Monday Musings

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What a gloomy day, it has rained all day & the temperatures are steadily dipping so we are supposed to get some snow tonight! I’ve had the Christmas lights on all day, yes, I caved & went almost full Christmas on Saturday into Sunday. It was a process, once I started pulling out decorations I then had the urge to organize everything so my apartment was a disaster for almost a 24-hour period but it looks amazing now & all of my dΓ©cor will now fit tidily into one closet. There is still glitter everywhere even after vacuuming numerous times, that stuff just gets imbedded in the carpet & will probably be here well after the holiday. I will share photos when it is more socially acceptable but here is a little sneak peek:

I ruined my lunch after mistaking chili powder for cumin & almost poisoning myself. It still tasted fine but I was breathing fire. When I am working from home, I generally work straight through prepping & eating because I don’t want to miss something & then have someone assume that I am not on task at home. Which is weird because if I was at work & away from my desk eating then my coworkers would just recognize that they would need to come back. Working from home is more stressful than being in the office for little reasons like that. But yes, I am very thankful & tremendously luck to still have a job.

Walz has extended his peace time emergency powers but it does not sound like we are going back to a full lockdown. There will be a press conference tomorrow outlining more targeted restrictions around activities where young people are spreading COVID. I am assuming bars, schools, etc. but I am a little miffed about his language targeting ‘young people’ because it’s certainly not the baby boomers or older people in my life who are toeing the line – it’s my generation & younger. I’ve never seen so many grown ass adults incapable of following instructions so like I have said before, let’s just quarantine those people. Anyway, I’m feeling a little less anxious with this most recent news but still worried. I have an appointment at the dentist tomorrow because I literally chewed through my mouth guard & need to be fitted for a new one. I’ve always been a teeth grinder but it’s obviously gotten worse πŸ˜‚

I have become addicted to dermaplaning at home, obviously I had to quit going to the salon to have this done every 3-4 weeks. I purchased this nifty device back in April & love it, I am only thinking about it now because I feel like I will be dermaplane tonight πŸ˜› It’s awesome, I should post a full review because honestly it is saving me loads of cash. If that’s something you’d like to read, let me know!! I’ve been pretty much just doing skincare recently & become interested in all of the gadgets that are on the market.

I hope you’re happy, healthy & just doing the best you can ✨

Blogtober Day 26: Best of October Lifestyle

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I can’t lie, as soon as my plastic storage bins arrive in the mail – the Halloween decor is coming down. We had a good run but I’m over it. Watch, all of this snow will melt & then I will be back in a fall mood – I’m just flaky like that πŸ˜› I anticipate spending a lot of time at home this winter, I am guessing that most everyone is. Actually, I was watching the news & apparently instead of food shortages – home goods are the next target of American panic shopping. Specifically luxury sheets, sounds pretty American. Not the luxury sheets. Anyway, I only have a few favorite things this month, enjoy!

Remember that Casaluna Comforter Set that I was all, will I, won’t I about? Well, I did & love it. One of the main reasons that I was waffling on it was because I don’t like a lot of weight on me when I’m sleeping & generally just use a knitted blanket. This comforter was described as heavyweight & I have no idea why I was drawn to it aside from it being beautiful πŸ˜› It is heavy but also very comfortable, the underneath is a soft polyester blend & the top side is a coarser linen – it’s a unique sensory experience. It’s so cozy, I don’t know how it will wash but so far so good.

I may have already talked about the cauldron mugs that Target recently had, I purchased a second one to contain my newest obsession – incense! I threw out all of the boxes so unsure of what the different flavors are but I know there is a jasmine, sandalwood & something to do with patchouli. Incense reminds me of Christmas morning, it always puts me in a good mood! I’ve never burned it since I’ve lived on my own, my mother always had something burning though & it’s such a nostalgic scent. I don’t know if all of the sticks touching will make them smell the same…?

I have a very celestial theme going on in my bedroom, it makes sense to me considering I do all of my sleeping in here. Urban Outfitters is good for some new age, moon decor for not terrible prices. This moon shelf is my newest addition, it’s really beautiful & well-made. I did not do a fantastic job of hanging it & need a brace or something at the top to keep it flush with the wall – it could have used a couple more brackets. My only complaint is that this is the second shelf I’ve purchased from them & there aren’t any screws! Drive me nuts.

I’ve been looking for a pair of black, casual boots that I can wear inside & outside. Doc Martens are my usual go to but the salt really tears up the stitching around the soles & I think I might be getting too old to be wearing Docs all of the time anyway. I dunno, is there an age limit? Anyway, I found these Keds that are super cute & very comfortable. They don’t look too snow boot-like & can be worn with most anything. I’ve so far worn them with skirts & leggings, they hit at about the same height as my Docs & have the same ankle cinching appearance. Definitely not as stiff & don’t require a break in period.

That’s it! I’m out of my favorite tea at the moment but when my order gets here, might post about it then. David’s Tea released a pumpkin chai, it’s delicious but really requires a picture to convey its full beauty. Let me know what you’ve been loving this month. Are you ready for winter or still in a fall mood 🧑

Blogtober Day 1: Fall Lifestyle Favorites

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Happy first day of Halloween – just kidding, well mostly. I am very, very excited for it to finally be spooky season & will be posting for Blogtober. I will not be doing 31 Nights of Horror posts, I will wrap up each blog with my movie recommendation & posting to Instagram primarily for that! I rewatch a lot of the same movies from year to year & just don’t know how interesting it is to rehash anyway, today’s post is all about some fall’ish lifestyle favorites. Enjoy!

Casaluna Bedding from Target: I think this was a summer launch at Target but also I hadn’t been in Target for over 6 months & have no idea. The sheets come in a few different materials including linen and jersey – these grey sheets are the jersey. They are soft, stretchy, not too warm but not too cool – I just love them. The two big pillows came in linen shams, they are so comfy & I really want the linen comforter but have been waiting since I don’t really use comforters. The knit blanket has been great for summer & just enough for this cool weather – the only thing that I don’t like about it is that it snags on most anything! I really love this collection, I hope that Target continues to stock it.

David’s Tea Juniper Joy: Is it fall without tea? I will drink any tea, a few weeks ago I was using up a bunch of Christmas flavors & finally got to open this one. It’s a black tea with notes of lemongrass, blackberry & apple – the juniper isn’t really the standout note. It’s light & delicious, I think juniper berries have something in them that make you tired so I only drink this at night.

Threshold Sandalwood & Smoke Candle: I don’t purchase candles too often anymore but usually treat myself to one seasonal candle if I can find one that I really enjoy. Typically, I would purchase Bonfire by Woodwick but apparently, Target doesn’t carry them anymore & I’m not sure who does. This candle has a similar scent but smells more like a fireplace fire…if that makes sense. I prefer woodwick candles because of the crackle & this one does not disappoint. Though it is very small & already half gone!

Stars & Above Sleep Cardigan: I purchased this last winter & believe that I included it in a favorites post. It’s still a favorite, I hope that the brand releases something similar this year. It’s just the right weight for layering over pretty much anything, I wear it constantly.

Airwick Cinnamon Apple Plugins: Can you tell that I was splurging at Target recently? I put these in my bathrooms, I don’t even like apple scented stuff but these smell amazing – definitely more cinnamon than anything. Very potent too, the scent definitely carries throughout the entire apartment.

Skull Candy Wireless Earbuds: I thought that I had found the perfect earbuds last winter but unfortunately, they only lasted a few months & then wouldn’t charge. I realized that I probably needed to invest in a better quality pair rather than saving money. I found these, on sale (still saved money), at Target & I really like them. The sound quality is great, the only complaint is that you can’t charge one while using one – I don’t usually use both earbuds so I like being able to rotate them so that one is always fully charged. Other than that, they’re pretty great!

Honestly, I think that this pandemic thing really worked in Target’s favor – aside from the being able to stay open, once those of us who hadn’t been doing any leisure shopping finally wandered back in, we probably all went wild binge shopping. I got my fix & have vowed to stay out of Target for the foreseeable future πŸ˜€ I’m doing pretty well, I have not even been in to look at their Halloween decor! Anyway, let me know what you are loving this fall & I hope that you are happy & healthy & just doing the best you can 🧑

Pieces NFI Regular

Kiss the Girls (1997) Forensic detective Alex Cross is tasked with finding his niece’s kidnapper which ultimately leads him on the trail for Casanova, a serial kidnapper and murderer who holds young girls hostage only to release them to their doom. It’s a twisty, turny kind of thriller & the ending is pretty shocking!

Moody Monday & Bathroom Refresh

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I am not one of those people who dislikes Mondays but the Monday after the holidays is a terrible day. I don’t know about you but I tend to feel deflated after the merriment has commenced, the tree comes down and the world just looks a little duller. I took my tree down this weekend and even though I do leave out a few winter decorations, my apartment just looks so drab and sad. I recall seeing a comic strip when I was a kid, it was a tree thrown in the gutter to be picked up and had a forgotten ornament hanging from one of the branches – I am that tree today. Anyway, it’s weird how something like that sticks with you – I must have been 8’ish when I read that comic strip. My birthday was Friday, I skipped posting since I was out and about but will post a birthday haul once all of my goodies arrive. I did make a stop at IKEA to pick up some items for my bathroom that I had been going back and forth on. It feels complete at this point, I have been slowly collecting items for months now. At one point, I had a bright white hotel bathroom theme in mind but soon realized that hotel bathrooms are so bright and shiny because they get bleached all of the time. I kept some white elements but added in a dusty pink similar to what I have in my bedroom.

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These rugs are my favorite thing that I have ever purchased from IKEA. I’ve had them in grey in my other bathroom and those rugs are at least 6 years old but still look great even with weekly washings. The color hasn’t faded, the fabric hasn’t pilled or frayed and they are only about $9 each. The white curtain is from Target, I think but also I don’t remember because I picked up this past summer. I do recall being shocked at how much a freaking shower curtain costs. The pink and white towels were a clearance find at Bed, Bath & Beyond – they are a bit smaller than I prefer, I am more of a bath sheet person but they are nice and thick.

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I’m showcasing the fact that I now only have 6 of these plastic drawers full of makeup and not 18 that I had less than a year ago. Most of what was not expired, I was able to give away but I have pledged to reduce my collection by another 3 drawers by the end of this year.

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My vanity is pretty boring, just how I like it – the pink vase was an IKEA pick up from this past summer, the baskets were also Bed, bath & Beyond finds, the wax warmer is from Amazon and I purchased a second Echo device for my bathroom. Still loving the Echo, I can listen to the news or books while I am getting ready, it’s awesome. I don’t love apartment bathrooms because they always have a used feeling about them, this one isn’t too bad but the sink is stained and it drives me nuts. Also, the drain stopper popped off at some point in time, I cannot figure out how to get it back on but also don’t want to lose it so it just sits there πŸ˜€

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Another part of the reason that I ditched the white theme is because of this little dude. He is 8-weeks old and his name is Pluto, I had been sitting a cat for a few weeks and my cats were totally into it so I figured that they’d like a permanent playmate. Oddly, not the case but they are starting to warm up to him. Anyway, since he’s too small to be out with the big cats all of the time, he has to be in the bathroom during the day if I am not home.

Did you survive your Monday? Does anyone else feel like a gutter tree or sooty pile of snow πŸ˜› Let me know how you get through the post-holiday funk & thanks for reading!

Blogmas Day 4: Have Yourself a Nostalgic Little Christmas

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I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I tend to associate the late 40’s – 50’s with Christmas for some reason. Now, this era does tend to be romanticized quite a lot in pop culture and many of the tumultuous events that were happening are glossed over. Post war America though seemed like a more peaceful time, a more harmonious time in American history. The country was rebuilding itself, families separated by war were reuniting or finding ways to move on and society was united by common goals. Christmas was a much bigger deal it seems because most people, probably worldwide, didn’t have the means to be consuming all year. Shopping was a treat, more of an experience whereas now, Americans shop constantly (to the tune of $13.86 trillion in credit card debt) and goods are widely available. I’d love to see Christmas become a simpler celebration rather than the blow-out, consumerist extravaganza it has always been during my lifetime. Obviously, it wasn’t a progressive era but here’s why they did the holidays better.

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Department stores used to be beautiful, not the tiled, fluorescent monstrosities or nearly vacant malls that exist now. You could have your purchases wrapped by someone who took pride in their vocation. Now, I schlep into a store, get ignored by the associates, check myself out, whip all my shit into a bag and leave. Consumers want more stuff for less and the whole experience has been cheapened to meet this demand. Also, stores actually closed – what a concept.

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Now, I think that the artificial tree came out during this era which is good and bad I suppose. You can reuse them for a long time, they can be more accessible to families who can’t afford the whole natural tree thing but it sucks when you have to throw one out. Shiny BriteΒ started producing affordable ornaments (still do to this day), outdoor decor became more prevalent, those inflatable lawn ornaments weren’t a thing. I love looking at Christmas lights but I often wonder if people just hate their neighbors. The White House had one classy tree instead of a dozen, what is that about anyway?

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I recently watched a documentary on NORAD and the story of how they got started tracking Santa is delightful. It was actually a typo that lead to children calling the military on Christmas Eve in 1955 and rather than turning it into a national security issue, it was handled with good humor and operators were directed to give the kids an ETA on Santa. The following year, NORAD officially started tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve journey.

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Nothing against mall Santa, the one at MOA is actually pretty good but department store Santa is definitely the more classy of the two.

Overall, it’s just the quaintness of the era and doing so much with so little that appeals to me. Was it all good? Probably not, I mean, the food couldn’t have been great, I feel like the candied ham, green bean casserole and fruitcake were products of this era.Β Miracle on 34th Street is the saddest movie I’ve probably ever seen.Β If Mad Men is accurate, everyone was smoking themselves to death and having extra marital affairs. But overall, if I could go back to a simpler time while maintaining the progressive values of a 2019 society, I absolutely would. What about you, what vintage concepts would you like to see as part of the modern Christmas celebration?

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Halloween Decor (So Far…)

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Happy Sunday! We had a beautiful, crisp autumn day here in the Twin Cities. That being said, I didn’t get very far into The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and I will post about the entire series next weekend in place of the Into the Dark Series that I just can’t be bothered with. In the meantime, here’s a peek at my Halloween decor. I say so far because I have a coupon for JoAnn Fabrics that starts tomorrow and I’m probably picking up a few more things. I told myself last year that I couldn’t purchase anything new this year because I simply don’t have storage room for it but I did quite poorly sticking to that.

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These vintage remakes are my favorite, the selection this year was really good and I found some pieces that complemented my collection perfectly. I painted the whiskers on this cat candy dish from Michael’s because without them, it looked like some creepy Americana art. I’m a sucker for the grinning cat pieces! The giant witches hat is a bit of a regret, it sheds glitter everywhere and I don’t know what I’m going to store it in. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed a peek at my decor!

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