I don’t often do these “Favorite Things” lists. If I did, there would be an inane amount of things—sprinkles, lavender lotion, anything and everything Paper Source, Vicks Vapor Rub, almond butter—you get the picture. But over the last few months, I’ve come across a few items that I think would be useful to share.
Mia Ballerina Flats
Next to jeans and swimwear (super ugh), I find buying flat shoes one of the hardest things to do. Being an avid wearer of nude flats, I’m always on the lookout for a good pair. Steve Madden has always been my go-to, but I recently came across these Mia Ballerinas at DSW. I’m a fan…like a huge fan. The material has the perfect amount of stretch, they did not scrape up against my ankles, the color is great, and there is a thin, padded cushion at the bottom (it feels weird at first, but then you’ll love it). They really are the most comfortable flats I’ve owned.
DSW no longer sells them online, but I did find them on the Mia and Macy’s websites. Only the black and nude ones are available through Macy’s but they are $10 cheaper, and have a “BST” promo code right now. If you’re a ballerina-flats wearer like me, the $30 or $40 you spend on them, will be worth it. I normally wear a size 6.5 or 7 and the 6.5 fit perfectly.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eye in “Brightener”
Don’t freak out by the name. I’m not saying that you guys are old and need an “age-rewinder ”. I’m suggesting this for those girls out there that are interested in the whole strobing/highlighting makeup technique, but also using a concealer. I’ve found other highlighters to be too glittery or expensive. This one has just the right amount of shimmer/sheen to it, plus it’s less than $10 and really easy to apply with its sponge-tip. (Benefit’s “Watts Up” is another really great one—it is slightly pricey ($30), and it gives a bit more shimmer, if you like that.)
Orly Flash Dry
I don’t paint my finger nails very often, mainly because I hate waiting for them to dry. It’s not like I have other things to do (I’m not that cool), it’s just that I don’t want to spend my time sitting around, waiting for my nails to dry. However, a few drops of this stuff will dry your polish in 5 – 7 minutes. Score. Now I can just sit around, and not have to prop my hands up to dry.
VSCOcam or Instasize (photo editing apps)
- VSCOcam has beautiful filters and quite a few adjustment tools for you to get an image that you really like. I’ve had it on my phone for a couple of years, but didn’t really start using it until recently. If you’re willing to spend a bit of extra time editing your photos, then I highly recommend this app.
- Instasize allows you to pick filters, make adjustments, re-size, create collages, and add borders, text, and so on— all from one app. While Instagram does have similar filters, I think the ones on this app are better. I also started using it to adjust and post my stop-motion videos.
Pilot Precise V5 Rollerball Ink Pen
Ummm…hello my new love. I first used one the other week while signing my eye exam receipt at Target. I took one stroke with it, stopped, lifted it to my face and stared it. The girl behind the counter was like, “Yup. That pen gets people every time.” We had a brief conversation, which included the words “pen geek”, “school supply nerd” and “I stole this pen, and I’m never giving it back.” Then I rushed inside Target, and picked up a pack. I needed them in my life…immediately.
Sprinkles Mini Cupcake Sundae
I allowed myself one the other day after a grueling few weeks of working out and attempting to avoid sweets. My dark-side took over and I got this. It was worth it and the mini-size is perfect if you’re just looking to fulfill a small sugar craving!