January 2015 Favorites


A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) By: Deborah Harkness (Review)

The Book Thief By: Markus Zusak (Book Club Jan Review)

The Rosie Effect By: Graeme Simsion (Review)

The Phantom Tollbooth By: Norton Juster (Review)

Once Upon a Grind  (Coffee House Mystery) By: Cleo Coyle

The Conspiracy of Us By: Maggie Hall

The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1) By: Chris Colfer

Love Story By: Erich Segal (Book Club Feb)

The Winner’s Curse By: Marie Rutkoski

Ugly Love By: Colleen Hoover

Favorite book this month: Another last minute favorite! There was no stand out favorite this month until I read The Winner’s Curse. This book is really good. I’ll have a review up soon where I’ll rave all about it. It was different from a lot that I’ve read lately and also lived up to expectations.


Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Face Mask ($58)

I am obsessed with the Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa face masks. I received a sample of this mask in my Birchbox and immediately fell in love. It smells like tea and has a nice cooling sensation when you put it on. That sensation even lasts a little when you wash it off. The mask is exfoliating, so when you’re taking it off it gently exfoliates your skin. It’s one of few masks that I’ve seen instant reductions in redness. It is a little pricey, but I found some tubes for half off at Anthropologie! I only wish I had picked up a few more.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer ($24)
This isn’t necessarily a January only favorite, but I ran out at the beginning of the month and realized how much I need it. I love this concealer. It covers up spots really well and doesn’t cling to dry skin. It’s really really creamy. In my opinion, creamier than the NARS creamy concealer. Highly recommend this if you like creamy concealers.


Rebecca Minkoff Handbag

I purchased a super cute handbag from Hautelook. While I have used it yet (it’s a spring color so I probably won’t break it out for a while), I love it! I can’t wait to use it. If you don’t know what Hautelook is, keep your eye out for a post next week where I explain it. It’s wonderful.



Oh My Goodness. I can’t explain how good this show is. I saw it at the very beginning of January and immediately wanted to see it again. The dancing is worth the entire show. The guys are al beyond talented and so much fun to watch. The songs are fun and everyone’s voices were really strong. I can’t wait for it to come back to Chicago so that I can see it again!

Gilmore Guys Podcast

Gilmore girls has been a favorite of mine since it first aired. Since coming out on Netflix, it has become a favorite again as I’ve been slowly re-watching all of it. My friend Stephanie shared with all of us that there was a really funny podcast called Gilmore Guys. I was a little wary of it because I’ve never found myself to be a fan of podcasts. However, all of my friends started listening to it and talking about it and it sounded hilarious. Guys, this podcast is the best. It’s hosted by two guys, Kevin and Demi, and they watch the episodes and talk about them (sometimes with guests sometimes without). Kevin has been a fan of the show since it first came out, Demi has never seen the show before. It’s hilarious. I can’t recommend it enough.