January Favorites

So I technically got some of these things on Christmas, but because I didn’t do a December favorites post.. here I am.

January has gone by incredibly fast for me. I started school on the 4th after taking a semester off and getting back into the swing of things has made it fly by. I’m heading into midterm week next week (I’m on trimesters so things move pretty quickly) which has taken up a lot of my time.

But, that hasn’t hindered my ability to still enjoy my new things that I’ve acquired over the last month or so.

iPhone 6s (regular, not plus)

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This is the most recent item that I’ve gotten. I realize this iPhone isn’t like a brand new item, but it’s brand new to me and after having an android for a long time IT’S EXCITING! I’ve been finally able to get a lot of the apps I’ve been wanting to try on iOS.

I got mine in rose gold (of course) and I chose not to get the plus since I was so sick of how big my other phone was.

Since I have a Macbook, having this phone helps me connect easily to my iCloud and ultimately makes my life quite a bit easier in terms of photo sharing, etc.

It runs super quickly and is a beautiful upgrade. HAPPY WITH MY CHOICE.

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Floral Birdy Makeup Bag

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I am obsessed with this makeup bag for several reasons. First of all, it’s so adorable. I have an obsession with florals and woodland creatures; so really, this is a win-win for me. Secondly, my boyfriend’s mom got this for me for Christmas which is the sweetest thing ever because she picks out the most unique and personal gifts. Also, this thing is pretty big for a makeup bag, which is PERFECT for me.. because I have virtually no makeup storage.

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I believe it is from Etsy, but I couldn’t find the particular shop since it was gifted.

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Aquamarine Earrings

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These earrings are gorgeous and I am in love with them. My boyfriend Tom got these for me for Christmas and it was the sweetest thing to receive. At first glance, I thought they were just normal studs, but then I realized they were my birthstone and the fact that he thought of that is so cute to me. I’m terrified to lose them since they’re so nice, but I will be wearing them tonight at a wedding I’m going to!

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Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon Palette

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Alright, this is an actual January purchase!

I had received some gift cards to Sephora for Christmas and couldn’t decide what I wanted to get. I looked at tons of palettes, read a lot of reviews, watched a lot of tutorials and landed upon this one: Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon. I had heard amazing things about the  OG Chocolate palette and I heard they actually smell LIKE CHOCOLATE. How could I say no to that?

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From the few times I’ve used it, I really love it. The colors are beautiful.

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UD Gwen Stefani Palette

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This palette is my absolute favorite. I received this from my best friend Zac for Christmas (completely unexpectedly, he is the sweetest) and I was beyond ecstatic. I immediately began messing around and fell.. in…. LOVE.

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I mean, you can’t really go wrong with an Urban Decay palette, can you? I would definitely suggest trying this palette out if you haven’t yet. The shade ‘Punk’ is literally too good.

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Elizabeth and James – Nirvana Black Perfume

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I feel like I just can’t ever escape Mary-Kate and Ashley. I was a super fan as a kid, and now I’m obsessing over this fragrance they created as an adult. This is probably my favorite perfume of all time. It has a vanilla, sandalwood and violet scent.

Apparently, it’s a unisex fragrance, and I had my boyfriend try this out to be sure. I think it 100% works for both sexes. If you’re into dark, sultry shades.. definitely go give this a sniff-sniff.

Available at Sephora

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Book: Hunger Makes Me A Modern GirlIMG_3296.JPG

I started reading this at the beginning of January and I am very into it. It’s written very nicely and if you’re into personal memoir books, this is one to check out. I love Carrie from Portlandia (one of my favorite shows) and still totally want her and Fred to date. I am not finished with this book yet, but so far it’s pretty great.

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WoodWick – Marshmallow Fireside Candle

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I received a jumbo size of this candle for Christmas after running out of my smaller sized one over the summer. If I was trapped in a room forever and could only have one candle to continuously burn, this would be it. It is my absolute favorite scent. It is calm, relaxing and subdued.

Also, WoodWick candles are super amazing. They last forever and they crackle when they burn, which adds to the relaxation factor (especially while reading a book).

I suggest trying out this specific candle or one by the same brand.

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That’s all of my current favorites to feature for January. I hope you guys enjoyed.

Let me know down below what your favorite products, things and books have been this year so far.

As always,

Thank you all so much for reading and following!

-Emily

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Winter Playlist

The time has finally rolled around for my playlist to be completely dominated by slow, dreamy jams that make me emotional enough to get through the snow and cold. If you’re not quite ready to accept the fact that winter is here, and has been here, then check out my last playlist (Fall Playlist) to relive the last few months.

 

I have selected some songs that really grasp the feeling of Winter to me. If you don’t dig it, don’t worry.. I don’t blame you. Not everyone has the same taste in music and I totally respect that. This is just what I’VE been listening to this month.

**Just a fair warning: my genres VARY**

And here it is:

  • Lake Superior – The Arcs
  • Jungle – Drake
  • Misguided Ghosts – Paramore
  • Giants – Bear Hands
  • I Would Do Anything For You – Foster The People
  • The Golden State – City and Colour
  • White Teeth Teens – Lorde
  • Only If For A Night – Florence + The Machine
  • Baby Blue – King Krule
  • Flaws – Vancouver Sleep Clinic
  • Stay in my Corner – The Arcs (Yes, I’m obsessed with them)
  • Lose It – Oh Wonder
  • Spotless Mind – Jhene Aiko
  • Come Down – Sylvan Esso

 

Let me know down below in the comments what songs you’ve been loving this winter (I’m always looking for more music)! I hope you guys enjoyed this short post and are having a wonderful Monday.

Thanks for reading,

Emily

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Follow Me Into the Woods: Sunday Adventure

This weekend hasn’t been an easy one. On Friday, I was hit with the news of my grandfather being rushed to the hospital. This hit me like a ton of bricks. I don’t want to get too into detail other than telling you he’s on life support currently, fighting for his life. As you can imagine, my whole family is having a rough time, although we are keeping our thoughts positive. Please keep him in your thoughts.

Today I needed a change of scenery.. to get away from things for a while and clear my head. My boyfriend Tom and I went to a nearby forest preserve to walk and enjoy the calm (he also got to test out his new DSLR that he is very excited about). It was very lovely.

We walked around for what seemed like a long time, mainly because it was getting kind of chilly and Tom forgot his coat, but we got some pretty lovely photos and enjoyed being with each other. We came across some deer tracks, which I audibly yelled “AWW” at, and walked along the railroad tracks; eventually it turned into a race, jumping to each individual wooden slat. He claims to have won, I claim otherwise.

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While out and about, we decided to go to a antique shop that Tom had seen a mid-century modern vintage step stool chair at back in December for 20 something dollars. When he showed me the pictures, I instantly thought we should go back and find it. Fast forward over a month later and we still hadn’t gone back. Today was the day. We went in hopeful that we would find our beloved red vintage step stool. This is it:

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Unfortunately, someone else liked it just as much and stole it from our dreams. We only have ourselves to blame for waiting so long. We are hopeful that another beautiful vintage stool will come our way. (We saw it in the movie Vertigo and thought it was the coolest thing ever).

This didn’t ruin our trip though, we took a look at pretty much everything else throughout the shop. There wasn’t much worth buying, but it’s always fun to peek at the knick-knacks.

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We then got some delicious sandwiches and soup and the rest of our night will consist of watching Making A Murderer.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

Until next time,

Emily

How To Survive Christmas Shopping As A Poor College Student

This one is for you skipping-laundry-day-because-I-spent-all-my-money-on-Chipotle girl. Tis the season to be poor enough already because our student loan money is just about out. AS IF GIFT-BUYING ISN’T ALREADY STRESSFUL ENOUGH.

As a struggling, poor college student, I have been in your shoes and I somehow still pull through as a pretty decent gift giver.. if I do say so myself. So, as my gift to you all for this special holiday season, I’m going to give you my how-to give some decently nice gifts on a BUDGET (a serious budget).

Stretch that penny. Stretch it real good.

  1. Do Not Buy Gifts for all Your Friends (Only the ones you like a lot).

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This is a pretty obvious explanation. The less people you buy for, the less you spend.. which in turn is GOOD. Select just a few of your closest friends and  buy them one thing that they would enjoy. They aren’t relying on you to make this the best Christmas ever with your gift to them. Don’t overthink it. Cheap.. easy.. quick.. done.

Friend Gift Suggestions: Candles, A Single Clothing Item, A Cactus in a Cute Pot, A Liptstick or other Makeup Product

2. Pay Attention TO ALL SALES

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After working retail for a combined amount of 3 years, I can tell you this: there is alwaaaays some kind of sale.. and if you wait another few days there will probably be a better one. Christmas is the time for retailers to DRAG YOU IN by offering some deal that you can’t resist. Some of them are bullshit, but some of them are really great and can check quite a few things of your list. Grab the AD section of the paper from your parents house and go to town.

*Don’t be afraid to ask a store if they have any upcoming deals. The worst that can happen is they tell you “oh we don’t know what is to come” (lie) and you just move on*

3. Black Friday is too much work. Stick to Cyber Monday.

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If running through parking lots, lines and stores that are jam-packed with crazed deal-seekers all while being way too full of Thanksgiving dinner sounds unappealing to you……try Cyber Monday instead. You still get all the excitement of getting a deal without having to shove caffeine-kooky-Carol out of the way. Clothing sites usually do some pretty great things and almost every site gives free shipping *cheers*.

If you’re looking for the big buys.. head over to Amazon.

Also, don’t feel ashamed to maybe grab a few things for yourself.. it is Christmas after all.

4. Don’t Be Afraid of DIY

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It’s the age of Pinterest which has opened the door to handmade being acceptable as a gift and not “cheap”. There are THOUSANDS of how-to’s online for things like bath bombs, candles, ornaments (my DIY for this coming next week), scarves and just about everything else. Package whatever you make in a cute way and BOOM.. easy, cheap and thoughtful gifts.

5. Set Limits For How Much You Plan To Spend 

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Your parents, siblings and significant other are really the top priorities when it comes to gift buying.. so work on those first. None of these people want you going broke to buy them a gift, unless you have a lot of awful people in your life, so don’t stress about how much you’re spending. Get a decent gift and don’t go crazy.

When it comes to a relationship, it’s okay to get a little overboard (since I am always guilty of this). But, still respect (kinda) the price limit you set. It’s okay to discuss with each other how much you both want to spend before hand.. saves both of you from overspending or one person getting more.

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I hope this helps any of you sad, stressed college students out there.

As always, thanks for reading.

-Emily