November 2, 2016

October 2016 Favorites

Please excuse my terrible mediocre picture/graphic thing, but yeah: here's what I liked last month. 

+ Trader Joe's pumpkin bagels
These. Are. So. Good. I thought that they might be kind of gross, and I'm not about that pumpkin-flavored cream cheese life, but toasted with plain cream cheese... they're actually my motivation to get up in the morning.

+ Crock-Pot
I had mentioned to a couple of people how I would love to have a Crock-Pot, and last Christmas, I unwrapped one. Since then, I've used it maybe once a month, but I've crock-potted several things during the month of October (possible future post on my favorite slow cooker recipes?). I love it because I hate to cook, so I can throw all of the ingredients into it, head out to class or work, and dinner is ready when I get home.

+ White Lies' Friends
This album was easily the best album, start-to-finish, that I've heard in a long time. I listened to it almost exclusively last month. Review here, if you're interested.

+ Anthropologie "Spiced Cider" candle
This candle smells amazing. Confession: I don't actually have one of my own. My friend has one in her apartment and was constantly burning it while I was visiting a couple of weeks ago. It has a very subtle fall scent, not overpowering at all: it's kind of like having a wall plug-in, which is a nice change from some of the other yummy-smelling, but overpowering, fall candles out there. The candle itself is really pretty, too.

+ Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
I've been using The Body Shop's Tea Tree Facial Lotion for almost two years now, and it's great. However, my skin has been super dry over the last couple of weeks, and I'm not sure why (it's definitely not the colder weather because that's not happening in Florida). I've heard great things about the Clinique Dramatically Different line, so I picked up a small bottle at Sephora last weekend. I noticed a difference practically overnight. Because I bought this at the very end of October, I haven't been using it long enough to give it an accurate rating, but I have high hopes.

+ Mario Badesco Facial Spray
I've actually had this for a while, but I'd always forget to use it. This month I remembered to use it daily, and I'm going to attribute my noticeably-less-oily skin at the end of the day to this product. I spray it onto a damp beauty blender before applying tinted moisturizer in the morning, so it sort of sets the makeup as I put it on. My skin has gotten a lot less oily as I've gotten older, but it still tends to get a little icky by the end of a particularly long day, and this facial spray helps a ton with managing that.

+ Stōk Cold Brew Coffee
I picked this up at Publix last week because I'd never seen it before, and they were out of what I usually buy (the Starbucks plain iced coffee, which is much better than their in-store iced coffee, which I don't love). I'll definitely be buying this from now on, if I see it. It's so good. I got the unsweet black kind and drink it like that, but they had a sweetened version, too.

Anything you loved last month?


  1. I feel like a crock pot would make meal planning so much easier and I'd actually eat not chicken nuggets or PB & J more often..definitely want to look into that! I really need to try pumpkin bagels! I, too, feel skeptical about them but seeing a skeptic end up enjoying them is encouraging haha

    paige // eyeliner wings & pretty things

    1. The Crock-Pot is a game-changer; you can make a bunch of food in it and freeze it for another time. You HAVE to try pumpkin bagels. Definitely let me know if you do/if you like them!


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