And just like that autumn is officially over in my part of Canada – to put this in perspective for those of you not living in the GTA right now, we went from 17°C to -1°C with snow about a week and a half ago. If that doesn’t make you want to pack up and head closer to the equator, I don’t know what would. I figured we could take today’s post to talk about things that make me happy – these are very necessary conversations to have during the winter months! Here is a collection of my favourite things over the last couple of months.
Starbucks Chili Mocha
Now I am and always will be a pumpkin spiced lover at heart but this autumn was a little different for me. That is because I discovered the new Starbucks Chili Mocha – an even better twist to my favourite hot drink. What is better than a regular mix of hot chocolate and coffee, you ask? Adding chili spices, of course! I’m not sure if these beauties are still available to warm us up during the winter months but I plan to find a DIY version to keep me cozy warm during the upcoming winter.
NYX Lip Lingerie in Bedtime Flirt
You must know my obsession with matte lipstick at this point. NYX Lip Lingerie has been well known as a dupe for Kylie’s lip kits and can be found at your local drugstore. NYX has always impressed me with the quality of their products compared to their price points and this is no exception! Bedtime flirt is my go-to nude right now to help me feel a little more alive during my pale season.
Rosebud Perfume Co. Menthol and Eucalyptus Lip Balm
Dry lips are my archnemesis during the winter. My friends have all had the can version of this lip balm for years and I have spent many hours asking to use some to keep my lips at ease. This year, I purchased the squeezable bottle and have been using it to fight off chapped lips ever since. It gives a nice refreshing feeling to your lips that makes you feel like it’s working hard for you.
Body Shop seaweed pore-cleansing exfoliator
I am a Body Shop tea tree line fan through and through but I have to admit I was intrigued when my friend Kristie bought the seaweed cleanser earlier this year. On my last visit to my safe haven aka the Body Shop I was told that the seaweed line is great for combination/oily skin. My skin has been acting up a bit lately from the usual and producing a bit more oil than I am used to. So I bought the seaweed exfoliator when it was time to replace my usual tea tree one. I love this exfoliator. It has jojoba beads and seaweed which is said “to refresh and clarify.” If you’re like me and love a red face after a good scrub, this is the product for you!
Body Shop drops of youth – youth concentrate
Another fun addition to my Body Shop collection was this drops of youth concentrate. This serum is supposed to be a big help with acne scarring and fine lines. Neither of those are a huge problem to me yet but it’s better to get ahead of the skin game then behind it. I put this on between my toner and cream at night – it absorbs quickly, smells great and leaves my skin feeling soft almost instantaneously.
Cupcakes and Cashmere – adams coat
Once again, I fell victim to the Weekday Wardrobe post on Cupcakes and Cashmere. Wanting to look as cool as Emily, I instantly purchased this trench coat. In university I dreamed of buying a Burberry trench coat when I became a rich adult. Although it isn’t Burberry and I bought it on sale, this jacket has made me feel like a pretty posh adult. I love the camel colour with a hint of pink (maybe that’s just me) and the draping makes this easy to dress up or down!
H&M Chunky-knit turtleneck
Truth be told at the time that I am writing this post – I have worn this sweater three days in a row. I was inspired by a YouTube video from Allana Davison about her favourite turtlenecks. Let me just stand on my soapbox for one minute here as I explain to you why I LOVE this sweater. When I was in first year, there was a boy in my residence who always wore a turtleneck sweater. I had a crush on him and my friend Alex told me that turtleneck sweaters were out and were never coming back in. I sadly retreated from my secret love of turtlenecks and from that day onward, we referred to him as “Turtleneck Guy.” SIX YEARS LATER – the joke is on us because turtlenecks are cool, he was ahead of the game, and we could have had a happily turtleneck ever after. This bulky but cozy jumper reminds me of that story and to never judge a book by its cover again.
Essie Gel Couture – Spiked with Style
You’ve probably already heard how much I looooooove Essie’s Gel Setter top coat. So naturally, I was super intrigued when I saw the new gel line in the world’s most bottles. I picked up this deep red shade that was a little different than my go-to winter shades but I have been wearing it ever since! Not sure if it is laziness or the appeal of the bottle but I can’t stop reapplying this colour.
David’s Tea 24 Days of Tea
Okay so technically, this is not something I have been using much yet but it is still one of my favourite things I own. I haven’t had an advent calendar in over two years – this is SHOCKING when you think about how much I love Christmas. So I purchased the coveted 24 Days of Tea as soon as I saw it in stores. In case you were wondering, the date was November 2. It has been staring at my longingly from my desk ever since. I am so excited to be drinking a surprise each day for the next month!
Alter Eco Salted Caramel Truffles
I’ve never been a huge chocolate lover. Before you start explaining to me why that sentence is the cardinal sin of every female, let me try and justify my thoughts. I enjoy small bites of chocolate but often chocolate makes me thirsty and then I have to drink more water than I already drink which creates a never ending cycle. Therefore, I tend to avoid the sweet treat and opt for more fried foods that suit my tastebuds. The best part about these chocolates are they have a delicious exterior that gives them a salty taste (my Kryptonite). They have all the goodness of a Lindt truffle with the added bonus of being fair trade and easy on your conscience.
Let me tell you about Duolingo. My favourite invention since the Macbook pro. While I was on my trip I made a list of 30 things I would like to achieve/do before I turn 30. I had lots of time to think about myself and lists make me happy. What was on that list? Well, the first thing on the list was learning a new language. And where does one start when it comes to conquering a new language? At a place where you already have a base seems to be the easiest – so naturally, I dusted off my grade school and high school lessons and started with French. Duolingo feels like a game but teaches you language in a super easy-to-follow format. They have broken down specific topics and provide notes to get you the main points. It also measures your fluency and gives you the opportunity to share it on LinkedIn! I am currently only at 28% but I’m feeling great about my progress and can’t wait to see how far I get!
Sugar has come up in many random discussions I’ve had lately. This is a great introduction to the impact of sugar on our health with an emphasis on American children. Although this doesn’t go well when you consider the other things on my list this month (looking at you truffles), it did a great job of helping me learn a bit more about the impact. If you are new to the topic or are looking for a quick refresher to learn more about how sugar can effect our bodies – I would recommend checking this out during your next Netflix binge!