November Favorites

I feel like I say this more and more every month but I can't believe we're already at the end of November. Once we're nearing the end of the year I feel like time seems to go by a lot faster. I can only assume it is due to all of the festivities during this time of year. I don't have too many favorites to share this month but before time disappears on us even more let's jump right onto my November favorites.

My first favorite is the Laura Mercier foundation primer. I feel like I rarely talk about makeup anymore but honestly I rarely even wear makeup nowadays. I still love makeup but I also love not wearing it too ha ha. I got this primer as a deluxe sample from Sephora. I remember using it a few times but nothing about it really stuck out to me. A few weeks ago as I was getting ready for the day, I was looking through all the primers I had in my drawer and found this one. I was getting a little tired of the usual primer I was using and since I started to use this primer again I have noticed my foundation looks so nice. By the end of my day my makeup is still looking fresh, in place and with a natural radiance. My makeup looked so flawless and smooth and I know its from this primer. One day I even decided to use a different primer and my foundation didn't hold up as great and was even disappearing in patches, so gross. Since this is a deluxe sample size I am definitely going to need to pick up a full sized bottle or maybe even try out their oil free version.

I have one other beauty favorite to share this month. I mentioned the Mario Badescu rose water facial spray in my skin care routine post from back in 2015. I still really love this product but since I added a lot more Lush products into my skin care this product got pushed to the back of my pantry and I forgot all about it. For some reason this month my skin was constantly breaking out on me and I had no clue from what. One afternoon while doing my night time skin care routine I saw my rose water spray and remembered how I really loved using this at night time especially when my skin wasn't doing too good. I had read once that rose water is really good for clearing up breakouts and I completely agree. I began using it every day at night and it cleared up my skin so well. I only have about a couple more sprays left in the bottle so I am definitely going to have to run over to Ulta soon to pick up a new one and keep it in my night time routine.
The end of October I received my iPhone 7 in the mail and since the camera on the 7 is larger than the 6 I had to buy a new phone case. I was kind of bummed because I really loved my Alice in Wonderland glitter case that I shared on my May favorites, that case became my favorite case I ever owned. I was on eBay on the hunt for a new Alice case and randomly came across this silicon Doorknob case. I was a bit hesitant to buy it at first because it is a very bulky case and I typically don't go for those cases. I decided to bite the bullet and get it since it was so different from anything I had ever seen. I also loved that it was a case of a more rare Alice in Wonderland character. I am so happy I got this case I am obsessed! I love it so much it isn't too bulky besides his nose but I usually keep my phone in my purse anyway so it doesn't even bother me. I'm not even over exaggerating when I say this but I get compliments on the case nearly every time I'm out and have it in my hand. When I shared this case on Instagram I had so many friends asking where I got it from and now they can find the direct link to it above!
Earlier this month when I made my Christmas wishlist I mentioned that I'd been wanting some type of vinyl storage for all my records. Since then I pulled out my peach Crosley record player from my closet along with my vinyls and started listening to them again. I've owned my record player for well over two years now and I forgot how much I love using it. The vintage vibes I get from it isn't the only thing I love it's also the way music sounds on a vinyl. I enjoy how raw and old school it sounds, music really sounds so much better played on a record. Now that we have our Christmas decorations up I have my record placed one the side of my tree and I've been playing some Christmas vinyls almost all day, which brings me to my last favorite. The vinyls I've been playing the most is How the Grinch Stole Christmas and my She & Him Christmas vinyls. I love Christmas music and I especially loved when I was working in retail that they would begin playing all the festive music the day after Thanksgiving. I know it drove most people insane but it gave me the most comforting feeling. The Grinch is one of my all time favorite Holiday film and I've already gushed at how much I love Zooey Deschanel. The latest She & Him vinyl 'Christmas Party' was on my Christmas wish list too but I just couldn't wait for Christmas to see if I would have received it as a gift. I'm really glad I purchased it because now I can listen to it up until Christmas Day. I really want my vinyl collection to grow so I've been looking around for some more Holiday vinyl to purchase along with non Holiday ones. Give me some recommendations on what vinyls I should check out below!

I'd love to hear what were some of your favorites this month. I already know next month will be filled of tons of Christmas favorites and I'm excited about it.

Traditions: Decking The Halls

Since I was a kid it's always been a tradition of my family's to put up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday). Now that I'm with Rudy we've taken over this tradition since our first Christmas together and we plan to continue for many years to come. The only part of the house we usually decorate is the living room, apart from outside of the house which my dad usually does himself. The living room usually looks the same every year and you can see some photos I shared last year right here. This year I decided I really wanted to include my room in the festivities. In October Rudy and I purchased a small tree for my room and I've been so eager to put it up. I'm not going to lie I wanted to put up all my Christmas decorations the day after Halloween but I love that I waited because it makes it all so much more special.

This afternoon Rudy and I finally put up our Christmas decorations. We set up our tree and decorated the room while listening to some of my Christmas vinyls. It was the most satisfying feeling looking at everything once we were all done. I'm so happy with how everything turned out. We are now relaxing, sipping on some tea, cozy in bed and watching one of my all time Christmas movie, The Grinch. I hope you enjoy all the photos!

Thankful

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I thought it was the perfect time for me to share some things that I myself am thankful for.

1. My dogs, Juicy and Bowie. They mean the world to me. They have taught me so much about so many things, unconditional love is one of them. No matter how down I am feeling these two always makes me feel 100 times better.

2.  Rudy my fiancĂ©, is one if not the most important person I have in my life. He is my best friend and one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I don't know who or where I would be today without him. I am so lucky to have found him.

3. I've never been one to have too many friends and I'm ok with that because I am so grateful for the friends I do have. I would much rather have one true friend than a bunch of fake ones. I'm so grateful for all the wonderful friends I have made through social media and Disneyland! Also I'm thankful at how much closer Imelda and I have gotten this year. She's such a kind person. I love that I can be totally myself and honest with her about anything and she will do the same. Fun fact, I also met her through social media a few years back!

4. My health is something I am so thankful for every single day. I've never been one to have had many issues with my health apart from the few times I caught Pneumonia when I was little and as an adult having tonsillitis and gallstones. Other than that I'm so lucky to been in pretty good health which is why I wanted to change up my diet completely late last year. I wanted to eat things that would be good for my body and not risk anything bad happening. I know at the end of the day its inedible but if I can help keep my body heathy I'm going to do so.

5. Having a supporting family by my side means so much to me. Even though we have more downs than ups I'd like to think we'll always be there for one another no matter what. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have family in their lives and I'm incredible thankful for everyone in mine.

6. I am thankful for my blog. I'm so happy I decided to make this blog and how much dedication I have put into it this past year. I look forward everyday into taking a few minutes even hours to work on a post or looking through previous posts, and remember all the memories I've made. This blog has become a place where I can come and share almost anything from it being something extremely personal like my anxiety story or trips to my favorite place.

7. Disneyland is truly the happiest place on earth. I love it so much because once you walk in the gates all your troubles and worries somehow disappear. When my anxiety and depression began Rudy and I took a trip to Disneyland for the weekend and it made me feel so much better for the duration we were there. It's truly magical and my escape form reality. Disneyland is my happy place and where Rudy and I have made so many wonderful memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I am so thankful for being able to have taken all those countless trips there and to have created all the memories.

8. My growing hair! I've always mentioned how my hair wouldn't grow or how it grows ridiculously slow but that has changed tremendously this year. I think I finally have a routine and diet down that has really been working wonders for my hair. I am so proud of it and plan on continuing it to get my hair a little longer.

9. This is something Im sure many people forget to be thankful for because I know sometimes I'm even guilty of it. I'm so thankful for the food I eat everyday. I don't know how it feels to not be able to walk into the kitchen and whip something up without a second thought. I try to remind myself often not to waste food or water because there are people out there that would do anything for a warm cooked meal and clean water to drink.

10. A roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, never ending options of clothes to wear, my makeup collection, television, DVD's, internet, my phone, all my designer bags, my car, shoes, sports bra and cozy socks the list can go on and on, but I'm thankful for all those things! I am so blessed to have everyone and everything that is in life and I always make sure I thank God and all his Angels for it every single night before I go to bed. I am a very lucky girl and I try to never take things for granted.

Lastly, I am so thankful for you who's reading this very post. Thank you! I'm always so thankful for anyone who reads any of my posts because it means so much to me.

What are you thankful for? Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you have a great day with all your loved ones.

Few Of My Favorite Things

In no specific order here are some of my favorite things.
My MacBook//My iPhone//My engagement ring//Candles//Pretty books//My Disney gallery//Makeup//My Camera//My Keurig//My tattoos//Custom illustration of myself//My record player and vinyls//Chocolate chip cookies//Polaroids//My shadow box filled with Disney pins and memories