My Favorite Things in November

November Favorite Things

1. iPhone 5S. I have been due for a phone upgrade for months but I loved my iPhone 4S so much I didn’t have a reason to get a new one. The problem I ran into was the battery was all but useless, I was having to charge my phone 3-4 times a day and once it got to 20% battery it would just die. I got the 5S in gold over the weekend and am even more in love. I love the look, how fast it is, the fingerprint lock, the better quality camera and the fact that I haven’t needed to charge it in two days!

2. OPI “Russian Navy” Nail Polish. This used to be my go-to polish color for years and I had given it a break for a while and am now going back to it a lot. Depending on the light it can look black, purple or blue and that’s why I love it so much. The matte version of this is amazing too!

3. Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP II”. I didn’t know what to expect from this because I haven’t really liked most of his stuff from the past few years but I am so in love with this album. My favorite tracks are 1, 6, 9, 15 & 18.

4. PF Chang’s Kale Waldorf Salad. They had a lot of great options for their fall seasonal menu and after lots of back and forth one night a few weeks ago, I chose this one and it did not disappoint! Kale, endive, radicchio, crisp apples, grapes, celery, grape tomatoes and candied walnuts tossed in a light miso-lime vinaigrette… this was a spectacular combination of fall flavors!

5. iTunes Radio “3 of a Kind” Station. They have quite a few of these now but this one is by far my favorite – Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20 & Counting Crows. It’s basically all the great music from the 90s on one station… those three with some Better Than Ezra, 5 For Fighting, Vertical Horizon, The Script and Train thrown in the mix!

6. Battery Operated LED Fairy Lights. We wanted to add a garland to the railing going up the stairs in our foyer but haven’t been able to in years past because there’s no plug near it for the lights. These little LED lights come on a super thin bendable wire with a battery pack that has a built-in timer on it! I’ve seen these all over this year but I found mine at Joann Fabrics on sale for 60% off and combined with a 20% off coupon I paid just $6 for them!

7. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in “La Fascinante”. I have never worn lipstick before, I have always been a lip gloss kind of girl but I decided last year I wanted to get the trendy red lip a go. I got this lipstick before our trip to NYC and then chickened out. I brought it out a few weeks ago to try it again and my husband really loved it. His best friend even commented that even though he usually hates lipstick on women that it looked great so I know it’s a good pick!

8. Tazo “Passion” Tea. My mom went to Chicago at the beginning of the month for a business trip and brought back all kinds of Tazo tea bags for my from her hotel. Out of all of the ones I hadn’t tried before, this one was my favorite. It’s a deep pink color and super flavorful which I love.

9. The Carrie Diaries. I thought the books by Candace Bushnell were cute and as a hardcore Sex & the City fan I was exited when I heard they were turning them into a show. I really liked the first season but I have to say this second season is even better! I love the references to S&TC and that they’re trying to do more in NYC and less in high school… I’m loving it so far!

10. Starbucks Holiday Flavor Lattes. I really enjoy the holiday flavors of the lattes. When I’m splurging I get the Caramel Brulee Latte as is but mostly I get the Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte with extra foam.

11. Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara. I am super picky about mascara. For many years I wouldn’t use anything but Dior… I like the DiorShow, the Blackout and even then New Look. For whatever reason though, I found that these went bad very quickly which is super frustrating at $35 a pop so I stopped buying them. I got this after hearing rave reviews and am so in love with it!

12. Triscuit Brown Rice Savory Red Bean Crackers. I used to really dislike triscuits but I have been loving them with hummus the last year or so. When I saw these I was excited to try them and they are so yummy! They have a bunch of different flavors but this one is my favorite that I’ve tried so far.

13. Watch ESPN App. I don’t feel like I can start my day until I’ve watched SportsCenter and so starting in college I would get up an hour earlier than I needed to {which was EARLY!} so I could watch it before getting ready. Fast forward to now and I am so happy for the watch ESPN app because I can throw it on my iPad and bring it around with me while I’m getting ready so I don’t have to get up any earlier.

14. Marie Calendar’s Croissant, Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwiches. Sticking with my attempt to make the most out of my time in the morning so I can get as much sleep as possible, I like something that I can eat easily while getting ready instead of having to make more time to sit down and eat. These are amazing, most breakfast sandwiches turn out soggy and gross but these are crispy and buttery and so good!

15. Stash “White Christmas” Tea. I absolutely love this tea! On days that I work I like to bring tea with me instead of coffee because I don’t want to spill coffee on my work clothes and I hate having that stale coffee taste in my mouth after the morning. I got this because it has caffeine which I want for the mornings and the white tea with peppermint and ginger are just great!

16. EOS Peppermint Lip Balm. I put the tangerine version of this on my beach bag essentials list from the summer and was so excited when my mom showed me this version. I love peppermint, especially in the winter, and the cool flavor and feeling is so soothing for the season!

17. Starbuck’s Hammered Rose Gold Cup. I saw this cup a few months ago and didn’t get it and then when I went to get it, it was out of stock and I was really bummed. It was restocked last week and I was more than excited to pick one up. It keeps my coffee hot for seriously HOURS and I love the chic look of the hammered rose gold!

18. Janet Evanovich’s “Takedown Twenty”. This series of books was suggested to me a couple of years ago and I read through all the ones that were out in just a few short weeks. I get so excited every time a new one comes out and it seems like it’s been so long since the last one and I’m not a huge fan of the between the number books. I just finished this one and it was just as funny & entertaining as I’ve come to expect!

19. Old Navy Honeycomb Sweaters. I got a couple colors of these when they were on sale and love them. It’s hard to find a sweater that’s a little different {a sweater is a sweater, lol} but the honeycomb pattern that’s knit into this one makes it super cute and perfect for the winter.

20. Old Navy Cheetah Print Loafers. I picked this color of these loafers when they were on sale and loved them so much that when we went shopping this past weekend I got the gray color as well. They’re comfortable and go with just about anything which is always nice!

What are some of you currently loving – any apps, books, music, tv, movies, clothes, products, etc? I’m always looking to try new things!