Thursday, November 19, 2015

stuff that's worth your money

Fact: I hate shopping. I wish I loved it, but I find it time-consuming and torturous. That said, I feel like I've done a lot of it lately. I get so many great gift/treat yo self ideas from other people's blog posts that I wanted to share what I've been spending money on (or have been gifted) lately because 'tis the season, to shop for others or add to your own wishlist.

(No links are affiliate because I'm not that fancy.)


No idea why some of these came out blurry but at least I tried. Pics are all from the links below.

Planners: Bloggers love planners, am I right? Last year I scoured Target in early January for a Sugar Paper planner and I have loved it ever since. I got the weekly/monthly view for 2015, which is set up just like the Erin Condren life planner (without the extra sections in the back). The month tabs are laminated and the cover is plastic coated. Mine lives on my desk at work and is still pristine, but I can't comment on the wear-and-tear it would face from being carted around for a year. This year, I decided to try out the Signature planner. It looks like a moleskine notebook with an elastic closure (except it's cardboard). The layout has the days of the week on the right and pre-printed areas on the left for goals and people to call/email and things to do. Since I think in terms of what I need to do each week, I thought this might be a nice change. I hope it works for me.

Left: The Erin Condren-esque layout of my 2015 weekly/monthly planner | Right: 2016's planner. The headings are top three, to do, don't forget, to call, to email, to buy, and then this week's goal along the bottom. Both have similar monthly layouts and the 2016 planner is slightly larger overall than 2015's.

Gifts: Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate is always a favorite. It's pricier than the standard stuff, but it's rich and amazing and just feels like the holidays to me. I just wish temps would stay cool enough in Houston to partake! My friend Sarah got me an adult coloring book for my birthday and I'm a convert. It's nice to do something with my hands while the TV is on in the background. Ulta also got me a great birthday gift - a Bare Minerals Mauveloss Moxie lipgloss in Birthday Babe. I'm typically afraid of lip color and this is slightly outside my comfort zone but still dark enough to tell I'm wearing something. I got a coupon for it for being a member of Ulta's club and it's normally $18. I don't think this color is available for purchase, but it's pretty close to the Rebel shade.

Basics: I'm really not a makeup person, but I got the Maybelline Nudes Palette for super cheap on Amazon and I love it. It has directions on the back for how to layer which shadows and it matches everything. I finally tried chewy.com and got these cat toys for Bauer because they were $2 and had amazing reviews. He hates toys unless he's destroying them - he won't even chase a laser pointer - but he loves these and will stand beside whatever piece of furniture he has lost one under until I get it out for him. I also loved how fast and easy chewy.com was - highly recommend.

Treat Yo Self: Lately I've had great luck finding tops at Charming Charlie. The sizes seem consistent, the store layout is easy, and it's never crowded. I got these Kendra Scott earrings that seem to magically change colors depending on the top I'm wearing and I've gotten tons of compliments. I also finally made my way to Lush and got a few bath bombs for the second time ever. I'm ready for a nice, de-stressing bath once the holidays get too crazy.

So! All of that said - anything of your own you would like to add? I still have tons of shopping to do for others and I need all of the help I can get!

Linking up with Joey and Kristin!

16 comments:

  1. yes to planners!!!! i have only 2 weeks left to actually USE my planner (starting month is December) so i'm super excited. i've even added "gift card to Etsy" on my christmas wish list so i can buy another planner for next year! :D

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  2. Mmmm... that hot chocolate sounds heavenly right about now on this chilly morning! Maybe drizzled with some caramel and sea salt, too! YUMMO!

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  3. Planners are always worth it, I love mine. For 2016 I have one similar to you. Because I always have a weekly to do list, but not necessarily things that need to get done on a certain day. Hopefully it works! I have never tried that hot chocolate, but I LOVE hot chocolate so I'm adding it to my birthday/christmas wish list!

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  4. I have always loved coloring and bought kid's coloring books all the time. I am so glad they make adult coloring books now.

    Everything I have bought lately is home improvement related. This Saturday is the big move so we have been getting stuff done around Drake's house. (I just realized that I need to start saying "our" house!)

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  5. I like that planner you picked out! I got one from that brand last year and loved it. The bare minerals lip products are great. I had a lipstick from them awhile back that I really liked too. I saw that Walmart has adult coloring books for less than $5!!! I am picking up a few as Christmas gifts...and one for myself of course.

    I haven't tried that hot chocolate but I can get lost in that store for hours so maybe you just gave me a great excuse to go!

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  6. I love my Plum Paper planner. I look forward to tricking it out in December. That's what I always do!

    There's a Charming Charlie near me and I haven't had the chance to peruse it yet.

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  7. I am too cheap to spend a lot of money on a planner but I really want a vertical column set up and haven't been able to find a cheap one yet, grrr!

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  8. I have that Nudes palette too and I love it, used it this morning. I also use the Moxie gloss, it little color without feeling too overdone.

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  9. I love good hot chocolate and I don't care how much it costs, have you tried the salted caramel flavor?

    My sister and I are going to get adult coloring books for our Christmas vacation, I don't want to spend a lot of time on screen time and reading isn't a social activity. If we play some games and color we'll have a real old lady style Christmas. Hahaha

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  10. I love shopping....and I don't. Clothes, is something I hate. Housewares is something I love. It turns out I also love playing with makeup, but that I mainly stick to online, lol.

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  11. I used to love shopping, but now. Not so much!!! I might be one of the few bloggers who isn't into planners. I don't even want to know what that means! I'm not much into make up but a palette with directions? Sounds like exactly the kind of thing I need.

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  12. I love shopping, but I only enjoy it when it's for leisure/fun. Grocery shopping for instance is not what I would consider fun. Thanks for the planner suggestion, so cute!

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  13. oooh! I love your planner recs! I never thought to look for tops at Charming Charlies! Good call!

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  14. agreed!!! a good planner is definitely worth its salt. Especially because of the binder side of it, I swear! Sometimes I like shopping and sometimes I'm just not in the mood to watch my bank account get smaller. It all depends :)

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  15. i got the nudes palette and i don't love it :( i haven't played around with it that much though, so i'm not giving up yet. also, i suck at eyeshadow, so it could be me and not the palette. i need to try that hot chocolate! yum.

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  16. Yay! I'm so glad you are a coloring book convert :)

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