January Favorites

It's so hard to believe that January is over but here we are! To commemorate the changing of the guards I want to share some of the things that I've loved this past month. Before I jump into the goodies though I want to say that I will be doing these posts and videos regularly moving forward but won't be sharing only new things each time. Instead, I will share the things I'm loving both old and new that reach beyond just fashion and beauty. Beginning with today's post, you can expect to see an array of food, fashion, books, movies, beauty and more that I'm particularly keen on at the moment, and I hope that you like it. 

First up is the Ex Nihilo perfume in "Rose Hubris." I purchased this fragrance in Paris when Jason and I got engaged, but I have recently fallen back in love with it and have been wearing it a ton. Not only is it the perfect rosey scent that isn't too heavy and lasts for ages on the skin, but the packaging is beautiful. Plus, every time I spritz this I'm instantly transported back to Paris in the fall and one of the best days of my life. 

Next, is another beauty favorite that I recently discovered. In my winter capsule planning post I mentioned that I was in the market for a new blush and had my eye on an Hourglass beauty. However, after swatching it in Sephora and doing some more research I ended up picking up the Milani blush in "Romantic Rose" instead and couldn't be happier with it. 

This blush is very similar to the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in "Exposed" while being slightly more rosey. Plus, it's a steal at only $8.99 and stays on my cheeks all day and looks fresh from dawn til dusk - no touch-ups needed. 

Next, is the Clarins Supra Volume Mascara that I was lucky enough to receive as part of my Octoly membership (a fantastic resource for content creators). Recently I have been in the market for a new mascara and had my eye on this particular one from Clarins so when I saw it pop up in my Octoly store I was ecstatic! Since receiving it I haven't been able to stop wearing it and am absolutely smitten with it. Not only is it super volumizing, but it smells great without being overpowering and doesn't smudge - no small feat given my oily eyelids. 

The next two items are both fashion pieces that you've seen many times before. Both the Everlane Cashmere Crew in grey and the Marc Fisher Yale Booties in black have been two of my absolute favorites this season. I'll spare you the long post here since I've gone on and on about them before but I love them and haven't been able to stop wearing them. 

If you aren't familiar with Mimi Thorisson, then you need to take a quick peak at her blog and Instagram in order to grasp the full impact of my next favorite - her cookbookAs an avid follower of Mimi's for years I couldn't wait to get my hands on her second cookbook and when I received it for Christmas it didn't disappoint. This beauty is chock full of amazing recipes that you will make for years as well as some of the loveliest images from the French country side. Even if you aren't in the market for a new cookbook yourself, this beautifully bound book would make a great gift for anyone on your list.  

Another favorite of mine this month is one you've seen before - the Cuyana Travel Set in blush. Like the sweater and booties, I've gone on and on about this set before so I'll save you the lengthy post now but you can read my full review here if you're interested. If I had to sum up my thoughts in one sentence though, it would be that this set is absolutely worth every penny and looks brand new despite already having traveled with me a few times. 

When it comes to Instagram I like to follow accounts that inspire and motivate me and my next favorite does just that. Jamie Beck of AnnStreetStudio.com has one of the most beautiful Instagram accounts I've ever seen and I love following along as she and her husband travel around the world and work from their New York photography studio.

Plus, in addition to her stunning photography and revolutionary cinemagraphs, Jamie also shares photography tutorials on her SnapChat account that are sooooo good. Below, I've embedded some of her gorgeous shots for you to take a peak (clicking on each picture will take you directly to the corresponding post). 

My last favorite is one that I'm sure everyone else is going to mention this month as well - La La Land. This movie was everything I look for in a film - touching, sweet, funny - and I can't recommend it enough. Plus, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are perfection together and their chemistry really jumps out at you making the whole experience that much more enjoyable.

That's everything! Those are my January favorites and I hope that you got either a great product recommendation or some new inspiration from this post. I've also filmed a corresponding YouTube video that I've embedded below for you to check out and I hope you have a great rest of the day.

Chat soon,

Audrey

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