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November Favorites

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November wasn't too eventful of a month for me, even with Thanksgiving happening, so this monthly favorites post won't be as long as others. However, I did find and wear some new things I really enjoyed.

e.l.f. brown sugar lip exfoliator

Although I consider myself to be a girly girl, I don't actually own that many beauty/makeup or hair products or am that into that stuff. However, I highly recommend this lip exfoliator. Whether you wear lipstick or just lip balm, it's an easy-to-use and wallet-friendly product.

You just apply it to your lips in a circular motion and then wait a bit for it to do its magic. Then you wipe it off, and any dry, chapped, and/or dead layers of your lips come off with it. Put some lip balm on top afterwards, and you're good to go! This makes your lips a clean and smooth canvas to apply lipstick. With winter coming, this is a good product to have and use regularly so your lips don't get chapped.

2017 Black Friday Weekend Mini Shopping Haul

Although it's officially the holiday shopping season, the time to buy gifts for everyone on your list, I took advantage of the great sales to spoil myself a bit. So here's what I scored during the Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend (that isn't a present, of course!):

Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe had quite a few deals for Black Friday, but I wasn't sold on any of them except for its BOGO scarves deal. Now that winter's nearing, I've been breaking out my scarves from my closet. When I'm out and about, my neck can feel naked without one during this time of year. I especially love blanket scarves because they add a fun and cozy touch to an outfit. Blanket scarves are also unlike other winter scarves where you actually want them to be part of your outfit. You aren't just wearing this fuzzy piece of cloth around your neck to keep you warm.

After looking through my fall and winter clothes, I realized I needed more neutral blanket scarves. I have a dark gray/pink/white one, a light gray/pink/white one, and a beige/hot pink/navy/red one. So I realized I needed ones that matched more of my clothes. 

What I'm Listening to: Fall 2017

Before Thanksgiving comes and it doesn't even feel remotely like fall anymore, I thought it'd be good to finally get this post up. This fall has been interesting in terms of the music I've had on repeat. Some of it consists of new music that I've recently added to my iTunes and Spotify while the rest of it is music I've had for a while now and went back to for whatever reason.

To easily listen to my complete fall 2017 playlist, use the embedded playlist at the bottom of the post. Otherwise, you can listen to each song/artist individually under each subhead.

Jeremy Jordan in Smash

Last month, my sister and I watched the old NBC show Smash in its entirety during our Jeremy Jordan marathon. I was an instant fan of the songs his character Jimmy sang, especially his solos. While they are songs that are supposed to be in a Broadway musical, they have a different sound and feel to them that I enjoy. They do feel like normal songs you would hear on an artist's album. They all tell a story but it doesn't necessarily feel like they're part of an entire soundtrack telling a big story.

First Love - Lost Kings featuring Sabrina Carpenter

To be honest, I'd never heard of Lost Kings until this song came out, and I still actually don't really know them because I only listened to this song because it features Sabrina Carpenter. This is definitely a trendy song with the electronic/DJ beats accompanying the singer's voice. The beat is really catchy and Sabrina has a great voice, so if you don't mind songs that have a bit of an electronic influence but are still pop songs, I'd check this one out.

Too Good at Goodbyes - Sam Smith

I'm so glad Sam Smith has returned! He's got such a beautiful, soulful voice that's so pleasant to listen to. While I haven't instantly loved all of his new songs, I definitely loved "Too Good at Goodbyes" after listening to it for the first time. It's sad, beautiful, heartbreaking, and just pleasing to listen to. It's good for those times for when you're in the mood to listen to some slower, less upbeat music.

Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur

I don't remember the first time I heard this, but I believe it was on the radio. It was one of those songs I had to Shazam it while listening because 1. I didn't know what it was, and 2. I needed to remember it so I could find it later and listen to it as much as I wanted. It's another mellow love song, but it's good enough to set itself from the rest that exist.

Perfect - Ed Sheeran

When Ed Sheeran's new album first came out, I listened to the whole thing on repeat, but as time went on, I stopped and found new things to listen to. I would just listen to his songs when they came on the radio. Then they released "Perfect" as a single, and I remembered how much I enjoyed the song and how cute it was. This is definitely a song that will give people high expectations in a relationship, and it's definitely a song you'd want serenaded to you.

Taron Egerton as Johnny in Sing

I first started listening to these songs about a year ago when Sing advertisements were all over TV. It was then when I remembered and realized how amazing Taron Egerton's voice is. I've listened to it sporadically since then but started listening to it a lot again now because I'm on a Taron Egerton high from watching the new Kingsman this fall.

The first song is super short, and I wish it were longer because I could listen to Taron sing all day (which I actually have done). I think his voice is perfect for mellow songs like that, but it also sounds great with faster and more upbeat songs like Elton John's "I'm Still Standing." I have heard the original by Elton John, but I do like Taron's version better (please don't hate me). It might be because I'm just biased and love Taron, or it might just be that Taron's version is more modern and suited for people who didn't grow up listening to Elton John. Regardless, Taron's got a lovely voice. Also, Taron's cover of "I'm Still Standing" is just a preview of what he'll be doing when he plays Sir Elton in the not-quite-a-biopic movie.

What new (or old) songs have you been listening to lately? Have you already started playing Michael Buble and Mariah Carey's Christmas songs on repeat?

Fashion Friday: OOTD: Fall Flair

October's probably the only month this year that's actually going to feel like fall, which is why I've referenced the season in the title of this blog post. While I do feel we in the Chicagoland area skipped this nice "all I need is a light jacket" fall weather, we did have some pretty mild fall days in addition to some "is it fall, winter, or spring?" fall days. So this OOTD compilation post has a wide variety of outfits.

October 6, 2017

Everly floral choker cutout dress from Dry Goods | Steve Madden purse | Steve Madden sneakers

I got this dress on sale at Dry Goods for around $10-$15 and wanted to wear it ASAP because who knew when the mild fall weather was going to leave? The choker cutout is really trendy, and I love the light florals against the dark black, making it nice for fall.

My October Favorites

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Now that I have a bunch of leftover Halloween candy to eat because no one came to my house for trick-or-treating, it's time to share my October favorites.

Jeremy Jordan

My sister and I basically had a Jeremy Jordan marathon in October and watched almost everything he's been in, including Newsies (a few times, actually), Supergirl, The Last Five Years, and Smash. The first time I watched Jeremy Jordan in anything was in Newsies, so I was definitely used to seeing him as a "tough guy," but after watching him in 2+ seasons of Supergirl, it's funny how he does well as the complete opposite role as Winn Schott is kind of the dorky, smart best friend type.

Anyway, although he was only in one season of Smash, I loved hearing him sing and really enjoyed a few of the songs his character sang, especially "The Love I Meant to Say," "High and Dry," and "Broadway Here I Come." 

What I Want to Read: Fall 2017

It's officially fall (and has been for a while), and I actually read nearly every book on my summer to-read list, so it's time for another list! I still have a lot of free time since I'm not in school anymore and don't have a job yet, so I want to read as much as I can. I've already read about half of the books in this post but didn't get around to figuring out all of the books I wanted to include in this post until now.

What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan

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I first heard of Madison Holleran when her suicide made national news and Kate Fagan wrote about it for ESPNW. As a supporter of the mental health non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms and just a general mental health advocate, I knew I wanted to read this book when I first heard it would be happening. Fagan's ESPNW piece the book began with was such a powerful and well-written piece that told such a heartbreakingly real story.