Nothing says Happy Holidays like pressuring people into spending more money*! And in this post, I shall discuss all the things I was loving this past month. It’s all the rage in Blog/YouTube Land!
*There will be no pressure to buy any of this. In fact, some of it’s free. Do as you please!
I’ll start with the items that make me feel most adult, and those are my candles! There is something about burning candles that make me feel less like a failure and more like a champion. I CAN’T EXPLAIN IT. Rock on, Aroma Therapy.
The two shown are both from Target, Bourbon Blondie and Cozy Nights. Bourbon Blondie has a very sweet smell. A mix of vanilla, cookies, and I’m guessing Bourbon? Cozy Nights smells like a night by the campfire, and that comforts me because I don’t have to go outside! I purchased both for $4 each and they were located in the candle section of Target. Both were “limited edition” so fingers crossed they are still there!
I also received this candle, Cranberry Marmalade, from my mother and it was made from a local shop, Candle Accents. In addition to being made in an adorable Mason jar, Cranberry Marmalade smells like Christmas and joy. You can order online, and I believe they ship nationwide. These candles are smokeless, have a clean burn, and last quite a while.
With the abundance of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc., watching television live seems like a rarity these days. However, there is one woman in television right now that has me ready to go, front and center when Thursday nights hit. Yes, I am talking about the incredible Shonda Rhimes.
- How To Get Away with Murder premiered this fall on ABC and took the world by storm. As if Shonda wasn’t already the Queen of Primetime Drama, HTGAWM took it to the next level. The show, which is about a group of law students and their criminal defense professor who become involved with a “twisted murder plot,” had me on the edge of my seat every week. With Viola Davis as the lead (who amazes me consistently), along with a newcomer ensemble cast that had impeccable chemistry, it was easy to tune in. My friends Alex, Rachel, and I even formed a TGIT group text where we discussed possible theories and freaked out over the crime drama.
I was at the movie theater a lot last month! Which is surprising to me because seeing movies cost a lot now, and I don’t like spending money. However, I got to see Dear White People, Big Hero 6, and Mockingjay!
- I had been so excited about Dear White People ever since I’d seen the trailer earlier this year. This satirical dramedy focuses on the race relations between students at an Ivy League university. Independent filmmaker Justin Simien brought an incredible new voice to film with a topic that is usually avoided or represented poorly. I highly recommend this film to anyone that wants to laugh, (yes we can actually laugh at things like this without it being offensive), think, and get out of their comfort zone when it comes to the topic of race.
- I was not expecting to see or love Big Hero 6, which is Disney and Pixar’s latest animated film. The story of Hiro Hamada, a young boy who puts together a superhero team of awesomeness to take down a masked villain, will bring you laughter and tears. Go see it! Take a younger sibling or relative if you have to, just go see it.
- MOCKINGJAY Part 1, the third installment of the Hunger Games book series, premiered right before Thanksgiving and I am so glad I got to see this. I wasn’t as excited for this film as I was the others, but it blew me away. I felt Jennifer Lawrence was at her best and I held my breath throughout the entire film. Though this is the last book in the series, the film has been split into two parts and I can’t wait for next fall for the last installment!
Detaching from the internet is important to me because I can get sucked into this beautiful swamp-hole for hours on end. My favorite way to unplug is immersing myself into incredible books, and I read some good ones last month.
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler made me happy and whole again. Okay, I’m exaggerating just a little, but when I heard the Queen was coming out with a memoir of her own, I knew I was going to be curled up in my room for days. I have not finished this book because I just don’t want it to be over. With stories from her time on SNL, building what is now the famous Upright Citizens Brigade theater, giving birth to her children, and so much more, Amy Poehler makes me a little less scared of my dreams. She makes me feel confident and it feels like I am listening to my best friend talk. If you’re a fan of Tina Fey or Mindy Kaling’s book, you will be a fan of Yes Please. And if you’re not, you’ll be a fan of Yes Please. Go read it!
- I am still upset with the ending of Gone Girl, but it just so happens to be one of the best books I’ve read. Gillian Flynn is an evil genius and I despise her. I’m joking, and I’m sure she is great. I’d never read a novel of this genre before, so I didn’t know what to expect. Mystery, mental instability, crime, shitty marriage–all of it is just a huge mind fuck, so I definitely recommend!
- Get over it; I bought 1989 and it’s incredible. I will be the first to admit that I was never the biggest Taylor Swift fan, but after listening to some of the songs from her new album against my will, I fell in love. Taylor has made her musical transition from country to pop effortlessly, and this is most likely always playing in the car while I’m driving. Some of my favorites are Blank Space, Style, and Bad Blood.
She will always have her own section. Beyoncé re-released her self-titled album last month, Beyoncé, that dropped last winter unexpectedly. With two new tracks, 7/11 and Ring Off, remixes of favorites like Drunk in Love, and videos from the Mrs. Carter Show are all featured on the release. If you haven’t heard anything from Beyoncé’s latest album, you can stream it on Spotify now! And then buy it to join the ranks of the Beyhive. Oh, and let’s not forget the fun music video she filmed for 7/11 with simply a selfie-stick, her iPhone, and a bunch of drunk friends.
There’s an app for everything these days! Except a snack-delivery service! (My friend Maëlle proposed that the other day and it’s genius.) Anyhow, I’ve found something that’s even more genius than that!
- Overdrive is a mobile application that connects to your local library and allows you to rent ebooks and audio books for free! It works as long as you have a library card and the closest library to you participates. All you do is sign up for a free Overdrive account, download to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, or Windows device, and start reading! You can rent books for up to two weeks and put items on hold. I am obsessed with this app! Sometimes the library doesn’t carry what I’m looking for, and the e-version is most likely available on Overdrive. Check this out and feed your obsession.
That about sums it up for last month’s favorites! I think I’ll make it a monthly event! What were some of your favorites from November/what are you looking forward to in December? Let me know!
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