Monday, February 27, 2017

Monthly Favorites


I'm always on the lookout for new products to try out, so I figured it would be fun to share with you guys my selections and start doing Monthly Favorites posts on there! This will be a curated selection of whatever products I'm currently loving. It'll all be very eclectic and range from beauty to home decor to fashion and so on. The month of February in particular has been full of fabulous finds so I'm excited to share them with you all below.
This is hands down my signature fragrance for 2017. I got it for Christmas and "obsessed" would be an understatement. Whether it's the stunning packaging, the beautiful blush pink color of the perfume or its sweet rosy smell, this perfume is absolute perfection and basically everything I want in a fragrance. And it literally couldn't have been a better fit for me, seeing as a) blush pink is one of my favorites colors, b) rose is one of my favorite scents and c) Elie Saab is one of my favorite designers. My dream is to get married in one of his gowns and while I'm aware that that's not very realistic (if you thought the perfume was expensive......) a girl can certainly dream. I ended up getting the largest size offered and am very glad that I did so because I know it'll last me a while. It's also an eau de toilette formula, meaning it's lighter and may have to be applied more often to maintain the scent. Nevertheless, I am in love with this perfume and how glamorous I feel with every rose colored spritz. Well done yet again, Mr. Saab.


2. Olay Ultra Moisture Quench Body Lotion
I got this for Christmas as part of a giant Olay beauty pack and absolutely love both the scent and formula. This lotion gives my hands just the right amount of moisture without feeling too thick or greasy and it also leaves behind a lovely floral scent. My hands and skin in general tend to get horrifically dry during the winter season so body lotion has been crucial for me lately. Although not pictured,  I also love Olay's Shea Body Butter wash. It releases a refreshing burst of floral-y goodness upon application and basically makes your shower smell amazing. The formula is smooth and buttery, it lathers up nicely and leaves you feeling like you just left a spa treatment.


3. Sugar Paper 2017 Planner 
Although I'm no longer in school, I've found it's still important to have a planner that helps you keep track of what you want to get accomplished each day. I used to associate planners with just writing down what schoolwork needed to get done but now I understand that they're just as useful for everyday life as well. They can also be helpful with blogging and maintaining an organized schedule for what posts you want to get done and when. I adore the ones from Sugar Paper at Target as they're always very chic, sleek and well designed. They're just as cute as they are functional, and I love how mine can easily mimic the appearance of a cute coffee table-style book.

I impulsively bought this at Ulta while I was up in Santa Cruz over Christmas break and am now quite pleased that I did. At only $7, this is a super convenient item to carry around in your purse at all times. Whether you're working out, going to work, or getting lunch, it's perfect for freshening yourself up when need be. While it's technically a facial spray, I personally love spraying it on the neck and decolletage area. It leaves behind a really nice but faint rose scent and the spray itself leaves a refreshing feeling on the skin.



5. Artificial Plants
I love having fresh flowers & plants in my apartment when I can but the unfortunate reality of this is that they also eventually die. Which is always a bit of a bummer. Therefore I'm all for getting artificial ones every now and then, which I have recently been doing at both Target and IKEA. This artificial copper potted plant from Target is ultra chic and requires zero maintenance - simply put it wherever you think it looks best and you're done! IKEA also has an amazing selection of artificial flowers, meaning I can have a pretty vase full of them on my dining table at all times.


6. Clay Art Soup Mug
My morning is never complete without enjoying some coffee with almond milk or Japanese green tea. With that said, it was only fitting that I buy an absurdly large mug to put all my favorite warm beverages in. On top of the conveniently generous size, it's also decorated with the cutest floral vintage print.


7. Martha Stewart Fleece Lined Sheets
My mom was actually the one to first discover these amazing sheets. She originally bought a pair for herself and after experiencing the blissful comfort and warmth that they provided, she very kindly got me my own set as well. Fleece is an incredibly cozy fabric and to have bed sheets made out of them has made getting out of bed early every morning so hard! I just want to nest in them all day. These sheets provide you lots of cozy warmth without being too thick or stuffy. They're lightweight easily transportable, amazing quality and hands down one of my bedroom must haves.


8. An assortment of throw pillows 
Small apartment, unnecessarily large collection of pillows: that would best describe my current living situation. I absolutely love throw pillows and have wayyy more than necessary piled on top of my couch. But what can I say, they're cute! They're probably one of the easiest way to spruce up your living space, with many coming in cute patterns, fabrics and embroidery. My personal favorites in my current collection are my rose gold sequined mini pillow, my white faux fur pillow and my beaded snowflake pillow.

I hope you guys liked these monthly favorites and may even consider trying some out for yourself! Feel free to shop the post below for both exact items and similar finds. Stay tuned for what will make the cut in March!



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