Hello my friends, and welcome to the end of a year that was was the living, breathing embodiment of that dumpster fire gif.
- Madewell jeans: if your torso is 4 feet long, like mine, the high-waisted denim at Madewell is worth the money. So flattering.
- In the same vein, JoyLab high-rise leggings from Target are the only high-rise workout/yoga leggings that I'm not constantly hiking up while working out or sun saluting. And they're pretty cheap!
- My Beauty Diary Birds Nest Face Masks. All the glowy moisture for cheap!
- These heated lavender eye masks. Heaven.
- Actually decorating your apartment for Christmas. I'd never done it, but it was so cute and cozy. I bought this fake lighted tree and loved it.
- Linked to it above, but am obsessed with this sage campfire incense. Yes, my apartment smells like a yoga studio, but worth it.
- A jade face scraper. Depuffs and massages and stuff. Also just feels good.
- These running socks. Expensive but comfy and the only socks that don't slide right off my feet while running.
- Probiotics! Whatever brand... I use CVS's Radiance brand. They weirdly cleared up my skin and keep me non-bloated. Love to be non-bloated.
- Banila clean it zero balm. Double cleansing with this first and then a foaming cleanser has made my breakouts almost non-existent.
- But when I inevitably do get a zit, these little overnight patches dry them right up.
- Packing cubes! The hype is real. These made my two-week trip to South Africa a dream.
- CorePower Yoga. God, these boutique yoga classes are so expensive, but they combine my need for yoga woo and flexibility with athleticism and extreme strength. Very addictive and transforming to my body.
- These clogs, which I spent a good six months of the year wearing.
- When I'm not wearing those clogs, I'm wearing these booties.
- This is gross, but how do people live without cleaning their tongue? I don't know. That's why I have this tongue scraper.
- All the books by Tana French. I don't typically throw down for thrillers, but she's a master, and it's always about so much more than the murder/crime at hand - they're deep studies of human nature.
- Backpacks. I gave up this year on beautiful leather shoulder totes because aging. Just give in. This is the one I use and it's held up all year and holds my laptop, gym clothes, etc, more.
- My phone does not come into my bedroom, so I use this little analog clock to wake me up.
Media I consumed:
Podcasts: Nothing groundbreaking here, but nevertheless: Where Shall We Begin by Esther Perel; Reply All; Fat Mascara; The Daily from the New York Times; Heavyweight from Gimlet Media; Why Oh Why (from Slate, about dating); Call Your Girlfriend; Pod Save America; StartUp.
Books: We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories by Gabrielle Union; The Queen of The Tearling series though it got real dumb by the last book; Homegoing; The Underground Railroad; The Goldfinch (divisive book but I looooved it); Startup by Doree Shafrir; I literally read all of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad books.
TV: I don't watch much TV, not because I'm above it, because I'm lazy, but I enjoyed the Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Mindhunters, Shameless and I FINALLY GOT INTO GAME OF THRONES because I felt like I was missing out on learning a second language that everybody around me spoke. It's pretty good I guess.
What things, small or big, made you happy and sane-ish in 2017? I'd love to hear. I hope you were kind to yourselves and others this year, and you have all you need to keep on keeping on in 2018. Stay strong out there.