The last Latest Obsessions post of 2017! It has been quite a year, don’t you think? I’ll be doing a roundup of my favorite YC posts from 2017 on Monday, so be on the lookout for that. Honestly these last few weeks of December have flown — winter days always feel so much shorter than summer days. I’m trying to take it easy and relish my moments of being uncommitted to school or work or anything really. I’m leaving for New York next week (!!!) so planning has been keeping me busy. Leave recommendations below!
I spoke at great length about my love of sample sales on my Instagram story, and you can find the whole spiel here in the “Highlights” section of my profile if you’re on Instagram mobile. I have found so many incredible items from reputable brands by shopping at sample sales. Most recently, I went to a sale that featured B.B. Dakota and Cupcakes and Cashmere, both brands that sell at Nordstrom with items often over $100. This shirt I’m wearing cost $12 from the sample sale, but is available here for $95. I recommend checking this site or this site for sales in your area. Not all sales are created equal — some are chaotic, some are easier to navigate. For budget friendly pieces, they are the best though!
I don’t know about you, but winter has hit my skin hard. My hands, face, and lips have been suffering under the low humidity and chill. If I don’t layer moisturizer on at least 3 times a day, my skin becomes red and chapped, and so do my lips. I’ve always loved fresh’s products, especially the Sugar Lip Treatments. My parents surprised me with a similar kit of minis for Christmas, and I have been so appreciative for the moisturizing coverage. I love sampling each — they’re sheer but have slight color, and all are perfect for daily wear!
Another Christmas gift! I don’t normally use exfoliants, but apricot honey sounded too yummy. I was excited to try it immediately and was somewhat astonished and in awe of how moisturizing the exfoliant was. Normally, my experience is this opposite — exfoliants remove dead skin, but leave dry skin in its place. This one left a smooth waxy residue after use, almost as if I had lathered oil and lotion on my body. I loved the scent, the ease of the serum, and the way it left my skin after. Two thumbs up!!
I am in love with these loafers. Every time I head to Nordstrom, I can’t help but mosey on over to their stand and try them on. They echo Kate Spade style! The bow isn’t too ostentatious or gaudy but sophisticated and delicate. I also love the small heel!! They’re currently $70, and come in mustard, fuchsia, pewter leather, black leather, black, and blush. I’ll be keeping my eye on them. Hopefully, they’ll go on sale in a few weeks and I can treat myself to a new work/play shoe. 🙂
I’m in the midst of planning for my New York trip right now and trying to find tickets for a Broadway play. I’m a musical junkie, so it’s a hard choice. If I had to pick between two productions right now, it would be Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen. Both have taken the Tony’s by storm — Hamilton in 2015 and Dear Evan Hansen in 2017, but ticket affordability is the one obstacle right now. Regardless, I’ve been listening to the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack on repeat, and if you like showtunes, it’s so catchy and moving to listen to. Regardless of whether I get to see the musical, the music speaks volumes about the production!
I promised myself I would “fun read” over break, and my brother gave me this YA book as a start. It’s an easy read, but I forget how much I love classic young adult fantasy books. They’re so imaginative and creative — and don’t require a lot of intense critical thought, which I’m not going to lie, is a refreshing break from denser college reads. Plus, The Name of the Wind is being made into a television series currently, and Lin Manuel Miranda (from Hamilton, Moana) has been helping with the project. Translation: it’s going to be good.
How are you ringing in 2018? Wishing you the happiest New Year — cheers!