November Favorites

As a little girl, I used to be really big on the whole concept of “show & tell” time.

a) I’m a talker.
b) I guess other people’s stories have always intrigued me, too.

Thus, my new Favorite Things series. This will be a once-monthly series of new things that wandered into my life in the past month that I loved.  I really enjoy watching and reading other blog’s “favorites” videos and posts (their show time), so I decided to give it a whirl (my tell time).  Sometimes I find the most fun little pretties, bits of makeup, or  delicious treats that I really want to share with you, but don’t want to dedicate an entire post to- so why not lump them all together? (I think my logic there is solid.)


1. Middle Sister Wine


(Perfectly fitting, right? It was destiny I be introduced to this wine –middle sisters unite.)  The brand does a really good job not only describing the wines, but adding fun personality to the “sister” behind each variety. Particularly, I’m in love with their Cabernet Sauvignon this month called the “Mischief Maker.” The back of the bottle reads:

Have you ever dated brothers?  Worn leather pants to a wedding?  Paired white wine with red meat?  Then you just might be a mischief maker.  You keep us up after bedtime on a school night.  You change your hair color like most people change their socks.  You make lives more complicated, but less boring.  You’ll be in the stories we tell our grandchildren.  You love trouble.  And we love you.

Too bad I’m totally not that fun sister, but the wine is good. Is it the best wine you’ve ever tasted? Probably not. For cheap $10 wine, it’s delicious without breaking me, and I can find it at Target.

2. Ann Taylor Flats

You know those flats in your closet that absolutely murder your feet that you keep wearing anyway? They match everything and somehow you have nothing else like them? I have been on a mad hunt to replace some super cheap, cognac flats I wear weekly that totally kill me every time.  Then, these beauties magically fell from the heavens when I least expected it into an Ann Taylor Factory store on a completely impromptu shopping weekend with my sister. Adorable? Comfortable? On sale for $18 from $75? All the checks. My new go-to. Plus a little bow detail? Uh, please. (Sort of similar here, here, and here, but did I mention how hard I’ve been looking for something like these?)

3. bareMinerals Deluxe Limited Edition Jumbo Foundation


 I wore Bare Minerals through high school and most of college, and then abandoned it (boredom maybe?) I found a perfectly swoon-worthy liquid foundation that I still absolutely love (here) and will likely go back to someday, but I’ve been wanting to find something a little less expensive for my current budget without being cheap (I’ve learned the hard way multiple times my skin does not approve of very cheap foundation for very long). I bought a little bareMinerals 30-day trial sized kit (here), and after a few days thought why did I give this up again? I was totally excited to see this limited edition jumbo foundation (more bang for your buck per ounce), and I adore the limited-edition packaging. A little fun packaging goes a very long way with me.

4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


I found this list of books floating around social media called “22 Books You Should Read Now Based on Your Childhood Favorites.” I read Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech practically yearly until college; it was/is one of my very favorite childhood novels. Overly excited when I found it on this list, I instantly consulted Amazon and ordered its partner recommendation, One Hundred Years of Solitude (as you can see, the copy I received has seen better days.) Honestly, it took a bit for me to get into this book. I know it’s one of those “classic, beloved, and acclaimed Nobel prize winning works of art everyone must read in life” sort of works, so I pushed through. I’m glad I did. In the same way I felt as a little girl about Walk Two Moons, I have a feeling this book would be different every time I opened it (I’m quite the re-reader.)

5. My Christmas Tree

Austin and I bought our first Christmas tree the week of Thanksgiving, and to not say it’s probably my favorite thing I bought all year would be a lie. I’m a huge fan of Christmas trees, but didn’t think we would have a great one this year (newlywed probs -I’m sure we aren’t alone here. ) But one killer Michael’s sale later, and I have a lovely tree to add to and grow with for a long time. While it isn’t “perfect” yet, it’s totally perfect and I stare at it constantly. I wish it was socially acceptable to keep up year-round. Christmas trees emit tangible happiness.


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