A few of my favorite things at the moment. The petals on the right are hibiscus loose leaf tea; the ones on the left are Osmia Organics' "tea bath," a bath soak made from Epsom salts, oats, and botanicals commonly found in tisanes (chamomile, rose petals, spearmint, etc.). So you can drink tea while bathing in it, which makes me feel just slightly Marie Antoinette-esque (okay, maybe not quite!). Follow with barely-there blush & lip balm, a spritz of something sweet, salted almond milk chocolate, and a book where you can retreat for a while.
Here is a look at my February through a miscellany of things worn, used, tried and loved. Though I didn't do much shopping this month, it was easy to pick out the things to share in this month's edition of favorites (the trickier task was fitting them into a single image!).
The newest item in my wardrobe, purchased at the end of January, is a boxy, striped top from H&M's Basics line. It's slightly cropped, so I pair it with black, high waisted jeans. My Swatch Tresor Noir Watch is my most-worn accessory lately. In addition to being useful, it's sentimental, as it was purchased it in the underground shopping mall at the Louvre! I've also been loving nude makeup, especially the Smashbox Lipstick in "Primrose," my perfect nude/pink lip color.
I stuck to a simple, natural skincare routine throughout February. I've been enjoying the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream every morning (and some evenings) for cleansing and gentle exfoliating; you can read my full review here. Another staple in my routine is the Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil.
Though this product feels like an oil, it's actually 100% purified squalane, a lipid that occurs naturally in animals and plants. It leaves my skin silky smooth, and because there's only one ingredient inside (which is found in our own skin cells), there's 0% chance that it will break me out. I don't even use face cream at the moment... just this!
Quite a few rainy days this month meant spending time inside, pretending it's summer with cups of pineapple-infused Mighty Leaf Tropical Green Tea. I've been reading some books I'll tell you about soon, as well as the latest women's fashion edition of T: The New Times Style Magazine. This has been one of my favorite magazines since high school, when I'd steal it away from my parents and drool over its oversized pages (not much has changed). On the front cover is Phoebe Philo, designer of Céline; inside are stories on style, culture, design and more.
If you like good animation, or maybe if, like me, you need a fairytale-like remedy for the one too many mystery/thrillers you've been watching, I'd recommend the Japanese anime film Wolf Children. I'm not even going to try to explain what this is about (trust me: I tried, I failed, I laughed... just go read the IMDb summary and you'll see what I mean). It won best animated film at the 2013 Japanese Academy Awards.
You know that picture of the kitten who looks in the mirror and sees his reflection as a lion? That's basically me, at the gym... but the point is, I have a tiny bit more muscle now, thanks to some dedicated workout sessions this month. Dream big, right?
What have you been loving this month?
It's still December in my time zone, so I thought I'd squeeze in a quick post to tell you about some things I've been enjoying throughout the month. Soon I'll be ringing in the new year, so I'll make this short and sweet!
Skincare favorites this month include the derma e Evenly Radiant Cleanser and Toner, which I found on sale at my local Whole Foods. These affordable, natural products suit all skin types, including sensitive skins like my own. The cleanser is especially effective: it foams gently and removes my makeup. The Caudalie Beauty Elixir has also earned a place in my morning skincare routine. After forgetting about it for a few months, I've become re-addicted to it and spritzed out the last drops this morning.
To moisturize post-shower, I've been using The Body Shop Brazil Nut Body Butter, which has the most comforting scent. I've also been applying the Royal Apothic Hand Creme in "Holland Park" religiously. Its delicate floral scent is a hit; numerous people have asked me what perfume I'm wearing when the only fragrance on me is this. And for a touch of glitz around Christmas, I layered Essie's A Cut Above over Essie's Ballet Slippers. You can see the result on my Instagram here... it was very festive, even though the glitter took a little patience to remove!
During the holiday season I relaxed with family and made the most of extra free time. I've really enjoyed reading The Emperor of Scent, which I mentioned in my last weekend reading post. In December I also discovered the blog Carnet Prune; Angéline takes beautiful pictures, and anyone interested in French skincare will love posts like this one. I went to the cinema twice in a week to see The Hobbit Part II (okay) and Frozen (amazing). In other (rather shocking) news, I've been diligent about working out, and these Nike gloves not only make lifting more comfortable but also make me feel like a superhero.
I'm off for champagne and feasting... Happy New Year everyone!