These are the special things I’ve got my eye on outside my full gift guide which you can find here. Below is my personal wish list. I love minimalism so I have few things but quality things, therefore I have a constant wish list in my phone of things I’m saving for. Then every so often I’ll buy something on the list. When I do it feels special and exciting. If it’s an experience I’ll really enjoy it and if it’s a physical item I’ll likely keep it for a long time. I figured this time of year would be a good time to share that list.
Here’s what I currently have my eye on…
1. The Weighted Gravity Blanket– I’ve been hearing about this for a while. It seems like something that would be perfect for anyone who is chronically cold (me) and likes to be hugged (everyone?). I’ve never tired one but I’m assuming I’d like it but also wouldn’t want to carry the box up my stairs… have you tried it?
2. Wax & Oil Candle– My friend Dree sent me a care-package a couple months ago. It had all the best things in it, including this Wax & Oil vanilla candle. I adore the smell and what I like even more is how portable the candle is. I’ve adapted a new morning ritual based on something Dree told me about on her episode of my podcast a couple months ago where she shared this book with me called The Lotus & The Lily. I haven’t started yet but what Dree explained is that the book is basically a 30 day inner quest with exercises for going inward and each morning (regardless of where we are) we light this candle, drink a warm drink, read the short passage , and do the journaling exercise. It’s a beautiful way to start the day and while any candle would obviously work for this I love how portable this one is with it’s cap and that is is natural, soy based, and smells like fresh baked cookies.
3. The Jesse Kamm Ranger & Sailor Pants– I’ve been hearing a lot about these pants for the last year and seeing them all over NYC. Past podcast guest Christine first told me about them (I adore her style) and this YouTube channel I enjoy Dearly Bethany did a review on them that told me everything I needed to know. They are real pricey so I want to make sure I find the perfect fit so I can have them forever so I’m going to try to make it to a store in NYC that carries them so I can try them on. I’m also going to try on Everlane’s version of this style pant because my friend (& photographer) Abbey was wearing them when she was in New York and raved about them. Unfortunately, the color I’m after is out of stock until February but I’m hoping to swing by the first Everlane store that just opened in NYC.
4. Any & Everything from Cap Beauty– this is my favorite natural beauty store in New York City’s West Village. I adore going into Cap and even treated myself to a facial there a few months ago which was a delight! I also love Credo Beauty which is another natural beauty store I discovered this summer while living in Williamsburg, they have a location in Brooklyn and Manhattan. They sell some of my favorite lines including, RMS Beauty, show sponsor and genuine fav Juice Beauty, and so much more!
5. Nu Evolution Plum Lipgoss– This is one of the items on this list I actually do own, I’m just running low on it. I can’t say enough about this lip color. I left it in Nick’s pocket after a wedding we attended this fall and was without if for about a month and actually missed it, no other lip product compares. Listen, I never even wore lipgloss that was pigmented before this summer when I wandered into Credo asking for a lipgloss that worked like a chap stick nourishing my lips. I wanted something that wouldn’t feel sticky or make my hair stick to it, I wanted it to smell good, and lastly I wanted a color that worked well for me. This lipgloss hits all of those requirements while being organic, cruelty-free, and leaves my lips feeling nourished (not dry), stays on for a long time, fades well, and smells like vanilla. I love the shade “plum” for me but may try another color soon too.
6. Facial at Face Gym NYC– Speaking of fancy facials in NYC, I’m dying to try Face Gym. It’s not really a facial it’s a face workout and looks so interesting. According to their website it is non-invasive, zero-risk facelifting. Apparently, “their original non-invasive face workout visibly tones and tightens your face muscles leaving you looking fresh, glowing, and lifted.” …I think it sounds pretty fun to try! Have you done it?
7. A New Backpack– My current backpack as been with me for years. We’ve traveled all across the country together on my book tour, back and forth to Hawaii twice, and moved to NYC from Michigan. I’ve spilled leftovers in it, I’ve dropped it on busy subway floors, and I’ve stuffed it full with podcasting equipment shlepping all over the city. Needless to say, it is time for an upgrade. I’m thinking this one might be the ideal fit for a new laptop backpack. Anyone have this backpack? I’d love your thoughts on it. Which color do you like best?
8. A Sleep Shirt– I feel like PJs are the best gift. Buying clothes for someone is always a bold choice and risky but a sleeping outfit seems like a much easier thing to pick out for another person, plus at the holidays store tend to have such cute novelty sleepwear. I especially like this from J.Crew & this from Madewell & also this set (but I’m sure they’ll be half off by the first of the year…)
9. SHHHOWER Cap– It’s no secret by now to everyone I know and most of the internet that I only wash my hair about twice a month. Therefore, you’ll be happy to know I often shower while trying to keep my hair dry. I’ve been using plastic hotel shower caps with yoga headbands hoping for the best, but recently I discovered the SHHHOWER Cap which is SUCH an upgrade. It not only looks like a fashionable turban, it does a fantastic job at actually keeping my hair dry. I love them so much I reached out and got us a discount so we can get one for 10% off : use the code KATIE.
two more non-gifts related holiday things….
–I would like ever space I step into until December 25th to smell like this or this.
—Serendipity is my favorite Christmas movie & I watch it every year at this time. Related, Cool Yule is my favorite holiday song.
–If you also love Serendipity you will likely enjoy this . …although I already knew most everything on the list because I’ve watched the directors notes on the dvd multiple times and I think about #15 on that list all the time! & this was also a delight.
—Here is my full gift guide + A Cup of Jo does gift guides better than anyone on the internet.
I’ve done a Monthly Meanderings for a real long time. It’s a way for me to be your internet tour guide show you all the things I’ve read / heard / watched recently. Until next time keep in touch on Facebook & Instagram or maybe explore the archive of my podcast or read my book.
-Listening to this made me really happy. Half way through I started it over just because I didn’t want it to be over. Just hearing his voice instantly calms me.
Things specifically I gleaned from it:
“I try to orient my life in a spiritual context.”
The concept of résumé virtues vs. eulogy virtues – trying to focus more on eulogy virtues rather than the résumé ones.
-Meditation gets you back to the eulogy virtues because the ego is a bully that is going to lead you to the résumé ones. You know it’s the ego if it is loud, all about yourself and not extending beyond your own gratification in any specific moment.
-Heard from the person above that this musical is supposed to be really great. Have you seen it?
-Josh’s latest Museletter. I loved every word as per usual. Sign up. Trust.
-Carrie Fisher seemed way cool. Although I’ll admit I really only realized this after her death. But I loved this Fresh Air tribute episode with her, and this quote she said toward the end really stuck with me. Terry asked her about consequences to over-sharing and this was her flawless answer which haunts me and I agree with fully:
“oh I do over-share and I sometimes marvel that I do it. But it’s my way of trying to understand myself. I don’t know I get it out of my head. It creates community when you talk about private things and you can find other people that have the same things, otherwise I felt very lonely with the issues I had but when I shared about it I found others had them too.”
-My mom got me this inspiring little book for Christmas and I think it’s really cool.
-A very good article.
-I’ve happily been seeing quite a few movies lately and actually highly recommend all of them…
- If you haven’t yet seen Moonlight you must. Run, don’t walk.
- I really enjoyed LaLaLand and listening to the soundtrack when I’m in the mood is the gift that keeps on giving.
- Just saw Jackie and thought it was so well done and captivating to see these historical events from her perspective. As someone who love and is fascinated by both history and the Kennedys I was super excited to see it.
- I heard Manchester By The Sea was amazing and I’ve listened to enough interviews about it that I really want to see that one too now… Have you seen the writer Kenny Lonergan’s early film You Can Count On Me? I want to watch that one soon too.
-I enjoyed this conversation of Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams as well.
-Speaking of conversation between women. I loved this one with this two.
-All 28 days of your cycle in 2 minutes.
-If you’re a RentHead like me you might like this. If you’re not, you’ll think it’s entirely cheesy.
-My 2016 gift guide in case you missed it and wanted to see it; or need to last minute buy for someone who unexpectedly bought for you and you didn’t know the two of you were on that level where you were exchanging…
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” -T.S. Eliot
gifs via Libby Vanderploeg
Today I have a special end of the year podcast episode. I recorded this episode last night on a whim as I was reflecting on all the things that have happened in the past year. In many ways this episode is me ‘letting it out’ and sharing with you in audio format a final journal entry for the year. Below you will find a quick list of the 16 things I tried over the past year. I elaborate on each one more in the podcast so be sure to listen to the episode as well. And if you feel up to it, as a bonus exercise, grab a journal and take a few minutes to reflect and let out some of the things you tried this year too.
16 Things I tried in 2016 and suggest trying…
- Travel alone. Go on trips by yourself. Visit friends.
- Meditate. Learn and actually work it into your routine.
- Switch up your hair. Trust your hairstylist.
- Say Yes. Do things that you might on want to leave the house for. (dates, classes, meet ups,)
- Say no. Be protective of your time.
- Put happiness above health and don’t feel guilty about that. (spoiler alert: that actually is the healthier thing for you.)
- Make new friends and reconnect with the old friends.
- Walk. Walk. And walk some more…
- Make up games. Say jokes and puns when you think them. Be silly.
- Go to the movies, watch movies, and talk about movies.
- Cook healthy food and share it with people.
- Have sleepovers with everyone.
- Exercise in ways you actually like. The best exercise for you is the one that is convenient for you.
- Listen to a lot of podcasts. They’re my favorite way to learn and feel less alone.
- Listen to a lot of music It will give your life a soundtrack.
- My ‘Go-To Cocktail’ for feeling good –>Read or listen to You Are A Badass & watch “HappyThankYouMorePlease”
SOME THINGS I MENTION THAT I LOVE AND ARE HELPFUL::
- TimeHop App
- Audible App for road trips on my own
- TM Meditation — check out the pod episode with Bob Roth on this
- Myers Briggs Test
- My pink hair! (photo below)
Wishing everyone a happy 2017!
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This episode is special because it is a combo of my favorite things right now + answers to your questions + quotes and wisdom I took away from my recent retreat in Hawaii. It’s a jam packed episode. The links and notes for everything I mentioned in this episode are below. I hope you enjoy it. Also, if you aren’t already be sure to join the Facebook Group for extended conversation on this episode and whatever else you have on your mind.
–You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes
–Putting Happy Back Into the Holidays (bonus episode between #25 & #26)
–Lena Dunham’s podcast Women of the hour new season
–Experiments in Truth by Ram Dass on Audible
–Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
–If the Buddha Dated by Charlotte Kasl
–You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
-I love listening to my books via Audible. You can also grab your first book with them for free.
–SeaClear (seriously my favorite thing)
-Friendsgiving — highly recommend doing this anytime of the year!
SOME QUOTES I WROTE IN MY JOURNAL DURING MY RETREAT::
“You can’t think yourself out of a thought prison.” — Jack Kornfield
“You have to remember to keep remembering, the moment we realize we’re on automatic is the moment of wakefulness.” — Jack Kornfield
“The most important part of your practice, is the moment you decide to do it.” — Sharon Salzberg
“Let go, gently, to whatever takes you away, and then lovingly return.” — Sharon Salzberg
“Never go where love isn’t.” — Sharon Salzberg
“The healing is in the return, remembering without guilt.” — Sharon Salzberg
My hair in Hawaii –>
I Wonder by Kanye West