2018 Favorites

Great British Baking Show

This show really resparked my love for baking. Everyone is so pleasant, and so talented. I do miss Mary Berry and Mel and Sue on the new seasons, but as long as I can go back and rewatch the old seasons, I’m okay. Also, it’s just so delightfully British and makes me feel at home.

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This stuff has helped tremendously this past year. I’m so grateful for my friend Rebecca for letting me try a sample, because there have been times that I’m genuinely not sure what I would have done without it.

“Good Thing” by Leon Bridges

I’m actually listening to Leon Bridges as I type this, but if you haven’t heard this album, you absolutely need to. He’s just so brilliant and soulful and magical and this album (all of his music really) puts me in such a good mood.

ANNA Dana-20 Ballerina Flats

Finally a pair of black flats that I genuinely enjoy wearing and are adorable. I will say, I have 10″ ankles and can comfortably wear them (yes, I measured my ankles just for this post), but they do leave marks when I take them off, so if yours are much wider, they might not be super comfy for you. I do love that they dress up any outfit I wear them with and that they’re neutral enough to wear them with anything.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t completely sold on this show after watching the first few episodes, but then it just got fantastic. Shane and have drug out watching season five so we can start six as soon as it airs, but usually we’ll burn through two or three episodes at a time. It’s such good, funny, appropriate humor.

Almay Liquid Eyeliner

Y’all. I really didn’t think I’d ever find an eyeliner that would last on my oily eyelids without transferring or coming off, but thanks to Kristin, I finally did. I got the brown, because it’s not as harsh on my green eyes, and it’s just so pretty. I was also unsure about liquid eyeliner because I’ve just never had the right touch with it, but not only is this easy to apply and quick to dry, I’ve always got eye makeup remover and Q-Tips close by.

Conair Quick Blowdry Pro Air Thermal Round Brush

I really can’t say enough good things about this brush. I recently just got my hair cut much shorter (probably 3-4″ off) and I haven’t tried it on my new hair yet, but even when my hair was long, it took maybe 20 minutes to blow my super thick, super coarse head of long hair dry. Plus, who doesn’t love a good blowout?

White Converse All-Stars

Like I said in the attached post, these aren’t even close to new, but I’ve been wearing them so often lately that they feel new again. I love that they’re back in style, and that they go with pretty much everything I wear. But I mean, even if they don’t actually go with my often, I’m still gonna wear them.

Silhouette Cameo 2

Okay, but, I don’t think I was prepared for how obsessed I’d get with this thing. I will admit that I haven’t touched it much since Christmas came and went, but just knowing all the things it can and has done is astounding. Even if you don’t have one or aren’t interested in buying one, I would suggest going to check out some ideas on Pinterest or videos on YouTube of ways you can use the Silhouette Cameo.
December Favorites:

JiffyShirts.com

Not gonna lie, I genuinely didn’t expect a t-shirt wholesaler to be in my list of favorites, but Jiffy Shirts has an incredible selection of t-shirt brands, and they ship so fast. I will admit, I don’t know how they compare to other wholesalers because I haven’t tried anyone else yet, but so far, I love them.

651vinyl.com

After loads of different company recommendations in my Silhouette groups, this company popped up most frequently. After ordering with them, I totally see why. They’re inexpensive, quick, and super friendly and helpful. They have almost everything I could ever even think up, and they defintiely made gift-making/giving so much easier this year.

Cricut Easy Press 2

Let me just tell you how much easier this is to use than a stupid $7 home iron – exponentially. Now, I’m sure an actual t-shirt press would probably do a much more professional job, but the Easy Press is easy to use (hence the name), compact, quick, and doesn’t heat up my entire art room. Plus, I don’t worry that it’s going to catch everything on fire like I would with a heat press. Would absolutely recommend to anyone starting out making shirts and bags and stuff to use HTV on.

Google Home Mini

I actually got my GHM for free when I upgraded to the family plan on Spotify (which I’m pretty sure I was paying the price for anyway) and I love it. It gets such good sound for such a small little speaker, and I love that I can still use it and play music and stuff on it even when my phone is off (read: DEAD). I also like to ask it random questions throughout the day. I don’t think I’m using it to its full potential yet, but we’ll get there. Maybe.
That’s it, my loves. Those are my favorites from 2018. I hope you enjoyed this list and had a decent year, and if you didn’t well, at least it’s over. Both the list and the year.

Love,
Angel

 

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10 Things to Remember This Coming Holiday Season

  1. If you don’t like Christmas music, don’t listen to it. No one is forcing you to (unless you work somewhere that it’s played all the time). If someone is enjoying it, though, don’t shit on their party.
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  2. Let people enjoy things. If someone wants to watch Christmas movies or decorate or have Christmas in their heart before Thanksgiving – leave them alone. They aren’t hurting you or impeding on your right to not celebrate it until after Turkey Day.
  3. People who have the Christmas spirit before Thanksgiving aren’t “skipping”, “disrespecting”, or “ignoring” Thanksgiving. We can play Christmas carols and enjoy some green bean casserole. Besides, we’re the only country that celebrates Thanksgiving in November and even then, a lot of people in this country don’t observe it because of the historical implications and the current climate and attitude toward indigenous peoples even in 2018.
  4. You don’t have to justify eating a big holiday meal, dessert, or treats. You also don’t have to diet for it or workout extra hard afterwards. You’re allowed to enjoy food and family and friends.
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  5. If you experience disordered eating, it’s okay if you need to bow out of holiday festivities to avoid a relapse. It’s also okay to talk to someone about what’s going on or to bring your own food if necessary. Same goes for diet restrictions or other dietary needs.
  6. Stop saying stupid stuff like, “Calories don’t count during Christmas” or “get your fat pants ready”. Calories always count, obviously, but it’s okay to not count them. Also, all my pants are fat pants, because I’m fat. Eating lots of food for one meal might make you bloated, but it doesn’t make you fat. Maybe instead we could say, “Get your stretchy pants ready”? Yeah, that’s what I’m gonna say.
  7. Holidays can get overwhelming, especially if you have anxiety and/or are introverted. You don’t have to go to every single holiday party or activity or event. Prioritize the ones you feel are most important, and if you feel like going to the other ones, do it! If you can’t, don’t force yourself. Do what you can and be kind to yourself.
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  8. If you don’t have a good relationship with your family, you aren’t required to see them during the holidays. Spend time with people who love and care about you and treat you with the kindness and respect you deserve. Your family is who you decide; whether they’re related to you or not.
  9. Quit acting offended when someone says “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. They don’t know what holiday you celebrate. There are plenty of other things to be actually offended by. Besides, if they’re a cashier saying it, it might be company policy that they’re only allowed to say happy holidays and you getting mad at them doesn’t do anything but ruin their day over a rule that they can’t change and might think is silly, too. Retail workers have it hard as it is. Don’t make it worse.
  10. Speaking of retail workers – they don’t control the prices. They don’t control the sales. They don’t control the fact that your coupon expired two weeks ago or doesn’t work on the one particular item you came in to buy and you just failed to read the fine print. Standing for 4-8 hours, sometimes without a break in a high-energy environment where you’re constantly have to be “on” is fucking hard. They’re human. Have some compassion and a little patience.
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I hope you all have a happy holiday season and as Ellen says, “Be kind to one another”.

Love,
Angel

 

#ImTheHappiestWhen

I was scrolling through the trending topics on Twitter when I came across the hashtag #ImTheHappiestWhen. I decided to check it out; I love a nice feel-good tweet. I noticed a lot of sarcastic ones, which I expected, and I noticed a lot of ones you’d expect – “My love is happy” or “I’m snuggling with my pet” or “I’m reading a good book”.

Reading all of them got me to thinking – when am I the happiest? Continue reading “#ImTheHappiestWhen”

Wonder Woman of the Month: Kristin Mathes M.A., MT-BC

This month I had the privilege of interviewing my best friend, Kristin. She’s someone I’ve admired for a long time (we met my junior year of high school and instantly clicked). I’m so glad she agreed to do this post, because, as you’ll read, she’s one busy woman.

Keep reading for her story! Continue reading “Wonder Woman of the Month: Kristin Mathes M.A., MT-BC”

No is a complete sentence.

I’ve gotten myself into so many tough spots because I didn’t want to say no to someone. Not because I didn’t feel like I was allowed to or because I was afraid of what would happen if I did, but because I didn’t want to let someone down. I didn’t want to hurt their feelings or disappoint them. But then, when I agreed to something that I couldn’t follow through with, I actually did let them down, and I became anxious about it and distraught. Continue reading “No is a complete sentence.”