January 2016 Favorites!


Wow! I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I started Wisconsin Whimsy. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks we will have our new camera in, so I’ll be improving my camera setup 😊 January is such a dreary month for me, and this cold spell certainly hasn’t helped! This favorites list isn’t very beauty-heavy, but rest assured that my February favorites will be full of fab new finds!

Hempz Fresh Coconut + Watermelon body lotion // $23 // Ulta / Dry skin is brutal for me this time of year, so I slather on a layer of this lotion every day. The smell is really indescribable (it doesn’t smell like watermelon or coconut to me) but it smells so delicious that I practically want to gnaw my own arm off after applying it! My husband uses it too, so I’d say it’s pretty unisex, and the scent isn’t long lasting either, which can be both a plus and a negative depending on your fragrance preferences. I love how lightweight it feels on my skin, and it doesn’t leave me feeling greasy or sticky.

Burberry Brit Eau de Toilette // $72 // Nordstrom / This is such a warm, comforting, and timeless scent to me. It’s my go-to fragrance during the colder months. It’s feminine, yet not overpowering, and lasts for several hours on my skin. Love!

White Barn Candle Co 3 wick Mahogany Coconut candle // $22.50 // Bath & Body Works / B&BW describes this as “a sophisticated blend of rare mahogany and creamy coconut milk layered over soft sandalwood.” I describe it as a woodsy-vanilla coconut scent that’s honestly kind of sexy??? (Clearly they’re a little better at describing things) I’ve been burning this in our bedroom and loving the sanctuary atmosphere it creates.

Primula Cold Brew Travel Bottle // $33 // Overstock / I haven’t blogged about it yet, but I recently moved to North Carolina to (finally!) be with my husband. Somewhere in the chaos of moving, we made it here without a coffee maker. Since my husband doesn’t drink coffee unless it’s 50% sugar, 40% creamer, and 10% actual coffee, he wasn’t eager to buy a new brewer. I found this cold brew travel bottle on clearance at the exchange on base for around $13. It’s pretty neat – the bottom screws off and there’s a perforated metal filter that you can fill with coffee grounds. Top it off with water, stash in the refrigerator, and forget about it for 20 hours, and you’ve got 20oz of delicious cold brew coffee! 20 hours is kind of a long estimate, in my opinion, since I usually fill it around dinner time and take it out in the am with no problem, however that is the manufacturer’s recommendation. This has been a great single-serve solution to my coffee dilemma!

Orly Color Amp’d Flexible Color polish in On The List // $8 // Target / This is a beautiful metallic rose gold polish that’s a perfect feminine touch during this chilly cold spell! I found that one coat gave medium opacity, and two coats was perfect. It dries really quickly, and the science behind the polish is pretty neat as well! It’s supposed to essentially self-heal from dings and marks, which I can confirm. It chips easily on its own, so be sure to seal it with a top coat!

Star Wars: The Complete Saga // $100 // Target / I did not grow up watching any of the Star Wars movies, but my husband and I saw the new Disney addition, The Force Awakens, on a date night and I loved it! We borrowed this complete set from a friend, although I imagine we’ll end up purchasing it ourselves. We’ve been watching a new episode each week and I’ve fallen in love with the series!

On a more personal note, December and January have been huge months for us. I graduated college with a Bachelor of Business Administration, my husband reenlisted for another four years and got orders to Okinawa, Japan (which I will detail in a separate blog post for my milspouse readers!), and I made the move here to North Carolina! It’s been very busy, but I’m so excited to see what new adventures are in store for us in 2016!

-Shelbie

 

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