Friday Fancies


Around this time last year, the Georgian winter wasn’t doing my skin any favors. Fortunately, I was able to pick up this Almond Hand & Nail Cream at The Body Shop in Barcelona over winter break, and I’ve been using it ever since. Once applied, you can’t even tell it’s there, and it keeps cuticles looking their best. I also love the light scent of almonds. (It’s currently on sale!)

J. Crew Factory has been holding great deals lately. Last week, I ordered these lovely earrings, which are a subtler alternative to the bright gems I typically wear. They’ve already sold out online, but these pretty crystal studs are still available.


This is the first nail polish I’ve bought since the third grade (when my favorite cosmetics store was Limited Too). I’ve always had unreasonably short fingernails, and #53 on my 101 in 1001 list is to grow them out to a normal length. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to last long enough without picking at my nails… Until I saw Essie After School Boy Blazer. I’ve never been more intrigued by such a gorgeous color, and my nails are already the longest they’ve ever been in my entire life, as I patiently wait to finally wear this.


Certain readers are going to smile when they see this… I bought this bottle of Annick Goutal Petite Chérie, while studying abroad in France. It’s become my “special perfume,” which is why I still have a little left. Fruity, floral, sophisticated, and bold without overpowering, Petite Chérie is my favorite scent. Since many people give and receive perfume over the holidays, I wanted to mention Annick Goutal because it doesn’t get nearly enough attention in the U.S. Even after three years, the color hasn’t changed, and the scent is as fresh as the day I got it, which truly speaks to its quality.

IMG_5013Since you already look at tons of cat pictures each day, why not get an education out of it? Cat Spanish is an app that uses cute and funny pictures of cats to teach conversational Spanish. You probably know that associating words with pictures helps with memorization. I’ve used it for a few days now and have already learned tons of useful phrases. This fun app is only 99 cents, so use it to learn Spanish for the first time or to brush up on the vocabulary you forgot after high school.

Christmas Gift Guide

Exactly one month until the best day of the year! I couldn’t be more excited, after spending last Christmas in Georgia. For those of you who haven’t started your gift-shopping, consider these:Christmas Gift Guide

1. Anthropologie monogrammed mug – This limited edition of the classic has been making the rounds among blogs.
2. Izola flask – “Your everyday stainless steel flask”… Engraved with one of a dozen clever sayings.
3. Ideal Bookshelf – A print or a customized painting of a loved one’s favorite books.
4. Monkey Pod Games Wooden Four In A Row – A more sophisticated version of the original.
5. Humans of New York – Without a doubt, the most interesting collection of photos published this year.
6. Crate & Barrel Camille wine glass – Yes, these are the pretty wine glasses that appear in basically every episode of Scandal.
7. PureGear retro game case – A case that might even distract someone from the actual smartphone.
8. C. Wonder monogram glass plate – This plate, which comes in a variety of gorgeous designs, makes a perfect catch-all.
9. Essie mini cube – Essie’s winter collection is very impressive this year… And I don’t even wear nail polish!
10. Brett Cramer Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses – Possibly the greatest invention ever.