January Favorites

How about we take a break from talking ALL food ALL the time and instead talk about some really awesome things that I am loving lately? I don’t know about you, but I love a good random recommendation. Here’s what’s lighting my fire lately.

Favorite Podcast: I threw a call out on Twitter to find out YOUR favorite podcasts because I am trying to overload my phone with good stuff to listen to during my commute. Blog reader Megan (who has given me some awesome book recos too) said I should check out Watch What Crappens and you guys — LIFE CHANGING! If you enjoy yourselves some bitchy TV guys talking about Bravo-lebrities then you will love this podcast. If none of that even makes sense to you, don’t even worry about it. I’m going to round up some of the best Podcast suggestions next week, so if you have one to add, leave it in the comments.

Favorite TV Show: As with most shows that everyone raves about, I really didn’t think Homeland sounded that interesting. I don’t say that to imply my stellar TV taste, quite the opposite. I only watch crap TV, ao when people recommend a “great show” I generally just think “hmmmm…paying attention sounds like a lot of work.” Anyway, a Marine Sergeant comes home 8 years after going missing in Iraq and a CIA agent thinks he’s been turned and is helping plot an attack on America. Ok. Sounds fine. I’m not going to run out and rearrange my schedule to catch it or anything. BUT OHMYGOD I SHOULD HAVE. And don’t worry, I kind of have in the past couple of weeks. I think these raves should have included that Mandy Patinkin is involved, because I love just about everything that man is ever in, and I think I should just be less stubborn about TV recommendations because this is right up my alley with its mystery and intrigue. Netflix it, yo!

Favorite Headband: I am not a fan of short hair for workouts, and right after I cut my hair there was literally a time when my bad workout hair was so dramatic that I thought to myself I may just have to shave my head — because I sure wasn’t quitting CrossFit. Not with all those holiday cookies I’ve eaten! But I couldn’t pig-tail it, regular headbands weren’t working, and just letting it fly free wasn’t going to work. For starters, hair flying in your face is annoying. But secondly (and frankly more importantly) I can not deal with sweat just dripping off the back of my head freely all over the place with nowhere to go (because see it used to just go into my ponytail but now what used to be like 7 inches of surface area is only 1 inch of surface area.) Are you understanding the dramatic science that was happening here? IT WAS AWFUL AND I ALMOST HAD TO GO ALL BRITNEY AND PULL OUT THE CLIPPERS. But instead I found this headband and life is so much less dramatic.

Favorite Dress: I am really enjoying this dress because it is not quite baggy while at the same time not being too clingy and that is just what I’m looking for right now. GOD YOU GUYS, QUIT BRINGING UP ALL THE COOKIES I ATE. Anyway, I love this dress, it fits well, looks stylish and is in a fabric that will transition well from being work in winter with tights to being worn with bare legs in Spring. I love it and I feel like I’m going to get a lot of use out of it. It will definitely show up in an outfit of the day near you soon. Speaking of outfits of the day and stripes, I organized all of my 2012 Outfit Photos into a set the other day and man there are a lot of stripes. No apologies! If you are into that sort of thing, check it out. It was actually kind of fun to look back.

Favorite Hand Cream: This awesome little cream is made from shea butter so it is super moisturizing, but doesn’t the fragrance sound kind of weird? Let me assure you, it totally isn’t weird. In fact, it’s delicious. It’s clean smelling and the scent is not too heavy, but the cream itself is super emollient and great for winter. I generally reserve my “clean” scents for spring, but this is a great alternative. It’s actually really winter-y feeling but still so fresh!

Favorite Ankle Boots: Ankle boots are RISKY fashion for me. I don’t have particularly big ankles but because my calves are just off the chart ridic something that cuts off at the wrong spot could really accentuate that. I happened upon these at Old Navy (I know, two Old Navy items on this list! I can’t believe it myself!) and decided to try them on. I purchased them on a whim because they are cute and I’m so glad I did. They are a fun little addition to my wardrobe and for only $19 I don’t have to get wound up if I don’t wear them into the ground.

Favorite Album: Come on. You’ve heard songs off of this album right? Two Words: Booty Shakin’!


So what is rocking your world lately? Any Podcasts/TV Shows/Albums/Random Clothing Purchases you need to share about???

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20 comments to January Favorites

  • Rhonda H
    January 3, 2013 at 7:40 am

    OMG, you had me at Mandy Patinkin… now I need to go check out that tv show! I adore that man and was so sad he left Criminal Minds. But I have not been watching much tv lately so had no idea he was on a show again.
    Did you ever watch Dead Like Me? It was only on for 2 seasons (he was in it of course) but it was fantastic!

    • Holly
      January 3, 2013 at 7:55 am

      I KNOW! So sad when he left! He was a major reason I loved that show despite the fact that it made me *so anxious* (ok ok, he AND Shemar Moore. YUM!)

      I’ll have to see if Dead Like Me is on Netflix. 2 seasons sounds like a completely reasonable commitment to make. :)

      • Rhonda H
        January 3, 2013 at 8:44 am

        And of course Princess Bride! I think I know that movie line by line by heart! LOL
        I love his stage shows too — have you seen Sunday in the Park with George? And of course his original Evita with Patti LuPone… now I want to go listen to show tunes!

  • Kristabella
    January 3, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Well now I have another Podcast to listen to! Yay!

    I LOVE The Nerdist podcast and I also love Doug Loves Movies. They are lifesavers when I run!

    • Holly
      January 3, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Ooooh fun, thanks! A few people recommended the Nerdist too, but I haven’t heard of Doug Loves Movies. Awesome. And man, podcasts when you run are the best, right? I feel like that makes me a total old lady, but I LOVE THEM!

      • Kristabella
        January 3, 2013 at 7:58 am

        Yes! I can’t do music because I’m like “this song is about 4 minutes long, so that means I’ve only run for 4 minutes! AHHHH!” Podcasts are great because they are funny and people talking and it is super distracting for me.

  • sizzle
    January 3, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I resisted Homeland too but then over break I had a lot of free time and DEVOURED the entire 2 seasons. Darcy didn’t even watch them with me, I was going at too fast a pace and he had to work. (That’s ok because he moved on with Game of Thrones without me. I just couldn’t get into it.) I suppose I should just go ahead and watch Friday Night Lights then since I also resisted that though everyone was saying how good it is.

    • Holly
      January 3, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Ok so where can I find Season 2? Is it on Netflix? Amazon? Or did you just watch it real time? I feel you on Friday Night Lights. I’d get fired from the internet but I haven’t been able to get into it. Truth be told though I’ve only watched a couple of episodes though so I will surely give it another chance, I mean EVERYONE can’t be wrong…right? :)

  • Maggie
    January 3, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I love love love your outfit photos! I needed a distraction at work yesterday and clicking through your flickr was the best thing ever. Can I also just note that you are a pro at the smartphone-self-portrait-in-a-mirror pose? Tips, please!

  • Danielle
    January 3, 2013 at 9:38 am

    LOVE Homeland! The other show that I’ve been addicted to lately is Parenthood. Completely different from Homeland but really really good. Dare I say…heartwarming. :)

    • Holly
      January 3, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Oooh, I spent some time watching that over my break during the holidays! (Man I watched A LOT of TV. Being back at work is a rude awakening.) I’m only maybe 6 episodes in but you are totally right. Super heartwarming! Thanks for the suggestion!

  • sizzle
    January 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I don’t know- everyone is into Twilight and Jillian Michaels so I think the internet makes mistakes. 😉

    We have showtime (limited time package) and so I watched Season 2 on On Demand. I have to say I enjoyed Season 1 more than Season 2 but am anxious to see how it all plays out when Season 3 starts!

  • PinkieBling
    January 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I *love* Bruno Mars. Did you see him on SNL? SO funny! I’m super into Homeland, too, and Girls. Pretty sure I need that headband. Fun post!

    • Holly
      January 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Yes, he was hilarious!!! And you do need that headband. It’s so fun! Plus there is a hole in the back for a ponytail. I just feel like for $19 it is pretty versatile.

  • K
    January 3, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I am knee-deep in love with “Made in Chelsea.” It’s on the Style Network and, gurrrrlllll, you NEED TO WATCH IT. It is like a fancier, richer, British, better looking “Laguna Beach.” Seriously. I can’t get enough.

    • Holly
      January 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Oooh, my cousin was telling me about this show at Christmas! Must get the scoop! Just what I need is more bad television on my DVR (BUT I KIND OF CAN’T WAIT!)

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom
    January 3, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I love Mandy Patinkin! The hubby and I saw him in concert and it was awesome… he made us get up and do the hokey pokey… like I saw awesome! I think I have a show to Netflix now.

    And, I can completely relate to the hair situation… I chopped off my ponytail this fall and it’s super cute but not workout friendly… headband shopping here I come!

  • Laura
    January 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I’m a little obsessed right now with Dan Savage’s Lovecast, though definitely don’t listen to that if you aren’t cool with some pretty liberal views and graphic sex advice! He will answer pretty much anything. I also adore the ladies at the Joy the Baker podcast on the Homefries website. Look forward to your podcast roundup post!

  • Emily
    January 3, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I totally need that headband! Especially since I took the plunge and got bangs a few months ago (though I can’t seem to change my message board photo…) Anyway, I can’t seem find it on the Athleta site. They must have sold out! Sad face :(

    • Holly
      January 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

      UGH! You’re right! They were there this morning. SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH! Well I’m trying out some from Lululemon this week too, so if I love those just as much I’ll let you know (and the Lulu ones were surprisingly cheaper.)





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