NEW SNEAKERS…After months of resisting, I finally gave in and purchased a pair of APL sneakers. My reluctance to buy a pair came from my belief that when sneakers look this good (the gold pair!) , they’re not really made for actual athletic activities. I have plenty of cute kicks (see: these, these, and these) for walkin’ around town and really needed a new pair that I could actually wear on the treadmill. After years of loyalty to Nike’s Pegasus sneakers, I decided to branch out and give this APL pair a try. The verdict? A+! I really love them. They’re the full package: chic, lightweight (read: easy to pack!), and absolutely worthy of a gym session.
CHIC TRAVEL… Thanks to a recent spiral down the black hole of Instagram, I discovered Paravel – a chic new line of travel accessories and luggage. I’m totally obsessed. The line offers everything from duffels (in the best colors!) to on-the-go pouches and cases, all done up in a lightweight (!), durable cotton canvas. There’s even a bag called The Stowaway that collapses flat (aka the bag you use to carry home all the goodies you picked up on your vacay!) The best part? The price tags. You won’t find anything in this collection over $345.
COOKING… Along with the rest of the world, I’m focused on healthy livin’ this month. For me, that means plenty of rest, less alcohol (the holidays had me imbibing nearly every night!), and plenty of healthy eating. The cookbook I’m using on the reg right now is Love & Lemons. The book itself is gorgeous (bright, beautiful foodie photos!) and is organized by ingredient which really appeals to my Type-A personality. The recipes in this one are mostly plant-based and have made me look at vegetables in a whole new light.
JUNGLE DREAMS… If I had a kid, I would cover his or her room in this wallpaper. Fun, right? It’s a bold print that’s playful without being over-the-top. It would be perfect for a nursery, too.
WINTER BLUES… We’ve been fortunate to have a very mild winter here, but that doesn’t mean that the dreary skies aren’t giving me the winter blues. I’m ready for warm weather and more daylight. My quick fix for a case of the winter blues? Swimsuit shoppin.’ I’ve acquired some gems in the way of one-pieces lately. I splurged on this one (obsessed with that citrus print!) and then saved on this $58 off-the-shoulder suit from Topshop.
IS IT WORTH IT?… You’ve no doubt heard all the buzz about Dyson’s Supersonic Hair Dryer. I haven’t made the move on this one yet. For those of you that have it, is it really all its cracked up to be? Tell me everything!
DO NOT MISS… The epic clearance sale going on at Net-a-Porter. If you shop only one sale this week, that’s the one it should be. It’s the very final week of the sale and they’re now offering an additional 20% off already-reduced prices. (That would make something like this dress 70% off!) There’s plenty of good deals to be had here – including this dress and these block heels, both of which I’ve been eyeing for the better part of three months. My advice: filter the section by your size and start shoppin’! .
ON THE BIG SCREEN… I live for Awards season. I always have. I make it a priority to see as many of the nominated movies as I can before the Oscars roll around. The official nominations haven’t been announced yet but I can already tell you my favorite one: La La Land. You guys. This movie! It’s magical. I absolutely loved it. It’s dreamy and romantic. (It is also proof that Emma Stone can wear any color in the rainbow and still look amazing.) If you’ve seen it, I’d love to know your thoughts. For those that haven’t seen it, I strongly suggest you do!
ON THE SMALL SCREEN… I’ve read all but one of Liane Moriarty’s books. I enjoyed all of them (except for maybe this one) but Big Little Lies was by far my favorite of the lot. I was thrilled to find out that it was going to be made into a TV series and even more excited when I found out that Reese Witherspoon would be starring in it. I can’t wait to see this book come to life – especially in a limited-run TV series as opposed to a box office movie. It’s set to premiere on HBO on February 17th. Mark your calendar. For those that haven’t read the book, you have a little over four weeks to do it!
BEAUTY BUZZ… You all know how much I love testing out new lotions and potions for my skin – and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing with Tatcha. After falling in love with the Dewy Skin Mist (miracle worker!), I decided to go for it and give the rest of the line a try. I’ve been using their skincare products daily for several weeks and so far, I love them. (I’m especially fond of the Camelia Cleansing Oil. It’s a two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser that makes my skin look and feel amazing. I can’t say enough good things about this stuff.) Stay tuned for a post with the full report later this month.