Play! by Sephora: November 2017

I went to NYC last Saturday through this Tuesday, and when I got back to DC my November Play! by Sephora box was waiting for me. What a fun welcome home! This month’s theme is “Survival of the Chillest,” so Sephora sent a collection of samples intended to help you treat yourself and practice self-care before the full force of holiday season hits. The “It’s Me O’Clock” sack containing this month’s samples was so cute that I had to photograph it with a couple of my crystals, which felt appropriate for November’s theme:

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Friday Five

1. Brooklyn Bridge: last weekend my husband and I returned to NYC for a few nights—it was my first time back there since we moved to DC in February! We stayed at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, which is so close to the pedestrian entrance to the bridge that I couldn’t NOT walk over it. Amazingly, I only walked the Brooklyn Bridge once in the fifteen years I lived in NYC, so I made it a point to do so again as a visitor. I went to the bridge this past Monday afternoon, and though it was a little chilly and overcast it was still a wonderful, quintessentially New York thing to do, and I enjoyed my stroll very much.
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VIB 20% Off Sale Is Coming!

Fellow beauty geeks, the most wonderful time of year is almost here: Sephora’s 20% off sale for VIB members begins Friday, November 10!

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Play! by Sephora: October 2017

I was curious what October’s Play! by Sephora theme would be because they already did a fall theme last month. This month’s box arrived right around the time I received an email telling me it had shipped; either their notification system is delayed or Sephora has secretly figured out teleportation! This month’s theme is Complexion Companions: products meant to “set you up for a flawless look.” Sounds good to me!

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Rent the Runway: Marchesa Notte Green Lace Cocktail Dress

I haven’t had many occasions to use Rent the Runway lately, but I attended an event last Friday that was the perfect excuse to get all gussied up in a designer dress! As per usual I spent way too much time browsing Rent the Runway’s website, trying to find the ideal dress for the party—a mock wedding (I can’t really say any more than that).

After mulling over a ton of options, I decided to rent this gorgeous Marchesa Notte Green Lace Cocktail Dress:

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Friday Five

Happy Friday the 13th! I chose this week’s items before I realized I’d be posting this on the 13th…and the first two are totally on-theme. A happy accident!  🙂

1. My Favorite Murder: I’ve been on a major podcast kick lately—I know, I’m late to the party, as usual. I am pretty much going down the podcast rabbit hole because every podcast I listen to ends up mentioning other podcasts they like, so I check those out too. I actually can’t remember where I first heard about My Favorite Murder, but I am hooked! Each episode is literally just two true crime fans, Karen and Georgia, discussing a murder of interest to them. They’ve been at this for at least a year and there are now 80+ episodes for me to get through, starting from the beginning. Karen and Georgia have comedy backgrounds so they manage to make murder funny while also taking the gravity of the topic into account. And their signoff? “Stay sexy, don’t get murdered.” So, stay sexy and don’t get murdered by a machete-wielding maniac (or his mother) on this Friday the 13th!

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Whole Foods Body Care Sale: My Haul

Yesterday I went shopping at my local Whole Foods and discovered they were having a 25% off sale on all body care products. So I picked up a few things and decided I should go back to stock up before the sale ended (I know, I’m such a sucker). I figured I might as well share my haul here!

Behold:

Yeah, I really went to town this morning.

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Play! by Sephora: September 2017

September has been a bit of a whirlwind, so I practically forgot about my Play! by Sephora box until it arrived last week! The day after I received it I went to visit family in St. Louis for a few days, so I didn’t get a chance to publish my post until now. This month’s box has a “Fall Into Beauty” theme to coincide with the changing of the seasons. Surprisingly, there were no products containing pumpkin.  😛

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Friday Five

Happy first day of my favorite season, everyone! This Friday Five is coming to you from St. Louis, where I’m visiting my family for a few days.  😀

1. Savannah Bee Mint Julep Lip Balm: Burts Bee’s classic lip balm is my go-to, but recently I decided to give this brand a try after browsing the selection at Whole Foods. I always feel like it’s a bit of a gamble when trying a different lip balm for the first time, but this one is pretty good. It’s not quite as long lasting as Burt’s Bees, but it still gets the job done.

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Friday Five

1. Atlas Obscura, The Book: I ordered this tome as a gift for my husband and myself. We like weird stuff, and when we travel we enjoy going on ghost tours as well as visiting oddity museums and the like, so I figured this book would be right up our alley. I’ve been aware of the Atlas Obscura website for some time now but hadn’t really looked at it much until last week, after I listened to an older Bizarre States episode that had Dylan Thuras, one of the website’s creators, on as a guest. Also, when I went to the terrarium workshop at The Apollo last week, the book was one of many displayed in the rental office area where the workshop took place. The book suddenly felt like it was calling to me, so I had to order a copy! This book is beautiful, and I can’t wait to dig in and read about “the world’s hidden wonders.”

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