My Winter 2019 Favorites

My Winter 2019 Favorites

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It’s that time again. Winter is an undeniably long season, but most recently it was not a good one for me. So, I feel like this list is a bit shorter than usual. Regardless, here are a few of my favorite things from winter 2019…

Movies & TV //

Mary Poppins Returns – “Now my heart is so light / That I think I just might / Start feeding the birds / And go fly a kite!” This movie was simply magical. It filled me with joy, made me cry, and made me want to start singing along during my first watch. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda were perfectly cast. I cannot recommend this enough.

Captain Marvel – O Captain! My Captain! Marvel really can’t stop being the best, can they? They had a lot to live up to with their first female-led film, and they did a fantastic job. Brie Larson was the perfect Captain Marvel, and I can’t wait to see how she fits into the rest of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). This was girl power that wasn’t over-the -top and annoying, and just a really fun story. Also, young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is kind of the best.

Lost – One day I was just scrolling through Hulu, looking for something new to watch, and I thought, “Why not watch this weird sci-fi show about plane crash survivors?” Even though this show can get a little far out sometimes, it had me hooked from the very first episode. There are so many twists and turns that leave you shocked and wondering if you’ll ever know the truth, and just enough flashbacks to get you invested in the characters’ stories. I may be fifteen years late, but I’m glad I’m finally giving this a try.

Beauty //

Bath & Body Works In The Stars lotion – I promise I am not sponsored by Bath & Body Works. (But I am open to that…) I mean, how can I not try a lot of their products when they have the best coupons ever? Anyways, this scent has become my new favorite from B&BW. It’s warm and felt perfect for the colder months, but I have no doubt that I’ll continue using it in the spring. It also lasts longer than any of their other scents. If you weren’t convinced that I love this, I’ve already used half of the bottle, and I can pretty much never get through those things.

Maybelline Shine Compulsion lipsticks – These are lipsticks with a glossy finish (as the name suggests). While I may still be holding on tight to my matte lip products, I do really like these. The formula is great, and I feel like they have pretty good staying power for a shine finish. My personal favorite shade is “Baddest Beige.”

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer – This isn’t my favorite concealer ever, but it’s definitely a good one (and I’m very picky). The formula is nice, the shade range is pretty good, and I love the applicator. I really love all of these emerging drugstore brands that aren’t some of the “big names” – they’re releasing some good stuff.

Books //

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Screenplay by J.K. Rowling – This is the script of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which means it’s basically like reading a play. I’m not the biggest fan of reading plays because I really like details, so I was a bit hesitant about reading this. But I really loved it! The story is so lovely that it makes up for anything the book may have been missing. If you enjoyed the movie, I’d definitely recommend this.

Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush – I love the Bush twins and I’ve wanted to pick up this book since it was first released. It did not disappoint. The stories Jenna and Barbara told about their family, their upbringing, and their father and grandfather’s presidencies were entertaining and endearing. I enjoyed getting to know more about both of them and getting a behind-the-scenes look at their lives.

Quotes & Scriptures //

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23

“Be gentle with yourself. You’re doing the best you can.” – Unknown

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5

“Without your past, you could never have arrived – so wondrously and brutally, by design or some violent, exquisite happenstance…here.” – Taylor Swift

Songs //

  • “Light On” by Maggie Rogers
  • “Kingdom” by Carrie Underwood
  • “Rich (Radio Edit)” by Maren Morris
  • “Invisible Ink (Rebecca’s Demo)” by Mandy Moore
  • “Die From A Broken Heart” by Maddie & Tae
  • “Dancing With Our Hands Tied” by Taylor Swift
  • “Last Night’s Mascara” by Brynn Cartelli
  • “One Man Band” by Old Dominion
  • “The Cure” by Little Mix
  • “Defender” by Francesca Battistelli ft. Steffany Gretzinger
  • “Make It Sweet” by Old Dominion
  • “Bridges” by Johnnyswim
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The Best Fashion from Awards Season 2019

The Best Fashion from Awards Season 2019

I feel like I’ve used my blog as an opportunity to write about a lot of things I love. There is, however, one topic I have not touched on: fashion. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by the world of fashion. I even had my own distinctive style as a child (only dresses, lost of pink, and always a hair bow). Some may see fashion as fickle, but I find it interesting. What’s better than knowing that every day you can express yourself through the clothes you choose to wear? So, it’s not surprising that I’ve come to pay attention to celebrity style and trends. I love watching awards shows, but I love the red carpet specials just as much. I wanted to showcase three women and men (because men’s fashion is much more than penguin suits) who I feel showed exemplary choices with their style during the recent 2019 awards season. From elegant to over-the-top, these are looks that I loved, and I doubt I will soon forget.

Lady Gaga

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Did Lady Gaga ever wear a bad look on the red carpet this season? (The answer is no.) The singer and actress, who received multiple nominations for her role in A Star is Born, seemed to touch on all of the facets of fashion. There were more simple choices, like the Calvin Klein dress she wore to the Critics’ Choice Awards; the extravagant Valentino gown for the Golden Globes that was a nod to one of Judy Garland’s looks in her version of A Star is Born; and her elegant Academy Awards choice, an Alexander McQueen tribute to Audrey Hepburn’s iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s style, complete with a giant Tiffany & Co. diamond necklace. Gone are the meat dresses of the past. A fashion star has been born.

Timothée Chalamet

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I don’t think that menswear has to be boring, relegated to black tuxedos and black bowties. Timothée Chalamet apparently agrees with me. Nominated at several awards shows for his role in Beautiful Boy, Timothée went with an eye-catching pattern at the BAFTAs. His Golden Globes look was more subdued, but still featured intricate detailing. For the SAG Awards, it almost looked as if he picked several different pieces from his closet and put them together – but in a good way. Timothée’s future in acting may be bright, but his fashion star is rising as well.

Emma Stone

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Emma Stone made the awards show rounds for her role in The Favourite, often clad in Louis Vuitton, for whom she is a brand ambassador. My personal favorite look of hers was the feminine dress she wore to the Golden Globes; she was, in my opinion, definitely one of the best dressed of the night. I also loved her structured pants look for the SAG Awards, and her colorful gown for the Producers’ Guild Awards was a bright spot when many stars tend to shy away from bright color. Just as Emma’s acting career is on the rise, so is her status as a fashion maven.

Chadwick Boseman

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Wakanda forever! Chadwick Boseman is a star who’s style I’m always watching; he is anything but boring. He’s known for sporting the occasional long coat, like he did at the Academy Awards. His patterned jacket at the SAG Awards was paired perfectly with an otherwise all-black look. But it was his white Versace suit at the Golden Globes that, quite literally, sparkled. Chadwick is well-known for his role in Black Panther, the first superhero film ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, but I feel he will soon be known for his style too.

Julia Roberts

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Julia Roberts was not nominated for any awards this season, but that’s no matter – she’s so famous she gets invited to all of the shows anyways. To me, Julia is one of those people who never really looks bad. (Is it even possible?) This year, she showed off her love for pants, something I definitely support. Her Golden Globes look from one of my favorite designers, Stella McCartney, was absolutely stunning, and is by far one of my highlights of the entire 2019 awards season. She wore another lovely look with pants to the Critics’ Choice Awards, designed by Louis Vuitton. For the Academy Awards, she went with an Elie Saab gown that packed a punch in a bright pink color. Definitely a gorgeous year for Ms. Roberts.

Rami Malek

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Rami Malek’s popularity exploded this year after his starring role in Bohemian Rhapsody, which he won several awards for. Although, for the most part, he stuck with traditional tuxedo styles on the red carpet, he never shied away from a splash of color. At the Critics’ Choice Awards he went with a light grey option from Givenchy. His choice for the SAG Awards was a sleek all-black look from Dior Men. But his brightest choice was a red Berluti suit for the LA Film Critics Association Awards. After Rami’s warm reception from both critics and audiences, I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him, meaning there’s only more exciting red carpet looks to come.

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

– Rachel Zoe

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