1. Early springs
On my walk today I saw — get this — early cherry blossom blooms!
We get that out here in Northern California some years, and I guess it’s happening now.
It’s been sunny for a week or so since the heavy rains, and everything is growing like crazy now. This tree here is right down the hill behind my house where Else the Tortie hangs out. I looked for her today, but she was nowhere to be found (sad face).
On the bright side, I did see…
2. This neighborhood kitty
He’s very skittish and never lets me get too close, but he’s just unaware of how this little game of ours is going to play out.
Soon… Soon we will be BFFs.
If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to have Tabs draped across your neck, just wrap yourself up in your coziest scarf. 🙂
I wear scarves pretty much 24/7 throughout January because dude! — they feel so wonderful. I like it when the back of my neck and the bottoms of my ears are all cozy and warm.
4. Moisturizing face masks
I’ve been putting one on every night after I wash my face.
So not kidding! My skin gets dreadfully dry this time of year, so I give my favorite moisturizing face masks a mega workout. Current faves in rotation include Glamglow Thirsty Mud, Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask and Fresh Creme Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask.
Side note: I’m looking for a HELLA moisturizing drugstore mask, so if you have any recs, let me know in the comments. 🙂
5. These Walkers Scottie Dog Shortbread Cookies
Totally a January thing for me because I always seem to get them for Christmas.
I have a very specific method to eating them, too. First, I line all of them up on a plate. Then I bite their heads off.
I let the guilt course through my veins…
And then I wash everything down with a big gulp of tea or coffee.
6. The early spring makeup releases
Let’s not even go there about the new Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes.
All I have to say is that when I put a couple of them in my Sephora cart this afternoon, I watched myself float up and away from my body and realized that I was lusting over yet another neutral brown eyeshadow palette, erhmahgawd!
They’re made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do.
They also keep my shins warm and provide me with a perfect excuse to NOT shave my legs.
What’s not to love? 🙂
8. It’s a fresh, new start
January is like pushing the reset button on the projects that I need to make progress on, like decorating my condo and organizing my office (yes, I am ALWAYS working on this one).
9. The old-school MAC Eye Kohls
So, when my skin gets hella dry every winter, my water and lash lines become totally intolerant of everything except for the old-school MAC Eye Kohls.
Don’t ask me why, but it happens every year.
Smolder becomes pretty much the only black pencil I can wear, and Costa Riche sees a lot of action, too.
10. My orange tree!
It is going off! There are tons — maybe even an actual metric ton — of tiny ripe oranges on it right now.
Sadly, they’re all very tart, so my face puckers up when I eat one, LOL!
I plan to use them to flavor
a pitcher 100 gallons of water.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,