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Welcome to the first LOVES ♥ of 2019! If you’re new to Loves, it’s where I share things I’m loving each month, with the aim to highlight fabulous things I swear by, some things I might want to try, great deals, and under $50 finds! All perfectly appropriate for the flavor of each month! I love sourcing goodies and putting these collages together for you!
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I’m getting ready for my first Amazon post of the year and this darling chevron sweater made it to the top of my Loves list for January! The colors are gorgeous together and it looks very ‘Madewell’ but is only $23! I’m wearing a stretchy spaghetti strap camisole underneath so no skin shows through the little dots.
I’ve actually been eyeing the jeans for months and finally pulled the trigger and they’ve quickly become a go-to. The higher rise is comfortable without the waist gaping and the big knee holes are cute and casual. I cut about 3 inches off the length with sharp scissors and threw them in the wash. I sized up in these, but I think my normal size would have worked. They fit well fresh out of the dryer, but stretch a tad with wear.
I get so much wear out of my Caslon wedge sneakers (that unfortunately sold out before many of you could get your size), that I wanted to test out another pair for you. I’m happy to report that these sneakers are just as good, if not better. They are perforated on top and ultra comfortable on your feet. The side zipper makes them easy to get on and off and the wedge isn’t too high. I’m partial to the grey that will go with everything, but they come in lots of colors. I bought my true sneaker size so I could wear thin socks with them.
Over the summer, Jordan accidentally broke my beloved Gorjana Tanner Bar necklace and I haven’t replaced it. I decided to go with a choker style necklace that would be short enough to peek out of my crew neck sweaters and also discreet enough to keep on during workouts. Some reviewers said the necklace was too short, so you might want to measure your neck before ordering! 😉
Oh my goodness, how cute is this tote?! I feel like every January I’m itching for a little bit of sunshine in my life and this tote will transition perfectly into Spring! These totes are always well-made and perfect for holding all.the.things or doubling as a diaper/gym bag. I especially love the splash of yellow on the back!
If you already have this tee, I’m sure it’s on your Love list too! It’s basically the perfect tee for wearing alone or layering, with a flattering cut and v-neck. I have it in several colors, but I’m seeing lots of new hues like this pale blue. It fits TTS, I wear XS.
I’ve gotten asked a lot about what planner and calendars I use and let me start with this one I use for blogging. I plan blog content here keep it right on my desk at all times. I mainly use the monthly view and pencil in what posts I’m doing that month as well as if I have any calls, meetings, or collaborations. My old eyes like the big size and lots of room to write! The pages are a nice weight and the months are tabbed.
I used to get the Sugar Paper for Target planners, but they discontinued them. This one is the closest replacement I’ve found and a great price!
Speaking of writing, I’m a bit picky when it comes to the pens I like to write with. In general, I like the black sharpies with ultra fine tip, but my absolute faves are the Staedtler 0.5 pigment liners. They fit perfectly in my hand and write super smooth with the perfect tip. I also love these erasable colored pens! And they do erase completely!
At our Favorite Things party, my friends turned me onto these Swig tumblers. Especially this time of year when I’m trying to get my water intake up, these insulated tumblers keep your water cold or your drinks hot. They even make ones specifically designed to hold your wine! I love how they look on my desk!
♥ JANUARY LIFESTYLE LOVE ♥
This year, I’ll be adding a new “Lifestyle Love” to each Loves post. Of course, it’s fun to find new treasures, but I’m more and more mindful of the other parts of my life that I’m appreciating each month.
For January, I’m loving getting back to my routine of waking up early! It wasn’t easy to pick up this habit again after the holidays, but once I got into the groove, it’s one of the things I started looking most forward to.
I love it when the house is quiet and peaceful and I have some time to myself. I’ll light a candle and meditate or pray or write and I find this time critical to my well-being and self growth. I’m also more creative and focused in the morning, so I want to make the most of that energy.
My “workday” is limited, so I have to make the most of my productive hours or else I’d be staying up late to finish posts and that’s not how I want to spend my time. Waking up at 5 AM helps me get lots accomplished before the kids wake up around seven and lets me end my work by the time school lets out. I also find that by the evening I’m pooped, so all I want to do is chill and hang with the kids before bedtime- the perfect way to end the day!
And now I’m curious, what time do you wake up most days?
I hope you enjoy this little twist on my monthly Loves!
Have a great day friends! And don’t forget to join me on Stories!