the time?!
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Hilariously, Jurassic Park had been on earlier in the day, so Joe was on a real emotional roller coaster!

At least he knows this is his calling card! 😂😂 

At least he knows this is his calling card! 😂😂 

  • Lastly, an ornament saga. This ornament (a snowshoeing alligator??) makes us go ??? every year.
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Who is this guy?! Is he from a show? A movie? We can never remember. The only thing we thought we knew was that he came in a Burger King kid’s meal circa 1990. Russell is my toy expert, but even he was stumped (despite the fact that he apparently has a blue one WHAT ARE THE ODDS). So he posted about it on Reddit, and several hours later, we had our answer! (This is why the Internet exists, right?) This guy is apparently from a Roy Rogers kid’s meal and was featured in the show Gator Tales, a cartoon that only aired in the Midwest—hence why none of us could remember it! WHO KNEW? I think my parents were as excited as I was to finally put this mystery to rest, haha!

Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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High Five for Friday: December 21

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I don’t know about you, but this week FLEW by for me! Let’s see what brought the sparkle:

  • On Saturday, I traded my ice skates for roller skates and went roller skating with Kristin and a few other friends. I used to rollerblade all the time when I was a kid, but now, I can’t fathom the last time that would have happened. 1997? Surprisingly, it wasn’t too hard, just exhausting! Why is it that, as an adult, you’ll be sore for five to seven days after doing any physical activity you did as a kid?! 
Kristin, serving them sweater lewks 😍 

Kristin, serving them sweater lewks 😍 

  • On Sunday, I saw Bohemian Rhapsody again because I need an intervention! I’m not someone who usually even likes going to the movies, let alone going to see the same movie four times! 🙈 But I’m in love with the music and the cast, so having heart-eyes for two hours never seems like the worst use of my time. Plus, I’m practically celebrating the fact that I could even sit through a movie four times! In August, my anxiety was so bad that I literally went to Maggie’s one day and paced around her room because I couldn’t sit still (but also couldn’t stop crying when I was alone). Not only do I not currently feel like that, but I’ve been feeling almost happy, even! 😂💃

 

  • How the heck is Christmas four days away?! I have been so behind with my Christmas shopping this year, but luckily, I went shopping for an hour after work on Wednesday and got gifts for TWO people! Annnd also a gift for myself, the best kind of gift! 😂

  • I laughed way too hard at this meme. I am the worst gift-wrapper, so this is basically how I feel during the whole gift-wrap process, haha.
#TOOREAL

#TOOREAL

  • And lastly, this lovely calico is really not into these Christmas decorations! (The captions are really 💯.)

I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend and holiday!! xoxo

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High Five for Friday: December 14

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Last week was our Disney World trip, so of course that’s what brought the sparkle! 🤩

  • On our first day, we did Epcot on three hours sleep (thank you, 6 AM flight!), and we had quite a time, despite the delirium! We did Soarin’ (one of our fave rides at Disneyland) and Spaceship Earth (which was nice and tame 👌🏻) and visited the little country shops! (Japan was, once again, my fave, although I regret not getting Coffee Crisp in Canada when I had the chance! 😭)
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  • On Saturday, we did the Magic Kingdom and met up with my friend Kristin, who just happened to be there with her fam at the same time! (I think finding out she would be there is what convinced Pops to schedule our trip when he did, haha!) We had DOLE WHIPS (!!) and took a nearly heart-attack-inducing ride on Big Thunder Mountain! (This used to be the only roller coaster I enjoyed, and now, it freaks me out too WAH. I was just repeatedly saying, “OH MY GOD” the whole time!)
THE GANG’S ALL HERE! 

THE GANG’S ALL HERE! 

My FAVORITE ride of the whole trip was Aladdin’s Magic Carpets! You just “fly” on your magic carpet at a reasonable speed, and you can control if/when it goes up and down. PERF. This is how psyched I was on our first magic carpet ride:

A whole new wooooorld! 

A whole new wooooorld! 

I also loved the teacups (although maybe not as much as Pops... 😂), and my beloved Jungle Cruise was the “Jingle Cruise” for the holidays! (A slow moving ride full of corny jokes?! Yes please!) 

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  • On Sunday, it RAINED until like 3 PM (😮), so we hung out in our hotel room and chilled for awhile. I actually very much appreciated the chance to rest after such an exhausting few days! Plus, Father of the Bride (I and II!) happened to be on TV, so I was happy as a clam!

 

  • Once the rain stopped, we went back to Epcot because that was the park open the latest that day. This time around, we did the new Frozen ride, which was cute, and Soarin’ again, and got a giant pretzel in Germany! #yolo
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  • Let’s end the post with this guy that Pops bought me in Japan! HOW. STINKIN’. CUTE. I think it’s a bear dressed up like a calico cat with another lil cat friend?!? 😍😭😍 How could I resist?!
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Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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High Five for Friday: November 30

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Happy Friday! Let’s see what brought the ✨ this week:

  • Let’s just start out with this gif. Timmi found it this week, and it never fails to crack me up:
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#bigmood

  • So last weekend, I saw Bohemian Rhapsody again… twice actually. Whoops. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a movie three times in the theater before! One viewing was with Pops, and the other was to combat anxiety. I was feeling super anxious on Sunday for no apparent reason (possibly “rebound anxiety” from lowering one of my medications WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS), so spending two hours with heart-eyes didn’t seem like the worst idea. And, in fact, it was not. 10/10 would recommend this coping skill. 😂
BUT ACTUALLY.

BUT ACTUALLY.

  •  Thanks to Bohemian Rhapsody introducing me to Ben Hardy, I decided to check out a few clips of him on EastEnders. Silly me, I didn’t think I would get sucked in, but it is a soap opera after all! His character’s sister was murdered, his gf is an alcoholic, their families seem to hate each other, so naturally, I’m just over here like GIVE ME MORE. 😍
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  • My friend Russell (Inspector Gadget) has a band and was saying over the weekend that I should take up an instrument and join them. I would really like to play the drums, but they already have a drummer/we don’t have drums at home, so my options (i.e. instruments we already have around the house) were limited to guitar, bass, and keyboard. Obviously, with my love of John Deacon at a fever pitch, I picked the bass. (Plus, being a female bass player seems totally bad-ass, no?) So Pops tried showing me a few things this week, and I can now very slowly almost play the first 8 notes to “Another One Bites the Dust”!! What a virtuoso! 😂
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  • Lastly, Pops and I are going to Disney World next weekend! What the what? He literally booked this on Tuesday, haha! We’ve been to Disneyland a bunch of times, but I’ve only been to World once and Pops has never been. I’m super pumped for Epcot! 

This also means no H54F next week (☹️), so I’ll catch y’all in two weeks!

 

PS BLOGGER FRIENDS: Let me know if you want to exchange Christmas cards this year! 😘

 

Have a great weekend! xo

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November 2018 Budget

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I thought I bought more things this month, but these are the only receipts I could find, so YAY, I guess! Also, let it be known that I bought NOTHING on Black Friday, WOO HOO! I’m such a sucker for sales, so this was a big win! Even better: I didn’t even WANT to shop! Do you guys ever feel super grabby at times and apt to buy everything in sight, and then super meh about shopping? Because that definitely happens to me and did this month. I bought two of the things below within days of each other… along with a few decorative things and self-helpy-type books. And then nothing. OKAY. *shrug*

So what did I buy this month?

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  1. DevaCurl One Condition (CVS, but found online at Ulta): $22

  2. Dr. Scholl’s Original Collection Lane Gore Leather Bootie (Marshall’s, but could only find online at Amazon): on sale for $29

  3. Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm (Sephora): $38

TOTAL: $89

I needed some shorter black boots after finally bidding my six-year-old pair adieu last year. These ones by Dr. Scholl’s may look dressy, but they’re pretty darn comfortable, and that’s really all I ever want in an article of clothing.

I’m especially lazy when it comes to eye creams for some reason, so when I saw one in a tube form, my internal lightbulb went on. I’ve already used it way more than a traditional eye cream because it’s so easy to just swipe on and be done with it. Is it working? Eh, who knows, but at least I’m actually using it! #knowthyself

And the DevaCurl is just a boring ol’ replacement. I swear by it for my super thick, coarse hair!

What did you buy in November?

High Five for Friday: November 23

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Happy Black Friday! Hope y’all had a great holiday! Here’s what brought the ✨ this week:

  • Over the weekend, I actually did some creative writing! I have all these scenes scribbled down for a story I want to write, but I always talk myself out of working on it. A come-to-Jesus therapy session has changed all that for the time being, though! Writing again was freaking FUN! ☺️

 

  • I was off on Wednesday, so Pops and I went ice skating! He used to play hockey, so he had a lot of good tips for me. Even though we had to dodge 8,000 kids, it was a lot of fun, and I feel like my legs are getting stronger!
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  • On Thanksgiving, I kept negating all of Pops’s answers during a rousing game of Scattergories (because if you put the same answers as someone else, you cancel them out, and Pops and I apparently share one brain), annnd I accidentally got low-key drunk, so it was obviously quite a time!

  • Otherwise, it’s been 2008 around here, because I’ve been listening to Jupiter One nonstop for no apparent reason! Did anyone else listen to these guys in college? Full disclosure: one of their songs was on the soundtrack to NHL ‘08, that’s how my bffl and I discovered them hahahaha. “Countdown” is so good!

  • Lastly, YOU GUYS, I am now fully in love with the cast of Bohemian Rhapsody. (Poor Timmi has borne the brunt of this all week haha. Truly #rideordie) The guys who play Queen all seem to genuinely love each other and get involved in hijinks together, and my heart can’t handle it. 💕💕

Like, one dude couldn’t go with them on their press tour to Japan, so they brought around a CARDBOARD CUTOUT OF HIM. (Which later escalated to this. 😂😂)

These guys are everything I didn’t know I needed in my life!

Hope you have a great weekend! xo

 

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High Five for Friday: November 16

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Happy Friday, everyone! ☺️ Let’s see what brought the sparkle:

  • On Saturday, I got to hang out with one of the YTT gals! Jamie is hilarious and super easy to talk to and just GETS IT (about everything), so it was delightful! Bonus that, because she’s trying to get some more experience doing reiki, I got to add some reiki to my day! It was super calming and much-needed. ❤️

 

  • While I was on my way to meet up with Jamie, I passed by this gorgeous backdrop! I happened to have my DSLR with me that afternoon (what luck!), so this worked out perfectly!
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  • But on Sunday, I was really out of sorts. Thankfully, I was still with Pudge, who is an excellent emotional support cat, but I was just… sad. I don’t know. Luckily, I managed to get myself out of the house to see Bohemian Rhapsody and I LOVED IT. (Although I could have done without so much creative license being taken with certain things. 😞) It felt like being at a Queen concert, especially because they recreated the Live Aid performance, and y’all know that’s my jam!
I went to the movies by myself, which I think means I crossed a goal off of  Bri’s  list, haha!

I went to the movies by myself, which I think means I crossed a goal off of Bri’s list, haha!

I love John Deacon, and I totally had a crush on Joseph Mazzello back in the day, so the fact that he, of all people, played John Deacon was basically 🤯🤯. And he is so good! Why can’t he be in more things!?

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  • Switching gears to a different movie! Because I love Milo Manheim on this season of DWTS, I made Pops watch the Disney movie that he’s in, Zombies, with me this week, and it’s pretty darn cute. It’s basically High School Musical with zombies. 🤷🏼‍♀️
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  •  Lastly, I’m obviously Team Witlo, but I did love Alexis and Alan’s jive this week. Ridiculous ‘80s exercise video vibes, a plethora of sequins, and “Yes” from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack?! HERE FOR IT.

Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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High Five for Friday: November 9

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Happy Friday! Let’s see what brought the sparkle this week!

  • Saturday night was the Halloween party I’d mentioned a few weeks back, and my “brilliant” Halloween costume idea was a huge success! I enlisted my friend Russell to be the Inspector Gadget to my Penny! I’m pretty dang happy with how it turned out! Cheap eBay trench coat ftw!
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We also made some pretty sweet props! (Sidenote that Penny was WAY ahead of her time—she basically had an Apple Watch and an iPad in the ‘80s!)

Possibly the most unique usage of Gretchen Rubin’s  Better Than Before ! 😂😂

Possibly the most unique usage of Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before! 😂😂

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  • Also on Saturday, I busted out my DSLR and took some pictures of pretty leaves! (One of my November goals! ✔️) Pops accompanied me, thinking we were going on an actual walk and not a “stop and gawk”—whoops! #PoorPops
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  • Speaking of goals, you might have noticed that I’ve been very meh with my goals posts for the past few months. I don’t know what my deal is, but I just am not excited about those posts right now. I do still want to set some small goals though... enter Instagram. I shared a few goals for October on there on a whim last month, and it really did help, so I’m back at it this month! Also, Gretchen Rubin liked this post!! (If she only knew I turned her book into a “computer”! 😂)

 

  • I’m staying with my beloved Pudgie Princess for a few days! Look at this precious angel I’M DYING. (Also from cat dander, tragically. WHY WON’T MY BODY LET ME LIVE MY BEST LIFE? 😭😭)
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Working hard, or hardly working?  

Working hard, or hardly working?  

  • Lastly, this has definitely been the song of the week. It’s so ridiculously catchy. And it was apparently the B-side to “Last Christmas,” so if that doesn’t sell you on it (besides the fact that it’s, you know, WHAM!), I don’t know what will! Go ahead—choose life.

Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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High Five for Friday: November 2

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I hope your week had some sparkle! Here’s what put the ✨ in mine:

  • Somehow, Pops convinced me to stay up and watch when World Series game 3 went into extra innings last Friday night. Since it wasn’t a weeknight, and I thought the game would go til maybe midnight, sure, why not?

HAHAHAHAHA IT WENT TIL 3:30 AM. OH OK. Pops, lover of all things Cali, is pro-Dodgers, so I was cheering for them too, and after about 1:30 AM, I had to pace whenever the Red Sox were up—I WAS SO STRESSED. Thank god the Dodgers won! Even though they ended up losing the series, I don’t think I could have handled them losing that game!

God bless you, Max Muncy!

God bless you, Max Muncy!

  • Is anyone else pumped for Bohemian Rhapsody?! Seeing the commercials has got me listening to a lot of Queen, especially their iconic performance at Live Aid. My parents taped Live Aid off the TV when it originally aired, and I watched it in high school while working on a research paper about U2 (who also had an iconic  performance there). I was mesmerized by Freddie Mercury dancing with the microphone stand during “Radio GaGa.” So if you’ve never seen it, you’re welcome!

  • I’m starting to realize that I will do fun things (or just basic things, like leaving the house) on the weekend if I give myself chill time too. My introvert self really needs that balance. So after this past Saturday got away from me, thanks to getting out of bed at 11:30 (see above) and then having family stuff at night, I gave myself Sunday to regroup at home—get the wash done, get myself organized for the week etc.—but I also lit a fun candle (who even am I??) and took Days breaks so it didn’t feel like a total grind.

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  • I had a delightful fall morning on Tuesday! My one therapist’s office is tucked away in the cutest neighborhood, so after therapy, I walked around and soaked up some of the beautiful foliage! Somewhere over the past few years, I’ve become a fall person—didn't see that one coming! And then I stopped at Starbucks on the way home and picked up a PSL. I’m not their biggest fan, but I do need 1-2 a year in celebration of the season! #basic

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  • Lastly, you might recall that, in August, I set out to document my daily outfits, as I have for the past three Augusts. But some stuff happened this August that brought up a ton of anxiety and emotion, and I just couldn’t post cute, smiley Instagram pictures when I was dying inside. (I did eventually start commenting on my emotional state in my Instagram posts, but that wasn’t exactly an enjoyable exercise either.) I just wanted to speed up time so that things would hurt less. Well, here we are, two months later, and that bad stuff hurts way less. I feel like I’m dealing with a normal, non-incapacitating level of anxiety these days. When I was in it, I thought it would never end, but hey, here I am. “This too shall pass,” I guess. Anyway, here’s one of my favorite pics from the second half of Outfit Documentation August (aka October!)!

Hope you have a great weekend and had a great Halloween! (My super health-conscious dad ate a fun-size Snickers AND a mini Baby Ruth, so it was a wild time here! 😂) xo

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October 2018 Budget

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October was a v low-key spending month, especially compared to September! I only bought two things, both from Glossier:

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  1. Milky Jelly Cleanser (Glossier): $18

  2. Lip Gloss (Glossier): $14

TOTAL: $32

I had racked up quite a bit on my credit card in September, so I definitely needed to avoid shopping (for the most part) in October! The Milky Jelly Cleanser was just a replacement (it’s been my go-to cleanser for over a year), and I threw in the Lip Gloss (which I’d had my eye on for awhile) to get free shipping. The Lip Gloss is… okay. Although it’s supposed to be clear, I feel like it somehow makes my lips look this nice shade of pink. My main issue is how sticky it is. I actually like a thick, sticky lip gloss, but this one is REALLY sticky. Like, to the point of feeling weird or unpleasant. I don’t know. I haven’t used it a ton, but that’s where I’m at right now. If you’re contemplating a Glossier lip product, I’d say go with the Balm Dot Com—I love the cherry one and use it all the time.

What are your favorite lip products that I need to try?

High Five for Friday: October 26

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I hope your week had some sparkle! Here’s what put the ✨ in mine:

  • On Saturday, my aunt got married in a lovely ceremony! And I had the honor of doing a reading, aww! The dinner afterwards was on a beautiful golf course, and I immediately seized upon that for my OOTD, haha! 

The shoes are the only part of this outfit that’s new, and they only cost $10 🙌🏻

The shoes are the only part of this outfit that’s new, and they only cost $10 🙌🏻

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  • Equally exciting for this introvert was being home in my pjs watching Days by 9:00 PM! 😂 I’m not a high-energy person by any means, but I was super wiped out (annnd I ended up having a fever on Monday, so I guess this was a portent of things to come!). So I spent Saturday night lying around watching old Will Horton scenes, and it was DELIGHTFUL. I started watching WilSon because I thought Sonny was cute, but unfortunately, Sonny is also perfect and boring! I’ve totally fallen love with Will because he’s such a mess, and Chandler Massey imbues him with such realness and humor and raw emotion that just kills me. I also love EJ and Sami now too, and boy are they a hot mess! I guess that’s just my jam!

So on trend for fall

So on trend for fall

THIS POOR KID 😭😭 (seriously, he is the best crier)

THIS POOR KID 😭😭 (seriously, he is the best crier)

  • After yoga on Sunday, I met up with Kristin and her bf at an outdoor market a few blocks from the yoga studio. Even though it was freezing (ok, it was only in the 40s, but I busted out my big winter coat and it was not enough!), we had a lot of fun, and Kristin gifted me a Gritty pin! 😂😂 #philly

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  • In my feverish haze on Monday night, the perfect Halloween costume came to me in a flash of brilliance! I’m not a Halloween person at all, but I need a costume for a party, and I’d been totally stumped. Now I’m in business—I just have to find all the necessary clothing items!

 

  • Lastly, I’ve finally moved away from Justin Bieber this week and right into the arms of Demi Lovato. “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Tell Me You Love Me” have been getting me through the work week. Her songs are always so sassy and confident. I want to channel that! 💃💃

Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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How Five for Friday: October 19

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I hope y’all had some sparkle in your week! Here’s what put the sparkle in mine:

  • I ended up teaching yoga in the yurt on Saturday! Although the yurt is a lovely setting, it was out of necessity—I found myself locked out of the main building when I got there! AH! So I immediately ran around trying all the doors and then I spotted the yurt—which thankfully was open! And had a handful of mats and props, hooray! The experience reminded me that, despite all of my anxiety, I’m actually usually ok when things go awry—I can handle it, and I do find solutions. (Just like when this happened.) I expect myself to fall apart, but in reality, I usually don’t. Like most of us, I’m stronger than I know. 💪🏻

 

  • After yoga, I drove back home and went to Benihana with Kristin, her bf, and another friend of theirs, and it was so much fun. I mean, of course it was—commemorative cat glasses were had!

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And we stood around freezing in the parking lot for an hour afterwards taking pictures and personality tests! Kristin and I often joke about this Simpsons moment, and after our big night out, we were like “Lou and Wiggum would be jealous!” 😂😂

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  • On Sunday night, I rearranged my room a bit, and it has made my life 100 times better. I repositioned my desk and now can get around my bed without bumping into things—WHAT A THRILL!

  • I went ice skating again on Tuesday, and it was a total blast! It was the first time I went by myself and felt like the fun outweighed my self-consciousness or fear of falling. I used to love ice skating as a kid, and I felt like I got to really reconnect with that part of myself this week. ❤️

PS I’m documenting my OOTDs on Instagram now through the end of the month, if you want to follow along: @jessie_face4! 😘 

  • You guys, I think I lied last week when I said I wasn’t a Belieber... because I’ve been listening to “Sorry” and “Let Me Love You” nonstop. 😬 And also Maroon 5 songs from Red Pill Blues that sound Bieberish (namely “Don’t Wanna Know” and “Wait”). I guess this is just my vibe right now. Is it too late now to say sorry?

Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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High Five for Friday: October 12

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Let’s see what put the sparkle into this week:

  • Yoga and sushi with Maggie! I hadn’t seen my dear Maggie since she graciously let me pace around her room when I was super freaked out in August, so a meet-up was way overdue! I invited her to the recovery yoga class that I sometimes go to, and dream of dreams, no one else showed up! (Sidenote that I was also a wildly anxious mess the last time I took a class with this teacher, and I’ve been feeling a lot better lately, so that was a nice benchmark/reminder!) So Maggie and I got a super-chill private yoga class and then caught up at my favorite sushi place. What a delightful start to the weekend! ❤️

  • Ice skating! I used to love ice skating when I was a kid, and even though it’s infinitely more terrifying (and tiring) now, it’s still so exhilarating! I had a great time skating with a grand total of seven other people to some Beatles tunes on Tuesday (aka John Lennon’s birthday).

It took great effort to stop at a spot away from the boards! I was still moving in my first several attempts at this shot 😂

It took great effort to stop at a spot away from the boards! I was still moving in my first several attempts at this shot 😂

  • Days, Wendy’s, and cats with Kristin! Kristin is just the best. A true gem that you can blather to about anything under the sun and then watch soaps with. Bonus that this guy sat on me (!!) for awhile but was not impressed with John’s explanation for why he switched comatose Marlena with Hattie. 😴

So over the Jarlena drama

So over the Jarlena drama

  • Reading! I started Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before again, and I’m really enjoying it—and enjoying reading in general, which is not typical for this burned-out former English major! I think it helps that it only takes like 20 minutes to read a chapter. And that there are a lot of “ohhhh” moments. 💡

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  • Music that was popular three years ago! Apparently, I’m all about the throwback jams right now, although we’re not going back to 2005 this time. I’m no Belieber, but I loved this song in 2015 and am back to listening to it on repeat! “What do you mean” indeed.

Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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High Five for Friday: October 5

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Let’s see what brought the sparkle this week!

  • I had a lot of boring stuff to do last Saturday night, so I spent the afternoon on a bit of a shopping spree at Target with my birthday gift cards! 😍
You can find more info/links to the clothes in my  September budget  post!

You can find more info/links to the clothes in my September budget post!

  • Kristin sent me the link to this quiz, and it low-key blew my mind (even though I had started Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before eons ago).
I’m an Obliger, which is basically a people-pleaser. 😣

I’m an Obliger, which is basically a people-pleaser. 😣

I am the worst at fulfilling inner expectations, and I always feel bad about myself for it. So these results were really helpful in showing me that a.) maybe I’m not the worst (🎉) and b.) maybe there’s a way to work with this tendency of mine! Because of all this, I’ve started listening to Gretchen’s Happier podcast again, and it’s been very eye-opening and enjoyable!  

  • On Sunday, I went to a baby shower for one of the YTT gals! It was so nice to have a little reunion with some of those lovely ladies! Bonus that it was held in a gorgeous barn, and that there were cupcakes galore! 
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  • The weather hasn’t been particularly fall-like, and I am loving it! Give me pretty leaves with 70 degree weather, and I’m a happy camper!
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  • Lastly, I’m really enjoying the new season of DWTS! Everyone is so good and amazingly not annoying me yet! (And it’s been two whole weeks! 😂) This dance is crazy good, but I’ve also been playing this song nonstop ever since! 💃 (“New Dorp. New York” by SBTRKT)

Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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September 2018 Budget

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Between Timmi being here and me having a bunch of birthday gift cards, I went a little nuts with the shopping in September! 😬💸

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  1. Xhilaration Sleep Sweatshirt (Target): $17 on sale for $12 - gift card = $0

  2. A New Day Skinny Utility Chino Pants (Target): $20 - gift card = $0

  3. Mario Tee (Old Navy): $17 on sale for $7

  4. Space-Print Pocket Tee for Boys (Old Navy): $13  on sale for $8

  5. Amethyst bracelet: $14

  6. Chakra bracelet: $22

  7. Plant tank top: $13

Not pictured:

  1. A New Day V-Neck Cardigan (Target): $23 - gift card = $0

  2. Brash Naomi Block Heel (Payless): $30 on sale for $10

  3. Printed Tulip Short (Primark link to similar): $8 on sale for $2

  4. High-Neck Tank Top (Old Navy): $13 on sale for $3

  5. Blouse (H&M): $18 - gift card = $0

  6. Jorts (H&M): $12 on sale for $7 - gift card = $0

TOTAL: $79

WOW, that Visa gift card and four Target gift cards really paid off! I’m sorry I didn’t link to a lot of things—they were either sold out, or I just couldn’t find them online!

Let’s start our chat with the plant tank top because it makes me so happy! It was such a random find—Timmi and I spotted it in a co-op two blocks from my therapist’s office! I very much associate plants with Timmi (peep her IG to see why!), so it’s really the perfect thing to remind me of her. Actually, all of the things I bought when she was here make me smile and have been great reminders of how much fun we had. She actually bought the bracelets for me because I had to sprint off to therapy! And she likes to play with gender constructs in fashion, so she urged me to go out of my comfort zone and explore the boys’ and men’s sections at Old Navy, leading me to the satellite t-shirt! (As we saw with that lunar tank top last month, I’m really into a space vibe these days!) 🚀

As you might have seen on my Insta Stories this past weekend, I went HAM with four of my Target gift cards! I’ve been looking for olive pants foreverrr, so I was pumped to finally find a pair that were the right color and fit pretty well! (I feel like I must have weird proportions because pants are often snug in the legs and kind of loose in the waist? Is this a typical thing?) I kept on this green theme with my new cardigan too. Almost all of my cardigans are grey or black—I needed some color! And the sweatshirt is super-soft and a little bit bat-wingy (surely a technical term), which is a look that I’m into (🤷🏼‍♀️) and makes it a little different from my other sweatshirts.

Lastly, I had been on a quest to get new shorts this summer but only found one pair I liked... until those fall sales started! 💃 I found both pairs of shorts above on my shopping trip for a wedding dress and shoes that was otherwise a bust—which is why I ended up buying the Payless shoes. I think they could work with any of the dresses I currently have, and it’s seeming likely that I’m just going to wear one of those to the wedding. Plus, $10 is about all I ever want to spend on dress-up shoes, haha!

Did you find anything fun this month?