Recent Splurges

If you’re my mother reading this, please click out of the page or look away! I’m a fiscally responsible person, I swear, and this information would probably bore you anyway.

Here’s the thing: my mother still hounds me when I make an unnecessary purchase above $100. And if she has no idea about it, I’m haunted by the guilt of spending that much money on something I don’t exactly Need, but desperately want.

The first, I bought a few months ago. You wouldn’t have been able to persuade me not to buy the Snapchat Spectacles, if I’m honest with myself. They’re … spectacular! And I’m not just making a stupid pun there, they’re legitimately one of the coolest things I’ve owned.

Vending Machine

Snapchat Spectacles vending machine at SXSW 2017

Initially, I bought them because I missed the golden opportunity to buy them at SXSW this year. I was so irritated that I had arrived only three days after the vending machine was available to the public! Then one day, while I was browsing my friends’ stories on Snapchat, I found an ad for them to be bought online. Before I knew it, the Spectacles were in my online shopping cart, the credit card info was typed in, and I was given a confirmation email. A true impulse buy.

Spectacles

I love them! They retail at around $130.00 online, and comes with the Spectacles in the color of your choice, a charging station that also doubles as storage case, and charging cable. The box itself holds enough battery to charge the Spectacles four times, so it’s perfect for travel. I’m especially excited to use these during vacations for POV shots, and saving phone battery. Using the spectacles to record your snaps means you can quit opening the app every time there’s a ‘snapchat moment’ and focus on life as it happens. Later, all you have to do is synch the glasses to your phone through bluetooth and they’ll be submitted with correct time stamps.

I’ve also found that these sunglasses are such a great conversation starter. I’ve had Starbucks baristas ask me to model how to use them by filming them making my drink. They look stylish with most casual outfits and the cool views you get with these glasses are truly one-of-a-kind.

VALENCIA

My second purchase was a new comforter. This was at least partially excused: I needed a new comforter badly. I’ve bought three comforters within the past year, not because I love them so much, but because they all wear out so quickly! I put my foot down and decided that this time around I was going to bite the bullet and buy a comforter that was worth spending for.

And that’s when I saw the Valencia Space Dyed Comforter from Urban Outfitters. I had my own qualms about buying from them, but the comforter itself looked so comfortable I needed to have it. It lingered in my shopping basket for two weeks before I got an email that bedding was on sale mid-June.

PURCHASE

With the discount, and plus all the fees, I ended up paying about $130 for the comforter. I guess the photo deceived me into thinking I would be getting the pillow shams as well, so I was slightly disappointed when it arrived. My own fault for not reading the item description. That aside, THIS COMFORTER IS A MARVEL. I absolutely adore it, it’s genuinely the most comfortable thing I have ever slept on. I went on a bit of a nesting craze after it arrived and ended up buying new sheets and pillowcases (grey jersey style) at Target for $30.

I have never slept better in my life. I’m thinking of investing in some new pillows when the school year starts up again, goodness knows I’ll be needing my sleep.

xx

name1

June Favorites

Favorites

I’ve had a bit more time to sit down and enjoy things since work ended for the summer so I thought I’d jot down everything that I’ve been loving since the end of May! Most of these have been excellent de-stressers and generally make me feel a bit more human after my first year of teaching preschool.

  1. Maison Marigela Replica Scented Candle “Beach Walk” – (Sephora $60) I’ll be the first to admit that this purchase was a complete mistake. I bought it around March, originally thinking that I was buying the actual perfume scent, and only realized my mistake after I’d gotten home. Obviously life decided to get super harried at that time, especially involving work, and by the time I knew it, it was May and I hadn’t returned it yet. I figured I’d just cut my losses and burn the candle one evening when stressing about paperwork and … it is just amazing. I immediately felt like I was already on vacation, despite having about two weeks left of paperwork to tackle. In any case, I’ve been burning it this month every so often..  just not too often– the scent might be lovely but I can’t get over the guilt of the price I spent on a damn candle!
  2. Essie Nail Varnish “Mooning” – (Essie $9) This polish was an impulse buy months ago at Target, but I’ve really gotten into it this month! I hadn’t used this shade yet at all actually, you know how it is: they look gorgeous in store but then at home there’s a weird hesitation to use the polish. Or at least that’s how it is for me. Absolutely love how this color looks though. Nearing the end of the month, I might veer off into the nude nail look that seems to be so popular now. I’ve got myself OPI’s Samoan Sand lined up ready for a try, whenever I can work up the courage to do my nails.
  3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer(Sephora $28) I’ve never owned a single Urban Decay product and I’m so glad that this was my first purchase from them for myself. It’s great, it’s light, it covers up my extraordinarily large eye bags, and it looks amazing. I got mine in Medium Neutral. I’d recommend it highly if anybody is in the market for a good concealer, absolutely worth the money.
  4. OLLY Goodbye Stress Dietary Supplement (Target $14) I LOVE THIS. Honestly, I cannot with certainty say that these gummies were so good at the cause of some weird placebo effect but I honestly don’t care. They taste like berries and lemon and super easy to include into your life. They taste so good you wont forget to take them! They were a god send during the last weeks of work and during the first weeks of June when I had to figure out where to put a years worth of supplies in my tiny room. Yikes.
  5. Theo Raspberry 70% Dark Chocolate(Sprouts $4) My nearest Sprouts store is about 20 minutes away from my house and I occasionally drive there just to get this chocolate bar. I love it. Plain and simple. It’s delicious! The bits of raspberry really come through in the flavor and 70% Dark Chocolate makes for a bit of a guilt-less snack when I take a bite of it midday. Also it’s NON-GMO Verified and Fair Trade certified, so what’s not to love.
  6. Wrinkle In Time Quintet Book Series (Amazon Kindle $29) At the end of the school year, I felt the need to go back and enjoy something simple and non-stressful. Something nostalgic and beautiful at its core, but something different that I hadn’t seen in a very long time. I ended up rereading A Wrinkle In Time. An excellent book that I’d read as a kid (and that is, apparently, soon to be getting a major motion picture that I am EXTREMELY excited about). I’d never known the book was actually part of a series, so I bit the bullet and bought all five at once. I’ve been powering through them and have nearly reached the end with “A Swiftly Tilting Planet”, which means I’ve only got very little left to go. I highly recommend them if you want to visit a bit of a more nostalgic time. They’re written absolutely beautifully and I fell in love with them all over again!
  7. mon soleil et mes étoiles: a zine by abbe granbeg(Tictail €8) Occasionally I like to buy zines and prints from artists that I’ve been following online for a while. This was a rather impulse buy, but the zine itself is Beautiful. It’s got everything from Star Wars fanart to Book of Life fanart. It’s even got the Prologue to Abbe’s new slice-of-life comic Aspera, which I am looking forward to reading as well! The zine itself is printed on very good material and I love it to pieces. Definitely check him out if you’re interested.

That’s all I can think of as of now, I’m sure I’ll kick myself in the head for leaving something out later but oh well. Also this is my first post so future me can look back on what I used to like. If you’re reading this hope you enjoyed!

xx

name1