January Favorites

Marian Parsonsa slice of life

I’ve been thinking about sharing a “favorites” post each month for a while now and finally decided to actually do it!  There are so many times when I find a show, a website, an Etsy shop, a beauty product, an Instagram account, etc. that I am smitten with and I want to share them with others.  So, I’m going to *try* to do it each month, collecting things that are my favorites along the way.

And I hope you find some new-to-you things that you enjoy!


Self Care

I go through spurts with this… I really try to go beyond my daily routine and find products that will make me feel pampered.  I had some gift cards from Christmas and I recently took a trip to Sephora, so I have found some new favorites in the self-care department…


My sister-in-law introduced me to Living Proof hair products over Christmas.  Her hair looked shinier and healthier than I have ever seen it, so that prompted me to ask what she’s using/doing to make it look that way.  She has been using Living Proof’s heat protectant spray, so I started with that and then added their shampoo, conditioner, and travel-size mask.  They are making my favorite list, because I love them and my hair loves them, but they are expensive!  So, I’m on the hunt for a more moderately-priced awesome shampoo & conditioner.  Something between Panteen and Living Proof!

Sticking with hair products, I just started using Verb Ghost Oil for my ends before styling and it is good stuff.  As a blonde, my hair can look like straw and this really prevents that and it’s not as expensive as the Living Proof products.  Since I’m growing my hair out, I’m trying to be mindful to really take care of it.

The associate at Sephora introduced me to Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads and they make my face feel smooth and fresh after each use.  She was a thrifty girl as well, so she suggested cutting the pads in half, so you get 120 applications out of each jar instead of 60.  Very smart!  So, that’s what I’ve been doing and there is plenty of product on 1/2 a pad to apply it to my entire face and neck.  I just starting using these, so I’ll keep you posted to let you know if these are still favorites in February!

Also on that shopping trip, I found Kat Von D’s Shade & Light Eye Contour Quad.  I have been looking for a nice gray eye shadow palette and I love that this one has white, two grays, and a mushroom.  It is perfect for my eyes and the colors I usually wear.  I need to watch a tutorial on how one is “supposed” to apply it, though, because I’m just making it up and I’m certainly doing it wrong.  Oh, but I like that it’s a very velvety, saturated eye shadow.


I’ve also been using Acure Organics Seriously Glowing Facial Serum from Grove Collaborative.  I actually haven’t been applying this to my face, but to my neck.  I used to sort of poke fun at my Oma’s “turkey neck” and now I’m at the age when I realize her neck was just a preview of my neck’s fate.  So, let me just slather it with seriously glowing serum…




I loooooove a good period drama miniseries and few outfits do them better than the BBC/ITV/Masterpiece group.  (I sort of lump them all together.)    I have been looking forward to watching Victoria since they first announced it over a year ago and it has not disappointed.  I actually couldn’t wait to watch it week to week, so I bought it on iTunes and have already binged the whole show.  Now, I have to wait until next year for season two…

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It did get me on a British royal kick, so I re-watched one of my favorite movies, Young Victoria and also watched Netflix’s The Crown.  Both are must-watches if you’re into that sort of thing.



I am totally in love with the artwork by Laura and Jason van Dyk of @godsfingerprints

 …and they just look like a sweet couple I would want to have over for dinner.



We’ve been playing Rock Band as a family since we got it for Christmas.  I will confess that I am much more into it than my guys and I’ll sneak in a set after everyone else is in bed!  I found a new-to-me song that is in the Rock Band library that I just love.  It’s called Still into You by Paramore.  There are so many songs about heartbreak and conditional love that it’s refreshing to hear a song about still having butterflies after years of being together.  I would love to see a couple dancing to this song on their 50th wedding anniversary.  Maybe I’ll have that chance…



I don’t know about you, but I tend to “wait to go clothes shopping until I’ve lost some weight.”  Well, that mindset leads to having a wardrobe of sweatpants and nice clothes that are too small.  So, I decided a couple of years ago that I need to make myself go clothes shopping now and then and I need to buy things I like that fit me as I am now.  If I ever reach my goal weight, well, I can go shopping again.

Now, I’m not a fashionista at all and this isn’t the beginning of fashion posts, but I thought I would share what I like to wear.

Since having kids, jeans are my nemesis.  I think it was unfortunate that I got pregnant around the time low-slung jeans came into fashion.  I am so thrilled that high rise jeans are coming back in style.  I mean, I would rather have my love handles tucked securely into a pair of jeans instead of lopping over them.  (Yes, I did just write that sentence.)  Anyway, the Old Navy High-Rise Rockstar Jeans are a recent find that I’m pretty happy with.  They do stretch out a bit throughout the day, but not enough that they start to sag.  Keep that in mind if you try them on, though.  I could only order them online, but I found them to be true to size.

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I usually wear sweats to the studio, mainly because I’m painting, sanding, crawling around on the floor, etc, but there really isn’t a good reason why I couldn’t do that in some comfy jeans.  It is true that you feel better about yourself when you dress up a little. Well, dress up a step above sweat pants.

Speaking of Old Navy, though, I went into one to buy some more jeans and was delightfully overwhelmed by their selection of flowy shirts and tunics.  I usually go to Anthropologie for that sort of thing, but at about $150 a pop, their dresses are a splurge.  I sort of thought I had “grown out of” Old Navy a few years ago, but I love their current selection.

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I bought several things, including this Printed Pin-Tuck Swing Dress.  This kind of dress typically feels a little too short for me to wear on it’s own, but I like it paired with leggings or skinny jeans.  It’s comfy, but looks dressy.

I did buy a few dresses from Anthro as well, since I had a gift card from Christmas.  One of them was this Lilibet Dress

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Again, it’s just cute and comfy and forgiving.

Lastly, in the apparel department, I am loving these Reebok Cloud Ride DMX Walking Shoes.  My mom bought them for me on our girl’s shopping day over Christmas and they are the most comfortable walking shoes.  Now, I love things that are cushy, which these shoes most certainly are, but they don’t feel like traditional tennis shoes.  I would suggest trying them on to see if you like the feel.  They are very bouncy!




The mangos from my local grocery store have been heaven lately.  If they weren’t $1/each, I would eat them all day long.


I’ve also enjoyed nibbling on cream Havarti cheese from the deli counter and d’anjou pears dipped in cashew butter.  These have been my favorite go-to snacks in January.



My favorite project I completed in January was definitely the step-back cupboard.  I had a vision for it and I love how it turned out.



Random Things

An Instagram friend sent me this mug as a gift…


It’s the “I like Cows” mug from Metal Goose Etsy shop.  It has a sketched cow on the other side.  And you know what?  I do like cows, so this mug is very appropriate!

And lastly, I bought this Lucy’s Inspired necklace from the Clara Collection at the Fancy Little Flea last weekend.  Shaunna actually picked one out first and as I saw her lift it up to buy, I was hoping there was another one!  It’s a long chain with a crystal on each end and you can knot the chain wherever you want to adjust the length.


It’s a versatile piece that I’ve already worn a few times and it’s a favorite for sure.



I had a lot of favorites this month!  I think it’s because I had Christmas money, gift cards, and some allowance saved up AND I went out on personal shopping trips a couple of times, which is a pretty rare occurrence for me.

I hope you enjoyed my favorites!

What were some of your favorites in January?


Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links.  All of the items were selected because they were my favorites, not for the sole purpose of using an affiliate link.   Unless noted, I purchased all of these products as a customer and did not receive compensation to review or promote any of these items.  As always, all words an opinions are my own.

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