Random Thursdays: My Winter Survival Items

Random Thursdays: My Winter Survival Items



Unfortunately for me, there is no snow here yet! Zip. Zero. Nada. We had a false alarm earlier this month, but it melted away by the weekend.

However, it is chilly here, with most nights dipping down into the twenties and the chance of freezing rain always lingering about on the edge of the weather report. Lovely! So there are some things I just can’t live without at this time of the year:

–Hand cream. My hands get super dry and chapped and having a good hand cream in my bag at all times is a must.

–Lip balm. Dry, chapped lips are no match for Dr. Bronner’s Magic Naked Lip Balm.

–Hot cocoa, tea, and coffee. I have to have a hot drink on hand at all times! I love peppermint hot cocoa and green tea, and I just tried one of the eggnog lattes from Starbucks–not bad!

–Slipper boots. My adorable Muk Luks keep my tootsies toasty no matter what!

–A pile of good books. When the weather turns grey and nasty, all I want to do is snuggle down under a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book. Who’s with me?

–A knit scarf. I have one snuggly chenille scarf hand-knit by my Grandma that I wear constantly. It’s perfect for keeping away the winter chill and it’s long enough to loop around my face if I need to!

What are your essential winter survival items? Tell me in the comments!

Jewelry I want this week: inspired by…

Jewelry I want this week: inspired by…

I didn’t write my regular ‘Inspiration Saturday’ post this week because, after the exhaustion of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired. Today, though, I’ll show you a few pieces of jewelry I’m hankering after, and the inspiration behind them!

Can you guess why these three items are grouped together?

I’m really feeling wild and different jewelry lately, and all three of these pieces make me think of one of my favorite literary heroines…Daenerys Targaryen. Amazon just started taking pre-orders for season two of Game of Thrones and I’m impatiently tapping my foot until A Dance With Dragons hits stores in paperback, so Dany has been at the front of my mind.

These pieces of jewelry all make me think of Dany the Khaleesi, her Khal (am I the only one who cried when he died?), her horse, and her independent spirit. I suppose at this point it would be appropriate to move on to finding some dragon-themed jewelry…stay tuned!

Moon and Stars Pendant from Bear and Mojo, six pounds, http://www.bearandmojo.co.uk. Girls and Horses ring from Lulu’s, $12, http://www.lulus.com. Ear Cuff with Feathers Set from Claire’s, $12.50, http://www.claires.com.

A little Black Friday post from me to you…

I wanted to write something a little different today–something honest and straight from the heart. I know some of you don’t like to read posts like that, and you’re just here for the beauty and the fashion–if so, that’s 100% fine, and I won’t be offended if you close this post and move on to a different blog.

Still there? Okay, here we go.

I don’t usually tell you guys a lot about me or my life away from the blog. If you were ever curious about what I do when I’m not blogging, I work at a very large retail store. This means that every holiday season, I witness firsthand the mad rush to stock up on food, decorations, and presents. And every Thanksgiving night, I’m at work, prepping and working the floor during Black Friday.

I’ve always been a little disgruntled at having to spend a holiday watching people push and shove to score deals on items they probably didn’t really need, but for some reason, it hit home extra-hard this year. All I felt last night was revulsion. There are so many people right now who have nothing to eat, nowhere to live, mounting medical bills, no family to visit, et cetera et cetera. So many people are struggling to get by with their day to day lives, and here are lines of people scrambling for deals and threatening to beat each other up over snagging the last of a hot item.

I know the excitement of a sale and the thrill of saving big on an item, and I love shopping for Christmas presents for my friends and family! I understand the appeal of all of the fashion and beauty sales out there, and I certainly don’t fault anyone for partaking and scoring some great deals.

BUT. I really hope we’re not all so obsessed with adding to our nail polish collections or getting a good deal on a new outfit that we’re forgetting the important things this season. Things like family, faith, and love. Things like helping those who are less blessed in life, either financially or in some other way.

Part of the reason I bring this up is to warn you that this blog is not going to be packed with last-minute Christmas sales and deals or lists of covetable beauty items to buy this season. I’m really feeling the need this year to take a few items off of my own wish list and think about what someone else might be wishing for this season.

Maybe you know a family who struggles to make ends meet each month, and could really use a bag of groceries on their doorstep. Some families can’t afford toys for their little ones. There are lots of seniors who face this time of year alone and have no one to light up their holidays with a smile and a “Merry Christmas”.

So, in the middle of your shopping and gift wrapping, please join me in finding a way to make the holidays happy for someone else–perhaps even someone you don’t know. I really think that giving to someone who cannot repay you is one of the most beautiful things you can do, and you never know just how much a kind word or deed can mean to someone with very little.