Happy Wednesday, lovelies! I’m going to take a moment here to state all the things that are obvious. 1. It’s the middle of the week. 2. It’s very cold outside. And, 3. I’m sure you’ve heard through the grapevine that a little well known day called, “Christmas” is very nearly here. Am I excited? Hell yeah, I am! Don’t let the hint of sarcasm in my earlier statement fool you. Christmas is da bomb (period) (exclamation point) (raise the roof emoji)
I can’t wait to spend this weekend with my family and honestly it’s not about the gifts for me. I’m happy just to have a few days to relax, catch up on some light reading, and unplug…although, don’t hold me to that last bit! I’m sure it’ll be hard to resist picking up my phone at some point, but I’m sure this book will keep me preoccupied for quite some time till that moment comes.
Another thing I’m looking forward to doing is putting on my favorite face mask, finally turning on my laptop (even though I just said, I was going to unplug!) and getting in some after-Christmas sales shopping! Yes, it’s true, I just emptied out my wallet for getting the best prezzies for my loved ones, but ’tis the time to treat myself from this point onwards. I’m crossing my fingers on some really good steals and deals! I was thinking you may be a bit broke too, so I made sure everything on my ‘Shop the Post’ list below is under $35!
Shop The Post
necklace EKALAKE (only $21.03); slip H&M (in stores or similar here and here, both under $35); cardigan ($15 in stores, similar here) ‘Love x Style x Life’ by Garance Dore URBAN OUTFITTERS; coffee cup with saucer (only $3.99) BED BATH & BEYOND; square picture frame IKEA (similar option here, only $11)
If you remember from this post, I mentioned I got another necklace from Australian jewelry boutique, Ekalake. I’ve been getting so many compliments whenever I wear their beautiful, handcrafted necklaces. I love gemstone jewelry and am always interested in knowing what sort of energy each stone brings.
The necklace I’m wearing in this post has an Amazonite gemstone that inspires truth, honor, and self love. All of Ekalake’s jewelry designs are so unique and very affordable! It’s the perfect destination for both my post-Christmas desire to shop and my post-Christmas lack of funds. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Get 15% off Ekalake by entering the code, ‘JOANNA15‘.*
Because I haven’t had much time to myself lately, I’d like to fit in some of the simple pleasures in life this weekend. I’m looking forward to painting my nails, thumbing through the latest issue of Marie Claire, and actually finishing a book. I have this horrible habit of getting excited about a book, buying it, picking it up a few days later, reading a couple of chapters non-stop, then stopping to go to bed only to never, ever pick it up again. Never ask me how a book ends—I wouldn’t know!
This Christmas I think I’m going to re-read Nanotales by Ziv Navoth. I bought this book ages ago, but I’ve completely forgotten how it goes now (I, also, have a tendency to forget stories I’ve read or watched!) It’s a book of short stories, so I can at least get through a few stories from start to end and feel rather good about myself for doing so!
With the year coming to an end, it’ll be nice to take a moment to reflect and look back on what has been an incredible 2016. It’s been awesome keeping busy with the blog, having more and more opportunities to collaborate on different projects, and be even more creative, which is the bit I love most about what I do here. I’ve learned so much this year, both personally and professionally, and I’m excited and hopeful to ringing in the New Year.
By the way, a few nights ago I watched Michelle Obama’s interview with Oprah. So much of what she had said was such an inspiration, especially her thoughts on the importance of having hope. I must say, these past few months I’ve found it difficult to stomach even watching the news. Recent events have been heartbreaking to say the least. But to honor the great past eight years we’ve had in this country, I’m taking example from Michelle Obama’s principles of living out loud, staying hopeful, and all by taking the high road. The First Lady said it best by ending the interview with this statement, “My desire for this country is that we remain hopeful and that we find a place in our hearts to love each other.”
And on that note, I wish you all a very merry and happy holidays! Lots of love to you all!
*Necklace gifted to me by Ekalake. As always, all opinions and creative direction remain my own. Thanks so much to Ekalake for collaborating with me on this post.