Back in the day, I used to post about some of my favorite things. I’ve missed sharing the things that I love, so let’s see what were some of my favorite things in February, shall we?
Jane the Virgin
“Jane the Virgin” is a TV show that premiered last year. Jane Villanueva is the daughter of a teen mom who’s determined not to repeat her mom’s mistake. Vowing to remain a virgin until marriage, her life gets turned upside down when she is accidentally artificially inseminated at a routine clinic visit. Now pregnant, Jane learns the baby’s father is her boss, Rafael, and that her doctor is Rafael’s sister, and that the intended insemination recipient is Petra, Rafael’s wife — who he’s no longer in love with. Sound complicated? Well, that’s just the beginning…
I watched all of season one in two days. Sure, my binge session was assisted by the fact that it was too cold to go outside all weekend, but also, it’s just a damn good show. I love the twists and turns, and the fact that it’s got so many relatable themes despite requiring a suspension of belief at times (hey, the show is a take on the telenovela!) I can’t wait to find a weekend and catch up to season two.
Yoga with Adriene’s Yoga Camp
I’m a big fan of Adriene Mishler’s YouTube channel, Yoga with Adriene. Her channel has allowed me to create a home yoga practice that I look forward to every day. Plus, I love her outlook on yoga and how I never once feel pressure to be anything more than what I am. I did Yoga Camp every day this month and loved it so much that my mom is now starting it, too.
Uniqlo HEATTECH Base Layers
I picked up some of Uniqlo’s HEATTECH extra warm leggings and scoop neck shirts on sale when I was in Hong Kong, and THEY. HAVE. CHANGED. MY. LIFE. Despite being thin garments, they keep me so warm!!!! I wear them under my clothes in the cold weather, and they keep me nice and toasty without adding any extra bulk. I wish I had bought more of them!
Sweet Potato Cornbread Muffins
I love cornbread, but plain cornbread is kinda just that… plain. I’ve been making this sweet potato cornbread recipe. The first time I baked it I used a cast iron skillet, but every time after I’ve used muffin tins instead so that I can eat them on the go if needed. I love what the sweet potato twist gives to this recipe, as it adds a certain sweetness that I’ve never tasted with cornbread before.
While I still swear by cleansing oils and a double cleansing routine, on days where I wear only a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, I always reach for Bioderma micellar water. It cleanses my skin of makeup and acts as a great first cleanse whenever I was my face at night. I love that I just need to squeeze it onto a cotton pad and wipe my face with it — no other steps needed! I picked up two bottles of this when I was in Hong Kong because I love it that much (and it’s not easily found in the U.S.)
In addition to Uniqlo’s HEATTECH stuff, I’ve been wearing my Icelandic wool hat and gloves that I got last year when I was in Iceland. I’d be lost this winter without them, honestly. Next time I’m back in Iceland, I’m definitely buying more wool garments because they are so, SO warm.
I always burn candles, but I’ve been burning a lot more of them to add some coziness to my apartment as I embrace hygge. Currently I’m burning some Bath & Body Works 3-wick candles and Yankee Candle jar candles, but I’d love to add some more soy candles to my collection. Let me know if you have any recommendations!
Fjallraven Totepack No. 1
I usually use a shoulder bag for work, but carting around a heavy work laptop to and from the office on my one shoulder isn’t working out too well for me. I came across the Fjallraven Totepack No. 1 as I was researching some convertible backpack/tote options, and once I discovered that the blue one was discounted on Amazon I decided to buy it. It’s made of super durable fabric and has a roomy main compartment, with a small pocket inside the bag and on the front of the bag (all zippered). The straps can be used to carry the bag as a tote or as a backpack, and there are short leather handles to carry the bag by hand, too. It fits all of my stuff for work, and I carry it as a backpack on the days I have my work laptop and as a tote when I’m laptop-free.
Two of my favorite books that I read this month are Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner and The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati. Both are historical fiction, and I got sucked into both books almost immediately and started researching the two eras (London in WWII and New York City in the Gilded Age) as soon as I was done reading. It’s been a while since I’d read any historical fiction, and these two books reminded me of just how much I love the genre.
The Hamilton Soundtrack
I’d heard TONS about Hamilton in the second half of last year, but it wasn’t until around Christmas that I heard the soundtrack (thanks, L!) and became totally hooked. It’s powered me through many a day at work, and I love how there’s just so many songs that are ALL awesome. My favorite song is “Satisfied” followed by “Burn” and “Alexander Hamilton.”
What are some of your favorite things in February?