On my YouTube channel, I did “favorites” videos about once a quarter. My YouTube is more about bullet journaling tutorials now, but I still wanted to share my favorites with you because I discover new things often and get asked about them. What better way to share those items with you than a blog post? I will admit, I haven’t done a favorites video in a long time so I’m sure there is a lot to catch up on, but I’m going to focus on what I’ve been loving over the past couple of months instead of the past half year or so. Some of these things may be super simple and some may be a little more specific.
Ok, ready? Let’s get started!
Let’s go ahead and start with the smallest category and get it out of the way. I’ve had a lot of makeup products that I like lately, but none of them has even compared to the love I have for one of them. The Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette. The name is fancy, but essentially it’s just a bunch of matte eyeshadows. There’s a collection of warm, neutral, and cool tones in the palette and I am OBSESSED with it. I actually use the large pan in the cool tone section (a shade called Lazarus) as a contour shade sometimes. These are pigmented with little fall out and they basically blend themselves. The shade range makes both natural and dark smokey looks easy to achieve. The Amazon link is above, but it is also available at Sephora.
Next up: Technology!
This first product is more of a technology accessory, but I’m putting it here because it doesn’t do anything without the technology. I purchased a Series 2 Apple Watch early last year and have worn it consistently since. The one issue I had with it was that the band instantly makes my arm look “sporty” so the vibe of the watch didn’t fit with my style outside of the gym. Luckily, Apple Watch bands are incredibly easy to change and even easier to find online. Don’t buy a band from Apple. It will be 3x the price. Amazon to the rescue! After lots of searching, I landed on the JSGJMY Apple Watch Band.
This band is leather and comes in multiple colors with multiple buckle option. I opted for the light brown leather and the gold buckle since I have a gold Apple watch. It is available in both the 38mm and 42mm sizes. Best of all? It’s $16. I’ve had it for a few months now and haven’t had any issues. I love the way it dresses up the watch. I change the band back to the original silicone band when I exercise but, otherwise, this band is the one I wear. I highly recommend it!
Last year, I bit the bullet and upgraded my DSLR. I told all of my Nikon gear and purchased a Canon 80D and a 50mm fixed lens. I almost exclusively used a 35mm fixed lens on my Nikon, and I wanted a portrait lens to do the same with for my Canon. I realized, however, the 50mm was far to large for what I wanted to do so I sold it and purchased a 24mm fixed lens instead. I LOVE this lens. It is very compact which was a bit weird to see at first, but it is an outstanding prime lens. I haven’t changed my lens since getting it!
Another upgrade I made recently- my phone. I had the iPhone 7, previously, and, while it wasn’t outdated or broken at all, I really wanted to get a plus model so I could have a larger screen and portrait mode. For Christmas, Santa brought me an iPhone 8 Plus! I won’t spend a ton of time on this favorite since I’m sure you’ve heard all about it, but it’s been great. I decided against the iPhone X for a couple of reasons. One, I didn’t feel comfortable with how delicate it is (I have a toddler, remember). Two, no home button really freaks me out. Old habits die hard, I guess. Three, I couldn’t justify the price tag for the item. The 8 Plus is perfect for me.
On to the largest category- clothing! I am no fashionista. I wear basically the same types of outfits every day, but I’ve been really trying to branch out and change my view of fashion. Instead of finding things that hide my body, I want to find things that flatter it. That is a whole post of it’s own, but today I’m going to focus on some of my go-to clothing items lately!
This tunic was a pleasant surprise.
I’ve been needing some more flowy but flattering shirts. I wear a lot of skinny jeans but I like shirts to be long. I have a couple of LuLaRoe Irmas, but I’m tired of spending that much money on not a lot of fabric. I turned to Amazon to see what was available and I was surprised at the results! The trick to Amazon shopping is looking at the size chart and reading reviews. I tend to look into the items with high reviews and a high number of reviewers. If I like what I read and what I see, I may buy it. This one was highly rated and very affordable so I sized down and added it to my cart. My one worry was that it would be very thin but the material is so thick! Not sweater-like, but it is definitely good quality material. It’s easily become one of my favorite shirts!
The next item may seem like a weird thing to put in a favorites post, but these socks are the bomb. I was needing some low cut sock for some boots that I have and stumbled upon these little guys. They’re good quality, non-slip, and inexpensive. They are thick enough to be socks but thin enough to keep shoes comfortable. I love the gel tab on the heel- it keeps the sock in place! I have the 6 pack and I will definitely be purchasing them again.
As far as workout clothing goes, I am team UnderArmour. I have so many UnderArmour items and they are all great quality. They always have great things in their online outlet and their outlet prices are actually lower than their non-outlet prices- something that seems to be rare in the fitness industry. Anyways, last Christmas my sister and sister-in-law bought my mom a Swacket– it’s a cross between a sweater and a jacket. I wanted one, but they aren’t cheap so I held off. This year, I saved up and was determined to get myself a swacket.
When I went to purchase mine, I found it on sale on Amazon! Score! I got it in White and I LOVE it. It’s warm enough for about 40 degree weather, for me, but it’s super light weight and very flattering. I love how the back is scooped because it just adds more style to the jacket and makes it flattering to wear. It’s also water-repellent. It’s not fully waterproof, but it’s kept me dry on drizzly days for sure. Even at full price, I would purchase this.
Remember how I said I needed socks for boots? These are those boots.
I was looking for some black booties and fell in love with these from Kohls. They aren’t outrageously priced, but they also aren’t cheap. When they’re not on sale, they’re about $80. Luckily, everything is always on sale at Kohls. They are incredibly comfortable, super cute, and they go with pretty much anything which is an added bonus!
Last but certainly not least, I’m going to introduce you to the coziest sweater of all time. This is the Sonoma Goods for Life Cable Knit Chenille Sweater in the color Army Circuit.
When I tell you I love this sweater, I mean I LOVE this sweater. I sized up when I purchased it because I wanted it to be oversized and I am so glad I did. It can be dressed down with flats and skinny jeans or dressed up with heels and skinny black jeans. It’s the most comfortable clothing item I own, hands down. The bummer is that it is knit chenille so it has the potential to pull. I haven’t had any pulls in mine yet, but I baby this sweater. I’m going to get it in another color now that it’s on sale!
Question for you:
What’s one of your favorite things lately?