The Party's Been Cancelled.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Oh, hi there. *Waves* Just kidding. The party's just relocated for the day is all.

Today, I was lucky enough to guest post on Sara Elizabeth's blog, Pearls & Curls. She's lovely, hilarious, and so understanding, and, big plus, she's let me take over her blog to say whatever I want! I'm not sure what she's thinking; she must not know how ridiculous I am.

So, if you're missing me a little bit - admit it, you are - head over to there to read what I have to say about the girls, the dates and of course, the bachelor Juan Pablo! That's right, I've blogged about The Bachelor.

I'll be back Friday with something or another. I'm unpredictable like that. (Except not really cause ya'll know I'm trying stick to that 3 weekly posts schedule. Where's the mystery in that?!)

No Cuts, No Color. Just Blowouts.

Monday, January 27, 2014

I spent my Friday afternoon at Drybar. It was a great Friday :)

There's a Drybar location so close to me that I'm almost ashamed to say that I've never ventured inside. I usually wash and style my own hair between my relaxer appointments simply because I like taking the extra time to treat my hair (I allow the Macadamia masque to sit in my hair for anywhere up to a hour, sometimes). To be quite honest, what lead me to make an appointment at Drybar last week wasn't the rave reviews, although they are plentiful. I simply needed a good wash, and really, really didn't want to do it myself.

Drybar is just that - a blow dry bar. They don't do cuts or color or anything else. You walk in, have your hair washed, dried and styled, and you walk out. All for a flat rate of $40 regardless of how long or thick your hair is. There are locations in New York, California, Arizona, Texas, Georgia and D.C., and salons in Chicago and Boston are coming soon. If it sounds awesome, that's because it is.

For the first time in like my life, I was on-time. Well, maybe I'm being dramatic but still, I'm proud of myself. Look at me sticking to my resolutions! Because Drybar is appointment-based, you don't walk into a super crowded waiting room and wait forever to get into a stylist's chair. When I arrived for my 1:15 appointment, there were only 2 other women waiting. I was told that they were running a few minutes late, but my stylist would be with me shortly. I can't remember how long I waited because I was plied with liquor distracted, but it wasn't long at all.

While I waited, I noticed the doormat that I walked right over when I entered. I thought it was such a sweet compliment to any woman walking in and it made me smile while I waited (or maybe that was just the champagne). In fact, the decor of the entire salon just made me happy. The salon is all gorgeous light-colored wood, white and neutral furniture and yellow accents. Most of the styling appliances, blowdryers and brushes included, were yellow as well as any flowers, small tables or light fixtures throughout. The decor is girly and fun, and the two televisions played chic flicks the entire time - I got to watch the final minutes of The Notebook and then half of The Proposal (I really love that movie). It feels like the salon is full of so much girl power, and although I'm definitely not the type to clam up around guys, the feminine atmosphere makes it really easy to chat like mad and get to know my stylist.

I didn't get many pictures after those because (1) I was busy sipping two mimosas, and (2) it's a little awkward to take pictures of an establishment when I'm suppose to be getting my hair done. After waiting for half-a-mimosa's time, I was greeted by Geneva, my stylist, who was incredibly easy to talk to. Because I have the skills of a ninja, I quickly snapped this photo when she led me to her chair, with my drank in one hand and coat in the other.

After I plopped down into the seat, she turned me around to the mirror behind us and said to me just like she was my oldest girlfriend "So, let's talk, girl." She proceeded to ask me a few questions about my hair (what I normally do, my concerns, blah), and then she brought me to the back room, where I stealthily snapped another photo (or maybe she just went to get a few products, I can't recall).

The wash bins in this salon are the most comfortable I've ever been in. There's no water accidentally running down your back or aching as you struggle against slipping out of the seat. They pull out these little footstools from beneath the chair, which make you feel like you are lounging as you get your hair washed. As she washed my hair with all Moroccan products, she talked to me about shampoos and serums that treat dry scalp, which I mentioned I was having an issue with because of the cold temperatures this winter. She was extremely informative, which relaxed me. Once I got back into her stylist chair, we talked a bit more about the Moroccan products she used before blowdrying. (I'm seriously considering buying a few Moroccan products. Have any of you tried them out?) From there, she dried and curled my hair and we talked about hair-related things, while I sipped another mimosa between sentences.

When Geneva turned me around, I watched the curls cascading towards my shoulders and almost couldn't believe it. I've been going to the same salon since I was 14. I'm usually very reluctant to let anyone new do my hair because of a few bad experiences at the hands of inexperienced stylists and I'm really trying to grow my hair out long and healthy like it was before college. But Geneva, she exceeded all expectations. My curls bounced when I turned from side to side, and my hair was shiner than I've seen in a while. But neither of those compare to how soft my hair is. I've been running my hands through it all weekend. I wish I had a picture of this perfection but I was too excited to think as I thanked Geneva, bounced towards the reception desk and gladly handed over my $40.

I spent the rest of the weekend admiring my hair. Just kidding. Kind of.

To sum it up nicely: Drybar is amazing. Book an appointment now!

1; 2 by me; 3; 4-9 by me.

Sweating for Summer: Stocking Your Fridge

Friday, January 24, 2014

When I began my first weight loss journey, this quote popped up everywhere. From the fitblr community to the gym to my own mom, I was reminded in some way that the majority of my battle with fat would be fought in the kitchen. What?! I didn't want to believe it. I love food. Most girls figure out the correlation between unhealthy food and weight gain in high school. But I was a gymnast during most of high school; it didn't matter what I stuffed my face with, I was going to burn right through it during my three hour practice that night. All I knew was that 3 slices of greasy pizza 10 minutes before practice wasn't the best idea (I learned that the hard way), but other than that I ate what I wanted. But when I went off to college where I partied, ate whatever and just went to the gym 3-5 times a week, I learned quickly that those days were over. I was cursed with the freshman 15 and then some. Lesson learned: I love food, but I can't devour all of the milkshakes and fries. Life just isn't fair.

So, if abs are made in the kitchen after all, what the hell am I suppose to eat? Personally, it's not the cravings that get the best of me most days. It's more about what's in front of me. Whether it's a bowl of ice cream or a serving of frozen yogurt, a pot-full of pasta or a plate-full, I'm just as satisfied really. Seriously, it's like my eyes are way too big for my own good. So, the key for me, and I think for a lot of people (although perhaps for different reasons), is to give myself the healthiest choices. My first stop on my fitness journey isn't the gym; it's the supermarket. So I'm bringing you along with me. This is how I stock my kitchen to prepare for battle, err, the Sweating for Summer challenge.

You can skip down to see what I took home - I won't hold it against you :)

Probably my favorite part of Trader Joe's. I love fresh flowers. I just need to learn not kill them. 

I always get my salad here. They're $4 a bag everywhere else!

Walk straight past this and over to the water. Even though they are pretty much the best juices ever :(

One of my favorite snacks. If you've never tried it, you need to.

A lot of people say don't buy frozen fish. And I get it, it's not as healthy as fresh fish. But see, if I bought fresh fish only, it would go bad in my fridge and I'd just end up ordering chinese. You see how this is a better option for me?

 Now, for my shopping cart :)

Every time I go grocery shopping, I pick up fruits. Trader Joe's has one of the best produce sections in the city, and, in general, have the best prices (seriously, I feel like I'm getting scammed if I shop anywhere else). By replacing sugary snacks with slightly, less sugary fruits, I save myself the I-just-inhaled-that-cupcake-guilt. You know that guilt I'm talking about.

Vegetables are an essential part of healthy eating. Of course, there's salad, which is like the golden child of every diet ever made. I also like TJ's prepped mixed vegetables because they make eating healthy so easy.
I've been wanting to whip up some guac for a while now, but it always seems so daunting. With everything right in one place in this Guacamole Kit, I couldn't resist.

Fage yogurt is my favorite brand because of how amazing it tastes and how convenient it is. I love eating it with sliced strawberries, raspberries and granola on top. And I like the one with honey too.

Here are a few good snacks I stock my pantry with. I admit the Inner Peas? Not so yummy. But those dried cranberries and granola bars, I'm known to carry those two around with me. They hit the spot every time! Read what's on the boxes there. I think it's too cute.

And of course, it's not healthy living if there isn't water. Saratoga spring water is like drinking the water of life from a bottle, but I'm not so bougie that I won't grab a plastic bottle too. I'm about that zero calorie goodness no matter what!

CHECK-IN #1: -2.5 pounds. I probably shouldn't have stepped on the scale today. The weather in NYC for the past few weeks has been cold and snowy, and I'm always a few pounds heavier at this time of the month. But I weighed in anyway because I want to do this right.

A Girl Who Reads: Pride and Prejudice

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Title: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Publication: 1813

Major Characters: Elizabeth Bennett, Jane Bennett, Lydia Bennett, Mr. & Mrs. Bennett; Fitzwilliam Darcy, Charles Bingley.

Main Plot: Elizabeth Bennett, the second of five daughters, thinks herself an excellent judge of character, especially of those around her who are driven by status and the desire to marry whomever in good-standing that shall have them. But not everyone is so easily pegged, and sometimes when you prejudge someone, you can be entirely mistaken.

Favorite Line(s):
"You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."

"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a good book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library."

"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that it had begun."

“I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than [her]; she only smiles, I laugh.”
My Rating: More like 100 million trillion

I begin writing this review from my bed at 2am in a hazy state of absolute love after turning the final page of this novel. Like I may need a cigarette. I doubt I have the words to express how much I adore this book. After closing the book, with my head propped up on my headboard, I pressed the book to my mouth and looked over its binding. I felt vulnerable and overwhelmed, and for a while, it was all I could do not to cry. Yes, cry. And then, of course, within a few seconds time, that is exactly what I did. I allowed two tears to stroll down my cheek before deeming myself absolutely ridiculous and pulling the backs of my hands across my face. I am utterly in love with this remarkable novel.

Returning to this review, I look back on the paragraph that I hastily typed minutes after finishing this book, and I still feel the same way. I read it weeks ago, and I'm still in love with it, maybe even more so. And this is to be expected as, in many ways, Pride and Prejudice is largely a romantic novel, transporting its reader to a world full of formalities and grandeur. This is a genuine love story - the love story to spark all those that we love currently. Yet, in many ways, it's nothing like the love stories we know. There's no damsel in distress, at least not permanently so. Elizabeth Bennett can take care of herself, and is unwilling to accept a husband for any other reason than all-consuming love. At the same time, Elizabeth doesn't pretend to be above the affairs of the heart and admits freely to his sister that, although prepared to wait for it, she wants that love. I identified with Elizabeth Bennett in a way that I've never connected with a character before. More than loved her, I felt like I was her. A sarcastic, secure, stubborn woman with much to say and no filter, Elizabeth judges the people around her for their desires and first impressions. She's not evil-spirited, but she is "the prejudice". And when she meets "the proud", she's affronted by his words, his "too good for everyone" demeanor, and his ability to frustrate her like no one else. In a word and without even knowing it, she feels challenged.

This romance novel has an incredible satire folded into it but not hidden at all. And as the perfect combination of hilarity and a sappy love story, the novel has easily shot to the #1 spot on my favorite books list. From the very beginning, Austen's description pokes fun of early 19th century status-driven society. The first line is saturated in sarcasm: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." Austen's witty commentary on the world in which the Bennett sisters (at least most of them) strive to find their rich husbands, and her tone through Elizabeth's point of view makes the reader love both the character and the author. Austen looks at the institution of marriage in her society with a critical eye, as something that was the only option for many women, yet not necessarily the best option. But, she's no cynic. Using her characters as examples, she examines the wrong reasons for marrying, and the right ones between characters whose hearts seem to fall in sync from the very beginning.

Austen's writing is descriptive and lush. I didn't just read about Pemberley; I saw the rolling hills and stream full of excellent game. Not only was I disgusted by Lydia Bennett's complete disregard for her family, but I felt it as if she were my sister and wanted to strangle her just like Elizabeth. I made faces at some characters and felt badly for others. I could name dozens of quotes that I loved and language I thought perfect. Austen's writing pulls you in that way. There were moments while reading when I thought a short chapter here or there was extraneous or an unnecessary character was introduced, but within a few pages, I was shown exactly how necessary it was. Every single page pushed the characters and the story towards the final resolution and all the pieces fit perfectly together.

I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't read it, but if you have, leave a comment so we can fangirl over it! And if you love the novel, check out the link in my favorites post of a modern day adaptation. For now, I'll leave it at this: Pride and Prejudice is simply flawless and I'm sure that no review I write could ever do it any justice.

The Day I Discovered that X-Men Are Real

Monday, January 20, 2014

Because I'm so very popular, I spent my Friday night on my couch with my television, and I was delighted when I passed X-Men First Class while channel-surfing. I remember going to the midnight showing with my boyfriend at the Movie Tavern, but I don't remember the storyline of the movie very well at all. So when I stumbled upon the movie on FX on Friday night, I was immediately sucked in.

Truly, I love these kinds of films. Action-packed movies based on old-school comics? *Insert googly-heart eyes here* I loved the comics growing up so it's no surprise that no matter how often I watch the films, I'm practically hypnotized. The airing on FX, however, was one of those "commentary-with-the-movie" ones, which I admit I don't always like, but the hosts said something very interesting during a commercial.

Apparently, the idea of the X-Men series was based on minorities, which is why it's set in the 1960s. In fact, the characters of Professor Xavier and Magneto and their friendship parallels the differing philosophies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. This intrigued me to say the least, and I immediately began digging.

Although the series occasionally makes other references (religious, anti-semitism, the red scare), the comparisons to racism and the fight against it are glaring. Mutant hate groups such as Friends of Humanity and Stryker's Purifiers and their actions against mutants are comparable to African American hate groups of the 60s. Also, a 1980s edition of the comic book mentions a fictional island where mutants are enslaved and segregated by an apartheid state, which draws a striking comparison to the then-conditions in South Africa. Not only does Magneto eventually quote Malcolm X in the first movie ("By any means necessary"), but during a conversation in the Professor's study in X-Men First Class, their differences become starkly apparent as one expresses gradual social change while the other is sure that radicalism, killing the enemy, is the only answer.

Eventually, they both realize that they don't want the same things. That even though both want a better life for mutants, they have different means to get there. The other mutants chose their respective sides. It's almost as if to say that's okay. At least for now, it's possible for these two men, these two philosophies to co-exist.

In 1982, Chris Claremont, an X-Men writer, stated "The X-Men are hated, feared and despised collectively by humanity for no other reason than that they are mutants. So what we have..., intended or not, is a book that is about racism, bigotry, and prejudice." Although he also finds fault with the movie's depictions, Mikhail Lyubansky, a professor in the psychology department of the University of Illinois praises X-Men for "provid[ing] the opportunity to have those much-needed conversations about tolerance and inclusivity. The important of being comfortable and proud in one's skin is one of several prosocial messages of X-Men First Class, as well as the original trilogy." I think that this message was evident throughout the entire movie. As I rewatched the film on Friday night, I watched the characters, especially Raven portrayed by the lovely Jennifer Lawrence, learn to accept themselves. In a scene towards the middle of the movie, Magneto confronts Raven advising her that she could be better if she didn't waste half of her concentration pretending to be something she's not. It's this conversation, I think, that leads to her finally accepting her "blue form." The movie even goes as far as to comment on what happens when you reject who you are. Moments after we see Raven rocking her "blue form" with confidence, we are introduced to Beast, the monster resulting from Hank's attempt at making himself "normal" by injecting himself with a cure.

And because today's post feels so heavy which in fact it is, here's what I gathered from all of this. Magneto is the (really how cool would it be to control metal? I'd put a magnetic strip on eeerthang!), but X-Men is about educating one another, about learning to accept the differences in yourself and in others, about annihilating the idea of "normal" - it's about love. And so is today. So on this Monday, and every Monday for that matter, be motivated to love  Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Best of 2013!

Friday, January 17, 2014

For the past couple of days, I've been binge watching "2013 favorites" and "2013 top whatever" videos. For those of you who have lives and don't have 475632 hours to sit on YouTube, these sorts of videos are like recaps of a vlogger's entire year in products, books or whatever else. And because I tend to be the kind of person who finds something they love and has to tell everyone about it (isn't that at least part of what blogging is all about?), I'm going to blabber to you all about all the things I loved in 2013. Plus, it's like a favorites post on 'roids and maybe I'm not ready to give up my friday favorite posts just yet.

There are rules to this game, though; rules that I intend to at least try to follow. First, each winner must be something that is from 2013 or was introduced to me in 2013. Basically, as much as I love MAC's Rebel lipstick, I've been coveting it since like 2010 so it doesn't count (see how I slipped that in there?). Secondly, when possible, there should be only one winner for each category. Runners up may be mentioned, but, I really really tried to choose just one for the grand prize.

Favorite Quote: 

Jay-Z first said this in a freestyle on the radio and then included it in the song "Most Kingz", or so I've been told. I saw it written on a photo of Jay-Z, and immediately found truth in it. I chose a picture with Beyonce because, well, she's Beyonce, and it fit with the quote. Within certain circles, it's always looked at so negatively to change. It's not like we're living life to make the same mistakes and never learn a lesson. I'm gonna change, not overnight, but I'm going to evolve. Get over it.

Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

It's kind of embarassing but I only just read this novel this year. What is wrong with me? I've been missing out on this phenomenal story for way too long. A review of this novel will be posted within the next week or two, so I won't delve too deeply into why I love it. But know that I do, and in the meantime, check out the first webepisode of The Lizzie Bennett Diaries, a modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice on YouTube.

Favorite T.V. Show: Masters of Sex & Scandal
I tried to choose just one, but no matter how I much I tried I loved them both equally this year.
 Masters of Sex is a new series on Showtime that premiered in September. The show follows the lives and work of two researchers who pioneered the study of sexuality in a university hospital in the 1950s. This seductive series is great because it's about much more than just sex. I love that it delves so deeply into the role of women as professionals and sexual beings during a time when people began to finally view women more for their abilities and accomplishments instead of as objects to be possessed.

Even though it's not a new show, Scandal was new to me this year. Somehow, I discovered the show on Netflix a few days after the holidays and watched the entire first season in 2 days. Within the first few days of 2013, I succeeded in hunting down the first half of season 2 online, and was all caught up for the new episodes. The show revolves around the not-so-secret love of two of the central characters and the strains placed upon them by the betrothed, the constant power struggle and, in some ways, the entire nation.

Favorite Movie: Catching Fire

I'm sure I don't have to say much about this movie. It was a major box office hit, the greatest book-to-film adaptation I've ever seen and the second installment into this phenomenal series. And if you didn't think Jennifer Lawrence could be any more gorgeous, she can. I saw it on opening night at 12am, and walked home in tears afterwards. A little dramatic I'm sure, but a part of me loves great film adaptations so much because it reminds me of what I've always wanted.

Favorite Song: "Heart Attack" by Demi Lovato; "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons; "Picasso Baby" by Jay-Z 

Demi's vocals are amazing, Picasso Baby's video performance art film features Marina Abramovic, and Radioactive's beat is entrancing and I adore the video. Just listen.

Heart Attack by Demi Lovato on Grooveshark Picasso Baby by Jay-Z on Grooveshark Radioactive by Imagine Dragons on Grooveshark

Favorite Fashion: Versace-inspired Lion Head Necklace

I can't recall where I got this necklace or who it's by, but I've been reaching for it ever since I got it in early 2013. I've been wearing a lot of gold jewelry and really love how heavy this piece is. I also like that the chain is thick and the lion, although prominent and detailed, isn't huge. It's a statement piece for sure, but you can also hide it and make another item the focus of your outfit.

Favorite Food: French Toast (or any breakfast food in general)

For some reason, I found myself eating this so frequently last year, and my seamless order history proves it. And let me tell you, this love was not so kind to my waistline. Although Chipotle comes in as an ever-so-close second, french toast was just the perfect excuse to eat something sweet before - well, as dinner. For anyone who lives in NYC, the Hollywood Diner serves amazing breakfast foods and the french toast is slamming. That was lame, but I seriously can't find another word to describe it.
Honorable Mention: Vanilla Bon Bons with Cookie Crust from Trader Joe's. Just the perfect amount of ice cream and chocolatey goodness.

Favorite Makeup Item: YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation; Anastasia Brow Wiz Urban Decay Naked Palette 

Narrowing this down was hell, and as you can tell, I didn't succeed entirely. But considering I originally had 9 items on this list, I'm calling it a victory. Plus, each of these are just so amazing in their own right that I could choose just one.
I picked up the YSL foundation right after finals in December of 2012 as a present for having survived a hell-acious semester. (It was bad guys. I'm talking meltdown everyday for the final month bad.) The tiniest bit covers your entire face in a sheer glow, and at $55 a bottle, it damn well better! The finish is very natural, and it's buildable to a medium coverage yet feels light on the face, which is just perfect for me.
The Anastasia Brow Wiz is like magic for your eyebrows. This thin, retractable brush does a much better job at filling in my sparse eyebrows than any powder I used before it. I love how easy it is to use and how natural the result is. Oh, and the spoolie on the opposite end is very convenient.
I got my Naked Palette later in the year (September, I think), but it quickly became my favorite because, well, it's phenomenal. I don't wear eyeshadow often, especially not a variety of colors, but this palette is full of super pigmented, warm-toned neutrals that are creamier than expected, and an excellent way to simply swipe a bit on the lid or as a highlight in the inner corner.
If you twisted my arm and forced me to choose, I guess I'd give the title to the YSL foundation, but please, don't make me!

Favorite Skincare Item: L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum

Although I've been loving my Clarisonic Mia for the past few months, it was the L'Oreal serum that did a number on my skin for most of this year - in a good way! My face has quite a bit of hyper-pigmentation that made finding the perfect foundation color really frustrating. Certain parts of my face are literally an entire shade or two darker than others. Slowly, this serum has corrected my complexion, lightening those darker sections and evening out my skin tone. Makeup application has become so much easier and I'm much more confident in baring my face sin-makeup because of this little gem.   

Favorite Nail Polish: 

I've rocked a wide variety of different colors on my nails this past year. The only consistent ones were either clear polish for when I was in between manicures or "Blanc" by Essie (see above, although not my hand), which is a stark white polish. Ever since the late spring/early summer, I've been digging white nails. The contrast makes my hands look golden like I just got back from a tropical vacation, and it never clashes with my wardrobe.

Favorite Hair Product: Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

I've already reviewed this, so you know what it is! This deep treatment has been my hair's saving grace for 2013, and even though I've got my eyes open for new treatments, it will probably be my staple for 2014 also. It smells delicious enough too eat, and leaves your hair feeling soft but strong. And months down the line, you'll love it even more for how healthy your hair has become.

Favorite Body Care Product: Tree Hut Scrub in Brazilian Nut

I've raved about this already in a blog post, too.  Since then, I've continued to use this scrub once a week, and I'm always perfectly happy with how smooth my skin is afterwards. It's the only scrub I've reached for in the past two months and the scent gets better and better every time. Better yet, I've barely gotten through half of the tub so I expect it to last a few more months easily. I still haven't gotten the body butter to match, but it's on my list.

Favorite Scent: Coco Chanel Mademoiselle & Chanel No.5

I think it's clear from the practically empty bottles above that I've been using these two perfumes non-stop. Coco Chanel Mademoiselle is perfect for the spring and warmer months, while I wore Chanel No.5 in the cooler months (although I think it's suitable whenever). They are both pretty pricey, yet I bought them in early 2012 so they lasted for quite some time. No.5 is a more mature, classic scent, and no, not because Marilyn Monroe famously announced it was the only thing she wore to bed. In a way, it reminds me of my mom, who I'm totally okay with smelling like because she's the most stylish, vivacious and prettiest woman I know. I love spraying a bit of this when I have an interview. It makes me feel sophisticated and smart - you know you want me, Mr. Law Firm Partner. Mademoiselle is much more playful and flirtatious, which lends itself better to the springtime.  Something about the scent is sharper as opposed to the softer No.5. I've been asked about this scent in many a bar as I leaned over the counter to grab the bartender's attention. One guy actually asked if I'd care to roll around in his sheets because he'd love for the scent to linger there. I kid you not, these words were drunkenly uttered to me :\ Flattering? Sure. Awkward? Hell yeah. But also true - this scent does linger on sheets, clothes, people. I plan to repurchase Mademoiselle first as the warmer months are on its way (hopefully!).
Again, if I absolutely had to choose one, it'd be No.5, because I've got so much class, duh. (Not really.)

Favorite Candle: Pumpkin Caramel Latte

I'm not very good at describing candles, at all. But you can trust that this one smells yummy. The label reads: "Gather friends and celebrate the season with this warm, rich blend of creamy pumpkin, spiced caramel and sweet cream." After burning 2 ½ of these, I still have 3 left. I stocked up, and for good reason, because they sell out of stock quicker than the Christmas Jordans on Saturday morning (okay, maybe not). I don't sense any pumpkin when I burn the candle, just a hint of spice and lots of latte goodness.

Favorite Moment: Graduating Law School

It was an extremely difficult choice between graduation and passing the bar, but looking back on it, the commencement ceremony won out because of how long-awaited it was (click here to read a little about it). Every late night of studying in the library (or crying) paid off at that moment, and the vision of getting my J.D. got me through some of the toughest days. I spent three years working towards that goal and it was a  pretty sweet moment, made even sweeter by being able to share it with the 3 people who love me most in the world, my dad, my mom and my boyfriend. Lucky girl :)

1, edited by me; 2; 34; 5; 6, 7, 8, edited by me; 9 by me; 10;  11,12+13 by me; 14 by me; 1516; 17-20 by me     

So, there's my very lengthy list of 2013 favorites. What were your favorites of the year?

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