Favorites: January/February 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 / 10:20 PM

Be glad I'm combining the past two months because, otherwise, my January favorites would've just been IKEA furniture.

Speaking of which! I've finally settled into my apartment out here on the Best Coast – at least, as settled as I can be right now. The moving boxes are gone, I have a rice cooker (finally!)... with the exception of a couple of missing things (I'm going to be talking about the end table I want to buy for months, I bet), I'm pretty much unpacked and pleased with it.

Surprisingly, as in love as I am with my apartment, there's only one apartment-related thing on this list...

1. Pillowfort Glass Table Lamp 

This is just one of my favorite things in my apartment, but currently near the top of that list. It's operated by touching the base, which turns it on and off. If there's one thing that can further encourage my laziness, it's this.

2. Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion by philosophy

This was a recommendation from my colleague, Sandra, and I'm obsessed with the fragrance. It makes my skin feel incredibly soft, but it smells lovely. The bottle is a bit gigantic, which makes it expensive, but you don't need to use a lot of it each day, which means it'll probably last pretty long.

I have a terrible habit of falling in love with Lush products that are seasonal or rare (Twilight, I miss you). The rose-based fragrances from Lush can be pretty hit or miss, but I decided to give Rose Jam a try when the very convincing Lush employee talked it up hard – and it was absolutely worth it, although now as the bottle nears empty, I'm sad and wondering how practical it is to commit to trying to get a job at Lush just so I can steal all of their scent-making secrets.

I don't even remember how I came across Still Buffering, but man is it a delightful addition to my life. The concept is something that immediately appealed to me: three sisters separated by a pretty big age gap (the youngest is currently sixteen, the oldest is in her 30s) discuss a different topic each episode and compare what it was like "then vs. now" for teenagers. During each episode, I'm struck with a million thoughts and it's been making me want to write and create and join the conversation, which hasn't happened in awhile. Still Buffering has only been around for about a year, so you can definitely binge and catch up with me :)

I. Can't. Stop. Thinking. About. This. Show. I loved reading Archie Comics when I was younger, and seeing that the franchise finally made the jump to the land of soapy tween dramas (aka the CW) grabbed my attention quickly. Riverdale feels very similar to Veronica Mars with the way it's structured, and the casting is on point (and more diverse than one would think when they think about the town of Riverdale from the comics: the lead, KJ Apa, is half-Samoan; Veronica is played by newcomer Camila Mendes; Josie and the Pussycats are an all black power group, etc). If you're looking for me on a Thursday night, you'll know where to find me.

I loved Katie Heaney's first book, Never Have I Ever, and had Dear Emma on my "to read" list for awhile – and it definitely didn't disappoint. It's about a college newspaper advice columnist, friendships, failures, etc... again, one of those things that just appealed to me at first glance. The main character is the flawed kind of protagonist that I feel drawn to and want to root for, and Katie's writing just moves the story along quite effortlessly. 

My new favorite pens for bullet journaling – well, for anything, really. I don't really have anything to say about these pens other than that I just really like them. They write smoothly, they don't run through paper, they don't smear easily. A+, two thumbs up, would recommend again and again.

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