The Best of February 2015

Here’s just a little of what’s been going on in my life this month. My BFF and I did facemasks, drank wine and watched Lifetime movies. Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset We also did a treat yo’ self day, where we got mani-pedis, I BOUGHT A CLARISONIC FACE BRUSH THAT CHANGED MY LIFE, went to the mall, bought some Lush stuff (I got a Rose Jam scented massage bar and it smells like a dream), went to In ‘n Out, and just generally treated ourselves. Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset I was my own Valentine this year. My mom sent me a card and I had a perfectly lovely Valentine’s Day celebration by myself. I ordered pizza and watched massive amounts of One Tree Hill. Unfortunately, I didn’t have dinner with the real Matthew Gray Gubler, but this photo I found online will have to do for now. MGG My co-workers and I spent an afternoon making a Left Shark papercraft after the Superbowl. It was super time consuming but also a totally fun team bonding experience.Left Shark It was National Pizza Day and I discovered BitMoji. You’re welcome. National Pizza Day Bitmoji It was also National Margarita Day, so I celebrated that with friends. Here’s a picture of Hannah getting the perfect pic to post to Instagram. Art is alive! hannah margs

I ended the month with a family trip to Ojai to celebrate my stepdad’s birthday. I’ll be writing separately about that trip, but here’s a pic of the view from our rental house to tide you over:

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A Few of my Favorite Things, Etsy Round-up – #1

I absolutely love Etsy! There are so many creative people out there making awesome products. Here are a few of my favorite things:

milkglassmugetsy

I love this set of vintage milk glass mugs. If I had more room in my kitchen, these would totally already be mine.

polygonclocketsyThese polygon wall clocks are so cool! They would add so much interest to my boring blank apartment walls.

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I absolutely love the colors of this geometric wooden bead necklace!booksetsyAgain, my apartment walls are so blank! This print would be so cute to add to a gallery wall.

etsydeerAw, look at this little baby bambi vase/planter! I’d probably use it as a ring dish.

succulentplanteretsyAndrew’s Reclaimed is one of my favorite shops on etsy. I love the modern style of all his reclaimed wood items. These little succulent planters would look totally adorable on my kitchen windowsill.

trianglestudsetsyI rarely wear earrings, even though I have super short hair and you can see my earlobes all the time. I can totally see myself rocking these triangle studs, though.

New Year’s Resolution – 52 Books a Year

I’ve never really liked the idea of New Year’s resolutions. January 1st seems like such an arbitrary time to decide to make changes in your life. In past years I’ve been way too ambitious with my New Year’s goals. Last year I resolved to go to the gym 3 times a week, and I was good about it for the first 3 months or so. But life happens, and I quickly fell off after a few months.

My resolution this year was no less ambitious. I decided I would try to read a book a week, or 52 books this year. So far, I’ve read:

January Books

Ham On Rye by Bukowski

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

I’m using Goodreads to keep up with my progress. Right now, I’m two books behind, but I’m in the middle of the longest book I’ve read so far this year, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. Life keeps getting in my way, but it’s my honest to goodness goal to finish this book by the end of the week.

The next book I’m going to start on is Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. I’m so excited to read this one! I find Amy so inspiring and a friend of mine read the book and said it was like getting advice from your cool young aunt. This will be my first non-fiction book of the year, I’m excited to mix it up a bit.