Sunday, February 19, 2023

Stuff I Like: Full Brain Edition.

 Hellllloooooo. I have missed you all quite a lot but I really needed the break. Things are going well with the new job and I'm slowly progressing towards healing with my busted foot but it's still been pretty overwhelming. Also, I'm getting married in less than a week, which is crazy. (If you were wondering, one of the dresses in this post is, indeed, my wedding dress! I'm such a tease, I know. I'll post pics after it's done! A certain dude I might be marrying reads the blog and I don't want to spoil it.)

Anyway, I have been VERY busy using my whole brain with the new job which hasn't left room for much of anything except air casts and crutches, but in my last post I mentioned a few things I'd just purchased and I want to talk about them and also tell you what I'm reading and stuff. Okay? Okay:

These Sneakers That Bring Mad Joy.
I have wanted these Comme des Garçons Play x Converse sneakers for literal years but for some reason just never went for it. They were just a little bit too expensive for something I wasn't sure I'd get a lot of wear out of. But then I was feeling sorry for myself and decided I couldn't live without them (despite having a post-surgery foot so swollen that who knows when I'll be able to wear both of them!) Anyway, sometimes you just have to go for it - the heart wants what it wants and I have ZERO regrets. First of all, they bring me joy every single time I wear them (okay, it. I wear one of them.) They're also more comfortable than normal Converse, so there's that. Anyway, worth every penny. (Also, I'm wearing my Vuori joggers in that pic and they're still my #1 favorite.) 

This Knit Blazer That's the Best of Both Worlds.
I love the way structured clothing looks but not so much how it feels. I'm really into being comfortable these days but I also don't want to look like a total slob, especially for work (even if they can currently only see my top half.) This cotton knit blazer from Quince is literally a perfect thing - a structured mid-weight sweater knit that's comfy to wear and looks really pulled together. I bought it in black and want another in camel because it feels like it's going to be a closet staple. (for $20 off your first purchase of $50+ use my referral code!)

These Socks That Are Part of My Life Now.
My foot surgeon is a big fan of compression socks for their circulation benefits  and now I am too. I started with a pair of Bombas I bought for travel (pretty good) but Wellow brand compression socks started stalking me on the Internets and I finally caved and... y'all. They are better. I now own four pairs and wear them daily. They're so good! Super supportive, kitten-soft and seam-free. Plus, they come in fun colors and patterns. (Do I have a referral code? Of course I do. Click my link for 25% off your order of $50+.)

This Book Which is the Exact Fluff I Need
I'm all about easy reading right now and after re-reading a couple of Dick Francis mysteries (my go-to for comfort reads) I dived into On a Night Like This by Lindsey Kelk (who wrote the delightful Christmas book I mentioned here!) She's the exact flavor of British rom-com I need right now and it's just a fun read about a normal person thrown into being the personal assistant for a celebrity. It's definitely a modern day Cinderella story but somehow manages to be it's own charming self? It's totaly fluff and I'm enjoying it. 

A Mascara Mini That's Upping My Game
Finally, my favorite thing in the most recent Allure Beauty Box is this YSL Beauty Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara. It's super black and gives me dramatic, fluffy lashes. It's definitely prone to clumping but I have a container of spoolies that I use for this purpose because applying mascara has always been a challenge. Anyway, this is a good mascara and I actually prefer a mini over the full size because I can never use the full size before it dries up.