Christmas Velvet Vest

Today, Jono’s parents came for the holidays and got to see our house for the first time. They brought lots of presents and sweet treats. I was very excited. I couldn’t help but giving a few high kicks and shaking some gifts.

I asked my in-laws which vest I should wear over my new striped shirt today, and they both voted for this one. The buttons are a particular favorite of mine even though they are very difficult to maneuver. Family coming over just means that the big day is getting closer! Are you getting excited for Christmas?!

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Mani Monday: Nude with Sparkles

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Zoya Taylor is my nude color and Zoya Alma is the orange sparkly color that disappointed me with its lack of opacity. As one of my fave beauty bloggers says, it’s “sheeritating.” (Amber Katz is totally brill at coining helpful beauty-related phrases.)

I’m almost finished with my Butter London topcoat. I’m thinking about trying out the Zoya one. Have you tried either?

 

 

 

 

Danahan Anti-wrinkle Set Review

I am always excited when friends come to visit me. I like to take them to Koreatown to eat desserts and shop Korean beauty products. One of my friends gifted me this nice sample she received while we were at a beauty shop, and I promptly forgot about it until I ran out of moisturizer while I was sick. I really didn’t feel like running over to Ulta when just cooking dinner exhausted me. I rummaged through my beauty drawers (ok, a plastic storage unit) and found these beauties. 

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This set of emulsion and skin toner is from Danahan’s Anti-wrinkle line. I wasn’t too impressed with it until we ran out of Kleenex. My husband and I were both too tired to go to the store (we didn’t leave the house much), so we used toilet paper to blow our noses for about a day and a half. I usually buy Charmin ultra soft, but my husband had recently bought Charmin ultra strong. Do not blow your nose with Charmin ultra strong. Before I could get to the store, I had developed what looked like a big red callous underneath my nose. It was like a speed bump underneath my nostrils.

Unfortunately, we had an engagement right after the Charmin ultra strong incident. I moisturized as usual. While combing my hair, I noticed that the redness and swelling underneath my schnoz had gone down. I’m pretty sure it was because of these two babies. 

I’ve been using these samples for exactly a month now, and there is still a teeny bit left in them. I think my wrinkles look slightly better, but you must take this observation with a grain of salt since I’m barely out of my twenties. I also use this in conjunction with Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R], although I haven’t been using it on the regular while I’ve been under the weather. I will review Perfectionist another time though. It is an interesting product with many pros and cons for me. 

Anyway, I give Danahan’s Anti-wrinkle line a big thumbs-up as a mild moisturizer. The skin toner* absorbs quickly, and the emulsion is lightly moisturizing. If you have dry skin, then you will need a heavier moisturizer. Also, if you have sensitive skin, you may not like the faint floral scent. However, if you need a redness or puffiness reducer, this set is your friend. 

*Note for K-beauty newbs: Korean toner is not an astringent like American toners. It is not used for closing your pores. Instead it is used to correct your skin’s pH level after you use a cleanser because many cleansers are alkaline.

Have any of you tried Danahan yet? Let me know in the comments. 

Mani Monday: New Year, New Nails

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that you are having a great start to 2016. Although my husband is sick and I am behind on pretty much everything (a small price to pay for an extra long Christmas vacay), we are loving 2016. 2015 was a good year for us, but we have some tricks up our sleeves to make 2016 even better. 😉

If you have read my blog before, then you know that I am glitter obsessed. I am sorry to show you a polish that is discontinued, but I had to wear it because it is pretty much a New Year’s party in a bottle. This is Soho Street by Nails Inc. I’ve never been to Soho (London), but I now have larger than life expectations of it due to this color. Soho street is not a full coverage glitter polish. However, if I did a couple more coats (shown above is two coats), it might get there.

(Side note: you may remember this beautiful full coverage green glitter polish also by Nails Inc. from my St. Paddy’s mani. Why are these colors discontinued, Nails Inc.? WHY?!)

What’s your New Year’s mani look like? Are you ready for 2016? (Full disclosure: some of my calendars haven’t even been shipped yet! Ahh!)

Jingle Bells, Cougars Smell

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Today my wonderful husband took me shopping at Hobby Lobby because my also wonderful sister-in-law gave me a gift card to this craft store mecca. (I really like to start crafts and never finish them. It brings me great joy.) He walked around the miles of craft supplies, pointing out stuff he thought I’d like. It was pretty adorable. Usually Jono loses me in stores because I tend to be blocked by other shoppers who are bigger than I am. He really appreciated the jingle bells on this sweater that helped him find me. Ha!

I am very lucky to have a thoughtful husband who encourages me to go shopping with my gift cards. (Hoarding gift cards bring me joy as well.) Also, Jono dances well and looks cute in a holiday sweater.

Jono’s good looks can get him into trouble though. Let me tell you about an incident at the Dance Studio yesterday. It involves a cougar and some racism.

We arrived at the lesson a minute or two late. Our dance instructor, who had taught our last lesson, recognized us and called us on over when we got there. With him were the two older gentlemen who also have been regulars at the beginner classes, an elderly Taiwanese man and a slightly younger, balding Asian man who is old enough to be my father. A new student was there too. She was wearing a sleeveless, high-low, see-through tunic over a tank top and mini-skirt with dance shoes and leg warmers. I could see her squinting at Jono through her purple glasses, and I knew what was going through her greasy blonde head. This cougar thought she could steal Jono from me.

This was funny for a couple reasons. First of all, no one can steal Jono from me. I do not say this out of conceit from my looks or charms. I say this because Jono is a committed husband who believes marriage is forever. (Also, he loves me. Duh.)  Second of all, though this lady was in good shape for her age, her age was quite out of the range my husband would ever consider dating if he were single. She must’ve been about a decade older than him. Jono is not 19, so a decade older is not really much competition for me.

Back to the story. The lady looked at the bald Asian man she was paired with and pushed him away from her. “Oh, is this your partner?” she cried cattily as if Asians could only dance with other Asians. She started moving towards Jono. “No,” I replied while giving her my world-famous stink eye.

I might’ve commented on her racist remarks, but the cougar suddenly caught the eye of our dance instructor. He had seen it all, and he looked at her with a disappointed and slightly superior eye as if to say, “That was so racist and thirsty that I am embarrassed to have even witnessed it.” This look so shamed the cougar that she went back to her original dance partner (who really deserved better).

After our lesson was done, Jono asked me why the cougar had thought he was gay and the older Asian man was his dance partner. I laughed.

 

 

Day 8 & Weekend Watched List

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Here I am stylishly enjoying some good movies.

 

During the holidays, Jono and I try to watch as many Christmasy movies as we possibly can. I love classic films, so Jono surprised me this weekend by renting Christmas in Connecticut (1945). We really liked Christmas in Connecticut, but I’m going to save a full review of it for after we watch the remake.

Christmas in Connecticut came with a special bonus, the short film Star in the Night. While Christmas in Connecticut was an enjoyable movie, it was not as well made as this little gem in the DVD’s special features. I happened to marvel at the brisk pacing for an older film at the same time Jono, a film editor himself, remarked upon the cutting edge editing techniques which seem quite modern for a classic.

Of course this piqued my interest, so I did a little Internet sleuthing about the movie. Star in the Night was made in 1945 and won an Academy Award. It was directed by Don Siegel, the director of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Dirty Harry. Don Siegel was formerly an editor, and it’s clear from the filmography of Star in the Night’s credited editor that Don Siegel was the mastermind behind the cuts.

I think that we may add Star in the Night to our regular Christmas rotation. What about you? What are your favorite Christmas movies? Did you watch any this weekend? And, more importantly, did you watch them while wearing a Christmas sweater and fuzzy socks?

The Fifth Day of Sweaters/My Birthday

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Look at this cute candy-shaped purse!

I’m wearing a sweater Jono surprised me with when I first got sick. He said he bought it to help me feel better. It has a faux fur collar and some glorious beading that really can’t be captured by my iPhone.

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As you can see, I’m pretty busy opening prezzies right now. I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 6 of The 20 Days of Christmas Sweaters. I may have gotten some amazing knitwear for my birthday, so be prepared!

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Teddy SweaterIt is the third day of the 20 Days of Christmas Sweaters! I left the cocoon of sickness and bone broth to go to the mall in search of treasures. While I was there, a bird landed in my hand in Macy’s. It was a magical moment.

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This knitted masterpiece was found by my husband. A teddy bear wearing a Santa hat and holding a candy cane is pretty much the epitome of Christmas spirit. This is the first of my brand new sweaters. What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

 

The Beginning

Today is the first day of the wearing of the Christmas sweaters. You may be asking why I am starting so early this year. The answer, good friend, is that my storehouse of sweaters has a surplus this year. Thus, I will be celebrating the 20 Days of Christmas Sweaters.

I caught a bug during our Thanksgiving travels and cannot seem to shake it. Therefore, I am keeping you from the horrible sight of my greenish face. Also, forgive my short post. I hope to feel better tomorrow and show my Christmasy spirit to the fullest extent. Let me know if you’re also wearing a Christmas sweater in the comments.