fall favorites!

Well, it’s 70 degrees out, and the 3rd of November…not very Fall-like, but you absolutely won’t find me complaining. However, despite the unseasonal weather, it is mid-Fall, which I’ve decided calls for a Fall favorites list! I’ve given myself a handful of categories that I think align nicely with my day to day life, so hopefully this is something I’ll be able to stick to on a seasonal basis! (Maybe more often than that. Who knows.) Also, sorry I’m so wordy! o_O

Movie: I’m going to go the semi-expected route here (well, maybe expected), and choose Halloweentown. One of my favorite parts about our Apple TV is that there’s a Disney Channel app that not only lets you watch the Disney Channel live, but also has a large on-demand section. This on-demand section had a huge number of halloween DCOMs throughout the month of October, and I watched the vast majority of them (including a new DCOM, Invisible Sister, which I loved) – but of course Halloweentown takes the cake. I’ve also recently enjoyed The Martian and Warm Bodies, and am super looking forward to seeing Spectre this Friday.


Book I’ve recently finished: Sometime over the past few months I noticed my mom reading a book called The Museum of Extraordinary Things – which I subsequently borrowed from her (hooray for long check-out time frames at the library!) and really enjoyed. I ended up Googling the book after finishing it for a reason that I no longer remember, and noticed that Geek Love was highly recommended for people that enjoyed reading The Museum of Extraordinary Things…so I added it to my list! Both books revolve around family-run freak shows, and of course lots of weird…things… that one can expect when reading about that lifestyle. Geek Love flips between two time periods, past and present, which took me a few chapters to get used to, but I really liked the book overall!


Book I’m looking forward to starting: I put 4 eBooks on hold last night – and had planned on getting a Kalamazoo Library card on my way back from hot yoga, but forgot the documentation needed, so that’ll be soon! I don’t want to have to buy books if I don’t have to at this point (yay budgeting!)

  1. What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
  2. China Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan
  3. Slade House – David Mitchell
  4. The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood

I think I have a weird taste in books. Anyway – I’m most looking forward to Slade House, but there are 5 holds ahead of mine. I don’t really get how eBook checkouts work, but hopefully I can read it soon!


Beauty Product: Thanks to Birchbox, I have been able to try out more than my fair share of lip colors, face creams, eye serums, peels, etc. – and I think one of my favorite finds over the last year and a half or so I’ve been getting Birchboxes, is the Marcelle Hydra-C “energizing hydrating gel”. I brought my initial sample on our family trip to Paris the day after I graduated, and I swear it kept my face looking purrrrdy despite art school exhaustion and  jet-lag! As soon as I got back home I ordered the full size version, and have been using it ever since!

Sidenote: Sometime in the near future I’m going to make a post about my everyday makeup. I’ve only started getting into the whole makeup thing (aka about a month pre-wedding) so it’s been fun getting more and more comfortable with what I’m doing!


Music: Well other than the obvious fact that Christmas music has started, I’m loving Selena Gomez’s new album, Revival! It’s perfect to put on while cleaning the house, or even trying to get in the zone to get some freelance work done. I’m also enjoying Levels by Nick Jonas, and Cake by the Ocean by DNCE (aka Joe Jonas. Don’t judge.) – any time they come on the radio, I can’t help but dance/sing along!


App: Plant Nanny – I actually just downloaded this app today after seeing it on Buzzfeed, and am super excited to see if it works for me! If you haven’t been able to tell from my past few posts, I’m on a mission to drink more water – so far unsuccessfully. This app takes your activity level and weight into account to tell you how much water you need to be drinking each day. As you drink water you tell the app, which subsequently waters the plant you’ve chosen on the app – the more water you drink, the better your plant grows…and it looks like you can upgrade your plant with new seeds and pot designs. Hooray for gamifying an important daily task! Here’s hoping it works for me:)

My plant doesn't even have eyeballs yet. Womp.
My plant doesn’t even have eyeballs yet. Womp.

Another sidenote: Gamifying is super interesting, VW did a whole series of videos on gamification that are worth a watch: the fun theory

TV Show: American Horror Story! Especially last week’s episode. I have a weird fascination with serial killers, and loved reading Devil in the White City (based on H.H. Holmes’ hotel built for killing during the 1893 World’s Fair…and Mr. March is loosely based on H.H. Holmes) – so everything about this season is right up my alley – especially last week’s serial killer/devil’s night dinner! I’m anxiously waiting for the Devil in the White City movie to come out, but for now AHS will have to do:) I also love the group texts that two of my friends and I send each other during each episode.


Brand: The past week or so has been spent ogling the goddess leggings from ALO. They look SO comfy, cozy, and perfect…minus the price tag (at least until after our Disney trip.)

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Etc: I originally had 3 ‘etc.’ sections – but this post is already super long. My other/random Fall fave is going to have to be Witches Brew! If you’ve never had it, it’s a spiced red wine that is even more delicious when it’s warm! It’s also around $6 a bottle, which is even better.


And that’s that! Yay fall! And yay for it being in the mid-70s for the next few days in November <3



happy monday!

It’s Monday again, and you know what that means!

  1. My new client special is up at Kalamazoo Barre, so I’m trying a new studio, Bent 9, where one of Joe’s coworkers teaches! It’s actually a hot yoga studio with hot barre 4 days a week, today is an intro ish kind of class to hot yoga in general, so we’ll see how it goes!

1) I’ve never taken a yoga class in my life. I’ll have no idea what I’m doing.

2) Once one of the teachers cranked the heat up to mid 80s at Pure Barre and I wanted to die. I need to actually start drinking more water.


2.  Joe and I officially have tickets to see Spectre on Friday night. We love James Bond (…and Daniel Craig, that should go without saying) so we’re super excited! It also helps that we are going to the fancy dinner-serving theater again. It makes date nights awfully easy.

3.  I’ve been making yummy food and just not posting about it. My apologies. Yesterday afternoon I made mozzarella balls – chunks of mozzarella wrapped in biscuit dough and baked into a cheesy melty goodness. Looking forward to eating one of those when I get home from yoga.IMG_3796

4.  Christmas music!!! I’m sure there are plenty of haters out there, but if there’s one thing I love about winter (I hate cold, and dislike snow 83% of the time) – it’s the Christmas music that I’ll be listening to from now until….well as long after Christmas as I can get away with. Thank goodness for 100.3 WNIC – not the hero we deserve, but the hero we need. Or however that saying goes. Even though I don’t get that channel out in Kalamazoo (except on iHeart Radio, which is good enough for me!)

5.  Beef stroganoff for dinner one night this week – yum. I get cravings like a pregnant woman (and subsequently always joke with Joe that when I actually am pregnant he’s going to be a busy guy fulfilling all of my cravings) and a couple of weeks ago was in dire need of beef stroganoff. So as soon as he got home from work, we took a trip to Noodles and Co, and got their equivalent. Sadly it wasn’t even close to being as delicious as how my dad makes it/homemade…so this week I’m going to attempt to make it – and I’m super excited 😛

Hope everyone’s week is off to a marvelous start, happy Monday!



Review: Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel

Disclaimer: I was sent this product for review from OZ Naturals, with no compensation other than the product to try out. The following post consists of my honest thoughts & opinions about the product!

For as long as I can remember I’ve had somewhat noticeable (dark/puffy) circles under my eyes…and for just about as long, I’ve been trying out different “un-puffing” “brightening” “caffeinated” “cooling” etc. products to try to fight the circles – pretty much unsuccessfully. If I’m being truthful with myself, it’s probably in part because of not getting enough sleep and/or being dehydrated, but I’ve continued the hunt for a product that works like it says it does! Soooo when I was approved to review OZ Naturals Mega Bright Eye Gel, I was super excited to give another product a try!

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