November 11, 2015

Whims: October Favorites

Oh, October, how you'll be missed! October is the month before all the holiday chaos begins, and yet it seemed like it was barely there. Last month was a very eventful month for us (trip to Boston, weddings,  Halloween, etc..) and we were able to experience a lot of things for the first time! Check out the list to see our favorites for the last month!

Fiona's Favorites:


If you're looking for a happy, go-lucky type movie/ book then Room is not for you! Room is about a woman named Joy who was kidnapped when she was 17. Her kidnapper held her hostage in a little sound proof shed in his backyard for 7 years and after the first 2 years, she gives birth to a boy named Jack. The movie and the book (I highly recommend both) gives you the perspective of both hostages and how they turned their shed into a home, their experience as they plan their great escape and experience re-entering the world. It's definitely an emotionally and psychologically heavy film and book, and is definitely worth checking out. Room received a 95% rating on If that doesn't convince you to watch it then I don't know what will.

Beachwaver Curling Iron

This is the most expensive beauty item that I have ever owned. The Beachwaver is unlike your normal curling iron in that the barrel wraps your hair for you! You clamp the ends of your hair to the bottom of the barrel, press the L or R button for which side of your hair you are doing, and watch the barrel perfectly wrap your hair! It seriously is magical. I have been researching this curling iron for a while, and finally caved when I went to my local Ulta store. I was pretty sure I would return it after trying it, but nope, I completely fell in love with it. It cuts down my curling time, and it doesn't melt my hair! My hair is very damaged due to all the bleaching and dying I've done in the last 6 months, and every time I used my regular curling iron I noticed that the ends of my hair were basically melted together! Gross! But with the beachwaver, my hair continues to look its best. This is honestly the best curling iron I have ever used, and well worth the investment!

Trader Joe's Spicey Chai Tea Latte Mix

I know this is the second Trader Joe's item that is appearing in my favorites list but they seriously can do no wrong! I know what you're thinking, "is she getting sponsored by Trader Joe's?!"and my answer to that is: I WISH. One can only dream of a sponsorship with Trader Joe's! But it's probably best that it doesn't happen because I would just eat the whole store. Anyways, back to the chai tea latte mix, it seriously is heaven in a cup within minutes. I make my cup with half hot water and half warm milk and its the perfect amount of creaminess. If you're not a huge coffee drinker, then you should totally try this out! It's also delicious as a cold drink!

Ivana's favorites:


I considered changing the title of this post from "October Favorites" to "October Obsessions", because listing Hamilton as a favorite does not accurately capture the amount of love and admiration that I have for this awesome musical of which I've never even seen, but yet feel so incredibly attached to (just ask my car, if my car could talk). The musical tells the life and story of Alexander Hamilton. Yes, that Hamilton - founding father, face of the ten dollar bill, that duel with Aaron Burr, etc. His spirited tale is told through a high-energy production that is rooted in hip-hop, but also uses and seamlessly blends together rap, jazz, pop, spoken word, and of course, traditional musical theater showtunes. It also stars a cast that is not only extremely talented, but also diverse. This includes the star, writer, composer, and lyricist of the show, Lin-Manuel Miranda - literal genius (he was awarded a MacArther grant just this year) and my new internet BFF (I may or may not stalk/follow him on all forms of social media). I'll admit, I don't listen to many musical soundtracks, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this may be the best musical soundtrack I've ever listened to. Each song is wonderfully layered, from the lyrics to its composition. People were already submitting annotations on, but recently Lin-Manuel joined in on the fun. I have not read them all because I've been stuck in a Hamilton matrix of memes, video specials, and hashtags, but I can't wait to read his process and commentary behind each song. For me, the standout song is definitely "Satisfied" sung and rapped by Renee Elise Goldsberry. My friend so aptly proclaimed: "chills" and "WHO ARE YOU RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY AND HOW ARE YOU SO AMAZING?!" Words befitting for the whole musical, really.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

My journey to finding the perfect eyeliner has been a long and storied tale of oily, eyeliner-transferring lids, raccoon eyes, and messy lines. I remember my first eyeliner pencil; it was rough around the edges (and my eyes!) and would smudge away and around my eyes in an hour. I remember my foray into gel liner, which was better, but exceedingly hard to master. Plus, even gel could not escape the oiliness that are my lids. The word waterproof never rang so false in my life. Then, I discovered the world of liquid eyeliner - a world I thought I would never be a part of because I couldn't draw a straight line to save my life. However, with much (much much much much) practice, I was able to bask in the power of the liquid liner. But it, too, was not perfect - I had good days, but I had many bad days of transferred lid liner. I finally started to use eye shadow primer for my lids, finally (finally!) uncovered the secret of mastering eyeliner. But on a whim (and by friendly recommendations), I switched from trusty ol' Stila to the Tattoo Liner, and my eyeliner world changed. Gone are the days of using primer, and gone are the days of frayed felt tips! For the same price, the Tattoo Liner is more opaque, doesn't fray, and best of all, does not transfer onto my eyelids! I never understood the "holy grail" phrase in terms of makeup (the only holy grail I knew was from Monty Python), but I think I get it now.

Terra Taro Chips

As a constant snacker, I've recently been trying to find "healthier", salty alternatives. I usually pick kettle over regular chips, I've tried the barely popped popcorn from Trader Joe's that Fiona recommended (which are amazing, by the way), and I'm always suckered into getting that giant bag of Snapea chips from Costco (the little ones just seem to deplete so fast, ya know?). Last month, my friend brought over these delicious taro chips, and I think they may be my new snack BFF. I love that it's real taro, not taro-flavored, and that there's the barest of ingredients: taro, canola and/or sunflower, oil, and sea salt. The chips are thinly sliced and fried to crunchy, crispy perfection. The dusting of sea salt helps to bring out the flavors, and best/worst of all, also makes it extra yummy and addictive. 

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