Remember when home stereo systems used to look like they could command a NASA shuttle? So glad that’s over. Grey winter days at home are made so much more bearable with some good tunes, especially when they’re coming out of a Sonos speaker, which takes up minimal room and offers maximum interior design chic. We got these speakers for Christmas and they are AMAZING. Super easy to use, you can buy as many as you want and they easily sync with each other (plus the sound quality is fantastic).
This might surprise you, but I’d like to mention a lip color now. LOL GIVE ME ALL OF THEM. I’ve shared this favorite many times in the past, but when staring down into my tote bag that was littered with at least four of them at the bottom, I thought it was high time to share again because they’re JUST SO GOOD. The Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick is the drugstore product I’ve obsessed over and hoarded for nearly 10 years. My favorite color is plum perfect, but the shade lineup is amazing and the price is unbeatable for something this gorgeous and moisturizing. So so moisturizing. A perfect winter lip option.
Everyone has their favorite spot treatment, and Kate Somerville Eradikate is mine. When something just works, there’s literally no point in messing around with anything else, and when I see something on my face that needs to vacate the premises immediately, this product is my holy grail. Works perfectly overnight, every time. Another very similar cult favorite is the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion which is also fantastic.
So we’re all doing pillow spray now, right? Winter gives me a touch of insomnia from time to time, perhaps it’s the fear that I’m going to have to wear ugly waterproof shoes tomorrow, I dunno. This pillow spray by This Works (clever guys, real clever) actually does help promote deep sleep and is just an all-around pleasant way to hit the pillow when you’re feeling restless.
Love learning new stuff? Feel really busy and overwhelmed all the time? Ready for a life hack? I SURE AM. This is Blinkist, a new app that gives you the key ideas and important details from the best nonfiction books out there right now, distilled into 15-minute bytes of deliciousness. They literally distill awesome, informative books down to 15 minute reads. What? You can sign up for a $10/mo membership for access to endless titles in non-fiction that can help improve your productivity, business acumen, you name it, or you can opt for the free version of the app that gives you one editor’s pick to listen to or read each day. It’s 2019 Cliff’s Notes, but cooler.
We’re fleeing the cold weather this week so I pre-downloaded Russian Doll on Netflix for the flight. Have you watched it? Created by an all-female team (including Amy Poehler!) I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s been recommended to me multiple times by friends with a variety of tastes, and that’s usually enough to pique my interest. I’m hearing things about a really innovative plotline, and I’m all about fresh takes.
It’s easy to get into a smoothie/juice rut when you find one you like. The whole point of tossing stuff in a blender and pressing go is that it’s supposed to be easy, but sometimes it can start to feel like a snoozefest. So when I found a recipe for something called Winter Sparkle Juice, I lit up like a selfie mirror. The recipe is from The First Mess, and it’s a great way to take advantage of all the gorgeous winter citrus in the grocery store right now, while whipping up something really hydrating (and yummy). If you use a blender, you’ll need to run it through a fine-mesh sieve, which I know is one more step but you guys...there’s the word sparkle in the title...