Things I really liked in April 2018

Goodbye April!

This month felt like two months in one. Maybe it always feels that way when you know exciting things are happening in the next month. Like my trip to Italy, which is officially a week away! And, my birthday! Which I’ll get to celebrate there by eating my weight in pasta and gelato. I. Can’t. Wait.

While exciting things are very much on the horizon, it’s time to reflect on the month of April.

Last month, I wrote about 15 wardrobe basics for spring in NYC. That took forever and a half to write but I am so glad I did. It helped me see that I have plenty of clothes to wear. And, it 100% influenced my spending from last month as well. More on that in my next shopping diaries post.

In life-related highlights, I went on my first interview in months! Believe it or not, it was a great confidence boost. Even though I had redness and irritation all over my face and my eyelids were swollen. All that considered, it was really nice to talk about the work that I have done. It reminded me of the things that I am capable of doing. Which I forgot about, after over a year of unemployment. Crossing all my fingers and toes for some great news soon.

Now without further rambling, let’s get into my fashion, beauty, and lifestyle favorites.

Fashion Favorites

Rent the Runway: If it wasn’t for their unlimited membership service, I wouldn’t have had clothes to wear for my interview (picture below). I ordered on Wednesday and everything arrived on Saturday, just in time for my interview on Monday. It totally saved me from having to spend money on pieces that I wouldn’t wear past the interview.  If you’re curious to know more, read my thoughts on it here.

Reformation pullover hoodie: I have been wearing this hoodie way too often and I don’t plan on stopping. This Kelly green shade is so different from anything that I own, and I love it. Can’t wait to wear this on my flight to Milan next week!!

Dôen Cardigan (currently sold out): When I’m not wearing my green hoodie, I’m wearing this cardigan. It’s warm, comfortable, and it looks good. And for the price I paid, it better be all those things 🙈.

Silk Scarf: This silk scarf turned headband is super simple to do and keeps my hair out of my face. It’s perfect for greasy hair days 😉.

I found the really helpful tutorial that shows how to get a twisted knot version of what I did above. Instead of twisting the knot like the girl in the video, I just tied it regularly. And if you want to see how to fold a scarf to get the look, this video is really helpful.

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Beauty Favorites

Slip Silk Pillowcase: I picked this up during Shopbop’s recent sale. The silk feels luxurious, and I always wake up with hair that looks smooth even before putting a brush through it. And it could totally be a mental thing but the pillowcase stays cool which I think is the reason why I’ve been falling asleep much easier. Needless to say, I am not going back to cotton pillowcases. The only thing I don’t like about this is the cardboard and plastic packaging it came in that 1) isn’t eco-friendly and 2) makes the pillowcase so secure in the plastic packaging that it’s almost impossible to get to. Hopefully, Slip considers more eco-friendly packaging in the future.

Slip Silk Eye Mask: Once I decided that I loved the silk pillowcase so much I decided to pick up the eye mask as well. I needed  something to prevent me from rubbing or scratching my swollen eyes in my sleep, so I hoped this was going to work. And it did! This stayed put all through the night and didn’t bug me at all. I think it helps that it’s silk. It’s definitely the most comfortable and luxurious eye mask I’ve ever owned.

Love Beauty & Planet Body Wash in the Coconut Water and Mimosa Flowers scent: It’s clearly Esteban approved. The bottle is made from recycled plastic and the body wash itself doesn’t contain the parabens, sulfates (super drying on skin), and dyes that are usually in body washes. And, it doesn’t hurt that it smells so good. It makes me feel like I’m on a luxe tropical vacation. It lingers in the bathroom too, which I think is a good thing. And, Vadim likes it so much he uses it too. I guess you can say it’s husband and wife approved 😉.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water:

Edit on 8/4/18: I realized that this is what’s causing my eczema flare up around my eyes and eyelids. I wouldn’t recommend this if you have eczema prone skin. I no longer recommend this and will discontinue using this.

This was the only thing that was gentle enough use to clean my irritated skin. It’s super gentle and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry. I just pour it onto a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face and neck. This is my second bottle and I don’t plan on trying anything different. It’s just that good.

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Lifestyle Favorites

Chef’s Table: Pastry on Netflix: I’m a big fan of the Chef’s Table series on Netflix. The storytelling and the visuals are as inspiring as they are beautiful. If you like pastry or dessert, you will probably want to watch this. The only bad thing is that there are only four episodes. So I would suggest you take your time with each episode like you would with a delicious dessert 😜.

Aggretsuko on Netflix: Okay, I never thought I would suggest an anime on here but here I am doing it. The storyline is so relatable. And all the characters are so cute. Basically, a 25 year old red panda works a corporate job and gets her frustration out through singing death metal karaoke. But this is her little secret until she befriends two established women in her company. If you’re curious to see how her story goes, watch the trailer and give the show a try.

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders: Don’t sleep on this book like Esteban is doing. Cait Flanders writes about her year long shopping ban. As she goes on this personal journey, her life and the people in it go through some major changes. If you’re curious to see what she discovers about herself and what her experience was like, I highly recommend picking this book up. You won’t be able to put it down.

Luxe’s post on When You Should Save and When You Should Splurge: Luxe does it again with another helpful post. I wish I had read something like this when I was in high school and just starting to make money from my minimum wage paying retail job. I would have probably bought less junk. Give this a read if you’re curious about where you should spend and save when it comes to your closet.

Trader Joe’s pick of the month: Matcha Joe Joe’s. These are so good, we’re already on our second box. Initially, I thought there wasn’t going to be much matcha flavor, but I was pleasantly surprised. You can definitely taste the matcha. I hope Trader Joe’s never takes it off their shelves because it’s officially a staple in our snack pantry.

What are your favorites from April? Anything I should be reading, watching, or trying?

Thanks for stopping by.

See you in my next post!

Sophie 🙂

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