Right now I’m loving…

It’s cold, and dreary, and the weather doesn’t even have the good sense to stay consistent or give us a gold old fashioned now-you-can-stay-inside-all-week snowstorm.

But despite this, there are a lot of things that are making me pretty happy these days. Here are some of my favorite things right now, all first world luxuries of course.


  1. Clementines. These are like fruit crack to me. Don’t give me some speech about sugar in fruit — if it grows, it’s good, and in the barren squash and kale killed scene that is the produce section in winter, these are a welcome gem.
  2. JCrew Factory Chambray shirt. I’m obsessed. I would wear it every day if I didn’t fear people remembering it and judging me. It’s the perfect counterpart for colored pants (see below) and I love it so much that I bought James sister a matching one for Christmas.
  3. VS Beauty Rush Shiny Kiss Lipgloss in Candy Baby. On the days where it is a messy bun don’t care sort of day (which has been happening a lot lately) nothing makes me feel as put together as  good lip gloss. Unfortunately, most lipgloss has glitter undertones and the person I’m kissing these days has an intense aversion to anything sparkly as glitter is “the Herpes of craft supplies.” This one however is glitter free, faintly tinted, and stays shiny for a long time.
  4. Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. People, this cookbook has beauty of coffee table glossy page proportions. I read it like a novel. Deb not only has the best, easy to follow recipes, she also has the funniest stories to accompany every dish. Not all of my efforts have been totally successful, but I blame me, not the book.
  5. Colored pants. I am pretty sure that the last time that colored pants were in with this much fervor, I was in third grade and said pants had stirrups. I have been waiting for colored jeans and turtle necks to be back in since then and I am pumped,  gleefully jumping on the let-your-legs-carry-your-outfit bandwagon with mustard, green, and red pants, and I have my eye on these plum ones. All of the above go so well with my neutrals (read: STRIPES and CHAMBRAY).
  6. Polka Dot shirt. Don’t  have one yet, but I feel that polka dots are the next stripes, and if not — don’t tell me. Let me live in happy dotty ignorant bliss. (In a world where I was rich, I would have multiple ones, including this one and this one.
  7. Starbucks Instant Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. I think it is a crying shame that Starbucks stops carrying all the awesome holiday drinks practically the day after Christmas [classic First World Problem right here, I know]. I have been bemoaning this fact to no end and then I found that they sell an instant version at Safeway, the whole box costing approximately the cost of 2 tall drinks at the store. Add a little whip cream and some sea salt on top and it tastes [almost] like the in-store version.
  8. Sparkly mini. Another wish list item that I am crushing on from afar. Would I actually wear said sparkle number frequently enough to justify it? Probably not. But I am just a little mesmerized by the wearable disco ball concept. Of course, the Glitterphobe mentioned above is not exactly hospitable to sequins either. But what about a tiny investment in this super cheap one?

What are you loving right now?

(Ps: Not shown — what I’m hating right now: Peplum anything. And yes, this is totally an envy based hate. They are adorable on perhaps 1% of the population but I keep trying to subjugate my tall hippy figure to them and it is NOT WORKING. Not all of us can be Naomi Davis. Pretty sure we were all forced to accept them as fashionable when all of Hollywood got pregnant and needed to cover those baby bumps… so now we all just look pregnant. They also make me think of women like these.)

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21 Responses to Right now I’m loving…

  1. Kelly says:

    1. You and clementines makes me think of France, and our fruit man. Bless that sweet man. I so hope he’s doing well.
    2. Glitter in make-up is definitely the herpes of make up. I don’t know about craft supplies. In some instances glitter is absolutely acceptable and necessary! I did laugh for about 10 minutes at that comment. Love James!
    3. Totally remember the stirrup pants. Died laughing. I had all sorts. Lots with crazy shapes. Maybe those will come back. Doubtful.
    4. Every girl deserves to have a couple of pieces she will never wear enough to justify. That’s part of being a girl. We have the babies. We get that right. Also, have you seen the jcrew catalogue?! Throw a sweater on with that thing and you’re good to go! Get a longer pencil and you can wear it. All. Year. I know you love that 🙂

  2. Hannah says:

    1. We loved him so much! And I lived right next to him that whole year! At the end we might have hugged and cried for awhile.
    2. How does it get everywhere??? Secretly I think glitter makes everyone looke more lovely (Think Drew Barrymoore in Ever After when she shows up at the ball) but sadly it is no longer acceptable to roll on that Bath and Body Works glitter stick all across my upper face.
    3. I had a pair that were like pleated parachute pants at the top, tight stirrup at the bottom. And they were purple. How is all that even possible?!?!?!?!
    4. See, I knew it was a logical investment!!!! Thank you jcrew catalogue for saving the day yet again!

    : )

  3. Natalie Amundson says:

    1. Starbucks hot cocoa makes winter SO much better. I bought the peppermint whipped cream at Target to accompany the toasted marshmallow flavor…heaven.
    2. Polka dots and stripes are what make the world go ’round.

  4. Heidi says:

    For when your Starbucks hot cocoa runs out, I’ve got a home made recipe coming soon that Alex and I have been working on this week. 🙂

    …and I must confess slight jealousy of skinny jeans on my part. I tried on a pair after Thanksgiving and I’m just too short. Plus they’d make me feel awful about my weight, because a size 10 was too small. We all have our Peplum things…

    • Hannah says:

      I will keep an eye out for the recipe!

      I recommend the 12$ Walmart faded glory jeggings. They run short, fit great, and make you feel skinny when you put then on because of that awesome elastic waist. Plus, they actually look sooooo much like jeans and come in a bunch of colors!

  5. Jbrew says:

    I agree about the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. Every time I pull it out I can’t decide if I like it better with or without the dust jacket, then I get so distracted reading the stories and looking at the pictures that I get distracted and eat dinner later than I planned…
    Also, if you want a recipe that calls for sweet potatoes and kale, let me know. It’s so good I make it 3-4 times a week…

  6. Amanda says:

    CELEBRATE THE GLITTER. Also the clementines and the colored pants.

    On a sort of related note, I continue to find pieces of glitter in Emmie’s hair. I assume it is from our Christmas decorations, which we will be leaving up for a few more weeks (we love that Baby Jesus). Wherever the glitter may originate from, the fact that it is winding up on Glitter Herself gives me THE SHIVERS.

  7. Becky says:

    Right now I am loving the new Peter Rabbit baby Gap clothing collection. I just walked past the signs when I was returning a sweater at Gap, and now I am wishing I could afford some of the cute baby girl outfits! 🙂 I did a Beatrix Potter theme for Susie’s bedding. Here’s the link if you want to see some cute baby clothes: http://www.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=91486&mlink=6487,6000090,DP_Main_IG_1&clink=6000090

    I also agree about the peplum–I really wanted to like this sweater at the LOFT (http://www.loft.com/loft/product/product%3A292970/LOFT-promo-bucket-pre-spring-exclusions/Striped-Peplum-Hem-Short-Sleeve-Sweater/292970?colorExplode=false&skuId=13005641&catid=catl000012&productPageType=fullPriceProducts&defaultColor=5763) and it just did not look good on me!

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