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Monthly Faves Link Up

January Favorites

Happy Hump Day!  Today I am linking up with Mia to share my January Favorites!  Here goes:

1.  Vaseline Advance Healing Lip Therapy.  For years I have been using a whole slew of products to combat the dry lips that I experience every year thanks to the brutal NYC cold.  I thought I had a winner in Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment but it is pretty expensive at $22 a tube. Then, when my hubby broke his ankle I was in the hospital with him for a few days and my lips were super chapped.  Of course I had no products with me for that so I went down to the gift shop.  All they had was the Vaseline so I bought it.  It is my new FAVORITE.  It is not greasy and doesn’t sit on your lips like gloss.  It absorbs immediately and actually softens and smooths.  I love it so much that on my last trip to Target I bought ten tubes.  Taylor thought I was nuts but I will never use anything else.

2.  Women’s Nike Free 5.0 V4 Running Shoes.  I have wanted these for a super long time but they were sold out.  I finally found them at Finishline and am totally in love.  Super comfy and maybe at some point I will stop being so lazy and wear them to work out.  Maybe.

3.  Moroccan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.  I know I am behind the trend on this one.  Everyone has been raving about MO products for a while and I did try the oil a while back and I didn’t love it.  A few weeks ago I got a Keratin treatment for the first time – LIFECHANGING – and my hairdresser recommended this brand because it doesn’t have sulfates.  I’ve been using it for a few weeks and I’m pretty happy with it.  It smells great.

4.  The Woman Who Stole My Life.  I am going to do a full review on this in the near future but I love Marian Keyes and this was worth reading.

5.  Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour Brush.  Ahmazingggggggggg.  This video shows you how to use it and it really does work.  I am giving away three brushes from this line (including the contour brush).  You can enter to win them here.

Weekending!

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Good morning lovies!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I sure did!  If you follow along on social media you probably saw a few pictures I posted to Instagram of books and my cat.  That was how I spent the majority of my time and it was bliss.  

On Friday night I arrived home from work to find a paperback copy of the new Marian Keyes book, The Woman Who Stole My Life.  Obviously I started jumping with joy.  I mentioned that I had been dying to read this novel in this post.  Usually I download books to my iPad but this one is not due out in the United States until July and I couldn’t wait so I ordered it in paperback and had it shipped from the UK.   I am about half way through (it is pretty long) and so far I am loving it!

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A lot of my Saturday and Sunday looked like this:

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 I did manage to get myself to the nail salon to get a mani/pedi.  The vast wall of nail colors intimidated me and I would up going with a classic french manicure.

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While getting my digits painted I overheard a girl next to me telling her friend about eating White Castle for lunch and immediately became obsessed with the idea of having it for dinner.  (Does that ever happen to you?  You hear the name of a restaurant and MUST eat there?)  I called Billy (who hates fast food) and somehow managed to convince him that it would be delicious…AND IT WAS!  Afterwards we played Uno with T before more reading and bed.  (Saturday nights at Bannon Castle are WILD lately.)  

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Sunday was more reading, laundry, cleaning and napping.  I topped off a perfect day of relaxation with the Golden Globes.  Who did you guys love?  My favorite of the night was Leslie Mann.  I feel like she is so underrated!  She always looks flawless and she is so funny and talented!  I loved her green earrings, ombre hair and her dress.  Who were your faves of the night?

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I am linking up with my girl, Biana for Weekending today!  Thanks for hosting, B!

Book, Line & Sinker…

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For the past few months I have found myself in a terrible book slump.  I have started a few, only to become disappointed and quit reading.  I have also ordered some books and not been inspired to pick them up.  I am not sure what my problem has been.  Thankfully, that appears to be over now.  I visited Amazon yesterday and realized that loads of my favorite authors have put out new books and I have a whole list of lovely novels that I cant wait to dive right in to.  Here are a few of them:

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.    I know Liane Moriarty is very well known for having written The Husband’s Secret but my favorite book from her is What Alice Forgot.  I found it really relatable.  I hope Big Little Lies is just as good!  I downloaded it to my iPad last night and I am counting down the minutes until I can start reading on my commute home.

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The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg.  I don’t know a huge amount about Ms. Von Furstenberg except that she is successful designer with an incredible sense of style and she used to be a fixture at Studio 54 back in the day.  I am hoping she includes some juicy details into this tome!

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Saving Grace by Jane Green.  I have been a Jane Green fan for years and have read all her books.  Her last novel, Tempting Fate, was totally vile.  I found her characters annoying, whiny and totally unrelatable.  I am hoping that that was just a one-off and she returns to writing books as enjoyable as Jemima J and Bookends.  

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Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella.  I love this whole series.  It is very whimsical and fun. Perfect beach read.  I just wish I were actually on a beach reading it instead of suffering during these 19 degree NYC days!  Brrrrr!

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler.  This has gotten such great feedback on the internet that it has piqued my interest.

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The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes.  I have to say out of all the books on this list – this is the one I am most excited about.  If you have not read anything by Marian Keyes then you should start with Watermelon.  That one is my absolute favorite!

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The Carrier by Sophie Hannah.  As you can tell by my list of books above – I tend to gravitate towards the happy, girly stuff.  This one is different.  This is a crime novel featuring two detectives and it will be dark and dirty and impossible to put down.  Sophie Hannah’s stories remind me of Gone Girl.  The characters are not always likable but you are so intrigued by the story that you have to keep reading to find out how the book ends.  

Have you read anything fabulous lately?