I'm having some difficulty in getting with the program. Is it time for Christmas presents? What happened to November? Is it too early for candy canes? Is $39.95 too much for a reindeer made from grapevines? How do I untangle my Christmas lights? What is this fluffy white substance falling from the sky? Who on this earth could possibly have enough Christmas Spirit to listen to the "Holly" Christmas music station on XM without insanity side effects?
This is likely because I'm in denial that it's December or because we will be laying on the sandy beaches in paradise for Christmas. (You feel so sorry for me, I know.) Ergo, I am trying my darndest to fit all the Holiday cheer possible into the next few weeks. I'm all Christmas, all the time. Well, except for when I'm thinking about bathing suits, straw hats, sunglasses and packing a suitcase that weighs less than 60 lbs. and also supplies me with 9+ days of outfits. Do I think about Santa or do I think about the salty ocean waves? Flip flops or Ugg boots? Winter parkas or strappy maxi dresses? Sunburns or hypothermia? Hot coffee or drinks that are served with a small paper umbrella?
Perhaps wasting my time trying to decide what I should think about isn't the most useful task. So, I have focused my attention upon one concept at a time: I purchased a new swimsuit during my lunch break today, while sipping a warm cup of cinnamon tea. See, the two halves of my brain CAN get along!
Here are the other things I'm filling my brain with over the next few weeks:
1. Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea, $8 for 20 Sachets
2. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, $47
3. Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve, $6
4. Victoria's Secret Ruffle Sliding Triangle Top, $9.99 and String Bottom, $9.99
5. John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Extra Strength Formula, $8.99
6. Danskin Now 10 lb. kettlebell, $18.77
1. This is the best tea ever, without question. It's sweet (and it has no sugar!) and filled with great spices and flavors like black tea, cinnamon, orange peel and sweet cloves. I have a big cup every afternoon and it is fantastic. Oh, and the metal tin is pretty neat, too.
2. If I didn't know better, I would say that this bronzer is made from dreams, it's that fantastic. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. Guerlain has been around for ages (they are the oldest perfume house in the world) and this is a product that they have mastered. I don't fake bake, but I will be using this product to offset my current pastiness on the beach.
3. You know those painful little cracks in your skin and lips that develop in winter? This is my solution to that pesky problem. My skin is a strange mix of oily (my face) and incredibly dry (my body & hands) so I am very picky when it comes to what comes near my skin. It's soothing without being greasy and healing without a big investment. I use this primarily on my lips and hands.
4. Isn't this suit adorable? Oh, and the price is pretty cute, too. I bit the bullet and purchased this little number on my lunch break today from the VS website. While sipping a heaping mug of item #1, naturally.
5. I've said it before, I shall say it again: my hair belongs in an insane asylum. It's really thick, naturally curly and typically frizzy. The winter months, paired with my eternal longing to be blonde forever, has completely zapped the moisture from my hair. This stuff has been my savior and the shine and softness has returned to my tresses.
6. I recently discovered the kettlebell and I think I'm in love. It's an awesome total body workout and I've seen big results in my muscle tone after the last 6 months. It has added shape to my lanky body--and it will help when I'm donning my new swimsuit, too.