February has long been my favorite month (it includes my birthday, my niece’s birthday, my sister’s birthday, my mom’s birthday, and of course Valentine’s Day!), and there are so many new things I’m loving. I thought I’d share what some of them are!
1. The Tailored Shirt from Gap
I bought this top just a few days ago, and it’s already my favorite. It’s lightweight, but with all the structure you’d want from a button-up. The sleeves look great rolled up for a more casual look, and rolled down for a more office-appropriate look. The fact that I was able to wear it to my internship in the morning with slacks, and then later to school with jeans is proof that this shirt is a winner. It has all the little details you’d expect from higher-quality brands– like a button in the back of the collar to help it stay put, and a hidden button placket– with a more budget-friendly price. It costs $49.95, which is a little out of my usual price range, but this shirt is definitely worth it.
2. Color Sensational “The Buffs” by Maybelline
I had wanted to try these lip colors for a long time, but didn’t know anything about Maybelline lipstick formulas. I went out on a limb, and I’m so glad I did! The formula is smooth, covers well, and lasts for a decent amount of time. Most importantly, it doesn’t leave a gross trail on the outer lip line once it wears away. So far, I only have tried two colors– Nude Lust and Truffle Tease. They are both pretty light, so I can’t wear them every day. But they look great with bronze, taupe, and rosey eye shadows. At $4.97 a piece, I’m definitely going to try more shades!
3. Tagalong Girl Scout Cookies
Does this really need an explanation? The cookies are crispy with a smooth peanut butter layer on top, and entirely coated in chocolate. Oh my god. I finished a whole box in just 4 days, and I need more!
4. The Olympics
I’m sure I’m not alone in this being a February favorite. Even though most people agree that the Winter Olympics aren’t as fun as the Summer ones, I’ve been finding joy in watching the games. Despite the controversial goings-on in Sochi, I have enjoyed watching the athletes do their thing. I used to only be interested in the ice skating portion, but I’ve found snowboarding and skiing to be really entertaining. Even though I am from the US, I love seeing the looks on the champion’s faces when they win a medal, no matter what country. One of the most touching wins was Alex Bilodeau of Canada. Read about it here: http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/canadas-alex-bilodeau-wins-gold-mens-moguls-makes-olympic-history?ctx=golden-moments
5. The Poetry of Emily Dickenson
I love to write poetry, but I have to admit that I’m a bit of a slacker when it comes to knowledge of famous poets. I was at Half Price Books a week or so ago, and I picked up a cheap $3 copy of selected Emily Dickenson poems on a whim. I’ve really been enjoying her concise style and vivid imagery. From what I gather, she was a very religious woman and wrote a lot about God. I find that part a little hard to relate to, as I myself am not very religious. But her poetry is undeniably beautiful, and I’m glad to be brushing up on it. Here is my favorite of hers so far:
“Hope” is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—
And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—
I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.
6. Downton Abbey
Okay, I have to admit that Downton Abbey has been a favorite of mine since it first debuted. BUT, the two February episodes have been particularly excellent. Certain plot twists within the show have made me worry about its future. I hate when a show feels like it has to do crazy things to keep people interested. That’s when it usually goes downhill and gets cancelled. But I think the creators are doing a great job of keeping the show believable and not overdoing the twists. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this month has in store for Downton Abbey!